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Learn to upgrade your brain and take control of your healing. Make peace with your life.

Unstoppable Body and Mind Betsy Jensen

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 75 Ratings

Learn to upgrade your brain and take control of your healing. Make peace with your life.

    Episode #109- What is Somatic Coaching?

    Episode #109- What is Somatic Coaching?

    Today I talk all about somatic coaching- what it is, what it looks like, and who it can help.
    Somatic means body, so somatic coaching uses perceptions and sensations and attention to the body in order to enhance the coaching experience.
    Most therapy and coaching just involves talking, and using our conscious mind. 
    But about 95% of our thoughts are subconscious, so many of our behaviors and nervous system responses are not in our conscious awareness.
    Through somatic coaching (involving the body vs. just talking), I have reached the deepest insights about myself, and hugely shifted my thoughts and feelings in a short amount of time.
    Here is what somatic coaching can help with:
    * Chronic pain/ illness- Somatic coaching helps you feel your sensations more neutrally, which rewires the brain to decrease pain instead of amplifying it.   Most chronic conditions are from learned pain pathways that can be rewired.
    *Returning to movement- Somatic coaching is a great way to get back to exercise or normal movements without pain, since training the brain first has no risk of injury!  Sports Psychologists have known the power of visualization with athletes for decades.  We use similar techniques to return to movement in a progressive, safe, effective, and pain-free way.
    *Processing emotions- Somatic coaching is how we can process emotions, since emotions are felt in the body.  Trapped emotions are responses learned by the nervous system, and can be can be unlearned with somatic coaching.
    *Healing trauma- The same somatic techniques to process pain and emotions are used in healing trauma.  Trauma occurs when something is more than what your nervous system can handle.  By building the capacity of your nervous system through somatic coaching, you can respond differently when triggered without getting stuck in survival states.
    *Subconscious breakthroughs for behavior change- Ever wonder why you find yourself repeating unhealthy behaviors?  We can get to the root of them through somatic coaching.  Often something from childhood has primed the nervous system to behave a certain way.  This happens subconsciously before you even have conscious awareness of it.  Behavior change becomes much easier with somatic coaching and addressing the issue at it's root!
    For a free 60 minute consult with Betsy to ry somatic coaching, sign up here: https://calendly.com/thebetsyjensen/free-consult
    To learn more about somatic coaching with Betsy, click here: https://betsy-jensen.mykajabi.com/offers/2i6gv2yL
    And for info about the monthly coaching membership, Alignment Academy, where you can buy discount somatic sessions- click here: https://betsy-jensen.mykajabi.com/alignment-academy-membership

    • 18 min
    Episode # 108- 5 Minute Somatic Tracking Meditation

    Episode # 108- 5 Minute Somatic Tracking Meditation

    In this episode I take you through a 5 minute somatic tracking meditation to calm your nervous system, and rewire your brain to create less pain!
    Somatic tracking is the process of going into the sensations in the body and describing them neutrally.
    This gives some space between the stimulus (sensation) and the typical response (some form of fear that leads to more pain).
    When we can describe the sensations with different words, imagine the color or shape or texture, and just watching what is there instead of reacting to it, it actually trains the brain that the sensation is not important.  So it does not continue to produce it.
    Listen in for a quick description of why we do somatic tracking to reprocess pain and emotions, and for the short meditation that you can use when you just have a few moments to practice!
    Want help applying this into your life?  Check out my group coaching membership, Alignment Academy!
    Join a community of like minded self healers- full of support, inspiration, and fun!

