“Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will.” – James Stephens

I have seen people age 10 years after an accident or a nasty fall... breaks my heart.

The thing is, it's not just psychology. There are literal memories in the body that scream fear, make you anxious, hypervigilant, and disrupt your flow. Most experiences of anxiety are rooted in sensations in the body.

I can help you:

  • Improve mobility, flow, and range of movement
  • Reduce the distress of pain
  • Restore personal control and pleasure in your body
  • Find your confidence again

This work can restore a sense of calm and balance to the body, and help you regain your youthful vitality.

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Your First Session

The therapeutic relationship is so important, never more so than when finding your confidence again. Projecting confidence is one thing, but to see your confidence reflected in another human being is truly healing.

First we talk. We will establish a shared understanding of the physical and emotional realities that have shaken your confidence. We build rapport - a comfortable way of relating that feels safe, warm, responsive, creative. We will talk about your experience of confidence, fear, and freedom, and we will bring your awareness to into the body with a guided meditation.

Each person has a different experience after an accident or injury so we work with whatever surfaces. Typically we work face-up on a massage table, fully clothed, with minimal touch. We address pain, if present, showing you ways to "relax into the pain". Generally, if we pay full attention to the pain and reframe it, we do better than if we try to mask it. Then we address general tension and feelings of anxiety in the body; by breathing and shifting your awareness around the body, we can bring deep relaxation to each part, and quiten anxious circular thoughts in the mind.

In the physical realm we will work to:

  • Adjust your posture
  • Recover your full range of movement
  • Soften your movements into a fluid flow

But the substance of this work is to "join the dots" between changes in the body, the accident or injury, and similar experiences in your life. Postural changes, tensions, reflexes, and "holding" in the body often arise from the emotions experienced in the accident. As we physically wind back these changes, we get to process the unresolved emotions - typically by sitting with awkward sensations until they settle and resolve.

The result of the work? Reduction of pain, tension, and anxious thoughts. Feeling more "at home in your own skin". A more fluid sense of movement in your body. These are the foundations of embodied confidence.

“Is it useful to feel fear, because it prepares you for nasty events, or is it useless, because nasty events will occur whether you are frightened or not?” – Lemony Snicket

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About Me

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In recent years, I have immersed myself in mind-body medicine, and found that you really can't separate the two.

I have practiced bodywork for decades but the work took on a new meaning for me when I discovered the profound connections between emotions and the changes they evoke in the body. I first offered "Bodywork for Anxiety" sessions, not realising where it would take me.

Not surprising in hindsight, but there is often trauma (physical and emotional) underlying the anxiety. I now live and breathe trauma therapy, and helping people overcome physical trauma feels like the obvious next step.

 

 

 

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June 10, 2022

“Hamish's working methods, his insights into neuroscience and the mind and body, as well his ability to communicate ideas succinctly are brilliant. He has helped me in ways that have significantly improved my quality of life over a few sessions.”

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