Jun 10, 2017

About Somatic Resourcing
Based on our natural ability to explore and tap into natural healing resources with the desire to live more fully in our bodies and our beings, Somatic Resourcing is founded on the principals of Ayurveda, Somato Respiratory Integration, and Craniosacral Therapy.  These holistic modalities provide a rich palette for integrating life's stimuli and experiences into conscious awakening, expanded awareness and vitality.

As a practitioner, my role is in facilitating integration while holding space for deep healing with presence and conscious touch, allowing and trusting the body’s inherent intelligence to guide and provide the unfolding of life’s expression.

Compassionate Touch and Comfort Therapy
Comfort Therapy helps alleviate stress, anxiety and pain with gentle touch and self-soothing practices, accessing increased periods of calm and ease during major life transitions.  This work is available for those with agile or fragile nervous systems, from first breath to last, including family members, practitioners and caregivers at residences or care facilities.  

Craniosacral Therapy
Biodynamic Craniosacral work is one of the most comprehensive ways of safely and gently accessing and alleviating an over-stressed nervous system for whole-body integration and ease. It's also one of the most versatile healing systems, used in Somatic Resourcing and wellness care, injury treatment, chronic illness and palliative care.  The demand for this work continues to grow in both holistic and allopathic models of healthcare with profound results.

Shirodhara is an ancient ayurvedic treatment of warm oil gently poured over the forehead in a steady stream.  Soothing and rejuvenating, shirodhara is beneficial for overstimulated nervous systems, helping relieve stress and exhaustion, balance emotions, and calm the mind.  I became passionate about shirodhara while studying Ayurveda and Panchakarma treatments in India 20 years ago with a family of Vaidyas (Ayurvedic doctors).  It remains my favorite modality for it's gentle yet profound results, and I love sharing it with others!

Individual sessions and consultations with are available by appointment.   Residential and facility outcalls, as well as group facilitated training sessions and workshops are available by prior arrangement.  Appointments currently available in the greater Portland and Vancouver areas.  Contact Lisa at (971) 409-9626, or somasource@gmail.com.

I look forward to working with you - 

Warm regards,

-- Lisa

Lisa Bordner, LMT, CST, CT, ACPF
Somatic Resource Practitioner
Palliative Care Educator and Consultant

Jan 26, 2016

Caring for Yourself & Others During the Dying Process
Instructor:  Lisa Bordner, CT, ACPF, CST, LMT

GRN239  End of Life Practices, Gerontology Program
CRN17553, Winter Term, 2016
Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus
Class Meetings:  Friday, February 26 & Friday, March 11, 2016, 9:00am - 2:20pm
This course on end of life care practices for caregivers and practitioners will explore ways of bringing more ease and integration to death to the dying process.   Using interactive discourse, experiential exercises and practical tools, we’ll be looking at ways to increase our capacity to provide compassionate end of life care with greater resilience and presence.

Included will be:
  • An overview of death and the dying process
  • A view from the patient’s perspective
  • Understanding patient needs at end of life
  • The value of observation:  recognizing physical, emotional & spiritual pain
  • Dealing with anxiety, overwhelm and behavioral issues
  • An overview of comfort care:  integrated and holistic practices
  • Self-care tools to alleviate caregiver burnout
About the Instructor:
Lisa Bordner, CT, ACPF, CST, LMT is an ADEC Certified Thanatologist, End of Life Educator and Consultant, and Somatic Therapist.  Having provided hands-on care, education and advocacy for hundreds of patients at end of life, Lisa brings a practical, humane and engaging approach to training and supporting caregivers and practitioners in providing exemplary care.  For more information, visit lisabordner.com.

Sep 21, 2015

Death OK: Let's Talk About It! October 17, Reed College, Portland, OR


Being Present with Death: Caring for Yourself and Loved Ones During the Dying Process

Death:OK (Let’s Talk About It) is a day of inspiration, information, and connection taking place October 17, 2015 on the campus of Reed College in Portland, Oregon.  As part of an ongoing series profiling our presenters, we’re pleased to introduce you to…

Lisa Bordner, CT, CST, ACPF, LMT, presenting “Being Present with Death: Caring for Yourself and Loved Ones During the Dying Process.”

