Toward and Away

"I don't want to lose you.  But I need my space!" IMG_1362
 
Setting limits in relationships, valuing our own feelings while staying in connection with others, wow, to me it sometimes feels rocky and uphill all the way.  Are you also getting stuck on that step?
 
As part of my somatic training, I've learned that to get close, we first need to be able to say "no."
 
Let's approach the need for healthy aggression from the bottom up: 
 
 Step down first.  
 Stand on your two feet, your two legs.
 You can't step up
     till you step down.
 
Getting grounded connects you to your lower body as a foundation for everything above it. Your feet, legs, pelvis are right there under you, so when you're feeling, then expressing, there's a there there.
 
For me, and for many of my clients, it's not enough to just understand in my head. My bodywork and somatic practice supports people struggling with relationships, find agency, strength, and resilience. Finding the there in their bodies that stabilizes the response to stress. Giving voice to the "no" that hasn't always been heard.  
 
In a typical session, we'll explore movement toward -- and away from -- whatever is coming up in the moment.  Yes, we'll do that by actually moving in space in whichever direction the body leads.  We'll use what's already happening rather than making it up. Memories, thoughts, images that emerge, we'll use what gets us from motion into e-motion -- or the other way around.  So you can imagine that a client might be standing or seated, as well as having a chance to be horizontal on the table.  
 
This month, I'm taking the third module of "Somatic Regulation and Resilience" with Kathy Kain and Steve Terrell, to deepen my touchwork with early developmental trauma.
 
Please keep your questions coming.  I'm glad to be here for you -- and for me too!
 
I Love You -- Go Away artist Jeanne-Marie Lovell
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3 Building Blocks to Resilience

IMG_2770Regain balance in your body's capacity for healthy adaptive response -- resilience -- starting with these three practices. 

Respect your body's wisdom.

Support what's working well in your body already -- by noticing what you can about how that is happening now.

Luckily, we don't have to tell our hearts to keep pumping, our lungs to inflate and deflate, to duck when a softball is headed our way, to yell "ow" when the knife slips.  These automatic, reflexive responses, just like the Fight - Flight - Freeze responses, kick in when the body senses protection is needed.

Just by noticing these under-the-radar rhythms, small changes begin.  Really!  That is, in fact, how our nervous systems adapt: by changing in small ways based on input.  Small input, easier for the system to digest.

Start by noticing how breath comes in and out, all by itself. Want to play with a small input? Breathe OUT - 2 - 3 - 4.  The rest will follow.

Rest.  

Nearly all of us need more rest! How does your body let you know?  Plan a little down time in every day. Five minutes is a start: Stop to smell pleasant aromas, exhale, and move on. 

Honor the wish to sleep longer by scheduling it.  

Busy at work or school, non-stop?

Seeing multiple health care providers, fitness trainers, coaches?  

Allow ample time between engagements.  This allows your system to integrate smaller chunks of input. 

Yeah, I know.  Sounds good when you read about it, but carving out rest time is the most difficult thing for me, too.  Come back to this one later.

Re-orient.  

The children's series, Where's Waldo? challenges us to locate and identify Waldo in a crowded environment.  Imagine that is you, wearing the red striped shirt in the crowd.  How do you know where you are?  We look, listen, and find ourselves in space by sensing, inside and outside. Orienting is recognized as a discrete stage in the body's organizing process to protect itself from threat.  Over milliseconds, the body takes in lots of information before mobilizing the energy needed to act, moving away or toward.  Info-gathering at this level happens well below cognitive decision control!  Eyes, ears, nose, throat are involved big-time, of course, along with sensors for space, movement, gravity, pressure.

A re-orienting practice you might try could start by checking the calendar.  Do you have ten minutes or so right now? If you'd like, set a timer to end your practice. Then, like the example of Waldo, above, check out what's around you now.  Let your gaze wander to what's familiar or interesting as you look around.  Take your time as you explore finding "you" in the midst of "here".  Feel where the edge of you stops and the ground or other surfaces begin.  Remember that you set your timer, and you can come back anytime.


