Aaron Kapin

Aaron Kapin is a practitioner with a relaxed, playful approach to Somatic Experiencing.   A massage therapist, a dancer, and an actor, he is consistently curious about movement and self-expression.  There are so many ways to know yourself and to express yourself, and it seems life only gets richer and richer as you have access to more ways to connect to yourself and the world around you.

Aaron loves working with people who are trying to find the balance between helping others and continuing to be kind to themselves.  He believes that the more we are capable of knowing our own wants, and setting our own boundaries, the more we will be able to help those around us in a meaningful, sustainable manner.  He is passionate about helping you feel more comfortable in your own skin, more trusting of your inner wisdom, and more willing to stand up for what you believe in.


Aaron's approach to working with clients is primarily through a Somatic Experiencing lens, but also integrates his experience as a massage therapist, and sometimes blends elements of Nonviolent Communication, Motivational Interviewing, and Neurolinguistic Programming.  He actively seeks to understand your own vision of how you'd like to grow, so that the two of you can intentionally collaborate on creating a path that can help take you there.

Training

  • Licensed Massage Therapist
  • Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
  • Nonviolent Communication trained
  • Neuolinguistic Programming trained

Teachers

  • Steven Hoskinson
  • Kathy Kain
  • Ken Kraybill
  • Karl Steyaert
What My Clients Say

"I began working with Aaron because I was having severe jaw pain from clenching my jaw due to stress. I was somewhat skeptical of the Somatic Experiencing approach though I decided to go all into it and give it a try. Aaron was very encouraging, supportive and patient. I appreciated his way of pacing the sessions, taking time to tune into my energy each session, and taking time to educate me about the science behind the work.

After about 6 months of work together, my jaw pain has nearly disappeared and I have gained so much more than I expected. Aaron has a presence and a way of holding space that is in itself stress reducing. I would recommend his to anyone who is interested or curious in tuning into their bodies in order to learn tools for holistic healing."  - E.R.

What My Clients Say

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What My Clients Say

"I began working with Aaron because I was having severe jaw pain from clenching my jaw due to stress. I was somewhat skeptical of the Somatic Experiencing approach though I decided to go all into it and give it a try. Aaron was very encouraging, supportive and patient. I appreciated his way of pacing the sessions, taking time to tune into my energy each session, and taking time to educate me about the science behind the work.

After about 6 months of work together, my jaw pain has nearly disappeared and I have gained so much more than I expected. Aaron has a presence and a way of holding space that is in itself stress reducing. I would recommend his to anyone who is interested or curious in tuning into their bodies in order to learn tools for holistic healing."  - E.R.

What My Clients Say

"What stood out to me about Aaron almost right away was how patient and gentle he is.

...Aaron is amazing at holding space for any emotion, any reflex, any physical reaction - he is one of the kindest people I have worked with. Just typing these words and looking back on our work, I have tears of joy and gratitude towards Aaron because of how much he has helped me. He always had my best interest in mind.  " -K.G.

"By the end of the tenth session, I could hardly believe the transformation that took place over time. Only by looking back to session one can I truly appreciate how far I’ve come. The changes were incremental, and minuscule at times, but that’s how lasting change eventuates."

Laura Thomas

"Eleven months ago, at the age of 22, I had a spinal repair of my L5-S1 vertebrae. This was the last resort to continuing back issues from the age of 10.  I am currently pain free and have not felt this good in a very long time.  If bodywork is desired, then Alex is the person to see."

Michael Locasto

"As a licensed therapeutic bodyworker myself, I choose Alex as my bodywork therapist.  It is the focus, self-authenticity, and centered presence that Alex brings to his work that truly makes him a gifted healer."

Courtney Cowie, LMBT

"He works with both confidence and curiosity, and has a special ability to hold space for his clients free from judgement and expectation. As a result of this work I now inhabit my body in new ways."

Annemarie Kalson

"For the last 15+ years I’ve learned to function outside of my body as a method to suppress emotions and also as a protective means in an effort to deal with chronic pain. Not only has Ellen helped me find the ability to listen to my body, but she helped me find my voice and confidence, both of which I was previously greatly lacking. Ellen was a voice of strength when celebrating my success, and she also provided unwavering support when some of the work brought up “old stuff” that felt scary for a short time. To infer that the work we’ve done together has been transformational would truly be an understatement. Not only has my physical pain reduced, my relationships with my family and partner have flourished due to my ability to regulate myself and effectively communicate needs and hold appropriate boundaries. I am so grateful to Ellen for all she has done, and I look forward to continuing our work together as we continue to work on releasing the chronic stress and tension in my body, helping to calm my nervous system, and ultimately move toward an even more comfortable state of embodiment."

"Working with Ellen one-on-one was an incredible deep dive into self-knowledge through experiencing my body. Where Ellen shines is her talent for creating a space for exploration that is gentle, honest, safe, and empowering all at once. Ellen’s knowledge and expertise are clear, but her approach is one of partnership. And it works! I clearly see the physical and emotional results."

"I've always been someone who'd rather be in the library than at the gym. So when I seriously herniated a disc in my lower back, I was completely unprepared for the recovery process. The injury was very bad, and I had to have surgery for pain relief. The surgery was successful, but for many years my core and leg muscles remained incredibly weak and intractable, and I was living with chronic nerve pain in my legs.

Then, after multiple unsuccessful rounds of physical therapy, I met Ellen, and working with her changed my life. She met me where I was with my body and mind-body connection, which felt like rock bottom. She taught me fundamental somatics exercises for recovering command of my body, and radical knowledge for developing my own daily somatics practices. It's not an exaggeration to say her therapy renewed my relationship with myself. Today I feel more cognizant and comfortable in my body than I've ever felt before in my life. My daily life isn't organized around nerve pain anymore, and I'm able to relax and move again. I actually feel more desire to move and grow than ever before. I can't testify to her work and wisdom enthusiastically enough."

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