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Suzanne Snijder van Wissenkerke
Claremont, southern CA
a hopeful Somatic Experiencing practitioner, mom, wife, gardener
Interests: embodied movement, music, breakfast with a view
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Nov 5, 2017. Learn ways of moving from feelings of stuckness into flow. Perspectives from Chinese medicine, somatic practice, and integral coaching. Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at Integrative Bodywork
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When your needs were not met in infancy, or later in childhood, your “story” was held in sensing and feeling. By using the language of the body (touch and movement), we can contact deeper layers of being, beyond words. Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at Integrative Bodywork
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"Think of something racy and funny!" -- that's why we were laughing. Kathy Kain and Steve Terrell bring their Somatic Regulation and Resilience class to Los Angeles Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2017 at Integrative Bodywork
Here is Gabor Mate, MD, author of When the Body Says No, speaking on "The Need for Authenticity" and its connection to health/ disease. He lists these four risk factors for disease: Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at Integrative Bodywork
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You can't step up till you step down. Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at Integrative Bodywork
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That is how our nervous systems adapt: by changing in small ways based on input. Small input, easier for the system to digest. Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2017 at Integrative Bodywork
My professional colleague, Irene Lyon, lives in Canada, and -- like me -- has trained in Peter Levine's Somatic Experiencing model. She's developing ways for more people to learn how important our nervous systems are in healing trauma, online. Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at Integrative Bodywork
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NYTimes: Lower Back Ache? Be Active and Wait It Out, New Guidelines Say This change is sure to get people talking. Opinions run strong when it comes to pain relief (just see the article's comments section!) Carried by the mainstream press, this topic will now make its way into all kinds of conversations about pain and addiction, pleasure and punishment.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2017 at Integrative Bodywork
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Before all this, though, an imperative: Rest! -- bathe, find comfort in touch, in breath, in sleep. Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2016 at Integrative Bodywork
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We’re not THE answer, but we can provide hope. Hope for moving, perhaps slowly and sideways at first, then gradually, resolutely onward. Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2016 at Integrative Bodywork
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Celebrating! Yes, it's worth a quick look back, to appreciate the view ahead. From my start as a part-time massage therapist 25 years ago, I discovered that here in the body is where it feels safe enough to explore being myself. I am grateful to the many teachers who have nurtured me along the way. Sensory awareness skill-building with Raja... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2016 at Integrative Bodywork
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It's where we're broken and vulnerable that the light can shine in Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2015 at Integrative Bodywork
Dr Peter Levine, founder of the Somatic Experiencing (R) approach, uses his famous "Slinky" presentation to demonstrate the effects of trauma on the nervous system. Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2015 at Integrative Bodywork
It's not the environment itself that makes you feel safe, it's all about perception. Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2015 at Integrative Bodywork
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A walk in the park may soothe the mind and, in the process, change the workings of our brains in ways that improve our mental health. Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2015 at Integrative Bodywork
This pioneering article differentiates Peter Levine's Somatic Experiencing (SE) from other therapeutic approaches that use focused internal awareness. To illustrate how SE works in the brain and physiology, the authors present a composite case study. Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2015 at Integrative Bodywork
Gentle, respectful contact can communicate at a level beyond words. Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2015 at Integrative Bodywork
When you arrive for your session, whether it's for massage/bodywork or for Somatic Experiencing, we will start with a chat so you can let me know what's best for you. What changes do you seek, today or generally? Would you like an hour of quiet relaxation, or is there an area calling out for therapeutic focus? What has been most... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at Integrative Bodywork
Based on your goals, expect change to look like this: Reduced frequency, intensity, duration of your pain or troubling symptoms; Energy and motivation increasingly available; Breath and limbs moving more fluidly; Noticing more of what's good; choosing that. Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2015 at Integrative Bodywork
Q: So does this article come close to describing what you do? A: Well, sometimes. Often. Depends on what client is open to explore, their stated goals, and how the body calls. Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2014 at Integrative Bodywork
Feeling an impulse to move is not the same as following through with aggressive actions, of course. Developing more impulse control sometimes means letting go of some control! In a Somatic Experiencing session, we might explore feeling that edge between the extreme of absolute-control and the little-bit-of-movement. Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at Integrative Bodywork
I have made significant progress in both my personal and professional life. I feel that Suzanne's help has empowered me with the confidence to meet with clients and to achieve artwork I never had the stamina for before. Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2014 at Integrative Bodywork
With the return of fall semester comes the rhythm of practicums, performances, and exams. Here's an exercise to invite your body to settle. Try this in someplace quiet enough for you. Grounding & Resourcing (about 10 min) Sit in a supported position, both feet on the floor. Take time to notice your natural breath, particularly your exhale. Slowly push the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at Integrative Bodywork
let go let go of holding onto what you don't need let go of trying to be good at letting go let go of self-judgment for not letting go fast enough slow enough hard enough soft enough enough enough ever let go let go let Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2014 at Integrative Bodywork
Suzanne is a genius at healing. I don't say that lightly. For nearly as long as I can remember, I've had issues with doing solo work - especially writing. I've always had tons of ideas and I could get other people excited about them, but the moment I'd get near paper or a keyboard to make things real - poof!... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2013 at Integrative Bodywork