What is BodyMind Therapy?
Much of what gives us discomfort in life — whether it be emotional pain, chronic injuries, beliefs or the way we behave — comes from a lost sense of what our body actually feels ... not with what our mind thinks it should feel. BodyMind therapy re-establishes that connection and, most importantly, helps us regain a sense of trust and safety in who we are.
With 15 years experience, I help people rediscover their inner resources in dealing with life transitions, loss, addiction, and overwhelming emotions. My work is highly successful in supporting clients work through issues that prohibit them from living a full and engaging life.
BodyMind Therapy uses a unique combination of:
- energy balancing
- creative journeying
What form of dialoguing is used?
I trained and certified as an ARC Bodywork practitioner where I learned the highly effective dialogue technique of BodySpeak™.
BodySpeak™ is a form of body-based communication that successfully "updates" one's emotional system. What this means is that coping strategies learned as children have a way of persisting into adult life. Through questions designed to bring out a felt sense rather than a cognitive response, BodySpeak™ gently explores these life strategies to see if they still work for us. With conscious awareness of how we are currently living we can then make informed decisions about the changes we want to make in order to live in creative abundance .
What is energy balancing?
Science has proven that energy is the basis of all matter including our selves. Energy balancing corrects energetic imbalances and creates movement in places of stagnation.
Energy balancing, however, rarely enacts permanent change without a corresponding shift in the emotional system. Energy balancing complements BodySpeak™ by creating a sensory experience from which you can deeply connect with your body while noting the subtle internal changes. The combination of BodySpeak™ and energy balancing provides for gentle yet effective healing.
What is creative journeying?
Creative journeying is your own unique artistic movement towards healing. During the session I follow your journey through imagery, specific words, rhythms and/or body movements.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness brings one to a state of presence: a conscious awareness of who we are, who we are relating to, and where we are standing in relationship to our environment. Mindfulness is the experience of being centred—deeply grounded and aware of both internal and external sensations. It is a life-long practice and journey.
When a practitioner is mindful they are first and foremost aware of what is happening within themselves. This awareness allows the therapist to be aware of his or her own needs and agenda and how to separate them from those of the client. In this way the therapist practices an intensive form of self care that enables him or her to be of greater service. Practitioner mindfulness provides a safe, nurturing and compassionate space for their clients to heal.
How can BodyMind Therapy help me?
BodyMind Therapy effectively works with emotional issues, physical symptoms and lifestyle changes. I have successfully worked with grief, anger, chronic pain, abuse issues and addictive behaviours. I help bring clients to a place of inner safety, where there is greater choice and
space to live one’s passion.
What would a BodyMind Therapy session with Jo-Ann look like?
BodyMind Therapy can be done sitting across from one another on chairs, on a massage table or over the phone. If the massage table is used, I "run" energy either by placing my hands on the client's body or a few inches above (client's preference). This relaxes the client and supports them into connecting to how their body actually feels rather than how they think it shoud feel. While running energy I ask body centred questions that support this connection while creating space for healing.