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My Story

My journey to befriending my body has been illuminating in that it happened in spite of working in the wellness industry for 20 years. I had some serious unlearning to do; it took me a long time to realize that my body wasn’t a thing to control, rather, it was my life partner and my greatest resource. I have learned from depression, anxiety, burnout, surgery, years of disordered eating and pushing my body to exhaustion. No matter what curveballs life throws at me, my body is my constant companion. Do I still feel pain? Heck yes. But before it used to derail me and now, it doesn’t.

Being at home in your body and feeling your feelings isn’t an all or nothing thing, it’s a lot more nuanced and layered. I’ve been honoured to support many people on their journey as they transform their relationships to their bodies. Through the years, I’ve heard countless times from others, “I forgot about this part of my body” and “I never knew I could feel this way”.

 

There were times in my life when I felt incredibly disconnected from my own body and ironically, it was at a time when my body appeared to be in top form. (Little did I know that my colleagues were suffering too, but because we worked in the wellness industry we never talked about it.)  Once I started learning about the nervous system and how our bodies deal with trauma, it became clear to me that the problem was not my body. The problem was that I was conditioned to treat myself like a machine that had a moral obligation to be in tip top condition. I kept bumping up against the ‘ideal body’ by trying to fit myself into roles and labels that didn’t fit me. I hid my feelings and my health issues from others which made it hard to trust anyone--especially myself. There came a point where I needed to stop playing by other’s rules and lead my own way.

 

And when I did, everything changed.

 

Magic happens when you give time and space to the body to figure things out.

 

I’m an intuitive listener, a creative collaborator, a truth-teller and skillful synthesizer. I blend my experience in somatics, rehabilitative exercise, trauma informed movement, pilates and expressive arts, to give you a unique experience that will help transform your relationship with your body.

How do I dialogue with my body?

 

  • massage, strengthen and stretch

  • address the areas above, below and across from pain

  • stimulate and ‘strengthen’ vagus nerve

  • up/down regulate NS

  • ask yes/no questions

  • express my expectations

  • practice checking in before & after

  • repetitive rhythmic movement

  • non-linear movement

  • affirmation

  • practice accepting care and love from others

What I do differently

  • Aim to create a shame free space where ALL bodies are worthy of love no matter what they look like

  • Use movement as a way to surface what’s happening in our unconscious to better understand who we are

  • Encourage divestment from diet culture

  • Allow time for integration of new knowledge so that new neural pathways can be formed

  • Acknowledge systems beyond our control that affect our relationship with our body

  • I don’t promise unattainable results in a certain time frame, instead I move at the 'speed of trust'; your authentic healing journey will take its own space and time

  • Refer people to other practitioners when I see it would benefit them, or when what they need is outside of what I offer

Lymphatic Mojo- Dr. Perry Nickelston Vagus Nerve Mojo- Dr. Perry Nickelston Movement for Trauma Levels 1 & 2 - Jane Clapp Copywriting for Culture Makers- Kelly Diels Pilates Teaching comprehensive certificate- Ron Fletcher program of study-   Kyria Sabin, Tucson and Jacqueline Ethier, Ottawa Contemporary Dance Diploma- Grant MacEwan University Melt Method Certification- Sue Hitzmann The Keller Method for Soft Ball Massage- Kathleen Keller

Smart Body Smart Mind, Up/Down- Irene Lyon Trauma in the public Eye- Peter Levine and Betsy Polatin We are the Culture Makers- Kelly Diels Embodied Boundary work- Kimberly Johnson, Kai Cheng Thom, Pam Tzeng, Tracy Dixon Embodied Anti-Racist Trainings - Karine Bell, Resmaa Menakem, JenLee Koble Shame Clinic- David Bedrick, Simone Seol Conscious Contracts- Jacqueline Horani Somatic Experiencing- Irene Lyon Define Design Align Business Coaching - Leah Goard Contact Improvisation- Karl Frost, Peter Bingham, Linda Rubin, Delia Brett Experience Design- Jenny Sauerklein Action Theatre- Ruth Zaporah Continuum- Linda Rabin Authentic Movement- Tedi Tafel Eldoas -Carolyn Woods Vision Improvement - Summer Bozhora Gaga- James Viveiros Voice and movement- Lin Snelling Le Groupe Dance Lab- Peter Boneham Artistic residency- Bread and Puppet Theatre Crystal Egg- Layla Martin Bowen Therapy Training Modules 1-4 Thai Yoga Massage, Yamuna Body Rolling, Pelvic Floor Training, TRE, Breath work, Franklin Method, Embodied Anatomy Advanced Pilates training for scoliosis, footwork, floor work, shoulders, pelvic floor disfunction, pre/post natal Devised Theatre- NaCl- Ker Wells, Tannis Kowalchuk Clowning- Jan Henderson Movement Coaching for theatre including Black Rider with November Theatre Interpretive Dance - Marc Boivin, Peggy Baker, Mari Osanai, Rob Abubo, Yvonne Coutts, Shauna Elton, Heidi Bunting, Brian Webb, Serge Bennethan, Susie Burpee, Sylvie Desrosiers, Lynda Adams

Training / Experience

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Amy Kubanek (she/her/they)

Somatic Self Compassion Coach. Kinesthete. Co-conspirator. Improvisor.

3rd Generation Settler. Maker. Motivator. Play Pal. Dancer. CIS gendered. Cook. Listener. Lover. Artist. Mom. Singer. Sacred witness. Somanaut.

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I have always existed in the spaces in between and I have mostly served those who feel as though they have fallen through the cracks in the system. I will always be a student at heart; I learn by watching, doing, and by teaching.

For a full listing of my guiding principles and lineage, click here.

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