“Kinesiology is the scientific study of human movement, performance and function - also known as human kinetics. Kinesiology applies the science of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, psychology and neuroscience to human movement and function.” 

-British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists

Trauma & the Body

Trauma can be any event that is perceived as “too much, too fast, too soon” and can take many forms: 

sports injuries

motor vehicle accidents

losing a job/unemployment


physical/emotional abuse

losing a significant other

witnessing accidents

cumulative stress (micro traumas)


If the body's natural process to reacting to trauma is interrupted or muted at the time of the event, then an incomplete process can get “stuck” in the nervous system. Untreated trauma can manifest as pain, inflammation, insomnia, panic attacks, shortness of breath, tension, and other limiting conditions that can affect performance during sport events, work and activities of daily living. In a somatic therapy based kinesiology session, one can expect to have a safe place where the body can learn to self-regulate in a manageable way. When the body has a chance to gently release trapped information, it can feel relaxed and tend to the basic functions our bodies are designed to manage. As a result, people can feel positives shifts in their athletic performance, work productivity, and personal lives.

How can somatic therapy help athletic performance?

An athlete’s primary goal is to reach peak performance through the actualization of their body’s fullest potential. It is an athlete's priority to train the body to carry out optimal strength, agility, range of motion, reaction time, power, speed, resilience and recovery. The fastest way to achieve this is to have the body work the most efficiently, with as little distractions in the systems that are designed to help us exist. If the nervous system has trapped information due to the athlete's exposure to events that are perceived as traumatic (refer to list above), then athletes can experience limitations to their progression, and performance is inevitably dampened. Somatic therapy can help athletes work through these distractions, regain confidence and productivity.

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What is Somatic Experiencing®?

"The Somatic Experiencing® (SE™) method is a body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma and other stress disorders. It is the life’s work of Dr. Peter A. Levine, resulting from his multidisciplinary study of stress physiology, psychology, ethology, biology, neuroscience, indigenous healing practices, and medical biophysics, together with over 45 years of successful clinical application. The SE™ approach releases traumatic shock, which is key to transforming PTSD and the wounds of emotional and early developmental attachment trauma. [SE™] offers a framework to assess where a person is “stuck” in the fight, flight or freeze responses and provides clinical tools to resolve these fixated physiological states. It provides effective skills appropriate to a variety of healing professions including mental health, medicine, physical and occupational therapies, bodywork, addiction treatment, first response, education, and others.”

- Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute

What is NeuroAffective Touch®?

"NeuroAffective Touch® is a professional somatic training that introduces psychotherapists and bodyworkers to the use of touch as a vital bridge to body-mind integration. By highlighting the primary role of the body and emphasizing its equal importance to the mind, NeuroAffective Touch® (NATouch™) addresses emotional, relational, and developmental deficits that cannot be reached by verbal means alone. A polyvagal-informed psychobiological approach, NeuroAffective Touch® integrates the key elements of somatic psychotherapy, attachment and developmental theory, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and affective and interpersonal neurobiology. The training is designed to progressively build psychotherapists’ skill and confidence in integrating body-centered interventions into their psychological clinical practice. It also supports bodyworkers in developing the verbal and psychological skills necessary to assist their clients in connecting their neurobiological states to a conscious narrative."

-NeuroAffective Touch®

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What to expect during treatment:

  • Assessment

  • Somatic therapy (SE™, NATouch™)

  • Active therapy (patient moves parts of the body)

  • Fascial release

  • Mindfulness 

E-mail to ask questions to or a have brief consultation with Shawn Mercer BHK.