Online or Studio-Based
You are here because you seek a more harmonious relationship with your body.
There are many body-oriented therapies out there, just like there are many talking therapies. Some acknowledge the body and mind connection, yet few modalities can give equal attention to both and help you resolve issues where body and mind come together:
- In The Nervous System.
My Somatic Coaching approach is a combination of Somatic Experiencing and Pilates. It enables you to understand both your physical and emotional symptoms as your autonomic nervous system expressing itself.
Exploring your nervous system states and responses in movement and embodied stillness allows you to build new capacity, resilience and movement ability in your body. As you get in touch with your survival instincts and negotiate your inner conflicts on this physical level you move beyond your cognitive understanding of your difficulties or trauma and gain a greater sense of connection, safety, freedom and ease in your body and in your life.
Perhaps you are struggling with persistent pain?
Perhaps you never quite felt the same after an accident?
Or you have multiple symptoms or a health condition that is affecting both your body and your mental health?
Or perhaps you are a professional mover or performer and you have come to realise that habitual tension or a lack of confidence is getting in the way of you unlocking your full potential?
What To Expect:
You play an active role.
My role is to support and guide you to your own empowerment. This requires a level of curiosity and a willingness on your part to play an active role in your recovery/self-improvement process. This is your session!
I may interrupt you.
Sometimes it may happen that I politely interrupt you when you tell me details of a traumatic event or share newly discovered insights during the work. I do want to hear what you have to say, yet it is my role to make sure we stay in the present moment and with the physical sensations linked to what you are sharing, as this is where powerful change happens.
Complimentary video & audio recordings.
Creating lasting and powerful change can be difficult if we only have one hour per week to do so. Therefore I may sometimes offer you complimentary video or audio recordings to help you to continue the process in between sessions.
Movement is not a chore.
When we work with movement we will treat it as a form of behaviour or expression. While we may explore physical challenges where appropriate, we will never force a movement. The focus will rather be on instinctive and conscious explorations and learning, in order to improve movement patterns, physical efficiency and authenticity. I want you to gain confidence and a sense of joy and inner connection through movement.
Due to the focus on working with the felt sense, I may often ask you questions like "How do you know that you are experiencing this?", "Where do you feel this in your body?", "What are you sensing in your body when you say/do this?". I understand these can be difficult questions to answer, however it is important that we give time and focus to the sensory and bodily resonance of our thoughts and actions, in order to resolve conflict between our instinctive and analytical brain. Noticing our body's reactions to our thoughts and actions, as well as the meaning we give physical experiences, is the essence of working equally with body and mind.
A slow pace.
Sometimes I may ask you to slow a movement down and you can expect moments of silence in which time and space is given for you to process and integrate new internal discoveries. Time and space is important for us to fully experience what is happening in the nervous system as we move, think or speak and sometimes a habitual fast pace can be a subconscious avoidance mechanism that stops us from truly connecting to what is happening for us. In this case we will work with a pace that is manageable for you.
Resourcing rather than re-traumatising.
When working with trauma it is most important that we do not re-traumatise ourselves in an attempt to deal with the past. Therefore we will never work with strong traumatic material in the first session. Instead emphasis is given to resourcing you and building capacity for resilience, which you will feel the sneaky benefits of very quickly. Once you feel resourced to work through more difficultly or past trauma safely, we will do so in small manageable portions that do not overwhelm you.
COMPLIMENTARY ONLINE SESSION
If you want to experience what it would be like to work with me, simply schedule a complimentary online session below.
It is obligation free and only if by the end of the session we both feel excited by the idea of moving forward together, we will discuss the next step of scheduling a block of further sessions and whether these should continue to be online or take place at the studio.
If that sounds like a good plan to you, please scroll down and book your complimentary session today.