What Is It?
Mindful Embodied Therapy developed from thirty years of pursuing the question, “What is health?” It utilizes yin yoga, mindfulness, parts work, and somatic psychotherapy. What differentiates this therapy is the use of the body. I’ll guide you to listen within and stay with your feelings as you explore physical edges.
As the body releases tension, the mind follows. Similar to how heavy thoughts can make our shoulders tight, releasing deep tension calms the mind. It’s all connected.
Like traditional therapy, Mindful Embodied Therapy starts with us sitting together and getting curious about what you’d like to change.
From there, I will guide you through a series of yin postures designed to help foster release. I’ll teach you how to listen to your body and how to discern pain from fear. To close the session, we’ll return to traditional sitting therapy for processing.
This type of personal work is both a practice and a commitment. Sessions are 90 minutes long. This is the amount of time needed to allow space for deepening. The practice is cumulative. For this reason, weekly sessions are strongly encouraged to provide the most benefit.
Over the course of one to three months, the work will become a part of you. This allows you to take it with you wherever you go.
My home office is a private yoga studio. The energy of the space encourages growth and reflection. The use of natural light creates privacy, while twin doors allow air to flow for healthy ventilation. Hand sanitizers are located throughout and the floor is clearly marked for safe, social distancing.
This style is informed by:
- Body-based Techniques
- Parts Work/Child Work
- Mindfulness Strategies
My approach is holistic. I pull from a variety of healing modalities which lends flow and flexibility to the work. My training leans toward somatic techniques that link mind and body. Specifically, I’m trained in addiction, Hakomi, Internal Family Systems, Yin Yoga and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy.
What distinguishes Mindful Embodied Therapy from other approaches is the use of Yin Yoga. This style of yoga is slow and intentional. It works on the fascia and tissues that holds our bodies together. These are the tissues that hold our bones together. Over time, they carry a heavy load.
As a result, we get physically and emotionally stuck. Yin helps moves energy at a deep, yet subtle level. It gently loosens the places we’ve held tension over the years. As the body releases tension, a cascade of positive effects takes place. The mind starts to release as the body starts to heal.
In many ways, yin is a form of cognitive therapy as it helps us become more aware of our thoughts and beliefs, as well as our strengths and resources. We literally “lean into” our discomfort. This ability to safely explore one’s edge is an important life skill.
One of the keys to self-study is learning how to slow down. In this sense, Yin Yoga is also a sneaky way to practice mindfulness. This occurs when we settle into a pose and do our best to stay still and notice. The lingering is where the magic happens, where the spark of innate healing is ignited.
Mindful Embodied Therapy teaches you a larger, holistic practice of self-care that improves sleep, builds resilience, repairs tissues, cultivates balance, relieves tension, and encourages mindfulness.
Other benefits include:
- Calms the mind and body
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Increases circulation
- Improves flexibility
- Restores range of motion
- Balances the internal organs
- Improves the flow of energy
Please contact Kerry for more information.