Elena Jacinta - trauma-informed somatic practitioner
Hi, I’m Elena Jacinta. I’m a trauma-informed somatic practitioner and a Somatic Experiencing practitioner in training (Intermediate level).
I help sensitive people find relief from symptoms of chronic stress and trauma using the wisdom of their bodies.
I was born in Latvia, and for about 15 years, I worked as a professional contemporary dance artist. So most of my career, I spent touring and teaching across countries in Europe. When I was living in London, I discovered different somatic practices that I often used in my work. But it was not until my body collapsed after burnout and a personal crisis that I truly appreciated the subtle healing power of these body-mind tools.
At that time, I was dealing with several psychosomatic symptoms, many of which didn’t make any sense. They included insomnia, chronic fatigue, hypersensitivity, episodes of depression, to name just a few. So I started to research the impact of chronic stress and trauma on our nervous system. Soon after, I also began to study the ‘bottom up’ or body-oriented approach to healing.
Understanding trauma was the missing piece in my recovery. This knowledge, along with trauma-informed somatic tools and therapy, helped me regulate my nervous system and dramatically improve my health. And this is the knowledge and tools that I use with my clients. Many of them, just like me, have tried almost everything in search of relief.
I believe in a slow and mindful approach to working with the body and the nervous system. And gentle yoga offers a safe and nurturing space to do that. I use trauma-informed yoga with clients who struggle to relax and ground. Mindful movement, along with the breath, can do wonders for the nervous system that needs support. Also, it helps to work those tense muscles and fascia, promoting deeper rest and relaxation.
I also believe in the connection between our body and mind. And this connection makes it possible to release many unhelpful emotional, mental and behavioural patterns from our bodies. This is why in my Somatic Experiencing sessions, I address both physical and emotional aspects of an issue. And I offer time and space for my clients to release those patterns in a safe and regulated way. I find it especially important if a client has experienced some form of trauma.
MY CREDENTIALS AND MODALITIES
300-CYT, SEP in training, EFTP
I’m a certified yoga teacher. I completed 300 hours of teacher training in traditional Hatha and Yin Yoga. And as a yoga teacher, I specialise in functional anatomy and the mental health approach.
I’m also a Somatic Experiencing practitioner in training (Intermediate level). I’m doing my professional training with the Somatic Experiencing International under the guidance of Dr Abi Blakeslee.
Additionally, I studied EFT/ TFT tapping and TRE/ Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises, among other body-mind modalities.
* Please note that I’m not a psychologist, psychotherapist, physician, or other licensed health care provider. So I do not provide any medical or psychological advice, opinion, treatments or diagnosis.
Work with me
I’m based in Chiang Mai, Thailand and offer Somatic Experiencing sessions via Zoom. I’ve also created a Sleep Better Program for people with insomnia that includes private sessions, email coaching and video lessons.
You can schedule your first short session with me to see if it’s a good fit. I’ll be happy to connect and find the best way I can support you. In this session you’ll get to ask any questions you may have and also experience the somatic process!