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At Spectrum Healing we recognize how unique you are. We offer a wide range of services-somatic inquiry, somatic art, somatic play, and More! We want you to live a joyful and purpose filled life. This website Intends to be a Collective of 'Wounded Healers.' We describe ourselves as Wounded Healers because we do not believe we can fully heal until All Children Everywhere Have their Basic Needs Met within a Loving Community. Those who wish to have their information added to this website are required to commit to providing compassionate equitable exchanges for their services and to encourage others to do the same. To determine what is an equitable and compassionate exchange requires knowing some of the context of a person's life, culture, history, financial situation, work, and intentions, and each person doing their best to come to an equitable agreement which understands that if one person's situation or circumstances change financially, emotionally, or physically, then reassessing the exchange is needed. This is in stark contrast to our current system which relies on automatic or programmed systems of financial exchanges.
At Spectrum Healing we strive to be sensitive to those with different physical, mental, emotional, spiritual or other neurodiverse needs. We want to create an environment where everyone feels welcome, and boundaries are honored. We understand that some people may be sensitive to certain smells or sounds, require alternative methods of communication, need extra time, or to reschedule at short notice. Associations created in early childhood about who we are and what we "should" be doing may place an increased burden of shame for those who have been unable to live up to these expectations. At Spectrum Healing, we hope to take great care in accepting you just as you are right now. Please let us know what you need, and we will do our very best to accommodate. Additionally, it is important to be clear that the word "Spectrum" was not picked to identify those on the Autism Spectrum. The business name was chosen over 20 years ago to describe the complexity of ways we might assist others in our diverse human family Rainbow.
Rebecca Playfair aka Solairah (she/her, they/them) is the Founder of Spectrum Healing and Somatic Schools. She believes that its essential for everyone who is capable to be educated about Community Trauma Healing so that we can all more easily participate in behaviors which aim to ensure that All Children Everywhere to Receive Quality Basic Needs In a Loving Community. A more detailed bio can be found below.
Solairah aka Rebecca Playfair (she/her, they/them) had a somewhat blended upbringing and experiences across diverse social, economic, cultural, geographical, and work environments. The parents who raised Rebecca (father and stepmother) were both born and reared in Nigeria as children of missionaries. Rebecca's father later went to live on a Kibbutz in Israel, learned and taught Hebrew, and studied theology. He spent his life working in social services for those with head and spinal cord injuries. Rebecca's stepmother spent her life work as an elementary school special needs teacher in an all-black school in Fairfield County, S.C. Rebecca's step-father works in hospital administration and her mother worked as an addiction and recovery counselor. Rebecca was raised with her brother on Turtle Island in what is currently called Columbia, S.C. as an Israelite. In childhood, she attended Baptist and Evangelical churches as well as Conservative and Orthodox Jewish Synagogues. When Solairah was twelve, she began exploring spirituality in all its forms. For much of Rebecca's life, she struggled immensely with self-destructive patterns stemming from early childhood /ancestral trauma. Solairah is happy to report that while they are most certainly a work in progress, the depth of suffering once experienced from frequent bouts with anxiety, depression, addiction, or self-harm no longer haunt them as they once did. She now uses her life-experience to inspire her life work in Community Trauma Healing and assiting others with the somatic journey of completion. Solairah recognizes that there was a significant amount of white privilege involved throughout her lifetime that helped her to do things like access trauma healing resources. Although Solairah no longer identifies as white, believing that "whiteness" is a toxic construct she would rather put in the trash, she recognizes that her fair skin continues to grant her white privileges such as increased access to resources and decreased barriers to health and wellness due to the color of her skin. She has committed to work toward dismantling white supremacy and colonizing practices or beliefs to the best of her ability and to encourage reparative actions. This includes but is not limited to the following: speaking up when racism is evident and rooting out any subconscious racist or ableist beliefs that have been programmed into their mind, developing relationships with ecosystems, seeking to understand and practice sustainable solutions, and speaking out against the military, police, and prison industrial complexes. With love and gratitude, she works to offer donation-based services to those who need them in as often as possible. Rebecca currently identifies as a Neurodiverse Israelite Celtic Christian Jewish Queer Pagan Animist Radical Faerie Femme Conservative Liberal Anarchist. Solairah's website SpectrumHealing.org is currently her own personal somatics website but intends to be a database with other trauma responsive healing practitioners who commit to utilizing equitable exchanges. SomaticSchools.com is another website she is currently developing that is a community health education platform which will offer trauma responsive education that is easy to understand and free to access. Thoughtful questions, kindhearted ideas, and helping hands are needed with both endeavors.
As I learn and grow in my understanding, I am giving myself permission to change my ways or approach. It's okay to be wrong, It's Okay to feel ashamed for a short amount of time if it helps me with the Mission, It's Okay AND I LOVE myself and am Worthy of Love anyway! Because If it's not okay for me to be wrong, or If my being wrongness gets associated with shame which then spirals me into unworthiness... I Get STUCK! And I know its OKAY to be stuck, but it's not where I want to stay, so I come back to loving myself again and again. So, I will keep Updating with new Information About the Philosophy, Approach, Experiences, or Ideas I have to share with you.
The Somatic Experiencing practices involve completing incomplete autonomic nervous system responses (fight, flight, freeze) with a controlled fight/flight response, utilizing the imagination and felt body sense to say NO! to abuse with our bodies/words. It helped me in that I learned to express boundaries and my voice, but I believe that there were/are some things missing from the SE trainings which is why I decided not to continue on this path. I believe that there needs to be a Foundation of Community Healing where equitable exchanges are activated and that ensuring trauma healing is accessible to EVERYONE is the main focus. I also realized that while I had been able to express boundaries within my family, there was still so much hurt and pain when I would go to visit them. I couldn't understand why until I realized that I needed to insert new FELT experiences of Love, Joy, and Peace where my entire family (biological, stepparents, sibling) were together laughing, saying kind things, dancing, playing, and encouraging each other to behave in ways that assisted Foundation of Community Healing and a stated desire to All Act in ways which assisted All Children Everywhere to have quality basic needs, Love, and Play. After I added this new component, there has been a shift then my ability to feel - give Loving Boundaries with my family. Of course, this hasn't fully healed me either. Until All Children Everywhere have Quality Basic Needs met in a Loving Community, I am not sure that anyone will fully heal. Now, if someone in the SE training had insisted that I insert Love into the picture, I might have left the room right then!!! So, I don't insist that someone I am working with do this practice with their family or with those who have abused them. If this is something you desire to do, it is only when you are ready, and I know that if someone is never ready that is totally OKAY too! And really, ANY suggestion I have .... Optional. Even if you don't Agree that it's important for you to participate in behaviors that assist with All Children Everywhere receiving Quality Basic Needs in a Loving Community, I am open to working with you, but I would be curious as to why you felt this way... Sending Love, Joy, and Peace to All Beings, Seen and Unseen, and the Communities and Ecosystems who support/ed them. Thank You.