ABOUT KESHA FIKES
Kesha Fikes (Ph.D., CMT) is a sociocultural anthropologist who is in private practice as a somatic bodyworker and movement therapist in Saratoga, CA. She is the owner/founder of The Center for Sensorial Bodywork & Movement Therapy, also in Saratoga. Kesha is a certified therapist of the Danis Bois Method (DBM), a perceptual education practice that evolved from osteopathy in France in the early 1980s. She has studied and practiced DBM for 14 years. In addition, Kesha has completed intensive studies in trauma- and attachment-centered manual therapy with Kathy Kain. Through DBM and Kain's work, she fosters curiosity about the painful and stressful ways that our bodies often communicate with us. The ultimate aim of her work is to guide individuals through the incredible practice of meeting, exploring and being moved by the depths of ourselves.
Kesha is currently an adjunct professor in the Somatic Studies Doctoral Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara. She is also a member of the scientific research board for CERAP in France (Centre d’Etude et de Recherche Appliquee en Psychopedagogie Perceptive – the board for DBM clinical studies). Kesha previously taught as Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Florida (1999-2002) and the University of Chicago (2002-2010). Then, her research focused on the production of social norms - how everyday sociocultural patterns go unrecognized because of our normative relationships to them. She authored Managing African Portugal, the Citizen-Migrant Distinction (2009, Duke U Press). Today, as a somatic therapist, she maintains an anthropological eye that's attuned to un/subconscious patterning. But she now works in the opposite direction: instead of assessing how and why patterns work, she attends to the safety conditions that support their unraveling, such that people acquire access to the choice to live more fully.
Kesha’s somatic background is further influenced by course-work in Body-Mind Centering. She also studied and taught Gyrokinesis from the Gyrotonic Expansion System (2004-2012).
MY SOMATIC PHILOSOPHY
“…I will always lean my heart as close to your soul as I can.”
“One of the deepest longings of the human soul is to be seen.” John O’Donohue
“Freeing yourself was one thing; claiming ownership of that freed self was another.” Toni Morrison
As a somatic touch and movement therapist it is my job to remain deeply attuned to you and to your story, at tissue, biomechanical/movement levels. And it is my sense that pain and suffering aren’t just about being rejected, abandoned or forsaken by others; rather, the root of a wound is about a deep, inner need that has yet to be met and realized by ourselves in the presence of another being. I approach my work as a meditative practice in recognizing that need that longs to be seen – to be met with empathy, compassion and non-judgment by another being. I can not heal or fix you; what I can do is attune to you in a concentrated effort to support the perceptual conditions within which you can choose to come into contact with yourself on your terms, in your own timing. This is the first part of our work together.
The second part of our work involves slowly and respectfully fostering conditions that enable you to know yourself in relation to this inner need. Most of us have developed various management strategies (both successful and debilitating ones) that conceal this deep need. Such strategies keep us living in the past. As such, our current behaviors are a response to past wounding. Thus this next phase of our process involves becoming attuned to those somatic strategies (panic, disconnection, speediness, tense shoulders, restricted spinal flexibility, etc.) used to compensate for the experience of not being met or seen. Such awareness does more than support conscious engagement with the present moment: we learn to find safety and trust in turning-inward as well as reaching-out to be seen.
The Center for Sensorial Bodywork & Movement Therapy - is a somatic project dedicated to the study, practice and instruction of touch and movement therapy for self-inquiry, pain, stress, and trauma support. The purpose of the center is to provide extensive educational resources for clients, physicians and other wellness practitioners who want to broaden their understanding of or experiences with somatic or body-centered awareness. Such learning is offered through weekly somatic classes, workshops, educational seminars, and other teaching venues. A mission of the CSBMT is to support the dissemination of somatic information to every segment of our population, such that growth and healing through somatic knowing is logistically and economically accessible to all.