After the Great Work You’ve Done are You (or Your Clients) Still Running Into the Same Old Roadblocks?
Roadblocks such as:
Stubborn, hard-to-define health issues that won’t go away — like chronic pain, fatigue, anxiety, depression, or digestive issues (or even weight gain as a result of stress)
Constant overwhelm and having to “push through” daily in order to accomplish everything that needs to get done
Upper limits that keep you (or your clients) STILL playing small (even after trying everything to get to the root of them)
Relationship challenges and trouble setting boundaries (that make it hard to delegate or result in chronic overgiving)
Confidence or self-image issues that get in the way of being authentic and courageous when putting yourself/themselves out there in a big way
If this is sounds like you and/or your clients, then please know this:
To get to the root of the physical, mental, and emotional junk holding you (or your clients) back, you have to go DIRECTLY to where the old programming was originally encoded...
THE NERVOUS SYSTEM!
Simply Put... The Nervous System
Healing at the nervous system level is the missing link when it comes to human health and development, so...
Are you ready to uplevel your capacity like crazy and discover the power of your most prized asset?
Are you ready to deepen your understanding of nervous system physiology in both an educational and experiential way – so that you can help yourself and deepen the work you can do with your clients?
If your answer is YES, then you’re invited to join me for…
12 weeks to a healthier nervous system & a greater understanding of how the human body works in times of stress.
SmartBody SmartMind is an online group program designed to take you through my Unorthodox Healing Blueprint, so you have a deep understanding of how to care for your own nervous system (which also gives you a greater capacity for helping your clients).
You will walk away from the 12-week program with a much greater understanding of how the human body works in times of stress.
If you're at the end of your rope and you feel like you've tried everything to heal what's ailing you... watch this video.
I explain why this work is different and how it truly is the missing link you need to become your own medicine.
"There has been a direct positive effect on my parenting of my 4 year old, in my body awareness, allowing me to return to running (which is really important to me), in my capacity to handle the daily stresses, capacity to deal with background noise and it is also increasing my empathy toward others, which indirectly helps decrease sources of anger."
I am feeling the need to share today as I am reflecting on my progress since starting on this healing journey almost a year ago. What made me realize I needed help was the numbness I felt to the environment and nature during a hike in the mountains. Something that had always made me re-energize, connect, and settle, was leaving me indifferent. I first started with Irene’s 21 Day program and then moved on to this 12-week program.
I have just gotten back from hiking/running the same trail on which I had the realization last year and it is the first time that I can sense this inner feeling of energy and calm at the same time and connection with the nature around. I am so grateful to have found this work and can’t imagine how I could have gone further without it.
There has been a direct positive effect on my parenting of my 4 year old, in my body awareness, allowing me to return to running (which is really important to me), in my capacity to handle the daily stresses, capacity to deal with background noise and it is also increasing my empathy toward others, which indirectly helps decrease sources of anger.
I still have a lot of work to do and realize that it is not a linear progression but I am so grateful to have found this lifestyle and even though I still have tough decisions regarding my life ahead which are causing anxiety, fear, stress, I feel better equipped to address those decisions and am aware that my resources to deal with those reactions have developed.
I am sending you all a slice of this re-found energy wherever you may be on your journey!
Thank you for the opportunity to share.
- Julie, Austria, SBSM Alumni
SmartBody SmartMind Will Be
Perfect For You If You Are…
A heart-based or holistic practitioner, a body worker or somatic therapist, a transformational coach, or a health & wellness coach – and you want to become trauma-informed. You want to enhance your capacity and hone your intuitive senses. You want to make a positive impact with your clients with less effort and greater results.
A relatively self-aware person, and you’ve tried the best western, eastern, alternative and even “woo-woo” modes of healing, but for some reason you can’t shake your tricky-to-treat health conditions, even your helpers are totally stumped at what you’re missing.
An individual passionate about your health who wants cutting-edge knowledge, skillful guidance, and a personal practice that will stand the test of time.
SmartBody SmartMind is
NOT for You If You…
Want a quick fix and aren’t willing to do any work.
Refuse to make time for yourself and don't want to prioritize your schedule to fit in 15-30 minutes for practicing the exercises on most days of the week, as well as the occasional day wherein you might need 30-50 minutes to engage in the longer teaching videos and practice sessions.
Aren’t ready to face potentially uncomfortable emotions and sensations that will help to unlock old patterns and harmful habits that aren’t serving you anymore so that you can leap ahead and make positive progress. (I’m there for you, but this program is not just fuzzy kittens and rainbows. This can include deep, challenging work.)
"SmartBody SmartMind exceeded my expectations. I thought it might help me to understand a little of what I was doing with my Somatic Therapist, and then I ended up receiving almost the same education that he got when he was doing his training!"
Before I started this course I’d been in therapy for around 6 years. I had done lots of work on myself over that time and felt half-cooked; I had left behind SOME of the symptoms of Complex PTSD that I had been experiencing 6 years prior, but not all. I was in a desperate place, not feeling very ‘in control’ of my life, or my emotional state. The 12-week program put me behind the controls of my nervous system and mental health.
