I am continuously developing my work with movement and through movement, supporting our body to reveal to us the knowledge that is held in its every texture, in the impulses and motion that spontaneously arise and that is often unconscious or simply unnoticed or overlooked. This can be facilitated in safe, contained and creative ways and can sometimes become part of an overall therapeutic process if it seems appropriate.
However, I offer somatic movement practice as a form of self exploration and learning through the living body that can be entered for the sole purpose of deepening our relationship with and knowledge of our body, its wisdom, rhythms, resources and silent language. Experiential anatomy, our biological rhythms and flow, the metaphorical and imaginative and the integration of what was previously out of awareness through translation into language, may all be part of the process.
I take inspiration especially from a model of witnessed movement which has its roots in the practice of Authentic Movement founded by Mary Starks Whitehouse and developed by Janet Adler and others in many different ways. Following my life-long interest and practices, I have undertaken further training in Dance and Somatic Wellbeing, which integrates a number of somatic practices in the service or supporting our own ‘education’ and experience of our whole being as a somatic unity whose tendency, as nature itself, is constantly attempting to heal and rebalance itself.
I am now a an ISMETA registered Somatic Movement practitioner.
A small number of individual sessions or series of sessions are available on request. Classes, workshops and retreats based on Somatic Movement learning, making use of experiential anatomy, imaginative explorations, rhythm, self-directed and contemplative dance and creativity are currently ongoing or in the planning.
Please inquire if you are interested and we will discuss whether any of these suit your quest.
To be awake is to be alive. Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in. Every man is a builder of a temple, called his body, to the god he worships, after a style purely his own, nor can he get off by hammering marble instead. We are all sculptors and painters, and our material is our own flesh and blood and bones.
Henry David Thoreau.