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About Somatic Experiencing ®
Tibetan Cranial ®
About Beverly DeWitt-Moylan
Well Being sessions benefit those who experience
• panic attacks
• illness or disability
• chronic symptoms
• sleep disturbance
• self-destructive behaviors
• autoimmune disorders
• symptoms of unknown origin
• shock trauma
• Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
• Body Image Concerns
The body is always trying to recover its equilibrium, to regain a sense of balance and wholeness. Sometimes life events cause us to feel helpless and overwhelmed. Because of our unique biology we can find ourselves unable to recover fully from overwhelming or shocking experiences. Sometimes these events occur in utero or during a traumatic birth. Often the body expresses its imbalances in baffling, relentless symptoms or behaviors.
My techniques help individuals recover the energy to enjoy living their lives, energy that had for too long been diverted into “pulling it together” “holding it together” “keeping it together,” “hanging on” “snapping out of it” “stuffing it” “getting a grip” or “putting one foot in front of the other,” among other ways of coping when life feels like too much, too fast. When the sense of being overwhelmed becomes a way of life the body talks back in the language of symptoms.
It is not necessary to remember traumatic experiences to heal from them. It is not necessary to tell and retell these experiences in order to heal from them. My work provides clients the tools to integrate traumatic events, gain insight into how the mind and body work together to create a world-view, and understand how that world-view affects their thoughts and actions. This knowledge lays a foundation for a more resilient future.Philosophy
Many people are accustomed to and often comfortable with a relationship with a healer that involves surrender of their personal power. They want to “be healed” of various physical symptoms or harmful behaviors or habits without being personally involved. Some people prefer to take a pill and continue with their customary patterns. Often they become entrapped in a cycle of recurrent and new symptoms with more appointments and more medications, each with its own side effects.
True Healing requires the client’s involvement in and commitment to healing the source of symptoms. The client must sometimes make fundamental life changes in order to create the conditions for healing. My focus is on those who wish not merely to alleviate symptoms but also to make the changes necessary to heal the core of their Being.
The foundation of my practice is my belief that each person has the capacity to alter patterns that interfere with healing. All of us can learn to live more fully by becoming more present in our attention and by inhabiting our bodies more completely in the here and now. My role is to offer the tools that help to make this transformation possible.
We do not receive wisdom, we must discover it for ourselves, after a journey through the wilderness, which no one else can make for us, which no one can spare us, for our wisdom is the point of view from which we come at last to regard the world. - Marcel ProustWell Being Session
Every part of us alerts another part. Press a spot in the tender
arch and feel the scalp twitch. We are no match for ourselves
but our own release.
Each touch uncatches some remote lock. Look, boats of mercy embark from our heart at the oddest knock.
– Kay Ryan
Through Tibetan Cranial® work, Reiki, or Somatic Experiencing® your body will rediscover its innate capacity to heal. Seated or lying on a table, in a talk format or combined with hands-on work (when appropriate and only with your permission), you will come to understand how your life experiences have affected your body, your perceptions, and your beliefs.
You will take an active role in your healing process. Through our collaboration in a safe environment you will reconnect with the seed of your innate perfection. You will begin to discover your true Self beneath the compensations that over time became ingrained in your system, showing up in symptoms, perceptions, and beliefs that do not serve you. You will gain increased body awareness and learn to include your body as a partner in your healing process. You will develop resiliency and the capacity to face challenges while remaining grounded and focused.
For those in psychotherapy this work creates a bridge between body and mind in the healing process. Because I value the interdisciplinary approach, I may suggest that you consult with practitioners in other disciplines, such as psychotherapy, chiropractic, bodywork (massage), or exercise, among others. My approach is compatible with all medical treatments.
Preparation for Sessions
Any symptoms should be brought to the attention of a health care professional. Clients are asked to wear comfortable clothing and to arrive for sessions unscented.
Reiki or Somatic Experiencing
60-minute session $75
90-minute session $100
Tibetan Cranial® Session $54
Reiki Classes by arrangement
Rates depend on level
The very structure of trauma, including hyper-arousal, dissociation, constriction and helplessness, is based on the evolution of predator/prey survival behaviors. The symptoms of trauma are the result of a highly activated incomplete biological response to threat, frozen in time. By enabling this frozen response to thaw, move ahead in time and then complete, trauma can be healed. – Peter Levine, Ph.D.
