Somatic Process, Integrative Bodywork, and Releasing Dance
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Who I Am and What I Do
I have been a bodyworker and somatic practitioner since 2012, bridging the space between physical symptoms and deeper causes. I gradually came to focus more and more on how somatic awareness and nervous system regulation support our capacity to heal from the effects of trauma, navigate stress, and become more resilient in the face of challenge. I offer integrative bodywork that combines deep relaxation with a technical orientation to healing acute and chronic pain, as well as somatic process work oriented towards nervous system regulation and trauma resolution.
I am certified as a Touch for Trauma practitioner having trained with Kathy Kain of Somatic Practice. I studied Reichian psycho-physiological armoring patterns and energetic competency with Lynda Caesara, and worked at the Healus Neuro-Rehab Institute in Mill Valley before moving to Humboldt and into private practice. I am also a dancer and performance-maker, and bring my awareness of the moving, creative, expressive body into all the work I do.
"I found Anastasia's website when I first began my research on how trauma is stored in the body, and realized that my nervous system was out of balance and fatigued from being on high-alert for many years. I have had years of talk therapy and have been on medication, but was looking for the missing piece needed to finally feel fully present and connected in my body, and not just trapped in spirals of anxiety and hyper-awareness. While I was skeptical at first, I quickly came to realize the power of Anastasia's work. She helped me to pinpoint decades-old feelings of fear and shame stored in my body, and then gently and lovingly helped me to approach and begin working through these core feelings. I was also amazed when she gave me the skill to fully realize exactly when I was entering an episode of dissociation from my body, and how to stay grounded and connected to myself when those feelings arise. I am so grateful to have found Anastasia when I did, and deeply recommend her to all of my friends and family."