You may have noticed some changes over the past year in my offerings. I wanted to take the time to share with you what’s new at Wishall Wellness and why I have expanded from just Rolfing to share these new offerings.
To start, for those of you who don’t know much of my background, my Bachelor’s degree is in Exercise Science. My intention was to go to Physical Therapy school after my undergraduate. My last semester of college I had a full-time internship with a physical therapist who did myofascial release. It was in this internship that I discovered the fascia and how significant and important it is to the human body. Ultimately, it is what I learned in this internship that propelled me to become a Certified Rolfer.
I got into the physical therapy route from a job I had working as a personal care attendant for a 17-year-old girl who had Cerebral Palsy. Her mode of getting around the world was a motorized wheelchair. She needed assistance with almost every activity of daily living. I was fortunate to be able to attend her physical therapy appointments and learn the stretches and exercises that she was prescribed. What amazed me was how much independence she gained when I helped her to do these movements on a regular basis. I became fascinated by the idea of helping others reach their full potential through working with the human body. My desire first was to work with people who were born with a disability or those who were in an accident that then left them disabled. This desire quickly expanded to encompass so much more.
When I first received Rolfing Structural Integration, I did not know that I needed bodywork. I was young. I felt healthy in my body. I wasn’t in pain. I was simply pursuing the work as I desired to become a Certified Rolfer and knew I needed to experience the work first to ensure this was the start of my path.
When I received the Rolfing 10-Series, I had tremendous change. About half-way through the series, I was out walking one evening. I realized that walking felt super easy, I felt graceful even. I then did a body scan to check-in with how I was doing alignment and posture-wise. To my amazement, I was walking in what felt like almost ‘perfect’ alignment; being upright felt easy and effortless. I then had an overwhelming amount of emotion come over me as I realized my entire life I had been pretending. I had what others may have seen as ‘good posture.’ But this posture and way of carrying myself through life took an enormous amount of effort. It was the ‘good posture’ that we are taught from a young age: shoulders back, head up, stomach in. In this moment of my walk, I discovered that I had put on this shelled posture in an effort to show up in the world as put together and as being good. Basically, I had put on this efforted posture to be accepted and liked. When my family or friends would sincerely ask how I was doing, I would put on the facade and say, ‘oh I’m so happy’, even at times when I felt slightly depressed or isolated.
Through Rolfing, I discovered a new way of being in my body. On that particular walk, I had the sense of feeling strong, stable, & supported while also feeling open, soft, and spacious. I felt like I had the ability to authentically show up in the world, true to how I felt on the inside. No need to pretend. No need to force or effort. I could simply be.
I was astounded by the shifts I experienced through the work. Particularly as I didn’t even think I needed bodywork.
I then became quite curious about how to integrate Rolfing with modalities that support more of the emotional and mental state. I began wondering how to create a space that allowed for full transformation for my future clients.
Over the last few years, I have received a lot of one-on-one coaching, attended multiple personal & business development workshops and trainings, etc. All in their own way have helped me along this path of allowing my ‘beingness’ to emerge more and more and to let go of the need to pretend and release the belief that ‘I’m not enough’. Little by little my external shell has become less and less.
Last year, I was introduced to a line of work called the Art of Feminine Presence. I attended my first 3-Day workshop in April and dove head first into practicing this work. At that weekend, I signed up for a year-long Feminine Leadership Mastery Program and to become a teacher of the work. Of all of the self-help offerings I have tried, this work has been the most powerful and fast.
Ultimately, it is embodiment work. I realize the word embodiment is thrown around a lot these days, so what does it even mean? To me, being embodied is having regular, consistent connection with your own body, feeling your internal space, occupying every single cell of your body. There is much more to the Art of Feminine Presence, but because of this main fundamental of it, I knew it was the next link I was looking for to complement my Rolfing work.
In our day-to-day lives, we are never invited to be in our body. From the time we wake up in the morning, we almost automatically go to auto-pilot, checking in with our phones, the news, etc. All external events. We have lost our connection with our body and, ultimately, with our true self. Often, if we hear the words, ‘drop into your body’, we may not even have a clue what that means or how to actually do it.
As a bodyworker, I have tended to think that I have a decent embodiment level. Imagining throughout the day that I spend the majority of my time connected and in my body as opposed to trapped in the head bubble world of worry about past and future. I was pleasantly surprised and humbled when I discovered through the Art of Feminine Presence work just how untrue this was.
This work has enabled me to develop a new kind of relationship with my body. Practices that for me, anchor me to the present moment and allow me to show up more confidently and powerfully. Not because I am projecting that out, or trying really hard to be seen that way. But instead, simply because I am being it. I find that when I am truly connected to my body, the voices and insecurities of ‘I’m not enough’ simply don’t exist.
When we can cultivate a true and deep connection with our body, we become more powerful and magnetic.
I realize some of this may seem a bit out there, or confusing, but I what I can say is that I know it to be true as I have experienced this shift firsthand in my own life and also in a few of my clients and women who have gone through my Art of Feminine Presence classes.
For you men reading this, I imagine you must be thinking this Feminine Presence work is not for you. Yes, in the class structure and in a few of the fundamentals of it, it is not for men. However, several of these practices relate to us all, inviting us to get to the truth of how we are feeling and into true connection with our bodies. Ultimately, how to OWN our presence as human beings.
Read on below to learn more about my offerings.
THANK YOU for being on this journey with me.
My New Offerings
- 6-Month True You Coaching Program
- This program is designed to help you feel like your true self in your body and uncover your own unwavering confidence.
- For those local, it includes both private coaching sessions, Art of Feminine Presence classes, as well as Rolfing sessions.
To learn more: https://wishallwellness.com/trueyou/
- Art of Feminine Presence Classes
- The Feminine Essence lives inside every woman. It’s an energetic, empowering, and magnetic quality that has nothing to do with the way you look on the outside.
- All-Day Art of Feminine Presence Workshop Sunday, May 6th from 10:00am-6:00pm.
You can learn more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1035865996576228/