Somatic Experiencing® (SE) is a gentle therapeutic technique for healing trauma. Simply because we are all living organisms struggling to survive, everyone experiences some form of trauma in his or her lifetime. Somatic Experiencing® was developed by Dr. Peter Levine, a medical biophysicist, clinical psychotherapist, and body worker, to assist people to resolve the disorganized physical and mental states that result from traumatic events. Dr. Levine discovered that many human symptoms and syndromes have their origin in traumatic experiences. He observed that prey animals in the wild do not suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder though they encounter life threatening events daily.
After years of study, Dr. Levine learned how these animals manage the intense survival energy that a perceived threat activates in the nervous system. Using techniques developed by Dr. Levine and others, SE clients learn to use the “felt sense” to develop and broaden their awareness of their senses in the here and now. Guided by the Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner, clients learn to be aware of and to allow sensations to be present and move through the body as they relate to remembered and unremembered traumatic events. Outcomes of Somatic Experiencing® frequently involve reduction or elimination of symptoms, increased aliveness, and a greater sense of connection to Self and others.
First Responders, Psychotherapists, Psychologists, Physicians, Chiropractors, Nurses, EMT’s, Alternative Healing Practitioners, Massage Therapists, Body/Energy workers, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Educators, and School Counselors, among others, can use SE to help clients restore self-regulation and resiliency in their nervous systems and achieve a sense of coherence in the body/mind.
Events are traumatic when they evoke feelings of being helpless and overwhelmed. An event that is traumatic for one person may be easily manageable to another, depending on personal history, biology, culture, and personality. If traumatic events remain unprocessed and un-integrated, then years later merely thinking about them can elicit the same emotional and physical responses as the original experience. Until we are able to process and release them, these traumas remain in the present, controlling our perceptions, our behavior, our state of health, and our beliefs about what is possible. Processing and integrating traumatic events with Somatic Experiencing® allows these experiences to move into the past.
When overwhelming experiences disrupt the body’s natural transitions between arousal and rest, perceptions of safety and threat become distorted. Disorganization in the nervous system leads to hyper-vigilance and stress. Everyday life functions become difficult. Dysfunction becomes the norm. Under these conditions the biology of survival dominates daily existence. Feeling chronically overwhelmed saps energy, creates a sense of isolation, disorganizes the thinking process, and interferes with the ability to inhabit the body and enjoy experiences fully.
People affected by traumatic experiences tend to retell and relive them. This repeated trauma reenactment serves to re-traumatize and hold the client in the past. The energetic connection to the past often emerges in the body as symptoms of all kinds, from minor to severe. The “bound energy” of incomplete survival responses can manifest in humans in any number of symptoms and syndromes such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Trauma can be the trigger in conditions with no known cause and no known cure such as auto-immune diseases, migraines, panic attacks, fibromyalgia, nervous tics, and chronic migrating pain.
Dr. Levine discovered that, when we are confronted with a perceived threat to our survival, the most primitive parts of the human brain activate while higher cortical functions related to language, observation, and planning are shut down or suppressed. In other words, the perception of threat and the mobilizing of survival responses occur below the radar of the conscious brain resulting in an automatic response.
In a healthy organism the normal survival responses – fight/flight/freeze – are followed by discharge of the survival energy with subsequent settling when the threat has passed. Because of their complex brains, however, humans sometimes are unable to process traumatic events in healthy ways that allow them to integrate those experiences. Though humans have similar instinctual survival mechanisms to animals, their higher cortical functions, such as self-judgment or perception of judgment by others, often interfere with normal completion of the survival responses associated with trauma such as fighting, fleeing, trembling, crying, or simply being still long enough to allow the mind to reorient to its surroundings.
