Author Archives: karenkirsch

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.

Respect Our Elders

We have an old maple tree on our land, one of many actually, it’s got some dead wood on it and probably some internal disintegrating rot. If it falls, cracks, breaks, it might damage our fences, or maybe our barn, … Continue reading

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I hate that song!

Nothing is more frustrating than pain that comes back again when really you know you have to be healed by now. Yet so many of us find that ever since we hurt that foot or shoulder or back we now … Continue reading

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baby gazing

  BABY GAZING… When your eyes meet there is a wonderful magic that happens. I always think here is a little being who has so recently been connected to the oneness. From this access to wholeness  they seem to emanate … Continue reading

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is it an emotion or a feeling?

All emotions have a basis in body sensation. We even call emotions feelings because we identify emotional experience through our body sense. In order to bring emotions into conscious awareness, communicate them to ourselves or others, we label those feelings … Continue reading

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Sleep we know it’s important, we probably feel guilty because we aren’t getting enough. We think we should be more disciplined or scheduled or committed to self-care or it must be our fault somehow. This week I did a session … Continue reading

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Pain in the brain

I have been working on what I feel is most important information to help people who live with chronic pain. In my search for information on pain processes I discovered a wonderful blog called Better Movement by physical therapist Todd … Continue reading

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the body emerges from mind

The energy of thought, both conscious and unconscious is at times incomprehensible.  They are many ways people have tried to define it:  mind over matter; the power of positive thinking; the secret, etc.  I have appreciated the Buddhist view: where … Continue reading

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raising a toddler, caring for an elder

Caring for an elder is a lot like raising a toddler: • Make sure you begin leaving the house a full hour before you have to get out the door. • What’s on your plate is much more interesting even … Continue reading

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can you unlearn chronic pain?

I have decided to work with Howard Schubiner’s unlearn your pain program.  I’ve wanted to recommend this work to clients and what better way than to have experienced it.    I have known for years that my lower back/leg pain was … Continue reading

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No scratched paint, some internal bruising

Yesterday I had a short interaction with someone in which they got out of their car and asked me to please not bump my shopping cart against their paint job.  We were on a slight hill; I needed to stabilize … Continue reading

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