"We discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being."
COVID-19 Update 22 March 2020
DUE TO CURRENT CIRCUMSTANCES I AM NO LONGER SEEING CLIENTS IN PERSON.
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My first project was a series of short audio guides - specifically designed for use throughout the working day - called Moments of Calm at Your Desk. There are 6 guided breathing audios accompanied by an infographic.
The second project was a stand alone breathing exercise - Pigeon Breath - which is presented in video format and accompanied by an infographic.
My third and current project is a series called 'Movement you can do in bed'. I have been bed-bound with Covid this year, and with chronic pain at other times in my life. I know how it feels to need movement, but be too ill or in pain to get up. Restorative and therapeutic movement is still an option in these circumstances. Check out my Facebook page, YouTube channel and Insta/IGTV to view them.
Moments of Calm at your Desk Series
Week 1: A Scientific Mantra
Week 2 : Diaphragmatic Breathing
Week 3: Rib Expansion
Rib Expansion Animation
Week 4: Rib Expansion, Abdomen & Pelvic Floor
Dynamic MRI - Abdominal & Pelvic Movement in Breathing
Week 5: Square breathing exploration. A somatic take on a common breathing exercise
Week 6: Alternate nostril exploration. A somatic take on a common breathing exercise that is commonly used to aid relaxation and concentration prior to meditation.
The amazing footage (amplified NMR - pulse based imaging) of the brain moving with respiration shows that our breath moves more than the obvious parts of our bodies. Movement is life.
Help for relaxing your body and clearing your mind.
I am a Dru Yoga teacher, and this is a favourite Dru breathing exercise. I find that it slows down my breathing, helps me elongate my out-breath without strain and helps me breathe more deeply without force or striving. It also relaxes my neck, throat and shoulders and a get a nice feeling of expansion in the rib cage.
I practise for a few minutes for refreshment throughout the day.
My Free Short Course in Somatics Project - a work in progress
Somatics is a brain-based movement modality which addresses habitual patterns of tension, stress, co-contraction and muscle-guarding in the body. It brings awareness to holding and over-recruitment, and it restores movement where there has been lack of movement. Basically, it is bringing the muscles back under the control of the brain - or if you like, re-acquainting the brain with the real estaste under its control.
Somatics, in the tradition of Thomas Hanna, involves daily movements to remind the brain of the individual's movemen potential. I am teaching an introductory course in a new Facebook group I have created and am right now in the process of making an infographic to help newcomers to Somatics with some key movements to form the basis of a daily practice.
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COMING UP IN THE FUTURE :
Movement Snacks - bitesize mobilising and freeing movements you can do in your chair or by your desk
The Somatic Cat Stretch Series
Somatics when you are in Pain
Embodiment Exercises - lessons in visualisation, sensation and awareness