This is an experiential workshop on end of life care for caregivers, practitioners, families and community, focusing on interactive discourse and practical tools for bringing more ease and integration to the death and dying process.
In this workshop we will look at ways to increase self-care and alleviate caregiver burnout through Somatic Resourcing – using hands-on self-directed exercises and resources to support physical, emotional and spiritual well-being while increasing one’s capacity to provide compassionate end of life care with greater resilience and presence for our loved ones and ourselves.
Included in the course will be:
  • Interactive discussion including personal experiences, questions and perspectives on death and the dying process
  • Death awareness – What is a ‘good death’ to you?
  • Sensory and Somatic Awareness exercises – Noticing and accessing ease in the body
  • Sympathetic Breathing techniques to ease transition for those actively dying
  • Creative Self-Expression – A multi-sensory tool kit
  • DIY Self-Care reminder cards to take home
Lisa Bordner, CT, CST, ACPF, LMT is an ADEC Certified Thanatologist and Somatic Resource Practitioner who has provided care, support and education for hundreds of patients and families at end of life.  After the sudden death of her father in 1998, Lisa travelled the globe with a passionate curiosity for discovering different cultural perspectives on living and dying.   Since then, she has worked in hospice and palliative care as a comfort and complementary therapist, patient care and volunteer coordinator, community educator, patient liaison, advance care planning facilitator, and healthcare advocate.  Now in private practice specializing in somatic therapies and education for those seeking integrated wellness and end of life care, she brings a practical, humane yet engaging approach to supporting the provision of quality end of life care with compassion and resilience.

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Aug 19, 2015

What the Heck is Craniosacral Therapy, Anyway?

When pondering how to describe Craniosacral work, a few phrases keep bumping into me, but it's difficult to put an experience so indescribable into words.  Words just don't do it justice, and seem to take the experience of craniosacral therapy out of it's limitless possibility and put it oh-too-neatly into the box of our known, and very limited, language.

Still, I'll try.   The words that continually float to the surface and therefore the page are:  Stillness,  Witness, Intuition

Craniosacral work can look to the observer like the most subtle, innate, non-proactive bodywork therapy there is.  And in a way, that's true.  The client lies on their back on a massage table, dressed, relaxed, often quiet, while the practitioner may sit for extended periods of time with their hands on their head or feet, often with nothing but almost imperceptible movements and long moments where time seems to stand still.  

What the heck?  

But wait:  The coolest thing happens when you lie very still -  just you, your breath, your heartbeat, your thoughts, and the subtlest hint of all the myriad movements and rhythms happening automatically in your body.  It's quite the circus in there, and then some.  When was the last time you listened to ALL of it?  Your fluids, tissues, bones, nerves, organs moving and ticking and humming and processing?  How much could you hear or sense?  Then, double that. Lie there with someone else listening in too.  Not just another occupier of space, but an extremely present, attentive, focused, aware and open human being, who's entire purpose in the moment is to hold space for the wisdom of your body to get to speak up and be heard, to be witnessed in it's entirety, to do it's dance. 

Something magical happens when a skilled and experienced practitioner has the ability and wisdom to hold nothing but possibility for the body's own natural healing instincts - or what I call Resource -  growth, and integration to unfold, and with the express awareness that the body is completely running the show, and is doing EXACTLY what it needs.

Have you ever felt in a total quandary, then spoke your mind to a trusted friend or colleague, only to come to an a-ha moment of clarity simply from being witnessed and heard by a trusted friend encouraging you with openness and presence?  It's like that:  the body has an amazing capacity to seek and find the most efficient way of being with whatever circumstances it's given.  But given the chance to look deeper and discover even more possibility for accessing internal resources, and the body thrives!

The biggest challenge for the practitioner is not What To Do or How To Do It, but how to get out of the way.   How to get out of one's OWN way.  No agenda, no playing Doctor or God, no matter how much training or education funneled the fix-it method into those fingers.   The most challenging part:  it basically all comes down to trust.  How deeply and completely can one trust the body's healing capabilities?  Like most healers, I too am guilty.  Every time I've worked with someone and felt myself looking for some result, some way to help, to fix so I can feel I've done my work well - it stalls.  It's almost as if the body knows better.  And believe me, it does.  It's what I love about this work.  I'm constantly kept in check, humbled, awed.  My knowledge, experience, skill have nothing on the intricate workings of the human body.  Thank God.