Sometimes traumatic events simply happen too fast for the nervous system to organize a response in time to meet the challenge, such as in a fall, an assault, or an automobile accident. Medical procedures constitute another form of threat. Without proper preparation for medical procedures the body perceives that it cannot defend itself from attack. Chronic stress, neglect, or abuse mobilizes the same automatic responses in the body as a traumatic event. Following a traumatic event some find it difficult to regain the normal balance in the nervous system that is essential to a sense of vitality and connection to life.
The Somatic Experiencing® Session
Sessions are usually conducted with the client either seated or lying on a massage table, depending on the client’s preference. Clients learn to pay attention to and observe how their bodies respond as they interact with the practitioner. As they become increasingly aware of the “felt sense,” they renegotiate and integrate past traumatic experiences at their own pace. They develop an increased capacity to manage higher energy states without becoming overwhelmed. Gradually they acquire the tools to manage a broad range of experiences with confidence and composure. They regain the ability to meet life’s challenges and rebound from extreme events.
As the client renegotiates the traumatic event with the guidance of the Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner, and does not relive it, the traumatic event becomes integrated into the client’s experience and moves into its rightful place – into the past. Once it is past, the experience no longer holds the emotional and energetic charge it held before integration. Just as the experience of trauma can lock a person in the past, healing trauma restores the ability to experience life fully in the present.
Clients sometimes experience trauma-related symptoms with no readily identifiable trauma source. Because Somatic Experiencing® is body based, it is possible to work without content, allowing the body to express “now” what it was unable to do “then,” whenever that was. As the client processes and integrates remembered and unremembered experiences, the related symptoms improve or disappear altogether.
In the Somatic Experiencing® session traumatic events are not erased. But by becoming part of the past instead of part of the present, they lose their dominance over daily life functions. Learning to manage intense feelings supports the capacity to engage and resolve challenging situations while fostering increasing resilience to rebound from extreme events. Somatic Experiencing® reintroduces “I can” into the vocabulary.
Differences Between SE and Other Therapeutic Modalities*
*reprinted from Foundation for Human Enrichment pamphlet
• SE helps to develop the organism’s capacity for self regulation.
• SE employs awareness of body sensation to help people “renegotiate” and heal rather than relive or re-enact trauma.
• SE’s guidance of the bodily “felt sense” allows the highly aroused survival energies to be safely experienced and gradually discharged.
• SE “titrates” experience, rather than evoking catharsis – which can overwhelm the regulatory mechanisms of the organism.
• SE helps eliminate pitfalls of re-traumatization and the spurious generation of “false memories.Reiki
The secret art of inviting happiness;The miraculous medicine of all diseases
Only today do not be angry; Do not worry and be filled with gratitude
Devote yourself to your work and be kind to people
-The Founder…Mikao Usui
Rei – Spiritual consciousness,
higher knowledge, the Universe
Ki – life force
Reiki – Life force energy from the Universe
guided by spiritual consciousness
Reiki is a Japanese alternative healing technique that is complementary to conventional medical treatment. It focuses the life force energy of the Universe to promote the deep relaxation that allows the body/mind to heal. Its foundation is the Eastern concept that illness arises from blockages in the body’s life force or energy systems. Healing energy from the Universe breaks up blockages, allowing the body’s life force to flow correctly again, and creating balance in the system. Often administered as a hands-on healing technique, Reiki is equally as effective without direct physical contact. Most Reiki practitioners use a massage table, but the client may also receive Reiki while seated, depending on individual needs and preferences. Reiki practitioners provide sessions in a studio, while some offer house calls as well and bring the table to the client.
A mythology has grown up around the origins of Reiki. Books on Reiki abound, mixing truth with traditions and fables. A study of some of these texts reveals that some practices have crept in along the way from other healing modalities and traditions unrelated to Reiki as it is practiced in Japan. The International Center for Reiki Training (ICRT) and other Reiki teachers and researchers, such as Frank Arjava Petter and his wife, Chetna Kobayashi, are conducting extensive ongoing research in Japan. Their work has revealed that much Reiki history taught outside Japan is simply not true. Recent publications by William Lee Rand (president of the ICRT) and Frank Arjava Petter provide the most up-to-date information.
