Sunday February 7, 2021 from 12:00PM to 4:00PM PST via Zoom
Deep Strength: Sacral Seas is a trauma-informed and Access-Centered Pilates and Somatic workshop focusing on the sacrum and pelvic floor. This area of our bodies is sacred and a symbol of life in many current, ancient, and indigenous spiritual practices. The sacrum is also the base of the spine, supporting the flow of spinal fluid back-and-forth from the cranium, this fluid is luminescent and the similar chemical makeup as seawater. Hence, this workshop will connect this sacred part of our bodies to the element of water, particularly the oceans.
Many of us have trauma in this area, leaving our pelvic floor either too tight or under-toned. Not only can this cause physical discomfort and possibly long-term problems; it can also affect our ability to heal said trauma. Just as our bodies utilize both efferent (from the brain to the body) and afferent (from the body to the brain) nerves, healing our lifeforce requires simultaneously supporting our brains and our bodies (which are connected always). We will be invited to heal trauma and our bodies by stabilizing and softening our pelvis, we will also be invited to heal our bodyminds via spirit and thought. When we talk about healing, we are not talking about curing disability or mental illness. This is a conversation for those of us who have physical pain and symptoms and want to shift these because that is what we want. Everything will be invitational, we will be invited to heal if that is what we want.
We all have different bodies and frames so there is no one size fits all model—this is why we use the “Access-Centered Framework”, which is trauma-informed, intersectional (we work to dismantle oppression and hierarchies at all times), consent-based, and will never expect you to “adapt” to the exercises we offer—we will change the exercise to meet your needs. While we will be offering suggestions to keep your practice as safe as possible, everything we offer is invitational as we believe that you know your bodymind best. We will offer you space to advocate for your needs, and we encourage you and invite you to take up that space.
- Guided meditations to connect to our sacrum’s and spines and also to connect them with the elements
- Pilates techniques and tools for stabilizing the pelvis (we will be invited to practice together)
- Craniosacral techniques for softening the pelvis and stimulating the ventral vagus nerve
- Deeper understanding of the purpose of our pelvis (catered to your body)
- Education around how trauma can affect our stability and ways to support our bodyminds
- Somatic techniques for healing trauma and reducing pain
- Class will be recorded
- Closed Captioning Provided
- Access needs that can be met day of can be included in the Registration form
- No need to be on camera
- Allowed unmute or type if need to communicate
- Always can pass
- Everything invitational
- Ideally this will have ASL *and* we don’t have the budget for it—if folks who have access can contribute generously and community members need this, we can do our best. If you are HOV, Deaf/deaf, would like to join, and need ASL, please contact us as soon as possible.
- Will already center access for
- low vision, blind/Blind
- wheelchair users
- folks who need to sit, stand, and/or lie down
- musculoskeletal disorders
- neurological disorders
- developmental disabilities
- mental illness
- chronic pain
- hypermobile and EDS folks
- limited mobility
- inability to use limbs
You will get the Zoom Link after registering, it may take a few days. If you do not receive a link by Friday, 02/05/21 please email us.
Sliding Scale $100 – $300+ with Partial and Full Scholarship Options
- We highly encourage people (especially white folks) who have financial access to pay as much as they can (perhaps more than $300) to help fund folks who do not have access.
- The only way that this model works successfully is when people give what they authentically can, remembering that we are all conditioned in a model of scarcity and that it is often uncomfortable to give in this framework. For people who cannot afford the sliding scale: we will are offering scholarships to low income folks. Priority for Black and Indigenous. Please remember that Jess is very low income and this is her life’s work.
- Please contact Jess via email (email@example.com) to request a scholarship BRIEFLY explaining your situation.
Please submit your pre-payments to:
PayPal: firstname.lastname@example.org via paypal or
Venmo : @Jess-Dene.
email at email@example.com if you need to pay another way. No refunds as this will be recorded.
About the Teacher:
Jess Dene Schlesinger (antiracist white Jewish, disabled/chronically ill/crazy, very low-income, queer femme) began practicing movement and meditation 18 years ago to manage her chronic pain and complex PTSD. She found, however, that most classes were not accessible for her needs. With the support of Disability Justice activists, she created Access-Centered Movement: a trauma-informed and intersectional framework that attempts to dismantle hierarchies of bodies and minds in movement spaces. Jess received her 200 RYT from Niroga Institute in 2016 and uses her vast knowledge of yoga therapy, dance, Pilates, Feldenkrais, Somatics, Vipassana meditation, earth-based magic, and her lived experience as a sick and disabled queer survivor to offer support for those suffering from trauma and physical/emotional pain. Aware that the ancestors of some of the spiritual traditions she practices are not her own, she is committed to decolonizing her practice.