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How To Have Conversations With Your Body, And Why Most People Don’t
June 4, 2022 at 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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In this salon, mathematician-turned-massage-therapist Elena Polozova and somatic coach James Mayfield will share that it’s totally possible to talk to your body. And also, they’ll guide you through doing it yourself, right here in these three hours.
What does it mean for your body to “speak”? It’s quite literal. James consults his knees about how long of a hike to take, and it’s kept him in good health. Elena’s psoas steers her away from draining relationships and towards healthier connections. Even before she could talk with her body, it forced her out of her tech job.
Your body holds key wisdom for you that supports your continued soul unfolding. Come with a life choice you feel stuck about; come with a persistent nagging emotion you wish wasn’t there – or simply come with your own body, and a curiosity (and/or skepticism!) about what it says.
James has over a decade of experience teaching somatic skills. Elena grew up dissociated her whole life, and after a lot of initial grief and confusion, finally landed in her body as a comfortable home within the last year. She was stunned and grateful to discover that this skill of conversing with her own body really existed, and that she could learn it. She’s so curious what the world could look like if this skill were more widespread.
This salon is a repeat and deepening of the same event last month, with a few modifications! We’ve extended the time from two hours to three, and also capped the attendance at 16 people, to allow more time for James to 1-1 guide individual people’s processes. We found that was the juiciest part of the previous event, so we’re bringing more of it this time. And, if you attended our last salon – please do join again, this will be great practice for you! Even Elena’s still putting in the reps at this skill, and has more questions for James.
Optional suggested reading:
- Handouts from the first salon. Here’s what we’ll be practicing!
- James shares the story of how somatic work healed him and transformed his life
- How Elena expanded her emotional range
- When The Body Says No – Gabor Mate (if you’ve got lots of energy – it’s an entire book)