Glad To Meet You. I'm Chandler Stevens.
For years I’ve been exploring the links between body, mind, and environment to help my clients step into the most capable, creative, and connected versions of themselves.
I know that if you could bring all of yourself to the change you want to make—for yourself and the world around you—there’s no telling how far that ripples out. But let’s be honest...
There are a whole slew of things that keep us from our potential:
We can't move well, and we grow more and more frustrated with our bodies.
We lose touch with the natural world, and we wonder why we're depressed and anxious.
Our relationships are strained, and we feel alone even with other people.
We do unfulfilling work and keep our real passions on hold.
We disconnect from our bodies and emotions, and life feels like it's running on autopilot.
I know that when you reconnect with your body, you’re able to show up in a whole new way, tapping the untapped within you and using it to make a change for the better.
It starts with you.
We have the gift to shape ourselves and the world around us in incredible ways.
That's why I do the work I do. I’m here to help you get back to 100% so you can fully engage with the world around you: move with ease, express yourself, and make your impact.
Here’s How I Got Here (And What That Means For The Work I Do).
It started with barefoot running.
When a friend invited me to go running for the first time in high school, I thought to myself:
"Cavemen didn't have shoes. Why should I?"
I learned the hard way: cavemen weren't running on asphalt.
I fell in love with running, but the painful recovery of those first couple of weeks highlighted a crucial point for me:
We aren't living in the human animal's natural context, and our bodies pay the price.
This evolutionary dilemma got the wheels turning for me.
I wanted to figure out what made us tick.
And I wanted to better understand what kind of consequences we were really dealing with.
In undergraduate I studied environmental science and epidemiology, and I dove into the systems-view of life. I wanted a bird's eye view of how the pieces fit together.
Outside of academics I spent all of my spare time moving.
Yoga, jiu jitsu, weightlifting. I couldn't get enough.
But it caught up with me.
I ended up in the hospital. Twice.
I had to quit practicing.
A traumatic groin injury kept me from walking.
I spent months trying to recover, exploring everything under the sun.
It didn't work.
Chronic tension and pain stuck with me for years.
I kept myself together well enough to get a research position at the Environmental Protection Agency.
It was a dream job. I'd wanted it since I was a kid.
But I was miserable.
All I could think about was how broken I felt.
Then I discovered the world of somatic education.
This was an entirely different type of movement practice.
Within a couple of sessions my pain disappeared. Tension that I'd been carrying for years melted away over the span of a few weeks.
It was unlike anything I'd ever experienced.
I noticed that as my body felt better and better, something was shifting internally as well.
I felt more grounded and confident.
I felt like myself for the first time in years.
And I had more clarity in what I wanted than ever before.
I quit my job at the Environmental Protection Agency.
I had gone in rosy-eyed, hoping that I would change the world.
But the red tape and bureaucracy took a toll.
One day my boss made a joke that a fracking water spill was somebody else's problem:
"We'll just shut off our intake valves, and someone else will deal with it."
I was furious. I couldn't stomach it, so I left.
Movement practice had made a profound impact on my life, and I knew I could do more good with it on my own than I could wasting away in a government lab.
I took a leap and opened up a studio.
I had no customers, no business sense, no plan.
It wasn't easy.
But over the years I made it work.
I built an international coaching practice.
I couldn't help but share my love of movement.
After all: you experience everything in your life through your body. It’s how you connect to yourself, the people in your life, and the world around you. Without it you're missing a major part of the human experience.
Why waste that?
I ended up sharing my work with some of the leaders in the world of fitness and movement.
I shared a new way of practicing, blending the evolutionary lens of human movement with the principles I learned from somatic education.
I ended up working with clients across the world through this approach I came to call Ecosomatics.
I created The Soma School, a teacher training program for people who wanted to break down the barriers on their work. Within a year I had more applicants than I could handle.
Things were looking up.
Out of nowhere it came to a halt.
I was flying back from a workshop in Seattle.
Our connection was in Denver, and as we came over the mountains we hit a storm.
The pilot tried to bring us down three separate times, and three times he had to swing us back up.
All the while the storm tossed us around.
Half the plane was sobbing. The other half was puking.
And all I could think was:
"What a fucking waste if I die here."
Well, you know how it goes…I made it out alive.
I got back to Louisville and curled up in a ball on the lawn. I had never been more grateful for solid ground.
I started thinking, questioning everything I had been spending my time on.
Eventually I realized that I wasn't doing the work that I truly wanted to be doing.
But then what?
Was I going to throw away everything I'd built?
Give up on something I had given so much of myself to?
I was at a loss.
And frankly, still a bit in shock after the flight.
I spun my wheels for weeks. I couldn't figure out what came next, and I kept asking myself…
What do you do when you don't know what to do?
I spent a lot of time getting back to the basics.
I walked in the woods. I read old books. I sat in stillness.
My priorities shifted.
I wanted more meaning. I wanted more connection.
And I wanted to wake up knowing that the work I did made a positive impact on the world around me.
Gradually I started pruning my business back, focusing on what mattered most.
I wanted total integrity in what I thought, said, and did.
And I found that it clicked.
My business doubled that year, and it’s been growing steadily ever since.
Nowadays I’m focused on helping my clients achieve more impact with less effort through a deep connection of body, mind, and environment. That’s what Ecosomatics is all about.
If you’d like to see how you can apply these lessons to your own life, click here to book a complimentary call with me.