Prior to this course, I was avoiding pretty much everyone, and all of my adult responsibilities. I now have far more ‘space’ in my body and mind, to deal with life’s inevitable stressors. I’m far more peaceful, less scared of the world, and ready for work, life and relationships. It’s a great relief for me, knowing I can move gently back towards life.
My physical health has improved substantially. I have a lovely colour to my face, when I used to be pasty white. I eat better because I can concentrate on what my body feels like – If I feel like salad, I eat that. If I feel like a bit of junk, I eat that. But in general, my body craves good food more often. I feel life and vitality, and resilience returning to my body. My friends and family are all a lot happier. They see and comment that I’m on the mend, clearer and more sure of myself, and generally happier – the work doesn’t stop with me; as I heal, so do they.
I’m also a bit of a Veteran with group work when it comes to ‘mental health’ problems and I can confidently say that this program is as well run as any that I’ve attended face-to-face.This course has a psychoeducational component that is second to none. I was educated on what my nervous system is, why it might malfunction, and how to fix it. I became the patient and the doctor all at once. I feel confident to do the work how and when my body needs it. By way of analogy – how many mechanics would fix your car, for a reasonable price, and then show you how to fix your engine, so you don’t need to go back again? That’s how I feel.
The only difficulty I had with this course was being able to afford it. I hadn’t worked since a significant lapse, about 2 years ago, so I didn’t have any money, or the income I needed. I ‘knew’ I was going to do the course one way or another and so I put up a ‘gofundme’ project and asked everyone in my contact list on social media, to pay for the course – which was HUGE for me. I had the money within a week and got into the course. Because everyone else had paid, it also made me super-accountable and I worked my butt off first time round. I recommend people think outside the box and go for something like this, if money is an issue for them. The exercise in asking for help and getting it, was healing in itself.
I hear Irene say things like “this is what the world needs right now” and she’s telling the truth. I believe her 100%. I’m the luckiest man alive to have found her and her work. She gave me my life back! (I just found some tears I’ve needed to cry for a while).
- John Sykes, Art Therapist in Training. Sydney Australia. SBSM Alumni
Here's What You'll Get When You Join
These 12 Weeks of Powerful Learning, Interaction & Support
10 Training Modules
Each module (or “lab,” as I like to call them) gives you a blend of video trainings and audio neurosensory exercises.
The program dives deep into topics such as:
Following Your Impulse
Finding Potent Posture
8 Live Training Calls
During these calls, I’ll teach you new core pieces of material to supplement the program curriculum, through the use of fill-in-the-blank handouts.
(These handouts were a massive hit in our last round!)
All calls are recorded and placed in the member area within 24-48 hours following the live call. So, even if you can't attend every call live, you'll still be able to tune in and benefit from the information shared.
10 Question and Answer Calls
We’ll also have live Q&A calls, so you can ask your specific questions around your own personal progress, the program content, etc.
(Questions are sent in via email ahead of time and all calls will be recorded and uploaded to the program website for listening after the live call.)
This is your opportunity to gain clarity on any of the topics that are taught and learn from your peers, too.
2 Action / Rest Weeks
There will be two full weeks dedicated to review and integration of the program content – so even if you fall behind, you’ll be able to catch back up.
A note about the program content and pacing: this work is meant to be done slowly and over a long period of time, which is why everyone who joins becomes an alumni and receives lifetime access.
So, even if you fall "behind" with the material, please know that there is no behind -- there is only the pace at which you need to work to heal your past trauma and get on the road to feeling better.
Support via Our Private Facebook Group
I’m a huge believer in the power of community.
In the Facebook group, you’re able to connect with other SmartBody SmartMind participants, people who are making the same journey as you.
You’ll also be able to ask me and my team of professional colleagus your questions here, to get extra support between our modules and Q&A calls.
That said, the program is NOT the Facebook Group so you do not need to join the group to get the full benefits from this 12-week immersion, it's simply an option that many enjoy.
LIFETIME Access as a Valued Alumni
Although the program itself runs for 12 weeks, I’m giving you Lifetime Access to the material.
This is so that you can come back to it over and over again, at any point in the future.
You’ll receive automatic access to any upgrades or new versions I create, so you’ll always have the newest, most cutting edge science available for the nervous system.
Most people try to jump into healing at an advanced level without first doing the foundational work.
(Think: going to yoga classes or trying to heal trauma before preparing your system, or even understanding what that preparation might look like!)
The 5 Pillars of Healing start by giving you a foundation upon which to do the rest of your work – which means you’ll be more aware of your stress physiology. You then move through the rest of the Pillars, which include working at the level of your stress organs, and delving into more intense mind-body work.
You’ll learn how to recognize which pillar you currently need, and the key actions to take under each one.
32 Neurosensory Exercises
These practical exercises tap into multiple layers of your body, brain and nervous system. They are a blend of my expertise in the somatic healing arts of Somatic Experiencing, Somatic Practice and Feldenkraisian learning.
The beginner and intermediate exercises work to help de-stress, enhance breath and body awareness, improve presence, as well as build internal capacity that will make your brain and body smarter (really!)
