ServicesDepending on your needs and interests, our work together may focus on one or more of the following areas:
Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY)
Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) creates space for individual, present-moment experience. Using simple yoga forms and movements, TCTSY invites trauma survivors to connect with body sensations in a safe way, at their own pace, completely in charge of their own experience.
Developed at the Trauma Center in Brookline, Mass., TCTSY an empirically validated, evidence-based practice that has been proven to be an effective adjunct treatment for complex trauma and chronic, treatment-resistant PTSD. It is built on the foundations of Trauma Theory, Attachment Theory and Neuroscience, and uses the key elements of interoception, shared authentic experience and choice making.
Individual and small group sessions are available. This practice includes no hands-on assists, and no prior yoga experience is required. It is strongly advised that participants be in individual therapy in order to have a place to process their experience.
For Yoga Studios and Teachers:
I offer a three-hour, “Introduction to TCTSY” workshop covering the foundations and key elements of TCTSY. It includes a PowerPoint presentation, a brief experiential practice and leaves time for questions and discussion. It is useful for yoga teachers working with anyone likely to have a trauma background (including those in addiction recovery, domestic violence survivors and those currently or previously incarcerated), as well as those wishing to create more trauma sensitive studio classes.
The benefits of meditation include mental strength, stability, clarity and an increased sense of peace. Learning the basic technique of sitting meditation forms the foundation of a sustainable mindfulness practice. Receive guidance and support for incorporating the simple yet powerfully transformative elements of mindfulness into your daily life.
Yoga Therapy and Mind-Body Integration
Yoga therapy uses a combination of breathing, postures, relaxation and energy work tailored to your unique physical and emotional needs to help you heal from injury, illness and emotional distress, and develop your own innate wisdom and self-trust.
Similar to Yoga therapy, but drawing from a wider array of movement techniques and somatic therapies, mind-body integration works to access emotions and energy in the body in order to develop greater self-awareness, empowerment and freedom. This work is a wonderful adjunct to traditional psychotherapy, or can be used on its own.
The word Reiki is comprised of two words: “Rei,”meaning universal spirit, higher knowledge or spiritual consciousness; and “Ki,” which means life energy. The practice of Reiki is a form of gentle, hands-on healing where the giver acts as a channel to conduct this spiritually guided life energy into the body of the receiver. Reiki acts to open blocks to the receiver’s already-existing life force, balancing and increasing its flow wherever necessary.
Anyone can receive Reiki. It is not a substitute for professional medical or psychological care, but can work beautifully as a complementary healing and wellness practice. Benefits of Reiki may include:
- Deep relaxation, aiding the body in releasing stress and tension
- Acceleration of the body’s healing abilities
- Better sleep
- Reduced blood pressure
- Pain relief
- Removal of energy blockages and increase of inner balance and harmony
- Improved immune system function
- Increased vitality
- Emotional clearing and spiritual growth
Individual Reiki sessions
Sessions last approximately an hour and may be held in your home, or in a convenient downtown Manhattan location.
Yoga Therapy/Reiki combo sessions
Sessions last 90 minutes, with 45 minutes of guided yoga therapy designed to address whatever physical or emotional issue you might be facing, and 45 minutes of Reiki.