"To reteach a thing its loveliness is the nature of metta...
everyone and everything can flower again" ~Sharon Salzberg
Are you experiencing any of the following?
- * Chronic pain or recurring physical symptoms (stiff, tight, sore, rigid, lacking mobility etc) that is affecting daily life.
- * Stress (chronic, acute or post-traumatic) . Feeling exhausted, irritable, overwhelmed, anxious, intolerant and just not like yourself?
- *Lacking physical ability, not reaching performance targets or feeling stuck at a certain performance level.
- * Feeling stuck emotionally or creatively. Feeling blocked or uninspired by routines, habits or patterns? Difficulty with decision-making (career, relationship, priorities, etc)?
- *Injury or illness or dealing with effects from past ones (accidents too).
- * Feeling disconnected from your body, others or the earth?
- * Preparing for or recovering from any type of surgery (including giving birth).
- * Going through a career change or life transition?
Trauma is now what happens to us, but what we hold inside in the absence of an empathic witness.Dr. Peter A. Levine
Hi, I’m Sandi, a support person here for you!
Supporting others is innate in me.
I have 14 years of diverse, professional experience and training and am a relationship-focused wellness practitioner, educator and coach.
I foster growth, well-being and self-care so you can thrive in your body, life and career. I provide a safe, and grounded space where I guide you to sense, feel and know yourself from the inside out more fully (more somatically) so you can:
Why a Somatic Approach?
You are the expert of what it’s like to be in your body and live your life, and I can provide guidance and tools to help get you where you want to go.
The methods and techniques I drawn from impact nervous-system functioning through movement education, physical and energetic touch, energy medicine, dialogue, meditation, breathwork and grounding. The body-mind connection is real, which means when the body is affected, the mind feels its impact, and vice-versa. There is no separation of body and mind when you experience yourself as sensation from within. You can’t change anything you aren’t aware of, so I lean on methods that activate and educate self-healing mechanisms by promoting self-awareness, self-regulation and self-responsibility, which are the keys to healing and change. This requires you to be an active participant, different than the “fix-me” model, where you hope someone else can do all the work and fix the problem for you.
You can be fully in charge of your life only if you acknowledge the reality of your body, in all its visceral dimensions… you need to get back in touch with your body, with your Self”Bessel van der Kolk
Education & Training
Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) from Nipissing University in 2005, certified in Junior/Intermediate Division
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) with Honours from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2004, majored in Kinesiology & Physical Education, minored in Sociology
Job Development Professional (JDP) Ontario Certificate from Conestoga College in 2020; working towards Post Graduate Certificate in Career Development Professional, completed 250 hrs of study (17 credits) to date; maintained 3.95/4.0 grade point average
~500 hrs of training in Somatic Education between 2017-2020 including Fundamentals of Hanna Somatics, Hanna Somatic Exercise Coach 1 (now ESMTT 1), and Clinical Somatic Education Modules 1-4 including documented clinical practice and additional assistant teaching
Currently enrolled in the TRE Provider Certification (started October 2019), completed all training modules (1, 2A & 2B), individual leading supervisions, personal practice and written assignments up to Module 2B, working on final group supervisions and readings
~375 hrs of training in Thai Massage; practicing since 2007, studied mainly with Sunshine House Retreat Center (Greece), Lotus Palm (Montreal & Toronto), Still Light Center (Toronto), and Coaching the Body Institute (Evanston & Online)
Reiki Master Degree in 2014; practicing since Fall 2012 after completing Level 1 & 2. Work with both humans and animals
~250hrs of combined training in Energy Medicine studies including Suzanne Scurlock Healing from the Core Long Distance Healing, Lori Wilson’s Access Intuition, Medical QiGong, and Access Consciousness
Personal yoga practice since early 2000’s, a combined 150+ hrs training including Gentle Somatic Yoga Level 2 (2017), pranayama and meditation, yoga nidra, kundalini, plus a 5 week volunteer karma yoga program at Sivananda Yoga Camp in Quebec (2005)
~32hrs of Conestoga’s Teaching & Learning Professional Development since January 2020; included 7 Faculty Orientation Workshops + supporting international students, teaching in a culturally diverse environment, practices for remote synchronous learning and Zoom tools