While no two sessions are the same, Mindful Embodied Therapy often begins with noticing what is happening in the body. Whether it be a thought, feeling or sensation – we begin by settling into awareness.
Rather than thinking and talking about that event, I will invite you to notice your experience. From there, you may practice a body based skill for emotion regulation and/or you may explore that body sensation further with movement.
Explore the Edge
I guide clients to find their edge and lean into discomfort. To help explore I’ll ask, “What is the sensation of that discomfort? Where do you feel it in your body?” In the beginning, it may be hard to tell. The process of discerning and listening to your body is a critical one. Over time, they might respond with statements like:
“My heart is pounding in my chest.”
“My gut is clenching.”
“I want to run…get out of here…not deal with this.”
“I think you’re going to judge me.”
“I feel like I’ve done something wrong.”
“It feels like sadness, like I might cry.”
Skills, Tools and Techniques
Some skills you might practice are breath work, meditation, mantra, and restorative yoga postures. I’ll guide you to tune in, listen and hear what your body is saying. If material surfaced, we’ll process it before exploring more.
Additionally skills include:
Breathing techniques to bring balance to the nervous system
Postures to learn to listen to your body and develop strength, flexibility, and ease
Mantras and guided visualization to focus the mind, develop insight, rest the body, and build resources
Mindfulness and compassion techniques to improve your relationship to thoughts, feelings, and behavioral change
Lifestyle tools to improve quality of living
We may stop in the middle of a posture to contain what is coming up. We may continue in silence so you can deepen your awareness. As in traditional therapy, there is processing, joining, insight and, sometimes, homework to further deepen therapeutic gains.
After each session, I will send you supplemental material to use at your own pace. This material comes from the world of yoga health coaching and may cover health basics like sleep and nutrition. I may send you information on “right living” or how to deepen your spiritual practice. Each session is unique and tailored to fit your present-moment needs.
Additionally, after things get rolling it’s common for clients to start create a hybrid of therapy. For example, having one virtual session for every two embodied sessions. Or someone may want to spend some extra time on an issue virtually for a few sessions then return to embodied work. This type of therapy is flexible, adaptable and intended to suit each individual person.