Nervous System Reboot

It's time to ReFresh!  And maybe Reboot...

Today I'm sharing contact info for my professional colleague, Irene Lyon, who lives in Canada, and -- like me -- has trained in Peter Levine's Somatic Experiencing model.

She's developing ways for more people to learn the importance of our nervous systems in healing trauma, online.  From her website, you can access a bunch of educational resources, some free and some requiring payment.

A few months ago, I included links here to a few of her videos because a) they educate about a topic I feel is important and b) they were free.  

But soon after, I removed the link!  (And a few of you noticed -- sorry if you missed it!)

Irene was going to soon remove the free videos from her site, anyway!  When she announced that, I saw her "free video" offer as another example of being into yet another marketing scheme. I apologize if that's how you feel, too!  Remember, if you're concerned about receiving too many emails, you may always unsubscribe.

Bottom line, though, the educational resources she provides are proving worthwhile.  Already, a handful of my clients have reported that it's helped them understand more about their own somatic experience. 

All this is to say, if you're interested in online learning programs, I recommend checking out irenelyon.com.  

 

Wait-- What?! New Guidelines for Lower Back Ache

NYTimes: Lower Back Ache? Be Active and Wait It Out, New Guidelines Say 

This change is sure to get people talking. Opinions run strong when it comes to pain relief (just see the article's comments section!) Carried by the mainstream press, this topic will now make its way into all kinds of conversations about pain and addiction, pleasure and punishment.

I am optimistic about systemic change, toward a holistic view of care. But here's my big "however": Back pain is not just one thing. Pain anywhere is a message for us to attend to, and ask the body, "Hey, what's going on?" Sometimes pain corresponds directly with the area, sometimes the relationship to its source is mysterious. It can be devilishly difficult to figure out just what that message is. We have to keep listening, using all the tools available.


I've learned to not assume back pain is muscular. (Could be organic!) This idea doesn't always fly, when a client is convinced otherwise. So I leaven my approach with humor. Offer something that helps in the moment. Educate a bit, inviting opening to curiosity. Orient to what moves us along in time, together.

And I listen some more.
 

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Self Care: Getting Ready for the Holidays

We’re getting ready.

 

Over the river and through the woods

is our holiday landscape of self care:

Soon we'll be sharing music, food, drink with those dear

while those we deem safe enough 

we'll greet with arms outstretched,

our palms flexed;

we'll listen to their stories and tell our own next.

Before all this, though, an imperative: 

Rest! -- bathe, find comfort in touch, in breath, in sleep.

Honoring spirit, dance, meditate, sing, or sit still.

Spend time out of doors, alone or together

reflecting on what is most precious in darkest winter

moving gently toward the warmth of fellow humans

the light in our eyes

the fire in our hearts,

the us that we are.

 

Some are resistant to this, they say

we should keep working harder jump higher now now now

and I say

whoa

really?

what is so pressing?

to feed a revolution we must be fueled, fortified, refreshed

and with care, we can indeed thrive

as thousand-fold ourselves

 

So to those

who question

what you will get

and how does this "self-care" benefit everybody

just turn to them and ask

How do you plan on celebrating?

 

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So many ways of getting ready for the holidays!

Here's one: hiking up high with family, where we discovered this snow-cocooned cone, a few hours shy of melting away.  This was on the trail last Tuesday after that first snow, Timber Mountain.   

Warmest wishes to you this holiday season!


On Purpose

All the healing communities that I’m involved with*, each in their own way, acknowledged this week the pain of the most recent national tragedy and how its impact feels, even at a distance.

For each, the message was not primarily of outrage or disgust, though that was expressed first. Through each ran the deeper current of shared awareness of our human need for connection and spiritual meaning. Clear in each too is their resolution.  

We have a job to do.  

It is healing our world. 

Let’s pause.  

We honor those who died, and those most affected.  

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We then turn to taking care of ourselves so we can care for others. 

