Paige Leighton - Trauma Informed Somatic Coach

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When you’re hard on yourself, your body reacts as if you are a threat. It triggers fight or flight, sending stress hormo...
23/01/2024

When you’re hard on yourself, your body reacts as if you are a threat. It triggers fight or flight, sending stress hormones throughout your body and it rarely motivates you to make the changes you want.

Self-compassion does the opposite. You become a resource of comfort, care, and understanding for yourself.

Learning to be compassionate towards yourself might feel strange at first, but with practice, it gets easier and “more believable.”

Here is a list of highly recommended books and courses from the author Kristen Neff that may help you on your journey.

Dr. Kristin Neff

Positive feedback is so inspiring. Grateful to have the opportunity to hold space for this beautiful person.            ...
04/01/2024

Positive feedback is so inspiring. Grateful to have the opportunity to hold space for this beautiful person.


11/12/2023
Feeling the feelings seems like a simple enough thing, yet many of us are disconnected from our bodies and emotions. Rec...
11/12/2023

Feeling the feelings seems like a simple enough thing, yet many of us are disconnected from our bodies and emotions. Reconnecting might take time and practice as we widen our capacity to allow for uncomfortable emotions. These simple (but not so simple) steps can help you get in touch with yourself.

A couple of things to note... We really like to stay in our familiar state. Stepping into our disconnected bodies and emotions is unfamiliar. This might be triggering or overwhelming. It's important to notice when it is too much for you. Pushing yourself beyond your capacity might do more harm than good. A little at a time goes a long way.

What is ignored in the mind, will show up in the body. What is ignored in the body will show up in the mind. They are bi...
27/11/2023

What is ignored in the mind, will show up in the body. What is ignored in the body will show up in the mind. They are biologically interwoven, inseparable.

Grateful to Embody Lab for making an accesible course applying coaching skills to trauma education, polyvagal theory, and somatic practices.

☀️ Did you know that the tilt of your pelvis directly affects your variable heart rate (the measure of stress in the bod...
04/11/2023

☀️ Did you know that the tilt of your pelvis directly affects your variable heart rate (the measure of stress in the body)? Moving your pelvis through yoga can lower your HRV, which lowers effects of stress throughout your body.

☀️ Did you know that changing the relationship between the heart and gravity also improves HRV? It also increases the coating along the vagus nerve, which improves vagal tone.

☀️ Improving vagal tone, HRV, and mindfully connecting to your body can improve symptoms of chronic pain, auto immune disorders, anxiety, chronic stress, PTSD, and depression.

☀️ You don’t have to be in shape to start. The focus is showing up and paying attention to the sensations feel as you move.

☀️ Join me in 30 days of yoga! Yoga with Adriene is a free and wonderful resource.

**The most valuable part of a centering practice is the courageous act of showing up.** This series may look like a lot of core strengthening exercises, move...

“Let it go.” “Feel the feelings.” “Sit with it.”How many times have you heard this and thought “What?! I am feeling it! ...
01/11/2023

“Let it go.” “Feel the feelings.” “Sit with it.”

How many times have you heard this and thought “What?! I am feeling it! I feel ____ all the time and it doesn’t do anything.”

So what does it mean to feel the feelings? I think this infographic by Emily McDowell explains the process in a simple clear way.

Of course, there are many reasons why it is not as simple for us to just sit with it, but this is a good foundation to start with.

I will be doing a follow-up series on “How to feel the feelings” and going more into depth on stopping the story, describing and naming emotions, overwhelm, and resources.

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28/10/2023

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What is the difference between somatic therapy and somatic coaching? In therapy, you can go in depth with inner child wo...
28/10/2023

What is the difference between somatic therapy and somatic coaching?

In therapy, you can go in depth with inner child work and traumatic history. In coaching, we get in touch with feelings in the present moment.

While both might come from the same negative ipast experience, it isn’t always necessary to revisit the past to move forward in the future.

Sometimes help beyond coaching is necessary and your coach will suggest that a therapist might be a better option or someone we can work with.

Working with a traditional therapist and a somatic coach can be very beneficial. This way you’re getting in touch with your self both cognitively and somatically.

Discover somatic therapy and how it can connect the different parts of yourself.

