My work is informed and enriched by many mind-body approaches to learning how your body works. I choose to call myself Movement Muse – a term that better defines the breadth and scope of my practice. My primary sources of somatic learning are Alexander Technique and Ideokinesis. I ground why teaching in human movement science while making the approach practical and enjoyable. I help you understand what is going on with your body – the nature and patterns of your distress – and how quickly to find relief. My guided exploration leads to movement improvement in an atmosphere of non-judgment and enjoyment.
What Is A Movement Muse?
Moving through daily life should be an epiphany of pleasure and ease. Often, though, these feelings evade us because our bodies suffer from unnecessary tension, stress and lack of support. We might have an inkling of how to regain natural poise, but somehow the usual exercise approaches often don’t seem to help.
A movement muse can assist you in redirecting away from distress and towards regaining natural balance and freedom of movement.
A movement muse can be many things – teacher, coach, advocate, wizard. When it comes to relearning how to move well or improving posture or any skill, we need a muse to help us uncover natural ability and freedom to move. A muse welcomes you back into the world of movement ease, reawakening your sensory imagination and restoring harmony.
I have been teaching for over 27 years. My work as a muse comes from many rich traditions – years of training in dance, body-mind disciplines, consciousness studies, human movement science, and rehabilitation medicine. For nearly 40 years, I have studied Somatics – an umbrella term for the many body-mind disciplines that engage active sensory awareness and constructive thinking. As well, I spent 22 years in the field of rehabilitation medicine (physical therapy). These techniques and studies have been catalysts for personal growth, professional development and artistic expression. At their foundation is the empowering process of learning how to support your body and mind in balance.
The two main disciplines that have influenced my way of working over these three decades have been Ideokinesis (www.ideokinesis.com) and the Alexander Technique (www.amsatonline.org and www.ati-net.com). These techniques offer proactive approaches to embodied learning – knowledge that is practical and that you can use on a daily basis. While Ideokinesis draws on visual imagery, the Alexander Technique relies on kinesthesia, the sensations that arise from movement. Ideokinesis helps you envision a movement goal, while the Alexander Technique guides you in realizing the goal as effortlessly as possible.
The two approaches together form a compelling way of learning about your body and its potential to move well and easily. They bring mindfulness into everyday activity, making your life easier without having to learn or practice any other exercises. It is your body’s guidance on the go. You learn to link body and mind in gaining support, balance, freedom and ease.
How To Learn this Unique Approach?
I teach privately one-on-one in 50-minute private sessions.
I also welcome small groups (3 to 4 musicians or singers at a time, for example). This approach is is a wonderful form of group learning and lowers the cost of individual instruction.
Finally, I also can tailor a workshop or class series to suit your particular learning needs.
Please contact me with questions or proposals that will meet your needs.