Happy Moves

Happy Moves 



Knowing how to access and regulate the nervous system using sensations plays a key role in training the body in ways that support our wellbeing longterm and in shifting old habits of how we use ourselves in movement so that we don't push into pain or injury 





Let me know if you want to give it a try? 


Gentle mobilisation of the spine, working with breath and in gravity to relax the nervous system and awaken whole body strength and flexibility. 




strength and flexibility 
in your body and mind





single session 35 euro / 
book 10 for 300 euros to use over 3 months
24 hour cancelation notice period
50 min over zoom / regular weekly sessions advised 
to help you develop and sustain a personal practise 
and befriend functional movement through movement and awareness practise 


I support people to develop healthy body mind perceptions and to improve 
their sense of wellbeing in the body through movement, breathing, 
sounding, touch, imagination, memory and expressive anatomy stories. 

These sessions are helpful for resolving tensions in neck, lower back and hips, 
deescalating chronic pain by stimulating the nervous system with new 
sensations through movement and awareness. 
 
We work on developing awareness in the body, shifting focus to recover 
balance in the mind and dislodge tension in the body. Try it. 



These sessions use somatic approaches - yoga, somatic movement, neoro-muscular and fascia repatterining exercises, functional and experiential anatomy awareness to:
    • improve your ability to use your self
    • give you time and space to practise healthier connection to self and body 
    • calm the nervous system and help you regulate 
    • relax and strengthen to open up space in the body to breathe and for the joints to be happy supported but mobile in relation to each other 
These movement sessions aim to create conditions in the body whereby the 
nervous system reads physical safety and allows the release of tension. 
We work with exploring different ways of moving, different qualities of 
moving and engage with tools that give us a sense of support and 
resource so that we are at ease to release the tension. 

"Support precedes movement" Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen / Body Mind Centering


Long term benefits include: 
  • improved sense of support in the body
  • time and space to practise tools for self care making those sensations available to you to access in times of need 
  • developing awareness techniques that help us orient, self regulate and diversify our responses so we don't get stuck in patterns of tension and move towards or with ease and joy 
  • sharpen our capacity to notice tensions as they arise and develop strategies to adapt in the body to changes in our emotions and environments 
  • develop an ability to practise connections in the body as a resource that makes our body a secure base from which to interact in the world and express ourselves  
  • develop an openness and comfort to play with flow and freedom of breathe as a strategy in the moment
  • developing the language to name body mind sensations and experiences. Naming your somatic experience will support your capacity to address and practise self care
  • improved performance for daily tasks and sport activities 

  
find support in managing and resolving 
tension and chronic pain in hips, lower back and neck
through softening, connecting and strengthening in gravity

orienting and sensing in
develop a practise of listening to the body and exploring different options 
not getting stuck short or long
pulsing / being in flow

process sensation in your body 
PRACTISE WITH SOMEONE U TRUST 
WHO RESPECTS YOUR BODY AND YOUR SENSATIONS 
and is open, observant and curious to get to know you
Get to know the person.


Does your belly stick out even though u are not overweight? (psoas tension)

Do u struggle with groin discomfort and your hips freeze up as 
you get up from the chair?  Are you following advise to stretch out 
your hip flexors with lunges and the discomfort in the front of your
 hips is still there? (working with muscle chains not just dumping into your lower back)

Are you doing crunches in the hope strengthening your core will 
release pain in your lower back? The 6pack is not the answer to lower body 
stability it can actually inhibit it. (working with the deep stabilisers takes 
time and sensitivity to release the deep abdominal muscles before you engage.)


Whole Body Approach 

I take a whole body approach and even though we isolate parts to
 feel them we want to get back to integrating across the whole 
body in our moves to awaken support and efficiency in the system. 
A whole body approach focuses on training to
distribute effort across many parts so we 
don't tax or overload one. We first need to find and awaken each part in our mind so we know 
it is there to be used. And then we find the flow, the breath supported movement 
through the whole body. 

The Psoas
 
I am trained to work with the psoas and the 
deep muscle chains it connect with from the mouth to the feet.  
In modern neuro science the psoas is identified as a key muscle responding
to stress. In is located in close proximity to the tentacles of the diaphragm
as well as close to the kidneys and adrenal glands. Becoming friends with your 
psoas is paramount to learning to regulate your nervous system. 
As the psoas connects our upper and lower body, problems with 
the psoas often leave us feeling broken in half. Soothing and 
strengthening the psoas requires experience in ways to release 
a muscle but also load in gravity.  It is a deeply emotional muscle. 
Sensitivity to yourself is key in training. What brings you joy in movement? 

Lower Back 
 
Not overloading your lower 
back as compensation for lack of flexibility or strength 
elsewhere in the body is a key aspect of beginning to retrain 
your nervous system to shift into sensations of support, relaxation 
and ease when engaging with various everyday pedestrian moves 
as well as performance based sports activity. The lower back and the abdominal 
muscles are intimately linked as they support the lumber on both sides of you 
one on the front the face we present to the world, from where 
we launch into achievements and one from the back the space 
that supports us to have an open heart in the front. 


Working with elders 

Gentle moves sitting on a chair, standing and taking gentle steps with the aim of waking up shoulders, wrists, toes, ankles, hips, eyes, jaw. We will use our imagination and mind to connect with the body and will offer some support for the breath to feel more at ease. Experience freedom of choice by helping muscles relax and strengthen, finding rhythm, nourishing and relaxing the heart.  Gentle moves improve circulation of nutrients and oxygens in the body and support the flow of lymph aiding the immune system and alieviating chronic pain symptoms.  

We will move with sound, breath and pleasure to let the body find some space around joints. Gentle breathing exercises improve the functioning of organs and glands helping liver, stomach, kidneys and heart glide and releasing stiffness in ribs. After 2-3 sessions we come up to standing. And do the exercises from standing practising our balance, awaking muscles and relaxing into gravity with more support for spine and connecting the torso with arms, legs and head for more happiness and ease in daily activity. 

Working with adults and couples 
 
These sessions are intended to help you practise a better 
relationship with your body and within in 
relationship to space. Somatics is a body mind approach of working 
with the self that perceives the body in a larger 
context and acknowledges the role of the 
nervous system in recording strategies for movement into 
habitual patterns and attitudes in space that  can sometimes 
incorporate unhelpful compensations building up towards 
tensions in the body and sometimes leading to injuries. 
Through the use of movement, use of awareness, sound, 
touch/self touch and imagination we shift 
these patterns and discover and integrate new ways of 
moving, standing and being with ourselves and others in our body. 

Practise 

I use yoga exercises, functional anatomy and fascia hydration 
and repatterining tools to help support you towards 
improving your sense of wellbeing and performance. 
This work is helpful to people who might have chronic 
pains in the body or who want to improve their sense 
of ease in the body for daily functioning or sports performance. 
The process can inspire your creativity, resolve injuries 
and help you orient towards life goals through the 
practise and observation of your body's responses. 

Zooms
 
Meeting over zoom has the benefit of you practising with 
a sense of ease and comfort within your own home.  It works great for 
deep somatic work and integration and allowing you the leisure to go into mediation 
or shavasana after the end of the session supporting the time and space for deep 
shifts in your nervous system to integrate new patterns and sensations 
that you might have explored in the session.  

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