The Story of Us: Ryan

Some people show up on my table and they have been on their path to healing for quite sometime. This is true for Ryan. He was well along his own journey and knew the importance of having the kind of support that I provide. His presence is always a breath of fresh air and of genuine kindness. I am thankful that we have met and that he has and continues to trust me on his path of self discovery and self care.

1. How long have you been attending body and/or energy work sessions with Sonya?

I have been attending body/energy sessions with Sonya for two years.

2. How has your relationship grown, shifted and changed with your body during this time?

I am more aware of my body now, listening and paying closer attention to it, and taking greater care of myself now than I did before. I'm also able to release a lot of the energy that I pick up in everyday life on a consistent basis when I see Sonya.


3. How would you describe a typical session with Sonya?

The sessions are extremely relaxing, calming, and restorative. I leave every session wishing I had another 90 mins to repeat the session again.


4. Besides the actual energy and/or body work sessions, is there anything else you receive from these sessions?

Life guidance and coaching. Sonya really takes the time to get to know me on a deeper level so she can offer me suggestions on how to improve my overall quality of life.


5. Is there anything else that you would like to share about our relationship that we have cultivated over this long length of time?

Just to reinforce how lucky I am to have been introduced to Sonya. I'll continue to refer friends, colleagues, and the like to her.

The Story of Us: Mandy

This special spirit is one that I know that I have traveled many lifetimes with. I am honored to be her bodyworker and to have the opportunity to share space with her in any capacity. When we share space, I not only get the privilege to provide her this nurturing service, but I receive wisdom from her presence. In short, I love this woman like she is my family and I know in my heart and soul that she always has been.

Please enjoy Mandy’s ‘Story of Us’:

How long have you been attending body and/or energy work sessions with Sonya?

3 years??

How has your relationship grown, shifted and changed with your body during this time?
Working with Sonya has allowed me to tap into the subtleties of both my physical and energetic bodies on a daily basis. The conversations we engage in while I’m in her space become touch points in my mind between sessions. It’s like she facilitates the inner monologue within me, deepening the truth that my self-care journey and well-being is valuable, important, and supported.

How would you describe a typical session with Sonya?
Heaven. Perfection. A portal to the infinite truth that the body is capable of miraculous things if you are willing to open your heart and surrender to your own healing.

Besides the actual energy and/or body work sessions, is there anything else you receive from these sessions?
The best way I can describe what I receive from a session with Sonya is this: heart-healing soul nourishment that feeds a balanced diet of the mind, body, and spirit. Our time together has become a foundational tool for me to appreciate exactly where I am on my journey, and how I can make the most of what the present moment has to offer.

Is there anything else that you would like to share about our relationship that we have cultivated over this long length of time?
Our relationship has allowed me to welcome the future and appreciate the past, while being fully grounded in the present. It has taught me that the memories I hold in my body are valid, the truth I hold in my heart is worthy of love, and that the time I have in this life is precious and worth celebrating.
Thank you Sonya for the love you’ve brought to my life and so many others!


The Story of Us: Mary

When I started to receive the responses to these interview questions for my longtime clients, I knew it would be great to hear their perspective, but the emotional response I have had has been powerful. I get to see these people regularly and I can see the shifts and changes, but to hear it in their own words, brings tears to my eyes. Mary is my long time client, but she is also my friend. Her belief and dedication to her self development, no matter how uncomfortable and unpleasant it can be, is truly inspirational. I’ve had the honor to witness her intentionally and purposefully lean into the darkest parts of herself and embrace the entirety of who she is. My gratitude runs deep for this spirit that I have the opportunity to share space with on a regular basis.

Please enjoy Mary’s ‘Story of Us.’

I’ve been receiving body/energy work from Sonya for over 4 years now.  I began my journey with Sonya just after my second baby was born. But that isn’t where my voyage with Sonya really began … it began about nice years ago, standing outside our little yellow home on 49 ½ St.  There are less than a handful of people in my life that I have “the moment” with. When time stops for an instant. It happened that day standing in my front yard with Sonya. Sonya and another beautiful soul came to meet my husband about a band.  It was 2010, we had just moved to Austin, and although I didn’t know it at the time, I was deep in depression. Standing in the front yard I remember trying to muster up energy and a smile to introduce myself. In that moment … in an instant, I saw peace and kindness and love and a deep, true beauty in Sonya’s face. It was only a moment but it is one I have always remembered like it was yesterday.

A band with a few very special people did happen, so our paths continued to cross here and there.  Being around Sonya was always easy; which is meaningful to someone struggling with anxiety and depression.

As everything in life does … the band ended as did my run in’s with Sonya.  I had a baby and then another one 19 months later. Life got pretty crazy and at just the right moment Sonya appeared again.  This time offering something I didn’t know I needed. She was in massage school, I lived nearby and she needed to practice. Hence our monthly sessions began.   I’ve always loved massages but never seen someone specific regularly. It was always a splurge.. a special occasion .. something nice to do for myself. I never knew the extent of what being in touch with my body and soul was really like until Sonya helped get me there.  

I’m not sure how I can adequately put into words how my thoughts and energy about myself has changed since I’ve been seeing Sonya.  Change is never a quick, easy road. Over the past four years I can say that I feel calmer .. almost zero anxiety in my day to day. I feel relaxed and kinder to myself… physically and emotionally.  I feel like I can see more clearly after a session with Sonya. Colors are brighter. I feel more excited about life and while not every day is perfect, I have cultivated a self -confidence and self-love I didn’t have before.  

In each session, Sonya spends time checking in with me, talking to me about what’s going on in the universe and how it affects us.   I take to heart the information Sonya gives, I ponder the questions she asks, I use the gifts she gives me. I am able to let my mind and body shift from my everyday world during my time with Sonya.  Sometimes I leave emotional, sometimes almost dizzy with peace and calm, and I always, always leave feeling loved and cared for. I take all of that with me and keep it close until the next time.

