September, 2018

Ooooh, what a bittersweet time of year – as we wrap up summer and the chillier nights arrive to welcome fall.

For me, this particular fall is a BIG ONE. I send my daughter off to kindergarten, which means big transitions and changes for our family. I am having so many feelings going through me all at once. Excitement, grief, happiness, dread – I go from being a full-time mommy to having a lot more time to devote to my own practice and self-care. Transitions can be hard, but I am so thankful for my own mindful-movement practice – I don’t know what I would do without it. It’s a lifeline when new challenges come up. It offers me the opportunity to notice and pause so that I can respond rather than react. Sometimes I would make the same choice as the initial reaction, but it feels better to me to have that choice.

I’m also noticing a LOT of tension that just doesn’t want to release in my neck and shoulders specifically. I’m getting these little *twitches* when I realize I’ve been focusing or thinking about something too long. I had the pleasure of having a private session with a somatics colleague last week, and was reminded of the importance of getting an outside perspective to improve a self-care practice. A regular personal movement practice is essential, but returning to get help from others and making connections is essential as well. It was a huge reminder for me that growth never stops, and asking for help is well, super helpful.

I will have expanded office hours for private clients, and time to teach out in the world and virtually. I look forward to seeing you soon online and in-person – there’s a lot going on!

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Wake Up with Somatics!
An Ongoing Online Series

Tuesday mornings, 9-9:30am
$10 per class, $30 for 4 weeks

This has been going really well! I’m excited to be offering these each week. These are basic, gentle half-hour somatic movement explorations – for anyone who has been curious about a somatic movement practice, and for those who want a check-in for their own self-practice.

I’m also happy that I can offer the recordings for a week via a private link if you are not able to make it to the live class. Register here for either a one-time tryout, or a 4-week bundle.

Workshops & Events

Somatics for Pain Relief

4 Week series at Violet Owl Wellness, Asheville, NC
Wednesdays, 11-12:15pm
9/12 – 10/3
$60 for the series, must pre-register through Violet Owl.

Mysterious muscle pain can be distracting, and a Somatic Movement Practice can help to not only relieve that pain, but help you learn to release and even improve day-to-day movement. This series directly addresses patterns in the body that have nothing to do with aging, and all to do with the habits we develop over time – habits that can be reversed. Each class will focus on a particular muscular pattern that we all experience in day-to-day living, and offer gentle movement explorations to specifically move freely in and out of that pattern. You will leave with a movement routine that you can use to continue to free and improve your balance, flexibility, and everyday movement.

Somatics Solutions for Scoliosis (I do love alliteration!)

I’m proud to be hosting and assisting Laura Gates for this weekend workshop. IN addition to the 2-day workshop at Violet Owl Wellness, Laura will be available for private sessions at my office at 25 Reed St. Contact Laura through her website for more information and registration.

Saturday & Sunday, November 3-4
Violet Owl Wellness
62 Wall St
Asheville, NC

Taught by Laura Gates, this workshop addresses uneven posture, scoliosis and offers effective, non-invasive techniques for changing, improving, and preventing it. We will celebrate our curves, improve our relationship to our bodies, and explore the natural ability of the brain and nervous system to change itself, towards more mobility, improving posture, sensation, control, and less pain. All participants will go home with an illustrated manual, and videos to support your learning process.

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Classes Available for Download:

Embodying the Breath
Exploring the Pelvis
Releasing the Neck and Shoulders

I am now offering audio recordings of past online series as class series. You may purchase these through my website, and I will send you a link to download them within 24 hours via WeTransfer. These are specialized classes that explore not only the bigger patterns through Hanna Somatic movement, but the smaller, subtle movements that can really help bring awareness to the entire body as a functional system. Click here for more information on each class series.

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Private Sessions in Asheville, NC

If you are experiencing mysterious muscle pain and can’t seem to figure it out to move freely, come in for private sessions to learn how patterns that have been with you a long time may no longer serve you, and learn how you can finally release them for better habits of movement. Because of my own journey, I enjoy helping people overcome neck and shoulder pain, but a Somatics practice serves the entire body. Private sessions are gentle, hands-on guided movement to directly address those patterns. Contact me for private sessions at my office at 25 Reed St in Biltmore Village. Get out of pain, and feel increased freedom of movement in all the activities you love to do.

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