Somatic Knowing

Bodywork & Coaching

 

Myofascial Release

Neurokinetic Therapy

Trauma-Informed Bodywork

Somatic Experiencing

Mind-Body Coaching 

 

Release and shift patterns of stress and tension in your body… from the inside out.

 

Psychology Therapy
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Welcome!  I’m Rachel Hardy, CMT, NKT. 

 

I’m a holistic bodyworker and mind-body wellness coach, and you can read a bit about my background and training right here.

 

I specialize in a couple of areas:

 

1. I help clients release deep patterns of muscular tension at the root level so you can experience freedom in your body and relief from tension, restriction, and pain.

Something I often hear from a new client is “I stretch and stretch but this area never really releases”, or “Any treatment that I get only lasts a short time”.

In my experience, cases of chronic muscle tension often come down to one or more of these causes:

  • Restrictions in the fascia (connective tissue) due to past injury, traumatic impact, or repetitive motion
  • Current and ongoing movement habits and patterns that are causing undue strain on the body
  • Patterns in the nervous system related to stress and trauma that cause  bracing, tensing, or contraction on a subconsious level

 

Based on a client’s history and needs, we may use a combination of myofascial release, neurokinetic therapy, or somatic experiencing to gently unwind  patterns of tension and bracing, re-correct outdated habits, release “sticky” connective tissue, and create the safe space for the body’s instinctual wisdom to unfold… so you can experience freedom and ease in your body and fully inhabit your best life!

 

2. I coach creatives who are moving to a new level of their highest work and full self expression

Perhaps you’ve experienced a sense of knowing you have the capacity to do your best creative transformative work, and yet finding you are bumping up against the ceiling of your own inner critic, unconscious sabotage, or “blocks” that you can’t place a finger on.

Often, the feeling of moving into our highest good can feel threatening because it’s unfamiliar.   Our brain has coded certain states as “safe” because we survived them (even if those states are challenging or painful!)   When we move out of struggle and into thriving, that shift can actually feel threatening to parts of our brain that want to keep us in the familiar and the safe.

Sometimes these  blocks might show up in the form of physical symptoms such as panic attacks, insomnia, or extreme body tension.  Regardless, of how it’s showing up, know that it’s okay.  This is manageable.   You can learn to move beyond the stopping point by learning how to work with your own nervous system, and to gently and safely re-wire your brain and body to experience the life you’re here to live.

I use somatic experiencing and nervous system healing along with mind-body integration work and coaching to support clients in releasing inner criticism and contraction at a body-based level, shifting “stuck” places, transforming responses to stress in the nervous system, and moving into the full expression of who you’re here to be.

Myofascial Release and Neurokinetic Therapy

Myofascial Release (MFR) is a powerful and effective form of soft tissue release that works with the fascia (or connective tissue) to release restrictions and create more opening, ease, relaxation, and space in the body...

Somatic Experiencing

Somatic Experiencing (SE) is a body-centered approach to healing the effects of stress and trauma on our bodies. In a stressful or traumatic event, there can be an overload of sensation, emotion, or stimuli that was too much for the body to process...

Mind-Body Coaching

Imagine living each day at your highest level of wellness, wholeness, and connection to your body and inner guidance. In a coaching session, we’ll take a clear look at practical tools, steps, and strategies you can begin implementing immediately to shift into the clear, creative, and resourced version of your highest self... so you can sustain your highest levels of wellness and vibrant energy.

"I came to Rachel after years of surgeries and physical therapy, pretty much on my last glimmer of hope for a present and future not completely ruled by chronic pain and tension.  I got so much more.


I got things I did not know I needed, and things I knew I needed but I was not sure they could be asked for...

5.0
2020-01-21T20:47:06+00:00
"I came to Rachel after years of surgeries and physical therapy, pretty much on my last glimmer of hope for a present and future not completely ruled by chronic pain and tension.  I got so much more. I got things I did not know I needed, and things I knew I needed but I was not sure they could be asked for...

Rachel is a master technician, but what is exceptional about her is her insight, her ability to listen and link what the words say to what the body needs.


She is a phenomenal guide through the meanders of the mind/body connection, and if you want to go there, she will help you find the places where the source of the physical symptom is stored (be it physiological or psychological trauma), and unlock it, with care and compassion.


I am truly, mightily grateful for her work, for her curiosity, and her willingness to reach for better, clearer planes."


      -  Barbara M.

5.0
2020-01-21T20:47:33+00:00
Rachel is a master technician, but what is exceptional about her is her insight, her ability to listen and link what the words say to what the body needs. She is a phenomenal guide through the meanders of the mind/body connection, and if you want to go there, she will help you find the places where the source of the physical symptom is stored (be it physiological or psychological trauma), and unlock it, with care and compassion. I am truly, mightily grateful for her work, for her curiosity, and her willingness to reach for better, clearer planes."       -  Barbara M.

"Lasting results.   I've been other places that were helpful, but the relief never stuck and progress was wavering at best. Rachel got right to the issues, and the work did stick.


To people suffering from chronic pain or injuries, this is literally a life saver."


Scott P.

5.0
2020-01-21T20:48:17+00:00
"Lasting results.   I've been other places that were helpful, but the relief never stuck and progress was wavering at best. Rachel got right to the issues, and the work did stick. To people suffering from chronic pain or injuries, this is literally a life saver." -  Scott P.

"I wanted to say thank you. You helped me so much. I have been exercising a lot recently and I have regained so much of my motion.


I am happy to report that I am basically entirely pain free.


By combining yin yoga, simple bodyweight training, and your healing work, I've gotten to a place I didn't think was possible. I still have a little work to do on strengthening the atrophy in my left leg from the years of chronic pain but my hope is high and I feel like I've gotten my life back."


