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intuitive healing 

a holistic, body-based, self-determined path to trauma recovery and mental health

a practice that invites us to decolonize
our mind,
body, and spirit

Blue Water

intuitive healing looks different for each participant though common elements include:

bodywork
(stretching, self-massage, yoga, mindfulness +)

creative self expression
(voicing our story, art, music, writing +)

psychoeducation
(learning about the brain, body, and trauma)


community connections
(forging or deepening connections with humans, animals, and plants/fungi)

about intuitive healing

  • intuitive healing offers an alternative approach to western counselling or "talk therapy" that honours pre-colonial and ancestral modes of healing

  • intuitive healing starts by giving ourselves permission to take care of ourselves, to heal our wounds, and to trust our own intuition

  • intuitive healing allows us to decolonize ourselves and returns us to our natural state of empowerment, inner knowing, and wholeness

understand your experiences, 
make meaning, 
release old wounds,
reclaim power,

find solace within the self.

"the body

is where the knowing, where the truth is held"

Bea Anderson

areas of focus

childhood trauma + abuse including:
narcissistic, emotional, physical, sexual, psychological abuse, neglect +

depression

low self worth

anxiety

oppression-based trauma

sexuality + gender identity

ASD + developmental diverse
abilities

diverse ability

BIPOC

2SLGBTQ+

"we are

human beings

not

human doings"

Nityda Gessel

intuitive healing

is a practice!

it is not a linear path, nor a mountain to climb. once developed, your intuitive healing practice will serve you in all areas of your life, not just in healing past trauma. 

it will help you attune to your loved ones. it will deepen your understanding of self, your dreams, your fears, your direction and life's path.

origins of intuitive healing

fir moon created intuitive healing as a response to the complex healing needs of BIPOC and 2SLGBTQ+ communities. intuitive healing is an

ever-evolving decolonial approach to trauma recovery,

mental health, and personal development.

 

intuitive healing weaves traditional modes of ancient healing together with current practices in attachment-based trauma recovery.

informed by yoga, ayurveda, elemental wisdom, mindfulness, wicca, buddhist psychology,

Indigenous/pre-colonial ways of being, thinking, doing, 

trauma-conscious, strengths-based, somatic, art, narrative, and feminist therapies, intuitive healing centres each individual as the expert of their own experiences and healing.

a decolonial approach
- defined

all of fir moon's work is created and delivered from an anti-oppressive, decolonial, intersectional feminist lens.

fir moon's work has always centered the practice of redistributing power and privilege by working alongside, not above, folks.

what is 'decolonization'?

decolonization is the process of deconstructing colonial frameworks and practices which purport the superiority and privilege of western ways of being.

it involves:
dismantling structures that perpetuate the status quo,
addressing imbalanced power dynamics,
valuing and revitalizing Indigenous and ancient knowledge

acknowledging 
oppression-ba
sed
trauma is critical to healing personal experiences of trauma

how do colonial frameworks affect our lives?

1. colonial frameworks create vast inequalities

colonial frameworks of racism, sexism, capitalism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia (to name a few) are the systems that govern our everyday lives. these systems create deep inequalities between those who have been granted (colonial institutionalized) power and those who have not.

 

colonial systems grant privilege to:

bodies that are straight, white, cisgendered, english-speaking etc.

 

colonial systems deny privilege to:  

bodies that are IBPOC, 2SLGBTQ+, fat, femme, immigrant-status etc. 

these systems are built for those granted resources, access, and power to continue to gain more of the same. while those not granted power face harder and harder challenges just to meet their basic human needs. 

2. colonial oppression can lead to trauma

we begin to see privileged communities overflowing with abundance, while most others face a severe lack of resources and access.

 

when treated unfairly by our workplaces, our communities, our legal system, we are unable to recognize or meet our own needs. this is called oppression-based trauma.

 

operating in so many areas of our lives, these oppressive systems begin to seep in  and are recreated in our homes and our relationships. caregivers whose own needs are not being met are then unable to meet the needs of their children, which can lead to childhood trauma or their own individual experiences of trauma. lifetime after lifetime of unmet needs passes the trauma on to the next generation, also known as intergenerational trauma.   

3. the tapestry of disempowerment vs. the power within

we might have been told that we are at fault, that we are responsible for the trauma we experienced. this is the viewpoint of the colonial systems. however, the truth is that the roots of trauma stem from a much larger pattern of disempowerment, subjugation, and violence woven throughout the fabric of our society.

 

while societal frameworks can grant us a great deal of material and "earthly" power, we each also carry with us our own source of personal and communal power. experiences of trauma can disconnect us from our power source. understanding oppression and the impact of colonial systems puts us on the path to reclaim our inherent ways of knowing. our view starts to shift back to seeing ourselves as powerful (perhaps for the first time) and we start to reconnect with our inner source of power.   

 

colonial frameworks and ways of being have very real, tangible effects on our lives. they effect how we access and operate in the world, how we see ourselves, how we form relationships and connect with community. as more and more silenced voices gain access to the microphone, the tapestry of disempowerment of some and empowerment of others becomes easier to see. recognizing the ways these systems impact our sense of self and our relationships is a powerful step toward a self-determined path.

is intuitive healing the same as counselling?

great question!
no, fir moon does not provide registered counselling services.
while there are common elements between the two, counselling is rooted in talk therapy and intuitive healing is rooted in body-based practice and creative 
expression. intuitive healing sessions create space for self expression based on the participant's needs.

what's the difference?

both approaches have a lot to offer to those healing from trauma.

it comes down to personal preference, comfort, and what we feel called to.

healing takes many forms 

counselling

offers:

  • a colonial framework for healing; which utilizes more structure and reinforces some traditional hierarchies of power

  • centres the counsellor as the expert and leader in the healing work and the participant as the learner or collaborator

  • a biomedical, western perspective toward health and healing

  • a strong approach for the mind, less emphasis on body, spirit

  • 1 hour sessions/$80-150, often 3-6 month waitlists 

intuitive healing

offers:

  • a decolonial framework for healing which does not reinforce existing systems of power. we restore power to all who participate by acknowledging systemic oppression is trauma (scroll for more detail) 

  • centres the participant (you) as the expert, the knower, the leader in your own healing

  • an integrated and holistic approach focusing on the body's inherent wisdom to support and heal the mind and spirit 

  • space for healing all parts of you, including spirit/soul/essence (whatever term resonates for you)

  • flexible timing and sliding scale cost based on what you can afford. healing is accessible to everyone

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