Fire & Water
with Sanna Lamb
Fire & Water
Moving forward in this era of extraordinary change, we nurture ourself and care for others. One day we may be tripping in fear of the “old world” and the next day we’re totally aligned to our bigger picture. Conditions of all sorts mirror the enormity of imbalance. Certainties collapse AND new opportunities arise to re-invent work/life structures that are based on valuing and caring for ourself, others and our planet.
Contemplating positive outcomes and taking inspired actions is important because the future has a way of unfolding based on what we are up to in the present. Our world is being transformed and the most valuable skill of the future is eliminating drama and thus become agents of cool in a hot reactive world.
We are comprised of the same elements as the Earth and we can learn so much from nature’s wisdom. When conflicting forces come together—whether it’s galaxies, tornadoes, or hot smoke rising into the cool, evening air—there is always a spiral. We can learn how to spiral to avoid offensive face-offs and instead learn to “dance” a more desirable story into being.
It’s natural to resist the pain of radical changes. We can feel stuck, held back or divided. When issues seem “unchangeable”, we can feel overwhelmed and frustrated about untapped potentials. Yet, with support, changes motivate us to release what no longer works and shift into our highest creativity, our creative genius which is the natural unfolding of our unique talents. Once our emotional patterns are understood and accepted – we begin relating clearly and cleanly with others – we discover how we are designed to best serve the whole – then we begin attracting perfect partners and opportunities to do so.
The element of water is my greatest teacher and guide in everything I do. When in balance, water allows connection and invites creativity, things flow with ease and efficiency as we only need the energy that is necessary to do what is required, no more, no less. We use resources wisely, neither hoarding nor squandering. Water is also the element of rest; we take time to integrate and rejuvenate. Water is the deep well we draw upon when it seems we have nothing left. It is the reserve of our health. Yet, when we work too hard, we deplete our own health.
Water is about having the courage to proceed when confronted with fear; having the willingness to grow to the next level; being completely committed to whatever project lies before us, while remaining true to ourself. Committed to success, we find ourselves adopting a “No stopping until I succeed” attitude, and when we find our selves faltering, we can get going again. We seek out mentors to access their wisdom and enjoy sharing our own knowledge and experience.
Cherished as the source of life, water is the only substance on the planet that truly quenches thirst. Beyond survival, mammals and insects are drawn to water and have a deep appreciation for its qualities. Water inspires us to slow down, listen deeply and learn to trust our intuition. When this wordless place is honored, we get to see how easily things unfold and change in preferable ways.
Faced with resistance, water doesn’t stop or struggle, it spontaneously changes form and flows around the impediment, following the path of least resistance. Meeting any obstacle, it pauses, increases in volume and strength, filling up in front of the obstacle and eventually spills past it. Water reminds us not to turn and run, nor attempt to push ahead into danger, but to pause and build up our strength until the obstacle no longer represents a blockage.
Water is the energy of our highest creativity. It represents our ability to adapt and fully occupy whatever “container” we choose, by softening hard edges, going with the flow and discovering greater ease and pleasure at home and at work.
I have developed a powerful method that supports clients both in person and online to integrate and resolve what may seem “unchangeable”. With ease and grace, this process gently unwinds what may be unknown or unexplored. It supports clients to become aware of having more choices, thus enabling new possibilities for making adjustments that positively reverberate throughout all structures of one’s life.
Drawing upon 20+ yrs. of immersion in integrative therapies, coaching, aquatic body work, and pre- and perinatal-birth psychology, I guide clients to A) drop beneath words to heal core issues for things they may not have words for or might have difficulty to speak about; B) access the power of elemental wisdom and directly know or intuit the natural next step in their journey.
CHANGE WITH EASE
On land or in beautiful warm thermal waters (simulating the watery environment of our mother’s womb), long held tension and patterns can unwind and body tissues can learn to breathe again – healthy breath and movement patterns are rediscovered.
Three specific results ensue: 1. CLEARING anything from pre-cognitive experiences which may be affecting one’s ability to express their full creativity; 2. RELEASING thoughts and feelings taken on from others during one’s earliest experiences; 3. RELIEVING overwhelm and registering a profound sense of complete ease that enables and supports you to create satisfying experiences and relationships.
The way we initiate and carry through projects, give and receive attention, separate our thoughts and feelings from those of others, and respond to time and space pressures all have roots that reach down into our earliest, pre-cognitive experiences. Because these early imprints are so fundamental to our existence, they may be viewed as ‘just the way things are’ or ‘just the way I am.’ Sometimes, we may not be able to imagine ourselves free to choose. When experiencing ourselves as unable to move forward, the integrative body-centered coaching work I specialize in creates relief, openings and possibilities for discovering new pathways.
