highly recommend this type of work. The greatest benefit has been in my body,
mind, and spirit not having to be controlled by fear. With the "somatic experiencing" approach, you do not need to know what the trauma was or discuss it. Your body knows and it knows how to release it if
given the chance. Suzanne is gentle and understanding and makes one feel comfortable during what can
sometimes be a difficult but profound experience. ----- Judy S., Clergy
Spasms in my left upper back and arm -- my primary goal for treatment -- soon eased. But I noticed a more system-wide result: I felt more grounded, physically more solid against the earth, and also more calm and settled mentally and emotionally. At work, I could let go of worrying and trying to problem-solve issues that previously had me anxiously churning inside. This past week in particular, I noticed a different kind of calmness; a sense of balance in my thoughts and emotions. I didn’t feel so scattered in my thoughts or reactive to them. I could just sit calmly for a few minutes and it felt like my mind rested. --- Christine T., Educator
Suzanne is unique among my health care
providers in that she works holistically with my entire body,
mind, heart, and spirit, from the inside out, with superb results. Many
other doctors, physical therapists, massage therapists, and bodywork
practitioners have instead focused on one body part at a
time, and have treated my condition based on preconceived
assumptions from the outside about what my body needs. Because each body
is unique and mine has often responded differently than their other
patients, many of these practitioners have made me feel worse
rather than better, bringing on flares of severe pain. On the other
hand, Suzanne's gentle touch invites my body's own healing response
from the inside, and her inquisitive words invite me to explore
and allow the full range of my body's strength and healing potential,
even when it manifests in surprising ways.
Suzanne has helped me gain a new relationship with my body. My fibromyalgia came on very suddenly and very severely, and I felt at the beginning that it had taken away my dreams, and my ability to live the life I loved. I felt like my body had fallen apart, and I no longer trusted it.
Suzanne helped me to turn that around, to see all the things in my body that were still working right, and to feel able again. Since that day that I ran after her session, I have been able to hike (on good days, which is still not every day) up to 5 miles with 1000 foot elevation gain, up to some of the most exquisitely beautiful little lakes in the Sierra, and to camp there under the stars. I've even been dancing again, although months before, I could barely get out of bed!
My regained strength, reduced pain, increased energy, and more harmonious flow have given me my life back.
Suzanne uses the word "organism" to describe the whole body/mind/spirit/being that is responding and healing in this way, and as a biologist I understand this word as alluding to the animal within me, with instinctive responses toward protection and healing that I share with other creatures. I have also read research articles that demonstrate the power of holistic therapies like Suzanne's, which effectively stimulate healing in the brain and nervous system, breath and circulatory system, digestive and immune systems. Most importantly, I trust Suzanne's expertise because I have felt its benefits, have felt my body healing itself in her presence, and have felt myself healing independently while remembering her guidance. For this, I am filled with gratitude. ---------- Kristen S., Biologist