The more advanced exercises help you tap into your stress organs (specifically the kidney-adrenals and brainstem) so you become better at experiencing stress without it affecting you negatively, while dually improving the capacity to “let go” of held tensions
These advanced exercises will also refine the communication between the gut and the brain via the important vagus nerve. The health of this nerve is essential for proper regulation of the nervous system and its corresponding body systems (the digestive tract, cardiovascular and blood pressure systems, muscles of social engagement and communication as well as the “higher brain” centres, to name a few.)
The Biology of Stress (Video Training Series)
In order to truly transform the way your body handles stress, you need to understand how stress works.
This signature video training series contains five master class trainings that have completely revolutionized people’s lives.
This training will give you answers (and most importantly, hope) by providing a solid biological explanation for a lot of the pain and angst that you’ve been struggling to figure out and fix.
Want an Even Deeper Dive
Into the 12-Week Program?
I want to ensure that you know *exactly* what you are getting when you sign up for the 12-week program so I’ve put together a video that explains how the program is structured, how it works and what I cover inside of the course.
If anything so far has been unclear, this 25+ minute video will clear it up and leave you feeling confident about the journey you’ll undertake with the next cohort of SmartBody SmartMind participants.
This video was created for members of the program so some of the directives (download the checklist, for example) are not something you can do until you join the program.
<< Watch the video now
"I dove into this work out of desperation to heal chronic ailments that were getting really out of hand, and it changed my whole outlook on the world."
I have a deeper compassion than before for those around me and most importantly, myself. I've become more trusting of my feelings and am better able to let them come through. I have had big releases in my body that were stored for ages.
So many emotions have poured out of me during this time which was hard, and also pleasant. The other day I got down on the ground and started doing a mixture of my own rewiring exercises that I'd learned with the program; I was led by curiosity and I felt such a deep love for myself. I feel more aligned with the cycles of the moon. More primal. I feel like we are on a journey back to who we really are.
This work really saved me. Even though it's just the beginning for me, it came into my life right when I needed it the most. Thank you for this life long gift that I have right at my fingertips whenever I need it. The best investment I've made for myself.
- Meg Sutton, SBSM Alumni
You'll Also Receive These
5-Part “Pre Game” Video Series
This video series is all about integrating important tools into your daily life and creating daily habits that can support you and your healing.
I cover a wide range of topics such as:
the importance of sleep and rest
scheduling your practice sessions
Incredible & Informative Guest Expert Interviews
I’ve got some incredible colleagues with important messages and teachings which will help to supplement and integrate your learning during the 12 weeks and beyond.
Meditation & Mindfulness 101, an Interview with Chris Dierkes, Soul Interpreter and Spiritual Scholar
The Power of Your Voice for Health & Happiness, with KC Baker, Women’s Thought Leadership Expert
How to Help Anxious Kids Who are Behaving "Badly," with Stephen Terrell, Somatic Practice Trainer and Early Trauma and Attachment Specialist
6 Audio Tracks for Sparking Up
One way to stimulate or soothe the nervous system is to use music, which can be specifically designed to tap into different areas of the body.
My husband, Seth Lyon, is a classically trained composer and percussionist as well as a nervous system specialist.
He has blended his knowledge of sound healing frequencies into these six beautifully designed tracks that range from calming to stimulating to invigorating.
Download them to your favourite audio device, grab your headphones and enjoy.
Digital Copies of My E-books & Audio Programs
When you join the 12-week program, you’re going to get digital access to some of my favourite (and most used!) e-books and audio programs. Here’s the list:
The Two Little-Known Stages Of Adrenal Fatigue And What You Can Do To Fix It!
How to De-Stress in 7 Steps
Audio: Side-to-Side Awareness with Inhale & Exhale
Feldenkrais “Cheat Sheet”
Access to My 21 Day Nervous System
Tune-Up Self-Study Starter Course
Access my 21 Day Nervous System Tune-Up Self-Study Starter Course whenever you want!
Because my shorter 21 Day Nervous System Tune-Up is curated from the longer 12 week SmartBody SmartMind program, you will gain access to this 21-day tune-up for free so that after the course is over you can continue to review your nervous system learning in a shorter format that covers the basics, with some structured guidance to keep you on track.
AND… throughout the 12 weeks I will provide supplemental resources in the form of articles, non-fiction book recommendations and TED talks for those keeners who love learning more…
Between tuition, travel, books, certifications and more, I’ve spent well over $100,000 learning this material (more, if you also include my university degrees).
And I have definitely exceeded well over 10,000 hours of face-to-face work with clients.
But you don’t have to spend that kind of time or money.
I believe this work is so important – not just on an individual level, but also on a level of real transformation in the world – that I decided to create this program so that this work can be more accessible for you.
With SmartBody SmartMind, you’re getting the fruits of my 20 years of experience.
So rather than your having to sift through all the reading, research, and books, and attending training sessions – I’m giving you what I’ve found to be the most essential, critical pieces a person needs to know for healing their nervous system.
It’s a curated collection of what you need to know for healing trauma at the nervous system level and tapping into the power of neuroplastic healing.
Plus, not only are you getting education, and a lifestyle change, but you’re getting a whole new community of caring people who are empathetic and interested in the next level of healing. (I’ve found out that members have formed true, meaningful friendships where they continue to support each other outside of the program.)