The world needs what we have to offer.  People feel broken, stuck, like there’s no way out.

We’re not THE answer, but we can provide hope.  Hope for moving, perhaps slowly and sideways at first, then gradually, resolutely onward.

So let’s get back to work. 

*Somatic Experiencing groups, Visceral Manipulation study group, Claremont yoga community, my church, my coach,  my professional association, and Feldenkrais in Houston

Photo credit: Ian Cook, SE Australia training, Melbourne. 


Twenty-five Years

Celebrating! Yes, it's worth a quick look back, to appreciate the view ahead.

From my start as a part-time massage therapist 25 years ago, I discovered that here in the body is where it feels safe enough to explore being myself.

I am grateful to the many teachers who have nurtured me along the way.  Sensory awareness skill-building with Raja Selvam taught me to trust my body's messages, and to listen differently to others. Marshall Amini Peller taught craniosacral therapy, and graceful allowing.  Embodiment, modeled best by Kathy Kain. From Dan Siegel, I learned about how our minds change in relationship, shaped by early developmental patterns.  From Gail Wetzler, Ron Mariotti, "listen and follow."  

As a body-oriented therapist, I invite you to explore what it might be like to be yourself.  

If you'd like, let's have a conversation sometime. Take advantage of my free consult, and see where you want to go from there. 

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How the Light Shines In

It's only from shadow that we can 'see the light'

only from winter's dark days welcome spring

It's where we're broken and vulnerable 

that the light can shine in

Now

teeth bared breath held bracing against fear time stops but --- aahh!

Bringing into my now the walking-in-this-forest-together feeling

Remembering in my legs the right-left rhythm, my breath slows

Fear and forest mix

Till what shines through is neither and both

Emerging: warmth, compassion for self

for living

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With gratitude to my daughter for this photo and for taking us hiking at Mount Si, Washington.  


Slinky Video


Notice your breathing as you watch this video

Dr Peter Levine, founder of the Somatic Experiencing (R) approach, uses his famous "Slinky" presentation to demonstrate the effects of trauma on the nervous system, and his philosophy of treating trauma; which involves slowly releasing (or titrating) this compressed fight-or-flight energy a bit at time to give the individual the ability to reintegrate it back into their nervous system.

What happens in your system as the Slinky is bouncing faster or slower, or stopping?

You may notice your breathing or heart rate changing a little --- one indication that your body's own internal regulation is working!  Adapting to what is going on around you is a sign of resilience!

So many ways to strengthen your resilience!  I'm including some in next blog post.

 

 
 

Safety First

In this post by Steve Haines, Jane Shaw talks about the "why" of chatting first and orienting a bit, before going into a therapy session.  

Safety comes first.  

If you walk into my therapy room for the first time, naturally your body is more alert to what's going on all around, as it's novelty.  "Aha, what's that over there?"  Sounds, smells, visual cues, the whole sensory mix we take in from our surroundings, the body evaluates in terms of potential threat.   The body then orients to what action might become necessary, such as escape routes.  So as Jane points out, I don't sit between you and the door.  

If you walk in and immediately lie down on the table with no attuned conversation, instead of your body moving gently toward more regulation between calm (also called "rest and digest") and alert (where energy is mobilized for action), the response may in fact be freeze or shut down.  But when we engage socially first, the myelinated -- faster -- part of the vagus nerve, according to Steven Porges, lets us take the high road of modulated response.  Less need for a fight/flight response.  We can be curious about what might happen next.  

It's not the environment itself that makes you feel safe, it's all about perception.  And how your body perceives safety depends on what your senses are processing.  So we slow it down, give it time to integrate.

 

 


Nature Walks Heal

NYT article describes how a walk in the park may soothe the mind and, in the process, change the workings of our brains in ways that improve our mental health.

And I would add, hiking in our nearby mountains!  Starting early in the day works best for me -- beat the heat and let the day unfold from there.  Call if you'd like to join me on a hike sometime!  

This is along the trail at Icehouse Canyon, about a month ago.

