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Yoga For Parkinson’s Disease: How Sound Helps Mood

Right now there is such darkness everywhere. Lack of light in the northern hemisphere brings introspection but also tiredness and isolation. And once again, those of us in the Northeast or in various communities around the world take on the weight of deciding what is worth the risk of encountering fast spreading covid. Yoga For Parkinson's understands sadness or depression...

What is Somatic Movement?

A somatic movement is made consciously with the intention of focusing on the internal experience of the movement instead of on the external appearance or result of the movement. So, it’s very different from most physical or exercise training. It relies on our abilities to sense ourselves internally. This is sometimes called interoception. Perceiving yourself internally can also be an...

Finding Pain Relief with Somatic Movement

Pain is often the doorway that brings people into my office. When pain is severe or when it triggers other symptoms people look for a gentle approach. I help them ease out pain and move in more ease and wholeness. In doing so, I recognize three different levels of pain somatic movement can help with. At the end of the...

Beating the Odds: Creating a Good Life After a Child Dies.

In 2020, I lost my adult son. His death has been, without a doubt, the most devastating loss of my life.  On top of that loss, I was told about all the statistics that predict my life. Apparently, if you lose a child, even an adult child, you are at elevated risk for heart disease, cancer, alcohol and drug abuse,...

Simple Sanity in Times of Chaos

As many of you know, I have had so much change, adversity and chaos in these last 18 months that if I were to take a stress inventory I would be off the Richter scale! Since Covid began (as if that hasn’t been stressful enough), I lost my son, I got married, my ex husband died suddenly, and I moved...

The Pelvic Floor and Emotional Resilience

Tightening and relaxing the pelvic floor is great exercise. BUT if that is all you are doing you are missing a lot. Perhaps the most important part of being alive is having resilience. Just like our pelvic floor, humans have to be both flexible and strong. Yet, we are often overloaded, juggling responsibilities and trying to preserve our well being...

Grief, Regret, Pain and the Velveteen Rabbit.

Today I had a great conversation with my friend and colleague Clare Maxwell. She is doing movement coaching on a fantastic BAM experiential theater exploring beliefs and emotions of Black life in America.  Our conversation was an inquiry into  how a white person could grieve black people being killed by police. It was a good conversation and it brought me to a real difficulty we all encounter in grief. It's...

Dealing with the Difficult Emotions of Loss and Grief – A Somatic Embodiment Approach

Some experiences in life are just awful and we are left with feelings of sadness, dismay, anger or complete overwhelm. No one wants to feel these feelings yet they are part of life. So, how do we experience them without becoming totally engulfed by them? You have to realize feelings are passing states: Biologically, chemistry creates feelings. Hormones and neurotransmitters,...

Dealing with the Difficult Emotions of Loss and Grief – A Somatic Embodiment Approach

Some experiences in life are just awful and we are left with feelings of sadness, dismay, anger or complete overwhelm. No one wants to feel these feelings yet they are part of life. So, how do we experience them without becoming totally engulfed by them? You have to realize feelings are passing states: Biologically, chemistry creates feelings. Hormones and neurotransmitters,...