Embodied Awareness

Our bodies are wise. They are keepers of the knowledge of thousands that came before us. We can trust them. Our body sensations are always occurring in the present moment and carry important information for how to Be in the world.

Embodied Awareness is the ability to be present with ourselves, our sensations, emotions and movements in the moment. It is to be a tender-loving witness to our felt experience without judgement or attachment. This brings us into our aliveness and helps us navigate the things that show up on our path.  It’s composed of sensations like warm, tingly, soft, dizzy; emotions such as happy, sad, threatened; and body senses like feeling coordination between the arms and legs or sensing distance. 

In our work together, we will support you coming into embodied awareness through noticing the felt sense of your body. We do this first by slowing down, paying attention, and becoming aware. We then work with and release the traumas that are held in the body that separated you from an embodied way of being in the first place.


In humans, restoration of embodied awareness occurs in the context of interpersonal relationships. The brain and the entire body in humans and other social animals is at the same time self-aware and other aware.

Through supporting embodied awareness, we can then explore your felt sense in relating with others. What sensations do you experience in that relating? How can you move in relation to another? What gets in the way of connecting? We will explore energetic boundaries and connection- a felt sense of personal space, or energetic boundary, is an essential awareness for appreciating how to move in relationship and how to respect other people’s boundaries. A sense of these boundaries is precisely what supports connection.

Leaves & sky, embodied & relational therapy offered by Courtney Wren Mabbutt, a therapist in Nelson, Castlegar, and the Slocan Valley.

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The lines in nature that we see as separating, such as the line between the shoreline and the sea, equally represent precisely those places where the land and water touch each other. That is those lines join and unify just as much as they divide and distinguish.
— Ken Wilber