Irene’s 12-week program has been a deep multi-layer learning for me. It has brought me huge enrichment both personally and professionally.
It influenced how I am in my daily life, how I relate, how I parent, how I understand myself, how I work. It improved greatly my ability to understand and recognize my stress responses and provided me with tools to shift them and to process “unpleasant” feelings and sensation. It has been intense learning about the autonomic nervous system, stress physiology and trauma, though everything I’ve learned makes absolute sense in my work as a Feldenkrais practitioner. Actually it has been challenging and changing my thinking and practicing.
I have a busy practice in Prague. I have had many happy clients, still, I found with many of my clients I didn’t have the tools I needed to get results that stay. I’ve found that what Irene teaches is what I am searching for. Thanks to the program I have greater understanding of the tools I learnt in the Feldenkrais training and how to use them to the benefit of clients, plus I’ve learned new tools that have totally changed how I work with clients that have trauma, which I can also perceive now more clearly. Last but not least I got greater understanding of whom my work really is for, what I can offer, and when I should refer people to a trauma specialist.
My conviction after finishing Irene’s program is that it is very beneficial for any practitioner, and any human, to have the understanding and experience of autonomic nervous system regulation, stress physiology, ability to recognize trapped trauma, and know how a traumatized system will tend to respond. Irene offers us a chance to learn all of this, and to feel and sense what biological safety is and how to gain more of this quality. I recommend the 12-week program as a postgraduate education to any practitioner.
Irene’s Smart Body, Smart Mind program was powerful for me both as a practitioner and as a client.
Before enrolling, I knew very little about the nervous system. Irene focuses on the importance of understanding how the system works and she is able to explain the intricacies of it clearly. This information has helped me tremendously when working with my own clients in my energy healing practice, as I now understand the “why” behind how things are showing up in their bodies and energy fields.
Personally, the information and the exercises have been extremely helpful in understanding how trauma and early dysregulation of my nervous system has been held in my physical body. The exercises have been profound! I have used a lot of other modalities and received relief, but these exercises allowed me to go even deeper and to release in ways I didn’t even know were possible.
Since the program started, I feel as though my body is unwinding.
I’ve had carpal tunnel in my wrist for years and when I started the class, it hurt so badly that I couldn’t write by hand for a sustained period of time. Now, I can write pages, neatly and without too much discomfort. I am also experiencing more relief in my shoulders and neck.
The positive impact of the program is still unfolding and I am still learning so much and moving deeper and deeper into my own body. Irene and her team are a blessing and I am very much looking forward to the next round so that even more can be revealed!
Janet Raftis, Energy Healer and Psychic Medium, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. SBSM Alumni
Why I Created This Course and
Why I’m the One to Teach You
Hi. I’m Irene Lyon.
For the past 10 years, I’ve helped everyone from Olympic athletes, to wheelchair-bound basketball players, to folks suffering from severe PTSD, to big-deal executives, to online stars.
I’ve seen my clients improve from back pain, knee pain, chronic pain, fear of public speaking, digestive issues, severe depression, anxiety, developmental trauma, shock trauma, ritual abuse, strokes, head injuries and more!
The best part? When they discover how working with this one system (the nervous system) leads to everything falling into place — their entire lives change for the better.
This precious little system of ours never gets the time of day (until it’s seriously out of whack). That’s why I believe everyone benefits when they discover how their insides tick from a nervous system perspective.
My clients have told me that the science they’ve learned, plus the simple and advanced exercises they’ve practiced in this program have changed their lives dramatically.
Some have said it has given them back ‘that spark for life.’ Marriages have been saved; others have left their toxic and debilitating relationships. Parenting practices have improved and become more fulfilling. Others have said it has given them the ‘Master Key’ they’ve been looking for since they’ve been on their healing journey.
Whatever it is that you need to improve and work on, or through, I can guarantee that this course will help.
"If you believe in the mind body connection, if you believe you are the source of your own healing, but just need the tools, then THIS is the program for you."
I used to have fibromyalgia. I used to hold everything inside me. Literally. I didn’t feel much of anything (except pain). I was “happy” enough but with no sense of joy. I felt kinda helpless to help myself beyond the physical (osteopath, naturopath, acupuncture, diet and lifestyle - all since 2002) and when my subconscious told me it was time to start taking a look at what I hadn’t seen, my mind freaked out and had no way to file or process and it resulted in a deep, dark pit of depression and despair.
Fast forward to me creating (another physical) supplement regime that avoided pharmaceuticals to stop myself from taking my life, and some excellent counselling and I was able to see that I needed something more. In September 2016, I stumbled across Irene’s free Healing Trauma intro videos that are the informational series to the 12 week program. I had done SO much myself, I had healed as much as I could, but I was at a loss with persistent dis-ease and lack of overall sense of wellbeing... The emotional side of things and the mind body connection were missing…
Watching the three-part video series, I was riveted. I felt compelled! It spoke to me in a way no other therapy had! Could I really gain the tools to help myself to heal? Could I really stop myself from responding to stress the way I always had? Really? YES! The answer is YES!
