Kristen's formal study of the human body began over 15 years ago, which led her to obtain a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2011. Since that time, she has worked as a licensed physical therapist in a variety of settings. She deeply values evidence-based approaches, especially those rooted in the burgeoning realm of mind-body medicine. However, her practice cannot ignore the therapeutic value of embodied attunement, curiosity, and intuition. Kristen is an enthusiast of the human body, in all of its complexity and nuances. Use of touch work is perhaps where her passion burns brightest; however, the teachings of Feldenkrais and Body-Mind Centering also illumine the ways she explores movement to shift our habitual patterns. With humility, she realizes the more she learns about the body, there is only more to discover.
It brings me a smile to remember where I have come from. I consider myself a highly intellectual type, seeking knowledge and valuing wisdom, and ever discerning the difference between the two. Embodiment does not come naturally to me. It has been, and continues to be, a daily practice. My initial professional career took me into the world of public accounting and non-profit management, where I quickly became disenchanted. Meanwhile, I was continually injuring my body in my high intensity days of running marathons and competing in triathlons. With a great deal of grace, and just enough inner knowing, I was able make a course correction and turn towards an entirely new path. Doctoral training was an initiation of sorts, and most of it is a blur, but it did help me move towards the healing arts. As a newly practicing physical therapist, setting down my roots in Tucson, Arizona, I slowly found myself practicing more meditation and yoga, in a way that was less about physical mastery, but more about connecting with what is. And then I was introduced to the world conscious dance, which offered a profound shift. In this practice I have found a blend of mindfulness and movement which not only gives permission for, but truly encourages, the freedom of fully embodied expression of the whole self. My personal self care practices continue to evolve, but yoga, meditation and conscious dance remain vital to my spiritual, emotional, mental and physical health. The energetic practices of qi gong and aikido also greatly inform how I move through this increasingly complex world. For my many teachers, living and transitioned, I am wildly grateful. I feel the most at home in myself when I spend time in the wilderness, whether alone, or with beloveds. Connecting with the natural elements allows me to feel the greatest sense of belonging and reverence. It is here where I am able to most appreciate the mysteries of our existence on this very precious planet we Earthlings inhabit.
Embodiment is about what is, not about what should be or could be. - Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen
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