Photo credit: Ash Baker

Photo credit: Ash Baker

As a healing arts professional, I have 12 years of experience working with individuals through movement, touch, and verbal direction to increase somatic awareness and self-discovery. It was during my MFA program in dance that I became incredibly interested in the human body's relationship to trauma. This interest overtook me and it soon became clear that I needed to broadened my career in dance to include trauma or somatic therapy. 

Somatic Therapy:                                                                                                                                                Somatic therapy is a touch-based practice that helps facilitate nervous system regulation through calming the survival responses of fight, flight, and freeze. Individuals begin to track and follow sensations, which allows for the body to gently process stress physiology and integrate activating material. Exploring the subtle aspects of this somatic inheritance we build resilience and somatic presence. As a result, this presence helps us stay attuned to the present moment. Getting the felt-sense of this orienting helps us refine our understanding of what is somatic experiencing. Once a person becomes better connected to their body, their mind and body is able to work in harmony, allowing for a sense of coherence, or wholeness. By being able to create a resonance between the mind and the body, the never-ending chatter of the mind will pause, allowing a person to rest in the “here and now.” This process can bring relief to many people suffering from anxiety, depression, grief, chronic pain, digestive issues and feelings of stuckness.

I work primarily with Kathy Kain's Somatic Practice and Somatic Experiencing®, which is a body-oriented approach to trauma that was created by Peter Levine. It's based on the realization that human beings have an innate ability to overcome the effects of trauma, and return to a greater sense of aliveness, relaxation and wholeness. Trauma can range from surgeries, car accidents, falls, sudden loss of loved ones, hearing bad news, abuse, violations and etc.   

I’ve also begun to study with Stephen Terrell in his work, Transforming the Experienced Based Brain, to work with non-verbal development trauma using transforming touch and primitive reflex integration.

Certifications:                                                                                                                                                    Somatic Practice Somatic Experiencing                                                                                                         MABT (mindful awareness body-oriented therapy)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

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Rates for somatic therapy-                                                                                        Single sessions:
1 hr. $100
1.5 hr. $130

Packages:
1 hr. 3x $270 ($90 each)
1.5hr. 3x $360 ($120 each)                                                                                               

To schedule an appointment call: 612-554-9304 or email: tamintotzke@gmail.com

My space is locate on Capital Hill at:
340 15th Ave. E #310
cross streets Harrison and 15th.

License number: MA 00023831