Have you ever been told by a doctor that there is nothing wrong with you?The doctors couldn't tell me that the reason my...
12/10/2023

Have you ever been told by a doctor that there is nothing wrong with you?

The doctors couldn't tell me that the reason my clavicle joint separated was because I was bracing against heartache, and tension from anger, so that when I went for a run, I pulled the joint apart from opposing forces.

The doctors couldn't tell me that my nervous system shutdown caused my cortisol levels to drop, allowing for an over-active immune system. Which then attacked my joints and my organs, causing severe amounts of pain and swelling, even disruptions to my cycle and hives all over my body.

The optometrist nor the neurologist could explain the migraines and flashing lights. The doctors couldn't tell me that my nervous system was stuck in fight/flight energy causing me to have migraines, racing thoughts, panic attacks, repeated UTI's, fast heartbeat, and high blood pressure.

The doctors couldn't tell me that my poor interception and unconscious blocking of pain in my abdomen caused the muscles in my arms and legs to lock and brace against the pain and no amount of stretching could help.

The neurologist could not explain why I had difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. This was from a fear of immobility, anxiety, and high cortisol levels.

The doctors did not tell me that pain in my back and along my spine was referred pain from the heart, literal stored heartache. The doctors could not explain that the pain in my arm was due to a blocked expression of anger. The doctors could not explain that pain in my shoulder was a blocked expression of pushing something away.

The doctors could not explain my cold, numb hands and feet were due to a freeze response, pulling life energy into the center of my body as a protective mechanism.

The doctors told me nothing was wrong with me, despite clearly witnessing the symptoms, even on an MRI. The psychologist didn't understand and offered nothing to help me.

All these symptoms were due to triggers that activated the trauma held in my body. It didn't matter that life was actually safe, I was reacting as if I were in the past.

I had trauma, stored emotions, and incomplete stress responses held in my body. I needed to learn how connect to and feel safe in my own body. I needed to learn how to recognize and metabolize feelings. I needed bottom-up processing, attending to my body which sends signals of safety to the brain. I needed to learn how to recognize my nervous system states. I needed to learn how to increase my resiliency.

Traditional psychology does not yet incorporate bottom-up processing into therapy, despite having decades of research of its importance. Instead, they heavily rely on cognitive behavioral therapy and similar methods. Tell me, when was the last time you could think yourself out of anxiety or a panic attack?

Traditional medicine is fully aware of trauma, stress reactions, and the effects on physical health, yet they do not have the resources, understanding, or support to help. Another important issue is the general inability for people to accept that their physical illnesses and symptoms could be psychosomatic in origin. That both the mind and the body need treatment.

I hope that one day, with the wealth of information being discovered, education, and conversations that a bridge will form between these two fields to bring wellness and wellbeing to the world.

Does my story resonate with you? Do you have any questions? Please drop comments and questions below and I will do my best to answer them.

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Let them. Let them see you however they want to. People see things through their own lens of their own stories. You can’...
07/09/2023

Let them. Let them see you however they want to. People see things through their own lens of their own stories. You can’t change that. It’s not your job.

29/08/2023

Glimmers are the opposite of triggers. Look for these in tiny moments. The early sun shining through your window. The delicious cup of coffee in your hand. Savor those moments.

17/08/2023

In a simplistic explanation, the hormones and energy released in this reaction store in the muscles, the fascia, and in the cells of your body.

In small steps, we can tap into this energy and begin to complete the stress response, which allows the memory to integrate.

This is how we heal.

20/07/2023

Coming back to real life after a beautiful vacation has me feeling bummed-out.

I’m not going to dwell on all the crappy things (and make the feelings bigger) and I’m not going to dive into false positive thinking (and ignore the feelings.) I’m just gonna let it be there, because yeah, I do miss the care-free life and that’s okay.

I’ll pick a few things I can do, to work on feeling bummed-out, like pulling the weeds out of the garden. This let’s me focus on something I can control.

Regulating emotions is difficult sometimes, but mindfulness, acceptance, self-compassion, and choice can help.

It is possible for people with alexithymia to reconnect with your body and discover your emotions. It takes time, patien...
10/07/2023

It is possible for people with alexithymia to reconnect with your body and discover your emotions. It takes time, patience, and maybe someone to help you identify them.

