Frequently Asked Questions
Clients interested in spiritual coaching often have some experience and understanding of their spiritual nature, but need guidance in finding their spiritual center.
As a spiritual coach, I support my clients on their spiritual journey or awakening. I help clients connect with their own unconscious self while distancing myself from his/her ego. Clients are often searching for inner peace and their true purpose in life. As a spiritual coach, I help my clients discover their path and encourage them on their journey to liberation and joy.
Spiritual coaches help their clients with the following:
- Rediscovering and reconnecting with their identity. - Tapping into their spiritual wisdom.
- Strengthening their self-confidence.
- Strengthening their self-love and self-esteem.
- Understanding their purpose in life.
- Creating action steps to take control of their lives.
- Opening up their spiritual awareness.
- Setting new and exciting goals.
- Solving physical, mental, emotional and spiritual challenges with their own inner resources.
Yes, in principle anyone and everyone. (Almost) at any time.
In the beginning, however, it is advisable to aim for shorter sessions of about 10 minutes, so as not to overtax your own system and also to get used to the fact that this way (again) pent-up/burdened things are allowed to say goodbye.
There are alternative positions / alternative postures for neurogenic tremor, in order not to burden existing complaints and to be able to tremble. In this case, please feel free to contact me! About any existing contraindications, such as an existing pregnancy or artificial joints, I inform gladly!
Trembling (technically also called tremor) can have completely different reasons in humans. Yes, we tremble in cold, fear, or even after a shock. The difference is that through exercises the neurogenic tremor itself can be caused and thus also be self-regulated. The goal is to (re)learn self-regulation and self-control.
Our society wants to control the body and its reactions. Anything that looks like a loss of control is suppressed, even if it could start the healing process. We are just not used to the sight of people shaking anymore, although there is nothing to be ashamed of here!
Shivering in a group has some advantages. First and foremost are sharing experiences and learning to focus on awareness of one's own body reactions despite other people in the room. However, since it is a group process and not an individual lesson, it is requested to take care of oneself and to keep boundaries.
However, it is not always the case that one wants to share experiences or show them in front of others. Especially when one suspects that stressful experiences will come to the surface through the trembling process in order to be shown and then let go.
Therefore, individual sessions are possible in any case.
- You have a busy schedule and need the flexibility of online sessions
You love your health and still want to learn and practice at a distance during this time
You can't find a coach in your area that you like
You want to do the session or one of my trainings from the comfort of your home or office
You would like to save time on your commute.
What are your fees for online sessions? My fees for online sessions are the same as for sessions in my private practice.
My fees for online sessions are the same as for sessions in my private practice.
The field of "soma" has developed over the last century in the context of research into processes of how consciousness inhabits the living body. How do body and psyche influence each other?
The term "somatic" means "relating to the body," "experienced from within," and "regulated from within."
The term was derived from the Greek "somatikos , soma ", which means "alive"," conscious", "physical person". According to Peter Levine, the founder of "Somatic Experiencing, "somatics" is the study of the self from the perspective of one's own experience and includes the dimensions of body, psyche and mind.
It was obvious: we humans also have an innate ability to process trauma.
Trauma and spirituality
Ancient mystical writings already mention trauma as a gateway to spirituality. In somatic integration, the close relationship between trauma and an embodied spirituality can be experienced - as post-traumatic growth. The greater presence that comes from working with somatic integration brings one into contact with spiritual experiences.
Embodiment means to consider the organism as a suitable medium to investigate and understand the self-organization of the human being in the individual experience. Thus, feelings, experiences, ways of thinking, beliefs ... are uniquely embodied in every human being. Science (Damasio) speaks here of "somatic markers". Thus, the "body intelligence" represents a valuable storehouse of knowledge and competence, including that which lives in the unconscious and acts outwardly on a daily basis.
The English word "embodiment" can be broken down into the components "body" and the nominalization "-ment" with the English prefix "em"-, for "one"-. The prefix and the ending can be seen as an enclosure of the word "body". From this, the German translation "Verkörperung" or "Verleiblichung" can be derived.
In Judith Blackstone's book "Belonging here" there is this passage: "To inhabit our body means to enter and live in the whole inner depth of our body. It is not just being aware of our bodies. It is different, for example, from a "body scan" in which we shift our awareness from one part of our body to another. It is not just being more aware of our breath or the physical sensations in our body. When we inhabit our body, we are present in our body. We feel that we "ARE" the inner space of our body.
As an EmbodiMentor, I have the tools and knowledge to bring people back into contact with their naturally inherent healing capacity.