    • 10 min
    Episode #107- Pain Catastrophizing

    Episode #107- Pain Catastrophizing

    Today's Episode is about Pain Catastrophizing- what it is and how it affects your symptoms.
    People with high levels of pain catastrophizing are more likely to develop a new acute pain, more likely for their acute pain to turn chronic.  And who catastrophize more before surgery are more likely to have complications and a slower recovery.
    Here are the 13 questions on the Pain Catastrophizing Scale.  Rate from 0 (not at all) to 4 (all of the time) when you feel pain:
    I worry all the time about whether the pain will end. 
    I feel I can't go on. 
    It's terrible and I think it's never going to get any better. 
    It's awful and I feel that it overwhelms me.
    I feel I can't stand it anymore. 
    I become afraid that the pain may get worse. 
    I think of other painful experiences. 
    I anxiously want the pain to go away.  
    I can't seem to keep it out of my mind. 
    I keep thinking about how much it hurts. 
    I keep thinking about how badly I want the pain to stop. 
    There is nothing I can do to reduce the intensity of the pain. 
    I wonder whether something serious may happen. 
    A score over 37 means you tend to catastrophize how you think of your pain.
    What is the solution for pain catastrophizing?
    Mindfulness- being in the present moment!
    There are ways to interpret your pain differently, like through somatic tracking or sending yourself messages of safety
    Somatic strategies to calm the nervous system will help decrease pain catastrophizing.
    So listen in for this quick summary of pain catastrophizing and how to rewire it!
    If you are interested in coaching with me, I offer a free 60 min consultation to discuss your specific situation.  I have a group membership and some limited 1:1 spots.
    Click here to schedule: https://calendly.com/thebetsyjensen/free-consult

    • 7 min
    Episode #106- Extinction Bursts

    Episode #106- Extinction Bursts

    Episode #106- Extinction Bursts
    Today’s topic is about part of the normal mind-body healing process- extinction bursts.
    When you are starting to experience some success with healing, one thing that can commonly happen is a resurgence of pain in an old area or a completely new pain.
    Dr Sarno called this the “symptom imperative.”
    In “The Way Out” by Alan Gordon, they call it an extinction burst because of a study with a rat receiving food through a lever.  
    When the lever broke, the rate started pressing more urgently and quickly before the behavior of pressing the button extinguished.
    If you have an extinction burst, there are 3 common stages 1- panic, 2- forcing it, and 3- oh this is how it works!
    Listen to this episode for more, and trust the process- extinction bursts are a good thing because it means the signal will soon become extinct!
    Want help applying this into your life?  Check out my group coaching membership, Alignment Academy!

    • 8 min
    Bonus Episode- Alignment Academy Founder’s Special

    Bonus Episode- Alignment Academy Founder’s Special

    I know some of you are not on my email list or following me on social media (Why not?!?)
    But if you aren't, you may not have heard yet about my amazing "Founder's Special" for Alignment Academy.
    Alignment Academy is my group coaching program with 2 calls per week, modules, and resources for healing.
    Normally it's $99 per mo, but for the first 49 it will be a fixed rate of $49 per mo for as long as you are in Alignment Academy.
    9 spots are gone in just the first few days, so be sure and click on the link for more information if this is calling to you!
    Alignment Academy information:
    Free 60 min consult with Betsy:
    Sign up to receive my free Nervous System Modules and join my email list:

    • 3 min
    Episode #104-Predictive Coding

    Episode #104-Predictive Coding

    Predictive coding is like a brain's subconscious shortcut.
    Predictive coding is the #1 reason for chronic pain symptoms.  Especially for people who tell me they feel calm, but their pain is related to a movement, food, time of the month, etc.
    I give you a few examples of how predictive coding works in our bodies to produce symptoms, and how it can be reversed!  Be sure and listen to find out more.
    Want help with applying this into your life?  Check out Alignment Academy (my group coaching membership).  Click here:
    If you have liked my podcast and have not yet given it a rating or review, PLEASE do that here.  I would greatly appreciate it!

    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

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75 Ratings

75 Ratings

auntcranky ,

Super helpful for emotional and physical suffering

I don’t suffer from chronic pain (thankfully), but I find that most of this applies to emotional pain in very poignant ways.

nernergohard ,

Absolutely wonderful!

This is an incredibly helpful and insightful podcast, especially for anyone new to their healing journey like me. I highly recommend starting from the beginning and working through to the present; so many gems along the way

gayle249 ,

Great podcast

So helpful! Thanks Betsy!

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