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SOMATIC THERAPY & YOGA THERAPY

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Many people that seek one-to-one tuition are looking to heal in some way: this work develops a deep relationship with the intelligent natural healing mechanisms of the body and supports a self healing journey.

I work with people experiencing anxiety, unease, depression and many different expressions of physical imbalance and disease. Often the road to self healing involves befriending our nervous system and coming into a deeper relationship with ourselves . We explore together somatic practices, fascia and repatterning work, yoga and pranyayama , a unique “for you” synthesis of somatic practices to bring you to an experience of safety and greater understanding.

 

Without engaging in talking therapy we work gradually and in many ways together, I point towards possibilities through open inquiry and hold space while you are engaged in the work.

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YOGA THERAPY

 

Yoga Therapy is an integrated healing modality and approach to wellness that is anchored in the ancient tools of yoga, yoga philosophy, meditation, mindfulness, and Ayurveda. Yoga Therapy also draws upon contemporary knowledge of kinesiology, physical therapy, neurobiology, and Western psychology. In addressing overall health, Yoga Therapy reinforces that the wellness of the whole person is achieved by integrating the health of the physical body, mind, heart, and spirit. 

Yoga Therapy can support many different systems in the body, including the heart and cardiovascular system, the lungs, muscles, and the nervous system. Additionally, it can also improve function of the digestive system, foster psychological well-being, and improve resiliency to stress. Visit The International Association of Yoga Therapists website for more information.

Sessions may incorporate one or more of the following tools:

  • Discussion and personal reflection

  • Mindfulness and meditation instruction

  • Breath awareness and breathwork

  • Guided imagery

  • Yoga postures (dynamic, gentle and restorative poses)

  • Somatic release exercises

  • Hands-on support and guidance

  • Written reflection

  • Assigned home practice

Yoga therapy can be beneficial for addressing a variety of issues, including:

  • anxiety and stress

  • depression

  • PTSD and trauma

  • chronic pain/illness (such as low back pain, autoimmune diseases, cancer, etc)

  • chronic tension

  • pelvic pain/dysfunction

  • insomnia and chronic fatigue

  • rehabilitation from surgery or injury

  • self-exploration of the mind, body and spirit

These sessions may be supportive for those looking to:

  • Begin or refresh a home movement/yoga/meditation practice

  • Supplement therapy or other healing modalities

  • Develop skills of being in the present moment

  • Develop tools for nervous system regulation and managing stress

  • Increase capacity for listening and responding to the needs of the body 

  • Re-learn how to disengage, relax, and recharge

SOMATIC THERAPY SESSIONS

 

Therapy is an avenue for developing self-awareness and supporting your inborn drive for growth. Through the exploration of experiences, identities, narratives, thoughts and emotions, you can develop a greater understanding of where you have come from, who you are because of it and how you would like to show up in the world. 

What is Somatic Therapy?

The word “somatic” is derived from the Greek word “soma” which can be translated as “living body” or “the living body in its wholeness”. ⁣At its core, somatic psychotherapy is an integrated and holistic approach that is grounded in the relationship between the mind and the body.⁣

 

The body can be a powerful ally in therapy. Along with talk therapy, our sessions may also include embodiment practices, Yoga Therapy, Somatic releasing and other somatic approaches. By incorporating the experience of the body in session, we can provide space for the innate wisdom of your body to communicate with more clarity. Over time and with practice, it is possible to re-connect with the body as a place of safety, worthiness and belonging. 

 

As each individual is unique in their experience and needs, each session and the way in which tools are utilised will vary.As this is your journey, you can choose to explore various approaches over time and together we will periodically reflect on how to continue forward that best supports you.  

8 Week Yoga Therapy Course
Trauma & PTSD Recovery Program

 

TUESDAYS at Newcastle

6 FEB - 26 MAR, 2024

Private Consultations

 

Zoom and Face-to-Face (in Cooks Hill) options available

“Lucinda's yoga for trauma course was fantastic. Her generosity and unique brand of compassionate realism in an era of toxic positivity was so refreshing, and really created a safe space for me to do the work. I found the exercises enormously beneficial and noticed tangible changes in my stress responses after only a few weeks. I feel lucky Newcastle has a teacher and therapist like this in our midst."

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