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After a long and busy day at work, I just want to come home, put my feet up and stop. When the house is stuffy, I open a window to let the fresh air come in and lie down to rest. I can come home this same way in my mind and body wherever I am. Try it. Take a seat, let your breath go in and out of your nostrils and bring a gentle awareness to this movement. As you continue to let this cycle happen, open up to your sensations…  open the windows. Open up to your sight, sound, smell, taste and touch. Feel the relaxation spread through your body, your heart. Let the thoughts, anxieties, emotions take form like a wave, watch them break and then wash away. This is the way we can find our way back home during the day or night. Don’t need to do anything except be here. Don’t alter anything, don’t accept anything and don’t reject anything. It doesn’t have to be a big deal. Don’t let yourself get distracted. Don’t make it a project. Just do it. It’s a novel way to be home.      ...

Are You Struggling To Reach Athletic Performance Or Recover From Injury? Are you struggling with athletic training and/or performance anxiety or to recover from a sports injury or another type of accident? Do you want to feel healthy, whole and confident mentally, emotionally and physically? Are you experiencing pain, tightness or tension in certain parts of your body and feel frustrated by your inability to perform athletically or function in life the way you want and, perhaps, feel you need to? Perhaps you are an athlete looking increase athletic potential and the tolerance, resiliency and capacity of your nervous system. Or maybe you have suffered a physical injury or undergone a medical surgery and want to address both the emotional and physical trauma that feels stuck in your body. It may be that you’re already working with a performance coach or physical therapist, and are looking to supplement your training and/or treatment with a somatic therapy approach. Whether you’re in recovery or working toward reaching your athletic potential, do you want to assimilate mind, body and spirit and live with the confidence of an integrated, whole self? Dealing with the aftereffects of a trauma, such as an accident, injury, invasive medical procedure or assault, can be a frustrating, confusing and stressful experience. If you are recovering from physical injury, preparing for surgery or experiencing post surgical trauma, you may desperately want to get back to your normal routine and feel mentally, emotionally and physically balanced, especially if you’re generally an active person. But, both physical and emotional trauma can take time to heal and cause feelings of anxiety and/or depression until resolved. And, while you may be in physical therapy, you might also realize that you need to heal the emotional trauma that often accompanies physical injury. Alternatively, you may be an athlete pushing yourself hard, both mentally and physically, working to improve your physical performance. Whether you’re a cyclist, triathlete, skier or marathoner, you may be experiencing heightened anxiety and other challenging emotions as you strive to reach stellar performance. Or, you may have hit a plateau in your training and are seeking a way to reach a new level of performance. The Mind-Body Connection It’s extremely common to feel fragmented after experiencing any kind of trauma. Trauma literally disorganizes the nervous system, which may be why—even though you’re engaging in rehab, following doctor’s orders and taking care of yourself physically—you still feel stuck, anxious or depressed. Furthermore, we live in Boulder, CO—a hub for athletes who push their bodies hard. From bike accidents to pulled muscles, injuries are common, and many people injure themselves over and over again, not recognizing the initial and then subsequent injuries as trauma. There are also countless people here training and working to lose weight, build muscle and/or reach the next level of personal or professional athletic performance. This level of training can be hard to manage and cause a lot of stress. While you might understand that there is a connection between properly managing stress, regulating the nervous system and reaching optimal performance potential, you may not know how to connect the dots and tap into the mind-body connection. The good news is that whether you are preparing for surgery, recovering from injury or post surgical trauma or want to lessen the time management, physical and emotional stress often created when working to reach optimal athletic potential, I can help. With the support, guidance and healing touch of an experienced and highly skilled somatic therapist, you can increase tolerance, resiliency and capacity for healing and growth. You can regulate your nervous system and feel whole and confident within your body. Somatic Touch Therapy Can Help You Integrate Mind, Body And Spirit My somatic approach to integrated healing and growth occurs in the intersection of trauma therapy and physical therapy. As an advanced Somatic Experiencing provider and trauma therapist, I can gently access your nervous system through noninvasive touch, getting into the skin, fascia, bone, viscera, tissues and organs where trauma and blocked energy is being stored. Through gentle practices, such as properly placing a hand on your back under the kidneys, I can stimulate and support the energy of the body so it can relax and open to capacity. Through touch