For many of us, the idea that your body can hold the memories, feelings, and traumas of the past is inconceivable.
The truth is; our bodies never forget.
In fact, it is constantly trying to speak to us, calling us down. Through depression, anger, panic attacks, PTSD, illnesses, pain, etc. Always attempting for us to meet it, to feel it and to integrate it.
When I first began receiving this work, I began to find hope for the first time in my life. I had always thought that my body was my enemy. I had incredible amounts of triggers on a day to day basis and had no courage to communicate this to others. When I received my first session, I cried and screamed in a way that I had never done before. Let alone in the presence of an empathic witness. I couldn’t believe that each time I got back on the table I was, and am, continuously shown a missing piece to my puzzle. This work has been saving my life since the beginning. I am honored to have been trained by Pat Jackman and to be taking this modality out into the world.
Talking therapy can only ever get you so far. To find substantial and permanent change we need to re-wire our nervous systems and feel the feelings that have been trapped within our cellular memory and our tissues. Our bodies want us to become whole. This therapy allows us to do just that.
Sessions are performed in my residency in Asheville, North Carolina. I can perform house calls for additional charge.
60 minute: $100
90 minute : $145
120 minute: $180
Payment is accepted at time of appointment or through Venmo (@soulfultoz)
Contact me directly to book a session
Dates that I will be Gone: January 8-13
Prior to a session I urge you to watch one of these videos to get a feel for it.
Frequently Asked Questions
What IS the work?
This modality is incredibly unique in that it can be very different things. It can be extremely energetic, physically clearing, emotionally heart opening and everything else in between. It works by opening up energetic doorways in which we hold unconscious material throughout the body. We are using the Amanae technique in combination with various other modalities like inner child and parts work. Feelings, memories, thoughts, fragmented aspects of your subconscious or inner children may start to appear. This is our trauma, as well as the emotions that we never were able to fully complete. They can show up in various ways and can sometimes be extremely vivid and visual or sometimes purely physical. Through exploring whatever arises, we begin to feel the unfinished cellular debris that has been trapped within us. We get to see what is subconsciously running the show. We may be given understandings of beliefs that we have been holding onto, lean into deep emotional wounds or just have physical, energetic and nervous system releases. Once these feelings are brought to the surface, we are able to finally feel it and let it go. An important part of this work is to give these burdened parts what they need. With this we allow deep, permanent healing as the body begins to integrate the re-wiring experiences and provide lasting wholeness.
What if nothing happens?
There is honestly no wrong way to do this. What makes the biggest difference is staying with the breath and being present. Anything that happens after that is exactly what needs to happen. Even if your body is showing you the ways in which you feel nothing or shut down and disassociated. Everything that shows up is valid.
Is this a massage?
No it is not. It is hands on, as we activate points throughout the body. This is not a modality that happens ‘to us’ but rather one in which we have to actively engage in. I will hold the space for you and guide you there, and then it is up to you to have a desire to explore enough to let your body do what it naturally does. The wonderful thing about this work is that the body begins to take over and will organically know what to do to release. At some point, your mind shuts off and you are in the land of the subconscious. It will also never show you anything that you are not ready to handle. Trusting the bodies wisdom is key.
Does it hurt?
Yes and no. Depending on the degree that you’ve had to hold your feelings in and the more armored, the more it can hurt. Pain is always an indicator that we our cells are holding onto emotional pain, and as you continue with the work you will begin to notice points that once held pain now feel blissful.
What does a release look like?
It can honestly look like everything and anything. Some of these things include; shaking, crying, cursing, screaming, groaning, yelling, anger, frustration, sobbing, nervous system tremors, sweating, anger or no emotion whatsoever. Going into the session with no expectations is key. It will look like whatever it needs to.
What if I can’t afford a session?
I am now offering a ‘donation based day’ once a month for those who would prefer to use sliding scale and/or a trade.
What if I don’t live near you and want a session?
One option is to come and visit me in Asheville, North Carolina. We have many Air Bnb’s near my residency. Another option is for me to fly out to your location. Requirements for this would be: minimum 5 people who would like to get a session, return ticket from Charlotte or Asheville airport, a massage table and a single residency to perform all sessions in. Accommodation is not needed.
Another option is to find a practitioner that lives closer to you.
How can I become an ERT practitioner?
There will be an upcoming school for ERT taught by Suzanne Hallerman and Pat Jackman in Portland, Oregon starting on January 9th 2020. I will be co-facilitating during this upcoming school. A pre-requisite to this school is attending one of our ERT workshops (scroll down for more information)
Do you offer emotional release intensive workshops?
I am in the process of training to be a workshop facilitator. I along with the rest of the ERT team will be offering workshops in different locations over the coming years. If you truly want to become familiar with the work and dive deep, I highly recommend Pat Jackman’s workshops. She has been my teacher and mentor and has mastered the art of opening hearts with her raw authenticity. She is located in Sebastapol, California.