I grew up in the German countryside where running around, playing with the local cats and climbing trees were the main activities available to kids. Bullied by my teachers, I preferred my freedom and learning from nature rather than school. Perhaps it was for that reason that I followed a more unusual career path, motivated by a personal quest for true connection to myself and the world, body and mind confidence and overall empowerment.
I moved to the UK, went to University and gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts & Cultural Management. Working in this sector for a few years I still felt compelled to continue exploring movement and physical expression. I qualified in manual therapy, NLP coaching and Pilates teaching and subsequently became an anatomy lecturer in the fitness industry and a member of the Polestar Pilates UK education team, where I support Pilates teachers in training.
In my private practice I always felt particularly passionate about helping people whose recovery or goals are not so straight forward. Dr. Peter Levine’s work "Somatic Experiencing", which is based in studies of how animals in the wild maintain mental and physical resilience in the constant eye of danger, has been a huge influence for me. It has allowed me to offer science-based and new solutions to my clients and now Somatic Experiencing is the main modality I use to help my clients.
I am lucky to have been able to learn from Peter Levine himself, as well as from other inspiring practitioners, such as Dr. Maggie Phillips (author of “Freedom from Pain” and “Reversing Chronic Pain”), Betsy Polatin (author of “The Actor’s Secret” & "Humanual") and pioneers in the field of developmental movement patterning and myofascial anatomy.
My own journey has allowed me to address the things in myself that could have held me back and enables me to live a full life now, where I can help others. Some of the things I enjoy the most in life, besides inspiring and helping others, are cosy nights in, science fiction, practising aerial arts and connecting with animals and nature.
About Kristin's Approach
My approach is a creative mixture of several modalities that I have found effective in improving physical and mental health. The main influence in my work is Somatic Experiencing (SE). SE is a body-focused approach to building resilience and resolving trauma. It suggests that our mental and physical well-being are profoundly interlinked through our autonomic nervous system (ANS). Our ANS regulates all basic and instinctive functions of our body and is the source of our survival responses.
Another key aspect in my work is movement. My extensive background in therapeutic movement coaching gives me an in-depth understanding of healthy and efficient movement patterning and how to support those who struggle with injury or permanent physical impairment to regain physical function.
My approach can help anyone who is willing to connect to their body, to explore a more resourceful, coherent and expansive self. As an artist myself I particularly enjoy working with performers and their challenges around physical performance in the public eye.
I can also give new hope to those who have tried Pilates, Yoga or other forms of exercise, but re-injured themselves or were unsuccessful in minimising pain. This is because often pain or re-injury are not purely a result of issues in the muscular-skeletal system, and a more mindful and holistic approach is needed.
It also is ideal for anyone suffering with anxiety, burnout, stress, depression, chronic fatigue, PTSD, autoimmune disorders and complex syndromes. All of these can be results of a struggling ANS. My somatic approach can offer support in managing permanent conditions and promote healing where it is possible.
To find out more about Somatic Experiencing please read on below.
About Somatic Experiencing
"I have come to the conclusion that human beings are born with an innate capacity to triumph over trauma. I believe not only that trauma is curable, but that the healing process can be a catalyst for profound awakening—a portal opening to emotional and genuine spiritual transformation." - Dr. Peter Levine
What is Somatic Experiencing?
Somatic Experiencing (SE), developed by Dr. Peter Levine, is a body focused therapeutic approach used to grow resilience and heal the impact of trauma and traumatic stress. Besides its application in trauma healing SE can generally help to restore our sense of inner balance, presence, wellbeing, embodiment, true aliveness and our ability to connect with our own empowerment.
What can Somatic Experiencing help me with?
Self-Development, Accessing Your True Potential, Finding inner Balance
Chronic Symptoms or altered behaviour after an accident or an injury.
Anxiety, Stress, Burnout, Exhaustion, Depression, PTSD
Chronic Pain, Chronic Tension, Disembodiment, Fatigue
Fibromyalgia, Autoimmune Disorders and complex Syndromes
How does Somatic Experiencing work?
SE explores all aspects of human experience within the felt sense of the body, its movements and expressions and the beliefs and meanings we attach to these. This approach "facilitates the completion of self-protective motor responses and the release of thwarted survival energy bound in the body, thus addressing the root cause of trauma symptoms. This is approached by gently guiding clients to develop increasing tolerance for difficult bodily sensations and suppressed emotions." (www.traumahealing.org)
What happens in a Somatic Experiencing Session?
Usually both you and I will be seated during the session. I will guide and support you in safely exploring a relevant past experience or a sensation, feeling or believe you have. As SE is not a pure talking therapy this exploration will always link back to your felt sense and I may also offer a form of non invasive, therapeutic touch or invite you to stand up or to explore a movement. The general pace of SE is slow and I will always make sure that you are fully comfortable and exploring on a level that feels safe.
Where can I learn more about Somatic Experiencing?
Visit www.traumahealing.org or read "In an Unspoken Voice" or "Waken the Tiger" by Dr. Peter Levine.