Your body has the wisdom to heal itself. My role is to guide your body to reconnect with this wisdom.
Hi, I’m Karishma. I’m a trauma-informed somatic therapist who loves that neurobiology is catching up with indigenous wisdom.
As your guide, I use a respectful, relational, and non-invasive approach to help your body get calm and communicate with itself better. Together, we identify and build on your resiliency. This can translate to less pain and more energy—so you can feel your joys more fully and also have a greater ability to navigate your challenges.
Read on for more on how movement, stillness, and relationship can transform that feeling of being stuck; so that you can connect with your vibrancy, aliveness, and capacity.
Let’s do this, from the inside out.
Sometimes, things are too much, too soon, or too fast for our mind/body to handle, so it shuts down. Other times, what shows up in your body as physical pain is an expression of imbalance in another part of your body—or even an aspect of your life. The result? Internal conflict, pain or grief. We cannot separate the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of our experience.
I use gentle inquiry and non-invasive touch to support your body to create space for things to shift. In this way, you can safely reconnect with your innate health and discover how to live with less inner conflict; and more clarity and resilience.
I was always one of the ‘smart kids’. My response to a difficulty was always, “How do I figure this out?”
[Spoiler alert: It turns out that there are some things you can’t *think* your way out of.]
My mission is to share what I’ve learned: To support you to get out of your head and into the present moment. To get in touch with your felt sense. To guide your body to remember how to reconnect the dots. To help you identify what’s getting in the way of these things.
In this spaciousness, there is possibility for you to:
+ Say good-bye to chronic stress, anxiety and depression.
+ Enjoy more energy, better sleep and digestion, and increased creativity and focus.
+ Move out of living in survival mode, and move towards healing and resiliency.
Personalized and holistic: Pranasacral offers a non-cathartic, integrated approach to your well-being. Because you and your life experiences are unique, I don’t use generic protocols. Everything we do together is tailored to your individual constitution and the personal ecosystem that is your life.
We are partners: I feel “all the feels”, but I’m also a pragmatist. And, I don’t want your health and well-being to be dependent on anyone else! So, my wish is to share my skills and experience so that you can empower yourself. With every session, we’ll explore a simple practice that you can take home. Personalized strategies, so you can begin to create a foundation to support yourself through the ebbs and flows of life.
Body=mind: Research has shown that our early history informs our development, our sense of who we are in the world, and how we relate to others. Our life experiences shape our thoughts, beliefs and feelings, and these are reflected in our nervous system, hormones, and even posture. The reverse is also true. That’s why I’m just about to complete a 2-year NARM™ clinical training, which builds on the insights of Somatic Experiencing® to bring together talk and touch.
Love + Justice: My values are rooted in the principles of healing justice.
I do this work because I’ve been there. And I figured out that I didn’t have to stay stuck. That the way out, is in.
Now, I guide others by drawing on teachings that I have woven together in my own journey, including intensive study and certification in Craniosacral therapy, Yoga and Ayurveda, pre/peri-natal and developmental psychology, Somatic Experiencing, NARM, and mindfulness. (Yes, I’m committed to ongoing professional development!) Plus, you get a meeting of interpersonal and structural perspectives from my former life: in public health research, coordinating community projects, and as an educator.
I offer these medicines to you because I know they work: they have helped me to transform the suffering of anxiety, pain and despair; they are what I draw on to create a life with more courage, resiliency and presence.
I’ll show you how.
Get in touch for a free 15-minute consultation in person or by phone to find out if working with me would be a good fit for you.
What’s in my medicine bag
+ Radical compassion: My wish is to meet you as you are, in a way that is trauma-informed, heart-centred and attuned to your needs. (This may be more uncomfortable than it sounds!)
+ Movement: Movement is life. Whether it is through yoga forms, or awareness of where energy is moving and where emotions are held.
+ Stillness: Stillness is dynamic. Through mindfulness, we can pause to notice the stories we tell ourselves and access our own truth.
+ Rhythm: The seasons and the tides. Our bodies and their cycles. Sound and silence. Rupture and repair.
+ Elements: My approach to supporting your constitution is grounded in the elemental guidance offered by Ayurveda, and I continue to deepen into the wisdom offered by plant and earth medicines.
We can be our own medicine.
We can be each other’s medicine.
Karishma Kripalani MA, RCST®, CYT
Master of Arts (Honours) | Registered Craniosacral Therapist | Certified Yoga Teacher
Karishma is a body-mind therapist whose approach emphasizes our relationships to ourselves, to each other, and to the natural world. Trained as a sociologist, she worked as a teacher and researcher before her own health challenges led her to embodiment and somatic practices. She has over 1000 hours of training in Craniosacral and relational/attachment work, and many more in Yoga and Ayurveda. Karishma is a Teaching Assistant for Craniosacral therapy practitioner trainings in North America, and has completed a 2-year clinical training in NARM that builds on the insights of Somatic Experiencing® for healing trauma. Rooted in a commitment to social justice, she is a founding member of the Bending Towards Justice collective. Karishma also shares trauma-informed movement, mindfulness and creativity workshops to guide people home to themselves.