Fabulous Folks of Foster, Meet Danielle of Somaphile

Meet your Neighbors FoPoians…

Danielle Cornelius, DC

Somaphile Movement Studio

Owner, Chiropractic Physician


Who are you?

I’m Danielle Cornelius, owner and chiropractic physician at Somaphile Movement Studio.

What do you do?

I work one-on-one with women to provide gentle chiropractic care, movement therapy and self-care coaching. I also offer small group classes and workshops at my movement studio aimed at improving the health and wellness of women, offering them community support with a heavy emphasis on the mind-body connection and maximizing feminine potential.

One of my favorite tools is a unique mind-body movement practice called Shiva Nata ~ or Dance of Shiva. It’s a physical practice that also gives your brain a workout, helping you let go of old neural connections and create new grooves.

My movement studio is a place of community and support for women in the neighborhood and in the greater portland area. It’s a place of gathering where we can work on our stuff, make friends and ascend to our greatest potential … so we can focus on what we’re here to do … heal the world.

What is your inspiration? (Why do you do what you do?)

I’m inspired by the resiliency of mother earth and the power of the divine feminine. At the Vancouver Peace Summit in 2009, the Dalai Lama said, “The world will be saved by the western woman.” This resonated with me on a deep level. I’m constantly inspired by the tenacity, courage and and power of women. I know that when we work together and take exquisite care of ourselves, there is nothing we can’t do. I believe it begins with us and how we take care of ourselves ~ and this translates to how we care for the planet, our only home. And that is where my mission begins. To help women learn to heal themselves so we can get on with our work in the world.

What brought you and/or your business to the Foster-Powell Community?

I have lived in this neighborhood for several years. When I was considering locations for my practice, I cared deeply about finding a place as close to my home as possible.  I searched for almost a year before I found this little building for lease. I love the up-and-coming spirit of this neighborhood and am proud to be a part of the renewal of this area. I have loved seeing other awesome businesses start to grow up around me!

 What is your favorite way to enjoy Foster?

I love meeting with friends and colleagues at Yo Mama’s and Bar Carlo. I also love getting my hair done at Salon Mojo. I’m very excited about the Gemini Lounge opening next door to me.

 3 Ways to unite the Fine Folks of Foster

Awesome question. Off the top of my head …

1)  block parties?

2)  finding ways to network/collaborate in person more regularly?

3)  more live music or events?

 How do you envision the future of Foster?

I would love to see Foster Road businesses + neighbors and residents to come together to find way “green” our neighborhood and find more sustainable ways to live and do business. More activity with the Farmer’s Market. More food co-ops. More energy efficiency, more music in the park, more street fairs …  that sort of thing.

It would be great to see more retail shops on this street.

Also, ART. I know we have a lot of artists in the neighborhood, I’d love to see us create our own version of something like the Alberta Arts district or something like that.

Right now, my iPod is humming with:

1. Adele ~ Set Fire to the Rain
2. Live ~ Beauty of Gray
3. Drivepilot ~ Halo
4. Ghostland Observatory ~ Silver City
5. Sia ~ Playground

Your Top 5 Haunts in Portland

1. Yo Mama’s
2. Presents of Mind
3. Saysay Boutique
4. Olympic Provisions
5. Gypsy Chic

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