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“TAKE THIS COURSE!! Before Irene’s course, I hadn’t been paying attention to my body’s cues. After the first day, my relationship to stress was permanently altered.

Such a powerful start – giving me information I needed to see how I was holding stress IN my body instead of noticing it, tuning …

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Amy MacClain

“Bullet Proof Kids”
Oakland, California

“TAKE THIS COURSE!! Before Irene’s course, I hadn’t been paying attention to my body’s cues. After the first day, my relationship to stress was permanently altered.

Such a powerful start – giving me information I needed to see how I was holding stress IN my body instead of noticing it, tuning in, and using it to my advantage. I began to feel more “myself” when I would tune in and let go of tension in my body. Her genuine care for those she helps is totally present in her voice. I can’t think of a more powerful thing you can do for yourself for such a low investment.”

Amy MacClain

“Bullet Proof Kids”
Oakland, California

I love exploring SBSM and this has given me a new vocabulary. I can feel tiny shifts in my perception which to me is revolutionary and changing my life. Im a better person on the planet because of the course.

Anja Bergh

Yoga Instructor
Netherlands

I love exploring SBSM and this has given me a new vocabulary. I can feel tiny shifts in my perception which to me is revolutionary and changing my life. Im a better person on the planet because of the course.

Anja Bergh

Yoga Instructor
Netherlands

The 21 Day Nervous System Tune-Up course helped me better understand, What the h*^! .. is going on in my body! A fundamental shift in my life was learning how to follow my impulses, and it has made such a difference to actually now understand the science of my body and stress responses. When I can unders…

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Katrin

The 21 Day Nervous System Tune-Up course helped me better understand, What the h*^! .. is going on in my body! A fundamental shift in my life was learning how to follow my impulses, and it has made such a difference to actually now understand the science of my body and stress responses. When I can understand what’s going on I can better “be with” my body and its sensations (emotions) and just be present to them, rather than being overwhelmed by them. The way Irene taught the complicated science made learning it easy. I enjoyed the entire course and I’m looking forward to learning more and deepening my awareness.

Katrin

I have found myself resting and pausing for the first time in my life. There is more relaxation, and that is not familiar to me, normally I am always on the go. So titration, orienting, feeling, grounding is a daily habit now. In my professional life there is an evolution by proceeding where in the past…

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Leni Vander Steene

SBSM Alumni

I have found myself resting and pausing for the first time in my life. There is more relaxation, and that is not familiar to me, normally I am always on the go. So titration, orienting, feeling, grounding is a daily habit now. In my professional life there is an evolution by proceeding where in the past I got stuck. I always find it hard to complete something, but now I am really launching my own company. I feel the joy now, the excitement, instead of the fear.

Leni Vander Steene

SBSM Alumni

Hello Irene and team! I am super grateful for the work you are doing. This programme is excellent, well paced and respectful. Irene, you have a good balance between pushing and encouraging us but also teaching about listening to our own flow. We all need to be careful not to override but then also not to collapse either. I also appreciat…

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Kajsa Futrell

Burnaby, British Columbia

Hello Irene and team! I am super grateful for the work you are doing. This programme is excellent, well paced and respectful. Irene, you have a good balance between pushing and encouraging us but also teaching about listening to our own flow. We all need to be careful not to override but then also not to collapse either. I also appreciate the balance between the education (and I love all the extra links!) and the exercises-practising.

For myself, I have spent most of my adult life working on my mental, emotional and spiritual health BUT I have not been embodied. Finally now here’s a programme that teaches that. However, if I had not done all my other work it would have been too triggering being in my body like this without one on one support with a SE preactitioner. You do suggest this and now I am doing it that as well.

Early in this programme as I started the exercises I was blown away by the level of terror in my body – I had no idea. Feeling this so early in the programme alongside your insistence that we respect our bodies, I learnt to listen and go slow (for the first time in my life!!!), and not complete exercises (wow, that too is new for me!). I developed a deep empathy and respect for myself (again very new for me!) and a desire to be gentle and respectful with myself – also new for me!

This alone is so HUGE and life changing for me, in ALL areas. I still do have huge resistance to doing the exercises but as I can repeat and repeat your programme, I can go slow. It is so huge having this new relationship with myself, and many many times during the day I’m checking in with my body tensions and releasing, while going about my daily activities. Also listening more to my physical body’s needs-thirst, peeing etc.

Irene, I love your passion for your work and I too get very excited about the deep need on our planet for trauma education, which is actually becoming more mainstream BUT being embodied and HOW TO BE EMBODIED IS STILL MISSING! As a survivor of childhood/teenage sexual abuse (which is so rampant on our planet let alone all the other traumas, simply being in a human body on this planet is traumatic!) anyway there is still not a felt sense or understanding of how very very slow we need to go. Trauma survivors have no frame of reference, no anchor…..very very terrifying to start encountering that inner terrain until there is a sense of internal safety, which this programme helps to build.

Thank you again Irene, I am hugely passionate about your work and have been spreading the word. Doing this work is ‘walking the talk’, the most difficult but this is REAL. So many therapists need to get REAL, let alone all the other healers and teachers out there….your work is humbling and also empowering AND there is no bullshit! Thank you thank you

Kajsa Futrell

Burnaby, British Columbia

Like many others, I’ve been on quite a long healing journey. I’m recovering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, I’m overweight, and I have a number of other health issues, which I have spent years trying to resolve. I had definitely made progress in finding peace and dealing with many issues, but still felt STUCK, even with everything I…

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Karen MacKay

Calgary, Canada

Like many others, I’ve been on quite a long healing journey. I’m recovering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, I’m overweight, and I have a number of other health issues, which I have spent years trying to resolve. I had definitely made progress in finding peace and dealing with many issues, but still felt STUCK, even with everything I’d learned and done.

Irene’s course somehow came across my Facebook feed earlier this year, and I just knew it was the next piece I needed. I had no idea when I started out though, how profound her work is. She draws together a number of tools and modalities, but has an approach that is, I think, revolutionary.

A key piece for me has been the education she has given me – I now finally clearly understand what happens when my body has a stress response, and where it comes from. I’d never have thought that knowing the biology would make such a difference, but it truly does. Then, with the knowledge piece on board, she takes you on a journey into your body, ever so gently.   It’s a tough transition to make, learning that there is a deeper level of healing that can only happen through the body, not through the mind. Our whole world tells us that we need to talk it out, figure it out, name it, change the belief etc – and while that certainly has an important place, if you don’t go into the body and process stress and trauma at that level, there will always be a vital element missing from your healing.

Now, I know more and more that I can become my own healer, if I just keep practicing these new tools. It’s not always easy, but it’s definitely worth it.

The biggest change for me is that I feel as though I am finally becoming UNstuck. I’m seeing changes in my thinking and in my choices and in my ability to live life more fully. I finally have real hope that profound healing and change is actually possible and that the second half of my life really can be one of health and abundance in ways I can’t even envisage yet. It’s not a quick fix, but I’m pretty certain that the changes that have happened so far are definitely here to stay!

One last piece that has been a really wonderful experience has been the support and sharing that have happened in the very private, very safe Facebook community of people who are doing this work together. We are able to support each other and learn from each other and share this journey, and it’s really special.

Karen MacKay

Calgary, Canada

After more than thirty years of seeing counsellors, therapists, qualifying as an NLP practitioner and life coach and spending more than $25,000 in personal development, since I started the 21 Day Nervous System Tune Up, I’m really unlocking myself and freeing myself from my past.

I’m already noticin…

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Andrew G

After more than thirty years of seeing counsellors, therapists, qualifying as an NLP practitioner and life coach and spending more than $25,000 in personal development, since I started the 21 Day Nervous System Tune Up, I’m really unlocking myself and freeing myself from my past.

I’m already noticing that my stuck states shift much quicker; am more present and confident with people and am noticing that my body is becoming more alive. I’ve started to rediscover my creativity and childlike nature which is a real blessing. I’m on my third run through of the program (Once you’ve invested you can repeat it as much as you like) and am still delighted by the quality and quantity of the support in the dedicated Facebook group from Irene’s team; as well as from the other participants. The investment is an absolute bargain. If you’re serious about resolving your issue and this looks like it’s a fit, do it!

Andrew G

SBSM is life changing and amazing…. so glad to be able to do this. It slowly changes everything. I can make sense of what happened to me, and although it takes time I can work with my nervous system and it will get better.

R. Williams

SBSM Alumni

SBSM is life changing and amazing…. so glad to be able to do this. It slowly changes everything. I can make sense of what happened to me, and although it takes time I can work with my nervous system and it will get better.

R. Williams

SBSM Alumni

I really liked the concept that trauma is anything that overwhelms the nervous system…it was a gentler and broader viewpoint than I had learned in the past– and that continues to help me with my own inner work and with client work. I had some periods of frustration here and there in the learning curve, that w…

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Lisa Dennys

Author, Life Coach and Intuitive Personal Growth Catalyst.
Ontario, Canada

I really liked the concept that trauma is anything that overwhelms the nervous system…it was a gentler and broader viewpoint than I had learned in the past– and that continues to help me with my own inner work and with client work. I had some periods of frustration here and there in the learning curve, that were just related to my wanting to master it all NOW (my own impatience, longstanding with learning new stuff..!) I appreciated Irene’s constant emphasis to go slowly and respect our bodies, and that going too fast was counterproductive. Now when my mind says “keep going”, I try to listen to what my physiology is saying, because I realize it’s the TRUE indicator of my stress level.

I’ve also adapted the exercises to do in various situations throughout my day as a way of LIVING the material more and more– and through that, I believe I’m doing constant little bits of rewiring….I live differently and there’s no going back! I even had a concrete example when my startle response was much less severe than it has been for years, and I came ‘down’ from it really quickly by using what I’ve learned.

I see so much more in what’s happening in my clients now. I feel like I now see everything through the ‘lens’ of the nervous system state and past trauma, and it has really opened my awareness and filled in things I could not quite grasp previously. I am SO grateful to Irene for all she is doing in this field. It has been –and will continue to be– a life-changing piece for me in my health recovery and in my overall quality of life.

Lisa Dennys

Author, Life Coach and Intuitive Personal Growth Catalyst.
Ontario, Canada

“Irene’s passion and knowledge really shows through in all she does. The course, while chock full of great information, was broken down in to a very manageable series of daily exercises. In addition Irene set up a “closed” (private) facebook group where we could share our experiences and ask que…

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Marianne Strait

Founder – Code Blue Coaching

“Irene’s passion and knowledge really shows through in all she does. The course, while chock full of great information, was broken down in to a very manageable series of daily exercises. In addition Irene set up a “closed” (private) facebook group where we could share our experiences and ask questions. I was so happy to see Irene’s team of professionals not only encouraging us to ask questions, share insights, and support each other! It’s obvious that Irene truly seeks to offer the very best to her students.”

