In today’s episode I sit down with Roxie Nebel. I met Roxie in one of my first pole dancing classes when I moved to Asheville. We quickly connected as two lifelong dancers who are leading women toward deeper healing and empowerment.
Roxie was a competitive dancer all her life. She secured a scholarship to the top rated University of Utah modern dance program, where she danced until sustaining a life altering injury in 2017. As a result she lost her scholarship and credits, and with them her sense of identity. This traumatic event led her on a journey of discovery about her body, healing, and the unresolved emotions she’d been carrying with her for years.
She discovered meditation and the importance of stillness while she released the shame around her changing body. Two years after being told she would never dance again, she began her pole journey. The pole dance environment was a stark contrast to the dance world she had grown up in, which was a toxic, disconnected, and oppressive place. Roxie immediately fell in love with the deep sense of sisterhood in the pole community. Everyone is being celebrated, encouraged to stand out, take up space, and express their full range of emotion.
Now Roxie’s body feels stronger than it ever has before, and I can say from first hand experience that she is truly incredible at what she does. In her class I felt a sense of coming home to myself, and this is what she offers to women every day.
Tune in to hear how she made it through her dark night of the soul through movement and stillness.
IN THIS EPISODE WE TALK ABOUT
- How the body speaks through pain and symptoms.
- The way toxic masculinity works its way into our bodies.
- Making space for rebuilding your identity.
- How to access the freedom on the other side of your fears.
- Busyness as a mechanism to avoid doing the deep work.
- The power in owning the full range of your emotions.
- Exploring sensual expression for ourselves rather than the male gaze.