My Experience and Training
As a Renaissance Soul it took many years for my interests, talents and passions to come together. Following a long career as a professional recruiter for major corporations, I graduated from the Coaches Training Institute in 2000 and began my coaching career. As I progressed in my field, I realized the importance of integrating body awareness to empower people to heal and feel whole. This holistic approach has helped people of many walks of life overcome obstacles, move through transitions, and find direction and purpose. Restoring freedom of movement also allows one to live healthier, more fulfilling lives.
Somatic Movement Education
I was personally drawn to somatic movement to address chronic pain issues resulting from earlier injuries and habitual movement patterns. I immediately felt I had come home. As my pain issues improved, I knew I wanted to share this practice with others. I have completed my Level 3 Certification with the Somatic Movement Center and am halfway through a three-year Hanna Somatic Educator program with the Novato Institute.
I felt a sudden sharp pain in my left hip and groin while walking. This deep, dull pain continued and neither stretching, ibuprofen, nor resting helped my misery. After Jacqui guided me through just a few Somatics movements the pain diminished greatly and I could move with greater ease. The next morning – almost like nothing had happened – no pain – total mobility. Somatics and Jacqui are amazing! —Karen Ross, www.KarenRossNow.com
I am continually amazed at how my clients and students continue to experience relief from chronic pain and restore the freedom of movement with somatics. This is truly everyone’s birthright!
iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation
In 2013 I became a certified iRest® teacher. This training expanded my ability to help individuals successfully address and heal a wide-range of emotional issues including anxiety, insomnia, inter-personal conflict, physical ailments, and depression.
Thank you so much for your wonderful iRest class. Each week we find ourselves on a journey to peace and self-reflection. The stories and writings you share are touching and meaningful, and always enhance the theme of the week. Your kind and caring heart is ever present. You are a blessing to all of us! – Carol
As an adjunct faculty of Harper College since 1997, I have facilitated a variety of personal growth courses, including iRest meditation and now Somatic Movement. Since 2001 I have been on the editorial staff of Yoga Chicago writing the Living in Sync column. I also author a regular newsletter/blog.
You are right on top of what people need to hear and have an inspiring way of informing and uplifting them. I guess that’s what Living in Sync means!
– Sharon Steffensen, Editor Yoga Chicago
From 2009 to 2021 I was president and co-founder of Veterans Restorative Project, a not-for-profit organization . We offered free iRest meditation programs to veterans, their families and caregivers. Though the Covid-19 Pandemic caused us to terminate our corporation, we continue to offer free iRest programs virtually to veterans.
In one of my blog articles I wrote about finding one’s keywords that describe the essence of what it means to be alive. The most important for me are: curiosity, creativity and compassion. Engaging these qualities helps me thrive, feel whole and on purpose.
My journey has been enriched with four decades of personal growth studies and the practice of yoga. I was a principal dancer for 20 years with the Near East Heritage Dance Theatre, under the direction of a movement therapist. I co-facilitated Natural Chi Movement workshops with Tienko Ting for several years. I have presented and led many programs incorporating movement to promote personal growth, health and well-being. These experiences have provided a great foundation for my current work as a Somatic Movement teacher.
When I was 19 I began a quest embarking on many journeys traveling to far-away places–in Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. I chose a country, studied everything about it, created my itinerary and traveled alone. I communed with the rich and the poor, established great friendships and learned so much about life and the world.