Thank you for taking the time to go through my website and learn a little bit about me and the services I offer! I am a certified meditation and mindfulness teacher, artist, certified yoga teacher, and certified life coach & certified in first aid.
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I am constantly evolving and changing, for me, that is exactly what life is! Life wasn't always like that for me though.
Growing up, my life seemed to be quite simple, I had my problems but I didn't think anything of it. I learned to stuff down my issues in school, my dependency on drugs, my sadness about my family life and masked it with 'happiness', perseverance and self-sufficiency. I learned at an early age that if I wanted anything to get done, I had to do it myself. This pushed me to grow up a lot faster than I should've and stuff as many feelings inside my body. I didn't have time to feel, life was too painful, lonely, and isolating; why would I want to feel that? So from an early age, I chose to be 'happy', see the positive side in life and make everyone else happy; after all, it was all my responsibility right?
That little girl inside me was lost until my early twenties when she started pounding from the inside to come out. She was sick of being stifled and pushed down! So that's when it started..
Anxiety, rage, co-dependency, reliance on drugs, and a huge dose of denial. I still thought I was happy and continued on all whilst my partner was suffering from my rage outbursts, my body was suffering from an inability to nourish itself mentally/physically and my determined, happy-go-lucky demeanor was starting to fail me.
I still managed to coast through life fairly well until my dad passed away from a sudden trucking accident. This shook my being to my core. Everything I worked so hard at stuffing down couldn't be stuffed anymore, not because of his passing surprisingly! At first, I had the normal grief of a grieving daughter, but about a year later that's when it started. Full-blown panic attacks. I was confused, what was happening to me?
From those moments on I made a choice to change my life. Going on anxiety medication wasn't an option for me, something inside my inner being told me that it's within me, that I need to release and look at what's going on within my body.
I signed up for therapy and the stored, blocked-out trauma started surfacing. Flashbacks, stuffed trauma, and yucky feelings started to surface, finally, my body felt safe to release its trauma after my dad passed. Since then, I have had two therapists. My second therapist changed my life with somatic and meditation-based therapy. She gave me the tools to connect with myself, listen to myself and sit with all of the stored emotions in my body. She gave me the tools to be the observer of my being, to listen to my body and intuition. She allowed me to process my emotions through art therapy, movement, breathing, and retraining the energy pathways in my body.
That trauma therapy changed my life and started me on the path to where I am today, always evolving and learning! All of the services I offer were learned through my certification programs and my own personal healing journey. Releasing stored emotions inside my body is ever-changing and constant in my life, but play is just as important!
I am a mom of two boys, a wife, artist, entrepreneur, and passionate being! Thank you for taking the time to read about my journey, I look forward to hearing from you and working with you in your healing journey!
With Gratitude, Rob Pross