Marianne Strait

Founder – Code Blue Coaching

Thank you Irene for opening myself up to this new realm of understanding the nervous system and how much it impacts everything. The knowledge has been invaluable and became a filter through which I understand the world better.

Aurélia Mellin

SBSM Alumni

Thank you Irene for opening myself up to this new realm of understanding the nervous system and how much it impacts everything. The knowledge has been invaluable and became a filter through which I understand the world better.

Aurélia Mellin

SBSM Alumni

I work in a school for kids impacted by homelessness and the way that Irene breaks down trauma, the nervous system and healing is so palatable that I have been immediately able to use her teachings to educate my students.

Last summer I signed up for Irene’s 21-Day Nervous System Tune Up, and again had my mind completely blown. It w…

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Ann Davis

Expressive arts practitioner, Somatic Experiencing Student
San Diego, CA.

I work in a school for kids impacted by homelessness and the way that Irene breaks down trauma, the nervous system and healing is so palatable that I have been immediately able to use her teachings to educate my students.

Last summer I signed up for Irene’s 21-Day Nervous System Tune Up, and again had my mind completely blown. It was THE missing link in not only the healing work I do with my students, but more importantly exactly what I had been searching for in my own healing journey.

I wanted to attend her Up & Down workshop with Elia Mrak in August 2018, but fear of the unexpected, uncertainty, and the unknown held me back. But when I turned 50 in November the word that arrived to carry me through my 50th year was FREEDOM. I knew right away that I had to let go of this fear and resistance. I HAD to go to Vancouver in December and attend Up & Down. Fear be damned!

From the moment I walked into the workshop I experienced an overwhelming sense that I had arrived home. It was quite emotional for me. Have you ever known that you needed something different, weren’t sure what it was, continued searching and then when you finally found it felt like it was like finding a long lost friend who knew your deepest darkest secrets and loved you unconditionally anyway? Irene and Elia’s workshop was the beginning of my true journey home to myself. My path to FREEDOM.

Having literally lived the first 45 years of my life in my head, I have really struggled with grasping the concept of embodiment. It wasn’t until Irene and Elia’s Up & Down workshop that I truly understood and experienced embodiment that resonated deep in my bones. With the playful exercises Elia and Irene facilitated AND their common sense yet scientific explanations, an embodied knowing clicked for the first time. From this place I became aware of what living in true vitality FEELS like. All I want is more!!!

Irene and Elia create the safest container I have ever experienced to do some pretty profound work. Thanks to them I am now enrolled in Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing Training Institute and am also learning from Kathy Kain and Steve Terrell (the work of Somatic Practice).

It’s like once you’ve found the golden ticket you want to share it with the world, and support others in unlocking their own path to freedom.

Ann Davis

Expressive arts practitioner, Somatic Experiencing Student
San Diego, CA.

“Irene, what you offer is unique, powerful and potent. So many people struggling to open up their lives could benefit deeply from this.

What you lay out here is key information for anyone involved with body/mind work to know, as well as if you are someone with persistent pain, anxiety, or discomfort (physical…

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Violet Van Hees

Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner® | Tellington TTouch® Equine Practitioner. - Yukon, Canada

“Irene, what you offer is unique, powerful and potent. So many people struggling to open up their lives could benefit deeply from this.

What you lay out here is key information for anyone involved with body/mind work to know, as well as if you are someone with persistent pain, anxiety, or discomfort (physical or mental) that just won’t go away no matter what you do.

And what I find remarkable is how you are making this kind of very personal discovery and transformation accessible on-line. The shifts that the participants share are profound. This is important, good work you are doing.”

Violet Van Hees

Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner® | Tellington TTouch® Equine Practitioner. - Yukon, Canada

I knew in my gut this class was holding a huge missing piece in my 20 year Lyme healing journey.

I wasn’t sure it was the right time to do it, as it was starting while I was moving. And it cost almost 2 months of income for me. But I knew it would be profound for me. So I did it and am so glad I did.

For most of these 20 yea…

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Chris Maldonado

I knew in my gut this class was holding a huge missing piece in my 20 year Lyme healing journey.

I wasn’t sure it was the right time to do it, as it was starting while I was moving. And it cost almost 2 months of income for me. But I knew it would be profound for me. So I did it and am so glad I did.

For most of these 20 years, I kept thinking the “right treatment” would come along for me, so I tried everything, spent everything to get well in those years, including selling my house to pay for treatments. As the years went by, I started to suspect that I needed to change my approach. I knew I had more internal work to do, had been to therapists, unsuccessfully. I didn’t know what else to do.   This program showed me how. And why.

I knew, that in addition to feeling sick, I somehow didn’t have the stamina I used to, I was burning out faster and faster in response to less and less stress. It was something I couldn’t really explain to my medical team, but I knew it was a problem. But I didn’t know how to stop “pushing through” to make things work/get things done, despite the burnout feeling. And I thought it was all Lyme.

I also knew I didn’t find it easy to feel things. I numb out and push thru it, I thought that was how everyone did it. I couldn’t “feel” my feelings. With this course, I learned how to “be with myself”. I learned that numbness and not being able to feel is common and normal for someone like me who has been through so much trauma. I learned that it’s essential for me to feel and experience my own anger, my own feelings… and I got a ton of help with learning to be in touch with that part of me and how to let it out.

In the last few years I started to suspect that some of my physical symptoms were not Lyme symptoms, but something else, but I couldn’t figure out what, or how to help myself. Understanding what Functional Freeze looks like (me), what the symptoms of trauma are, and what it means to have a dysregulated nervous system were eye-opening to me. Freeze! Conservation mode! I’m not always exhausted from Lyme, I’m in Conservation freeze! And it’s not a matter of just “changing my mind” to get out of it. That, is a game-changing understanding for me!

This program has a great FB page, and tons of people participated… talking about what they were learning, encouraging each other, from all over the world. It was remarkable to me, after being in varying support groups, to find such camaraderie and care. I have come to the place where I don’t feel alone in this, as I have for most of my life.   I feel like I was on the Titanic, saw the iceberg, and this program helped me turn the ship away from a collision and towards connecting with myself on so many levels I didn’t know existed…. and that’s worth everything to me.

Chris Maldonado

“I have done lots of other therapies including yoga, but this material really gave me a new level of self awareness and body awareness. I now sleep better, have less back pain and headaches, understand how I hold stress in my body, and practice tools that gently release tension throughout my day. It i…

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Shaina Loos

Massage Therapist
Vancouver, B.C.

“I have done lots of other therapies including yoga, but this material really gave me a new level of self awareness and body awareness. I now sleep better, have less back pain and headaches, understand how I hold stress in my body, and practice tools that gently release tension throughout my day. It is so worth it so invest in yourself and learn advanced self-care skills.”

Shaina Loos

Massage Therapist
Vancouver, B.C.

I am very grateful for having found and participated in SmartBody SmartMind. It has been both enlightening and reassuring, challenging and supportive, gentle and potent, important and necessary. Irene, I am so impressed with how you organised and delivered your body of work (especially via the internet, so tha…

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Marloes van Eck

I am very grateful for having found and participated in SmartBody SmartMind. It has been both enlightening and reassuring, challenging and supportive, gentle and potent, important and necessary. Irene, I am so impressed with how you organised and delivered your body of work (especially via the internet, so that we could join no matter where we are in the world). No easy feat yet so successfully done.

I am also so touched by the group of amazing people in this program. Your vulnerable, courageous posts and comments have taught me much and inspired me greatly. I am very much looking forward to continuing to practice this work and for the next round.

Marloes van Eck

I don’t have words.

I feel so so so appreciative and grateful. I feel so much more developed and capable and regulated and confident than I did just a few months ago, not to mention I have gone through and survived the biggest heartbreak of my existence, which was actually a huge wake up earthquake for me to h…

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Anne-Valérie

SBSM Alumni

I don’t have words.

I feel so so so appreciative and grateful. I feel so much more developed and capable and regulated and confident than I did just a few months ago, not to mention I have gone through and survived the biggest heartbreak of my existence, which was actually a huge wake up earthquake for me to heal my traumas and get over my feeling of not being allowed to have my own existence, my codependency tendencies, my being stuck in not daring to bloom into my highest self… my being trapped in a pattern of running away all the time to other countries to new excitements… IT IS HUGE what has happened, evolved, shifted, starting to heal in these few months… IMMENSE!
And quite immense too to be able to notice it.

So I am deeply moved and grateful.

Anne-Valérie

SBSM Alumni

What is described as “A movement workshop for Function, Flow and Freedom” turned out to be a much more expansive experience than I could have imagined.

The setting of UBC has a geographical tone to it that created a state of relaxation within my body as I was arriving. Being close to the ocean, surrounded by trees, and yet with a subtle to…

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Edward Dangerfield

Orbit Healing
Whistler, BC

What is described as “A movement workshop for Function, Flow and Freedom” turned out to be a much more expansive experience than I could have imagined.

The setting of UBC has a geographical tone to it that created a state of relaxation within my body as I was arriving. Being close to the ocean, surrounded by trees, and yet with a subtle tone of academia reflected the experience that would unfold in the next two days. A balance between experiencing through feeling and thinking. The setting of the Old Barn was ideal. A great central location, ample affordable parking, lots of space to move around in, washrooms, seating areas and a great coffee shop. The room itself was bright, filled with natural light, clean and simple.

Irene and Elia are both experienced facilitators and hold space with powerful presence and ease. They rapidly created a sense of singularity among the group through movements and orientation. The space was safe, curious and exploratory. This combination of location, container and facilitators created a powerful opportunity.

I am a very active male, practicing yoga, Tai Chi and I am bodily aware. My own experience was that of exploring the movements within my own body. Finding the subtleties and nuances. Moving into more places of holding and tension that could be gently felt, and in doing so, relaxed. The combination of guided movement and free movement allowed me to explore my body in new ways. In doing so I was able to move into physically stored unprocessed emotions and create a greater sense of freedom within my physical form.

The exploration of boundaries allowed me to explore where I ended and where the earth began. I also could explore my relationship with other humans through movement, and a deeper sense of connectedness emerged as the weekend continued. I experienced a greater felt sense of Universal life force running through. I also became more aware of my physical body, and how this life force could support me.

