The Embodiment Process
Embodiment Process sessions support you to feel embodied contact with the health at the heart of every symptom, crisis, or challenge that you face in your life. Embodiment Process work includes somatically oriented counseling work, in which we together name the psychological and somatic layers that are arising in your present time experience, to give you the space and support to be in contact with the sensations that you experience in your body from moment to moment. It also includes Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy, a gentle form of resonant bodywork that facilitates the release of long held imprints within your body and psyche. The modalities that we will use will vary from session to session based on how I can best meet your needs for a particular session.
This process may facilitate the release of deep-seated emotional, physical, and psychological patterns that inhibit your creativity and sense of wellbeing. The session will typically begin with the articulation of your intention for the session, or the entire session itself may simply be an exploration of this intention. The voicing of intention initiates a process in which whatever arises in the session organizes around this intention, and early imprints that obscure or layer over this intention will bubble to the surface. The session may also involve contact and movement when called for.
The present moment focus of this work gives your system the opportunity to metabolize challenging imprints and to resolve traumatic layers of your experience in a way that moves at the pace of health. In the course of what arises in a session, we may refer back to the primal embryological sequence that orients our earliest embodied experiences, providing context for pre-verbal implicit somatic memories that continue to impact our lives in the present. We’ll also negotiate contact between the two of us in a way that references and respects your primal imprinting and wounding around attachment and bonding in primary relationships. Many clients experience a profound healing of their capacity to be in relationship with others, as well as with themselves, as a result of this work.
I am a trained practitioner of Embodiment Process work, and have been guided in this work under the mentorship of the creator of this work, Angelica Singh, for almost a decade.
Learn more about the Embodiment Process here.
Biodynamic Healing Sessions
Biodynamic Healing sessions are holistic, hands on healing sessions where I make use of techniques from Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy to help release long-held patterns at the physical, emotional, and energetic levels. So many of us suffer from anxiety, depression, insomnia, and physical injuries that impact our ability to thrive in our lives. Biodynamic craniosacral therapy can help to treat these conditions by healing the imprints from the past that continue to impact our present-day experience. Biodynamic work can magnify creativity and help you to feel a deeper connection with your life purpose, by helping to metabolize barriers and by connecting you with your creative impulses. It can also help to heal issues with intimacy, attachment, and creating love and relationship in your life.
In a Biodynamic session I make attuned contact with your system, allowing your nervous system to relax, and allowing you to drop into a slower, deeper state of awareness. Dropping into this deeper state of awareness facilitates the release of deep-seated patterns of trauma in your system, and amplifies its health. According to the acclaimed Osteopath James Jealous, more than 90 percent of all health problems are related to the nervous system. Clients often report feeling a deeper sense of wellbeing and relaxation after a session and a feeling of contact with authentic self. I’ve personally found Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy to be profoundly healing at a psychological level, because the work can access and resolve implicit embodied memories from very early points in life. The experience of negotiated and attuned contact can heal attachment and relational traumas, and over time it can deeply impact your capacity for making relationship. It can also be invaluable in alleviating stress, anxiety, and fatigue, allowing your nervous system to discharge patterns that take a huge amount of energy to maintain.
Sessions typically last 75-90 minutes. You should wear loose, comfortable clothing for the session and ideally shouldn’t schedule anything immediately afterward. It’s best not to drink caffeine or stimulants immediately beforehand. Clients’ experiences in the course of a session can vary greatly. You may experience sensations, emotions, visuals, and lucid dreaming. A session often includes some dialogue afterward to help you connect your experience in the session with whatever you’re working on in your life.
Continuum Wellsprings Movement Sessions
For those of us in professions that require a lot of cognitive heavy-lifting, whether we are academics, artists, or working in the corporate world, it can be all too easy to lose contact with our ability to deeply sense our physical bodies. Yet there are few things more important to our well being than a deep capacity to sense the vivid pulsations of our bodies and to attune to our bio-intelligence.