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Scientific Journal Article on SE

This pioneering article differentiates Peter Levine's Somatic Experiencing (SE) from other therapeutic approaches that use focused internal awareness.  To illustrate how SE works in the brain and physiology, the authors present a composite case study.  

Preceding this, however, and oh-so-relevant to understanding theory and practice in this field of study, they define terms -- stresstrauma, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 

Stress is defined as the inability of the [biological] system to recover functionality.  Trauma, when the stress dysregulation occurs over the long-term, resides in the nervous system, not in the event, according to Levine.

Rather than the pathologizing diagnosis of PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, from the DSM [the authority for diagnosing psychiatric disorders], the term preferred by Levine is PTSS, post-traumatic stress syndrome -- viewed as a collection of symptoms occurring on a spectrum.

Imagining these terms on a continuum might be eye-opening enough.  But reading the article to the end, you might also find answers to, "What is a Somatic Experiencing session like?" as well as new insight on theory of SE and other bodymind systems.

I've been a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner since 2002, and it's changed -- well, my life.  So if you're interested in finding out more on this for yourself, about SE or otherwise, please give me a call and let's begin a conversation.

 


Listening Beyond Words

At a local health fair last week, many of the people who wandered by my table were not as interested in what I had to say ("...restoring resilience by building on what's working well in our physiology") as in what I had to practice:

Listening.

Over a hundred people circled the forty-some tables, hailing friends across the room, while live music, heavily amplified, blared.  It was hard to hear each other talk.

My sign:  Free Demo Today said what they wanted to hear.

Once seated for their turn, they didn't even ask what I was doing.  My hands gently resting on upper arms, I listened to the body's messages.  "Notice how your breath is moving you right now," I invited them to listen, too.

I support you in your quest for wholeness.

I hear you trying oh so hard just to be yourself.

I can tell you really want to feel better.

We just hung out there for a few minutes before they moved on to the next information spot.

You are heard!  

Gentle, respectful contact can communicate that.  

 

 


It's Up to You

When you arrive for your session, whether it's for massage/bodywork or for Somatic Experiencing, we will start with a chat so you can let me know what's best for you.  

What changes do you seek, today or generally?  

Would you like an hour of quiet relaxation, or is there an area calling out for therapeutic focus?  

What has been most effective so far?  Anything to avoid -- surgery sites or injuries?  

I will continue checking in as we go along, but if anything --- from air conditioning, to cushioning, to contact --- needs to be changed to make you more comfortable, don't wait --  just tell me!

It's up to you!

 

--- Suzanne

 


Less Talk, More Therapy

"I read this New York Times article and decided to see whether there was anybody in Claremont who could help me."  

This, from a new client today who found me online, as "you seem to offer more than a normal massage therapist."  She says she has put up with the pain long enough and is ready to explore change from the body perspective.  

Yay!   First step in seeking well-being is saying, "Enough!" and feeling open to ask questions about what could be different.  Then, who to trust along the way.  Many of my clients are right there at that edge of discovery.  It's a time ripe for experimenting.

Q:  So does this article come close to describing what you do?

A:  Well, sometimes. Often. Depends on what client is open to explore, their stated goals, and how the body calls. Some sessions more like "normal" massage, even deep tissue. Sometimes a whole session is a story-led sensory exploration, all while sitting in chairs, moving a bit, bringing awareness outside on purpose, not even using the table. My goal is always integration... a topic that warrants its own article!

 

 


Moving Anger Out from a Holding Pattern

Here's an interesting blog post about anger from a therapist named Robert Firestone.  Number one in his list of effects of denying or suppressing anger is somaticizing -- creating physical symptoms. 

"Holding back angry feelings creates tension, and this stress reaction plays a part in a wide range of psychosomatic ailments, such as headaches, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and cancer."

Many of us have learned to pooh-pooh what may come along with anger that's held:  the constriction, the pain, the frustrating lack of momentum.   Ignoring it doesn't make it go away!    Among my bodywork clients are some whose hunched neck/shoulders are actually compromising their heart/lung functional capacity --- which compounds with anxiety as the heart races or "I can't breathe!"   For some, a holding pattern like this snowballs into a syndrome, a complex tangle of symptoms.  

