Extending a warm invitation to join me~
learn to feel more at home and at ease in your physical body;
experience a deep felt sense of wellness and connection to flow!
Let’s Connect! Contact me to receive information on upcoming offerings, to book a session or for more information.
The mind is like the wind and the body like the sand; if you want to know how the wind is blowing, you can look at the sand. ~Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen
My fascination and awe with the living body, movement, creative expression, nature and spirit - and the places where they intersect - has been a life-long passion. Through various movement and sensory explorations, perception became a portal to feeling connected with my inner somatic world, others, nature and the larger planetary body. Somatic awareness-based practices have allowed me to feel the satisfaction of being fully alive.
My wish is to support you in discovering a new compassionate relationship with your body, on your journey towards greater health and well-being.
I look forward to helping you build resources to feel more at peace in your body, and access your inherent health, regardless of what you are going through.
I recognize the immense privilege in having the opportunity to do this work and am passionate about offering it back to others. Every-body is welcome!
Somatic work and Craniosacral therapy are practices that can inform us on a cellular level how to feel deeply nourished and thrive!
I'm grateful that you are here and curious to learn more. I am drawn to this work through witnessing powerful transformation in myself and in others.These practices have been instrumental in supporting my own journey of self-discovery, embodiment, and healing.
Both Craniosacral and Somatic Movement were especially helpful in supporting me through a three year period of ill health and personal transformation. Specifically the nature of the work that supports nervous system regulation or balance; and learning how to better navigate emotional and energetic holding in order to maintain a fluid, healthy system.
As a sensitive and empathic person, this work's focus on cultivating supportive resources and self-care for optimal well-being was essential for me. The illness and discomfort I was experiencing came in the form of adrenal fatigue, compromised immunity, digestive upset, low energy, stress, overwhelm and anxiety. However, as a result of these signs and symptoms my body was exhibiting for me to pay attention, they became essential indicators for me to learn to re-connect with myself in a healthy and resourced way. As I began to listen to and honor my body, and spend more time slowing down with presence, my health returned.
I was also able to gain insight and healing at the root level of some of these health issues which often stem from early developmental trauma and stress as far back as in utero to conception.
I am honored to share what I have learned along the way.
I have learned from Craniosacral therapy that when we create the optimal environment and conditions for healing, the innate intelligence of the body and life force energy will do the rest.
I have the utmost respect for and trust in the human spirit’s ability to heal and move towards possibility and growth. Our inherent forces of dynamic health and well-being can flourish when we have enough safety, support, space, stillness and permission to simply be ourselves and just be.
These somatic approaches can help in becoming more grounded in one's felt experience. I believe this somatic awareness is a key aspect in healing old wounds, injuries and patterns.
When we are well resourced and our nervous system is in balance, we have more resiliency and capacity for meeting ourselves, relationships and life's inevitable challenges.
I enjoy respectfully collaborating with my clients with curiosity, loving presence, and radical acceptance.
STUDIES & EXPERIENCE
With almost 20 years of study and experience in the world of somatic embodiment practices, my offerings are a synthesis of myriad inspirations. Some of my qualifications include:
Transforming Touch Therapy Practitioner (in progress) touch work for developmental trauma, work of Stephen Tyrell.
Certified Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Practitioner (Body Intelligence Institute)
Certified Open Floor Therapeutic Dance Practioner and Facilitator (Open Floor International)
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Contemporary Dance (Simon Fraser University)
Homeopathic Medicine (2 years of study at the Vancouver Homeopathic Academy)
Certified Yoga Alliance Instructor for 15 years
plus... countless hours of somatic psychology and movement workshops in:
Gestalt Awareness practice
Tensegrity Repair Series
My offerings are also informed by my time working at the Chopra Addiction and Wellness Center as a trauma-informed support worker and yoga teacher/group leader for people healing holistically from complex trauma and addiction.
