If this is your first visit…
Bodywork and awareness of the body can influence your health. You’re physical, mental, spiritual and emotional aspects are inextricably entwined. To touch one of these components is to affect the others. While each of us must manage our own health and well being, it is natural to allow others to support and encourage you as you face life’s challenges. Whether you are dealing with illness, chronic pain, anxiety or depression, recovering from injury, illness or loss, I can offer ways to support you on your journey. Professionals, scientists, academes, artists, health care providers, business-owners, people in transition, and those seeking to deepen their sense of purpose and vitality are among my typical clientele.
While dialogue and emotional expression may occur during a session, I am not a psychologist and should not be considered a substitute for any needed psychotherapeutic, psychiatric or medical treatment/diagnosis. People new to recovery from addiction or have had recent hospitalization for psychosis may not be good candidates for this work. BodyBeing bodywork and somatic education can be a dynamic adjunct to medical treatment, psychotherapy and spiritual practice. It supports your developing capacity for getting more comfortable with uncertainty and uncomfortable aspects of your relationship with yourself. If you wonder if BodyBeing work is suitable for you, consult with your doctor.
Let your Body be your Guide.
Embodied self-awareness is the science and practice of feeling your movements, sensations, and emotions. (Alan Fogel in Body Sense)
Your inner being speaks to you constantly through physical sensation and emotion. When you learn to notice and value these signals, you access more of what is uniquely you. This is crucial for knowing what you need to heal and adapt, and for making healthy decisions.
When you follow and allow your inner experience just as it is, old wounds can heal, your body can discharge tension, release pain and restore balance. You feel more comfortable in your own body.
Inner resilience develops and allows you to engage with a wider range of life experiences and emotions. Your sense of innate wholeness and belonging unfolds. Embodiment expands your capacity for joy, connection, creativity, and a meaningful life.
And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was greater than the risk it took to bloom. (Anais Nin)
How do I know what my body is saying?
When we are first born, before we can speak or use language to express ourselves, we use our physical sensations, our “body sense,” to guide us toward what makes us feel safe and fulfilled and away from what makes us feel bad. As we develop into adults, it becomes easy to lose touch with these crucial mind-body communication channels, but they are essential to our ability to navigate social interactions and deal with psychological stress, physical injury, and trauma. (Alan Fogel in Body Sense)
The language of your body is sensation such as warmth, coolness, tingling, butterflies in the stomach, strong pulsing, achy, heavy, soft.
To hear your body, you build inner awareness of your sensations. Inner awareness is the felt sense of how you are in the present moment and contains information from all aspects of you… emotional, mental, physical and spiritual.
Through touch and dialogue, I encourage you to follow and allow your sensations with tender curiosity. I help you notice links between your sensations and images, thought patterns or emotions that arise. This discovered information connects the unconscious with your consciousness and invites new possibilities for improved ways of feeling, thinking, and behaving.
During your session, your mind may drift or have busy thoughts. You might meet difficult feelings or become tense. You may notice patterns of self-judgment or feelings of spaciness, despair, or agitation arise in you as you come closer to yourself initially. You may try to analyze what is there or have a story about why you feel the way you feel.
As you allow yourself simply to be with what is there, without trying to change it or judge it, you may experience relaxation, profound shifts, pain relief, emotional expression, and feelings of re-connection.
Under every deep another deep opens. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
Our emotional symptoms, neurotic habits, and life problems are precious sources of life and individuality. (Thomas Moore from Original Self)