To successfully address physical symptoms, my therapeutic approach will often integrate multiple elements of human experience: emotion, meaning, behavior, sensation, image.  Combining Somatic Experiencing with gentle bodywork is what I find most effective.

A few more thoughts about allowing anger to be part of the mix of feelings we experience:

1)    Feeling a feeling -- any feeling -- It's not right or wrong, it just is!   This is part of the job of our physical bodies.  When we sense a feeling, the body gets a message to move.  Toward something attractive, away if not attractive.  Checking in with where in your body might want to move right now is a great place to start.  For example, a nice breath out!  -- Aahhh! 

2)    Feeling an impulse to move is not the same as following through with aggressive actions!   To develop more impulse control, experiment with letting go of some control!   Sound counter-intuitive?  In a Somatic Experiencing session, we might explore feeling that edge between extreme-absolute-control and a-little-bit-of-movement.   

3)    What's the opposite of anger?  Again, not a right or wrong answer here, just an invitation to explore that for a moment, sitting away from your screen to feel whatever it is for you.     Give yourself enough time so that when you come back to a feeling of anger, there's this other feeling your body remembers as well.  Something to gently swing back to.

 

 


sense of myself as a resilient container

I am an artist in my mid-forties.  I spent many years of my life in psychotherapy and self help, but could not seem to shake the perpetual emotional pain and anxiety which crippled my daily functioning.  A friend shared books about Somatic Experiencing, and I realized I could not heal myself alone.  I found Suzanne via the "Find a Practitioner" at www.traumahealing.com.  Her gentle style immediately put me at ease and established a relationship of trust.  

I really appreciate how Suzanne is available for me when I am triggered.  A phone call or visit to her office resets my attitude and empowers me to proceed with my day calmly.  She reads me so well, picking up on subtle signs how my system is doing.  Her supportive touch is tremendously healing as it enables me to discharge pent-up anxiety and stress.  As our series of sessions continues, I am putting experiences in her office together with the lingo I learned while reading about S.E.;  gaining a tangible sense of myself as a resilient container.  

Receiving her gentle visceral bodywork [an osteopathic approach that complements S.E.] is making me aware of my own internal anatomy, and awakening my inner health advocate.  This year I got serious about attending regular [every 2 weeks] sessions.  Rather than just soothing me and helping me to put out emotional fires, I have made significant progress in both my personal and professional life.  I feel that Suzanne's help has empowered me with the confidence to meet with clients and to achieve artwork I never had the stamina for before.   I feel very fortunate to have discovered her practice.  -- Jeanne-Marie Lovell


College Students, Welcome Back!

With the return of fall semester comes the rhythm of practicums, performances, and exams.  Here's an exercise to invite your body to settle.  Try this in someplace quiet enough for you.  

Grounding & Resourcing (about 10 min)        

Sit in a supported position, both feet on the floor.  Take time to notice your natural breath, particularly your exhale.  Slowly push the sole of one foot into the floor as you exhale, releasing on the inhale.  Alternate left and right.  Slow your movements even more, to explore the sensations.  Look for what feels good!  If your eyes are closed, try opening them a little and check out your environment. 

As you look around, what attracts you?  Let your eyes rest there awhile before moving on.  Allow your attention to move your head as your eyes gently take in something new of interest. Notice how the breath changes as you do this.  Take all the time you need.

 


Let Go

let go

let go of holding onto what you don't need

let go of trying to be good at letting go

let go of self-judgment for not letting go

                                   fast enough slow enough hard enough soft enough 

                                   enough enough

                                   ever

let go

let go

let


Clients Write: letting the creative work flow

Suzanne is a genius at healing. I don't say that lightly. For nearly as long as I can remember, I've had issues with doing solo work - especially writing. I've always had tons of ideas and I could get other people excited about them, but the moment I'd get near paper or a keyboard to make things real - poof! All gone. Instead, confusion and dissociation, paralysis, indecision, self-loathing. Sometimes I could do what needed to be done, but only with huge amounts of effort and pain, and never in a "professional" manner. And it was really holding up my career. I had tried everything -  coaching, cognitive-behavioral therapy, goal setting, visualization, ADD meds, spiritual healing, you name it. Things would work a little, but nothing really transformative.
 
