Body Centered Awareness

“The issues are in the tissues.”
Through mindfulness, movement, and contact with others, we learn to move beyond limiting ways of responding learned as a child. Exploring with curiosity and compassion within a supportive environment creates a container in which new ways of moving and being can be explored and expressed. Our bodies are our greatest resource and must be included on any journey of personal growth and lasting change. They provide a direct path for exploring our unconscious, limiting beliefs and the emotions tied to them. By increasing awareness of our bodies, we get in touch with the here and now where change and growth are possible. Positive mirroring and contact with others are essential for healing and integration to occur.

The slow, developmental movement of Cortical Field Reeducation

Cortical Field Reeducation (CFR) is a body awareness and movement practice based on the groundbreaking work of Moshe Feldenkrais, DSc., and developed by Harriet Goslins at Esalen Institute. Read more…

The Refined Method of Hakomi

Loving presence and providing nourishment are key ingredients. Ron Kurtz who created The Hakomi Method, describes it as assisted self-study. Read more…

“Our bodies know they belong. It’s our minds that make ourselves so homeless.” – John O’Donohue

Gestalt Practice

Developed by Fritz Perls, and expanded upon at Esalen Institute by Dick Price, it is an approach to personal growth that promotes self-awareness and values integration of the parts of self into a whole person. These three awareness practices facilitate the release of physical restrictions and suppressed emotions. Lead to a greater understanding and felt experience of the connections between mind, body, and emotions. Read more…

About Patrice

Patrice draws upon her years of experience and training in education, counseling and bodywork as she combines slow, developmental movement with other mindfulness techniques and awareness practices. All are designed to assist individuals in reclaiming and integrating forgotten or denied aspects of self, as they facilitate the release of physical restrictions and suppressed emotions. These awareness practices facilitate a greater understanding and felt experience of the connections between mind, body and emotions. Literally rewiring our nervous systems, we allow more functional movement patterns and more nourishing relationships to develop. By using a comprehensive blend of modalities, Patrice assists individuals in reclaiming and integrating forgotten or denied aspects of self, leading to the development of a more full and happy life.

Intentions

 

  • to reinforce the ability to take in what is positive and nourishing
  • to increase the capacity to tolerate more emotion and sensation, as well as new beliefs
  • to enhance relationship and experience a positive connection to others
Through CFR Movement Lessons…

Functional movement heals. Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais
Our bodies forget how to move comfortably and easily because of injury, stress, illness or bad habits. The movement sequences are designed to teach us to remember how we are designed to move: easily and efficiently. By moving slowly and paying attention to what we are experiencing while doing so, restrictions in movement can be freed. A change in muscular holding patterns will result in an increased ease, fluidity, power and coordination of your everyday movements.

Through the Practices of Hakomi and Gestalt

By increasing awareness of what is true in the moment and moving toward acceptance, we grow and change. This work can be done with individuals or in a group setting. Compassion and respect for the individual are essential for establishing safety. Once established, participants are invited to explore at their own pace. The exercises are designed to assist in studying all aspects of self: sensations, beliefs, emotions, anything that arises. Because our greatest wounds are made early in our primary relationships, we need relationships in order to heal. Therefore the roles of the facilitator and other group members are an essential aspect of these practices. The intrapersonal exploration of the individual is witnessed and anchored through the support of the facilitator and the group.