My Path in Healing

 
 
 

I've been curious about the body and what happens inside it for as long as I can remember.  As a kid, I would frequently horrify my parents as I watched surgeries on television, dreaming of treating ailments the same way one day.

Then, when I was in high school, I experienced debilitating, long-term sports injuries and a dramatic decline in my quality of life.  Walking, sitting, and even sleeping were painful, so I became isolated and depressed.  I felt betrayed by my body, and my relationship with it became more and more self-destructive over time; I developed habits that were harmful to my health. 

While missing out on nearly all of my favorite things, I tried to find new outlets for my stress, but nothing was working.  That was until I discovered yoga, through the recommendation of a therapist I was seeing at the time.  When I finally tried it, I was amazed by how it made me feel - it was like a natural painkiller.  I could tell yoga wasn't just a physical helper - something mental or spiritual was going on.  I felt a natural high, an intense feeling of relaxation, and it was dulling the intense pain I normally felt throughout my lower body.  Yoga became a sort of magical solution for me, and I wanted to understand why.  

I went on to study the mind-body connection, including the neuroscience and spirituality behind it.  Early into my studies, I learned...

  • The body holds memories from past stress, and these memories affect us in the present.

  • These effects can show up on a mental, physical, and even spiritual level.

  • ​We don't have to be burdened by these memories and their effects for the rest of our lives.  

  • There are ways to carefully heal the pain beneath our "invisible scars."
     

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After learning all of this, I decided that I wanted to empower people with the tools for their own self-healing of body memories, rather than work as a medical doctor.   Over many years, I continued to learn through multiple degrees and time on both sides of the therapy room.  I experienced more layers of pain, as well as many more ways to heal it through the mind-body connection.  Today, I bring a a wealth of knowledge and experience in mind-body healing to my clients in private practice at Kathryn Grooms & Associates Psychotherapy.