What is a Somatic Movement and Embodiment Session?

I use many different approaches in my work. As well as Somatic Movement Education and Body-Mind Centering® and Yoga, I have a background in Energy Work and Craniosacral Therapy.

My passion is embodiment. I am curious about how the body informs the mind and how the mind informs the body. If we move our body in a more grounded, expressive, supportive and integrated way, we may find it’s more than just our body that changes.

When we are young and we are learning to move, hopefully we are exploring our environment with a lot of curiosity and interest. A Somatic Movement session can facilitate some of this same learning. When we slow down our movement and explore our tissues, bones, muscles, organs, fluids and explore yielding, pushing, rolling and other developmental patterns, we are learning again how to be in the world anew. We also in this way find our boundaries and sense of agency.

What can a Somatic Movement and Embodiment practices session do for me?

First of all, the flow of the session is guided by you. I work intuitively, following your lead and offering some suggestions along the way. You always have a say on what we do. I am here to support your learning.

Somatic Movement and Embodiment practices can help people with chronic pain, depression, anxiety and feelings of being disconnected from one’s body due to trauma. That said, I do not like to make promises about what Somatic Movement and Embodiment practices can offer, because as we are all so individual. My experience is Somatic Movement and Embodiment practices relived me of years of very severe debilitating chronic pain.

Now, I’m not “over” pain. 😉 Buddhism teaches us that suffering is a part of life. Just like with meditation and mindfuless, Somatic Movement offers us tools for self-care and ways to self-regulate. Somatic Movement can help with co-regulation and attuning to another’s body or the environment in a safe and dynamically stable way. It offers us a way to re-pattern old habits and learn new pathways in our brain. This can help us with pain signals which are actually “danger” signals in the body. If we can calm the “danger” to curiosity, this will help our pain. Somatic tools can help with pain and suffering and transform it.

We want to feel safe in our bodies. This is not an easy task, especially if we are BIPOC, queer, gender-fluid, trans and differently abled. The world does not support the care and safety for all people equally, and this does a great deal of harm (to say the least). As well, most of us did not experience the support we needed in our early years of development. This is often not the fault of our caregivers. Unfortunately, due to our current Capitalist system (where I live anyway) and our nuclear family model (in my culture), caregivers aren’t provided with adequate support. It really does take a village to raise a child and yet so many parents are isolated and struggling alone. Capitalism also teaches us that we need to be productive and productivity does not support the care of our bodies. As someone living with a disability (chronic pain), Somatic Movement and Embodiment practices are essential for keeping my “head above water”, so to speak. I really wouldn’t know how to survive in this world without this work.

To sum up, I believe what creates healing is self-care, community-care and nature. We need financial support to have our basic needs met and community support. We need to feel loved and a sense of belonging. Somatic Movement Education and Embodiment practices offers us tools for self-care, co-regulation skills and body-mind practices to help us navigate through challenging times in our lives.

Lastly, I believe your body is perfect as it is! Your body’s abilities are perfect. You are not broken and you do not need to be fixed. All of us need help with our body-mind sometimes. We all get stuck. We all experience pain and suffering. Somatic Movement and Embodiment practices can help us find new pathways and possibilities in our body-mind. My hope is that I can help assist you in this process.

Contact me for a session today at contact@kellygordon.ca

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