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About karenkirsch

I am a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist and Laban Movement Analyst. I have a Masters degree in Somatic Psychology with training in Interpersonal Neurobiology, Body Mind Centering, Dance Therapy and other mind/body disciplines. My passion is to help people integrate sensate understanding into the practice of daily living and encourage gentle exploration grounded in sound anatomical and neurological principles.

talk of being thankful

It is the time of year that many talk about being thankful, and I am reflecting on the opportunities and gifts many of you have given me by walking into my room and sharing. Especially you who I saw only … Continue reading

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Past, Present, Pain

When your body seems to be falling apart…could your past have anything to do with your pain today?  When you live with pain that comes and goes and resolve one issue only to have another appear you might feel like … Continue reading

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catching thinking, changing speaking,

How often do we define ourselves by our limitations? Far too frequently, often I catch myself.  When you make a commitment to change something in your life, a behavior that is no longer good for you, a chronic pain syndrome, … Continue reading

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Moving even if you hurt

To understand something in a new way we need to learn how to move in a new way. Jaimen McMillan Movement is essential to life, and so to thriving and healing. From the slightest rise and fall of the chest … Continue reading

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Treat yourself

When I approach a body issue, like chronic tension in a shoulder, reoccurring pain, intermittent weakness, how do I begin? How do I think about it? What is happening in structure, the cause, etc? and what is the end goal? … Continue reading

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Whats the one thing?

What’s the one thing that is keeping you from feeling happy, content or all right with the world?  I remember in my 20s I often thought if I had a little more money I could feel settled, happy, on center. But … Continue reading

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Spinners, the perfect fidget?

Spinners, the perfect fidget? They are alluring, small, get your fingers going, cheap to buy and even easy to make. Seems like the perfect thing for a fidget right? Well I’m not so sure. I think a fidget should be … Continue reading

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find your place on the planet

“Find your place on the planet, dig in, and take responsibility from there.” Gary Snyder Today I woke up unhappy, I’ve been feeling confused about my place in the world, my skills, discouraged about how I’m spending my days.  I … Continue reading

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reflections on my mothers death

I have had the blessing of being a participant in a person’s death. My mother’s death. One moment there were three of us and then just two and the remains of a dearly loved one. My mom wasn’t feeling well … Continue reading

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Read this quick before you have to pee

On Monday I went to a Senate bill hearing and then signed up to testify too. Not the sort of thing I have done before, well actually I have gone to city council meetings and have given comments a few … Continue reading

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