- Jason C.

5.0
2020-01-21T20:48:41+00:00
"I wanted to say thank you. You helped me so much. I have been exercising a lot recently and I have regained so much of my motion. I am happy to report that I am basically entirely pain free. By combining yin yoga, simple bodyweight training, and your healing work, I've gotten to a place I didn't think was possible. I still have a little work to do on strengthening the atrophy in my left leg from the years of chronic pain but my hope is high and I feel like I've gotten my life back." - Jason C.

"While it's still early in this journey, the effect of your  work has been profound.


There has been a huge release of pressure from my shoulders and back.  My posture is more open and upright, yet still relaxed. And, I feel much more aware and present in my physical self.


With that new awareness, I am also seeing how my emotional state is both presented and informed by my physical state...The new found physical and emotional language that I'm learning  is very much born of, developed by and enriched through your intuitive and empathetic work.   Thank you!"


Danny W.

5.0
2020-01-21T20:49:13+00:00
"While it's still early in this journey, the effect of your  work has been profound. There has been a huge release of pressure from my shoulders and back.  My posture is more open and upright, yet still relaxed. And, I feel much more aware and present in my physical self. With that new awareness, I am also seeing how my emotional state is both presented and informed by my physical state...The new found physical and emotional language that I'm learning  is very much born of, developed by and enriched through your intuitive and empathetic work.   Thank you!" - Danny W.

"I get migraines often, but they have significantly decreased since coming regularly.  


I also recently pulled a muscle which threw my whole body off; after an hour with Rachel, the pain had almost completely melted away.  She is a gem.  I recommend her to all of my friends."



- Erica S.

5.0
2020-01-21T20:49:41+00:00
"I get migraines often, but they have significantly decreased since coming regularly.   I also recently pulled a muscle which threw my whole body off; after an hour with Rachel, the pain had almost completely melted away.  She is a gem.  I recommend her to all of my friends." - Erica S.

"I feel you understand where to go and how to release tension I didn't even know I had... There has been a lightness in my body/spirit and a sense of relief/release and clarity after my sessions that I really enjoy experiencing.


 Even if I get myself all tense in one hour, I still feel I get the benefits of something deeper and know that I can't 'mess up' what you've been able to unlock."


- Jamie L.

5.0
2020-01-21T20:50:09+00:00
"I feel you understand where to go and how to release tension I didn't even know I had... There has been a lightness in my body/spirit and a sense of relief/release and clarity after my sessions that I really enjoy experiencing.  Even if I get myself all tense in one hour, I still feel I get the benefits of something deeper and know that I can't 'mess up' what you've been able to unlock." - Jamie L.

"I had a major physical fitness test coming up. Unfortunately, I had just strained my back in a freak accident, and I was experiencing extremely painful spasms.


Rachel did incredible body work around the strained region and got everything re-aligned.  I was successfully able to complete a grueling four-hour pack test immediately after two consecutive weekly appointments with Rachel. She's fantastic."



- Wayzie C.

5.0
2020-01-21T20:50:57+00:00
"I had a major physical fitness test coming up. Unfortunately, I had just strained my back in a freak accident, and I was experiencing extremely painful spasms. Rachel did incredible body work around the strained region and got everything re-aligned.  I was successfully able to complete a grueling four-hour pack test immediately after two consecutive weekly appointments with Rachel. She's fantastic." - Wayzie C.

" You make me feel at ease, because it's obvious that you have an understanding of the muscular, skeletal, and nervous systems and know how they interact....  You are able to address the real problem areas.    When we found you it was such a dramatic improvement!!"


 

- Kelly C.

5.0
2020-01-21T20:51:25+00:00
" You make me feel at ease, because it's obvious that you have an understanding of the muscular, skeletal, and nervous systems and know how they interact....  You are able to address the real problem areas.    When we found you it was such a dramatic improvement!!"   - Kelly C.

"Being a dancer and physically very active, Rachel has been able to specifically address my body's problem areas...  I never allow myself to be that relaxed.  My muscles and entire body feel elongated and balanced." 


- Jen H.

5.0
2020-01-21T20:55:58+00:00
"Being a dancer and physically very active, Rachel has been able to specifically address my body's problem areas...  I never allow myself to be that relaxed.  My muscles and entire body feel elongated and balanced."  - Jen H.
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Booking & Contact

New Clients:  Please start here first!

 

Returning Clients: Please click the brown “Schedule Appointment” button below to be taken to my calendar and book your session.

 

Important Info:

  • The “Schedule Appointment” button will take you to the booking page.  Click on the appropriate link to book a single session; or scroll all the way down the page to purchase a package of 4 sessions at a discounted rate.  (Before purchasing a package, you can check on current openings first by clicking on any appointment link to see my availability right now).

 

  • During the booking process, you will see an option to “register for an account”.   If you’ve not yet registered for an account with Acuity, please do so for ease of managing your sessions.

 

  • You can find answers to common scheduling questions here. Further questions not answered on the FAQ page? Please email me and I’ll get back to you promptly.

 

  • You are responsible for booking, rescheduling and managing your own sessions through my online calendar.  Please note that I do not handle any booking via text.

 

  • Payment is required at the time of booking.  24 hours notice is required to cancel or reschedule your appointment.

 

  • My schedule fills up- please book your sessions in advance.

 

Session Rates:

(all rates are flat rates- no gratuities, thanks!)

 

60 minute session: 180

Package of four 60 minute sessions: 600 (150/ session)

90 minute session: 220

Package of four 90 minute sessions: 760 (190/ session)

Packages are good for 6 months.

 

 

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