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therapeutic Services

Mindful Somatic therapy 

Emotional support and spiritual care for those encountering life change, new diagnosis, grief and loss, compassion fatigue, burnout, and faith deconstruction through Mindful Assisted Self-discovery.

Natalie companions and supports you when you desire to work through barriers to more meaningful and satisfying living, express your true Self, and discover embodiment, joy, creativity, and play.

Mindfulness-based somatic psychotherapy is helpful when we realise that there are inner parts of us affecting our lives that are below the level of our best understanding, intention, and willpower. Sometimes we become aware that the stories we live and tell become variations of the same

habitual themes we have a tough time transcending and can no longer do the work independently.

This sensitive and meaningful body-oriented work is an opportunity to open, soften and ground in a container of receptivity and resilience, enlarging your awareness of your unique needs, expression of life, and ultimate wholeness, and embodying a greater experience of empowered presence, which is a beautiful place from which to live in relationship to Self, others, and the divine. 

With compassionate, creative, and gentle guidance, Natalie introduces you to the power of mindful awareness and felt sense, movement, and creativity and offers a variety of reflective and innovative practices that will allow you to:

Nourish your nervous system

Reconnect with your body
Ground yourself in the present moment

Recalibrate patterns of stress

Widen your ability to tolerate emotional discomfort

Develop a felt sense of resilience

Anchor yourself in self-love 

Create a personalised practice for self-care
Deepen expressions of faith & spirituality as “embodied belief” that promotes liberty, compassion, authenticity, and playfulness. 

 

Hands

 restorative touch

Touch defines our sense of reality,

we are always touching something

Sensitive therapeutic touch is a somatic technique to address physical and emotional tensions.

 

Focusing on a restorative healing intention to cultivate self-awareness, and reconnect with body experiences, this treatment helps you to become aware of what you are holding – physically and emotionally – in your body, as you develop your sense of bodyfulness.

 

Natalie utilises hands-on somatic techniques and mindful awareness to guide you into your bodyfulness, and she calls this Restorative Touch. It's bodywork! More than a massage, it includes sensitive awareness, directs self-inquiry, and allows for the safe release of held emotion if needed. 

 

When the body is allowed to reveal its truth in the face of non-judgement, it can relax and let go of stress and pain.

 

This approach uses a combination of touch and verbal communication to influence and restore ease and balance to the mind, body, and spirit. It is based on the belief that intentional physical contact strengthens somatic and interceptive awareness to support a greater capacity for connection and self-compassion. 

 

With this therapy, you increase self-awareness (bodyfulness) and restore ease. Together, we create an alliance of co-regulation, enabling physical & energetic well-being and a greater felt sense of groundedness in which to re-enter the world.

 

Restorative Touch helps individuals to soften the barriers in their life so that they can live more fully and allow the natural feelings of “embodied being” to become a source of satisfaction.

 

This process supports the development of emotional resourcing, allowing you to have more capacity for "feeling your feelings", which is the deepening of emotional experiences to enable refreshing change. Helping you recover accuracy, coherence, and positive meaning of the internal perception of your bodily signals, while co-regulating into safety.

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This mindful somatic approach is unique to treating hypo/ hyperarousal states due to anxiety, grief, developmental trauma, fatigue, and chronic conditions. 

Sessions are 90 minutes, including assessment and reflection post-treatment. 

What's bodywork, Nat?
"Bodywork" refers to hands-on techniques that address relaxation, body posture, capacity, and function. Bodyworkers typically learn to influence the body to obtain physical benefits deliberately.

 

Natalie uses a range of modalities to inform this unique treatment:

  • Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy

  • Healing Touch Bioenergetics

  • Traditional Swedish Massage techniques

  • Bilateral movements

  • Breathwork Sequences
     

In Restorative Touch, the therapeutic use of bottom-up touch and bodywork in conjunction with a top-down invitation to the cognitive self to participate helps clients understand how their thoughts, emotions, and body function collaboratively as one organism, by combining hands-on neurobiological regulating contact with a caring, relational presence. 

 

The client's needs guide each session at that time, and you will be asked to track your internal bodily experience. This will help us discover how your body holds specific memories, beliefs and needs. Once we can follow and name the needs, we can begin to collaborate with them. Your emotional safety, felt sense, and modesty is of the highest consideration. 

Head Massage

Massage for Deep Rest & Relaxation


"the very nature of emotions is that they are
experiences of feeling in the body"

 

Touch is like nourishment for the soul, releasing endorphins in the brain that help us feel better. Natalie also provides trauma-informed relaxation massages for those who are longing for deep rest and a safe environment.

 

Sometimes we just can't switch-off, and need support to calm the roused parts of ourselves. 

 

This discreet treatment is provided with well-being, emotional resilience, and resourcing in mind. Particularly suitable for those who are struggling with specific states such as grief, anxiety or depression, or who are primary caregivers or work in caregiving roles, and is especially when you know you need more than just a nap!

 

Effective self-care is more than a massage, this unique attuned relaxation therapy is a massage and healing session dedicated to you, to relieve your stress and tension, and bring awareness to how a holistic approach to self-care can bring about positive sustainable changes in the way you live and move in the world. Clients typically feel relaxed and refreshed after a massage and look forward to the next session.

 

Addressing your stress via massage and other somatic techniques will allow you can be more present and grounded in yourself and in your relationships, because "you can’t pour from an empty cup", as the saying goes. 

Is this the same as your other bodywork sessions?
No, this treatment is done in a quiet space and with limited dialogue, whereas Restorative Touch is more directed to assisted self-discovery and somatic awareness.

 

 Sessions are 60, 75 or 90 minutes, including biopsychosocial assessment. 

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