Accessing Body Energy

Can You Hear Your Body Talk at Work?

Today I’ll be offering free coaching sessions for non-profit professionals at the Craigslist Boot Camp at the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco.  This event is designed to inspire, nourish, and support people whose work directly benefits our communities-- and I’m really looking forward to being part of it as one of 50 volunteer coaches from the Coaches Training Institute (CTI).

As part of my coaching there, I’ll also invite the Boot Camp participants I work with to honor and listen to what their bodies are saying to them.  I distinctly remember a photo a colleague took of me hard at work in our non-profit office many years ago.  Now, after my training in somatics (body awareness), I can clearly see the rigidity of my back-- leaning tensely forward over my desk and locked into itself-- that went with my shallow breathing as I strained all my awareness into my work.

Over the years, as a somatic therapist giving stress-management workshops, I’ve seen that type of body posture often in professionals from other non-profits, software companies, schools, and business firms.  The message so clearly embodied is:  “Work is hard.  It takes all my energy and leaves none for breathing and feeling.  I will myself to focus only on my work and not my well-being, unless maybe there’s time for that later (and there probably won’t be).

Recognize yourself?  When did you last stop to check in with yourself at work, inhale and exhale slowly and deeply, and actually feel the sensations in your body?  For it is in this way that your body speaks to you, through sensations-- warmth, cold, tension, openness, flexibility, depletion-- and can help you learn to access the energy and aliveness you need in order to find fulfillment in what you do and how you are in the world.

For me, it took a change of profession (into my own businesses of somatic therapy and coaching), plus meditation, yoga, and qi gong to learn that I could stay present with both my work and conscious opening in my body.  In fact, when I stay pliable and open by breathing and moving with awareness during working hours, I notice that my mind focuses more easily, my interactions with people flow, and I feel better, physically and emotionally, at the end of the day.

This is the experience I’ve seen replicated with the many people I’ve worked with through their career and life transitions over the years.  Listen to your body talk-- at work and in all the other areas of your life.  Listen to the wisdom of your body self, and just breathe into it. 


         Are you . . .

  • Experiencing a difficult career transition?        
  • Feeling stuck in your work or relationships?        
  • Feeling stressed, tense, not physically fit, energeticallydepleted?
  • Finding little time for family, self-care, creativity or enjoyment? 

For over twenty years, I’ve offered a unique approach to personal and professional transitions using conscious touch called Body-Energy Experiencing that has helped many people transform patterns of physical distress into new ways of living that are energized, healthy, and authentic.  Experiencing your body and its energy lets you re-connect with your own sense of purpose-- and go forward more effortlessly towards your professional and personal goals.

 I’d like to invite you to feel the value of Body-Energy Experiencing by offering you two very special rates good through June 30th-

• One 75-minute session for $75

• Three 60-minute sessions for $180

You can do these sessions in person at my office in El Cerrito (near Berkeley), California, or from anywhere in the world via Skype.

NOTE:  This offer is for people who have not yet tried Body-Energy Experiencing with me. 

Feeling Rhythm and Renewal for Career Change

As you may have read in my earlier blog posts, my early-summer trip this year to Sweden, The Netherlands, and Germany made me very aware that people can live with more of a sense of spaciousness and time for nurturing relationships, enjoying nature, and fostering personal creativity.  I also know that most people who come to me for coaching around career change also feel the need for work that embodies or allows for opportunity to live fully, within and outside the context of work.

            Wayne Muller writes in his rich and generous book, Sabbath

     “When we live without listening to the timing of things-- when we live and work in twenty-four-hour shifts without rest, we are on war time, mobilized for battle.  Yes, we are strong and capable people, we can work without stopping, faster and faster, electric lights making artificial day so the whole machine can labor without ceasing.  But remember:  No living thing lives like this.  There are greater rhythms that govern how life grows. . . To surrender to the rhythms of seasons and flowerings and dormancies is to savor the secret of life itself.” 

            The image one of my clients holds for his ideal work life is that of himself and others, including children, around a table in a kitchen together, working, cooking, and eating as a community.  At first, he asked me, Is this just a dream?  Can it really happen?”  Now he accepts that this image reflects who he is and the way he intends to live-- and has a career plan with this vision of his work as a central focus. 


1)   What does the natural rhythm of your life look and feel like? 

2) Does your work embody this rhythm?  If so, how?  If not, why? 

3) How do you honor your need for “rest, renewal, and delight” in your busy life?