Until working with Suzanne. In our sessions feel like I'm working through stuff I never had access to any other way. Sometimes I walk in feeling heavy and out of it. Suzanne goes right to the spot, and a few minutes later I feel myself reacting differently from the inside out - feeling light and calm, yet responsive and fully connected. Between visits I also feel things moving differently. It feels like I have more influence on my consciousness and can be more responsive in my day to day environment. I don't have to suffer and delay until I can find the superhuman strength to produce - for the first time I'm working ahead instead of procrastinating! Without it being a big deal.
 
I highly recommend the somatic approach. Suzanne seems to use a few different modalities - I don't particularly understand the mechanics of what she does (and I don't need to!). But I do know what talent, deep intuition and years of practice look like, and I can tell you that Suzanne has really got it going on.  -- Kim

Fall 2013 Calendar

Consider self-care:  Welcome to my practice, offering Massage Therapy & Somatic Experiencing--- and helping people move from overwhelm toward health.  To book a private session in my  Claremont office, click to view my appointment calendar!

Here's what's on our calendar this season at Integrative Bodywork.

Artwalk First Fridays:  Claremont's festive Friday evenings include live music and open art galleries.  You're invited to enjoy Gina Nelson's art here too!  Open house with light refreshments 6 September, 4 October.

Nurture Nights:  Gather two or more friends to share a special evening of deepening through energy healing and bodywork.  Hosted in collaboration with Gina Nelson, energy practitioner, at our studio in the Claremont Village.  We open the evening at 8 pm with sharing of intentions, then divide so individuals may receive private mini-sessions (in rotation), re-joining for closing ceremony.  Choose from 24 September, 22 October.  Introductory fee $75 per person.

Anniversary Celebration & Talk -- 27th September:     To celebrate my year of growth here in this space at 114 N. Indian Hill Blvd.,  let's fill the room with people and merriment!  My talk, "Stress, Safety, Hope"  is about  how our bodies adapt to keep us safe.   Bring friends and family!  Reception 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm; talk at 7:00 pm.

Appointments for you!  I'm available Monday -- Friday (including evenings!) throughout the fall season, except 9 - 13 September (when I'll be assisting Maggie Kline, LMFT for the second year of Somatic Experiencing training held in Beitou, Taiwan.) 

Book your next session here, or phone for more info.  I enjoy being a resource for you!  Looking forward to connecting soon!

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                                    --  Suzanne


Restoring the Body: Bessel vd Kolk

Listen to Krista Tippett's recent interview with Bessel van der Kolk, foremost trauma researcher!   As I am only one of many who return often for inspiration to onbeing.org, I feel excited that a huge audience is getting the message here about restoring the body and healing trauma.  And, it makes me want to add a whole lot to what he said about healing therapies! 

The body awareness approach Somatic Experiencing is another of the therapies that help with trauma, and there are so many more ways we can help our bodies in moving through overwhelm toward health.

As you listen to the podcast, keep in mind questions that come up for you.  What strikes you as interesting?  What's not so clear?  What would you like to know more about?

Let's make a date for a talk!

