Somatic Movement Education and Therapy
500 West 17th, Suite 2, Holland, Michigan
Do you ever notice the effect physical pain or injury can have on your emotions? Or how your body feels when you experience stress, anger or grief? You may have known your body and mind are connected, but did you know the way you move (and communicate through movement) indicates your state of physical and emotional wellness and wholeness?
Chances are, if you’re treating either your physical or emotional pain without acknowledging the other, you’re simply not healing.
What if you could prevent or recover from chronic injury or illness by allowing yourself to feel and experience emotion? What if you could release trauma, manage stress or diminish anxiety by moving your body with awareness and intention? What if doing so meant living your life with resilience, purpose and freedom, and interacting with authenticity, warmth, and confidence?
Think of the impact moving well could have on your overall health, your career, your relationships and your sense of self-worth?
Injury, Pain, Illness, Trauma, Stress, Fatigue, Depression, Anxiety, Cognitive Issues, Relationship Challenges…
The answers are in your body.
As a Dynamic Embodiment™ practitioner, I blend body awareness and life-giving movement with therapeutic touch and compassionate listening in my work with clients. As a Certified Movement Analyst, I use my skills in observing, analyzing, understanding and teaching the functional and expressive aspects of movement to help my clients live more fully and freely.
If your body has been a source of pain, hurt or shame, the thought of connecting with your body may sound daunting. We’ll do it together.
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- Increase range of motion
- Decrease pain
- Prevent injury
- Optimize organ function
- Decrease stress
- Heighten focus
- Improve balance
- Boost energy
- Breathe fully
- Sleep well
- Decrease anxiety and stress
- Release trauma
- Safely express emotion
- Elevate mood
- Increase confidence
- Set clear boundaries
- Communicate effectively
- Enjoy healthy relationships
- Live in the present
Personalized Somatic Movement Sessions are enlightening, empowering and specific to YOU – your healing, wellness and wholeness.
Trust your body.
- Schedule a complimentary phone consultation.
- Explore personalized goals for wellness and wholeness.
- Move with me weekly to listen to your body, wake up your senses, repattern your movement and clarify your physical communication.
- Start a new chapter of physical and emotional freedom.
FAQs about services for adults
What happens in a somatic movement session?
There will be times when you follow my demonstration and times when you explore your own ways of moving based on my direction. Connecting with your body takes time, especially if you haven’t felt in touch with your emotions in a while. There will never be a “wrong” way to move, and I will always respect your comfort level. I seek to make sessions rejuvenating, enlightening and empowering. No mundane “exercises” or “dredging up the past” required.
Your first session (intake) is 90 minutes. Ongoing sessions are 60 minutes.
Is Somatic Movement Education right for me?
You won’t know until you try it, but this is what I know: People suffer when they are disconnected from their feeling, intuitive, emotional bodies — exhaustion, burnout, anxiety, depression, stress, guilt, repressed anger, body shame and insecurity, denial of self… The list goes on.
How you carry yourself and how you physically move through the world matters, for yourself and for those you love and work with.
You mention God throughout your website. Why?
My practice is grounded in my Christian faith. I believe God designed our bodies to be resilient, communicative and self-healing. That being said, you don’t need to have my same faith, and we don’t need to focus on faith. You will have the opportunity to communicate your preferences at our first session and, if you wish, to change those preferences along the way.
How many sessions will I need?
I recommend a minimum of eight sessions, but you may find the results you’re looking for more quickly. There will be check-ins at the beginning of our sessions so that you will clearly know when your goals have been met.
What if I have a disability or injury?
Somatic movement can be an appropriate option for those with disabilities, chronic injury/pain or chronic illness because the approach respects individual abilities and wellness and treats the whole person – physically, mentally and emotionally. Prior to your first session we will discuss any issues or concerns to ensure a plan that works for you.
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