The Body's Wisdom

The body remembers, the bones remember, the joints remember, even the little finger remembers. Memory is lodged in pictures and feelings in the cells themselves. Like a sponge filled with water, anywhere the flesh is pressed, wrung, even touched lightly, a memory may flow out in a stream.
— Clarissa Pinkola Estes, "Women Who Run With the Wolves

At birth, every cell of your body is alive and vibrates with pure consciousness.  As you mature, your experiences leave their subtle imprint in the muscular, fascial* and cellular structure of your body. These body memories play out unconscious stories through unresolved feelings and self-limiting beliefs that keep you tied to past events, which though long gone, may still affect your life and the choices you make.  This shows in the way you move, stand, sit, breathe, relax or tense your body. 

Unresolved feelings of rage and anger, shame, guilt or grief, if not given space for expression, manifest as distortions in the body.  Over time, these energy imbalances and psychological blockages can lead to physical illness, bodily pain or disease, with suffering and disconnection from your true self and your true purpose in life.

Aches and pains, muscular tension, headache, illness, disease, are all ways your body shows that you are out of balance. You may be stooped in shame, bent with burden and responsibility, stiff with tension, stress and anxiety; or you may be contracted and frozen in fear, with a body that has become rigid, hardened and worn, with stuck energy from childhood wounding.  

As you respond to life through your body you may be hot with anger, cold with fear, have tension in your belly when you’re anxious or fearful, or in the face of danger - perceived or real - your muscles may tense and you may be paralysed with fear and unable to move forward or be effective. 

These automatic, neurological body reactions often stem from childhood experiences of stress and trauma that happened at a time when the child didn’t have the language or emotional capacity to articulate their experience or needs.  Over time, if unattended to, you may lose your softness, spontaneity and aliveness as pain hardens in your body.

On an emotional level you may feel sad, lonely, depressed, unfulfilled, powerless, stuck, anxious or ineffective; or you may struggle with addictions, be disconnected, angry or rageful. And even if your life appears successful it may come at the cost of being overworked, overly ambitious or relentlessly driven, leading to disconnection from self, disconnected relationships, unhappiness in your career, and any myriad of ways your past plays out in you.  As you submit to a sense of unworthiness, you may give up on life, settle for less, shut down your hopes and dreams, unable to reach your full potential or express your most powerful and creative self.

* bands of connective tissue that form beneath the skin to attach, stabilize, enclose, and separate muscles and other internal organs.


How Embodyment can help

Embodyment works with the body-mind to help you get in touch with those parts of yourself that have limited you.  I work from the perspective that whatever shows up is what is meant to be there and whatever you bring is perfect.  This therapeutic work is an opportunity for you discover yourself in a deeper way and know that whatever your life experience has been, it was an essential part of your journey.  My focus is on self-acceptance, self-empowerment and self-mastery, supporting you on a creative exploration of your inner world that has riches in it. 

I aim to meet you with love and respect and accept you just as you are, with whatever you bring, or wherever you may be in your life.  I see you as whole and complete and the work of Embodyment is to help you move through the blocks that prevent you from knowing yourself in this way.  Through working with the body-mind you gain access to your history, memories and emotions, loves and longings, as well as joy and pleasure held in your body.  This can reveal your deepest aspects of self and a deeper wisdom and knowing that gives you access to unrealised potential and unrealised dreams,  allowing you greater choices in life and a more powerful expression of being.