 

 

 

 

 

Human memory is a sensory experience says psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk. Through his longtime research and innovation in trauma treatment, he shares what he's learning how bodywork like yoga or eye movement therapy can restore a sense of goodness and safety. And what he’s learning speaks to a resilience we can all cultivate in the face of the overwhelming events that after all make up the drama of culture, of news, of life. - See more at: http://www.onbeing.org/program/restoring-the-body-bessel-van-der-kolk-on-treating-trauma-with-yoga-emdr-and-healing#sthash.Vg3oZjaz.dpuf
Human memory is a sensory experience says psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk. Through his longtime research and innovation in trauma treatment, he shares what he's learning how bodywork like yoga or eye movement therapy can restore a sense of goodness and safety. And what he’s learning speaks to a resilience we can all cultivate in the face of the overwhelming events that after all make up the drama of culture, of news, of life. - See more at: http://www.onbeing.org/program/restoring-the-body-bessel-van-der-kolk-on-treating-trauma-with-yoga-emdr-and-healing#sthash.Vg3oZjaz.dpuf

Here, Now

Playing piano since age five gave me a great head start in bodywork.  Listening with hands and ears, moving to match dynamics and tempo with the big picture, are skills developed in my musician's toolkit. 

Grounded in nature and spirit ---  we canoed every summer in the Boundary Waters --- I was inspired by my chemist father to study sciences.  A biology degree, and a dozen unrelated jobs later, led to "why not try something for fun?" A massage course.  Yes, this was it. Working manually with the human body ignited joy in me, especially when emphasizing structural problem-solving.  Analyzing biomechanical patterns was a head game I could master.

But there is so much more!  After eight years of working mechanically, I gave up trying to absorb more analytic protocols.  While I value the foundation in structural work, it's through Somatic Experiencing(R) , that I finally grew to embrace the freedom of “not knowing.”   

Playing only what's written?  Not anymore.  My current practice is full of improvisation, rewarding me with daily discovery, inspiration and challenge --- and yes, benefiting my clients!  My steps from keyboard, to science and nature, to integrative bodywork, connect me in a theme of moving notes.  Now, sitting with a client, I continue to listen for the notes between:  the ones that, in relationship with the others, create harmony or dissonance, and can lead on to the next notes."

 


feeling like Eeyore no more

I started seeing Suzanne for fibromyalgia relief.  Her experience and techniques have been very helpful in reducing the muscle aches.  I was surprised at one session where something in my hip released.  From that time several months ago, to the present, my low level depression, what I called my “Eeyore -ness,” has vanished.   --  Kathryn BR


See You, In Person!

Yes, it's First Friday again, April 5th ----- time to celebrate art and local artists with Claremont's monthly Artwalk evening.   I'll be co-hosting at our studio reception with artist Gina Nelson, and we'll be serving wine and goodies while you browse. Be sure to ask Gina about her new painting classes, and check out her portfolio of murals and other work!

IMG_1571With studio fun, a kicked-back evening in the Claremont Village -- and of course, refreshments! --   First Fridays are a great chance to get together in person, share stories and ask questions.   

Let's talk, in Real Life.

See you soon!

Suzanne


Beyond Sandy Hook, How SE Can Help

Many of us feel helpless in the face of tragedy.  But there's hope for healing, as described in this blog post from the Somatic Experiencing (R) Trauma Institute.  Especially for parents and child educators, I'll also recommend the book written by Peter Levine and Maggie Kline.

Somatic Experiencing is the approach Iuse in my private practice with people seeking greater ease in moving and connecting.  SE has helped many of my clients in completing unresolved defensive responses, which no longer hold them in a freeze pattern.

Although we can't all physically travel to be with people who have suffered great loss, we can educate our communities, ourselves.   Powerful stories about human resiliency build hope.

 


Accessible Space!

So happy to welcome my wheelchair-mobile client yesterday.  She had booked online & figured out without us chatting that the building's east entrance works for wheels.   You have to travel through the middle hallway to reach us, but yeah, the space where I work now is accessible!  Yay, I really like being inclusive.

Savor the Season

 

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Delighting in seasonal color! Photo taken while hiking last month in Yosemite National Park!

 

Join us at a gathering to  

Savor the Season

Friday 23 November

4:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Visit my new space, and meet artist Gina Nelson,

whose work is displayed this month in our "ArtWithin" reception area.

Enjoy art, wine, and friendship!

114 North Indian Hill Blvd. is in the Claremont Village, between 1st & 2nd.