Building the Future
OUR WORK IS RESEARCH BASED
Our work is based in academic research as well as years of experience working with and observing the results in clients’ lives.
Our approach is informed by findings in the disciplines of medicine, psychology, sociology, and business, which we integrate into talks, coaching, and consulting.
In other words, what we do is founded on provable principles, grounded in academic circles and in people’s lives.
We strive to make sure your progress rests on a stable basis and the gains you make are ones you can take into the future and profit from.
The Body-Mind Connection
Why we focus on the body
Dr. Candace Pert, former research professor at Georgetown University prior to her death, was instrumental in the field of psychoneuroimmunology and one of the early pioneers in the discovery of endorphins. Later work in the area of peptides showed that information is stored and shared throughout the body, not just in our “brain.”
Our organs are exchange sites of information and can activate immune systems as well as store and transmit emotions. In her ground-breaking book, The Molecules of Emotions, Pert explores “how the molecules of our emotions share intimate connection with, and are indeed inseparable from, our physiology” (18). Our “brain,” in other words, is located throughout our bodies. This is why non-verbal communication is so potent and so obvious to others, even if at times, we’re not aware of how we “read” the real message being communicated.
Yoga, meditation, and “mindfulness,” are all rooted in this same understanding of how profoundly we, most authentically, are our bodies.
Amanda Blake, a Master Somatic coach and author of Your Body is Your Brain, cites Pert and others’ studies on neurotransmitters and neuropeptides’ activity throughout the body. Noting Diane Gershon’s 1999 work on the enteric nervous system, she reports that there are more neurons in the gut than in the spinal chord.
In fact, our bodies are an intricate system of communication and emotional interchange that affects our mental and physical well being. We don’t think, experience, communicate, or feel solely through a lump of matter contained in the skull. We are our bodies, quite literally.
We agree with those who feel our most serious problems, both collectively and individually, arise because we’ve become dislodged from our emotional, sensorial foundation, which resides in the body, or the “embodiment” of our being in the world.
The Cartesian split between mind and body we’ve unconsciously and collectively accepted, and which has gotten us into all this trouble, was a division merely posited by Rene Descartes in the 1600s.
That split resulted in, among other things, the current dilemma we face –an unrelentingly aggressive approach to living that’s reductive and isolating. Now that split is being overturned by science, experience, and a more holistic approach to who we are as beings.
And speaking of duality, even those in the business world are beginning to challenge the wisdom and ultimately the productiveness, or how we’ve separated ourselves
Our culture and our cultures’ expectations, impingements, pressures, definitions (of “success,” of “beauty,” of “worth”) are so tied up in accomplishing that we rarely, if ever, give ourselves time to simply be—to exist, to experience ourselves or others or the world around us—that many of us have lost the capacity even to know we’ve lost something.
Something valuable and essential. Not just to our general well being, but to our emotional, psychological, and physical health. We’re not designed to exist in the limited scope of what was formerly accepted as the “brain”—we’re designed as whole, integrated, present beings.
That’s why our coaching work focuses first on somatic work—our minds are, quite literally, housed in our bodies. So we begin there.