therapeutic & spiritual mentoring
Aimee's approach to healing and wellbeing is truly holistic - skilfully addressing the emotional, psychological, somatic, and spiritual needs of each individual in a manner that seeks to transmute and tranform, rather than repress or pathologise.
After more than a decade of offering traditional regular weekly or fortnightly therapeutic hours, Aimee has made a recent change to the way she is offering her time, and the manner in which she is working.
Now working more in the capacity of "therapeutic mentor", she offers time, insight, teaching and processing to those who want or need it, as and when they need it. Her current work is more suited to those with an established therapeutic path behind them who are seeking to deepen.
For those looking for support in the earlier stages of their journey we recommend Aimee's Online Course as an excellent foundation, and on request, are also happy to make referrals to Unwind™ therapists trained personally by Aimee through her school.
More about Aimee's work is detailed below but in simple terms she is currently available to a small number of people to offer the following services:
. A safe space to unpack, anchor, speak, be heard, and held: a container for the mythopoetic human journey.
. Deep processing work for acute singular or complex trauma.
. Meditation guidance, teaching & personalised practice creation.
. Guidance and holding for those on the spiritual path
. Business mentoring, collegial support, or supervision within the therapeutic/wellness field
"Aimee is unquestionably highly skilled in both her therapeutic role and that of teacher. But above and beyond that, she will quite simply love you back to life - something I think we’ve probably forgotten how to do in our culture. It is powerful beyond words and she has changed my life with her fierce, unfaltering and intensely gentle care."
Specialist Trauma Work
As an integrative therapist Aimee specialises in both complex and single incident trauma. Within the Unwind™ framework, Aimee provides and prioritises the foundational relational healing and somatically oriented therapeutic holding that is so central to positive outcomes, whilst also employing a number of approaches & principles on the cutting edge of trauma treatment including:
Inner child & parts therapy work
Applied polyvagal theory & nervous system regulation
Bilateral stimulation & eye movement reprocessing
Psychological somatics and body-based trauma release
Healing practice & teachings from the wisdom traditions
Trauma Informed Movement, Breath & Meditation Techniques
"Most of what we suffer with is trauma - old stress and emotional pain stuck in the system. Trauma can be an acutely distressing one time event such as a rape or mugging, or even seemingly simple things like a minor car crash or routine surgery. Trauma can also be caused by exposure to various forms of emotional distress over prolonged periods of time. Many of us had stressful and emotionally wounding childhood experiences because we are growing up in a society that is fractured, fragmented, and suffering collectively.
If we are in any way symptomatic - suffering with anxiety, depression, addictions, co-dependency, low self esteem, chronic pain or fatigue, immunity issues, chronic health problems etc ... we likely are suffering with some form of trauma (PTS, PTSD or Complex PTSD) - whether or not we understand why. Trauma is a fact of life and experiences that leave a traumatic imprint take many forms - many virtually invisible to the untrained eye. Very often until we resolve the underlying trauma (original wound), we will continue to experience dis-ease, imbalance or struggle in one way or another.
There is nothing wrong with us, something happened to us" - Aimee Rai
"Warning ... this woman heals broken souls! It was a gift of an experience to meet Aimee. She shone a light in to the fog for me in a way I just wasn't expecting. If you can be a little brave, peace and happiness is yours for the taking under the guidance of this beautiful, strong, insightful and intelligent woman."
Unwind™ Movement & Meditation
Meditation, mindfulness, movement, breath and sound are all powerful spiritual practices as well as being incredible tools for accessing mind/body healing and wellbeing. Numerous scientific studies demonstrate the enormous benefits of such practices indicating their ability to alleviate anxiety, diminish depression, treat trauma and restore a general sense of well-being.
Originally trained in Kundalini Yoga & Meditation Aimee went on to study the physiology of trauma, somatic healing and the non-dual teachings of classical tantra & Tibetan Buddhism. Aimee has also danced throughout her life and has a deep and natural understanding of the ways the body speaks to us and how to use its wisdom to generate healing.
As a movement system, Unwind™ combines a potent fusion of psychological somatics, Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga and Relaxation, breath, and meditation inspired by the Indo-Tibetan Tantric traditions.
Unwind™ is alchemical in that its design is to skilfully and directly work with the innate potential of all the energies, somatic patterns and emotional imprints that live in the system, to unlock, transmute, transform, liberate and enliven.
Aimee teaches during her signature retreats and workshops, and is also available online for one to one teaching and personal practice creation.
Somatic Spirituality &
The Embodied Path
Many of us think of oursleves as spiritual or are spiritually curious, but have had little opportunity to explore our spirituality in a way that invites real depth and substance - in a manner that goes beyond the commercial veil of "social media mysticism" or a bit of casual yoga or meditation (for all its benefits).
As a student and practitioner of classical Indo-Tibetan Tantra Aimee is an advocate of the real raw spiritual journey, the kind that forms deep roots in our day to day lives and invites soulful descent, not lofty transcendence, often citing the mantra "down and in, not up and out". She is not one for spiritual pleasantries or bypass, but one to help her students journey in to the grit and grace of their unique human experience.
"I believe that at this time in human history we are being called to foster a new Way. A way that doesn't commercialise, rob, rape or mindlessly appropriate teachings ... but equally ... one that does allow for evolution, integration and ultimately a synthesis of the wordly wisdoms to be slowly formed. I feel we are at the embryonic stage of moving beyond religious dogmas and the constrictive structures of systemised spirituality, but that we must also be cautious not to get tangled in a messy form of pick and mix. I am interested in supporting others to find their own inner way during times of simultaneous collapse and creation."
For those who would like to explore their spirituality in a more dedicated manner or advance their meditation practice Aimee is available for one to one.