After the event it took me several days to fully integrate the experience. I felt quite tired, and this was an indication that I had moved and shifted a lot. Subsequently I have a greater amount of freedom of movement and awareness. I feel more grounded and at the same time flexible. I came away with a great set of tools to continue this practice and expansion. I practice the techniques daily.

I would highly recommend this workshop to anyone seeking to improve physical, mental and spiritual health. All ages and outlooks can experience a greater sense of self and other through this beautiful process. The value and quality were excellent.

My biggest take away:

“How we move is how we think, and the mind is in the brain and the body!”

Edward Dangerfield

Orbit Healing
Whistler, BC

I had to admit when I started I was a little skeptical. I’ve done a lot of “inner block” work, meditation, focusing, etc. I know myself pretty well and my “stories” so I was worried we were just going to go over my same old stories and excuses.

Boy was I wrong!

In literally what seemed like a few minutes, I …

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Jo Ilfeld, Ph.D.

Executive Leadership Coach
Berkeley, California

I had to admit when I started I was a little skeptical. I’ve done a lot of “inner block” work, meditation, focusing, etc. I know myself pretty well and my “stories” so I was worried we were just going to go over my same old stories and excuses.

Boy was I wrong!

In literally what seemed like a few minutes, I slowed down, focus in on myself in a new way despite all the work I’ve done.

I was able to quickly make links between problems plaguing my business life and challenges to my health. It was amazing how connecting the strands in these two different areas of my life started to uncover one solution that would work for both. I feel like I now have one simple path and solution to tackle two of the thorniest recurring issues in my life.

At the risk of sounding cliche-ish, I was a skeptic but now I’m a believer. Irene is the secret, fast-acting potion that every entrepreneur needs!

Jo Ilfeld, Ph.D.

Executive Leadership Coach
Berkeley, California

“This course has left me so much more empowered to make changes in my life and handle stress than years of meditation.

Irene has found the perfect blend of do-able, helpful and interesting lessons that will appeal to people very new to body work as well as people who have been doing body practices for…

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Jo Ilfeld

Executive Leadership Coach - Berkeley, California

“This course has left me so much more empowered to make changes in my life and handle stress than years of meditation.

Irene has found the perfect blend of do-able, helpful and interesting lessons that will appeal to people very new to body work as well as people who have been doing body practices for awhile. Irene has the unique gift to blend the science and the practice into a course that feeds your mind, body and spirit. I was really blown away.”

Jo Ilfeld

Executive Leadership Coach - Berkeley, California

“At first I was very skeptical of doing this type of work in an online setting. I was completely wrong with any hesitations I had. I LOVE it. I’ve learned so many stress-busting life skills and exercises/lessons that I can incorporate into my daily life. This new set of healthy habits I am building has had a…

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Ashley Johnson

Vancouver, B.C.

“At first I was very skeptical of doing this type of work in an online setting. I was completely wrong with any hesitations I had. I LOVE it. I’ve learned so many stress-busting life skills and exercises/lessons that I can incorporate into my daily life. This new set of healthy habits I am building has had an immensely positive impact on the quality of my life.

My capacity for dealing with stress has increased greatly, I am also able to catch things before they actually become stress. I highly recommend this course to anyone interested in improving their quality of life, efficiency, coping skills and success.”

Ashley Johnson

Vancouver, B.C.

Since taking the Tune-Up, I am WAY less affected by others and their ‘stuff’ because I feel so much more regulated. I am also much more mindful about what I need to do to look after myself. One of my favourite exercises was The Power of Orienting because I loved being quiet in the stillness and obser…

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Deb Hillary

Since taking the Tune-Up, I am WAY less affected by others and their ‘stuff’ because I feel so much more regulated. I am also much more mindful about what I need to do to look after myself. One of my favourite exercises was The Power of Orienting because I loved being quiet in the stillness and observing what was all around me that I, quite often, take for granted.

Deb Hillary

There has been a direct positive effect on my parenting of my 4 year old, in my body awareness, allowing me to return to running (which is really important to me), in my capacity to handle the daily stresses, capacity to deal with background noise and it is also increasing my empathy toward others, which indirectly helps decr…

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Julie

Austria

There has been a direct positive effect on my parenting of my 4 year old, in my body awareness, allowing me to return to running (which is really important to me), in my capacity to handle the daily stresses, capacity to deal with background noise and it is also increasing my empathy toward others, which indirectly helps decrease sources of anger.

What made me realize I needed help was the numbness I felt to the environment and nature during a hike in the mountains. Something that had always made me re-energize, connect, and settle, was leaving me indifferent. I first started with Irene’s 21 Day program and then moved on to SmartBodySmartMind. I have just gotten back from hiking/running the same trail on which I had the realization last year and it is the first time that I can sense this inner feeling of energy and calm at the same time and connection with the nature around. I am so grateful to have found this work and can’t imagine how I could have gone further without it.

There has been a direct positive effect on my parenting of my 4 year old, in my body awareness, allowing me to return to running (which is really important to me), in my capacity to handle the daily stresses, capacity to deal with background noise and it is also increasing my empathy toward others, which indirectly helps decrease sources of anger.

I still have a lot of work to do and realize that it is not a linear progression but I am so grateful to have found this lifestyle and even though I still have tough decisions regarding my life ahead which are causing anxiety, fear, stress, I feel better equipped to address those decisions and am aware that my resources to deal with those reactions have developed. I am sending you all a slice of this re-found energy wherever you may be on your journey! Thank you for the opportunity to share.

Julie

Austria

Just back from the last workshop in Brighton and I have to say if anyone is on the fence about joining the workshop then do!

It was amazing, I feel I have gained so much and freed up so much tension in my body. Feel more flexible physically and emotionally, I feel as though I have much more playfulness,…

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Jody Leale

Up & Down Participant, SBSM Alumni

Just back from the last workshop in Brighton and I have to say if anyone is on the fence about joining the workshop then do!

It was amazing, I feel I have gained so much and freed up so much tension in my body. Feel more flexible physically and emotionally, I feel as though I have much more playfulness, empathy, connection. Viewing the world in such a different way. I feel connected to others, my environment and myself! I feel it has brought SBSM to life!

Jody Leale

Up & Down Participant, SBSM Alumni

As a mind-body life coach I suspected my nervous system was somewhat unregulated. Not always, but more often than I’d like, I would get ‘triggered’ for seemingly no reason and would experience jitters and low-level anxiety that wouldn’t switch off. Particularly, when turning within to notice my emotions. (Later, I’d…

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Rebecca

Mind Body Life Coach

As a mind-body life coach I suspected my nervous system was somewhat unregulated. Not always, but more often than I’d like, I would get ‘triggered’ for seemingly no reason and would experience jitters and low-level anxiety that wouldn’t switch off. Particularly, when turning within to notice my emotions. (Later, I’d learn that ‘orienting’ could settle this down.) I heaped on tons of self-judgment and created stressful stories about my abilities to help others heal their chronic pain. Thankfully, a Canadian friend and coach forwarded me one of Irene’s videos. To say it resonated would be a huge understatement – I HAD TO KNOW MORE so I immediately signed up for her 21-Day Tune Up program and felt HOPE surging through my veins.

While it’s true Irene’s training has been incredibly beneficial in helping me understand mammalian physiology, the nervous system, and how both relate to chronic pain and illness, it’s been a much bigger awakening than that.

Irene’s a fantastic teacher, mentor and presenter. She doesn’t ‘dumb down’ anything; rather, gives easy to understand and digest bite-sized lessons. I got anatomy and neuroscience education, mind/body/emotions connections review, movement therapy introduction, how to honour impulses, hear inner wisdom, helpful videos and relevant resources, a like-minded FB community, answers to my personal questions – and well, a newfound intimacy and healthier relationship with myself.

The information she provided fits ‘hand in glove’ with all the mind-body tools I’ve amassed and used over a ten-year span. For me, the mind-body puzzle is complete. These days I’m feeling happier, peaceful, authentic, and more confident as a coach. It’s a joy to witness my clients benefitting from what I learned too. So, if you have a nervous system, a mind, a body and emotions (and we all do!)– this course is for you. It’s a game changer and I highly recommend it

Rebecca

Mind Body Life Coach

This immersive experience taught me far more about my body and my potential than 500+ hours of yoga teacher training and mindfulness training combined ever did.

If you look at the pictures of this event it looks like we are just walking around and doing subtle movements, but what’s underneath is the growth and expa…

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Sasha Lizarraga

This immersive experience taught me far more about my body and my potential than 500+ hours of yoga teacher training and mindfulness training combined ever did.

If you look at the pictures of this event it looks like we are just walking around and doing subtle movements, but what’s underneath is the growth and expansion occurring at a cellular level. That’s what it did for me at least! It opened my senses to a whole new level of inherent freedom that I didn’t even know I had.

Moving up and down in a functional and effortless way is not only amazing for our health and longevity, it is also a way of honoring our symbiotic relationships; with the ground, the space inside and outside of ourselves, and with all the people and things around us. Truth is, I will always be working towards growth and expansion, but after this experience I can say that my bones and tissues have been imprinted with a clearer path towards the ancestral wisdom of my body.

There is an intersectionality of personal healing and global healing — we can’t have one without the other!

Sasha Lizarraga

The 12 week program has been life changing for me. I bought the program October last year and just couldn’t get my head around paying so much for it. My mindset definitely affected my whole approach to the process. Although I made some huge progress even with a negative mindset, the changes I have made since doin…

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Ellen Hill

The 12 week program has been life changing for me. I bought the program October last year and just couldn’t get my head around paying so much for it. My mindset definitely affected my whole approach to the process. Although I made some huge progress even with a negative mindset, the changes I have made since doing the program this second time round are nothing short of astounding.

If you are holding back because of the price, don’t!

You will be so glad that you have bought this program, support and education. It’s truly worth every cent.   I have always wanted to use the skills and abilities I know I possess, but I have never had the confidence and courage to put myself out there and just do it! Well, now I’m doing it I am in the process of starting up a business.

Ellen Hill

“Thank you, Irene, for the opportunity to be guided more deeply into a sense of presence that is the foundation to an internal source of aliveness, joy, peace, strength and love! The exercises and tools really helped me to practice slowing down, being embodied, being present to the moment and myself, a…

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Caralie Norman

Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
La Mesa, California

“Thank you, Irene, for the opportunity to be guided more deeply into a sense of presence that is the foundation to an internal source of aliveness, joy, peace, strength and love! The exercises and tools really helped me to practice slowing down, being embodied, being present to the moment and myself, and bringing a deep groundedness and sense of calm.”

