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Are You REALLY Listening to Your Body?

Our bodies hold such a wealth of knowledge and are communicating with us on a moment-to-moment basis.

The question is, are we listening?

My first experience working with a therapist happened in my late 20’s after experiencing several debilitating physical symptoms. After an exhaustive series of tests, which revealed nothing “physically” wrong with me, it was suggested that I work with a psychotherapist to see if there was a psychological component to these symptoms. I admit that I was offended at the time because what I really heard was “it’s all in your head”. Despite my initial resistance, I booked an appointment.

To my amazement, after only 3 months of working together, my symptoms disappeared. My therapist helped me to identify connections between my physical symptoms and the unconscious stress and emotional turmoil that I had been carrying for almost a year. From that first therapy session, and the many that followed, I’ve learned first-hand about the mind/body connection and how working holistically can pave the path to mental and physical wellness.

Today as a Registered Psychotherapist, I take a holistic approach with my clients. At Helix Healthcare Group, our approach includes the cognitive, somatic (body-centered) and spiritual aspects of each clients’ experience. I am now trained in somatic interventions, and continue to help others make the mind/body connection as I did, many years ago.

If my story sounds familiar, the first step you can take is to begin listening to your body. A yoga or mindful meditation practice is a great way to develop mind/body awareness and act as a vehicle into the present moment. This awareness can help us to create a sense of calm and stillness, while allowing space for insights to emerge from the wisdom of our true selves.

As my personal story illustrates, working with a therapist can give you the guidance and support you need to create positive changes in your life.

We are here to support you when you are ready.

In the spirit of transformation,

David Scammell, Registered Psychotherapist

 

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