Listen to the Body

On a table in Victoria Day’s studio at Kindred Collective in Columbia, a sign says: “Go Only as Fast as the Slowest Part of You Feels Safe to Go.” It’s a phrase she embraces in both her work and personal life.

Day is a registered somatic movement therapist and educator based in mid-Missouri as well as a licensed professional counselor with Kindred Collective and a certified movement analyst. Day, who said she has loved to move and dance since she was young, offers movement-based classes and workshops through her business, Embodiment LLC, which she started in 2010.

Somatic therapy is “a form of body-centered therapy that looks at the connection of mind and body and uses both psychotherapy and physical therapies for holistic healing,” according to Psychology Today. Day said she knew she wanted to help people heal through a more holistic approach, but there was no real framework in mid-Missouri to become a somatic movement therapist. As a result, she decided to create her own path by becoming a licensed professional counselor who offers somatic-based therapies.

Day has translated this compassion into her work, dedicating her time to helping other people heal using practices that have become so vital in her own life. Incorporating practices like somatic movement and constructive rest into her routine has allowed her to live her life more fully. Through Embodiment LLC, one of her goals is to support other people to achieve that, too.

(Director, Producer and Editor: Kate Trabalka; Associate Producers: Beatrice Bankauskaite and Audrey Stanard; Supervising Editors: Hunter Pendleton and Brian Kratzer)

Soul Sessions

Soul Sessions COMO is a group of musicians and artists that come together every month to bring live soul music to Columbia. Creative Director Josh Runnels, or J.ARTiz, aims to give a space for community, education, art and music to thrive. Soul Sessions features music from the “MO’ SOUL Collective” as well as a variety of other genres. (Director, Producer and Editor: Katie Kriz; Associate Producers: Maya Bell and Kate Trabalka; Supervising Editors: Hunter Pendleton and Brian Kratzer)

Jeffrey Ferguson: Behind the wheel

This video portrait for my Photojournalism and Documentary Reporting 1 class at the University of Missouri School of Journalism is about MU Assistant Anthropology Professor and researcher Jeffrey Ferguson, specifically looking at his part-time job as a potter. (Director, Videographer and Editor: Kate Trabalka)

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