Caralie Norman

Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
La Mesa, California

“I see so much progress and will be continuing through this course every day from now on. The results? Well,

I have been sleeping more, sleeping better, I am brought back into my body by my observer brain many times during the day noticing how I hold my body (my shoulders are up, my breath is held, my knees a…

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Judy Varga

Vancouver, B.C.

“I see so much progress and will be continuing through this course every day from now on. The results? Well,

I have been sleeping more, sleeping better, I am brought back into my body by my observer brain many times during the day noticing how I hold my body (my shoulders are up, my breath is held, my knees are locked, etc.), and as soon as the awareness muscle is exercised I immediately relax and come back and inhabit my body.

I feel the more I practice this the more my body will appreciate me and will not allow my brain to drag it around or ignore it.”

Judy Varga

Vancouver, B.C.

Irene’s 21 Day Nervous System Tune Up came to my attention as I was looking for ‘something’ to help with my anxiety and better my knowledge for my clients as I am a Massage Therapist, Aromatherapist and Reiki Master. The 21 Day Tune Up program made me realize that the relationships I had with my caregivers as a c…

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Joshephine P.

Irene’s 21 Day Nervous System Tune Up came to my attention as I was looking for ‘something’ to help with my anxiety and better my knowledge for my clients as I am a Massage Therapist, Aromatherapist and Reiki Master. The 21 Day Tune Up program made me realize that the relationships I had with my caregivers as a child, and going through Breast Cancer at 39, had dysregulated my nervous system.

The program has shown me how to “feel to heal.” When I first started lots came up that normally I would hold in. It was like a healing crisis. Now I have the tools to deal with what comes up! I have more control of my body not going into a fight/flight or freeze state.

Irene is the ‘real deal’, her support is impeccable (even with me living in Australia)… If you are looking for a happier, healthier, more fulfilled life, I definitely recommend this program.

Joshephine P.

I attended Irene and Elia’s 2017 Up and Down workshop in Vancouver. My intention was to increase my body-mind awareness to access healing, regeneration and to increase flexibility (in a non-traditional definition of this word).

I felt held and supported throughout the weekend by Irene, Elia and all of the other partic…

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Mason Bresett

Senior Intern at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine Clinic, Integrated Body Psychotherapy (Student)
Vancouver, BC

I attended Irene and Elia’s 2017 Up and Down workshop in Vancouver. My intention was to increase my body-mind awareness to access healing, regeneration and to increase flexibility (in a non-traditional definition of this word).

I felt held and supported throughout the weekend by Irene, Elia and all of the other participants. Irene’s depth and wisdom guided me into my own flow of curiosity, grace and awareness. Elia’s creative and intuitive presence allowed me to stop judging my authentic movement and embrace my innate intelligence and express it via movement.

Below is a journal entry of mine after the first day of the workshop:

“I feel open, ease and lightness, I have more space and capacity within my body and mind, I feel okay with the okay & okay with the not okay.”

I was able to integrate the teachings from the weekend into a daily movement ritual that I still perform almost every day. The workshop acted as the rain drop that has rippled me into an ever expanding world of embodiment, which I had no visceral or experiential understanding of before the Up and Down workshop.

Mason Bresett

Senior Intern at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine Clinic, Integrated Body Psychotherapy (Student)
Vancouver, BC

My nervous system was in a state of functioning freeze. I repressed a lot of emotions. I did not like conflict. I had a tendency to go into shut down. I tried to always be nice and a people-pleaser. I felt shame around feeling “negative” emotions. I was diagnosed with colon cancer 2 years ago and had a baseball size tum…

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Linda Yuckner

Ventura, California

My nervous system was in a state of functioning freeze. I repressed a lot of emotions. I did not like conflict. I had a tendency to go into shut down. I tried to always be nice and a people-pleaser. I felt shame around feeling “negative” emotions. I was diagnosed with colon cancer 2 years ago and had a baseball size tumor removed. I chose to take a holistic approach to my healing, and a year after working with my doctor he recommended I have a second cancer test done that is very specialized. The results came back and the numbers barely changed. I started to cry. My doctor told me that I had done a great job with my diet and supplements but if he had to give me a grade for my stress level he would give me an “F”.

The test was done on September 21 2016 and I was blessed with an email about Irene’s 3-part video series and I started SmartBody SmartMind on October 4, 2016. Just today a friend who sees my same doctor asked me what do I feel changed for me after my doctor told me that I was failing in the stress department. I told her that hands down it was taking Irene’s 12 week program.   Irene’s 12 week program provides information that is so valuable for understanding our nervous systems. The class is structured in a way that it is dosed out perfectly so that you never feel overwhelmed. I was impressed with the way the program was laid out. No matter your learning style Irene provided material to fit. I was able to read the lesson, watch a video and print off the transcripts. Brilliant!

I love that I can take this class as many times as I want, as I have a tendency to be an overachiever, but I felt for the first time with an online class that I could pace myself and if I did not complete the 12 weeks that it was okay. This took so much stress off me and it helped my nervous system.   Irene provides exercises that are great tools. I found this to be so very helpful. So often people present theory but they do not share tools that can be helpful for self-empowerment and healing. I have greatly enjoyed the private FB group as well. I have learned so much from people’s posts and comments. I feel a real sense of community as a member of this group.

Now I have healthier relationships with people and I am so much more compassionate about what people are going through. Irene encourages us to honor our bodies plus she teaches us to self-regulate. That was huge for me since I have always had a tendency to shut down or rage. I feel like I have spent so much of my life out of my body. This program made me feel safe to be in my body and to appreciate it’s wonder from a whole new level.

Linda Yuckner

Ventura, California

I came across the SBSM program by sheer ‘accident’ – I was clearing out my email Junk folder and almost deleted the email but something in the title caught my eye – something along the lines of Trauma Releasing and as I’d been through a very difficult 4 yrs and had some new…

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Sue

Melbourne, Australia

I came across the SBSM program by sheer ‘accident’ – I was clearing out my email Junk folder and almost deleted the email but something in the title caught my eye – something along the lines of Trauma Releasing and as I’d been through a very difficult 4 yrs and had some new trauma enter my life, and because I believe in synchronicity, I thought I’d take a look Well, that’s when my real journey began – I had been to psychologist after psychologist, tried a myriad alternative and spiritual practices which I still implement, etc. which all helped to a certain point but I knew both intuitively and physically that I had trapped emotions in my body, I literally felt them and I knew I needed to ‘get them out’ in order to heal but didn’t know how. When I watched Irene’s 3 free healing trauma videos I felt a surge of hope and I wanted to try the program out but it was quite expensive and wouldn’t be an easy journey either. It was a tough decision to initially make as I’d handed over so much money already trying to find the right thing for me and was struggling financially and knew the program was a lot of money for me to spend. After many weeks of indecision I finally came to the conclusion that this felt ‘right’ for me and if I didn’t at least try it nothing would change and I literally couldn’t keep going the way I was. So I managed to scrape the money together, made many sacrifices, and with the payment plan made it workable. Irene was also completely upfront about the commitment the program would require, financially, emotionally and physically, BUT the huge benefit was that once you became a member of the program you became a life member, had ongoing access to the content and was able to also attend the program when it was run live each time (online). I thought, wow this is indeed an investment, once paid there’s no more costs and you get ongoing support and a member’s group to connect with any time so you won’t ever feel alone or broken again AND forever! So I made the commitment and felt very nervous about all the stuff that would come up and I did struggle throughout the whole program as did many others. I did manage to go through the program completely which I didn’t know if I’d be able to as it does bring up a lot of stuff but with Irene and her team’s full support and encouragement to go at our own pace and no shame if you did drop out in this round there was no pressure, only encouragement and opportunities to challenge ourselves. I feel totally empowered now and have so many tools which I’m beginning to remember to implement in my daily life and can check in with our Facebook group anytime. I would encourage anyone who truly wants to understand and release trapped trauma and especially those who have tried everything else with little or no lasting results, to try this all encompassing program. It’s not a quick fix, there’s no certificate at the end as there is no end – this is a lifelong journey of discovery, understanding, integration and release but it is one of EMPOWERMENT and as Irene says, as we heal ourselves we heal others along the way, so we are all helping humanity release collective trapped trauma. What an awesome thing to create!

Sue

Melbourne, Australia

“Each person needs to study themselves – this course is a wonderful guide to help us do that. Irene has a wonderful voice, pacing, and manner of speaking that makes the audio lessons easy to follow and comforting. The exercises we covered expanded the sophistication of my approach to continued self-…

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Mark Fan

Engineer & Researcher - Toronto, Canada

“Each person needs to study themselves – this course is a wonderful guide to help us do that. Irene has a wonderful voice, pacing, and manner of speaking that makes the audio lessons easy to follow and comforting. The exercises we covered expanded the sophistication of my approach to continued self-understanding and self-maintenance.”

Mark Fan

Engineer & Researcher - Toronto, Canada

Apprenticing with Irene over 12 weeks brought about a major, salutary lifestyle change for me. It’s not just the lessons/labs themselves but her optimistic, grounded spirit, the supportive facebook community, and how she weaves in the very personal and intimate phone calls with theory and practice. The experien…

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B.H.

Apprenticing with Irene over 12 weeks brought about a major, salutary lifestyle change for me. It’s not just the lessons/labs themselves but her optimistic, grounded spirit, the supportive facebook community, and how she weaves in the very personal and intimate phone calls with theory and practice. The experience is like be-friending your body at a deeper level while fine-tuning your awareness of how it interfaces with your emotions, your environment, and deeper memories and experiences. It’s a renaissance blend of science and humanity that feels like an antidote to a modern world that is overly segmented and compartmentalized. It is both remedial education and a radical, root-level healing journey.

Irene deconstructs the body’s underlying processes so that you begin to sense on an intuitive level the patterns of holding and/or overload lying just beneath your conscious awareness, allowing you to bring more focus and choice into how you relate with your body, allowing gentle releases and re-organization over time. It sounds esoteric, but is very down-to-earth. Her integration of many disciplines – Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing, Kathy Kain’s Somatic Touch, and the work of Moshe Feldenkrais – creates a “toolbox” that works for those with a severely compromised nervous system perhaps accompanied by disease as well as for those needing help in unwinding shocks to their system to gain back nervous/emotional stability and resiliency. The effectiveness of the program is in large part due to Irene’s embodied, intimate style of delivery, shaped by her own well-regulated nervous system. This piece is key, for in nervous system recovery, the teacher’s level of healing resonates with and influences your own.

