My name is Clay
Welcome. I’m a white, trans and chronically-ill bodyworker living in Berlin for the last four years. I use they/them pronouns. In my practice I give one-on-one somatic body work sessions, and have been expanding that into leading workshops and offering tarot readings. I’m also an artist, writer and organizer.
I came to somatics through improvisational dance and movement practices about six years ago and quickly realized the power the work had for my own healing of trauma, chronic illness and gender faggotry. This led me to finding a bodyworker for myself. In our work together I was fascinated to experience the power of the mind-body connection, learn about my coping mechanisms and observe these old patterns within myself. Then notice, when facilitated and listened to compassionately, how I was able to open to transformation. After moving through a lot of personal healing, two years ago I decided that I would like to offer this work — especially within my community — since it had affected my life and body in such powerful and meaningful ways.
My practice supports people of all genders, and all questions are welcome on the table. Since I have begun practicing folks have come looking for support on a range of topics; some are going through transitional times, looking to find more confidence, are curious about the method, for physical pain or injury — chronic or acute; others looking to address illness/disability, gender dysphoria, trauma, grief, loss, systemic oppression, depression, anxiety, disordered eating, substance use, sexual abuse and violence — and all the possible intersections. Whatever is being brought to the room my goal is to listen to the client’s needs and desires for the work, and try to move with curiosity towards more connection to themselves and their larger community, clarity, purpose, joy and ease in their body and life.
I do not consider myself or call myself a healer. I am a facilitator, holder of space and occasionally a guide. I trust and hold the innate wisdom and healing potential all of our bodies contain. I believe when we give space and time to listen to our bodies we can begin to tune into the information that is happening innately and feel more fully into life.
I am certified in the Pantarei Approach, which is a school of bodywork that integrates physical touch, movement and verbal communication to move towards integration of the physical and mental body. My practice will combine my somatic bodywork studies as well as my background in dance and movement, and self-studies and practice in accu-pressure points, breath-work and meditation. In addition I have been reading tarot since 2012.