There is a reason why I believe so strongly in somatic work and the mind-body-spirit connection. As a story gatherer, I look for stories far deeper than just the words they are told with. Our spines hold stories not just of our own life, but of our ancestors, and of others who influence us.
How have I learned to walk through this world? Chances are, that whatever narrative you were convinced or told yourself, is visible in the way you carry yourself. And the longer you have carried yourself that way, the more ingrained it becomes in your posture, in your chronic conditions, in your bodily being.
Have you ever began to cry in pigeon's pose during yoga, and didn't know why? Or maybe you attributed it to just having a stressful day? Did you know that we hold trauma in our hips? Our psoas muscles are what we engage during fight, flight, freeze (and appease) mode. If you are someone who has constantly been in this state, imagine the toll it would take on your body. You begin to tighten. To guard. To protect. Sometimes we encounter moments of physical release, and those moments may have come to also surprise you with tears, or rage, or grief.
Then there is the trauma that we carry, that is not ours. The trauma we carry as empaths that we acquire from other people.
Then imagine this. Imagine that you are apart of a marginalized identity, that for decades, or centuries, that aspect of your identity that runs in your blood was oppressed through violence. How do you think the first member of your ancestry to experience that trauma had to adapt their way of walking through the world in order to survive? How do you think the way they physically carried themselves changed? Now imagine that being passed down from generation to generation as the oppression remains, and the trauma still unliberated. How deeply in our bodies do we carry the stories of others? And how has this maybe held you back in ways you wished you could move past or move forward?
Imagine if you could identify what was yours to resolve, and what was not yours, to give permission to release? What if you knew what needed to be done to be able to embody a full transformation of not only mind and spirit, but of the body?
Somatic Story Telling and Coaching involves a lot of courageous deep opening, but it is not for us to delve into the trauma, it is not for us to even know the answers. The liberation begins with the awareness and the uncovering of its hidden parts nestled away in forgotten spaces within you. If this speaks to you, let's discuss possibilities of embarking on your own Somatic Story Telling journey together