I went to the dentist the other day, ZERO anxiety. For as long as I can remember the dentist = stress response. I no longer have continual pain in my hip/body -- I used to hold anger in my right hip, I now have the tools to release any pent up anger and frustration in a constructive health promoting way, no longer holding onto it to manifest as physical pain. I have such a sense of freedom. SO much has opened up in my life. I can FEEL and I am ok with that, vulnerability suits me it seems.
I feel more generous with my time - I am easily a hermit ordinarily. I see an osteopath on occasion as opposed to almost weekly as a necessity. I work through stressful situations in a flash to the point that they are no longer an issue. I can have repressed memories crop up and deal with them powerfully - not be consumed by them. Issues with people in my life? Meh, sorted in an instant without drama on my part... Illnesses around me this winter (I’m in NZ) nada, I have been exposed to SO much and had nothing at all… AND... I am experiencing JOY, every day.
My past isn’t coming back to haunt me, it is coming back to heal me. I am healthy. My bloodwork and alternative tests look fabulous. No liver toxicity, no chronic inflammation no regular pain… I had done A LOT of work myself prior to this course, and, although I have learnt a tonne and have no regrets, if I could have my time again, I would just invest in this course. And, finally, the best thing…
I have found love, I am IN love. I am in a relationship with a really awesome man (it’s a recent thing). I was single my whole life (on purpose) and unable to engage, or even if I am honest, consider the possibility of engaging prior to this course… Things are on track for happily ever after… I wondered if it would ever happen… A WHOLE lot of stuff needed to not just change, but transform before this was going to happen and now it has and IS happening. I needed to be able to love myself first… And THAT started with acceptance.
This program is a journey of self discovery, of letting go of what is not serving you, of gaining the “things” you need to live your life from a place of health… whatever that means to you… You can take it at your own pace, you can stop and start if you need to, you are accepted at wherever you are in your journey, there is no pressure, you are the skipper of your ship… There is incredible support offered by Irene and her team, but also the alumni and other participants. You are not alone. You must DO the work, but if you do, the results are INCREDIBLE. I know this, because I am living proof of it.
What are YOU waiting for? This IS it. This WILL get you results.
This is adult learning and I expect my participants to truly honour their investment and show up for themselves 100%. The content (theory & neurosensory exercises) and live support (our group training and Q&A calls; Facebook forum) within this 12-week online program are potent and work when practiced within your own personal capacity, listening to and following your limits, while also opening up your curiosity for a new way of living.
This work doesn’t happen overnight and it is not a quick fix – it is a paradigm shift. For some people, they need the entire 12 weeks and more time to witness positive effects (this is why you get Lifetime Membership so you can repeat the program for as long as I run it).
For other people, changes occur during the first week, if not sooner. It is also important to understand that nervous system healing is dependant not only on our own personal willingness to do the work, but also ensuring the environment we live in is safe enough so we can take on this education and practice. If you are ready to make a significant change in your life, this will help. If you’re still not satisfied after giving it a 100% go, I’ll refund your payment within 30 days of the program start date.
I really liked the concept that trauma is anything that overwhelms the nervous system…it was a gentler and broader viewpoint than I had learned in the past– and that continues to help me with my own inner work and with client work.
I had some periods of frustration here and there in the learning curve, that were just related to my wanting to master it all NOW (my own impatience, longstanding with learning new stuff..!) I appreciated Irene’s constant emphasis to go slowly and respect our bodies, and that going too fast was counterproductive. Now when my mind says “keep going”, I try to listen to what my physiology is saying, because I realize it’s the TRUE indicator of my stress level.
I’ve also adapted the exercises to do in various situations throughout my day as a way of LIVING the material more and more– and through that, I believe I’m doing constant little bits of rewiring….I live differently and there’s no going back! I even had a concrete example when my startle response was much less severe than it has been for years, and I came ‘down’ from it really quickly by using what I’ve learned.
I see so much more in what’s happening in my clients now. I feel like I now see everything through the ‘lens’ of the nervous system state and past trauma, and it has really opened my awareness and filled in things I could not quite grasp previously. I am SO grateful to Irene for all she is doing in this field. It has been –and will continue to be– a life-changing piece for me in my health recovery and in my overall quality of life.
Lisa Dennys, Author, Life Coach and Intuitive Personal Growth Catalyst. Ontario, Canada. SBSM Alumni.
Irene’s program gave me the tools to rebalance my nervous system, and to understand that my childhood experiences impacted my nervous system development and kept me locked in unhealthy patterns.
I continue to utilize the tools to reset my nervous system daily, which makes me feel calmer, safer, and gives me more self-connection and confidence. I love it!
These are life/body/emotional skills that everyone should have growing up (or to recover from growing up)!
CrisMarie Campbell, Speaker & Management Consultant at Thrive! Inc. Whitefish, MT
Want to Hear More From Past Participants?
Here are the full interviews I did with my SmartBody SmartMind alumni.
*Note – These folks were in the program when it was called “The New Inner Game”, so if you hear them mention that, or “the game”, that’s what they are referring to. Same program, different name.
