Change begins with the courage to look inward…
For authentic change to become a reality , we must take an honest look at our thoughts, behaviors and actions in order to gain a deeper understanding of our conscious and subconscious patterns. When we understand our starting point – our point ‘A’ – we are empowered to consciously move forward in alignment with our values.
Somawise Healing Lab services honor the untapped, innate wisdom of the human body. When the body is placed in an environment that supports healing, it naturally and effortlessly moves towards improved health and wellbeing. Ultimately, this journey is about helping you feel more comfortable in your own skin.
Coaching & Therapy Approach
Empowering people to help themselves…
Warmth. Openness. Compassion. Empathy. Equanimity. Flexibility. Willingness to collaborate. The therapist’s own mindfulness practice is the cornerstone of all mindfulness-based psychotherapy as it helps to bring these qualities into the therapeutic relationship, even if mindfulness is never mentioned explicitly. The therapist’s greatest gift they bring into session is their calm and open presence.
With therapy, the goal is not to turn everyone into a dedicated meditation practitioner, but rather to help you find more balance, peace, and fulfillment in life. Everyone is on their own path and finding their own meaning and purpose in life.
Compassionate Inquiry (CI) is a psycho-therapeutic approach developed by Sat Dharam and Dr. Gabor Maté that reveals what lies beneath the appearance we present to the world. Using CI, the therapist supports the client as they unveil the level of consciousness, mental climate, hidden assumptions, implicit memories and body states at the source of their challenge.
Through CI, the client learns to recognize the unconscious dynamics that run their life and how to free themselves from self-generated suffering, as well as gain insight, clarity and choice in their responses. Mentoring/Supervision is also available with some Somawise Practitioners.
When we place our body in an environment that supports health and healing, and then trust in our body’s inherent ability to heal, then you naturally and effortlessly move towards vitality. Holistic wellbeing is a natural byproduct of the lifestyle choices that you make from day-to-day, and moment-to-moment. Every lifestyle choice impacts our physiology, either moving us towards or away from optimal health.
Physical health is the foundation of mental and emotional wellbeing. Daily movement, healthy food, quality sleep, fulfilling work, and harmonious relationships aren’t just healthy lifestyle choices, they all contribute to healing your body and mind.
Somatic Therapy Modalities
Healing starts and ends with the body…
Somatic Therapy is a holistic therapeutic approach that addresses interconnectedness of mental and physical health concerns. When the body releases tension, processes trauma, and move towards optimal physical health, the mind follows with a sense of calm and relief.
Somatic therapy and somatic practices focus on the body because the source of our challenges originate as sensations, emotions and experiences that arise within the framework of the body. Our bodies need to process, integrate, and release these hidden sources of tension so that self-destructive patterns come to a natural end and we can experience life with more peace.
Depending on context and service, Somawise Sessions can be facilitated either in-person, or remotely over Telehealth Consultations, via Zoom or similar platform.
Meditation represents a different way of being in the world. You learn to observe thoughts, emotions, and body sensations without reaction or identification. We are practicing a different way of relating to the present moment. When we meditate, we practice acknowledging, observing, and accepting our experience, thus cultivating our ability to respond; our response-ability.
Restorative Yin Yoga
Yin yoga helps restore equilibrium to the intimate relationship between physical, mental, and emotional aspects of Self. Yin teaches us that staying still and holding whatever comes up one breath at a time helps us grow. The ability to adapt to life’s many ups and downs and manage change with grace can soften our reaction to stress. Resilience can be built upon a foundation of gentle surrender.
Breathwork and breath-holding practices elicit powerful healing processes, such as deep relaxation, feeling energized, or relief from mental, physical and emotional tension. Today, breathwork has become a means of therapy, self-healing and major personal transformation because of its capacity to bring to the surface – and subsequently heal – deeply-embedded conditioned reactivity.
TRE - Trauma Releasing Exercises
Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises (or TRE®) is a simple, yet innovative, series of exercises that assist the body in releasing deep muscular patterns of stress, tension and trauma. TRE activates a natural reflex mechanism of shaking that releases tension and calms the nervous system. When this shaking mechanism is activated, the body is encouraged to return to a balanced state.
Thermal Stress Exposure
Contrast Therapy – the combination of sauna and cold exposure – takes advantage of the body’s natural reaction to temperature changes in order to make the body stronger and more resilient. Practices like ice baths, cold showers, sauna, and geothermal soaking increase your body’s capacity for managing not just physiological stresses, but life’s other mental and emotional challenges as well.
Therapeutic fasting has been used since ancient Greek physicians, such as Hippocrates and Galen, and it continues to be used by the modern medical establishment for the treatment of diseases ranging from obesity to cancer and even diabetes. Fasting is generally recognized as being safe by doctors, and has been used effectively for durations as short as 14 hours all the way up to a year.