Somatic Transformation

Somatic Transformation is a body-centered, relational methodology based in interpersonal neural psychology, ancient wisdom, and the somatic-emotional lived experience. 

Our organization is teaching an approach to therapy, informed by scientific research and phenomenological ways of knowing, for healing personal and generational trauma. 

“It is only through relationship that the unresolved suffering can be transformed into love and connection.” 
from Relational & Body-Centered Practices for Healing Trauma

We’re happy to announce two recently Certified Somatic Transformation Practitioners.

Carol Pendleton guides children, adolescents, couples, and families. She uses Somatic Transformation to keep her and her clients grounded and embodied while they explore their experiences or trauma.
She practices on Bainbridge Is., WA.
heretotheretherapy.com

Annette Diehl applies Somatic Transformation and other techniques to work with individual adults who have experienced childhood relational or shock trauma.
She practices in Poulsbo, WA.
annettediehl.com

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Somatic Transformation

There is considerable research that indicates mitochondria is damaged when we perceive danger in the environment and within our own bodies. Mental habits of criticism can inflict that damage. Healing mitochondria requires safety and connection with others who can embody their empathy for you. Sleep and nutrition also help.Discovering the importance of mitochondria and how to optimize their function was a huge part of my personal healing journey. Mitochondria are key energy sources for our bodies. Each cell holds hundreds or thousands of mitochondria; and they are found in greater concentrations in active organs and tissues like the heart, brain, and muscles.

Fatigue is the most common symptom of poorly functioning mitochondria. And when our mitochondria are damaged, we suffer from low energy, memory loss, pain, rapid aging, and more.

So how do we provide the mitochondria with the correct environment to thrive in?
1) Eat less processed food, junk food, sugar, and empty calories. In fact, you should really avoid these things altogether.
2) Detoxify your body by getting rid of environmental and internal toxins.
3) Balance your hormones.
4) Get moving. Try interval training, which increases the efficiency and function of your mitochondria, and strength training, which increases the amount of muscle and the number of mitochondria.
5) Add real, whole, colorful plant foods to your daily diet. These foods are full of antioxidants and phytonutrients which nourish your mitochondria. Aim for 8-12 servings of fresh vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts, and seeds, every single day.
6) Incorporate these nutrients into your daily regimen by including the following, to support your mitochondria and boost energy: Acetyl-L-carnitin, Alpha-lipoic acid, Magnesium aspartate, Resveratrol, D-ribose, NADH, Coenzyme Q10, N-acetyl-cysteine.
7) Increase your intake of omega-3 fats to help build your mitochondrial membranes; include things like salmon, mackerel, sardines, anchovies, chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds, walnuts, and egg yolks.

Mitochondria are very sensitive and easily damaged. Taking care of your mitochondria can make you leaner and smarter, it can help prevent aging and increase your energy!
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There is considerable research that indicates mitochondria is damaged when we perceive danger in the environment and within our own bodies.  Mental habits of criticism can inflict that damage.  Healing mitochondria requires safety and connection with others who can embody their empathy for you.  Sleep and nutrition also help.

 

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So exciting and grateful to be studying and practicing this revolutionary set of principles. Thank you to Sharon Stanley for mentoring me in this paradigm and my friend/colleague Victoria G Heemstra for making this connection and sharing it with me. I'm grateful!

Wow. I love this. Do you have any additional resources about the mitochondria? I would like not read more. I have been reading about the Keto diet and the book talks about the diet helping create more Mitochondria.

Beyond the brain. Our range of social behavior-life performance and biological vitality is limited by our human physiology, which has evolved from that of more primitive vertebrates. This according to the Polyvagal Theory (including the concept of neuroception).

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