A JOURNEY WORTH TAKING
Resulting in profound coherence between the body/mind/emotions, the integrative work I have mastery in (21 yrs. practice) anchors a sense of equanimity around what otherwise might be confounding and/or disturbing. It offers a unique opportunity to let whatever has been suppressed or obsessed about (via the emotionally incompetent brain) to find its place in heartfelt understanding. Integrative Aquatic Coaching pre-paves the way for brilliant solutions and goes far beyond talk therapies.
An experience of the special kind!
“In my daily work as a psychologist, specialized in body oriented psychotherapy, it is known in theory and practice that our body stores not only everyday experiences, but also distant past impressions, beginning with the moment of our conception.
The work which Sanna Lamb offers is based on these theories. Her work is grounded in a broad experience of body-oriented methods so that she is profoundly equipped in knowledge and skills related to working with women. A very special thing about her work is that it takes place in the element of water, precisely to find oneself in warm water. This raises associations with the beginning of our existence in the womb and the first experiences of protection, security and care or perhaps to their lack. Her work takes place in the element of water. Warm water, to be exact, which evokes associations to the beginning of our existence. Reminded of what it was like to be in our mother’s womb, our body feels what our first experiences of security, protection and being held, were like. Or perhaps a lack of these qualities. To confide in the element of water and the expert hands of Sanna Lamb allows you to get in contact with various things our body has stored, and make a new, healing experience.
Theories and knowledge are one side, the immediate experience is another. This need led me to make a session with Sanna.
After a period of intensive work, my body felt tired and sore. The warm water initially dissolved the more superficial tension, producing a feeling of being able to let go of something. Through gentle movements and precise pressure on various parts of my body, it was possible to perceive deeper levels of tension. From the muscular layers deep into every fiber, tension seemed to exist in every cell and well into the structure of my bones. Impulses of “I can do it on my own“ and physical and emotional resistances rose into consciousness. To be passive, to let go, I am familiar with from various forms of bodywork. Yet the combination: to be moved passively by someone in warm water (in the context of coaching) seems to me extraordinary.
The result: not only a deep relaxation and immediate experience of regeneration, but also a new contact to the healing powers of the Element, Water.”
This is the same testimonial in the original German:
Eine Erfahrung der besonderen Art
“In meiner täglichen Arbeit als Psychologin, spezialisiert auf Körperpsychotherapie, ist mir sowohl theoretisch als auch aus der praktischen Arbeit bekannt, dass unser Körper nicht nur alltägliche Erfahrungen, sondern auch weit zurückliegende Eindrücke, beginnend mit der Empfängnis, gespeichert hat.
Die Arbeit, die Sanna Lamb anbietet, basiert auf diesen Theorien. In verschiedenen körperorientierten Verfahren hat sie sich die Grundlagen für ihre Arbeit erworben, sodass sie heute zum Kreis der erfahrenen und mit profundem Wissen ausgestatteten Frauen gehört. Das ganz Besondere an ihrer Arbeit ist der Umstand, dass es im Element Wasser stattfindet, im warmem Wasser, um genau zu sein. Dadurch weckt es Assoziationen zum Beginn unserer Existenz im Mutterbauch und zu den ersten Erfahrungen von Schutz, Geborgenheit und Getragen-Sein oder möglicherweise zu deren Mangel. Sich dem Element Wasser und dazu den erfahrenen Händen von Sanna Lamb anzuvertrauen gestattet es, mit allem, was unser Körper gespeichert hat, in Kontakt zu kommen und eine neue, heilsame Erfahrung zu machen.
Theorien und das gespeicherte Wissen sind eine Seite, die unmittelbare Erfahrung jedoch eine andere. Dieses Bedürfnis veranlasste mich mit Sanna eine „session“ zu vereinbaren.
Nach einer Zeit intensiver Arbeit fühlte sich mein Körper müde und verspannt an. Das warme Wasser löste zunächst die oberflächliche Spannung, das Gefühl etwas auf- oder abgeben zu können stellte sich als erstes ein. Durch sanfte Bewegung und gezielten Druck an verschiedenen Körperstellen war es möglich, tiefere Ebenen der Spannung wahrzunehmen. Von der muskulären Ebene bis tief hinein in jede einzelne Faser, in jede Zelle schien Spannung sogar bis hinein in die Knochenstruktur zu existieren. Impulse des Selber-machen-Wollens können registriert werden, Widerstände sowohl auf körperlicher als auch auf emotionaler Ebene steigen ins Bewusstsein. Passiv zu sein, machen zu lassen, ist mir von verschiedenen Formen der Körperarbeit bekannt. In dieser Kombination: im warmen Wasser passiv bewegt zu werden, erscheint es mir einzigartig.
Das Resultat: nicht nur eine tiefe Entspanntheit und unmittelbare Erfahrung der Regeneration, sondern auch ein neuer Kontakt zu den heilenden Kräften des Elements Wasser.”