Somatic well-being practice or self-love coaching
What is Somatic well-being practice or self-love coaching?
A Somatic well-being practice session consists of laying down or sitting in a comfortable position, followed by a guided breathing exercise to bring the nervous system into the parasympathetic and encourage feelings of safety in the body. I will then guide you to feel emotions present in the body, which will be the focal point of the practice. This will be followed by a guided meditation to explore the somatic experience of feeling love for yourself. And finally, we will conclude the session with another nervous system exercise to release any stuck energy.
This is the culmination of what has worked for me to increase a sense of well-being and developing a nurturing resource of internal love. During the session I will be drawing from different modalities such as IFS therapy and meditation to tailor the session to your needs.
Who are you and how can you help me?
For the last few years I’ve predominately made a living from Software Engineering and while that’s been a fulfilling career, I’ve been consistently obsessed with the inner workings of the mind and how to live a good life.
I used to have a lot of self-doubt, worry incessantly and compare myself to my peers. But I was deeply curious and explored each affliction like a detective. For many years I devoured books and courses, experienced altered states of consciousness and sought out wisdom wherever I could find it. I tried many healing and embodiment modalities; IFS therapy, breathwork, dance and more. I trained with world-class coaches like Joe Hudson who helped me dissolve my inner critic. I healed my nervous system using a breathwork app.
Along the way I learned that many of my afflictions stemed from my lack of self-love. Somewhere deep in my psyche, unbewknonst to me, I didn’t like myself. That’s where the self-doubt and everything else stemed from. So I went on a 3-year journey to find persistent self-love. I did it and it was everything I hoped it’d be and more. You can read more about the story here.
Eventually, last summer, something clicked in me and I started to feel well-resourced and drawn to holding space for others. Slowly I started to hold IFS sessions for friends and in October-December last year, I got to put this into practice by running regular 1:1 sessions at a residency in Berlin; combing IFS and breathwork.
More recently, I have decided to focus the sessions on self-love given how impactful it has been.
I have created a new session format that I am calling Somatic well-being practice, which is the culmination of what has worked for me to increase a sense of well-being and developing a nurturing resource of internal love. So far I have held 1:1 sessions for 30+ individuals across IFS and Somatic well-being practice.
I am not a certified therapist or coach (yet). Though I have taken many courses that don’t come with official credentials. I bring my deep sensitivity, intuition, compassion and patience to every session.
What are the benefits of this work?
Self-love is a nurturing source of internal love that helps soften the harsh aspects of being a human in this world.
Working towards self-love which in my experience involves learning to feel one’s emotions and regulate one’s nervous system, helps with the following:
- dissolving or lessening the inner critic and self-doubt
- lessening procrastination and perfectionism
- feeling less anxious or less numb
- better connection and improved interpersonal abilities
- getting out of a triggered state or recovering from it quickly
Here’s what two of my favourite tweeters say about achieving self-love:
“anita is one of the best facilitators i have worked with. she made it easy to trust her process so i could focus on what was going on inside of me. i was grateful to have her help in guiding my attention, and especially her use of breathwork. months later i still think back to what she helped me discover in our sessions and use it for making decisions in life” — Mycelium Mage
“After following Anita’s journey into self-love and nervous system regulation for a while now, I finally had the opportunity to experience what she’s learned, and it was really, really nice. Going into it I was pretty jittery and didn’t know what to expect, but she held such a warm space and a kind presence and it helped me understand what she’s moving towards. I left the session feeling much more in tune with my body, and what it meant to love myself, and to use the breath and my feelings to take me deeper into that experience. I’ve been continuing to use what I learned in that session since, practicing box breathing and making space for my feelings and showing them affection.” — Anansi
“There’s a story that some of us who have met Anita tell others: when you are speaking with her it feels like she will listen and accept anything and everything you have to say. It’s something you can’t force or fake. Her countenance, persence, and empathy gives you permission and space to feel into where you are right now. Her self-love coaching sessions is the epitome of this because she is there with you to inquire where you are and allow whatever needs to pass through, pass through you. I no longer have to be scared or lost in discovering things about myself anymore, knowing Anita will be there when I need her to be.” — Minnow Park
How can I book a session?
Sessions can be done on a video call or in person in London. Please DM me on twitter or email me at email@example.com for more information and booking queries where I’ll be able to share my calender link for the next availability.
Time commitment: 1hr30mins
- Low-income: £45
- Standard: £55
- Abundant: £65
Please note the above rates are intentionally low as an introductory offer. I will gradually raise them over time to correctly reflect the service being offered.
How can I best prepare for a session?
- for video call sessions, I’d highly recommend wearing a pair of headphones so I can hear you well
- it’s important to be comfortable and relaxed so I’d recommend taking the session laying down with the laptop camera pointing towards you to show your face and the upper part of your body. Please arrange this before the session. However if that is not feasible, it’s ok to do the session sitting down in a comfortable seat
- it’s best not to have a hard stop after the session to allow a gentle transition into the rest of your day
If you have any questions, please send me message on twitter or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.