Conscious Embodiment Movement Therapy

Deepen the Body-Mind Connection

It is hard to escape the stress that is typical of life in these challenging days.

We push and work hard. We strive and compete. We are busy, overwhelmed, and are under-appreciated. Sometimes we give up.

If you are living in survival mode, you may feel ungrounded, anxious, or depressed. Physically, long-term stress and an overactive mind can cause digestive issues, high blood pressure, tense muscles, and headaches etc. as well as the experience of being disconnected between body and mind.

Are you ready for change?

Conscious Embodiment Movement Therapy

Deepen the Body-Mind Connection

It is hard to escape the stress that is typical of life in these challenging days.

We push and work hard. We strive and compete. We are busy, overwhelmed, and are under-appreciated. Sometimes we give up.

If you are living in survival mode, you may feel ungrounded, anxious, or depressed. Physically, long-term stress and an overactive mind can cause digestive issues, high blood pressure, tense muscles, and headaches etc. as well as the experience of being disconnected between body and mind.

Are you ready for change?

Access the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind

Conscious Embodiment accesses wisdom stored in the body through feeling and sensing. It supports us in acting in new ways. Feeling and sensing our body leads to new connections and new responses.

The process liberates the body from a lifetime of constraints and habitual tensions caused by adverse experiences, physical injuries, trauma, cultural and personal habits and more!

Using conscious embodiment/somatic movement tools, it is possible to reconnect your body to your mind. In this state, life flows easily, and you can:

  • Relieve emotional, energetic, and mental blockages
  • Gain insight into your internal states and external expressions
  • Relieve physical pain, and limitations due to stress, aging and illness
  • Experience freedom from emotional exhaustion, anxiety, and despair
  • Find the courage to enjoy life on your terms
  • Live with peace and joy
  • I understand and have worked with chronic illnesses and conditions including fibromyalgia, auto-immune difficulties, long covid, chronic anxiety and sensitivities, Osteoporosis, Parkinson's, cancer and respiratory illness.

How Can We Approach Conscious Embodiment?

Conscious Embodiment, also known as Somatic Movement Therapy, uses gentle movements and relaxed visualization to focusing on the internal experience of movement and presence in the body. This opens access to the wisdom stored in your body.

Sometimes called “interoception”, conscious embodiment focuses on sensing yourself internally, using movement and rest to deepen the brain-body connection, and become attuned to your physical, emotional, and mental needs.

Conscious Embodiment gives your brain tools to reorganize itself. This changes how you move your muscles and perceive balance. It changes how you detect tiredness, hunger, or emotion. It helps you perceive difficulty differently and become more creative and grounded in solutions.

With these tools, the experience of living in your body becomes easier, and your thoughts and emotions are more manageable.

Acquiring this skill is not only healing, but helps you make better choices about your wellbeing long into the future.

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"Conscious embodiment is the secret ingredient to deepening our body-mind connection."

- Donna Brooks

Movement Therapy with Donna Brooks

Donna Brooks

As an expert with over 35 years of experience in conscious embodiment, somatic movement therapy, yoga and healing arts, I help clients connect sensory and bodily experiences to their thoughts and emotions.

I also help clients overcome physical pain, age-related disease, injuries, trauma, grief, and loss – and live a life of freedom!

With somatic movement therapy, you can:

  • Increase brain plasticity so you have more option
  • Support a healthy vagal response
  • Relieve pain from muscle and skeletal injury
  • Correct habitual movement patterns that cause pain, limitations, or clumsiness
  • Navigate life challenges with more internal support.
  • Improve balance and fluidity of movement
  • Filter intrusive thoughts and cope with acute sensitivities.
  • Assist healing from chronic challenges such as Long Haul Covid, Lyme Disease or Fibro-Myalgia

With the right approach, you can significantly improve your quality of life, maintain these gains over time and feel confident to live life to the fullest.

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"For me and for my clients, somatic movement is profoundly transformative, life-changing work."

- Donna Brooks

Are you ready to explore Conscious Embodiment?

You can experience a fluid, pain-free body, heart, and mind and feel confident, happy, and full of life.

Discovery Session

For New Clients

$160

Are we a good fit? (75 mins)
Here is how we start your transformation: in a safe and non-judgmental space with plenty of time to gain experience, some clarity and the ability to decide if this work is for you.

Group Classes

If finances are tight but you still want to work with me, online group embodiment classes are available! These are a great option if you learn well in group environments. Includes experiential anatomy.

$100 for four weeks.
A pre-requisite discovery session or 15-minute free conversation will ensure you are a good candidate.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is conscious embodiment & somatic movement therapy?

“Somatic Movement Therapy” also known as “Conscious Embodiment”, combined with yoga therapy, allows you to access wisdom stored in the body by freeing the body from stress, trauma, constraints, and habitual tensions. These tensions are often created by adverse experiences, physical injuries, trauma, illness, grief, cultural and personal habits, and even developmental stages that you may have skipped as a baby.

Somatic movement therapy involves making intentional, gentle movements while focusing on the internal experience of the movement. This process unifies your body and mind and attunes you to your physical, emotional, and mental needs.

It is a chance to relieve habitual and long-held blockages and constrictions, creating clarity and helping you make better choices about your well-being.

You will experience being alive, aware, and present in your body. A way to think of it is… Embodiment is to the body what meditation is to the mind.

What’s it like working with me with conscious embodiment?

With conscious embodiment, we start where you are, and you set the pace.

Once you feel safe and grounded, we explore what brings you to the session.

That may be a specific physical ailment - chronic backache, pelvic floor issues, difficulty walking, or a heightened sensitivity or anxiety.

There are no formulas. Instead, like a detective, I match tools to the challenges you are facing.

No matter your reason, I bring to our sessions a deep knowledge of the body and extensive experience helping people feel better. I stay present, offer compassion and a healthy dose of humor!

What can I expect in a conscious embodiment session?

Conscious embodiment sessions include 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.

For example, we may experiment with imagery to generate an experience, practice it, and create new neural grooves.

These tools combine in a gentle, nourishing way so that you can inhabit your body, gain perspective, insight, and courage.

What should I wear for a movement therapy session?

For both online and in-person conscious embodiment sessions, please wear comfortable clothing.

For conscious embodiment therapy online sessions, choose a room where you feel comfortable and safe, where you can talk freely and where you can sit or work on the floor. 

Ideally, you will have a computer positioned with a microphone and camera so that we can see each other during the session.

How many sessions will I need?

The number of conscious embodiment sessions varies depending on the individual.

I typically recommend 12 sessions with weekly or twice  a month meetings. For some, this plan provides what they have been looking for, Then, once they really experience the results of our work together, they require less frequent maintenance sessions.

Mostly, I  go where you need to go, and you guide the frequency according to the results we see.

Where can I take part in conscious embodiment near me?

I offer one on one, small groups and workshops in person in-person in Northampton, MA, with clients in Easthampton, Pioneer Valley, Amherst, South Hadley, Greenfield, Whately, Hatfield, Sunderland, Deerfield, Holyoke & Haydenville.

I also offer conscious embodiment online via zoom for clients nationwide.

You can choose whether to meet in-person or online depending on your needs, comfort, and location.

Is conscious embodiment and somatic movement for me?

We all have something - whether it is trauma, injuries, pain, emotional baggage, patterns and blockages that affect our ability to experience everything that life offers - so conscious embodiment and somatic movement is for everyone!