Trauma Healing, Somatic Movement Therapy & Authentic Movement
with Paula Josa-Jones, MA, CMA, RSMET, SEP

The body is an archive: a breathing reservoir of thought and movement, earth and air, water and fire.
Movement is the body's language and voice. Breath is the body's anchor.
When you invite the body to move without judgment or hurry, you are opening to the body's wisdom.

A recipe for entering the body:
Attention: because the body is precise.
Listening: because the body is subtle.
Kindness: because the body is tender.

Movement Therapy deepens our connection to the body through movement and stillness, breath, touch, sound and imagery. Grounding experience in the body gives us a clear and vibrant sense of our sensual, soulful connection to the earth, each other and ourselves. By cultivating an improvisational spirit of exploration and play, we open to greater expression and expansion.

Movement Therapy restores qualities of connectivity, openness and integration by dissolving the separation between inner and outer experiencing. It is an effective and gentle way of working with trauma, injuries and physical limitations. It can also be an effective support for children and adults on the autism spectrum.

For those struggling with the effects of trauma, the most effective treatment engages both body and mind, focusing on regulation and repair. By listening to the body and becoming curious about our emotional responses, we gain resilience, balance and calm. This can give us a clearer sense of purpose and place in the world. By establishing effective defensive responses, we create better boundaries and a feeling of greater empowerment.

Movement Therapy supports:
  • Those who want a more conscious and compassionate relationship with their bodies.
  • Individuals recovering from injury, physical or emotional trauma.
  • Individuals recovering from addiction.
  • Children and adults on the autism spectrum.
  • Therapists wishing to bring more body-mind awareness to their practice.
  • Those seeking an integrative, therapeutic approach to exercise and fitness, read more here.
  • Paula draws upon the following modalities in her work with clients:
    Somatic Experiencing®
    Somatic Experiencing is a body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma and other stress disorders developed by Dr. Peter A. Levine. Trauma may begin as acute stress from a perceived life-threat or as the end product of cumulative stress. Both types of stress can seriously impair a person's ability to function with resilience and ease. Somatic Experiencing® offers a framework to assess where a person is stuck in the fight, flight or freeze responses and provides clinical tools to resolve these fixated physiological states.

    Authentic Movement is a contemplative movement practice that nourishes creativity and imagination through a practice of intuitive and spontaneous movement and SourceWork - guided bodily meditations for deepening and expanding movement awareness.

    Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) is a method and language for describing, visualizing, interpreting and documenting human movement, that helps us to understand where movement may lack coherence and connectivity, and to assess the overall physical, spatial and expressive map of the client's movement. Paula also integrates perspectives from her study of Body-Mind Centering®.

    Equine Therapies may be appropriate for those wishing to discover the powerful healing presence of horses. Paula's book, Our Horses, Ourselves: Discovering the Common Body is a guide to deepening communication and understanding through the healing presence of horses.

    "Deep gratitude for your generosity. We all were moved by your depth of experience and the way you have woven together the vastness of these expressions into your work as a somatic movement therapist and educator."
    Elisa Cotroneo and the ISMETA Board

    Contact Paula to make an appointment.

    Somatic Movement Therapy Options