Ep #32 From Health Struggles to Purposeful Living: Diane’s Transformative Journey with Somatic Coaching

by | Jun 6, 2024 | Healing, Purpose, SCA Podcast

The Somatic Coaching Academy Podcast

Ani
Hi there and welcome to the Somatic Coaching Academy podcast. Today we’ve got a new segment for you. We’re actually chilling. We’re chilling today.

Brian
That’s exactly the word I was going to use and we didn’t even talk about it beforehand, so it’s like we’re married. Like we’re on the same. Yes, we are chilling in the faculty lounge.

Ani
We’re chilling in the faculty lounge today. And we’re excited to bring you the faculty lounge segments because they’re an opportunity for us to talk about some interesting case studies that we see coming through the academy and in our own private work. And so we’re hanging out. Sometimes it’ll be us and sometimes it’ll be us and we’ll have a guest in the faculty lounge. But today it’s you and me brian

Brian
Yeah? Do you have your coffee? Because we’re in the faculty lounge.

Ani
I don’t drink coffee. Oh, well, I do drink coffee sometimes, but not today. No. I’ve got my Earl Gray standard morning drink.

Brian
We need the faculty lounge, some snacks.

Ani
You’ve got some.

Brian
Wish you had some snacks in the faculty lounge.

Ani
Nuts over there, actually, yeah, because our graduates sent us a care package with some snacks. The same kind of stuff we have at the Somatic Coaching coach training program retreat. Yeah, they sent us some for our office, which is so nice. So we do have some snacks.

Brian
We got coffee, we got snacks.

Ani
Everything we need, we can commence. That’s too big of a word for the faculty lounge.

Brian
We can get going, get it started, kick it off.

Ani
All right, let’s go. Hey, what are we talking about?

Brian
Oh, so we have a case study today. That’s what we’re going to do in the faculty lounge. And we were really inspired by this, by this person that’s this client that we’ve worked with. Primarily. It was your client, Ani, that you worked with. Just a wonderful, wonderful human being in so many levels. Wonderful, wonderful. And we wanted to share a little bit about her story of struggling with the physical issues she was dealing with. Do you want to kind of talk about it a little bit?

Ani
Yeah. Well, you’re actually going to have more background than I do about the physical stuff. I knew when Diane came to talk to us that she had actually some trouble getting on the phone originally to talk about starting a program because she was having all kinds of doctor’s appointments. She was having problems with her pancreas.

Brian
Yeah. Big, big, big problems.

Ani
Yeah.

Brian
We didn’t know what was going on. Was it, you know, cancer? Was there other- some other type of infection?

Ani
She was having all kinds of tests.

Brian
Yeah, it was pretty rough.

Ani
And it was interesting because, again, like, we were having trouble getting on the phone to talk about her program. She wasn’t coming to us because she was having pancreas issues, and we were consulting on that.

Brian
Yeah.

Speaker 1
Not At all.

Brian
Yeah. Not at all. Not at all. But I had a sidebar with her husband, who was just so concerned about her and just loves her so much. I mean, but she’s an amazing person. I mean, of course. But he’s so endeared to her and was really concerned about what she had going on and wanted to be of as much help as he possibly could to her, and also wanted her to help actualize her own dreams in business and those sorts of things.

Ani
So that’s why she was actually contacting us. As Diane knew that she wanted more for her life. She wanted more purpose, and she was feeling kind of down, and she had been around us and knew the kinds of things that we did with people, like helping them to find their purpose and meaningful work. And I think she had some real tugs on her desire strings. Like, “I want that for me”. And then enough of, like, “maybe that is for me. Maybe I can have that. It’s not just for other people. Maybe I can have it, too”. And that’s why we were talking was because she was starting to have those like, “I see other people have this really meaningful work, and they feel like they have deep purpose, and I want that for me, too”. So that’s why she was talking about doing a coaching program in the first place. And then again, so she was having all of these issues with her pancreas, but there were other things going on with her health, too.

Brian
Well, I think they’re all really- a lot of them are related back to her pancreas around blood sugar levels. So she was just… To back up a step, too, as you said, Ani, like, she wanted more for what she had. Right. She saw other people being able to have things she wanted more purpose and correlating at the same time, these physical things started happening, which is, we see that often with people that we work with, which is why they seek us out.

Ani
Well, yeah. And especially when people aren’t always aware of this, but there are some people who kind of have body stuff come up whenever they try to improve their lives.

Brian
Yes. Yeah.