Where many older publications promote a variety of stories, among them that Mikao Usui re-discovered an ancient Tibetan healing art, the latest information indicates that he believed he had discovered and named a new form of healing following a 21 day fast and retreat. By interviewing members of the very Reiki organization begun by Usui Sensei, these researchers discovered how he practiced, taught and attuned students.
Everyone agrees on how Reiki came to the West. Hawayo Takata, a Hawaiian, brought this peaceful, noninvasive alternative healing modality from Japan, where she went to obtain medical treatment. While there she sought treatment in a Reiki clinic run by one of Mikao Usui’s students, a medical doctor named Chujiro Hayashi. When she became well, she asked for training in the technique. Because she received training that allowed her to teach Reiki, she was able to teach many people and train a small number of teachers. Through her students Reiki has become available worldwide.
The Traditional Reiki Session
While I commonly practice a synthesis of healing techniques, I also offer Reiki sessions upon request. My practice involves both Usui and Karuna® Reiki. Where Usui Reiki provides healing of all ailments and complaints, Karuna® Reiki specifically heals trauma. Since many symptoms can be trauma-based I frequently combine both modalities for the most effective, deepest healing.
Reiki sessions may last anywhere from an hour to two hours depending on the agreement and need. During that time I channel the healing energy of the Universe through my hands to the client. A standard session consists of traditional hand positions moving from head to feet. As an experienced practitioner trained in more than one method of conducting Reiki sessions, I often depart from the traditional hand positions to utilize hand positions specific to the client’s complaint or specific to blockages detected through scanning the client’s energy field. Along with channeling Reiki energy, I sometimes incorporate toning of specific sounds related to Reiki.
During a session the client may notice physical sensations related to temperature or vibration. It is also possible to experience spontaneous sensations in the other senses. Sometimes images, colors, sounds, tastes, or smells come into the consciousness. While interesting, these phenomena are not required for healing to take place. The client may notice nothing at all except a general sense of wellbeing and relaxation. The only requirement for healing is openness to possibility.
In addition, I may use accessories which are not essential to a Reiki healing, such as music, candles, tuning forks, or a drum. These accessories can help create a mood, enhance relaxation, or promote healing. If the client is unsure or concerned about any accessories, it is wise to inquire and express preferences. The client’s sense of safety and comfort are of primary importance to the success of any Reiki session.
I am certified to teach all levels of Usui and Karuna® Reiki. I offer classes by request. Please contact me regarding Reiki classes.
If with kindly generosity one merely has the wish to soothe the aching heads of other beings, such merit knows no bounds.
-The Way of The Bodhisattva
By Shantideva-- Excellence of Bodhichitta vs. 21
Thoba khujatag, or skull moving, is an ancient healing technique that originated in the Himalayan Highlands of Tibet over 3,000 years ago. Passed down through generations of monks, its monastic lineage influences its every aspect. The innate perfection of each individual serves as the guiding principle of this ancient practice known in the West as Tibetan Cranial® work. Its primary purpose of realigning recipients with their true nature promotes healing at a fundamental level.
With an emphasis on realigning Body, Mind, and Spirit, this branch of indigenous Tibetan medicine works with the cerebrospinal fluid to influence the whole person. Finely tuned adjustments to the cranium and neck, directed by the cranial pulses, foster a sense of well being experienced as profound relaxation or increased energy. Recipients often report results such as better sleep, a reduction in symptoms, and a sense of moving through the world with more clarity, ease, and grace.
Understanding that each person is the author of his or her own health, the Practitioner of Tibetan Cranial work does not directly address symptoms, but instead listens to the body through the cranial pulses. Reading the cranial pulses allows the Practitioner to help the Recipient reconnect with the Perfect Being who lies within.
Its profoundly spiritual orientation sets this work apart from many other healing practices. Practitioners of Tibetan Cranial® must maintain a spiritual practice in order to do the work. Throughout the session itself both Practitioner and Recipient maintain a silent mantra or prayer. Mantra spiritually aligns Practitioner and Recipient to create the optimum healing conditions.
Results of a Tibetan Cranial® session can be immediate and life changing. They can also be subtle, gradual, and noticed over a period of days, weeks, or even months. Because the Recipient’s pulses guide the work, each session addresses the healing needs of each individual in that moment.