therapy and other somatic-based therapies, you can become more familiar with and regulate your nervous system. We’ll work collaboratively to identify where you’re holding trauma and anxiety in your body, discharge what is stuck and complete the trauma cycle. Through this process, you can learn how to track, feel into and/or release bodily sensations. As you cultivate an awareness of your nervous system and develop a deep connection to your body, you can also further develop a relationship between your body, mind and spirit. You can truly understand and experience the integration of the whole, rather than just talk about it. This integration and advanced body awareness actively supports both healing and reaching athletic potential. Whether your goal is healing or reaching a new level of performance, a somatic approach can regulate the nervous system, decrease anxiety and help you feel more grounded, stable and confident. In addition to touch therapy, we can also use other trauma therapy and somatic techniques, such as movement, mindfulness, Feeding Your Demons, medical chi gong and traditional talk therapy to help you resolve anxiety and trauma and create a new level of mind-body awareness. And, after years in practice, I know that everyone has unique needs and goals, which is why we’ll draw from a variety of modalities to develop a tailored approach that works specifically for you. I have been working with all kinds of injuries and trauma survivors for over a decade, and I know the power of this work. With the support, guidance and healing touch of a trauma therapist, you can heal from post surgical trauma, heighten performance and feel more balanced, confident and alive in your body. Through trauma touch therapy, it is possible to heal scar tissue, regulate the nervous system and even alleviate symptoms often associated with trauma, such as chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. You can build resiliency, tolerance and capacity and feel connected to and whole within your body. You Still May Have Questions Or Concerns About Touch Therapy… I’m not sure how comfortable I am with being touched. Many people are not comfortable with touch. And, while physical touch can be a powerful healing modality, we can instead use energetic, healing touch, which can yield many of the same results. We’ll also move at a pace and only draw from approaches that you feel comfortable with. And, as we build a relationship and you increase resiliency, you might find that you become open to exploring touch and/or other energetic and somatic therapies. Will a somatic approach to healing really improve my performance? Everyone responds to therapies in different ways; however, there is abundant evidence to support that somatic approaches yield amazing results. In fact, many Navy Seals and Olympic athletes find that using mindfulness, Somatic Experiencing and healing touch improves performance and increases athletic capacity due to a decrease in anxiety and an increase in body awareness. I’m already doing physical therapy. How is your approach different from PT? While PT addresses base physical needs, somatic touch helps to release the physical and emotional trauma stored in the body so you can experience another level of relief. And, these approaches to healing compliment each other well and often go hand-in-hand. I love working in teams, and if you are working with a physical therapist, I’m happy to collaborate with him or her to ensure that you’re getting the best support and the most comprehensive level of care. You Can Feel Confident, Whole And Alive In Your Body If you’re preparing for surgery, recovering from injury or seeking a new level of athletic performance in Boulder, CO, I invite you to call me at 303-489-8432 for a free 30-minute phone consultation. I’m happy to discuss your specific needs and situation and answer any questions you have about touch therapy, somatic therapy and my practice.        ...

I am thrilled to announce that Peter Levine, my teacher and mentor, will be speaking at Naropa University for the first time ever! Please join me in welcoming him back to Colorado. WED, OCT 19 AT 7:00 PM, BOULDER, CO Spirituality and Trauma: From Trauma to Awakening & Flow with Peter Levine By: Naropa University's School of Extended Studies $20 TICKETS In the treatment of the effects of trauma, its inherent relationship with spirituality provides a vital link in the therapeutic process.  The understanding of a person's felt, spiritual connection is central to the therapeutic process.  If we are unable to access a person's spirituality, we may find ourselves trapped, as healers, in areas that are fraught with pitfalls and "tight corners".  