Wendy Sinclair

Artist and Facilitator

Movement & Somatics

Wendy Sinclair

Interviewer: So, what’s the difference between “movement” and “somatics”?

Wendy: Somatics means “of the body”. So while movement implies the body is moving, shaking, dancing, etcetera, somatics does not always mean movement. Somatics relates to body awareness, witnessing, relationship to environment, internal compass, intuition, trust, experiences and emotions that are going on inside.

Interviewer: Ok, so we know we need movement…Why?

Wendy: …. Yes. We need movement to heal injuries, release stress and toxins, develop strength, work our muscles, lubricate our joints, get our blood pumping, grow in general. Plus a ton of other things. We know this.

Interviewer: Why do we need somatic practice?

Wendy: I believe we need somatic practices to develop inner wisdom, heal ourselves, clear energy, process trauma and conflict, make decisions and choices with confidence and authenticity, re-frame stories, and invite safety.

Interviewer: This all sounds soft and romantic to me.

Wendy: Well, it can be soft and romantic. And I think we could all use a bit more soft and romantic in our lives, in fact in a results/goal-oriented world, I think people long for soft and romantic. But there are plenty of soft and romantic people who are still not connected to their body, nor have trust in their body, or know how to use its wisdom. This included me. And not all somatic practices are soft and romantic. Sometimes they are painful and prickly. We need those too. A big thing to remember is that pain does not always equal injury. The best part is the body gets to decide what we need.


What I Practice

Grounding Grief

Grief is not a mental illness, it is part of the human experience. Something to make friends with.

I am a certified end-of-life doula and experience grief on an on-going basis.

Grounding Grief is a practice I developed that incorporates somatic practices, grounding techniques, and nature therapy to help you ground your unique experiences of loss, grief, heartbreak, and bereavement.

The goal is to create customized generative practices that are accessible to you to compliment traditional grief counseling.

Grief is often misunderstood and surrounded in shame and silence, when it is in fact energy to be alchemized.

Barefoot Lifestyle

I believe in the benefits of barefoot living so much I incorporate it where ever possible into my rituals and practices and even co-founded Toronto Barefoot.

My most-loved body part is my feet and they are the portals to information and optimal sensation. The earth’s ions and vibrations are absorbed through the feet creating positive energy, a sense of well-being and so many, many other curious and mysterious benefits.

Our feet are not designed to be jammed in shoes all day. Reflexology proves that pressure points on the soles of our feet are directly linked to other parts of our bodies, meaning that with exposure to the elements, we can experience bodily health benefits.

Sole, soul.

Your feet are tender, you say? I can guide you one step at a time (har!) ~ and remember that pain is not equal to injury.

Bodyfulness

Bodyfulness is awareness through movement, being conscious of your body’s messages, and moving through the world with non-judgement of your physical being. It’s the less popular sibling to “mindfulness”.

It’s exercises encompasse 8 core principles: oscillation, balance, feedback loops, energy conservation, disciple, change and challenge, contrast through novelty, associations, and emotions.

Some individuals are conscious of these principles as they perform fitness activities, sports, sexual/sensual acts. However, most individuals are on auto-pilot, disassociated from their own bodies.

Bodyfulness takes practice and small acts should be recognized and celebrated.

Social Presencing Theatre

Coined and developed by Arawana Hayashi, this is a natural fit for my wheelhouse given that I am a systems thinker, work with large organizations, and have a theatre/dance background.

We desperately need to reconnect with our own bodies to make sense of the collective body, the human community.

You begin with your connection to the earth body. Where you were born, the ground you absorbed in your earliest experience are imprinted in us, and have tremendous gifts to others.

Social Presencing Theatre invites us into the challenge of acknowledging that we are all co-creators of the systems in which we live. It invites us to stop looking at systems as “out there”, as in “the system’s fault”, and be humble enough to say that the system out there is living in me. I am part of that system.

This is not “lefty” fluffy stuff; this is radical in that it is designed to abolish the polarity that exists in our systems and in our political landscape.