Continuum was designed by the late somatics pioneer Emilie Conrad (1934-2014), who created this movement practice over the course of more than 40 years of innovation and experimentation. Conrad was a classically trained dancer who was inspired to dive deeper into the foundations of movement through her encounter with the dance and folklore of Haiti in the 1960’s. Conrad discovered the power of slow wave motion to heal physical injuries in the body, to magnify creativity, and to transmute consciousness. As the carrier of wave motion, the fluid system of the body is a primary medium of healing and innovation in the body. Conrad found that physical illness often involves obstructions within the fluid system, and that particular kinds of sounds and breaths, directed into the body, had the effect of restoring the fluids to a more liquid state that contains greater capacity for movement.
Continuum is a meditative movement practice that has a wide variety of applications: artistic, psychological, medical, physical, and spiritual. At the heart of all of them is a science of creativity itself. I’m a trained Continuum Wellsprings practitioner with more than 500 hours in the field with Conrad and authorized Continuum Movement teachers, and I offer one-on-one instruction in Continuum Wellsprings movement. Sessions typically last 90 minutes and are tailored specifically to each client’s individual physical, emotional, and energetic needs. I recommend doing Continuum movement sessions on their own, or as a way of deepening the work of self-regulation from Biodynamic Healing Sessions and Embodiment Process work, as clients may use sequences from the sessions in their own home practice to continue their work.
Embodied Academic Counseling and Coaching
With over 15 years of experience in academia, I have a particular interest in serving individuals in academic, creative, and mentally-focused professions, and I’ve created a number of somatically-based modalities for meeting your challenges. What I’ve learned during my time in academia is that intellectually focused work is hard to do while remaining in contact with our physical sensations and our emotional inner world. So few of us work in environments in which we have the space, time, and emotional freedom to be in contact with our physical sensations from moment to moment. Maybe we never learned how important embodied contact with ourselves is in the first place. But dissociation from our bodies comes at a cost—it’s disregulating for the nervous system, and can result in physical dis-ease and discomfort, as well as psychological and emotional stress.
While there are now a number of tools available out there to support academics, few of them are somatically based. Rather than focusing on problem solving or productivity, my somatically oriented tools address the underlying imprints in your nervous system that prevent you from feeling connected and creative in your work. Biodynamic craniosacral therapy, embodiment process work, and Continuum movement all have specific applications for the issues that academics face, and I’ve tailored these services for use with academics. You might make use of these sessions to address issues such as writer’s block, procrastination, teaching challenges, anxiety in the realm of your career, and a lack of connection with your sense of purpose in your work. An embodied academic counseling session will typically last 75-90 minutes and may make use of any one of these modalities, depending on your needs. It might also consist of coaching you on how to craft your career to magnify your own growth, self-regulation, and vision. This could involve counseling in the realm of writing practice, project development and developmental editing, manuscript preparation and communication with academic presses, pedagogical instruction, job market coaching, tenure coaching, and conference skills. These modalities are designed for those in academia proper at all levels, as well as those within intellectually focused artistic fields (curatorial, creative, or writing-based), or other intellectual, left-brained professions.
These sessions are available via Skype or in-person.
Academic Interview Support
I offer support to academics and graduate students who are on the job market or who are preparing to be on the market, as well as those who want to transition into non-academic careers. My academic interview support services include job talk preparation, counseling on intention, day-of-interview phone support, and nervous system regulation/stress reduction practices to help you move through your interviews with ease and confidence.
There are now a huge number of programs out there to help academics prepare for job interviews, but many of these resources focus on tactics and problem solving, which may only heighten one’s anxiety. Unlike typical approaches, my services focus on the cultivation of internal resources for engaging the academic job market on your own terms, with ease, self-regulation, and commitment to self. My approach is to treat every job interview as an opportunity for growth that you can meet with authenticity and purpose. My mission in academia is to help you fulfill your true creative purpose in your career while doing great work and meeting your career goals. Without contact with your sense of purpose, you will not feel fulfilled no matter how great a job you get. Your work won’t excite you unless it reflects your true creative intention. If this message resonates with you, then know that you have support for cultivating this desire. These sessions may involve Skype, phone, and, if possible, in-person contact.