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Michelle specialises in Somatic bodywork, which is focused on the mind-body connection. This approach is based on the understanding that many people with mental health conditions have experienced trauma in their lives and that the trauma from past experiences can be physically held in the body. Somatic bodywork can support unlocking and releasing the trauma.

What are Somatic Therapies?

Somatic bodywork practice is an approach that is strengths-focused, empowering, collaborative, and reflective. Trauma can be described as the event, the experience of that event, and the long-lasting adverse effects of the event - a historical hurt that has a detrimental impact on your life in the present.

The term “somatic” means relating to the body. Using hands-on techniques, Michelle assists you in releasing any pent-up trauma that has become “trapped” in your body. This takes place in a nurturing environment so you feel completely safe to let go of all that may be holding you back in life.

Benefits of Trauma-Informed Practice

When a person is exposed to a traumatic or stressful event, how they experience it greatly influences the long-lasting adverse effects on the person's life. This trauma can come from a physical traumatic event such as a car accident, or an accident that causes a permanent disability such as a loss of limbs or brain injury. There is also the emotional trauma of childhood abuse or grief with the loss of a family member, anxiety, or addiction. These issues can cause emotional, physical, and psychological distress to the person who has experienced them and can also affect their social development.

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Somatic Therapy is a gentle non-imposing technique that allows a client to deeply surrender and let go of the issues they have taken on which can present as tension, pain or contraction in their body.

What to expect in a session.

The sessions are supportive, caring and nurturing and assist you in clearing ‘that which is not you’ such as past hurts, traumas, reactions and damaging belief systems that often develop in early childhood. These behaviours create disharmony in the body and keep you in a cycle of disregard, thus preventing you from listening to the messages your body is giving you and from connecting to your innate sense of joy and purpose.

How can Somatic Therapy sessions support me?

The Somatic Therapies offered at the Wellbeing Sphere gives us a pause moment to rest, re-connect and re-evaluate what is needed going forward.

Client testimonial

“Michelle is a very intuitive practitioner with an amazing ability to support the body and mind to clear and release trauma. Her insight and wisdom have assisted me to let go of long-held hurts and to experience lasting change in my health, well-being and vitality."

Alison, Sydney

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Somatic Bodywork Therapy can support with:

  • Experience in aged care and working with dementia clients of all ages

  • Sleeping disorders and related issues

  • Female health issues including PMS or PMT and Menopause

  • Birth Trauma and breast feeding issues

  • Support with dealing with all types of cancer diagnosis including but not limited: Breast, Ovarian, Brain, Throat, Oesophageal, Pancreas, Bowel and Skin cancers and support navigating through the emotional journey 

  • Terminal illness support for clients and their families

  • Emotional support for clients experiencing Parkinsons, Huntingtons disease,
    MD and MS 

  • Grief and loss support

  • Online sessions are available for all of the above.

  • Support with all types of relationships, family and work issues

  • Adult and child bullying at work, school and home

  • Support for parents and children going through divorce, including blended families

  • Separation issues, child custody and family court issues.

  • Anxiety, stress and exhaustion support 

  • Sexual abuse and childhood trauma

  • PTSD including experience with supporting police officers and ex servicemen.

  • Child and adult behaviour issues including anger management 

  • Experience with Autism, ADHA, ADD, (ODD) Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Intellectual disabilities, Learning disabilities and Language disorders. NDIS support

  • Emotional support for clients with physical disabilities such as paraplegics 

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"Michelle is extraordinarily gifted at facilitating the mind and body to heal from past hurts. She has amazed me with her insight and wisdom, creating real opportunities for myself and my entire family to experience lasting changes and re-connect to the joy of life" 

Angela, Executive Coach, Manly

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