Ani
And so it does seem to be, like, the thing that kind of takes me out at the knees, and sometimes it’s really bad. Like, it really bad takes me out at the knees. But then there’s other people. Like, I’ve got a client right now who every time she tries to up level her life or do a little bit better with herself and with her family and her business, she just kind of, like, gets a cold or gets sick. Like, it’s kind of annoying. It’s not that it just takes her out and puts her in bed, but that that happens, too. So for you, you know, think to yourself, is that a pattern for me, that when I really do try to go for it or try to have more for myself and health, wealth, and relationships, does it seem like my body is a part of the problem in moving forward? So that was definitely what was happening with Diane

Brian
Exactly. And to kind of just round out a little bit more about the physical symptomology around her pancreas, around blood sugar challenges, she was experiencing some episodes of loss of consciousness. She would just kind of pass out or a lot of confusion, bogginess, forgetfulness, like, a lot of those things that are emblematic of the system kind of just shutting itself down. where a lot of the problems, when we think about the autonomic nervous system, the autonomic nervous system, when it’s imbalanced, you have a really good balance between, if you’re driving a car, both the brake and the gas, and if the autonomic nervous system is out of balance, it can be out of balance on the uphill side, and there’s just too much, too much gas in the system, or it’s just revving too fast, or there could be too much brake, and the system keeps shutting, kind of shutting down. Keeps stalling sort of thing. And with her. Her system kept kind of stalling out. Kept stalling out.

Ani
She was having depression, too. And I’m not sure what the chicken or the egg thing was going on there. And to be honest, it didn’t really matter, but it was a part of the milieu.

Brian
The milieu, the whole. Yeah, everything that was going on at the same time, what I think’s really interesting. Well, I’m gonna let you. Actually, I’m gonna ask you first. What did. So we set the stage for Diane. She wants more purpose in her life. She wants to be able to, would you say, achieve more things or have more things? Have more of what she wants.

Ani
I think she wanted to be just, like, happier, honestly.

Brian
Happier.

Ani
I mean, there was an achievement kind of, I don’t know, wasn’t really achievement driven.

Brian
Yeah. So I’m not saying it’s like goal after goal after goal, but she wanted something more than she had, and it was around, probably around growth potential, being able to do something more than she was able to do or have an experience that wish she wasn’t having.

Ani
Yeah. I think it was more like wanting to feel valuable.

Brian
Okay, there you go. Perfect. Great.

Ani
I think. Yeah, I think she wanted to feel valuable, and she wasn’t saying that. It was coming out as, like, you know, I wonder what my purpose is. I wonder how I could contribute. Right. So you can hear the value in that. In that desire to contribute. I think she was really scared, actually, that she didn’t have value to contribute.

Brian
Yeah. Yeah. You know, I think it’s fascinating from a bioenergetic perspective, the pancreas is the endocrinological. Have a hard time saying that word. Endocrinology. Hormonal organ associated with the third chakra.

Ani
Oh, that’s kind of cool.

Brian
Interesting.

Ani
So I didn’t know that. I did start to put the pieces together about… It actually was really easy. It wasn’t. This was not a leap. It was really easy to put the pieces together on this, but I didn’t know that. That’s a cool little tidbit. And even further validating the… I know I was putting things together from a body mind metaphor standpoint, so, you know, from a chakra standpoint. And the chakras, by the way, aren’t just these energetic, esoteric wheels. They correlate to nervous system plexus in the body.

Brian
Yeah.

Ani
Like you just said. Yeah, that’s really cool.

Brian
Correct. Yeah. So there’s nervous system plexus, and those plexus, because they are nerve bundles, they connect into everywhere in your body. And like, the solar plexus, which is the third chakra, has connections and developmental connections with the pancreas.

Ani
Interesting.

Brian
So every chakra has a different hormonal organ associated with, or endocrinology organ it’s associated with.

Ani
And third chakra is about things like self worth, self esteem, stuff like that.

Brian
Exactly. Will, purpose, self esteem, self worth. And that’s why I think it’s so interesting when you’re saying that part of what she was dealing with was a lack of those things. Yeah, a lack of those things causes the third chakra to become what we call deficient. And then when the third chakra energy is deficient, it creates deficiency in the organs it’s associated with.

Ani
Mm hmm. Yeah. And she would have said that too. Like, Diane would have said, I’m having, like, self confidence issues. It’s interesting because Diane is a super confident person. she’s such a sweetie pie that, you know, Diane is a confident person, is just kind of like, regular Diane, probably. She just does things a little bit differently, or she takes different actions. I think for some people, I think kind of their physicality and things change when they become a more confident person. Like, you can see, like, more energy flowing through their system kind of thing. I think for her, like, the marker for me to see the confidence would actually just be that she was inherently taking, um, actions based more on what she wanted to do, like, or identifying what she wanted to do, because that was impossible in the beginning.

Brian
Yeah. So if we can just go back to- you mentioned body mind metaphor. So what were some things that you did with Diane before we get into, like, what her result was. Like, what were some things you did with her from a somatic coaching lens?