Results are palpable. I entered the program after a cathartic workshop that had re-awakened old traumatic memories too quickly, resulting in what my network chiropractor called an “imploded” nervous system. With Irene, I immediately started feeling more energy and “support” during even the most basic neurosensory exercises. I could sense I was on the right path. By the end of the program, my chiropractor said my system was “more flowing with better organized energy”, the coherence Irene speaks of. As I continue to work with her “toolbox” on my own, his most recent diagnosis was that “you now have a solid foundation/structure so that your energy is not constantly ricocheting around and compensating but is now manageable.” I am so grateful that Irene came into my life when she did so that I could turn a major corner in my life.

B.H.

This course gives you the resources, knowledge, support and shows you the way for taking your health in your own hands, and it does so by creating a great environment and curriculum to support you on taking that up! Moreover, this is a truly revolutionary program bringing together SE, somatic practice, polyvagal theory and Feldenk…

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Roza Maragopoulou

Athens, Greece

This course gives you the resources, knowledge, support and shows you the way for taking your health in your own hands, and it does so by creating a great environment and curriculum to support you on taking that up! Moreover, this is a truly revolutionary program bringing together SE, somatic practice, polyvagal theory and Feldenkrais, the disciplines that celebrate and investigate best the process of self-learning and self-healing.

For me, this program reflects best the hopeful future of a genuinely humanitarian view of health, where we learn how to self-regulate and self-heal. In addition, this is a program truly made with love and a sense of mission from people that have chosen to go through this healing path themselves and met their own resistances along the way and keep doing so, once you go through this work you realize how much thought and work Irene Lyon has put into this, her dedication is truly, truly admiring!

As for my experience, the first round I did 2 years ago were some of the most beautiful months of my life. In the first round I had already experienced huge changes in my health! Having said that, I have to say that when I enter the course I was totally ready to immerse myself in that process and met with very little resistance as this process resonated with me from the very start and I believed in it.

The biggest overall change is that when the course started I was in deep shut down and living in pure survival energy 24 hours a day. I had stopped working and I could hardly talk from the fatigue and pain flare-ups. I thought that I had regressed so badly it would take me months to get back on track. Well, now that feels like a different life time! I work more than ever and I enjoy it more than ever, I still need to take more days off than others and take care not to overdo it, but there is a big shift!

If it resonates with you, and if you are ready to take your health in your own hands along this nervous system path, I’d encourage you to stick with it and meet your resistances on the way with a smile! Once you experience your body being able to do little shifts towards safety a whole world of healing opens up to you. Every little internal experience of safety, is a moment where you learn to trust in your body’s spontaneous wisdom towards healing, and once you sense you can trust your body, well there’s no trust more powerful than that to keep you going!

Roza Maragopoulou

Athens, Greece

I have incorporated many of the foundational tools from SBSM on a regular basis. This has dramatically impacted my anxiety, and I would say that it has lessened by about 60%. It has been life changing for me.

I was also surprised at how I’ve been able to use some of the SBSM tools with my students …

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Michelle McIntosh

SBSM Alumni

I have incorporated many of the foundational tools from SBSM on a regular basis. This has dramatically impacted my anxiety, and I would say that it has lessened by about 60%. It has been life changing for me.

I was also surprised at how I’ve been able to use some of the SBSM tools with my students (I am a therapeutic tutor working with students with learning disabilities). I have seen amazing results!

Michelle McIntosh

SBSM Alumni

I’ve had anxiety and depression since about age 8. I grew up in a toxic family environment. I was fairly functional up until 4 years ago, but then was hit big time by extreme anxiety and depression. I was already on an antidepressant, but that wasn’t cutting it anymore. I went to a psychiatrist who tried about 7 differ…

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M.W.

I’ve had anxiety and depression since about age 8. I grew up in a toxic family environment. I was fairly functional up until 4 years ago, but then was hit big time by extreme anxiety and depression. I was already on an antidepressant, but that wasn’t cutting it anymore. I went to a psychiatrist who tried about 7 different medications with disastrous results. That experience in itself was traumatizing.

I was finally able to get an appointment with a psychologist that I connected well with. I saw her for a year. We did EMDR, Brainspotting, and talk therapy. Those things helped, but I still wasn’t totally functional. I found Tim JP Collins Anxiety Podcast, that’s how I learned about Irene and decided to join her 12-week program.

I was eager to learn about the nervous system. I’ve always been one to want to know why things work the way they do, I learn better that way. I noticed little changes pretty quickly, but when we started the exercises I was amazed! I knew it was working. The anxiety was greatly reduced, it wasn’t everyday like it had been for the past 4 years. But then my progress seemed to stop. (I know now that it didn’t really stop, that’s just part of the process, but I’m impatient). I found great support from Irene and her staff and from other group members, that really helped me “hold on”.

About mid-way through the program, I was able to assert myself by setting boundaries with some family members. It gave me a feeling of power and control over my life like I’ve never experienced (I’m 59). That lead to an apology from my abuser that I thought I would never get. I was able to accept the apology, but will still hold the boundaries. I’ve also been able to lessen the feeling that I need to try to fix any situation that causes distress to my family. I realize I don’t have control over some things and that thinking I do or should, causes stress and anxiety. And that taking that task upon myself isn’t necessarily helpful to that person anyway.

Once the 12 weeks were over, I pretty much stopped doing the work. I began to sink back down into the despair of depression until one day it occurred to me that I should do the exercises! So I’m back at it and feeling better! And I’m ready to do the 12 weeks again.   So thank you, thank you, thank you Irene! for dedicating your life to learning and teaching this program.   With gratitude,

M.W.

Irene’s 12-week program has been a deep multi-layer learning for me. It has brought me huge enrichment both personally and professionally.

It influenced how I am in my daily life, how I relate, how I parent, how I understand myself, how I work. It improved greatly my ability to understand and recognize my stress…

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Tereza Hrdličková

Feldenkrais Practitioner
Prague, Czech Republic

Irene’s 12-week program has been a deep multi-layer learning for me. It has brought me huge enrichment both personally and professionally.

It influenced how I am in my daily life, how I relate, how I parent, how I understand myself, how I work. It improved greatly my ability to understand and recognize my stress responses and provided me with tools to shift them and to process “unpleasant” feelings and sensation. It has been intense learning about the autonomic nervous system, stress physiology and trauma, though everything I’ve learned makes absolute sense in my work as a Feldenkrais practitioner. Actually it has been challenging and changing my thinking and practicing.

I have a busy practice in Prague. I have had many happy clients, still, I found with many of my clients I didn’t have the tools I needed to get results that stay. I’ve found that what Irene teaches is what I am searching for. Thanks to the program I have greater understanding of the tools I learnt in the Feldenkrais training and how to use them to the benefit of clients, plus I’ve learned new tools that have totally changed how I work with clients that have trauma, which I can also perceive now more clearly. Last but not least I got greater understanding of whom my work really is for, what I can offer, and when I should refer people to a trauma specialist.

My conviction after finishing Irene’s program is that it is very beneficial for any practitioner, and any human, to have the understanding and experience of autonomic nervous system regulation, stress physiology, ability to recognize trapped trauma, and know how a traumatized system will tend to respond. Irene offers us a chance to learn all of this, and to feel and sense what biological safety is and how to gain more of this quality. I recommend the 12-week program as a postgraduate education to any practitioner.

Tereza Hrdličková

Feldenkrais Practitioner
Prague, Czech Republic

The SmartBody SmartMind program found me, somehow, through facebook advertising and the timing was spot-on, as I had spent the last several months on a bit of an emotional roller-coaster. I was knee-deep in body-exploration through yoga, and as my body awareness and sensation started to increase, I star…

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Jennifer

Massachusetts, USA.

The SmartBody SmartMind program found me, somehow, through facebook advertising and the timing was spot-on, as I had spent the last several months on a bit of an emotional roller-coaster. I was knee-deep in body-exploration through yoga, and as my body awareness and sensation started to increase, I started to become aware of trauma responses, and these responses started to interfere with my daily functioning. I had honestly never considered the impact of trauma on my life. I grew up in a loving family, went to college and grad school, got a good job. Sure, I was aware of a few challenging events in my life, and have a void where relationships “should” be, but trauma wasn’t on my radar. As I watched the videos I felt a magnetic pull towards this information. I was grateful that the program was starting so soon, as more time probably would have allowed me to talk myself out of it! The 12 weeks of SmartBody SmartMind was eye-opening. I watched, I listened, I learned. I felt. I faced body sensations with an intensity that was at first somewhat overwhelming, and then became more tolerable as I began to learn just how much was just right for my nervous system. Although I don’t think there is a “pleasant” way to go through the process of learning to feel difficult emotions, I felt so supported in this process by the Facebook group and the wonderful insight of the professional moderating team, that it was all doable. The online format met me right where I was at, in a place that allows me to choose my level of engagement and vulnerability. The support of the other participants made me braver, and my sharing became more frequent and open (and thus more helpful!). Now, at the end of this round of SmartBody SmartMind, I can honestly say that I do not regret the money and time I invested. I feel different in my body, and the neurosensory exercises and education gave me both strategies and a sense of empowerment to continue the journey. I wish I could be a miracle story, and say that all my symptoms are gone, but I know now how important it is to move forward slowly in this journey. Much heartfelt gratitude and thanks to everyone.

Jennifer

Massachusetts, USA.

Going into my workshop experience with Irene and Elia I was curious but also oddly nervous. However I shouldn’t have been instantly these two amazing teachers put me at ease, gave me full permission to tap into my creativity and reminded me that beginner’s mind is always the best place to do that.<...

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Libby Chambers Kluttz

Charlotte, North Carolina

Going into my workshop experience with Irene and Elia I was curious but also oddly nervous. However I shouldn’t have been instantly these two amazing teachers put me at ease, gave me full permission to tap into my creativity and reminded me that beginner’s mind is always the best place to do that.

What a beautiful combination of structured movement and free playful movement it was a perfect balance. All of the instructions were clear and simple even, in my opinion, if you have never done any kind of movement before. After my time with them the learning kept coming. I was so present in my own body that my awareness kept building and expanding. I had zero pain in my body. I felt no tension ramping up any longer. Best of all I learned a practice so elegantly simple I still do it everyday. Thank you Irene and Elia I will attend again until then I’ll keep getting down and getting up.

Libby Chambers Kluttz

Charlotte, North Carolina

“What a lovely tool to have in my self-care tool bag!!

I liked the subtle lessons. They were not long so they can be easily fit in with my exercise time! And I will cycle through them again and again because they reset my stress response. The lessons seem to gently “tease” and move the energy that…

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Angela Lowrey

Back & Body Chiropractic - Bryant, Arkansas

“What a lovely tool to have in my self-care tool bag!!