Janet Raftis – Developing Deep
Self-Love & Body Trust
David Magness – Better Mental Health
via Positive Coping Strategies
Lisa – Healing the Immune System
Amy – Improve Your Love Life, Business, and Anxiety
Linda – Healing MS via Nervous System Health
Gayle – The Power of Pausing and Self-Care
Mason - On Being the Change!
A Story from One of Our Alumni
Like many others, I’ve been on quite a long healing journey. I’m recovering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, I’m overweight, and I have a number of other health issues, which I have spent years trying to resolve. I had definitely made progress in finding peace and dealing with many issues, but still felt STUCK, even with everything I’d learned and done. Irene’s course somehow came across my Facebook feed earlier this year, and I just knew it was the next piece I needed. I had no idea when I started out though, how profound her work is. She draws together a number of tools and modalities, but has an approach that is, I think, revolutionary.
A key piece for me has been the education she has given me – I now finally clearly understand what happens when my body has a stress response, and where it comes from. I’d never have thought that knowing the biology would make such a difference, but it truly does. Then, with the knowledge piece on board, she takes you on a journey into your body, ever so gently.
It’s a tough transition to make, learning that there is a deeper level of healing that can only happen through the body, not through the mind. Our whole world tells us that we need to talk it out, figure it out, name it, change the belief etc – and while that certainly has an important place, if you don’t go into the body and process stress and trauma at that level, there will always be a vital element missing from your healing.
Now, I know more and more that I can become my own healer, if I just keep practicing these new tools. It’s not always easy, but it’s definitely worth it.
The biggest change for me is that I feel as though I am finally becoming UNstuck. I’m seeing changes in my thinking and in my choices and in my ability to live life more fully. I finally have real hope that profound healing and change is actually possible and that the second half of my life really can be one of health and abundance in ways I can’t even envisage yet. It’s not a quick fix, but I’m pretty certain that the changes that have happened so far are definitely here to stay!
One last piece that has been a really wonderful experience has been the support and sharing that have happened in the very private, very safe Facebook community of people who are doing this work together. We are able to support each other and learn from each other and share this journey, and it’s really special.
- Karen MacKay, Calgary, Canada. SBSM Alumni
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I have done lots of other therapies including yoga, but this material really gave me a new level of self awareness and body awareness.
I now sleep better, have less back pain and headaches, understand how I hold stress in my body, and practice tools that gently release tension throughout my day. It is so worth it so invest in yourself and learn advanced self-care skills.
Each person needs to study themselves – this course is a wonderful guide to help us do that.
Irene has a wonderful voice, pacing, and manner of speaking that makes the audio lessons easy to follow and comforting.The exercises we covered expanded the sophistication of my approach to continued self-understanding and self-maintenance.
Mark Fan, Engineer & Researcher. Toronto, Canada. SBSM Alumni
"The last few days, there have been a few instances of people telling me “wow you look well! the last time we saw you you were so exhausted you could hardly talk, what happened to you?”"
"Hehe :), this course happened to me! Yay! Here are some examples...
Before the course I had a very bad case of dry scalp, I just realised the other day that it has disappeared for some weeks now!
Although I very rarely get ill, I very often, after a tiring day, would get a really bad sore throat. I got that again yesterday after an extra stressful day of travelling which made me realize that I haven't had that as a regular reaction for a long while!
My biggest issue and trauma I think is expressed through my relation to eating. My main symptom is that when I eat, I get into a state of alert and danger, especially around others - as if i have no time to eat and someone might take the food away so I have to eat fast and furious! One of the very unsettling symptoms is that I actually eat very little when I'm with others - my stomach feels full after two bites, and then I get really swollen and uncomfortable with lots of stomach pain. Interestingly enough, just recently I was at a seminar in Croatia where I was eating with other people every day (people i just met by the way) and I realized suddenly that my appetite was great, I was actually quite calm while eating, and my stomach afterwards was perfectly fine! Yay! Yay! you can't imagine what a huge relief this is for me.
Meeting new people is always for me tricky and there have been so many times where a friend has asked me out for a drink mentioning that another friend of theirs will be there too that I don't know, and I've canceled the appointment as I get too threatened. I'm like an animal in the jungle, I need time to assess if the new person is a predator or not. Interestingly enough, not only in the seminar in Croatia did I feel a big difference (which was a very safe setting with like-minded people, but still, I didn’t know them), but in the airport when we were stuck and the flight was canceled and the airline took us to a hotel, I effortlessly engaged, shared the free meal, and even had a good time with those strangers!
The most dramatic change I've noticed recently (and it's really hard to believe this is happening to me) is that every time I feel fatigue, pain or sadness creep in, instead of my usual solitary withdrawal into bed with the blinds shut, something else happens. I start by doing my old shut down routine, but soon my impulse tells me, “you want to move!”. For the following 5 minutes I stay in bed with that impulse feeling confused and fighting it as I can't believe that moving and getting up would be good for me, but a bit later I get up, open the blinds and start moving! I do housework or run an errand or do some work and suddenly I'm back feeling engaged, and the sadness and fatigue give way to a more alert state. Flow starts happening and 30 minutes later I've shifted; I have energy and my mood is good and calm! Amazing! I can hardly still believe it. What is becoming more and more clear is that it's not so much that I have a surplus of energy but that I spend less. I spend so much less energy in feeling unsafe and protecting myself!
