Hi I’m Tada! It’s a pleasure to meet you.
I’m a practitioner and teacher of a healing practice I refer to as cultural somatics (or sometimes cultural somatic therapy).
The simple premise of cultural somatics is that cultures are in fact bodies that emerge from networks of relationships. Within this model oppressions such as white supremacy and heterosexism are understood to be expressions of trauma in cultural somas (bodies).
Following, the work of cultural somatics is facilitating change by supporting the co-healing of individual and cultural bodies.
Cultural somatics is both a model for:
- 1-on-1 and group facilitation work that addresses oppressions such as white supremacy as trauma itself.
- Social activism that is built upon the foundations of trauma-informed somatic healing, such as relationship building, unconditional positive regard, and titration (working gently and slowly in processing emotional material to avoid re-traumatization).
I currently offer coaching and consulting services based on cultural somatics, as well as teach courses on cultural somatics at the Ritual as Justice School.
My work draws upon these main lineages:
- The schools of modern creative and somatic therapies such as dance movement therapy and expressive arts therapy, the latter which I am certified in through Langara College. (I would also like to acknowledge that these lineages of modern therapy derive their healing power from the traditional practices of cultures of color as well as European folk cultures.)
- Asian/Japanese ancestral embodiment lineages from energy medicine to martial arts that I have immersed myself in through self-practice and research (I am a fluent Japanese reader/speaker). There is a great ocean of knowledge here but people who have been particularly influential are Kenji Ushiro, Hideo Takaoka, Kunio Yasue, Hideto Tomabechi, and Corky Quakenbush (Please note that I am not a practitioner who can explicitly instruct on the arts I draw from).
- Animist-indigenous ritual and ancestral healing, a lot of which I have absorbed through my ongoing collaboration with Dare Sohei, who has been a student of Dr. Daniel Foor but has since left his tutelage after issues that we both felt problematic around the integrity of his teaching and organization. Other inspirations for animism in my work include Sobonfu Some, Malidoma Some, and various writings on Wetiko (an Algonquin word for a cannibalistic spirit).
- Street dance, particularly ‘popping’, an umbrella term for mechanical street dances that emerged from black and brown communities of the West Coast of Turtle Island during the early 1970s.
Unceded Coast Salish Territories AKA Vancouver BC