Respecting and Understanding the Mind-Body Connection:
In 2004, I injured my back and my ability to function and take care of day to day tasks was greatly diminished. Learning to adjust and cope with pain and serious physical limitations taught me about the fragility as well as the resilience of the body. I discovered that the way I thought about and related to my physical condition impacted my mental as well as physical health. In particular, I remember becoming quite depressed when I temporarily convinced myself that I would never be able to be athletic and physically active in the ways I had come to love and rely upon. Eventually I started the rehabilitation process and then I became motivated to try Pilates and by 2007, I was a certified Pilates Instructor. I utilize this experience and my training in Pilates as a way to integrate and support a greater body-mind connection. Eventually, this interest in the mind-body connection deepened further and led me to integrate somatic therapy into my work with clients. To further develop my capacity to listen and speak the language of the body, I am an SEP (Somatic Experiencing Practitioner) having completed the three year training program in Somatic Experiencing as developed by Peter Levine.