Somatic Movement Education and Therapy
500 West 17th, Suite 2, Holland, Michigan
I am a mom and can say from experience, there is nothing harder than seeing your child in physical or emotional pain. I can also say there is nothing more rewarding than seeing your child recover and emerge on the other side stronger and braver.
We want our kids to be vulnerable and confident, trusting and discerning. We want them to have boundaries and stand up for themselves, while being sensitive and caring. And we want them to be able to focus, think clearly and perform well in school.
Good news! All of these things happen through movement!
A child’s vestibular system is one of the first systems to develop, and it develops through movement. As your child grows, movement continues to lead all intellectual and social development. In other words, your child first learns to experience the world through movement, and it is movement that can bring your child back to wellness and wholeness.
Somatic movement is life-giving movement that releases, wakes up and enlivens your child’s feeling body for optimal physical and emotional health. Through somatic movement education, your child learns to move with awareness and intention, overcoming physical and/or emotional roadblocks in order to get development back on track.
Each rejuvenating and empowering movement session is personalized and follows the therapeutic framework of Dynamic Embodiment™. This form of somatic education and movement therapy, developed by Dr. Martha Eddy, CMA, RSMT, Ed.D., integrates body awareness, life-giving movement, therapeutic touch and compassionate listening “to help people of all ages and abilities relieve stress, find enhanced expressiveness, and balance all aspects of the body and psyche.” No mundane “exercises” or “dredging up the past” required. For kids and teens hesitant to try traditional talk therapy, somatic movement sessions are a great option.
Depression, Anxiety, Fear, Stress, Insecurity, Learning and Focus Issues, Relationship Challenges…
The answers are in your child’s body.
If your child’s body has been a source of pain, hurt or shame, the thought of working with the body may sound daunting. We’ll do it together.
Personalized Somatic Movement Sessions are enlightening, empowering and specific to YOUR CHILD’s/TEEN’s healing, wellness and wholeness.
and Compassionate Listening
- Decrease anxiety
- Increase confidence
- Elevate mood
- Release trauma
- Safely express emotion
- Recover from difficulty
- Establish clear boundaries
- Communicate effectively
- Improve focus
- Think clearly
- Make good decisions
- Set goals
- Improve relationships
Stay tuned for the next 4-week GROUNDED: For Teen Girls!
- Schedule a complimentary phone consultation.
- Explore personalized goals for your child’s wellness and wholeness.
- Move! Your child will move with me weekly to physically express emotion, repattern limiting movement habits and clarify physical communication.
- Watch your child begin a new chapter of physical and emotional freedom.
FAQs about services for kids and teens
What happens in a somatic movement session?
There will be times when your child follows my demonstration and times when your child explores his or her own ways of moving based on my direction. Your child may find working with the body takes time, especially if dealing with anxiety or trust issues. There will never be a “wrong” way to move, and I will always respect your child’s comfort level. I seek to make sessions fun, rejuvenating and empowering. No mundane “exercises” or “dredging up the past” required.
I welcome parents observing as long as your child is in agreement. If at any time your child or I feel more progress could be made without your presence, we can discuss alternative options for your continued involvement.
Dependent on age and attention span, initial intake session is 60-90 minutes. Subsequent sessions are 45-60 minutes.
Is Somatic Movement Education right for my child?
You won’t know until you try it, but this is what I know: Kids and teens suffer when they are disconnected from their feeling, intuitive, emotional bodies — anxiety, depression, stress, fear, learning and focus issues, relationship challenges, body shame and insecurity… The list goes on.
How children and teens carry themselves and how they physically move through the world matters, for themselves and for their relationships.
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 and your child may find the results you’re looking for more quickly. There will be check-ins at the beginning of our sessions so that you and your child will clearly know when your goals have been met.
What if my child has 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 child’s first session we will discuss any issues or concerns to ensure a plan that works.
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