The biggest overall change is that when the course started I was in deep shut down and living in pure survival energy 24 hours a day. I had stopped working and I could hardly talk from the fatigue and pain flare-ups. I thought that I had regressed so badly it would take me months to get back on track. Well, now that feels like a different life time! I work more than ever and I enjoy it more than ever, I still need to take more days off than others and take care not to overdo it, but there is a big shift!
So thanks again to everyone, I just have to express that I'M GRATEFUL, and this feeling of gratitude is so very new to me. Yesterday I lay down for 30 minutes just seeing the images of people I feel grateful for in my life. I don't think I've ever done this before and it warmed my heart and made me smile. Can't wait to continue with this learning on my own over the next few months and then again when we start the next session!"
My nervous system was in a state of functioning freeze. I repressed a lot of emotions. I did not like conflict. I had a tendency to go into shut down. I tried to always be nice and a people-pleaser. I felt shame around feeling “negative” emotions. I was diagnosed with colon cancer 2 years ago and had a baseball size tumor removed. I chose to take a holistic approach to my healing, and a year after working with my doctor he recommended I have a second cancer test done that is very specialized. The results came back and the numbers barely changed. I started to cry. My doctor told me that I had done a great job with my diet and supplements but if he had to give me a grade for my stress level he would give me an "F".
The test was done on September 21 2016 and I was blessed with an email about Irene's 3-part video series and I started SmartBody SmartMind on October 4, 2016. Just today a friend who sees my same doctor asked me what do I feel changed for me after my doctor told me that I was failing in the stress department. I told her that hands down it was taking Irene's 12 week program.
Irene's 12 week program provides information that is so valuable for understanding our nervous systems. The class is structured in a way that it is dosed out perfectly so that you never feel overwhelmed. I was impressed with the way the program was laid out. No matter your learning style Irene provided material to fit. I was able to read the lesson, watch a video and print off the transcripts. Brilliant!
I love that I can take this class as many times as I want, as I have a tendency to be an overachiever, but I felt for the first time with an online class that I could pace myself and if I did not complete the 12 weeks that it was okay. This took so much stress off me and it helped my nervous system.
Irene provides exercises that are great tools. I found this to be so very helpful. So often people present theory but they do not share tools that can be helpful for self-empowerment and healing. I have greatly enjoyed the private FB group as well. I have learned so much from people's posts and comments. I feel a real sense of community as a member of this group.
Now I have healthier relationships with people and I am so much more compassionate about what people are going through. Irene encourages us to honor our bodies plus she teaches us to self-regulate. That was huge for me since I have always had a tendency to shut down or rage. I feel like I have spent so much of my life out of my body. This program made me feel safe to be in my body and to appreciate it's wonder from a whole new level.
- Linda Yuncker, Ventura, California. SBSM Alumni
Irene's 12-week program has been pivotal in deepening my understanding of myself as well as the people with which I work. I work with suicide loss survivors and the information I've learned in this course has given me the nervous system language needed to assist people in better understanding what they are experiencing in this complicated grief process. That, in and of itself, is priceless.
Irene presents the concepts and exercises in a simple, easy-to-understand way. I had already done quite a bit of personal healing before I found this program and it filled in gaps of understanding, provided effective and simple tools, and deepened my connection with myself and others. I am so glad to have found Irene's work and am so grateful to her and for each and every person that works with her to make this program such a full experience. The rich, juicy, community-building discussions and connections are invaluable and add a depth to the program that is rarely found in an online format. I highly recommend SmartBody SmartMind to anyone on a healing journey!
- Mariana. SBSM Alumni
The 12 week program has been life changing for me. I bought the program October last year and just couldn't get my head around paying so much for it.My mindset definitely affected my whole approach to the process. Although I made some huge progress even with a negative mindset, the changes I have made since doing the program this second time round are nothing short of astounding.
If you are holding back because of the price, don't! You will be so glad that you have bought this program, support and education. It's truly worth every cent.
I have always wanted to use the skills and abilities I know I possess, but I have never had the confidence and courage to put myself out there and just do it! Well, now I'm doing it I am in the process of starting up a business.
- Ellen Hill. SBSM Alumni
I knew in my gut this class was holding a huge missing piece in my 20 year Lyme healing journey. I wasn't sure it was the right time to do it, as it was starting while I was moving. And it cost almost 2 months of income for me. But I knew it would be profound for me. So I did it and am so glad I did.
For most of these 20 years, I kept thinking the "right treatment" would come along for me, so I tried everything, spent everything to get well in those years, including selling my house to pay for treatments. As the years went by, I started to suspect that I needed to change my approach. I knew I had more internal work to do, had been to therapists, unsuccessfully. I didn't know what else to do.
This program showed me how. And why.
I knew, that in addition to feeling sick, I somehow didn't have the stamina I used to, I was burning out faster and faster in response to less and less stress. It was something I couldn't really explain to my medical team, but I knew it was a problem. But I didn't know how to stop "pushing through" to make things work/get things done, despite the burnout feeling. And I thought it was all Lyme.
