the body is like an ocean
rich with hidden treasures
open its innermost chamber
and lights its lamp
We are walking, talking nervous systems. The health of our nervous system shows up every single day. As the interface of body and mind, its imprints express in our physical health and our social relations, our live-story and the little moments of reactive or non-reactive behavior.
Craniosacral therapy supports the healthy flow of the nervous system. Being a holistic healing modality for nervous system regulation and trauma release, it works with touch and awareness based in the deep understanding of the self-healing capacities of the body and the fluid body.
Based in the teachings of biodynamic craniosacral therapy and stillness meditation, I am especially interested in the emotional health of my clients. I am working within different fields - physical, spiritual, familial, ancestral, karmic, elemental etc, to support the process of growing out of trauma into a sovereignly guided joy of being alive. The deep and transformative listening into the different fields is my love, moving through resonance, attunement and stillness in the SOULFLOW journeys.
Resonance: listening to the tissues, fluids, imprints, fields, memories, energetic patterns etc, hereby creating a space in which contractions, dissociations and holding patterns are acknowledged, cleared and transformed.
Attunement: attuning to the naturally brilliant intelligence of the body-mind, the potency of the fluid body and the potential of spiritual alignment to re-establish balanced and expansive tidal flow of health within, as well as reconnection to the greater web of life we are part of. This reconnection shows to be deeply healing.
Stillness: in the deeper layers of attunement the tidal flow slows down considerably until it drops into spacious luminous stillness, which might go beyond any personal experience.
The body has a stunning ability to regulate and heal itself. Like an orchestra, organs, tissues and fluids in health are immersed in a multi-rhythmic, deeply inter-relational, harmonious dance.
As practitioners we are tuning into these polyrhythmic tidal rivers of aliveness deep within the body, which in their reorganizational force invite profoundly clearing and expansive healing flow. The deeper especially the nervous system is nourished in its tidal flow between the cranium and the sacrum, the more joy, health and balance will show in the whole system - and therefore in our lives: our physical wellbeing, emotional ease, mental clarity and spiritual connection.
In a SOULFLOW journey the client relaxes fully clothed on a massage table. From a calm and centered space i attend to your system through light and gentle touch. This educated and relational touch invites feelings of embodied safety and opens possibilities for the body-mind to unfold its stories, its holdings, its aches and pains. Through awareness and punctual verbal and energetic guidance this process facilitates the profound release of stored information and heart-centred re-orientation.
Each journey is tailored to the calling of the fields and guided by the vital flow of life in the body, the Breath of Life.
trauma & pain
Traumatic memories do not only inform the mind, they form the nervous system, the flow of the breath, our presence within. Any accident and injury, the smaller or greater variations of neglect and abuse, experiences of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual mal-nourishment can create trauma-responses.
The body-mind, activated and unable to process and digest an overwhelming experience or a series thereof, tightly holds onto it and stores it in the tissues, the joints, the nervous system. The system gets hyper-sensitized and establishes patterns of experience (fight flight fawn fix flop freeze). Dissociation and numbness may be present. The patterns of experience around contractions and dissociations can create serious disturbances and are able to pull a system out of its natural alignment around the spinal midline and out of full embodied interconnectivity and awareness. A cascade of symptoms may follow.
The practitioner is invested to listen deeply into these accumulations to invite a resourceful process of natural release, emotional integration and physical realignment to support the clients body-mind to successfully unlearn traumatic responses and touch back into the experience of health and wellbeing.
trauma is not
what happens to us,
but what we hold inside
in the absence
of an empathetic witness
It fascinates me to observe how life invites us to explore ever new chapters to deepen and expand. Many health journeys are these invitations to grow.
Born and raised in West-Berlin, Germany, I worked with families living in extreme poverty in and around Paris, France, and Berlin, Germany, where I studied historical anthropology and education and specialized in art therapy. Inspired by my yoga practice, I wrote my bachelors on art and embodiment and my masters on the history of embodiment. By then I was teaching in the context of an interdisciplinary research project and finished my phd with honours on embodiment, community and ritual.
Moving out of this urban life style, the wild years of Berlin after the Wall came down, I arrived in Armstrong, BC of all places to live with my shining husband, some happily unbehaving children and all kinds of animals to root into the earth of this stunning land. I began to offer yoga and meditation classes and sessions for several healing modalities that I gathered over the years.
As craniosacral therapy found me, all these approaches weaved together in the biodynamic expression of emotionally integrated somatic healing: SOULFLOW journeys. It is the listening to stories within the tissues, the potential of growth within the contraction, the polyrhythmic flow of health, of life, just waiting to express, that calls me in. In these moments, when a freeze of trauma melts back into the river of life and the body-mind reconnects to deeper rescources of health, it seems like the Breath of Life lifts the person out of past confinement and into an expanded field of flowing light.
My cranio-sacral sessions with Victoria have been absolutely amazing. Her kindness and gentle nature have aided in deciphering the visuals and feelings I experienced during the sessions. Each session seemed to open up new areas and I believe the result is a decrease in my stress and anxiety levels. One interesting experience was when a body part such as a toe or a shoulder “yelled” at me with some level of pain, and it was attended to during the session, the pain was not only relieved but I felt like another door had opened.
I have also experienced decrease in pain in my osteoarthritic toes.
You are very intuitive. The success of these sessions came from my readiness to look within and equally from your intuitive ability to guide me through the unknown. All these places we went to were unknown to me and they were fascinating explorations! It is a profound relationship with you. You have to be a special soul to do that kind of work that you do. Normal counselling is more practical.
Do you know to how many doctors and healers and shamans I went over the years? And with nobody I move like I move with you. It's you of course, and it is also this modality, which brings you home in your body.
NR, Lake Country
... a MOST heartfelt thank you for your skill and manner during our session... beautiful, unexpected and profound...
so happy to have met you.
I feel like I've had an upgrade!
I am as happy and fulfilled
as butter if it found itself on a warm piece of toast where it can spread out and relax, fill into the cracks and leisurely drip over the sides.
There is no container.
I live with stage 4 cancer and what I love about Victoria's cranio-sacral sessions was that she wasn’t afraid to go deep with me, all the time making sure that I was doing ok as we explored and discovered together what was hiding in the dark. As each session progressed I began to discover and feel into parts of my body that I forgot were even there. With Victoria's encouragement I was able to welcome them back and start a new relationship with these parts that so desperately wanted to be loved and acknowledged. Each session I continued to find improvement in my breathing, my strength, my aches and pains and a greater feeling of overall health. I am truly grateful for Victorias courage as she supported me through some real difficult stuff. I feel privileged and truly blessed to work with her!
You pull this flow into a room. People can breathe around you.
I did so much energy work over the years, but this is really different... This really works.
get in touch
SOULFLOW journeys are offerings guided by the field through the release of holdings into the creative and expansive exploration of being alive. we might laugh a lot.
tuesdays at tidal elements healing arts studio in vernon
wednesday-friday at my home studio the inner ocean in armstrong
for any questions, inquiries and interest in openings kindly