I liked the subtle lessons. They were not long so they can be easily fit in with my exercise time! And I will cycle through them again and again because they reset my stress response. The lessons seem to gently “tease” and move the energy that is causing tension and pain in the body. I think everyone should learn non-invasive/self-care techniques before any extreme therapy.”

Angela Lowrey

Back & Body Chiropractic - Bryant, Arkansas

First off, this course is a safe place to ask questions and to be vulnerable. The support from the admin team was superb and it was very comforting to have classmates who supported me. I am indebted to Irene, her team, and the beautiful people who have chosen to be on this healing journey.

I have been diagnose…

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Wendy Billings

Montana, USA

First off, this course is a safe place to ask questions and to be vulnerable. The support from the admin team was superb and it was very comforting to have classmates who supported me. I am indebted to Irene, her team, and the beautiful people who have chosen to be on this healing journey.

I have been diagnosed with complex PTSD. It was tearing my marriage apart, despite having a very supportive husband. My mind was on high alert and anything remotely negative, judgemental, or critical of others would put me into a tailspin. I persevered though! I kept on doing the work in SmartBody SmartMind and eventually my body seemed to know that my husband did not hate me as I had perceived he did. That was the turning point. Rarely does my body get triggered any more as it did… and it is a relief beyond description.

Hope is what this course has given me. Hope and a lot of self compassion.

Wendy Billings

Montana, USA

“The emotions and memories that came up were like arrows pointing the way to resolving long standing physical pain and dis-ease in the system.

With the guided directives, just in the orientation, it took me on a different path of exploration. It was as if a brighter light went on and lit up the corner…

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Jane Runnals

Feldenkrais Practitioner & Dance Teacher
Squamish, B.C.

“The emotions and memories that came up were like arrows pointing the way to resolving long standing physical pain and dis-ease in the system.

With the guided directives, just in the orientation, it took me on a different path of exploration. It was as if a brighter light went on and lit up the corners. I thank you Irene for taking me on this journey.”

Jane Runnals

Feldenkrais Practitioner & Dance Teacher
Squamish, B.C.

SmartBody SmartMind exceeded my expectations.

I thought it might help me to understand a little of what I was doing with my Somatic Therapist, and then I ended up receiving almost the same education that he got when he was doing his training!

Before I started this course I’d been in therapy for around 6 years. I had done lot…

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John Sykes

Sydney, Australia

SmartBody SmartMind exceeded my expectations.

I thought it might help me to understand a little of what I was doing with my Somatic Therapist, and then I ended up receiving almost the same education that he got when he was doing his training!

Before I started this course I’d been in therapy for around 6 years. I had done lots of work on myself over that time and felt half-cooked; I had left behind SOME of the symptoms of Complex PTSD that I had been experiencing 6 years prior, but not all. I was in a desperate place, not feeling very ‘in control’ of my life, or my emotional state. SmartBody SmartMind put me behind the controls of my nervous system and mental health.

Prior to this course, I was avoiding pretty much everyone, and all of my adult responsibilities. I now have far more ‘space’ in my body and mind, to deal with life’s inevitable stressors. I’m far more peaceful, less scared of the world, and ready for work, life and relationships. It’s a great relief for me, knowing I can move gently back towards life.

My physical health has improved substantially. I have a lovely colour to my face, when I used to be pasty white. I eat better because I can concentrate on what my body feels like — If I feel like salad, I eat that. If I feel like a bit of junk, I eat that. But in general, my body craves good food more often. I feel life and vitality, and resilience returning to my body. My friends and family are all a lot happier. They see and comment that I’m on the mend, clearer and more sure of myself, and generally happier — the work doesn’t stop with me; as I heal, so do they. I’m also a bit of a Veteran with group work when it comes to ‘mental health’ problems and I can confidently say that this program is as well run as any that I’ve attended face-to-face.This course has a psychoeducational component that is second to none. I was educated on what my nervous system is, why it might malfunction, and how to fix it. I became the patient and the doctor all at once. I feel confident to do the work how and when my body needs it. By way of analogy — how many mechanics would fix your car, for a reasonable price, and then show you how to fix your engine, so you don’t need to go back again? That’s how I feel.

The only difficulty I had with this course was being able to afford it. I hadn’t worked since a significant lapse, about 2 years ago, so I didn’t have any money, or the income I needed. I ‘knew’ I was going to do the course one way or another and so I put up a ‘gofundme’ project and asked everyone in my contact list on social media, to pay for the course — which was HUGE for me. I had the money within a week and got into the course. Because everyone else had paid, it also made me super-accountable and I worked my butt off first time round. I recommend people think outside the box and go for something like this, if money is an issue for them. The exercise in asking for help and getting it, was healing in itself.

I hear Irene say things like “this is what the world needs right now” and she’s telling the truth. I believe her 100%. I’m the luckiest man alive to have found her and her work. She gave me my life back! (I just found some tears I’ve needed to cry for a while).

John Sykes

Sydney, Australia

Irene’s program gave me the tools to rebalance my nervous system, and to understand that my childhood experiences impacted my nervous system development and kept me locked in unhealthy patterns.   I continue to utilize the tools to reset my nervous system daily, which makes me feel calmer, safer,…

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CrisMarie Campbell

Speaker & Management Consultant at Thrive! Inc.
Whitefish, MT

Irene’s program gave me the tools to rebalance my nervous system, and to understand that my childhood experiences impacted my nervous system development and kept me locked in unhealthy patterns.   I continue to utilize the tools to reset my nervous system daily, which makes me feel calmer, safer, and gives me more self-connection and confidence. I love it!   These are life/body/emotional skills that everyone should have growing up (or to recover from growing up)!

CrisMarie Campbell

Speaker & Management Consultant at Thrive! Inc.
Whitefish, MT

Irene’s 12-week program has been pivotal in deepening my understanding of myself as well as the people with which I work.

I work with suicide loss survivors and the information I’ve learned in this course has given me the nervous system language needed to assist people in better understanding what t…

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Mariana

Irene’s 12-week program has been pivotal in deepening my understanding of myself as well as the people with which I work.

I work with suicide loss survivors and the information I’ve learned in this course has given me the nervous system language needed to assist people in better understanding what they are experiencing in this complicated grief process. That, in and of itself, is priceless.

Irene presents the concepts and exercises in a simple, easy-to-understand way. I had already done quite a bit of personal healing before I found this program and it filled in gaps of understanding, provided effective and simple tools, and deepened my connection with myself and others. I am so glad to have found Irene’s work and am so grateful to her and for each and every person that works with her to make this program such a full experience. The rich, juicy, community-building discussions and connections are invaluable and add a depth to the program that is rarely found in an online format. I highly recommend SmartBody SmartMind to anyone on a healing journey!

Mariana

Wow, where to start? This has been a MAJOR life changing experience for me. I am gleaning everything I can and will continue to so it can become the new normal for my system.

My car accident in 2010 left me with injuries in my upper body that have affected every aspect of my life. These injuries produced chronic pain, foggy…

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Darla Riotto

Enumclaw, Washington

Wow, where to start? This has been a MAJOR life changing experience for me. I am gleaning everything I can and will continue to so it can become the new normal for my system.

My car accident in 2010 left me with injuries in my upper body that have affected every aspect of my life. These injuries produced chronic pain, foggy or confused thinking, insomnia, migraines, adrenal/chronic fatigue, unstable ribs that rotate from chronic muscle spasms, neuropathy and a sense of being unplugged in a heavy body. My legs get so heavy with Charlie horse cramps I can barely walk as my energy drains and I try to push myself. According to the multi-injury specialist because of the way my treatment was handled it totally confused my nervous system to the point where it no longer knew how to function properly. They knew it needed to be rewired but drugs were all they could offer to manage the symptoms. They had no idea how to actually rewire it. The steroids used for inflammation created early onset osteoporosis and Fibromyalgia was added to my medical chart in March of 2017 due to increasing symptoms and no improvements with any treatments.

The most tangible physical result of taking SmartBody SmartMind is that after years of new symptoms arising every 4-6 weeks taking this program stopped that downward spiral my body was on. It has now been 15 weeks since my last new symptom occurred! That alone screams success! The other physical things I have noticed are: I now have random bursts of joyful energy for a few moments at a time, although I still don’t sleep more than a few hours at a time I am slowly adding more times where I can go back to sleep. My ribs are not rotating as quickly or creating as deep of bruising from the rotations, I’m breathing more fully – not holding my breath as much, migraines and stabbing/burning sensations of neuropathy are less intense, the heavy weighted down feeling is lighter, less depressive thoughts/feelings, digestion/elimination is better, I feel more emotionally stable, and I seem to be able to relax easier – I have random moments where I feel completely safe to just be alive.

My overview of the program is this: it is very well organized, suggested outline to follow is paced well, no pressure to push through it or do it perfect, good preparation for what to expect, lessons are easy to follow, educational content is comprehensive and thorough, bonus education adds additional clarity, bonus music section helps body relax to absorb exercise lessons, good balance of educational lessons and time to absorb them, the ability to have live training and ask questions creates atmosphere of safety, the team support is stellar with quick compassionate responses, other people sharing their stories often answers questions I didn’t know I had and provides a community connection feeling of you are not crazy or alone. The ability to share what you want, when, or nothing at all creates empowerment.

This is very different from other group therapy I’ve been in. The sense of safety has allowed me to explore suppressed areas in my being. I’ve been able to release a lot of anger, guilt and shame in realizing my body is simply having a biological response to trauma. I’ve found a deep level of forgiveness and compassion for myself and others in recognizing I had birth and developmental trauma. Understanding the biology and principles of the nervous system is helping me slowly and steadily release myself from the tyranny of perfectionism and the idea I need to be constantly productive/ busy to be worthy of value. I am still strong but being a Wonder Woman who does it all can never be part of my life again and now I am learning the skills I need to become my true self. Because I’ve been working on the cognitive aspects to heal my inner being for years, this inner shift is the most amazing to me. Adding in the body feels like what I have been missing all along.

Darla Riotto

Enumclaw, Washington

I’ve had chronic fatigue for years. It has debilitated my social life and ability to exercise, go out, and have fun. I tried everything with diet, supplements, meditation, gentle yoga, etc.. Despite being disciplined and a saint in those areas, I was still having insomnia, migraines, difficulties focusing at work, and was exhausted all the time.

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Naomi Galinski

Vancouver, BC

I’ve had chronic fatigue for years. It has debilitated my social life and ability to exercise, go out, and have fun. I tried everything with diet, supplements, meditation, gentle yoga, etc.. Despite being disciplined and a saint in those areas, I was still having insomnia, migraines, difficulties focusing at work, and was exhausted all the time.

