In this episode of Waking Up Bipolar, Chris Cole speaks with Tada Hozumi—body-centered therapist, coach, and group facilitator. Tada (them/they) is a genderqueer person of color of Japanese descent. They are certified as an expressive arts therapist and have also received teachings in dance movement therapy, qigong, somatic sex education, and authentic facilitation. Their work is also deeply informed by their devoted training in "popping," an umbrella term for mechanical street dances that emerged from the West coast of Turtle Island during the early 1970s.
Their work is based on a model they refer to as the ‘the cultural nervous system’. The basic understanding of the cultural nervous system model is that cultures have bodies, along with nervous systems that emerge from the relationships between all of the individual nervous systems within them. Oppressions, from white supremacy to heterosexism, are an expression of trauma in this ‘cultural nervous system’. As a politicized somatic therapist, they understand their work as holding space for the cultural soma to heal from trauma.
As you’ll hear in our conversation, Tada Hozumi opens by offering a short meditation to connect with land and body before we get into a rich conversation on the intersection of whiteness, embodiment, and the cultivation of mental health.
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Read Tada's article on "The connection between Heart-centredness, burnout and colonization": https://selfishactivist.com/the-connection-between-heart-centredness-empathy-burnout-and-colonization/
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Chris Cole hosts the Waking Up Bipolar podcast, focused on the intersection of bipolar disorder and spiritual awakening. He is the author of The Body of Chris: A Memoir of Obsession, Addiction, and Madness, inspired by his own journey of spiritual unfolding and mental health challenges. Chris Cole offers life coaching for any number of mental health conditions, specializing in bipolar disorder and spiritual emergence. Chris’s experience with addiction, disordered eating, body dysmorphia, psychosis, and spiritual emergency allows him to relate to a wide range of clients. He utilizes a holistic approach to mental health which views wellness in physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual domains. Learn more about Chris and his work at colecoaching.com.
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