About

Kristin &

Somatic Coaching

About Kristin

 

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, those who have already ‘been everywhere, tried everything’ and simply do not benefit from standard interventions. 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.

 

 

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” & "Humanumal") 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.

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About Kristin's Approach

My coaching approach is a 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 Pilates. This training background 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. It also can 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 coaching approach can offer support in managing permanent conditions and promote healing where it is possible.

 

To find out more about Somatic Experiencing and Pilates please read on below. 

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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.

About Pilates
 
"‘Change happens through movement and movement heals.’" - Joseph Pilates

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a body and mind practice, developed in the early 20th Century. It has many influences including traditional Yoga, Martial Arts and Dance. Nowadays Pilates comes in many different flavours. Aspects of it are utilised in injury rehabilitation, occupational health, fitness and conditioning of athletic performance. While popular knowledge of Pilates understands it to be a form of fitness exercise designed to increase core strength and flexibility, for me Pilates is a mindful practice that helps us become aware of our movement habits, improve movement quality, health and inner balance and this is also what we at Polestar Pilates UK promote Pilates to be. 

What can Pilates help me with? 

  • Improving body and movement awareness

  • Promoting Embodiment and inner connection

  • Finding ways to support physical fitness, health and function, when managing life changing health conditions

  • Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation

  • Finding optimal physical function

  • Improving sporting performance

  • Improving stability, functional strength and mobility

  • supporting general body and mind health

 

How does Pilates work?

Pilates can be practiced on the floor or on the Pilates apparatus (i.e. the reformer and trapeze table). By bringing awareness to physical sensation, our relationship with gravity and feedback from the equipment, we explore new ways to initiate and negotiate movement challenges. Through individual exploration and biomechanical re-education we learn more efficient ways to execute common as well as complex movements. Regular practice of these will then help us to change our habits and improve stability, mobility and strength.

What happens in a Pilates Session?

Usually you will gently engage with appropriate physical exercises that will address a weakness or faulty movement pattern you have. There is a lot of attention to detail and you will be encouraged to feel, imagine and visualise the movement and the way you use your body, in order to master the exercises and create sustainable change, therefore most exercises will be done at a slow pace. Quality always takes precedence over quantity and so you will never be pushed to complete a certain amount of repetitions to a point of fatigue. 

Kristin's Formal Qualifications


  • Somatic Experiencing - Intermediate (SOS Internationale)
  • International Comprehensive Studio Polestar Pilates Practitioner Diploma (accredited by PMA/Polestar Pilates Ltd.)
  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming Coach Practitioner (accredited by ANLP/EMH Inspire)
  • BTEC Level 5 Remedial & Clinical Sports Massage Diploma (accredited by ISRM/ The School of Natural Therapies)
  • Diploma in Biomechanics Coaching, including Low Back Pain Specialist (Intelligent Training Systems)
  • Reps Level 3 Personal Training (accredited by REPS/ Life Time)
  • Reps Level 3 Mat Pilates "The Michael King Method" (accredited by REPS/ Hanson Pilates Ltd.)
  • PgDip Arts & Cultural Management (Queen Margaret University)
  • BA(Hons) Visual Communication (Edinburgh College of Art)​




Further Training


This list is not exclusive.

  • Bartenieff Fundamentals, a 20 hour Introduction (EUROLAB, Berlin)
  • The Myofascial Anatomy & Movement Series (Natural Bodies Ltd, London)
  • Trauma in the Public Eye (with Peter Levine & Betsy Polatin, London)
  • Freedom from Emotional & Physical Pain (with Maggie Phillips, SOS Internationale)
  • Spine Surgeries & Fusions (Polestar Pilates UK, London)
  • Advanced Gait - The Lower Extremity (Polestar Pilats UK, London)
  • Movement Strategies for the Hypermobile Client (Polestar Pilates UK, London)
  • The Ego Detox (Polestar Pilates UK, London)
  • Weightlessness (with Along Loven, London)
  • Taping for Healing, Posture and Performance (Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute, London)
  • Reps Level 3 Advanced Fitness Testing (accredited by REPS/ Life Time, Scotland
  • Reps Level 3 Functional Resistance Training (accredited by REPS/ Life Time, Scotland




Past Projects & Experience


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