Pain coaching with Meg Eginton
Welcome. If you already know you want to work with me, drop me a line on my email or cell. I have limited space in my practice, but I do want to work with you if you need my help. We'll set up a free fifteen-minute phone conversation to determine if we're a good match. I look forward to hearing from you.
Cell: (319) 519-3848
Otherwise, read on for a write-up of what I do.
Coaching and therapies for pain
I offer somatic movement therapies and coaching for pain, with powerful results, over Zoom. I am able to see about fifteen people per week.
Movement is always key to healing, and just as every person is unique, every person's pain, and the reason for it, is unique. Whether your pain is due to an injury or some other cause, you've worked hard to get rid of it, and every success you've ever had in working on it can help you learn how to feel better. The goal is to get beyond pain and back into life.
Pain coaching is a method of reducing, controlling, and healing pain (including chronic pain and pain from injuries) that combines customized movement exercises, deep listening, and behavioral strategizing. Our work together may include:
- movement, writing, polyvagal breathing, and mindfulness exercises to take home
- improvements in posture and the way you move during everyday tasks
- creating new habits to help you get well or develop resilience
- strategies for navigating relationships in the presence of pain
- healing the body from childhood trauma, challenge, and neglect
Feeling better is a learnable skill. Over the course of seven sessions, I provide you with power tools you will use to help yourself in the future and become independent of practitioners, including me.
I am often the last call, but clients frequently tell me they wish I'd been the first. My clients have called me the "missing link" between physical therapy and psychotherapy. I place an equal emphasis on physiology and psychology. You come to know yourself very deeply - somatically and intellectually as well as emotionally.
How I work
I bring deep understanding to the work clients and I do together, because I myself have struggled through chronic pain. It is not an easy life or simple journey. I promise that I will listen deeply and attentively to your story and never turn it into, or confuse it with, my own or anyone else's. I am also continually educating myself on the latest scientific research in the causes and healing pain.
I connect authentically to each client. Before each session, I prepare with planning and research. I identify how you learn, and collaborate with you closely on the best way to craft your homework. I follow up on your sessions with videos or written notes, and am available by phone when necessary. I will help you stay accountable using encouragement and appropriate challenges.
My commitment to you getting well is backed by 34 years of experience in Somatic Movement Therapy and a number of established therapeutic or movement frameworks: Alexander Technique, the Feldenkrais method, Authentic Movement, Sensory Awareness, Dance for PD, Howard Schubiner's Unlearn Your Pain, Stephen Porges' Polyvagal Theory, and Strategic Intervention coaching.
Who I can help
I may be able to help you if you are dealing with sciatica, frozen shoulder, back pain, IBS, migraines, fibromyalgia or the pain associated with neurodegenerative disease.
I frequently help clients struggling with difficult-to-treat pain conditions, such as TMS, mindbody pain, or biopsychosocial pain -- or whose doctors have told them there is "nothing wrong with them," or that the only option is a surgery that "may not work." Many clients come to me with pain that is triggered or spiked by a connection to trauma or Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and I have many years of success in helping people remove triggers from the past that are causing pain and distress in the present and interfering with your future happiness.
This is work for people who like to think and solve problems.
If you come to me with a problem I cannot help you with, I promise I will tell you so. I will not waste your time and money. In seven sessions we can often solve major issues. My goal is to create independence from pain and help you get your life back.
I am a somatic movement therapist who began doing pain coaching several years ago as part of my somatic movement therapy practice. I was a professional modern dancer in New York City and Europe for twenty years, dancing with Merce Cunningham and Stephen Petronio. I began learning somatics as I worked to deal with injuries sustained while dancing. I had a career in the New York theater, starred in a Tony-nominated Broadway play, and acted in films, television, and commercials. While simultaneously beginning my somatic movement therapy practice in the late eighties, I transitioned from performance to teaching, becoming a conservatory professor of movement for actors, and holding teaching appointments for more than twenty years at Harvard, NYU, and FSU. In both my teaching and practice, I truly am driven by a desire to help people. In 2014, wanting to spend more of my time helping people directly, I left academia to return home to Iowa City, and began doing somatic movement therapy full time. In 2018, I founded Movement for All. In addition to an MFA in Theater, I hold certifications or training in somatic movement education and therapy (RSME-T-D - ISMETA), Howard Schubiner's Unlearn Your Pain, Dance for Parkinson's, Strategic Intervention coaching, and as a Death Midwife.
Image by Nastya Panichkina, used with permission.