I also knew I didn't find it easy to feel things. I numb out and push thru it, I thought that was how everyone did it. I couldn't "feel" my feelings. With this course, I learned how to "be with myself". I learned that numbness and not being able to feel is common and normal for someone like me who has been through so much trauma. I learned that it's essential for me to feel and experience my own anger, my own feelings... and I got a ton of help with learning to be in touch with that part of me and how to let it out.
In the last few years I started to suspect that some of my physical symptoms were not Lyme symptoms, but something else, but I couldn't figure out what, or how to help myself. Understanding what Functional Freeze looks like (me), what the symptoms of trauma are, and what it means to have a dysregulated nervous system were eye-opening to me. Freeze! Conservation mode! I'm not always exhausted from Lyme, I'm in Conservation freeze! And it's not a matter of just "changing my mind" to get out of it. That, is a game-changing understanding for me!
This program has a great FB page, and tons of people participated... talking about what they were learning, encouraging each other, from all over the world. It was remarkable to me, after being in varying support groups, to find such camaraderie and care. I have come to the place where I don't feel alone in this, as I have for most of my life.
I feel like I was on the Titanic, saw the iceberg, and this program helped me turn the ship away from a collision and towards connecting with myself on so many levels I didn't know existed.... and that's worth everything to me.
- Chris Maldonado. SBSM Alumni
I've had anxiety and depression since about age 8. I grew up in a toxic family environment. I was fairly functional up until 4 years ago, but then was hit big time by extreme anxiety and depression. I was already on an antidepressant, but that wasn't cutting it anymore. I went to a psychiatrist who tried about 7 different medications with disastrous results. That experience in itself was traumatizing.
I was finally able to get an appointment with a psychologist that I connected well with. I saw her for a year. We did EMDR, Brainspotting, and talk therapy. Those things helped, but I still wasn't totally functional. I found Tim JP Collins Anxiety Podcast, that's how I learned about Irene and decided to join her 12-week program.
I was eager to learn about the nervous system. I've always been one to want to know why things work the way they do, I learn better that way. I noticed little changes pretty quickly, but when we started the exercises I was amazed! I knew it was working. The anxiety was greatly reduced, it wasn't everyday like it had been for the past 4 years. But then my progress seemed to stop. (I know now that it didn't really stop, that's just part of the process, but I'm impatient). I found great support from Irene and her staff and from other group members, that really helped me "hold on".
About mid-way through the program, I was able to assert myself by setting boundaries with some family members. It gave me a feeling of power and control over my life like I've never experienced (I'm 59). That lead to an apology from my abuser that I thought I would never get. I was able to accept the apology, but will still hold the boundaries. I've also been able to lessen the feeling that I need to try to fix any situation that causes distress to my family. I realize I don't have control over some things and that thinking I do or should, causes stress and anxiety. And that taking that task upon myself isn't necessarily helpful to that person anyway.
Once the 12 weeks were over, I pretty much stopped doing the work. I began to sink back down into the despair of depression until one day it occurred to me that I should do the exercises! So I'm back at it and feeling better! And I'm ready to do the 12 weeks again.
So thank you, thank you, thank you Irene! for dedicating your life to learning and teaching this program.
- M.W. SBSM Alumni
Apprenticing with Irene over 12 weeks brought about a major, salutary lifestyle change for me. It's not just the lessons/labs themselves but her optimistic, grounded spirit, the supportive facebook community, and how she weaves in the very personal and intimate phone calls with theory and practice. The experience is like be-friending your body at a deeper level while fine-tuning your awareness of how it interfaces with your emotions, your environment, and deeper memories and experiences. It's a renaissance blend of science and humanity that feels like an antidote to a modern world that is overly segmented and compartmentalized. It is both remedial education and a radical, root-level healing journey.
Irene deconstructs the body's underlying processes so that you begin to sense on an intuitive level the patterns of holding and/or overload lying just beneath your conscious awareness, allowing you to bring more focus and choice into how you relate with your body, allowing gentle releases and re-organization over time. It sounds esoteric, but is very down-to-earth. Her integration of many disciplines - Peter Levine's Somatic Experiencing, Kathy Kain's Somatic Touch, and the work of Moshe Feldenkrais - creates a "toolbox" that works for those with a severely compromised nervous system perhaps accompanied by disease as well as for those needing help in unwinding shocks to their system to gain back nervous/emotional stability and resiliency. The effectiveness of the program is in large part due to Irene's embodied, intimate style of delivery, shaped by her own well-regulated nervous system. This piece is key, for in nervous system recovery, the teacher's level of healing resonates with and influences your own.
Results are palpable. I entered the program after a cathartic workshop that had re-awakened old traumatic memories too quickly, resulting in what my network chiropractor called an "imploded" nervous system. With Irene, I immediately started feeling more energy and "support" during even the most basic neurosensory exercises. I could sense I was on the right path. By the end of the program, my chiropractor said my system was "more flowing with better organized energy", the coherence Irene speaks of. As I continue to work with her "toolbox" on my own, his most recent diagnosis was that "you now have a solid foundation/structure so that your energy is not constantly ricocheting around and compensating but is now manageable." I am so grateful that Irene came into my life when she did so that I could turn a major corner in my life.
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