I use a variety of modalities in my work to both train and support clients. We always begin by determining together what’s needed on any given day. This process is not a linear path; it’s a new story that we write together to move you toward greater wholeness. I always recommend that clients have mental health support outside of our work together to help them process any material that can arise.
Postural Restoration– Each of us has patterns of imbalance and overuse in our bodies- a natural consequence of human asymmetry. These are tied to our sense of emotional safety and stability, especially for trauma survivors. Over time, these compensatory patterns lead to anxiety, chronic pain, injury, sleep disruptions, and other health issues. I use Postural Restoration Institute (PRI) techniques to unwind these patterns and create more optimal strategies for stability and mobility so that we can decrease or eliminate pain, breathe more easily, and feel less anxiety and stress in our bodies.
Stick Mobility– Stick Mobility is a fantastic tool to provide support, feedback and leverage for strength and mobility work. They’re great for hypermobile folks! Many of my clients love the way they can stretch with the sticks, but they’re also a fun way to give the nervous system novel input to improve the mind-body connection.
Indian clubs– These circular training tools are powerful medicine for our systems to feel pendulation (natural cycles of oscillation) and power. The clubs are a great tool for bilateral stimulation, which helps folks to work through anxiety and to process unconscious psychic material.
The steel mace is another versatile “vintage” tool that can be used for strength training (deadlifts, squats, overhead work) or in flow sequences, as shown here.
Kettlebells (not shown) are also part of my training toolkit– we use them for strength, dynamic power, and even flow.
Which technique we use really depends on what you’re drawn to!
Embodied drawing, intuitive movement, balance beams, blocks, and more- Movement is more than just “exercise.” When we practice embodied drawing, we incorporate movement, music, and our unconscious mind to explore how these things come together in our bodies. We may also play with Play-Doh, build a block sculpture, explore active imagination exercises or task-based movement to see what possibilities emerge.
Yoga and bodyweight movement- As a RYT-500 and teacher of teachers, I know how much the physical practices of yoga can offer. Some folks love to flow (as shown here!) Restorative yoga (comfortable poses supported with bolsters, blocks, and even weighted pillows) can be especially supportive for folks who are working through deep exhaustion or challenging circumstances.
Animal Flow and Original Strength are other sources for creative movement that my clients enjoy. They pair especially well with the clubs, mace and kettlebells.You can practice yoga (and more!) with me on my subscription site here.
Meditation and breathing techniques– I teach meditation techniques based in the tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, as well as other embodied meditation and mindfulness work for those who find sitting still difficult or uncomfortable. Buteyko breathing and the Postural Restoration Institute are the foundation of the breathing work that I teach all my clients. You can practice a guided meditation on “letting things be” with me here.