I tried releasing the core belief that “I’m not good enough” through counselling and meditation but it kept on rearing its head in unexpected ways causing suffering in my life. I could also feel fear, anger, and sadness (my old traumas) as tension stuck in my body. I tried different modalities to release them but I was impatient and they wouldn’t release. Some meditation techniques were even too cathartic and re-traumatized my nervous system instead.

Working directly with and at the level of the nervous system was the missing piece. Irene’s 12 week SmartBody SmartMind (SBSM) program helped me understand why I still had all these repeating issues and the exercises helped (and still are helping) me get unstuck.

SmartBody SmartMind is laid out in a way that releases stored trauma, creates more space, and capacity in the nervous system in a gentle way. This process is slow and takes time, but it’s potent and lasting. I didn’t finish the lessons and exercises in 12 weeks, but Irene encourages us to listen to our bodies and slow down when we need to, so I did that. I reduced my hours at work and dedicated myself to this practice last summer. I noticed improvements early on and it has accelerated my progress in healing. Even my Somatic Experiencing (SE) teacher was amazed at how far I had come along in 6 months!

I also love the science she brings into this. I’m a former PhD physicist, so it’s important to me that things make sense. Through her lessons, I learned why these neurosensory exercises work and why I sometimes must slow down. The nervous system cannot be pushed into healing. As an over-achiever slowing down has always been difficult because I believed that you must “do-do-do” to achieve, but armed with this new knowledge it’s easier to let go, rest, and trust in the wisdom of the nervous system to heal itself.

Here are some improvements I experienced from doing SBSM: The frequency of insomnia is decreasing, and I sleep better.

I have an easier time falling asleep and falling back asleep when I wake up in the middle of the night to pee.

The frequency of headaches and migraines has dropped. I take more breaks and Irene’s exercises help release some of the stuck tension.

Whereas I used to have to plan a whole week around one event or social occasion, I am starting to be more spontaneous. I have more energy to get chores done.

I don’t need as much recovery time as I used to. Of course, I still am more limited than others and I have to be careful not to expend too much energy, but the fact that I have some life energy back is huge progress.

I have more energy to handle stressful days at work. In fact, I am also generally calmer during work. I have more containment to handle being out in public and unfamiliar places. Leaving the comfort of my home, my safe space, can still be overwhelming at times, but much less than before.

As I am releasing fear in my body through this work – my actions are becoming less fear-driven and I make healthier choices now. I haven’t had a huge burnout from doing too much since I started this work.

Re-wiring the nervous system is a slow process, at times painfully slow, and sometimes you feel worse before feeling better, therefore I am also grateful for the encouraging and supportive SBSM Facebook community (the fellow participants, Irene, and her professional staff).

It was also wonderful to finally connect with a group of people that understood what chronic fatigue syndromes (CFS) is and what I was going through. I still have chronic fatigue, no stamina to exercise, and need more rest and quiet time than others, but I am more content with this condition now. I know how to work with it instead of feeling like it is working against me.

I am so mind blown by this experience that I am inspired to become an Somatic Experiencing practitioner eventually myself.

Thank you, Irene. I feel nothing but deep gratitude for you.”

Naomi Galinski

Vancouver, BC

I really had no idea what to expect when arriving at Up & Down. All I knew was that I deeply trusted Irene and Elia’s work and I had a profound curiosity and calling to attend their offering.

As a Holistic Wellness Activist I attend immersions in search for a deeper connection to my body, spirit and life, so that I can continue…

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Zoey

Holistic Wellness Mentor, Teacher + Coach
Deep Cove, British Columbia

I really had no idea what to expect when arriving at Up & Down. All I knew was that I deeply trusted Irene and Elia’s work and I had a profound curiosity and calling to attend their offering.

As a Holistic Wellness Activist I attend immersions in search for a deeper connection to my body, spirit and life, so that I can continue to be awake to my capacity and authenticity while living and breathing what I share. My continuous exploration of wellness modalities over the last 16+ years has been a gradual movement from superficial and linear layers of understanding my physical, mental and spiritual well-being to a far more significant and integrative experience. I say this only because this workshop provided the most holistic, integrative opportunity I have yet to immerse in. I can’t wait for the next one!

There’s so many specifics I could say about my experience, and yet it seems my words fall short of truly describing what it was like. In short, my body has never felt so free and my heart has never felt so interconnected – two things I cherish greatly. The balance between Irene and Elia’s shared wisdom, guidance and invitation for self-exploration was so masterful. It completely fulfilled my desire to learn sustainable ways to re-connect to the deeper layers of my authentic capacity while increasing my whole-self wellness.

Beyond my pursuit for immersions as a wellness activist I vulnerably arrived at the workshop with exhaustion, grief, overwhelm, PTSD, and a general feeling of disconnect from Self. I share this because in no time I felt safe, supported, and comfortable to share in and explore my dis-ease. I was continuously reminded of what it means to surrender and coexist as a physical being, so there was a deep letting-go and acceptance that took place personally for me over those days. So much of the stubborn tension in my body literally melted away and my joints felt like well-oiled machines that had a range of motion far beyond what I had been working towards in my yoga practice for years. Other profound nuggets are that I re-established my relationship to gravity by accepting it’s presence and learning how to work with it instead of fighting against it. My relationship to the immediate and extended environment suddenly became a tool for grounding and being more embodied, rather than the stressful place my body started perceiving it as since my traumas.

Tying it all together, my unique exploration of the mind-body connection has been so liberated since. I was gifted the ability to sense the origin of so much of my discomfort, while on so many levels, learning how to find resolve in the simple movement practices, guiding principles and joyous free-flowing explorations that Up & Down covered.

Like I said, I can’t wait to continue this journey in the next one.

Thank you so much Irene and Elia. Your dynamic is such a gift.

Zoey

Holistic Wellness Mentor, Teacher + Coach
Deep Cove, British Columbia

This weekend immersion was so potent. I had no idea the playground that was available within the space between Up and Down. I found the richness to be in the simplicity. It made the ordinary, extraordinary.

I rise, stand, sit and lie down continuously in my day to day, however, by slowing down and consciously partici…

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Jessica Kamell

Embodied Flow Yoga Facilitator
Whistler & Bali

This weekend immersion was so potent. I had no idea the playground that was available within the space between Up and Down. I found the richness to be in the simplicity. It made the ordinary, extraordinary.

I rise, stand, sit and lie down continuously in my day to day, however, by slowing down and consciously participating in transitions with awareness, I discovered a greater sense of easeful strength and supported fluidity. The course was a unique collection of explorations that pulsated with playful learning and meditative reflection. I felt clearly guided to use my body in new patterns and was left with enough space to marinade in my own experience and discoveries.

I was new to the practice of feldenkris, and really resonated with the principles. They made total sense in my body and saw so many ways that I could apply them in a variety of forms and activities. As someone who facilitates yoga classes, it has given me new awareness and tools to instruct mindful transitions between asanas.

Elia and Irene were such an amazing team, and ooze with their passions for movement and making a difference in the world. Each brought their unique perspective, expertise and flavour to each movement which added depth and dimension to the teachings.

Jessica Kamell

Embodied Flow Yoga Facilitator
Whistler & Bali

I have participated in the Up & Down live workshops twice. Each time I was in very different places both physically and emotionally.

The first time I was thawing from an emotional blockage. Upon arrival Irene and Elia greeted everyone with warmth and smiles and snacks! The process to unfold was very gradual, begi…

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Meghan Aris

Victoria, British Columbia

I have participated in the Up & Down live workshops twice. Each time I was in very different places both physically and emotionally.

The first time I was thawing from an emotional blockage. Upon arrival Irene and Elia greeted everyone with warmth and smiles and snacks! The process to unfold was very gradual, beginning with time to familiarize with the room and an exercise to help notice how our bodies felt in the space. The timing of everything was perfect. We learned layers of movements and neuropatterning concepts that became fluid and integrated over our time together. After the second day though I became incredibly nauseous. But Irene had already mentioned that sometimes shifts happen in unfamiliar ways. The third day I was still queasy but then something happened. There wasn’t an exact moment but through the gentle movements and awareness it let go. I let go. By the end of the day I was beaming. I hadn’t felt that good… ever? My cup was full and I was hooked on exploring the plasticity of the mind. I proceeded to join Irene’s 12-week course.

The second time participating I came in on a different level. My rheumatoid arthritis had gone into a giant flare and though I had started to unravel stored emotion and was feeling more emotionally connected my body still had other ideas. I was worried about weight bearing on my hands and getting up and down from the floor and being on my feet a lot (problems I’d never had to consider before). But the movements are so personal that I could still fully express myself even in my less mobile state. I found myself enjoying being quieter in the group and not “trying” so hard. I found the support of others in the room to bolster me and inspire me to be authentic when sharing with the group. I even cried in front of the whole group- something I’ve never done in my life. And though I was embarrassed at the time, later I was proud of my new vulnerability. There is a strength that comes from working with the softness of our hearts and mine was no different.

The workshops have been a beautiful condensed leaping point to embrace a new way of being in the world. They have left me forever changed and with brilliant nuggets of skills to move forward. I’m deeply grateful to Irene and Elia for sharing their knowledge so freely and emphatically.

Meghan Aris

Victoria, British Columbia

“Doing this course has had a huge impact on me. I find that I am really able to calm myself down when I become stressed, which I was never able to do.

I used to get into very negative patterns of thinking as soon as I became overwhelmed and felt like there was too much on my plate, but I’m now able …

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Zoe Vokes

Essex, England

“Doing this course has had a huge impact on me. I find that I am really able to calm myself down when I become stressed, which I was never able to do.

I used to get into very negative patterns of thinking as soon as I became overwhelmed and felt like there was too much on my plate, but I’m now able to catch those thoughts, say ‘Hi, I hear you, but I don’t agree and you’re not serving me’ and then replace them with much more positive thoughts instead, and am getting better at it day by day. When I feel the stress take over me I now acknowledge what I’m feeling – I check in with my heart and my breath and accept what they are feeling so that I can feel the stress, and then release it.”

Zoe Vokes

Essex, England

Being taught to be aware of my interior environment has changed the way I go through life. Also titrating emotional energy. Started program with severe CFS, I was stuck there due to blocked energies.

Your program has been pivotal – I’m now at a 60-70% baseline! Healing of the nervous system is sure…

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Bill Friesen

SBSM Alumni
Oregon

Being taught to be aware of my interior environment has changed the way I go through life. Also titrating emotional energy. Started program with severe CFS, I was stuck there due to blocked energies.

