with Fernando Kalliope
to Nurture Self-Esteem & Emotional Healing
"As a survivor of multiple abusive experiences,
I can't recommend Fernando enough for
both his effective practice of Somatic Experiencing work,
and his reliability as a vital, safe source of help;
enabling the transition from surviving to thriving."
Body-Mind Experiencing is a weaving of Embodiment practises within a therapeutic setting. One of being mindfully grounded, centred in our body, connected to our breathing and, in the end, through a restorative process of rewiring of our nervous system, one of regulation of our physiology and healing of our emotions.
Through Embodiment we invite our inner Self to consciously process sensations, feelings, thoughts and involuntary movements within those core places of our bodies where we feel either a lack of or an excess of energy, gently dipping in and out until we feel balanced, empowered, alive and whole. It is these completed and integrated body-mind experiences that allows us to release hurtful memories and to communicate from our heart what we need or want, and in essence, help us to discover our true Self. In this way, new neurosensory pathways are created for us to manage our built-in struggles with anxiety, depression, relationships and intimacy.
Healing at Heart Level, that is, at a root level, is a potential gateway to move us out of being trapped in the sorrows of our past and to bring us to the present when we jump ahead into the expectations of our future, thus giving us support to bypass our life-long conditionings and better manage experiences of depression and anxiety which usually manifest themselves through numbness, pain, distress, chronic symptoms or illness.
About the Heart-centred
The somatic therapy framework and backbone modality Fernando Kalliope uses in his work is Somatic Experiencing (SE), a neuroscience and body-based approach to healing trauma and other stress disorders. Fernando is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (Krakow, Lisbon 2017-2019) and thus a Professional Member of the Somatic Experiencing Association UK.
Embodiment, Intimacy & Empowerment
How does it work?
Embodiment works by increasing the level of Intimacy of the Self while staying connected inside and in Embodied Relationship with the outside world. As you give yourself time and permission to share your internal process with the Other/Therapist, as the level of intimacy increases, so does the capacity for feeling sensations and emotional states through your body: your sense of Self strengthens and your cognitive ability to ask for what you want or desire gets an Empowerment boost. Empowering the body to speak its mind is the ability to feel while listening, thinking and talking in regards to the Self and to the Other. Embodied Speech is thus the ability to speak your truth directly from your own body-mind experiences as you feel each experience moment by moment.
Boundaries & Body-Mind Integration
Boundaries are the physical and/or behavioural development edges we all have, the frontier between what is within our current knowledge, ability and strength and what is immediately outside, the wild and challenging realm of the senses that is unknown to us. These edges form the inner space whereby our embodiment process of mindful contraction and expansion gradually occurs. A mindful and slow Self-discovery exploration ensures it is done within a safe and resourceful container, so as not to unintentionally hurtle through our boundaries, and hence facilitating its flow and Integration into our grounded and connected being. Within this Self-regulating framework, we are are able to safely integrate the body-mind experiences in a way that we reclaim our sense of power and learn to expand or reset our boundaries, building up our resilience and opening up our heartland to emotional healing.
Body-Mind Integration enables us to restore a feeling of flow – being – and our actions – doing – come out of this flow of life other than from the fleeing need to do something in order to avoid what we’re fully experiencing, e.g., craving of food when our body is not hungry. Body-Mind Integration or Embodiment therapy is a gateway to our love and freedom within, creativity, intuition, choice, self-acceptance, self-esteem and self-expression.