Ani
Well, from the by mind metaphor standpoint, on her intake, I just took information about what was going on with the body, because the body tells us information. If we don’t know how to decode it, we can’t use it as information. So the body is giving us information. We can either decode it or we can think it’s a problem that we’ve got to push through. So that was really the first thing I did, was I was curious and interested in the symptomology that she had going on. And I just kind of said to myself, oh, “I wonder what that would kind of mean metaphorically”. Like, how is the body trying to speak to us? So I decoded it wasn’t a process that I did with her. I just kind of did it on my own. And part of the reason, Brian, that I did that, because I wouldn’t have done that with every client like I did with Diane. But part of the reason I did that kind of on my own was because she was in a place, subconsciously, where she was, in the beginning, gonna just, like, block or deflect knowing being in her knowingness of, yes, I like this or that thing, or, yes, that seems like me, or like there was not enough energy in the system, not enough charge in the system.

Brian
To be able to.

Ani
Yeah. So I kind of took it upon myself to make An assumption based on my confidence and my expertise to move forward with, to be able to plan out kind of how we were going to work her coaching in the beginning, and then from there, watch the clues, like, are we on the right track? And then as she started to bring more energy into her system, start to include her a little bit more in the decision making. But in the beginning, I really did kind of take the reins because it felt like she kind of needed somebody to take the reins. And so, you know, from a body mind metaphor standpoint, it was very clear to me that she wasn’t in touch with the sweetness of life and, like, how sweet she is and her own value and her sweetness. Right. And so we very quickly hopped into a soul’s agenda session so that we could figure out a little bit more about her purpose. I mean, it was great because it’s kind of what she wanted to know. She wanted, like, an expert to kind of tell her what she was good at or who she was so she could get on the path with me.

Ani
And so we did the soul’s agenda session, and she very quickly took up that information and stuff. But I think part of the reason she did was because she got to see how her purpose wasn’t just this person who she couldn’t even fathom, but how she was already on purpose. And once she saw that, I think she was onboard and, like, ready to start taking some of the reins with me.

Brian
Yeah. So, for, if you’re this is just the first podcast you’re listening to and you have never heard the phrase find your soul’s agenda before, just want to note that that’s our proprietary purpose process, that we teach our sensation based motivation coaching students in the certification program. And we did an earlier podcast, actually, on finding purpose, and we talked about the find your soul’s agenda process in that podcast. I don’t remember the number off the top of my head, but if you just scroll back through, you can find it.

Ani
Yeah. So that’s how we started, Brian, and we had some… With some system building exercises that we did, some somatic practice exercises that we gave her to do for kind of like, taking her vitamins, like, do these a little bit every day, and that really started to clear some of the confusion and helped her to find that she had, you know, what it was, I think, really, that she was finding was a little bit more of her voice. I think it started as soon as she started to see, like, she could share her voice, even in asking a question, like, can I ask a question? Or I’m noticing this about myself? And she started seeing the validation from that. I think that really started to build for her.

Brian
Yeah. And we also just, in natural laws, work with her, too.

Ani
Yep.

Brian
Right. So really, a lot of the work sounds like it was the…

Ani
Was believe in Soul’s agenda is natural law. So it really was about natural law and embodying the natural law, which really comes back to everything that we do with the client.

Brian
So somatic practices that we did with her, somatic embodiment practices with some natural law training, purpose work, and body mind metaphor. And that was kind of the locus of the training or not the training, the coaching or work that you did with Diane.

Ani
Yeah.

Brian
Right. Okay, so what. What. What’s cooking with Diane now?

Ani
So fun, actually, because it was maybe trying to think maybe two months after we started, it wasn’t a really long time. The universe plopped a big freaking opportunity right in her lap. Like, boom. And she went, ah.

Brian
Almost like, just what she was kind of asking for kind of got dropped right in her lap.

Ani
Yeah. But she wanted to be, like, a little bit more prepared. And isn’t that the way.

Brian
Right.

Ani
Every time? So she had this major opportunity plopped in her lap, and I remember her saying to me, like, “I can’t do this. Like, is this for me, or should I? Oh, my God”. And she did great. She did so good. And it did give her confidence to go through that action and to see it happening. But I think what was just as important was to have us in her back pocket and to have that validation. So, you know, we were able to use the natural laws in the context of that opportunity to take some pressure off, actually, some of the perfectionist tendencies that were coming up. And she very easily kind of took that up from a body standpoint to step into the opportunity and allow some of the perfectionism to let go. I know, because of the somatic practices she was doing, because sometimes that can get really sticky for people, especially when they’re really armoring up in their body, and especially when they’re really used to armoring in their body. Like, they don’t even know that they’re holding on to such body tension. She was able to allow her system to loosen, to take up the opportunity.

