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.
Long-term healing comes from within the self.
Most of us can use some guidance to get to self-healing.
Yoga worked for me because it triggered my brain to release feel-good chemicals, calm down my nervous system, and send me signals to recognize how powerful I actually am, in spite of my injuries and isolation. It healed many body memories of past stress and nudged me to love myself more.
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, both mental and physical, 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.