In the last 10 years, I have led many therapeutic dance workshops and somatic yoga classes in British Columbia; including sessions in Vancouver, Squamish, at the Chopra Addiction and Wellness Center in Paradise Valley, and at the Hollyhock Leadership Center on Cortes Island.
"There is something wonderfully bold and liberating about saying Yes to our entire imperfect and messy life. With even a glimmer of that possibility joy rushes in."
BIODYNAMIC CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY
The space holds the information ~Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen
Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy (BCST) is a gentle hands-on treatment for improving the health of the whole body, especially the nervous system. The client remains fully clothed and the touch is light and still. BCST helps to balance and restore proper function in the body, while releasing the effects of stress, tension, injury and trauma.As blockages and restrictions resolve this opens up the body's reserves of energy and capacity for repair.
In essence Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is a practice that helps in creating the most optimal environment to support the intelligence of the body to heal itself. Only your body knows its capacity and direction for healing. It is the practitioners job to awaken your body’s healing potential while your body directs towards its priorities for healing.
In our fast paced society, opportunities to be deeply heard, respected and affirmed are scarce. Craniosacral allows us to feel held in full presence and caring without a feeling that we need to be anything, do anything or give anything of ourselves. We can simply rest from all the roles and demands of modern life. The body and nervous system respond positively and can find healing in this state of stillness, space and rest. For some, just being compassionately witnessed and held in a nurturing, relational way can have profound healing effects.
The natural healing force within each of us is the greatest force in getting well.~ Hippocrates
BCST is particularly helpful in releasing trauma patterns and recovering from the daily stresses of living in the modern world of technology and disconnection from our bodies. Trauma can be anything that's too much, too soon, or too fast for our nervous system to handle, especially if we can't reach successful resolution, meaning respond in an appropriate way at the given time. Craniosacral therapy offers a safe space for any held stress or trauma, trapped in the system to emerge and resolve smoothly, decreasing the associated symptoms.
Physical trauma and emotional stress can cause one’s tissue to contract. Sometimes this tissue stays contracted. Over the years these traumas and stressors can build up, giving rise to problems on many different levels.
When the body starts to feel like a burden it is usually a good indication there is holding of unprocessed emotions, stress or trauma, or we haven’t quite learned how to navigate our emotions so they become locked into the body causing dis-ease.
As blockages and restrictions resolve this opens up the bodies reserves of energy and capacity for repair. This new flow and space helps to improve immune function and response for the prevention of ill health, as well as supporting the musculoskeletal system and organs to return to balance.
Craniosacral therapy aims to treat each individual with a holistic approach, so a very wide range of situations may benefit from treatment, including some of the following:
Stress and tension-related disorders
Emotional/physical stress or trauma
Acute and chronic pain conditions
TMJ issues (jaw tightness, pain)
Ear aches/chronic ear infections
Highly sensitive People (HSP's) and empath overload and depletion
Pregnancy (pre and post natal)
Almost anyone can benefit from Craniosacral, as it helps to balance the Central Nervous System. BCST can assist any individual who wishes to address her/his concern from this core place with holistic benefits. This work complements other healing practices as well as medical treatment
Settle into the here and now. Reach down into the center where the world is not spinning and drink this holy peace. Feel relief flood into every cell. Nothing to do. Nothing to be but what you already are. Nothing to receive but what flows effortlessly from the mystery into form. Nothing to run from or toward. Just this breath, awareness knowing itself as embodiment. Just this breath, awareness waking up to truth. ~Dana Faulds
Spending a week dancing with Kaili in Squamish alternating between the lush green wilderness and indoor sessions was a beautiful, affirming and super fun time! Kaili was able to help me turn my resistance and fear into authentic play, filled with laughter and tears. She held space for deep transformation to occur. It was such a relief to feel back in my body and take refuge there. I am still dreaming about the waterfall ritual and abundant possibility for the kind of love I want in my life. I feel grounded, brave and whole. ~ Annie Shwartzman ~ Filmmaker, New York
Group movement sessions
Conscious Dance is like good medicine. It offers a map to presence and is a fun, nourishing, outlet; to learn about self, explore relationship with others, discover a sense of belonging with community and deepen connection with self and spirit.
