the pleasure practice
Pleasure is the starti
Pleasure is the starting point.
Of every choice and every aversion. And to it we always come back.
In Freud's psychoanalytic theory of personality, the pleasure principle is the driving force of the most basic part of our personality that seeks immediate gratification of all needs, wants, and urges. It strives to fulfill our most basic and primitive urges, including hunger, thirst, anger, and sex. When these needs are not met, the result is a state of anxiety or tension.
This motivating force helps drive behavior but it also wants instant satisfaction. But, as you can imagine, some needs simply cannot be met in the moment we feel them. If we satisfied our every whim whenever we felt hunger or thirst, for example, we might find ourselves behaving in ways that are not appropriate for the given moment.
As we mature, we begin to only seek pleasures that are socially appropriate.
And society teaches us that pleasure is not productive. And so we
Because this become a generalized behavior, suppressing the sensations that announce to us that a certain act my bring us pleasure when it is not realistic or socially appropriate to pursue the desire, we learn to numb ourselves and eventually completely suppress the subtle sensations of pleasure in our bodies.
The Pleasure Practice is a simple method that reintroduces ourselves to the subtle sensations of pleasure already present in our bodies. As we begin to resensitize and awaken to pleasure, is work has helped people from all walks of life step into a more empowered and authentic version of themselves.
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what is non-linear movement?
The Non-Linear Movement Method® is a powerful somatic method developed by my teachers, Michaela Boehm and Steve James. Rooted in Michaela's early training in a Kashmiri Shakta Tradition and fused with extensive expertise in working with trauma, emotional closures, and physical contractions, these sessions are designed to be gentle, yet incredibly profound.
With over 20 years of in-depth training in embodiment and the yogic arts as a teacher, facilitator, and practitioner, as well as extensive experience in meditation, contemplation, integrative health, psychology, and mindfulness-based stress reduction, as your guide, I bring to our sessions a strong container filled with structure, clarity, safety, and freedom.
why do we practice non-linear movement?
This method has many deep, powerful applications:
~ Smooths out the nervous system
The demands of modern life create stress and tension in the body and an overactive mind. This method encourages an identifying and unwinding of the patterns of contraction and through gentle, non-force movements relieves the bodily tension and underlying mental loops. The result is a systematic, self-guided unburdening of the nervous system.
~ Processes and identifies emotions
As the body unwinds and the mind relaxes its pressured pace the emotions associated with these patterns become apparent and are being let go of. You can note recurring emotional loops for further processing and at the same time allow emotions to simply rise and release.
~ Awakens erotic energy and sensual sensation
As tension, contraction and emotion are being released the body becomes sensitized and we are able to feel deeper. One of the marked results of this sensitization is an ability to feel increased pleasure and well being. Participants report an increased ability to connect through their body, both with themselves and others.
~ Releases trauma patterns into flow
One of the results of traumatic experience (fresh and old alike) is “freeze”, a state in which body, mind and emotions are stuck in a state of numbness. Often “freeze” is falsely perceived as a feeling of “calm/nothing”, which results in an inability to release the experience and ease the bodily patterns. This method facilitates a continued movement, which gently opens the freeze pattern and allows for recognition and release of the underlying bodily and emotional patterns.
~ Unites mind and body in intimacy with physical sensation
Through continued engagement with the release of contraction and facilitation of emotional awareness the ingrained patterns become apparent and less pronounced. Over time physical sensation can be engaged with and the acceptance and tolerance of all sensation increases. Intimacy with whatever is present is possible.
~ Creates high bodily responsiveness
This method educates the body how to release and process contractions, stress and emotional tension. The body becomes highly attuned to all sensations and can note, react or release fluidly and without having to attend to traumatic or suppressed backlog.
~ Opens access to bodily wisdom
By putting emphasis on movement and circumventing the analytical mind and loops of tense thinking the natural intelligence of our bodies is accessed. Through gentle guidance the mechanisms of “freeze” and refusal to feel are being loosened and bodily wisdom can create the necessary actions and releases.
is non-linear movement for me?
Non-Linear is a guided, self-led movement practice, set to music, designed to increase awareness of your internal landscape. You get to choose your level of practice from moment to moment.
There are no physical requirements for participation.
The only requirement is that you can hear my voice & instruction - as such, this practice is not currently accessible for those who may be hard-of-hearing.
The practice can be done in the comfort and safety of your own home, in your own space. This allows you extra privacy and ownership of your container.
The practice is facilitated on a mat or blanket. Participants dress similar to a yoga class, in comfortable, non-restrictive clothing.
The method can be practiced at any age, fitness level and mobility. The movements are designed to be self regulating and can be done in any position, including laying down.
Non-Linear Movement is an infinitely scaleable practice.
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Non-Linear Movement Method® session.
Please note: Non-Linear Movement Method® is a somatic practice tool. It is not a medical therapy or intervention. This practice encourages participants to have their ‘eyes closed’ or an eye cover such as a headband or eye mask. It can be adapted to suit different body shapes and sizes however is not necessarily suited to everyone. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to advise of any specific needs. Use the contact form on this website for any questions.
Dec 11 - Dec 17
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