Ani
So she did a great job. And that really and then was validated by her success, which really helped her subconscious mind and her conscious mind come into harmony. Like, I got this, I can do this. And she surprised me. I want to say it was three months after start and about a month after that opportunity that she hadn’t said anything, but she said she hadn’t been experiencing any of the pancreatic symptoms since we started the work. This woman was, like, in doctor’s appointment after doctor’s appointment after doctor’s appointment, like, major problems. And she needed to, like, I love it. It was one of my favorite things, Brian, when a client’s like, I really should catch up with my doctor and let them know that I’m not taking my medication anymore and I’m fine. I’ve seen that time and time again where somebody is now so busy living their purpose that they haven’t had a chance to catch up with their doctor, you know, who is like, what?

Brian
Yeah, yeah. And so I just love to go back again, just back to this third chakra bioenergetics thing for a second. So the third chakra is about, I will do it. It’s about all the will. And so, for Diane, as soon as she made the decision that she will take that opportunity on, and I know that’s probably not proper grammar, but. But she had the will to take on the opportunity. She took the action, the opportunity. That’s also third chakra – will, action, moving forward. Ultimately building confidence through experience.

Ani
Yeah.

Brian
And through feedback.

Ani
And that’s how confidence happens.

Brian
Confidence happens. So all of a sudden, the third chakra now is charging itself up, kind of like a battery. And, like, now it’s holding energy. And that completely changes our neuro hormone profiles in our body. The organs associated with the chakras start to change function, attitude changes, energy, vitality changes.

Ani
I mean, think about, it’s like when one of our cars dies, right? The battery’s dead. Like, what do you have to do? You have to charge the battery. If one of your systems, if some of your systems just has a dead battery, you know, we think something’s quote unquote wrong with us, and it’s always a good idea to go and check things out with your doctors and all of that stuff. From an energetic standpoint. Sometimes, like you said, with the third chakra, like, all the time, a lot of times, we have to actually charge the battery, and. And you can do that from a top down and from a bottom up approach. But. But it’s the both that really works, because if we ignore the body signs, it’s like a kid who’s like, hey, hey, hey. Or it’s like a flashing neon sign that says, get off the highway, danger ahead. You don’t like, it’s, you know, it’s information that we’re not paying attention to that’s right there, trying to tell us something.

Brian
Yeah. So there’s always that additional piece again, doctors are really important. Having things checked out is really, really important. Oftentimes medications are important. And at the same time, if we’re trying to use modern technology or medicines to alter something that’s happening, that’s because of a dead battery, then why not just charge the batteries up, too, and see what happens? You have nothing to lose by doing somatic practices and somatic work in order to bring your system online in collaboration with whatever’s happening with your doctors and those sorts of things. But in this case, it’s just, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen this sort of thing. So for us, it’s like, we celebrate it every time because it’s like, the first time, it’s like, amazing. At the same time, we’re like, of course. Yeah, of course.

Ani
It’s actually kind of predictable. But let’s just call out, like, one of the big things of this predictable equation, because this is very different and relatable to somatic coaching in particular, not somatic therapy. And somatic therapy is great, too. Everything’s great. But this was really a helpful fix for somatic coaching. So the person didn’t come to us because they were having body stuff, they were coming to us because they wanted something more from their lives. And when Brian said, we’ve seen this time and time again, we’ve seen this time and time again where somebody comes to us, they want something more from their lives. They happen to also be having body symptoms. And we, because we know how to do it, can use the body symptoms as a part of the information gathering process to help figure out how to coach the client. But it’s the “I want something more for myself” that actually starts to put the wholeness at play into play. Wholeness, that’s the word that, that healing like, comes from, right?

Brian
Yeah.

Ani
And so there’s a lot of people out there who just can’t find the other half to their healing journey. They can’t come to completion with their healing. They have the body symptoms, but they’re just not, quote unquote going away. And that’s not what we’re trying to do, is make the body symptoms go away. By the way, we’re trying to work with them and use them as a information. But it’s that I want something more for myself. Here’s who I want to be. Here’s what I want to do. Here’s what I want to have. Or I don’t even know what that is, but I have some kind of longing to grow. And that’s the missing piece. And that’s why coaching, specifically somatic coaching, those two words are so important and powerful for people who both have symptomology and have a desire for more in their lives.

Brian
Love it. I love it. On that note, we have to leave.

Ani
We got to do stuff now.

Brian
We got to do stuff. We got. At some point, we have to step out of the faculty lounge and get back.

Ani
Get back to work.

Brian
Yeah. So I hope that you enjoyed this new little segment, I guess that we’re going to be doing called the faculty lounge. So look for that when you want to find out more about case studies of what we’re doing with our clients or when our students are doing with our clients as well. We’re looking forward to featuring and having some guests join us sometime soon.

Ani
We’ll see you later.

Brian
Bye bye bye.

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