You can start by doing a body scan. This is an exploration to sense into your body. Try not to make any meaning out of it, just notice what is present.

Another idea would be to find someone you trust, explain to them that you’re learning how to identify emotions in others. Then when you notice they’re having an emotion that you don’t understand or can’t name, ask them what it is that they’re feeling and where in the body they feel it.

Somatic coaching and therapy can help you learn how to reconnect. If this is something you would like help with, I welcome you to find a somatic coach or therapist near you.

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Genetic roots, but also a reaction to trauma or stress.

This wonderful illustration captures how to “feel the feelings” in a simplistic way. Sometimes it is more difficult to d...
05/07/2023

This wonderful illustration captures how to “feel the feelings” in a simplistic way.

Sometimes it is more difficult to do it on your own. If that’s something you would like help with, I encourage you to find a somatic coach or therapist near you.

Have you ever found yourself in a conflict at work and you were unable to stop yourself from crying? It’s an awful feeli...
01/05/2023

Have you ever found yourself in a conflict at work and you were unable to stop yourself from crying?

It’s an awful feeling and completely unhelpful.

This is because your nervous system is in a state of powerlessness. Next time, give this simple hack a try.

Take your hand and make a tight fist. No, don’t go swinging or show signs of aggression (however tempting.) Just place your arm at your side with your hand in a tight fist.

The tears should stop quickly. The action of the fist signals your fight response and takes you out of feeling powerless.

Notice and receive what is happening in your mind and body with curiosity and compassion rather than criticism and judgm...
30/04/2023

Notice and receive what is happening in your mind and body with curiosity and compassion rather than criticism and judgment.

When your world is falling apart, they bring you comfort when you can find none. That’s why they call it comfort food. F...
09/01/2023

When your world is falling apart, they bring you comfort when you can find none. That’s why they call it comfort food. For anyone that struggles with weight gain and shame, remember this is an old survival strategy that worked. It’s okay to have compassion for that while you work to make better choices. ❤️

I’m taking time for myself and showing up for Yoga with Adriene’s new 30 day yoga series. It’s a beautiful and free reso...
02/01/2023

I’m taking time for myself and showing up for Yoga with Adriene’s new 30 day yoga series. It’s a beautiful and free resource. The link below takes you to day 1 if you’d like to try it out.

**The most valuable part of a centering practice is the courageous act of showing up.** This series may look like a lot of core strengthening exercises, move...

25/12/2022

If you find yourself overwhelmed today, take a moment to look for the color green.

How many green objects can you find? Are they different shades?

Can you find anything purple? What about yellow? Did you see anything blue?

Taking a moment to observe your surroundings can help you ground in the present moment and ease discomfort.

Wishing you all the warmest of days. ❤️

Providing comfort and love for yourself is not always easy. Practicing it in times you don’t need it can make it easier ...
15/12/2022

Providing comfort and love for yourself is not always easy. Practicing it in times you don’t need it can make it easier to give it to yourself when you need it most.

Cuddling yourself in a blanket with a warm drink can feel really nice. As Yoga With Adriene would say, enjoy your own personal love cave.

17/11/2022

If you’re feeling stressed, anxious, down, or just “off” - you’re welcome to try this somatic exercise.

Cross your arms with your palms facing towards you and then gently tap your cheek bones with your finger tips. After a minute or so, check in with how it feels.

Do you feel any sensations? Does it feel better? Worse? Do you want to tap somewhere else? Your chest, your arms? Maybe the top of your legs? What do you notice?

There are no right or wrong answers. It can be different each time. As always, if you dislike it, don’t force it.

16/11/2022

Be gentle with yourself today.

15/11/2022

“Earth will be safe when we feel in us enough safety.” -Thich Nhat Hanh

01/11/2022

Have you gone to the doctor experiencing pain or other symptoms and the doctor tells you you’re “just stressed?” His cure was to take some rest or do something fun? Did this leave you feeling helpless and still in pain?

If yes, I’ll soon be posting education on what “stressed” means and somatic regulation practices you can try, so you can actually feel better. Stay tuned!

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