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Healing Trauma Through Movement

Fall Series: Oct - Dec 2019

Enrollment Open Now!

Trauma is stored in our bodies.

As the result of trauma, your body can become shut down & difficult or scary to feel. You may feel like empty, worthless, overwhelmed with depression, anxiety or panic attacks.

Maybe you just want to breathe again.

You are not stuck. There is a way to change this. Through movement, you can get in touch with your essential worthiness. You can grow a deeper level of self love and acceptance.

It’s possible to experience more power and pleasure in your life.

If you struggle with…

  • Ignoring your body and “numbing out”

  • Having intense (and unpredictable) reactions

  • Depression, low self esteem

  • Anxiety or panic attacks

  • Feeling unsafe in your body

  • Chronic pain or continual physical injuries

If you want to…

  • Learn how to self-regulate before you "fly off the handle”

  • Experience more ease in your body

  • Gain confidence and control

  • Dedicate time to self care & healing

  • Integrate the therapeutic work you are doing in a holistic setting

  • Belong to a supportive community that is attuned to the unique needs of trauma survivors

…Then Reclaim your Body is for you!

“This series changed my life. I learned how to be kinder to myself and that changes everything.”

- Reclaim Your Body participant

“I am much more patient with myself and mindful of my body than I was before.”

- Reclaim Your Body participant

Reclaim Your Body provides a space for you to take exquisite care of yourself.

Yes, we are practicing body connection and resolving trauma, but what we are really doing is becoming more precious to ourselves.

Move your body in a way that feels truly nourishing to you.

Through a series of gentle movements you will be invited to notice sensations. You will be invited to stretch, engage your muscles and relax. You will be invited to listen.

Everything is offered as an invitation.

Each activity is optional. Multiple variations are offered in each physical form and you will be encouraged to choose your level of participation moment to moment.

Together we will practice making choices and taking effective action.

You are in control of your experience throughout the class and will be encouraged to opt in or out as we go. We will practice boundaries and listening to ourselves.

This protocol rewires your brain and nervous system to integrate and transcend trauma. 

I believe that your body knows what you most need in each moment. We will practice listening to our bodies and allowing our embodied intelligence to have plenty of space to grow strong.

“This created a safe space where I could feel okay”

- Reclaim Your Body participant

You will learn how to…

  • Respond effectively to triggers

  • Find your power even when you feel stuck

  • Feel more centered and grounded

  • Recognize your preferences and desires

  • Honor your boundaries

  • Work with intense emotions

  • Appreciate your body as a resource


    "Before the class, I spent a lot of time disassociated from my body. In the class, I found myself spending more time there and really feeling what it's like to live in my own body."

    - Reclaim Your Body participant

This class is for:

  • Survivors of physical, emotional, mental, sexual or medical abuse

  • People who have experienced neglect, bullying, systemic oppression

  • Both folks who have little experience with embodiment and experienced movers

  • Trauma survivors who identify as women, genderqueer women or gender nonconforming (although this class is not for cis men, I can provide referrals)

Your journey includes…

  • Weekly 90-minute group class

  • Access to library of online video classes

  • Weekly journaling prompts & suggested reading

  • Email support throughout the program

Class Details:

The weekly group classes include group discussion, live education around important trauma themes and an extended embodied practice. They also foster community and offer an opportunity to learn from each other. In an effort to make this course accessible to people with various schedules, there are three different weekly class times available.

You can choose which group to attend:

  • Mondays 4:30 - 6pm Oakland

  • Mondays 6:30 - 8pm Oakland

  • Wednesdays 4 - 5:30pm Online

The Monday group classes are held at a peaceful therapeutic space called Temple Dara, 4920 Telegraph ave. Oakland. The Wednesday group will meet online via ZOOM and is accessible to anyone in the world!

Rates:

In an effort to make this healing practice available to as many people as possible, it is being offered on an income-based sliding scale model. Please keep in mind that you are supporting a woman-owned small business and that when you contribute financially, you ensure to the life of the program. Your honesty in selecting your bracket is deeply appreciated.

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What participants say:

“I am devoting more time to self-care without effort which is amazing to me.”

“There was no pressure to compete, keep up, push hard, or act in a specific way. It felt like a warm, soft, quiet, safe-haven to come to each week.”

“It was a little retreat from the world of rushing, external focus, and fitting in.”

“Kelsey is great, she makes it feel safe, she makes it easy to stay in the present. In the beginning, Kelsey was always very clear about what to expect, and confirms everything so you know when and where to go. She's very calming and she reminds you of choices you can make to feel more comfortable.”

“My awareness of my own body, its movements and placement, and the relation to physical sensations within my body has improved from this class.”

“Since I had become kind of isolated I was having trouble wanting to be around other people. This class was an easy first thing to do to be around people without having to talk, staying busy doing something that is relaxing and safe. So I appreciated that about the group setting.”

“I'm learning and gaining from the time spent focusing on my body in this sensitive and supportive way.”

“I have responded to my trauma by "toughing things out" to the point of illness, so having time to feel compassion for myself and my body has been a healthy step.”

“I'm so grateful to have participated in this spiritual, fun, and straight up juicy circle, as it opened my body and my womb and set a delicious tone for my week of physical and mental challenges and opportunities.”

“Kelsey helped me clear something deep - to help me get in touch with a part of myself that had not been out to play for many many years... And since, life has definitely been a ton more fun.”


If you deeply desire to reconnect with your body but you have been waiting for the right time- this is your doorway. This class is for you.

Questions? Schedule a phone call with Kelsey or email hello@kelseygustafson.com for more info!