Our bodies need to be woken up in a non-linear way to reach the source of creativity, healing and human potential. When we get into these practices and out of our linear mind we can land into our intuition and access our inherent health. These practices can teach us how to listen to our intuitive body sense, in order to better understand our feelings and needs; and offer a beautiful, creative way to honor them.
What is Open Floor? A healing movement meditation practice and lively dance inquiry into what it is to be a breathing, thinking, feeling soulful human being. The emphasis is to awaken our sensate experience, emotional intelligence, and relational skills, while cultivating a regulated nervous system experience. This practice draws on Gestalt Awareness practice at its foundation. Through exploring elements of embodiment as core movement resources like: breath, gravity, center, expansion and contraction, activate/settle, towards and away, we move to include our whole humanity as choreography for creative dances. We use the shared language of dance to re-awaken and re-connect. As an embodied method of healing, it is simple and powerful. For more information visit [openfloor.org](https://openfloor.org
INDIVIDUAL MOVEMENT SESSION
In individual sessions we inquire with curiosity and kindness into what may be needing your attention. Through gentle inquiry processes we become aware of and move with, your creativity, imagination and whatever is up for healing by accessing the innate healing wisdom of your body. I will witness, attune, reflect and offer a final phase of nourishment, gentle practices to settle and soothe the nervous system, so your experience can be well integrated.
Practicing authentic expression can be extremely empowering and freeing. I will provide you with tools to feel well-resourced from within and at home in your body in a loving and present way. This practice can support you in discovering new insights and creating new possibilities for moving and living with ease.
Together we will work to integrate your internal experience and shift your external expression to invite alignment.
You can expect to move and engage somaticly and perceptually both indoors and in the surrounding wilderness if you choose. Moving with the natural elements and world is a reminder of our inherent wholeness and connection to the larger living natural world.
SOMATIC BASED YOGA
Kaili's movement class focuses on healing resources and techniques that rebalance the nervous system, release muscular tension, increase mobility, and help reduce pain.
The classes are informed by and incorporate various practices of somatics and the Tensegrity Repair Series created by Gioia Irwin: core-focused therapeutic exercises to realign, strengthen the body, and bring ease to the joints. Excellent for aging and injury-prone bodies.
These nourishing sessions are uplifting and designed to leave one feeling more spacious and fluid in mind and body.
Kaili's classes are inspired by the myriad of somatic modalities she has studied in search of greater embodiment and a high quality of living. For her, the most important element of feeling good and resourced from within begins with the exploration and inquiry, how are we inhabiting our bodies and how are we relating to them and our environment.
Additionally, I create 3-5 day customized retreats for individuals and groups, in local or foreign locations. Please contact me for details.
Kaili holds a beautiful and safe space for the exploration of medicine and movement to unfold; with the perfect music to get you moving. Her style is nurturing and heart-centered. ~Audrey Geber ~ Yoga Teacher and Bodyworker, Squamish BC
Registered Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy & Somatic Movement Rates:
Preventative health and safety measures for COVID-19 have been implemented.
Adults –COVID RATE $75 for 1 hour session
Teens between 13-18 years – $60 for 1 hour session
Somatic Yoga Sessions:
Class drop in 15$ per session or $40/4 classes
Private $75 for 90min
Group Movement Sessions:
Drop-in sliding scale $10-$15
Rates include GST
Payment is by CASH, CHEQUE, or E-TRANSFER
Please provide 24 hours notice to change or cancel an appointment.
The full fee will apply to late cancellations and missed appointments.
I would like to acknowledge that I am privileged to enjoy living on the traditional territory of the Klahoose, Homalco, Kwakiutl and Tla’amin.
My primary practice in on Cortes Island BC and I am also available in the Comox Valley by appointment.
Please message to set up an appointment or call: 604-892-4507