Tora the Explorer
I have Wellspring of Compassion perpetually open on my iPad. I love the chapters about what to do when you're triggered right now and you need emotional support. But really, every chapter is a winner. I've read it completely three times now. Lots of great references to more reading at the end of each chapter.
December 28, 2013
Jenny Davidow, author of “Embracing Your Subconscious”
Wellspring of Compassion is a refreshingly kind, practical and compassionate guide to the difficult inner landscape of trauma and recovery. Each chapter invites the reader to start from where they are as they identify and work through difficult emotions and memories.
Written for anyone who has suffered trauma in the recent or distant past, the book gives support and practical guidance to those who are ready to begin their own recovery, or to deepen their recovery by neutralizing old triggers. I was surprised that the book touched on all the areas I've studied over the years, and it answered lingering questions about: a harsh inner critic, anxiety, flashbacks, dissociation, anger, shame, and why boundaries are so difficult for people who have suffered trauma.
The author, Sonia Connolly, is well-acquainted with all the facets of trauma and is trained in Somatic Experiencing, based on Peter Levine's work with trauma. Her topics and suggestions create a thread that ties together the different manifestations of trauma, with insight and information drawn from both personal experience and many experts in the field.
Wellspring of Compassion provides a masterful view of the many facets of trauma, while at the same time offering kindness, compassion and warmth. Non-judgmental and non-clinical, Wellspring of Compassion will give you the tools and resources to shift from mere survival to being able to compassionately reconnect with yourself, your body, and your life.
August 21, 2012
Wendy Childs, LAc
Sonia delivers the perfect mix of healing modalities. She provides a safe space for me to open up and then gently moves my body toward healing. Her work is deep and gentle and just exactly what is called for.
February 17, 2011
One of the best massages I've ever had in many years of getting massage. I scheduled a 60-minute massage. 20 minutes into the massage, I was getting such improvement in back pain that I asked whether we could make it a 90-minute massage. She did extend the time and it was really worthwhile. And I don't usually feel immediate improvement from a massage!
Sonia was very good at getting tight, painful muscles to relax. Her massage technique uses very smooth and gentle movements -- nothing abrupt or startling. Besides the pain management, I get massage because it feels good and her massage is really enjoyable and soothing.
She was also very encouraging about giving her feedback: if anything hurt or if I didn't like something she was doing -- that way I got exactly the kind of massage I wanted. Her whole process makes it a safe experience emotionally.
Her table is very comfortable -- the best face cradle I've ever encountered: very cushy. And the sheets are flannel, so I was immediately warm and cozy. I also got a warm rice bag for my feet - I was in heaven.
February 11, 2007