What are Body Dialogues?
Body Dialogue somatic coaching sessions are meant to help you be 'in conversation' with your body. When you regularly 'check in' with your body, it will start to feel like your partner--in all you do.
Each session is meant to help improve the communication between the body and the mind; to close the gap between what you think you feel and what you actually feel. We use various tools including: body mapping, self massage, self inquiry, intuitive movement, lymphatic & nervous system stimulation...and we get to know your body better.
Body Dialogues are an intuitive and non-linear way to tap into the body's wisdom for more wholesome healing. And the best part...you can join from the comfort of your own home.
Those with chronic conditions can even join from bed.
“If my body could talk right now it would say, “You saw me”. It makes me feel like I’ve been reunited with a long lost part of myself. There is a sense of cohesiveness and wholeness that is often missing in other somatic forms.” - Christi Daniels
These 1:1 sessions are for you if...
You feel frustrated with the body you have
You need help with slowing down
You feel a disconnect between your body and mind
You have physical symptoms connected to emotions and not sure what to do
You try affirmations and gratitude practices but they just don’t seem to land
You are a super-senser who wants to feel less
You think you should start meditation but can't seem to start
You just want to feel better before you start exercising again
You are starting to untangle yourself from culture’s expectations of you
You are ready to let go of perfection and meet yourself where you are at in this moment
You have been or are in therapy and are looking for a way to continue your self discovery beyond the treatment room
You are moving through a transition in your life or body
You are ready to treat yourself with kindness, though you might not yet know how.
You want to develop your intuition
You are a therapist, coach or caregiver who could use a soft place to land
What's included in this package:
Weekly or bi-weekly sessions with Amy via Zoom with the option to record
Customized sessions based on your personal goals and needs
Easy, actionable ways to dialogue with and care for your body
Professional guidance for your personalized home practice
Body-positive, intersectional feminist perspectives to help you untether yourself from diet culture and patriarchy while reclaiming your sense of joy and curiosity.
Time for rest and integration
Direct messaging between sessions with Amy using a free mobile app. This is a great way to ask questions and to celebrate all the new discoveries that happen during your day or during your personal practice.
At the end of your series, you will receive a written summary of the most useful tools and takeaways to help you remember.
Belong to yourself again
If you’ve ever done self care work that was based on top-down, cognitive approaches (like changing your mindset, positive affirmations etc.) then prepare to be impressed by this approach.
You will actually change the way you feel in your body, which will change the way
you feel about your body.
Kim Fenton - Copywriter, Editor
"It means so much to me as a human when somebody says-- I see you, I hear you, I see the whole of what's going on-- and I feel like I've done that for my own body today. My body's really happy right now."
Body Dialogue sessions are offered as 30 and 60-minute packages. Prices are in CAD.
60 min $420/mo
30 min $210/mo
60 min $350/mo
30 min $175/mo
60 min $292/mo
30 min $145/mo
Note: community support is offered for those in need. If this is you, please ask.
Befriend your Body : 3 Pathways
With every Body Dialogue coaching package, you will touch on 3 aspects behind Befriend Your Body: Sensation, Perception and Connection. This unique framework blends brain science with trauma informed principles to help to improve the communication between mind and body. It is based on the needs of your nervous system to find safety, use sensory input to help re-pattern, and to re-build trust in partnership.
What am I feeling?
And how do I respond?
• Know where to look in your body
• Develop a larger vocabulary for your feelings beyond the basics
• Gain greater understanding for your physiology through tactile exploration
• Become a better investigator when pain shows up, so that you know how to better respond
• Tune into and tend to the bigger emotions when they surface
• Remember how it feels to slow down
What assumptions do I have about my body? About other bodies?
• Challenge your thinking, shift your perception--in real time, with sensation
• Address the disconnect between perceived feeling and actual feeling
• Surface unconscious stories you have about bodies, both yours & others'
•Surface assumptions you have about movement practices or medical systems
• Real talk about the complexities of aging, pain and chronic conditions
When do I move towards or away from connection
from self and others?
• Develop compassionate, non-judgemental observing skills
• Explore where your personal boundaries are & when they shift
• Develop capacity for focus & connection with others, and with yourself
• Practice personal autonomy & asking for what you need
• Experiment with what it means to be authentic
• Practice nurturing cohesion and connection
Still have questions?
Here are some answers to common questions that I get asked.
What does a session look like?
Is it talking based or movement based?
We do both. It is both conversational, and movement practice.
Each session starts with a check in, asking questions, noticing patterns and setting intentions. Then we DIVERGE from counselling/therapy/life coaching by letting the body lead us; we move, we touch, we feel, we experiment, we play, we get curious.
Are you using breathwork?
I teach many types of breath for different purposes such as: relaxation, mapping and releasing the diaphragm, articulation of the spine and ribs. The current most popular form of breathwork is designed to stimulate your nervous system into a hyperarousal state through heavy breathing and can overwhelm people. I prefer to not overwhelm my clients nervous system, and to teach them how to move themselves into different nervous system states.
I have a disability, can you make accommodations for me?
Yes! I want to make accommodations for you. Please ask for what you need. We can turn the camera off, work from bed, use closed captions, record selected moments, or just record the audio. I also have a very flexible cancellation policy so that we can all attend to our bodies when they need a break.
This work sounds like exactly what I need and yet the idea of the work makes me feel weirdly uncomfortable. What gives?
I hear you and I understand that type of discomfort. You're not alone. Many of us feel trepidation when being asked to tune into our body, and for good reason.
It's normal to be nervous about what might happen. Let me assure you that these sessions will not overwhelm you. Body Dialogues are deep work, but in the most gentle way. Most people feel relieved once they start, and many comment on how they wish they had started earlier.
What kind of somatics do you do?
Body Dialogues are a signature offering that emerged from my own experience both as a person with body challenges and as a teacher. My major influences are: somatic experiencing, authentic movement, continuum, franklin method, contact improvisation, rehabilitative movement, polyvagal theory and my growing library of neuroscience texts.
Is this a form of therapy?
This is not therapy, but it is the perfect compliment to any form of therapy- both physical and emotional. There is a benefit to being located outside the constructs of any modality in that there’s no imposed rules or regimented way of thinking. That being said, personal and professional boundaries will always be respected. And alternative practitioners will be recommended should that be necessary. To read more about my code of ethics, click here.
Is this a form of exercise?
Body Dialogue sessions are rooted in movement and experience but aren't considered exercise. They are designed to land in a deeper part of your spirit that may fill a gap between exercise and therapy.
Is it done standing or lying down?
You may find yourself on the ground, sitting, standing or moving through space. If you have concerns or limitations, just let me know and we can adapt.
Do I need props or equipment?
The only thing required for this work is you and a little private space where you feel free to move. That said, props can be useful too. If you have any of these items, please bring them to our sessions:
Soft balls, Foam rollers or bolsters, Pillows or towels, Long stretchy bands, hand weights (or any unbreakable weighted object)
Editor & Actor
Even after only a few sessions with Amy, I can already feel a difference and I know what I can do for myself
Author, Life Path Mentor, Leader of women's circles
Today I was honoured to spend an hour with Amy Kubanek. Her presence was a gift to me during my transition time of beginning a new program at a gym and struggling with accepting my body where it is at right now. As a result of our session, I have a declaration to guide and ground me as I practice paying attention to my body. I encourage you to sign up for a session with her and be prepared to have yourself touched and nurtured. Thank you, Amy. I see myself differently because of our time together.
Amy taught me how to listen to my body and to feel connected in a deeper way. At the time, I didn’t realize how powerful her lessons were. But years later, I still value and practice what we did together. Working with her has changed my life for the better.