Tuning into the body is a radical act in a world strongly driven by the mind. We often underestimate the value of listening to our body and its way of communicating with us. Over time this can lead to chronic, insidious health issues or an overall lack of vitality and joie de vivre. Our body can be both a doorway to the present moment and to our past experience, making bodywork important not only from the biomechanical standpoint but also in the way of supporting the physiology of the nervous system in cultivating
resilience, vitality and joy.
I have worked in many different settings over the past decade, learning a lot about the body through different modes of experience and education. I have a deep curiosity for understanding how the body functions, how this vehicle that allows us to move through the world is best supported. The current paradigm of bodywork is often relegated to a biomechanical approach. Seeing the body through a very mechanistic lens, and while there is large importance in treating and understanding injuries from this standpoint, I feel that it is shortsighted and lacks a necessary holistic integrative approach. My goal is to blend both the understanding of biomechanics, with the biopsychosocial model of health, allowing for a more contextualized approach to healing.
My journey as a somatic practitioner started in 2010 working as a Yoga Instructor, then becoming a Registered Massage Therapist in 2011. I am currently on the path to becoming a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. I am a Level One Fascial Stretch Therapist, a Rapid Neurofascial Reset Specialist, and have my certificate in dynamic cupping. I have recently finished a certificate in Inner Activism and Embodied Leadership, which involved learning about the physiology of oppression, trauma and wellbeing.
My approach is holistic and rooted in mindfulness, cultural somatics (Resmaa Menakem), and intersectionality. Through the amalgamation of different fields of wisdom, I hope to be able to offer a more nuanced approach to bodywork. Supporting embodiment, resilience and healing both individually and collectively.
My hope is to help you connect to a sense of home within yourself.
an allied health service in multiple ways
I (Jess) aim to help rescript the narratives within the wellness industry because the current reality of wellness is that it isn't very 'well'. The pervasive by-passing, idealization, and achievement-oriented mindsets that continue to uphold the collective beliefs around wellness are harmful. By moving away from the binary concept of health and the predominately ableist agenda within wellness culture, I hope to be able to support people where they are at and provide a more nuanced approach to somatic work.
One of my main goals is to provide an inclusive space for all humxns. I want to support making wellness accessible to every 'body'. I am learning how to create and maintain a space that all folx can feel empowered and supported in their healing & self-care journey.
"Wellness" has become widely inaccessible due to high costs, gatekeeping, and neoliberalism, making it largely out of reach to those who need it most. A sliding scale and/or payment plans are available if the cost is prohibitive. This is an open and ongoing conversation, I do not want cost to be the reason you can not get the support you need.
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"My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together."