The concept of Embodiment is an epistemology (genus) that recognizes and integrates bodywork or the body (species) as a "new", neglected dimension. The concept of embodiment thus stands in the line of human epistemologies after behaviorism and the cognitive turn and is considered the 3rd revolution.
Or more simply: Embodiment is based on the interaction of body and psyche.
The authors of the book titled "Embodiment. Understanding and Using the Interaction of Body and Psyche." (Storch et al., 2011) point out that embodiment is neither a unified construct nor a new invention of its own. Rather, in describing the interaction of body and mind or psyche from systemic/cognitive science, psychological, neurobiological, and body therapy perspectives, a scientific foundation has emerged upon which findings from the various disciplines can be shared and explored. "We decided to use the English word after all in this case because a new, promising scientific community is beginning to form on the basis of the term 'embodiment'" (Storch et al., 2011, p. 8).
From a systemic perspective, cognition does not occur exclusively in the mind, but spans the brain, body, and environment; thus, it is embedded ("embedded"). In Tschacher's (2011) view, embedding is twofold: in the body and in the environment. The connections between body and environment are always reciprocal. Cognition is embodied through body states and feelings and situated through the environment.
" 'Embodied' means: cognition takes place in constant interaction with the state of the body in which cognition is embedded. Body states are e.g. body expression, posture, tension. Feelings (i.e. affects and emotions) are also essentially body states. The interaction cognition - body is circular-causal. Thus, the body acts as a control parameter on cognition, causing the formation of cognitive patterns.
'Situated' means: as in the body, cognition is also embedded in the wider environment. Environmental states can also act as control parameters on cognition, causing pattern formation.
Embodiment and situatedness are thus motivationally effective embeddings. (Intelligence is not possible without embeddedness.)" (Tschacher, 2011, p. 31).
From a systemic perspective, cognition does not take place exclusively in the head, but extends across the brain, body, and environment; it is thus embedded ("embedded"). In Tschacher's (2011) view, embedding is twofold: in the body and in the environment. The connections between body and environment are always reciprocal. Cognition is embodied through body states and feelings and situated through the environment. " 'Embodied' means: cognition takes place in constant interaction with
the state of the body in which cognition is embedded. Body states are e.g. body expression, posture, tension. Feelings (i.e. affects and emotions) are also essentially body states. The interaction cognition - body is circular-causal. Thus, the body acts as a control parameter on cognition, causing the formation of cognitive patterns.
'Situated' means: as in the body, cognition is also embedded in the wider environment. Environmental conditions can also act as control parameters on
cognition and cause pattern formation.
Embodiment and situatedness are thus motivationally effective embeddings. (Intelligence is not possible without embeddedness.)" (Tschacher, 2011, p. 31).
The origin of the word "trauma" is the Greek word for "wound". Trauma is a wound. I think of it this way: If I wounded you, if I cut into your flesh, scar tissue would form as you healed. If the wound were big enough, you would get a big scar, and it would be without nerve endings, so you wouldn't feel anything, and it would be much less flexible than your normal tissue. Trauma is when there is a loss of sensation and the flexibility to respond to the world is reduced. This is a reaction to a wound. ~ Dr.. Gabor Maté
If all goes well, our brain is the largest supercomputer in the world. It's a complex network of about 100 billion neurons that's not only superb at processing and organizing information - it's also really, really fast. Every second, somewhere between 18 and 640 trillion electrical impulses buzz through your brain. This matrix carefully encodes and stores your memories and experiences, which together form a unique mosaic of you.
But what happens when something hits us in the bones, or something persistently goes on our nerves, affecting this system? And how is it that continuous tension, shock, or (developmental) trauma can linger in our bodies and minds, affecting our health for years to come?
The truth is that the associated effects don't just exist "in the mind." It leaves a real, physical imprint in the body, shaking your memory storage processes and changing your brain. Thus, it becomes a wound. In Greek, the word trauma is used for the wound.
What is trauma? Trauma is not what happens to you, but what happens to you in your body in response to what happens to you. That which is "too fast", "too soon" or simply "too much" for the moment we experience something triggers a survival or self-protection mechanism in our body that we have experienced since prehistoric man encountered existential danger.
Untreated trauma from the past can have a huge impact on your future health. The emotional and physical reactions it triggers can make you more susceptible to serious health conditions like heart attack, stroke, obesity, diabetes and cancer, according to research from Harvard Medical School. Or more simply for a herniated disc, constant fatigue, or headaches.