Sessions involve some advance preparation. On the day of the session, and ideally on the day before the session as well, Recipients should refrain from ingesting any substances that might alter their perceptions or temporarily affect the nervous system, such as alcohol, caffeine, or over-the-counter medications. Recipients should wear no metal to the appointment. Clothing should be loose enough to lie comfortably on a wooden table for about an hour. Garlic and onions interfere with the meditative state, and Recipients should refrain from eating these foods on the day of the session, and preferably the day before the session also. These preparations will ensure the best possible conditions for a Tibetan Cranial® session.
Sessions begin with an orientation and end with a short walk. As far as possible it is best to plan the rest of the day around allowing time for processing and integrating. Though it is possible to return to a work environment, quiet activities like yoga, spending time in Nature, or even napping are best suited to the time following a session. Whenever possible Recipients should continue to avoid for the rest of the day any substances that might affect perceptions or the nervous system.
The Chinese invasion and occupation of Tibet tragically shattered the country and brought Tibetan Cranial® work, a priceless gem of Tibetan culture, to the brink of extinction. Today the Tibetan Cranial® Association based in Longmont, Colorado is dedicated to the rescue, restoration, and revival of this precious legacy. Through text and video the official web site of the Tibetan Cranial® Association (tibetancranial.org) recounts the story of how this work came to the West and how it is being carefully preserved, passed on, and practiced today. Tibetancranial.org provides a wealth of information, but the best way to understand Tibetan Cranial® work is to experience a session.Resources
Tibetan Cranial® Resources:
TIBETAN CRANIAL® ASSOCIATION, INC. - www.tibetancranial.org
Somatic Experiencing® Resources:
CRASH COURSE, Diane Poole Heller and Larry Heller, North Atlantic Books, 2001. www.traumasolutions.com
HEALING TRAUMA: Restoring the Wisdom of the Body (audiobook), Peter A. Levine, Sounds True, 2008.
IT WON’T HURT FOREVER (audiobook), Peter A. Levine, Sounds True, 2005.
SEXUAL HEALING : Transforming the Sacred Wound (audiobook), Peter A. Levine, Sounds True, 2003.
TRAUMA THROUGH A CHILD’S EYES, Peter A. Levine and Maggie Kline, North Atlantic Books, 2007.
WAKING THE TIGER, HEALING TRAUMA, Peter A. Levine, North Atlantic Books, 1997.
PETER LEVINE, PH.D. – www.somaticexperiencing.com
SOMATIC EXPERIENCING® TRAUMA INSTITUTE – www.traumahealing.com
INFINITE LIGHT HEALING STUDIES CENTER/PEACE PLACE – www.reikiclasses.com
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REIKI PROFESSIONALS – www.iarp.org
INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR REIKI TRAINING (ICRT) – www.reiki.org
REIKI: The Healing Touch First and Second Degree Manual, William Lee Rand, Vision Publications, 1991 -2005.
REIKI’S BIRTHPLACE – A Guide to Kurama Mountain, Jessica A. Miller, Infinite Light Healing Studies Center, 2006.
REIKI FIRE: New Information about the Origins of the Reiki Power: A Complete Manual, Frank Arjava Petter, Lotus Light•Shangri-La, 2002.
THE BOOK ON KARUNA REIKI, Laurelle Shanti Gaia, Infinite Light Healing Studies Center, 2001
THE SPIRIT OF REIKI – The Complete Handbook of the Reiki System, Walter Lübeck, Frank Arjava Petter, William Lee Rand,
Lotus Press•Shangri-La, 2004.
A GUIDED MEDITATION FOR HEALING TRAUMA (audiobook), Belleruth Naparstek, Health Journeys, 1999.
CORE TRANSFORMATION: Reaching the Wellspring Within, Connirae Andreas and Tamara Andreas, Real People Press, 1994.
GETTING OUR BODIES BACK: Recovery, Healing, and Transformation through Body-Centered Psychotherapy, Shambala, 1996.
