Donna Brooks is a somatic movement therapist and educator, yoga therapist, and embodied meditator who has 40 years of experience teaching, counseling and coaching in movement and the healing arts.
"I scoffed when Donna told me that my hip pain which I had for 10 years could be relieved in just a few months but she was right." - M. Clark, Northampton.
Do you want to feel better in your body, have less pain and more emotional balance, clear mindedness and connection to yourself?
Are you are thinking about aging and want to address some tendencies or small discomforts before they become painful or big problems?
Do you want to repair a disconnection between your body and your brain?
Maybe you’ve tried a few things or you don’t know where to start.
You’re in the right place.
Using somatic movement therapy and yoga therapy I can help you gently and safely circumvent trouble areas in your body and mind restoring your ability to experience life in a positive way.
My clients regularly report long term pain relief, increased mobility with agility, emotional resilience, calm and more comfort in their skin.
Are you ready to let go of stress, pain, and strain?
Even some you may not know is there?
Are you ready to stop feeling stuck?
I help by offering gentle somatic movement, embodied meditation and targeted yoga therapy to help you free habits and constrictions in your movement and in your life. I have a broad toolbox to help you unwind habits of movement and reactionary habits in your nervous system so that you can inhabit your body in ways that help you gain perspective, insight, and courage.
A somatic movement is performed with awareness and self-sensing. The focus is on the internal experience of the movement rather than the external appearance of the movement.
Somatic Movement therapy involves being curious about your habitual movement patterns and gently exploring new ways to move. It has the added benefit of being soothing to the autonomic nervous system which means clients relieve stress and anxiety.
We start where you are.
That may be a specific physical ailment—chronic backache, pelvic floor issues, difficulty walking—or heightened sensitivity, pain, or anxiety. It may be a drive to be more in your body or even some uncertainty. There are no formulas. Instead, like a detective, I match tools to the challenges you are going through.
I have deep knowledge of the body and extensive experience helping people feel better. I bring in compassion and humor, ability to stay present, and an amazing ability to improvise. We use imagery to generate an experience, practice it, and create new neural grooves.
For somatic movement therapy, yoga therapy, embodiment and holistic healing I have options for one on one, small groups and workshops both online and in-person in Easthampton, MA.
This is transformational work. We can go deep, talking together and recognizing that acceptance and safety are essential for making lasting and change.
It’s time to feel better in your body.
It’s time to feel better in your life.
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Meet Donna Brooks
My name is Donna Brooks, and for over 40 years, I have been helping people gain insight into their bodies and lives through yoga therapy, somatic movement therapy, and the healing arts.
Perhaps for the first time in your adult life, you will experience your whole body and how good it feels when it works the way it was designed to.
My clients regularly report that they
- Long term pain relief.
- Increased mobility and agility.
- Emotional resilience and calmness.
- Being more comfortable in their skin.
“I’ve had a really profound experience working with Donna, and its all been over video, during the pandemic, and for this I’m very grateful.
She’s been helping me reconnect with my body, learn new ways of moving with ease, and bring caring and patience toward myself. She has a deep and nuanced understanding of anatomy and the functioning of the nervous system, and a commitment toward cultivating wholeness and full embodiment with her students. Donna also has a great sense of humor, and there is joy and self-expression in our sessions. Working with her, I practice living within my body and accepting all of its sensations, which has helped with chronic pain and stiffness, and helped me feel more alive.“
- Adele Paquin
Sometimes it is difficult to describe what a session with Donna is like; but it really doesn't matter.
While her techniques can be very subtle, the benefits are numerous. She combines her knowledge of anatomy and her extensive training, with unlimited amounts of empathy and compassion to devise a personal program that feeds both the body and the soul. Part DO, part psychologist, part teacher, part yogi, is how I would describe just some of her skill set. I urge everyone to try an exploratory session and you will see what a gift it can be.
- P.Patenaude, Amherst.
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