Playing ‘Possum

Those of you who have come in for Somatic Experiencing sessions with me have likely heard me talk about the tonic immobility response or “playing dead” as a brilliant survival strategy executed by the autonomic nervous system. The above video … Read More

Over-Coupling and the Stress Response

I want to share with you an excellent article by a Somatic Experiencing colleague explaining why certain seemingly innocuous experiences can trigger strong reactions that seem unrelated to the causative stimuli. These insights can help unlock the door to resolving … Read More

UC Irvine – Acupuncture Reduces Hypertension Confirmed

University of California School of Medicine researchers have proven that acupuncture lowers blood pressure in subjects with hypertension. The depth and breadth of the research extends across multiple university controlled studies. The University of California School of Medicine, Irvine, researchers … Read More

Are you using your smartphone or is it using you?

Back in 1999, I bought a Palm Pilot* and enthusiastically spent the weekend configuring it (I was still working as an engineer and liked geeking out on that kind of stuff.) The next week, I went to see “The Matrix,” got … Read More

3% Cash Discount

I now offer a 3% discount for those who choose to pay with cash or check. 3% is about how much the bank takes in credit card processing fees, and I would rather you keep that money than give it … Read More

The New Traumatology and the Trauma Spectrum Part 1

In this interview, Twig Wheeler interviews Dr. Robert Scaer about his experience and work with trauma. Dr Scaer is author of The Body Bears the Burden and other books. This is an excellent introduction to the neuro-physiological underpinnings of Somatic Experiencing … Read More

I’m an SEP!

Although I finished my training back in October, it is only now that I have crossed all the Ts and dotted all the i’s with the training organization and can officially call myself a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner! I find this … Read More

L.A. Wellness is Adjusting Pricing on January 1st

I want to let you know that after eight years without any change in fees at L.A. Wellness, I am making a slight increase. Several years back, we relocated to a newly renovated, beautiful space that I custom designed in … Read More

L.A. Wellness Spotify Playlist

Wishing you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving… so much to be thankful for. I know I am thankful for you. In case you’re looking for some calming music to soothe your nerves as we approach the holidays, here’s … Read More

Somatic Experiencing® Proven Effective for PTSD

As many of you know, I have been training in Somatic Experiencing® (SE), a body-centered healing modality, and am on track to complete the three year training this October. I am thrilled to announce that the first randomized controlled study evaluating … Read More

Wellness Suggestions for Recovering from Surgery

As a follow-up to last week’s article about preparing for surgery, I am sharing an article by Sutter Center for Integrative Holistic Health Team Members, that gives practical steps for surgery recovery, with a couple of my own modifications: Following … Read More

Preparing for Surgery

There are a number of steps one can take to not only decrease anxiety and discomfort associated with surgery, but also to speed up recovery time. One important and little known step in preparing for an operation is to talk to … Read More