In addition, the risk of developing mental and physical health problems increases with the number of stressful events you experience.
You know how you go from one room to another to get something, and when you arrive, you've forgotten what you wanted? Many people then go back "to the beginning", back to the place, take the posture as before and how often do we then remember what we wanted to get? Our body remembers. Our body has a memory all its own.
Outwardly, emotional stresses, strains and wounds may not show and we may look whole and healthy, but trauma, just like a physical wound, can invisibly "fester" and weaken the body's defenses until it manifests in the body.
So what changes when we experience trauma? And where is it stored in the body?
Let's take a look at what happens to our supercomputer when it experiences a shock.
Trauma can cause our memory processing system to stop working: The declarative explicit memory system fails, so the traumatic memory is not properly captured and stored.
Instead, our supercomputer resorts to a simpler method of recording signals and encodes traumatic memories as images or bodily sensations. This is called dissociation: memories are broken down into fragments. These remain embedded in the brain like shrapnel, impeding the brain's natural recovery process. Malignant fragments can manifest as symptoms that are often associated with post-traumatic stress and increase our risk of becoming seriously physically ill.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can visibly alter the brain. After the 2017 Manchester suicide bombing that killed 22 people at Ariana Grande's concert, she posted an image of a brain scan that showed the effects of the trauma on her brain.
Speaking about her struggle with PTSD, she said:
"I feel like I shouldn't even talk about my own experience - like I shouldn't say anything at all. I don't think I'll ever know how to talk about it and not cry. It's hard to talk about because so many people have suffered such a severe, tremendous loss. But, yeah, it's a real thing."
Ariana Grande shares her brain scan on Instagram.
The three parts of the brain responsible for processing stress can change when people suffer from unmanaged emotions to PTSD:
- The hippocampus shrinks - this is the center for emotions and memory
- Amygdala function increases - the center for creativity and rumination
- Prefrontal / anterior cingulate function decreases - the center for more complex functions like planning and self-development
Like a virus in our coding system, unprocessed traumatic memories can become stumbling blocks that disrupt our mental and physical processes. Evidence on cellular memory shows that not only our brains, but also the cells of our bodies contain an imprint of past traumatic events.
So what can be done about this "real thing"? The good news is that past trauma does not have to affect you for life. It's a treatable problem, and help is just an email away. Therapy can help unlock or process the traumatic memory and free it from its imprisonment in your system. Once the traumatic memory is reintegrated, the brain can begin to heal.
In particular, meditation and physical activity, such as neurogenic tremors and conscious dance, quite effective after using passive interaction through the Safe & Sound Protocol, produce real results in this release and can support the healing process. A Trauma Center study of PTSD treatment found that "Somatic Experiences, as conscious movement, was far more effective than any medicine people have studied to date. That doesn't mean that Somatic-Conscious Movement cures it, but Somatic-Conscious Movement makes a significant difference in the right direction."
Releasing trauma from the mind and body can have incredibly powerful consequences. Kelly Turner, PhD, extensively studied terminally ill cancer patients who beat their disease against all odds. She found that people in spontaneous remission often cited letting go of emotional stress or trauma as a key component of their healing. "You don't have to be stuck," says Harvard psychiatry professor Kerry Ressler, M.D. "There's a good chance you can move past this."
Our bodies may "embody terror" (see Bessel van der Kolk's book of the same name), but its incredible ability to heal humbles me every time.
This article is in large part by Danielle Prohom Olson, inspired by teachings of David Bercelli on trauma and tension release and with additions from my own experience with the Good Vibrations in trainings and personal application.
Called the iliopsoas muscle, it is the deepest muscle in the human body, affecting our structural balance, muscle integrity, flexibility, strength, joint mobility and organ function.
Originating on either side of the spine, the psoas spans each of the 5 lumbar vertebrae laterally from the 12th thoracic vertebra (T12). From there, it runs downward through the lower abdomen, pelvis, and ends at the top of the femur (thigh bone).
The psoas is the only muscle that connects the spine to the legs. It is responsible for our upright posture and allows our legs to be lifted when we walk. A healthy functioning psoas stabilizes the spine and, supported by the trunk, it forms a kind of shelf for the vital organs of the lower abdomen.
The psoas is connected to the diaphragm by fasciae that can trigger both the breathing reflex and a fear reflex, because the psoas is directly coupled to the reptilian brain, the oldest part of the brain stem and spinal cord. Long before language or the higher organizational capacity of the cortex evolved, the reptilian brain, known for its survival instinct, maintained essential core functions.
