Somatic Resourcing - online sessions
Somatic Resourcing offers skills for understanding how stress and trauma impact the nervous system.
It offers accessible resources that can be integrated into daily life, helping you navigate challenging times.
It provides skills for recognising and understanding your body’s signals and responses so that you have agency and options around health.
We will design the nature of the session together, with an awareness of your reasons and intentions for doing this work. So that the practice is responsive to you.
I offer a wide range of skills and experience that draws on over 30 years in the field of health, self-care and somatics.
This is a resource centred, body informed approach to chronic stress and trauma. Helping you regain flexible and fluid nervous system responses.
These sessions are currently offered through Zoom and Skype.
“Let the soft animal of your body love what it loves” – Mary Oliver, Wild Geese
A regenerative, resource centred approach for metabolising stress and trauma.
Key to all trauma resolution is building a stable relationship and establishing a sense of internal safety. This is particularly important for early, developmental trauma and relational trauma. We will work together so that your body and mind sense what it’s like to be held in a compassionate space where you are listened to, heard and supported appropriately.
Sessions are responsive and nuanced to your lived experience. We will calibrate the work so you are in charge of the pace and what happens.
We will explore body- wise skills that you find helpful and enjoyable.
These are everyday skills that help grow capacity for living your life the way you want to.
A few words on trauma:
There are different ways of defining trauma but really what matters is your experience of your body responses. Our perception and minds will try and make sense of the experience and create strategies for us so that we can manage and cope. Underneath those strategies is an animal body responding to the imprints and energy of undigested, unprocessed experiences.
Trauma is now understood as something that happens in the body. It’s sometimes defined as an overwhelm, when we experience ‘too much, too fast, too soon’. There is usually a rupture in a physical, emotional or relational boundary which imprints on our nervous system. It is not so much about what happened to us but rather how our body responds. Two people can have very different responses to the same experience. We don’t have any choice about the response as the reflexes are too fast.
Trauma is a body process making sure we survive an event or series of persistent stressful events. It is not a failure or weakness in us.
Trauma is a survival response and is our body trying to protect us. It is about speed and reflexes that override the thinking brain, which is why slowing down and working somatically are so important in healing.
It takes time, care and process to build the resources for your body to slowly and gradually make changes.
Trauma can sever us from feeling safety in our body. Different bodies experience safety differently. A safe space for one body might not be or feel safe for another. We will respectfully track and negotiate safety as part of a process of claiming agency and autonomy that co-creates healing.
What does trauma look and feel like?
We can sometimes feel hijacked by our nervous system when the energetic residue of overwhelm is still playing out in our body. Trauma might be experienced as some or any of the following: tiredness, nausea, collapse, withdrawal , avoidance, complacency, inability to function, agitation, exhaustion, chronic illness, anger, fear, frustration, violence, disconnection, hyper vigilance, activation, charge, surges and floods of sensation, numbness, fainting, dizziness, dissociation, depression, physical pain, migraines, menstrual issues, intrusive thoughts, repetitive thoughts, heat, cold, shaking, twitching, trembling, buzzing…….. and many other feelings, sensations and experiences.
How we respond and metabolise difficult experiences is different for each of us and is dependent on many factors. But it’s useful to find everyday language to describe the experience in our body so that we can discover the resources we need.
With the right resources it is possible to grow capacity and greater ‘bandwidth’ for your experience, supporting gradual metabolising of trauma imprints.
Somatic Resourcing works with small movements of the whole body. We might sometimes focus more on the eyes and face or the spine, shoulders, arms, legs and feet. This depends on how you are and what best suits you. We will explore skills that support centering, grounding and locating ourselves in present time and space. As trauma tends to disrupt our ability to be in the present moment.
We might also explore sound as a support for our vagus nerve. Sound enhances natural breathing and breath plays an essential part in communicating safety and well being to our brain-body. Some people find sound also helps establish connection and a sense of boundary, helping map and contain our body presence.
The focus is on nurturing underlying resources so that we have greater capacity for being in our lives.
“I wanted to say a huge thank you for everything you’ve offered this year. The practices you’ve taught me were key to my surviving the summer and that’s not an understatement. I dread to think where I would be if I hadn’t had them. They’ve hugely influenced how I understand trauma and dysregulation in my work too.”
“I’ve been meaning to write for a while to say how deeply I’ve found myself engaging with the recent cycles of sessions and wanting to express my gratitude and to thank you for them. I’ve seemed to lighten and heal and (dare I think it?!) even begin to change in response to the sustained gentle work you have been making with us. You give very generously and deeply in your teaching practice.”
“I have been continuing your nervous system practices each evening, they are such a resource”
“Your words are always so warm, opening and encouraging and continue to vibrate long after each session”
“This time is so uncertain, but I always feel enabled by you to return to something I know will always be there: the contact with the ground, a deeper life force beyond the screen and our daily interactions, and the promise of movement”
“I feel to appreciate the deeply grounded, wise, soft energy you bring this work through with. Not to mention evident years of integrated experience of it. It’s very inspiring and brings me a great deal of hope. I have lots count of how many trauma practitioners I have asked about the dissociation and you are the first that has given me a response – and not only that, a hopeful one – yay! I have dabbled in a lot of “trauma work” and I received a number of precious gems and insights in these few hours. Thank you for embodying your wisdom with such integrity.”