I strongly believe in self-care and actively cultivate it through talk therapy, exercise, food, reading, writing and working with Sonya.  In the past few months two major life shifts have happened and I have to attribute in part to Sonya and how she has helped me know myself better.  I am off a low dosage of antidepressants and I have stopped using alcohol in an unhealthy way. I have depended on alcohol as a crutch for years .. like 20 years.  By digging deeper into my emotions, by giving myself the gift of time to sit with myself and by really contemplating gifts of wisdom from Sonya, I have gained a confidence that has helped me to not feel like I need that crutch.  I have been able to cultivate health and revel in how good it feels.


The Story of Us : Lisa

Lisa is one of my first, most consistent, long term clients to date. We have been seeing each other since Sept. 2015. Normal words can’t even describe the amount of gratitude I have for our time together. This beautiful soul has trusted me from the beginning, without any history of knowing each other before our first session. I look forward to seeing her every chance I get, hearing her perspective on this life we are living and being a part of her journey when she is not trotting the globe. To have her believe in me and trust me since the beginning has been a major part of the foundation of my business today. Our relationship gave me the vision of what it is I strive for, not just to help you feel better in your body, but to connect, learn and grow together. Below I share her perspective of our time together.

1. How long have you been attending body and/or energy work sessions with Sonya?

I've been seeing Sonya consistently for 3 and a half years. 

2. How has your relationship grown, shifted and changed with your body during this time?

When I started seeing Sonya I had chronic issues with my neck and shoulders. I was amazed at how she could help relieve the tension without hurting me.  Sonya uses techniques like facia release and trigger point to ease tension without the deep tissue abuse I'd been used to. After being on a consistent schedule for so long, my muscles melt easily when she encourages them back into place and my sessions have become very relaxing and restorative. 

3. How would you describe a typical session with Sonya?

Sonya's studio is filled with soothing music, special crystals to keep the energy balanced, and the table is always perfectly warmed. Sessions start with a quick catch up about life, the most recent episode of The Bachelor, and we talk through any physical issues I've been having.  She gives me a few minutes to get situated and digs right in to get my body back on track. Whether it is a stiff neck from travel or a tense calf from a sprained ankle, Sonya is skilled and gentle while loosening things up.  Our sessions end with a gentle face mist (of what I assume is magical unicorn dust) and a deep relaxing breath. 

4. Besides the actual energy and/or body work sessions, is there anything else you receive from these sessions?

Sonya doesn't just give a massage.  She helps identify the source of the issue and ways that you can stretch at home to prevent the tension from rebuilding. She is an herbal goddess with a million ideas on how to help with whatever ails you.  Sonya has introduced me to nettle leaf tea to help with my allergies, milk thistle to sooth my liver during a hangover, and she even makes homemade magnesium oil to help with muscle aches! 

5. Is there anything else that you would like to share about our relationship that we have cultivated over this long length of time?

We had never met when I had my first appointment in September of 2015, but I instantly knew how special Sonya was.  I feel so lucky to have her as both my bodyworker and friend.  I'm always impressed by her knowledge and how she continues to learn and grow in her profession.  If I come up with a new challenge, she does research and comes up with ideas to help me. From physical injuries to allergies, asthma, and fertility struggles, Sonya always has my back!

The Story of Us : Mia

I have had the pleasure of working with Mia for a little over a year now. I have had the honor to witness her growth as we have chosen to walk down this path of self discovery and healing together. This woman has shown me such grace and an openness to evolve, shift and grow within in herself and the way she shows up in this world. Below I’m so honored to share her perspective of our growing relationship, our sessions and her journey while we have been consistently working together.

1. How long have you been attending body and/or energy work sessions with Sonya? 

I have been working with Sonya since April 2018.

2. How has your relationship grown, shifted and changed with your body during this time? 

I have been in therapy for many, many years. And while I have gained so many insights into who I am, my relationship with Sonya brought to light a whole new level of self-understanding. It began with her suggestion of embracing one’s ‘negativity’ instead of thinking, I’ve got these problems I want to get rid of. We’ve explored the concept of there can be no light without darkness, and it has been a truly revolutionary way of thinking and living for me. Sonya has been for me a spiritual guide and compass that I never knew I existed, nor realized how much I needed. As a result, my body, mind and soul are so much more at peace with who I am, how I came to be at this exact moment in my life, and truly embracing and loving myself.

3. How would you describe a typical session with Sonya? 

Our sessions always begin with a check in of the time that has lapsed since our last session. I share the insights and ‘a-ha’ moments and reflections, and Sonya then ties that into the current phase of the moon as well as sharing her insights. Next, Sonya asks how my body is feeling and if there is any specific areas she should work on. The session consists of massage body work as well as energy/soul work through music, crystals, aromatherapy and sound. At the end, over a much needed glass of water, together Sonya and I process and discuss how the session went. Lastly, Sonya gives me a tool (a candle, herbal spray, body scrub au an oil) for me to be able to continue the work we’ve done at my home. 

4. Besides the actual energy and/or body work sessions, is there anything else you receive from these sessions? 

What I receive from my sessions from Sonya cannot be adequately put into simply words. I consider my sessions with her as essential as exercising, sleeping, breathing. They give me a level of calm and revitalization that then allows me to build on my self-knowledge and self-love.

5. Is there anything else that you would like to share about our relationship that we have cultivated over this long length of time? 

Sonya is a person who was truly meant to be doing the work she does. Her social media posts and newsletter are an important extension of the work she does in her work space. She has allowed me to be grounded/centered and to appreciate the beauty around and within me.