What are Soul Oriented Living Sessions?
Soul Oriented Living Sessions are one on one work with Vanessa to support you in navigating your life with more awareness, ease, focus and grace. The sessions equip you with tools to hear and interrupt the subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) messages that your body, emotions and life are sending you. Strongly influenced by, and using the tools of, Reorganizational Healing (including SRI), we will be present with whatever sensation, emotion or pattern is showing up, harnessing the energy and wisdom innate in it. Rather than trying to to fix, subdue or change what is happening, we explore safe ways to respond and move with what is arising.
Our “Soul” is the essence of who each of us is, with unique gifts to offer the world, expressed through, but existing beyond, the body, personality, thoughts or circumstances of your life. It is the animating energy of our lives - and is always guiding us to the lessons we are ready to explore and learn, often disrupting the plans or certainties our minds had created. Instead of focusing primarily on specific outcomes you want to achieve, this coaching supports you in orienting your focus to more easily access resources you have within and around, safely be with your body and emotions, identify your unique gifts, manifest the qualities you most desire and allow you to flow thru the uncertainties of life with more trust, grace and energy.
What are the Sessions Like?
The sessions will include a check in about anything present for you that day, including emotions, physical sensations, circumstances you’d like support with navigating, and/or themes and patterns you are noticing arising. We will likely include one or more SRI exercises (see below) to support a more embodied experience. Following the longer sessions, Vanessa will follow up with an email outlying the key focus points from the session and follow up questions to consider or exercises to practice to help continue to integrate between sessions.
Vanessa is not a licensed therapist, and these sessions are not meant as traditional talk therapy - rather words are used as a portal to help find our way to the deeper intelligence that is wanting to be expressed.
The sessions last either 25 or 50 minutes, with the shorter sessions most appropriate for quick check-ins or SRI only, and the full sessions for more spacious exploration and coaching.
What is SRI?
The embodiment practice in most session will be drawn from SRI, or Somato (body) Respiratory (breath) Integration. SRI is a series of specific exercises that you uses focused attention, breath patterns, gentle movement and guided touch to achieve new levels of connection and congruency to oneself. Created by Dr. Donald Epstein and outlined in the book “the 12 Stages of Healing,” each exercise allows the person to be more fully with whatever rhythm is strongest in their body and life in that moment. SRI is like personal training for your nervous system - and ultimately your soul - providing new and more resourceful ways to discover, transform and awaken to your highest potential.
In Person Sessions
In person sessions are done either at Vanessa's home studio in the Excelsior district of San Francisco, Magnolia Wellness Center, 2134 van ness, San Francisco or at your home, for an additional travel fee, as arranged.
For those of you outside of the Bay Area, or who simply prefer the convenience of video calls - sessions can be done over the online platform Zoom. For these sessions you will need to make sure you have a strong, consistent internet connection, a quiet place where are you can be uninterrupted and, if possible, a space on the floor where you can lay down on a yoga mat or blanket and still be seen by the camera. If video calling is not available for you, I am also willing to do a phone session.
Letter from Laurie D., long time client of Vanessa's, after a Soul Oriented Living Session:
"Hi Vanessa - I just wanted to share something interesting from our session. I had some more releasing later last evening and what was really powerful and resulted in the most profound release was giving my 3 year old MOM love and acceptance.
I really felt that, and knew it was her, and it was amazing to really feel that I was freeing her child and how tied to my own freedom that is. Crazy.
I’m so grateful every day for the growth and insights you facilitate in my life. You always see into my soul and seem to know where the point of realization is, and that is such a gift. Thank you for sharing it!!"
-Laurie D, San Francisco, CA
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