The intimate association between trauma and spirituality suggests therapeutic avenues for supporting the authentic transformation of traumatic experiences. Through the use of didactic material, experiential practice, and video material we will introduce Somatic Experiencing® as a way to re-connect with the deep self by utilizing our bodily "felt-sense". The focus will be on developing practical tools to gracefully enhance the relationship between trauma and spirituality within the therapeutic experience. Peter A. Levine, Ph.D., holds doctorates in both medical biophysics and psychology. He is the developer of Somatic Experiencing®, a body-awareness approach to healing trauma, and founder of the Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute, which conducts SE™ trainings throughout the world and in various indigenous cultures. Some of Dr. Levine’s achievements include being a stress consultant for NASA during the development of the space shuttle project, as well as a consultant to Sandia Labs during their report on preventing terrorism commissioned by the Department of Homeland Security in 2002. Dr. Levine was a member of the APA Task Force: Psychologists for Social Responsibility in developing responses to large-scale disasters and ethnopolitical warfare. He is also a Senior Fellow at The Meadows Addiction and Trauma Treatment Center in Wickenburg, Arizona. Dr. Levine has written several books about trauma. His international best seller, Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma, has been translated into twenty-five languages. His other books include In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness, Trauma and Memory: Brain and Body in a Search for the Living Past: A Practical Guide for Understanding and Working with Traumatic Memory, Trauma Through a Child’s Eyes – a resource book for therapists, Trauma Proofing Your Kids, a guide for parents and teachers in how to recognize and prevent trauma, and Freedom From Pain, a guide for working with trauma-related pain. Levine’s original contribution to the field of Body-Psychotherapy was honored with the Life Time Achievement award from the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP). He also received an honorary award as the Reiss-Davis Chair for his lifetime contribution to infant and child psychiatry. Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Persons with questions about accessibility or who require disability accommodations should contact Kristin Anderson-Bohan at 303-546-3593 or kbohan@naropa.edu at least two weeks prior to the event. WHEN Wednesday, October 19, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (MDT) WHERE Naropa University-Nalanda Events Center - 6287 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO 80301 - View Map Naropa University's School of Extended Studies Organizer of Spirituality and Trauma: From Trauma to Awakening & Flow with Peter Levine...

  Do you ever have days where you spend most of your time reacting to news, situations, emotions or even your own moods? You feel captive. By evening, you are exhausted. Is there a way to avoid being a victim to your own life? I believe there is and hope you might explore this perspective with me. As you go through your day, notice how not what you confront. When you are in a conversation, do you truly listen to what is being said? Or do you tend to quickly divert your mind? Maybe you are anticipating your reaction. Does your mind just take off without even hearing what is being said? Can you liken its quality to an animal or image? Another way you may react is by finding yourself drifting away or spacing out. Perhaps you don’t even hear or notice what it is being communicated. You wake up with a jolt to discover you have missed the moment and you have no response or recollection of anything. I must admit I relate to these ways of reacting! Rather than reacting, we might consider receiving our experiences to fully connect to ourselves in the present moment and our exchange with the outer world. Receiving is a much more authentic way of living. Of course I am not always successful at this but even differentiating between reaction and reception has been a helpful practice.  ...

While you make plans for June, I highly encourage you to consider the Feeding Your Demons training in Boulder. As many of you know, I am a facilitator of this work and its benefits are vast. Please look at my Feeding Your Demons page. Feeding Your Demons is a useful tool to explore our inner conflicts and obstacles along with developing loving kindness towards ourselves. FEEDING YOUR DEMONS: KAPALA I RETREAT June 8-12, 2016 near Boulder, CO with Charlotte Rotterdam & Pieter Oosthuizen Feeding your Demons is a powerful and profound method for working with rather than fighting against the obstacles, conflicts, and challenges of our life. By meeting our fears and obsessions with compassion and nurturing their underlying need, we allow them to transform into allies, insight and wisdom. Drawing on traditional practices and teachings of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, this process was developed by Lama Tsultrim Allione, a Western Buddhist teacher and author of Feeding Your Demons: Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflict.  The Prajna Paramita teachings and meditation also introduced in this retreat invite us to awaken to the ultimate nature of mind. A concise and profound practice developed by Lama Tsultrim, this meditation fosters a spacious view to hold the personal work of Feeding your Demons. Our time will include teachings, meditation, discussion, and practice of Feeding your Demons so that it may become of use to you on a daily basis. No previous experience or knowledge of Buddhism or meditation is necessary. The Kapala I Training is the first in a series of 4 in-depth trainings in Feeding your Demons, Prajna Paramita and the lineage of the 11th century Tibetan yogini Machig Labdrön. Completion of Level I qualifies participants to continue studying with Lama Tsultrim Allione in higher training levels. Times: Wednesday, 7-9pm; Thursday - Saturday, 9am - 5pm; Sunday, 9am -4pm. Location: Just south of Lyons. Cost: $395 (some partial scholarships available). To Register: Email Charlotte at charlotte@skymind.us; call 720.472.1956; or visit www.skymind.us.    ...