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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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When I'm working with an individual to restore regulation in the body's response to stress, one way we start out is exploring what feels safe enough in the moment. Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2019 at Integrative Bodywork
The very definition of “in concert” is together. Making music together, making a concerted effort, you listen, check back in with yourself, and aim to produce sound that matches the rest. Being yourself, sensing others around, coming back to yourself and adjusting your output. The trauma healing work I practice uses exactly this kind of back-and-forth attention-with-intention. We sometimes work with trauma's stuckness by calling on a memory, or a feeling of being in "flow" -- happy, connected. We'll rock gently into that, then back to stuckness, and find the rhythm that's underneath. Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2018 at Integrative Bodywork
This deceptively simple exercise uses eye movement to engage suboccipital muscles in back of your head, drawing the first two vertebra into alignment -- a necessary condition for the state of "social engagement," says Rosenberg. This positive physiological state affects how we respond to our environment, as opposed to reacting in fight/flight/freeze mode. Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2018 at Integrative Bodywork
The NYT published two articles this week on adverse childhood events (ACEs) and the effect on health. In summary, the more ACEs, the more risk of poor health. From the research and writing of Dr Nadine Burke-Harris, "Recognizing childhood adversity as a risk factor for how we’re going to deal with stress in the present is really important." Her new... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2018 at Integrative Bodywork
Playful. Contingent. Resonant. All these kinds of interaction are essential to infant development. Growth and repair of the infant brain -- and in fact, any age of brain! -- requires support that nurtures a sense of safety, or neuroception of safety (Stephen Porges' term). Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2018 at Integrative Bodywork
Here's how you'll benefit from attending: what stuckness is, and why it's a default for many of us where to find balance among polarities science of sensing; gain insights into your own behavior risk trying something new -- safely! anchoring new practices for flexibility and flow Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2017 at Integrative Bodywork
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
"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
You can't step up till you step down. Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at Integrative Bodywork
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Building on what's already working well in your own physiology, I gently nudge your system back into balance. I'm licensed in massage therapy since 1991, and now describe my work as "integrative" -- bringing together many tools to help you heal. My Somatic Experiencing work can help toward relieving troubling patterns around pain, anxiety/depression, stress and trauma. 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