INVISIBLE HEROES: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal, Belleruth Naparstek, Bantam Dell, 2004. www.healthjourneys.com
MARK BRADY, PH.D. SOCIAL NEUROSCIENCE BLOG –
The Flowering Brain - http://floweringbrain.wordpress.com
THOU SHALT NOT BE AWARE: Society’s Betrayal of the Child, Alice Miller, Farrar Straus Giroux, 1984 revised edition, 1998.
-Thank you so very much for the gift, the blessing of your Kindness, your Spirit, your Touch. How incredibly lucky I am to know you and be tended by your healings.
-Reiki drumming made the shoulder pain go away
-As I type this, I am trying to think of what it feels like in my body when I think of “peaceful”. Thank YOU for that! Thanks again for all that you have given me. You’re a real gift to me these days.
-Yesterday was WONDERFUL on several levels. I felt so calm all the rest of the day after my session with you.
-You have a real talent for what you do. Thank you for sharing your gift with me and with others!
-Thanks again for yesterday. I always feel great after working with you.
-Well, it’s holding. Cough is still here but the inflammation is nearly gone! Constricted feeling is gone.
-I want to thank you so much for the session! I enjoyed it so much and I am truly grateful for your listening ear and nurturing soul. I honestly had a breakthrough that night and the next day. I still don’t understand everything that happened or what I went through or how it worked, but it did! Thank you tons!
-I want to thank you for your part in giving my sister that glow of health – I really noticed this visit how well she looks, and I know you and your “Magic” have had a part.
-Thank you, Bev, for a WONDERFUL session this morning.
-Thank you so very, very much for all your time and care and skill. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to fully express how much I appreciate you.
-Thank you for sharing Reiki with us. Just reading your pre-class handout helped me to be calm and relaxed. I had a wonderful experience in a safe, loving, and supportive environment. Try as I might, I cannot think of any way to improve the session. The whole experience was surrounded with love, calm, and sharing.
-All questions were welcomed and attentively answered; beautifully and masterfully.
-Bev is a great teacher, and her planning/preparation shows in her class presentation.
-The meditations, attunements, smudging, and hands-on work were fantastic. This class was perfect!
-The teacher was grounded, knowledgeable, and thorough.
-Including my service dog strengthened the experience for me. It also made me feel safe and open to the energy.
-I trusted her, appreciated the way she kept boundaries in the class.
-This class opened my heart.About Beverly DeWitt-Moylan
Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner
Reiki Master Practitioner/Teacher
Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist
Having begun my training in healing alternatives in 1996, I have been a healing practitioner since 2003. While working as a public school teacher I studied Reiki, Hypnotherapy, and Somatic Experiencing®. Following my retirement from teaching in 2007 I have practiced a synthesis of these healing methods. Though at times I utilize a specific therapeutic technique in isolation, more often I combine appropriate modalities.
My special interest is in adults and children with symptoms or behaviors that do not respond to conventional approaches. Clients sometimes find me when they have exhausted all other resources. It is my experience that these individuals often suffer from unresolved traumatic experiences that affect their beliefs and expectations about themselves and about the world around them.
Retired from a 38-year teaching career I hold Secondary Education and Special Education credentials in Massachusetts and California. I taught Special Education for 29 years and have extensive experience in assessment and evaluation, in meeting individual needs, and in designing individualized programs. My many years in special education give me a unique perspective on and interest in the pervasive role of trauma in the special needs community and an awareness of the importance of addressing trauma resolution in those with special needs, their families, caregivers, teachers, and service providers.
• Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner - Foundation for Human Enrichment, Boulder, CO
• Usui Reiki Teacher and Karuna Reiki® Teacher - The International Center for Reiki Training, Detroit, MI
• Clinical Hypnotherapist - Awakenings Institute, Arroyo Grande, CA
• M.Ed. - Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
• B.A. – University of Massachusetts, Boston, MAContact
Los Osos, CA
The truth about our childhood is stored up in our body
and although we can repress it, we can never alter it.
Our intellect can be deceived, our feelings manipulated
Our perceptions confused, and our body tricked with medication.
But someday the body will present its bill,
For it is as incorruptible as a child, who is still whole in spirit.
It will accept no compromises or excuses,
and it will not stop tormenting us
Until we stop evading the truth.