Your program has been pivotal – I’m now at a 60-70% baseline! Healing of the nervous system is sure an important part of the bigger journey. As with any journey with CFS, there’s the ebb and flow of the illness, and I now have effective tools that are going to help build my recovery. God bless you guys for the good work you do!!

THANK YOU!!!! : )

Bill Friesen

SBSM Alumni
Oregon

This was a very well put together program that I feel blessed to have participated in. I learned the body responds and remembers our experiences in ways I wasn’t aware of but now understand. The nervous system can be rewired.

I grew in ways that I wouldn’t have otherwise…and plan to co…

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Sandy L.

SBSM Alumni

This was a very well put together program that I feel blessed to have participated in. I learned the body responds and remembers our experiences in ways I wasn’t aware of but now understand. The nervous system can be rewired.

I grew in ways that I wouldn’t have otherwise…and plan to continue to integrate into my life, while hoping to find ways to help others along the way.

Sandy L.

SBSM Alumni

If you believe in the mind body connection, if you believe you are the source of your own healing, but just need the tools, then THIS is the program for you.

I used to have fibromyalgia. I used to hold everything inside me. Literally. I didn’t feel much of anything (except pain). I was “happy” enough but with no sense of joy. I felt kinda …

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Jayne Eddington

Holistic Babycare Specialist
Auckland, New Zealand

If you believe in the mind body connection, if you believe you are the source of your own healing, but just need the tools, then THIS is the program for you.

I used to have fibromyalgia. I used to hold everything inside me. Literally. I didn’t feel much of anything (except pain). I was “happy” enough but with no sense of joy. I felt kinda helpless to help myself beyond the physical (osteopath, naturopath, acupuncture, diet and lifestyle – all since 2002) and when my subconscious told me it was time to start taking a look at what I hadn’t seen, my mind freaked out and had no way to file or process and it resulted in a deep, dark pit of depression and despair.

Fast forward to me creating (another physical) supplement regime that avoided pharmaceuticals to stop myself from taking my life, and some excellent counselling and I was able to see that I needed something more. In September 2016, I stumbled across Irene’s free Healing Trauma intro videos that are the informational series to the 12 week program. I had done SO much myself, I had healed as much as I could, but I was at a loss with persistent dis-ease and lack of overall sense of wellbeing… The emotional side of things and the mind body connection were missing…

Watching the three-part video series, I was riveted. I felt compelled! It spoke to me in a way no other therapy had! Could I really gain the tools to help myself to heal? Could I really stop myself from responding to stress the way I always had? Really? YES! The answer is YES!

I went to the dentist the other day, ZERO anxiety. For as long as I can remember the dentist = stress response. I no longer have continual pain in my hip/body — I used to hold anger in my right hip, I now have the tools to release any pent up anger and frustration in a constructive health promoting way, no longer holding onto it to manifest as physical pain. I have such a sense of freedom. SO much has opened up in my life. I can FEEL and I am ok with that, vulnerability suits me it seems.

I feel more generous with my time – I am easily a hermit ordinarily. I see an osteopath on occasion as opposed to almost weekly as a necessity. I work through stressful situations in a flash to the point that they are no longer an issue. I can have repressed memories crop up and deal with them powerfully – not be consumed by them. Issues with people in my life? Meh, sorted in an instant without drama on my part… Illnesses around me this winter (I’m in NZ) nada, I have been exposed to SO much and had nothing at all… AND… I am experiencing JOY, every day.

My past isn’t coming back to haunt me, it is coming back to heal me. I am healthy. My bloodwork and alternative tests look fabulous. No liver toxicity, no chronic inflammation no regular pain… I had done A LOT of work myself prior to this course, and, although I have learnt a tonne and have no regrets, if I could have my time again, I would just invest in this course. And, finally, the best thing…

I have found love, I am IN love. I am in a relationship with a really awesome man (it’s a recent thing). I was single my whole life (on purpose) and unable to engage, or even if I am honest, consider the possibility of engaging prior to this course… Things are on track for happily ever after… I wondered if it would ever happen… A WHOLE lot of stuff needed to not just change, but transform before this was going to happen and now it has and IS happening. I needed to be able to love myself first… And THAT started with acceptance.

This program is a journey of self discovery, of letting go of what is not serving you, of gaining the “things” you need to live your life from a place of health… whatever that means to you… You can take it at your own pace, you can stop and start if you need to, you are accepted at wherever you are in your journey, there is no pressure, you are the skipper of your ship… There is incredible support offered by Irene and her team, but also the alumni and other participants. You are not alone. You must DO the work, but if you do, the results are INCREDIBLE. I know this, because I am living proof of it.
What are YOU waiting for? This IS it. This WILL get you results.

Jayne Eddington

Holistic Babycare Specialist
Auckland, New Zealand

March 2017 I gifted myself Irene and Elia’s workshop, a gift of time, space and guidance to play, explore and discover movements, connections and understandings my body-mind was unaware of, or had forgotten. At the end of the workshop I was surprised and delighted to acknowledge that the event had …

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Ingrid Goodall

Victoria, British Columbia

March 2017 I gifted myself Irene and Elia’s workshop, a gift of time, space and guidance to play, explore and discover movements, connections and understandings my body-mind was unaware of, or had forgotten. At the end of the workshop I was surprised and delighted to acknowledge that the event had met all the points listed on the website description plus my own hopeful expectations!

Ingrid Goodall

Victoria, British Columbia

Get drunk in your movement.” The words spoken to us at the Up & Down Workshop this year. Clearly, I enjoyed this exercise.

I just have to say this workshop was so incredibly transformative! I learned many subtle and powerful ways to shift the way I move not only in exercise but in every day life.

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Lizzie Loch

Creator - Writer - Performer
Los Angeles, California

Get drunk in your movement.” The words spoken to us at the Up & Down Workshop this year. Clearly, I enjoyed this exercise.

I just have to say this workshop was so incredibly transformative! I learned many subtle and powerful ways to shift the way I move not only in exercise but in every day life.

I felt like I left with an entirely new relationship to my body and how it moves with the world around me. So If you want to learn how to save yourself from some unnecessary body pain for a life of body wealth and longevity, and go deep into the connection of your body/mind while expanding your movement practice, I highly recommend checking out Up & Down Workshop taught by Irene and Elia. I am so grateful that I was able to attend, and I feel inspired to share this magic with all of you!

Lizzie Loch

Creator - Writer - Performer
Los Angeles, California

I dove into this work out of desperation to heal chronic ailments that were getting really out of hand, and it changed my whole outlook on the world.

I have a deeper compassion than before for those around me and most importantly, myself. I’ve become more trusting of my feelings and am better able to let t…

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Meg Sutton

I dove into this work out of desperation to heal chronic ailments that were getting really out of hand, and it changed my whole outlook on the world.

I have a deeper compassion than before for those around me and most importantly, myself. I’ve become more trusting of my feelings and am better able to let them come through. I have had big releases in my body that were stored for ages. So many emotions have poured out of me during this time which was hard, and also pleasant. The other day I got down on the ground and started doing a mixture of my own rewiring exercises that I’d learned with the program; I was led by curiosity and I felt such a deep love for myself. I feel more aligned with the cycles of the moon. More primal. I feel like we are on a journey back to who we really are.

This work really saved me. Even though it’s just the beginning for me, it came into my life right when I needed it the most. Thank you for this life long gift that I have right at my fingertips whenever I need it. The best investment I’ve made for myself.

Meg Sutton

I wanted to share with you my experience of your Up and Down workshop with Elia. It was truly revolutionary!

As a person who has moved a lot in my work and in athletic pursuits throughout my life, I was blown away by the impact these two days had on the way I feel in my body.

My business is growing so I sit a …

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Denise Warner

Business Owner and Inner Game Coach
Shingle Springs, California

I wanted to share with you my experience of your Up and Down workshop with Elia. It was truly revolutionary!

As a person who has moved a lot in my work and in athletic pursuits throughout my life, I was blown away by the impact these two days had on the way I feel in my body.

My business is growing so I sit a lot more than I used to and it was making me sore and I could feel a new tightness in my hips that was often hurting. Learning how to bring more awareness to my movement has really helped with that soreness. Also, I am seeing applications for what I learned everywhere! I shared some of the principles with my spin class buddies and it has helped all of us feel stronger in class!

I was shocked at how I was not only able to get such benefit for myself but that I understood the material well enough to share with others too. Amazing. Everyone with a body needs to spend this time with you and Elia! It has made a huge difference for me. Thank you so much.

Denise Warner

Business Owner and Inner Game Coach
Shingle Springs, California

Irene’s Smart Body, Smart Mind program was powerful for me both as a practitioner and as a client. Before enrolling, I knew very little about the nervous system. Irene focuses on the importance of understanding how the system works and she is able to explain the intricacies of it clearly. This information …

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Janet Raftis

Energy Healer and Psychic Medium
Atlanta, Georgia

Irene’s Smart Body, Smart Mind program was powerful for me both as a practitioner and as a client. Before enrolling, I knew very little about the nervous system. Irene focuses on the importance of understanding how the system works and she is able to explain the intricacies of it clearly. This information has helped me tremendously when working with my own clients in my energy healing practice, as I now understand the “why” behind how things are showing up in their bodies and energy fields. Personally, the information and the exercises have been extremely helpful in understanding how trauma and early dysregulation of my nervous system has been held in my physical body.

The exercises have been profound! I have used a lot of other modalities and received relief, but these exercises allowed me to go even deeper and to release in ways I didn’t even know were possible

Janet Raftis

Energy Healer and Psychic Medium
Atlanta, Georgia

I’ve studied or experienced what feels like virtually every therapy, energy healing modality and body work available and I’m shocked that I’m only now learning this particular piece of work. It’s extremely foundational and I can’t wait to experience more of it personally and integrate some pieces into the bir…

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Crystal Didomizo

I’ve studied or experienced what feels like virtually every therapy, energy healing modality and body work available and I’m shocked that I’m only now learning this particular piece of work. It’s extremely foundational and I can’t wait to experience more of it personally and integrate some pieces into the birth trauma healing work I do professionally.

The Tune-Up made me realize I’ve been living up in my head because it felt SO unsafe to BE in my body. I don’t think I realized how much I avoid really getting into and feeling my body before I did this program.

It feels like there is so much trauma stored in my body that it’s scary to really feel into the sensations, so I’ve been avoiding it at all costs. Now, I am orienting as many times as I can during the day to become aware of what’s happening in my body and in the environment around me.

Crystal Didomizo