Changing how we move is similar to changing how we breathe.
It’s also a great way to access mindfulness when sitting still doesn’t feel possible or isn’t available to us for any reason. It can also be a mindfulness practice in and of itself.
When we change our posture, our brains and nervous systems respond in turn, and we can alter how we feel.
One example would be, hunched shoulders, which also decreases space between the lower ribs and pelvis. This body posture tends to lead to the brain to believe we must be in some danger, as we are protecting our vital organs. The neurological response is to produce cortisol and adrenaline to manage the supposed threat. Then we feel anxious, agitated, jumpy and on edge. Our thinking can become repetitive and worried.
Like the example above, we might develop many habits of standing, moving and sitting that send messages to our brains and nervous systems.
We can become habitually stressed as we create a loop of communication between body, breath, brain and chemistry, that leaves us on consistent states of stress, anxiety, irritability, disconnection +
What do I teach?
Neuroscience informed, gentle, easy to follow movements that allow you to open up and relax a little. The sessions are responsive to your needs, to what you may struggle with and what you would like to gain.
The movements I teach are rooted in gentle hatha yoga, Qi Gong, movement medicine, somatic therapies, feldenkrais, yin +
My work as a psychotherapist lends psychological understanding to movement work that allows me to be mindful of mental health and optional states that can be relived or triggered by movement.
This is allows me to be trauma and anxiety sensitive in this work.
I am also a big fan and engage in improv work. I believe playful movement, that feels good to you, will always bring us into states of calm and ease.
I have done training in yoga and have attended a great deal of trainings in somatic and therapeutic movement work. However, I am not teaching one prescriptive type of movement.
My own daily practice of many years incorporates yoga, Qi gong, feldenkrais, somatic movement +
I offer all of this in mindful well-being sessions that are responsive and hopefully fun.
I allow all movement, breathwork and mindfulness to be led by your need and capacity at any given time.
What can you expect from a session?
Sessions can vary in length from 30, 60 or 75 minute. Each session will involve a brief check in, where you can let me know how you’re doing and what you’d like to gain from the session. This could be to feel less anxious, more grounded and present, to release pent up agitation. Every session will be responsive to you and what you’d like to gain.
If you’d like to know more about how our posture and movement can aid our well-being see here