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!
Or, for short, just MNWwWW. Lots of zigs and zags of the pen. Kind of like that diagram of our human nervous system when stress response isn't smooth. Up, down, up, up, down, rather abruptly.
Wendy's a local instructor in Alexander technique, "a method... that focuses on improving your awareness of how you move (in order) to increase your ease of movement." Sounds pretty similar to my work, right? "Helping clients find ease in moving and connecting." It is, and yet it's got its own flavor.
Because we're both enthusiastic about ease (ease-thusiastic?), both love learning new stuff in small bites (ie, workshops!), and are both here in Claremont this summer --- well, we thought, Wendy and I,
"Let's make our own workshop." And we did. Just for you.
So now, how about it:
Can you possibly scoot aside everything on your calendar SATURDAY afternoon, the 22nd of JUNE? Not the whole day, just from 1:00 pm till 4:00 pm.
It's just that so many of us DO put everybody else first, and when it comes around to our TURN, then suddenly time's run out, or there's no more chocolate in the jar, or we say, shucks I didn't really DESERVE a ride on the swingy chair anyway. Or whatever we missed out on.
Taking care of ourselves, so often, comes last. We're inviting you to experiment with self-care tools, together with us, for one Saturday afternoon. Tools for setting limits, and allowing yourself some breathing room. Ways you can find the support you need. All experiential, body-based learning.
Sound good? Here's the info:
Oh. We haven't finalized our location yet. It's in Claremont, right around the corner, and the date is confirmed, just not the place.
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
Read in Alan Fogel's Psychology Today blog about embodied self awareness, one of the Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLCs) purported to boost health.
I'm just back from another visceral training. And -- surprise! I'm not overwhelmed!
Four days of new material. Four days of intensive practice. Four days in an unfamiliar environment, working closely with an instructor and practicing hands-on with fellow students, most of whom are physical therapists.
Why am I not overwhelmed?
It was my second time through. The curriculum included review of another class. These classes build on what I know --- from studying reference books and notes --- and on what I know more deeply, from practice.
Wow, at that first time 12 years ago, I sure was toast by the end. Couldn't really tell you what happened on the fourth day of it.
But this time, I could not only take it in, but expand with it. Over the years inbetween, with study and practice, my body has had time to incorporate this information a little at a time, in context.
You know what they say --- about how to get to Carnegie Hall?
Practice, practice, practice.
I can't wait to share visceral work --- with you! And so I'm bringing it toward the front of the room, providing a context.
We all want to enjoy moving; it's how we live our lives to the fullest. When moving happens with greater ease, we feel better. Feeling good, we're better able to connect with people. Part of feeling good is enjoying strength and support, and part of it is proprioception ----- body-to-brain, brain-body, and body-body ("...stable here, how about you?") messages inside.
Visceral work is all about relationships! We're "waking up" proprioceptive connections on the inside, the messaging system that tells our body where we are and how we're doing, relative to other parts, and relative to the whole. Awareness of self, and self in the environment.
Visceral work is also encouraging natural movement.
To function, our organs must be moving all the time, or we die. (Ideally, joints and muscles can also move freely, but if not, mostly that won't kill you.) Where movement is hindered or stuck, that's where therapeutic attention will focus, gently encouraging movement in the direction of ease. That's it!
So, I am not a healer but a person who listens to the tissues, and connects with encouraging movement. Listening. Connecting. Encouraging.
When it's not too much input into the system as to overwhelm, the body can adapt, incorporating what's new, moving toward hope a little at a time.
As holiday preparations escalate, anxiety stifles our breath --- dampening enjoyment of festive gatherings. Take this opportunity to find an inner oasis of calm in the swirl of the season. Discover spacious containment in the breath: a resource that keeps flowing on beyond the New Year. Continuing to explore bottom-up wellness, we’ll be using hands-on contact, restful play, and movement to invite learning.
1 pm - 3 pm Sunday 27 November at Claremont Yoga
204 N. Yale (second level)
Reserve your spot at www.claremontyoga.com
or contact me at 909.239.8313. Class is $25.
Join me for a fun 2-hour workshop, Sunday 10 July, 1 pm at Claremont Yoga.
