“Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.” Chinese Proverb

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MY STORY

I will not settle for living a mediocre life.

I started to stand for this truth when I had my dark night of the soul/early mid-life crisis at the age of 25. I felt alone, lost, confused, and “dead” inside — I also felt like I was waking up for the first time. Some call this a “spiritual awakening.” Although a very difficult time, (it is called “dark night” for a reason), it was a blessing in disguise to remind me that there really is more to life than “this.”

During this time, I was studying therapeutic massage and movement therapy as well as returning to my dance-like-no-one-is-watching roots. I discovered (remembered) that ease, bliss, ecstasy, grace, and deep restorative relaxation exists; in my body. I started to come back home to myself.

Along my path, I also discovered that I am a highly sensitive person (hyper-aware nervous system), intuitive, and an empath. This kind of physiological and energetic wiring makes being here on Earth quite challenging. How do I reconcile moments of ecstatic bliss with complete overwhelm, sensory overload, and moments (phases) when I turned into the darker, unrecognizable versions of myself?

My reclamation of freedom began when my infant son was 8 months old. My inner voice swam up to the surface from my darker depths and asked, “What do I need?” The reply was, “Go to a hotel.” Not exactly what I was expecting, however, I follow directions from divine guidance. I arranged to get away for one night and in that 24-hour period, which felt like a week’s vacation at the time, I started to glean a glimmer of hope that I could indeed come back to myself. By carving out time just for me, I could slowly turn back towards my inner knowing and trust my impulses to rest, walk, nap, eat, and anything else that felt good. Also known as, self-care. When I returned home, I promptly forgot this ever happened and got swept back up into the noise of life.

Until I remembered again. In the midst of motherhood, one of the darkest times of my life, I started to s-l-o-w-l-y carve out time for restoring my body-mind-emotions-spirit-soul — sometimes at hotels, other times sitting under a tree. My sanity depended on it. As an energetically sensitive being, it became really clear that I either tune into my inner experience and tend to my needs or I will become a shell of a person. I had already decided that I was not going to tolerate mediocrity, so the choice was easy. It was now a matter of being more response-able in creating a lifestyle to support and sustain the best (better) version of myself.

Critical to this process was listening to my body. I had years of education and expertise of how the body works and now needed to apply it more deeply to myself. Little by little, I learned to trust that when I turned away from the impossible expectations and warped mindsets of “sleep when you are dead” and instead towards what I was experiencing in my body and what I needed, I felt better. I discovered that I could stop waiting for permission because it was never going to come. I realized that my body IS the permission. If I feel tired, I rest. If I feel sad, I cry. If I need 3 hours of downtime, even if other people need 10 minutes, I take it. I took back my power to thrive.

I now devote my professional life to empower others to reclaim their power to feel exquisitely comfortable in their own skin by cultivating a positive relationship with their body. The result is experiencing more heaven in your earth (your body) and bridging the divine human experience.

LISA MEDLEY, MA, CMT    Sustainable Wellbeing Lifestyle & Body Relationship Mentor

LISA MEDLEY, MA, CMT

Sustainable Wellbeing Lifestyle & Body Relationship Mentor

BIO

Lisa believes that as we create more love in the body, we create more love in the world.

Lisa serves as a Sustainable Wellbeing Lifestyle and Body Relationship Mentor. She has over 20 years’ experience in the healing arts including a MA in Expressive Therapy, life and wellness coaching, therapeutic massage and bodywork, somatics, energy medicine, and conscious movement & dance.

Lisa has experienced a divine connection all of her life. She is a Unitarian Universalist preacher’s kid, currently studies all kinds of spirituality, and creates her lifestyle to be in “integrity with her soul.” She is the creator of Beloved Your Body™ - a lifestyle program that empowers clients to cultivate a positive relationship with their body for sustainable wellbeing. Lisa believes that the body acts as a bridge to celebrate our divine humanity.


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EXPERIENCE

I am a student of wellbeing. 

Professionally, I have 20 years experience in the healing arts. My learning experiences inform me and often reinforce what I already "know" deep within. My education includes:

  • University of New Hampshire: BA, Major in Psychology, Minor in Dance

  • Lesley University: MA, Expressive Therapy

  • Cortiva-Boston (formerly Muscular Therapy Institute): CMT, Certified Massage Therapist

  • Leven Institute for Expressive Movement: Shake Your Soul™ Instructor & Movement Therapist

  • Life and Wellness Coaching: Coaches Training Institute

  • Conscious Dance/Somatics/Embodiment

  • Therapeutic Bodywork/Energy Medicine/Holistic Healing

  • Spiritual/Personal Development