Our fast-paced modern lifestyle (with constant onslaught of adrenaline and cortisol on our sympathetic nervous system) causes chronic triggering and tightening of the psoas - literally making us ready to run or fight. The muscular strength of the psoas helps it spring into action - or curl up like a ball for protection. The Good Vibrations workshop demonstrates several effective modalities (TRE = neurogenic tremor), fascia integration, etc to effectively release this.
If we constantly tense the psoas - mostly unconsciously - due to stress or tension, the muscle can eventually cause a variety of painful conditions such as back pain, low back pain, sciatica, disc problems, spondylosis, scoliosis, hip degeneration, knee pain, menstrual cramps, infertility and digestive problems, depression, anxiety and inner turmoil.
A strained psoas not only creates structural problems, it constricts the organs, puts pressure on the nerves, hinders the flow of movement and impairs diaphragmatic breathing.
In fact, the psoas is so directly involved in basic physical and emotional responses that a chronically tight psoas continually signals danger to the body. At some point, this can exhaust the adrenal glands and the immune system.
This situation is exacerbated by many things in our modern lifestyles, from car seats to constricting clothing, from chairs to shoes, that compromise our posture, alter our natural movement patterns, and in the process tighten our psoas.
The first step to maintaining a healthy psoas is to relieve unnecessary tension and stress. But in order to "work" with the psoas, we should not try to control the muscles. Neurogenic tremors, as our bodies naturally, as in all mammals, hold as trauma and tension discharge in the body as a resource is a simple and profound way to increase our capacities.
A relaxed psoas is a sign of playful and creative expression. Instead of a tense psoas, always ready to run or fight, the relaxed and supple psoas is ready to stretch and open to dance. A relaxed psoas allows the front of the thighs to stretch and the legs to move independently of the pelvis. Likewise, it allows the torso to straighten freely and completely and the heart to open.
By unloading the psoas, and thus the body, of stored tensions, we release vital energies back into our bodies. Within the Taoist tradition, the psoas is called the seat or muscle of the soul, surrounding the lower "dan tien" (abdomen, the "hara"), the main energy center of the body. A flexible and strong psoas allows subtle energies to flow through the bones, muscles, nerves and joints.
The psoas, infused with energy, reconnects us to the earth. Our Window of Tolerance, our ability to accept and release what we encounter in our lives, increases with each vibration.
Or why where we fall flat on our face is sometimes the end of the rainbow.
Resilience is a term from the field of psychology that is still inextricably linked with the Kauai Study by U.S. psychologist Emmy Werner. In 1955, the expert launched a long-term study in which she examined the psychological strength of nearly 700 children in Hawaii. She wanted to find out how children from difficult backgrounds manage to develop into stable and resilient adults. To do so, she followed them for about 32 years, and the study provided insights that still play a role in resilience training today. The factors responsible for a person's resilience, according to Werner, include a variety of components.
Train your resilience like a muscle
The foundation, however, is family socialization, a supportive environment full of respect and trust. Resilience is thus not an innate trait, but an acquired one. And that is a very positive realization. Because something that has not been genetically inherited can be trained like a muscle. Resilience training, among other things, is based on this insight. Test your personal resilience: To the test
Stress management methods play a role in resilience training
However, it doesn't have to be major tragedies that show a person's resilience. The ability to deal with stress at work or in everyday life also shows resilience. How do I react to mobbing people on the subway, how do I feel when my kids yell - or the boss? Successful stress management plays a crucial role, especially in our digitalized world. We are surrounded by technology. Always accessible, we can't switch off. Burnout is now one of the most common causes of absence from the workplace. One suitable method for healthy stress management, for example, is resilience training. Behind the concept is the conviction that people today cannot escape stress factors. However, they can face them positively and confidently if they train their resilience. With resilience training, you expand and stabilize existing core competencies in stress management.
Resilience training also teaches you to draw on inner sources of strength. You learn which strategies you can use to master crises and grow from them. Are you a person who lets yourself be guided by changing moods? If you strengthen your resilience, you will also be able to deal with them skillfully. According to studies, positive thinking is also crucial to your ability to cope with stress. That's because thinking controls our actions. That optimists go through life easier and more relaxed is not a new finding. The good thing is that positive thinking can also be practiced during resilience training, so that your personal glass is no longer half empty, but half full. The lesson plan for resilience training also includes the ability to accept change as part of a natural process. Not everyone is relaxed about changes in life. Whether it's a restructuring at work, a move, or the loss of a loved one: The ability to cope with stress is a matter of practice - the key lies in resilience training.
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