Third in a series exploring bottom-up wellness, we’ll be using hands-on contact, restful play, and movement to invite learning. Download Flyer
Come to get inside your own skin, dwell deeper in your personal space, explore your edges.....
Second in a series exploring "bottom-up wellness", this class embraces Shoulders, in context of the whole body. We’ll be using hands-on contact and movement, so learning – expanding perception – can happen from inside.
-- in the Village at 204 N. Yale Ave. (at Second) on 2nd floor, stairs access only
SPACE IS LIMITED! Reserve your spot at www.claremontyoga.com
or contact Suzanne at 909.239.8313. Class is $25.
Here's some of what to expect:
Free-Range Shoulders: Go Where They Wish.
Should: Might We Invite “Can” and “May” into Alignment?
No Shoulder Is An Island: Amiable Conversation with Neighbors.
Lean on Me: Comfort, Defend; Contain, Connect.
Shoulder Rest: Enjoy Support from Below.
This new class explores the kind of wellness from inside you --- "bottom-up wellness". First class will focus on the head: resolving stress that leads to tension, hands-on help for headaches, and the role your body plays.
When: Sunday 3 April, 12 pm - 2 pm
Where: Claremont Yoga
in the Village at Second and Yale, on 2nd floor. (Stairs access only.)
Sign up at www.claremontyoga.com
or phone Suzanne at 909.239.8313. Class is $25.
Experience a bodyworker's twist on shaping your yoga poses, and unfolding into life.
Here's some of what to expect:
Would you like your body to feel better? to move more freely?Welcome to Integrative Bodywork --- a safe place to relax and invite ease into moving and connecting.
Hi, I'm Suzanne, a California Certified Massage Practitioner, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, and owner of Integrative Bodywork, in Claremont. With over 20 years experience, I'm dedicated to helping people move from overwhelm toward health.
My practice integrates effective approaches that facilitate your well-being.
Massage therapy brings calming, nurturing respite, restoring a sense of peace to body and mind.
Manual therapy restores balance to the body's structure and function, to relieve musculoskeletal / visceral pain and to ease movement with alignment, flexibility, and strength.
Somatic Experiencing (R) restores resilience to the body's responses to stress and trauma. Respond to life's challenges with increased energy, motivation, clarity. Building stronger relationships to our resources inside and out, SE addresses chronic pain, and stress-related disorders such as fibromyalgia, irritable bowel, gastric reflux.
At the base of your skull, lots of muscles connect and overlap with each other. As these muscles constrict, this can reduce flow of blood, oxygen into and out of the head. Paradoxically, pressing firmly here can re-set the body's message to constrict, therefore restoring flow.
Here are some self-care tips to try at home:
1 Begin by lying down, face up, and putting your hands behind your head. Apply pressure with your thumbs and fingertips along the ridge of base-of-skull bone (occiput), and just underneath, toward the neck. Direct your pressure toward the front of the head, moving from spot to spot along the ridge of bone. Allow the weight of your head to fall onto your fingertips, varying the pressure. Try rotating or tilting your head to locate areas where pressure brings relief. These areas might change day to day.
2 A more passive version of this utilizes a “still point inducer”. You can purchase one, or you can make one yourself. Put 2 racquetballs inside an athletic sock; tie a knot. Lie face up, positioning the 2 balls side-by-side in the sock under your head, supporting the base-of-skull bone (occiput) comfortably. You may want to slightly tuck your chin as you begin. Allow the weight of your head to sink with gravity over several minutes, adjusting your position as needed for comfort.
"Your captain has turned off the seat-belt sign. You are free to move about the cabin."
Oh my goodness, what a relief. I can move. I can breathe freely. I can be myself. I can (fill in the blank).
Today, air traffic safety is assured: I'm not piloting a plane. I'm working one-on-one with a client seeking to reduce overwhelm, pain and stress. But, when I give permission to move about, my client noticeably relaxes. I do, too.
You can try it right now, "Just allow your eyes to go where they want." Or, "See how your head and neck might want to move right now." As you bring attention to the body, what else happens? You might find yourself adjusting your position, maybe stretching, moving a bit to feel more grounded. And your breath might kick in with a natural shift.
Just permission, that's all. It's OK to be there as you are. I'm over here, with you when you're ready.