Creative Somatic Executive CoachingBosses aren't immune to the impacts of historical trauma

Stuff your team does that could be a clue you would benefit from Creative Somatic Coaching


What is Creative Somatic Executive Coaching?


Soma = "the body as distinct from the soul, mind, or psyche"  So somatic  coaching uses the body as a tool to access blocks hidden in your subconscious.

Neuroscience has shown that traumatic experiences (ones where you were powerless to protect yourself) can have a profound impact on the brain and nervous system. When faced with a traumatic event, the body’s stress response is activated, leading to a cascade of physiological changes. These changes can include increased heart rate, heightened muscle tension, and the release of stress hormones such as cortisol.

Somatic therapy targets these imprints by engaging the somatic nervous system, which governs physical sensations. By bringing attention to bodily sensations, such as tension, pain, or discomfort, I help you gain a greater awareness of your physical experiences. We don't go rummaging around in the past but stay with the feelings that are currently coming up in the body and work with those to create new patterns and release old blocks.


Over the past 30 years of working in holistic health and supporting people with complex traumas and over the past 15 years as a multi-award winning creative,  I discovered a method that maps the places in the body where trauma is stored.  But to do so we have to unpack how the body responds to taking an idea and bringing it to life.  The body is ultimately a creative machine.  Without it, we are just ghosts unable to impact change on the planet.  But our bodies help us to bring a whisp of an idea and bring it to material reality.  Traumas however block this process.  So by assessing how we respond to a creative process, we can locate where to focus our work to create the greatest improvements.

Before you read any further:

If you are considering Creative Somatic Executive Coaching, be aware that I'm only prepared to work with people who are willing to accept radical responsibility for the outcome of their team.

I only have at best another 35 years on the planet and I want to make the best use of them.   Leaders impact the health and wellbeing of their teams so the more leaders I can support to be well themselves, the more people my time will be well spent serving.

So if you aren't willing to entertain the idea that anything that goes wrong down your chain of command is your responsibility and it could be coming from your unconscious actions, then my style of coaching isn't for you.

However, if you are willing to do the work to become conscious of what you may be doing that is tripping yourself and your team up then we can talk.

I'm a prior US Naval nurse corps officer.  Imagine Mother Theresa had a baby with Kali and that is pretty much how I roll as a coach.  I will give you heaps of space and aroha (love) but I am not afraid to call you out if I see you playing smaller than you should.  Tough useful pragmatic love.


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Imagine you have a hedge that is blocking your view.  You have two ways of dealing with it.

One is you get out your little hedge clippers out and you clip it into a less wild shape.  But then a month goes by and you need to do it again.


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Or you can acknowledge that the hedge is probably in the wrong spot and you can dig it out at the roots.

Now imagine the hedge is a block to your dreams and visions for the future.

Creative Somatic Executive Coaching approaches it to deal with the root first.    We don't just "talk" around the problem or rehash historical stories because that is like using tiny clippers.  We go to the root which lives in emotions buried in your body.  Your mind is conscious of just a small amount but your body houses your subconscious which is where the blocks live.  You tap into the wisdom of the body and you get your solutions much more efficiently.


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Why Creative?

Creative Somatic Executive Coaching

Questions you may have:

What if I don't consider myself creative?
What do you mean by creative coaching? I'm not in a creative field.

My questions in response:

Are you making stuff - products, policies, team culture?

Do you have ideas you are trying to bring to life?

If you answered yes...then you ARE in a creative field.

I use creative methods to help you speak to your subconscious.  Because creativity is the language of the subconscious which is where the roots of your personal blocks live.

Our education system is designed to beat the creativity out of us.  Multiple choice.  Only one right answer.  Sit in a desk and only use one of your four brains. Head only ignoring Heart, Guts, Grounding.  There is a recent study that shows that of the 11 markers of creativity NZ schools manage to decrease our abilities in all 11 of them by the time we graduate.

So is it any wonder that we aren't fluent in the language of our subconscious?  This is a recipe for a landscape of hedges that block our view of our goals.


The Impact of Trauma on Your creative Energy Flow

Say you have a project you want to bring to life.  It is a vapour of an idea and you want it to become a real manifest thing on the planet.  Well that is going to take energy to manifest and it is a whole-body experience.

  • You need access to the idea to drop from the muses into your brain.
  • Then your mind needs to problem-solve and figure out the steps.
  • Then you need your throat to help you communicate the idea.
  • Then you need your heart to build connections with the team you need to help you realize your vision.
  • Then you need the guts to weather the hard stuff.
  • You need to be able to connect with the idea on an emotional level to give it a charismatic charge otherwise no one else will care about your idea.
  • Then you need to "give birth" to the idea and bring it into material reality.



If you are storing trauma at any of those points in your body it acts like a short that takes your energy and diverts it away from the vision.

For example, imagine when you were little you were bullied but because you didn't get the support you needed you just buried that stuff and never really dealt with it.  Now as a grown person, you have to take your vision and present it to people who have "power over" energy.  If you aren't aware of your triggers, going into a situation like that could either cause you to wall off your heart from the people you need to connect with or you will give away too much.   Neither will support the outcome and both will act as shorts.

Your staff pick up on this stuff and they get triggered too, leading to a team culture of dysfunction.

This is why I call for a willingness for radical responsibility in the people I work with, because if you can't stay curious about what your part could be in a poor situation, then you need support that I can't give you.  I will not waste either of our time.

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How it works:

  1. Stage one- We practice tools to calm the nervous system if it gets triggered so that there is always a safe space to return to.  Think of it like setting up a basecamp if you want to scale Everest.
  2. Stage 2 -We map the terrain using the Embodied Creativity Framework.  - Here we are figuring out where "shorts" live in your body redirecting energy you need for your goals.
  3. Stage 3 - We decide what your goals are for our work together.
  4. Stage 4 - We get cracking and let the body share with us what is buried where and how it would like to release itself.
  5. Stage 5 - You learn creative pragmatic tools to release that which is no longer needed.
  6. Lather rinse and repeat until you have the traction you want towards achieving your goals.


If after all this you are still with  Let's have a strategy session to see if we are a good fit.

Reach out to and let me know three possible options for a 30-minute discussion.

mandi lynn black

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