I am happy to work with all kinds of people.I have worked with people with particular issues or conditions such as cerebral palsy, stroke, back or joint pain but equally well with those simply wishing to live in a more fully embodied way and improve their sense of wellbeing. I am especially interested in the ways in which physical organisation and movement are entangled with perception and with emotional and feeling states.
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I have been fascinated for most of my life by the body’s capacity to express feelings, to tell stories, to shape the world around us and also to shape our experience of that world and of our relationships. For me the body is interesting not for its outward strength or athletic prowess but for the subtlety of its interior world it’s capacity to perceive and respond, to touch and be touched by the world around.
Initially I trained in Movement, Mime and Theatre at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris and then with Monika Pagneux, a wonderful movement teacher who first introduced me to Feldenkrais work. In my 20’s I worked with student actors at LAMDA teaching movement, mask and improvisation… I took classes in The Feldenkrais Method for many years from the 80’s and found them really helpful both on a personal and professional level. I eventually signed up to train as a practitioner and qualified in 1999. As a Feldenkrais practitioner I have worked with a wide range of individuals and groups both therapeutically and in training contexts.
In 1999 I also began practicing sitting meditation with a Soto Zen Buddhist group. Over the years I have found this practice a real source of comfort and support…it informs much of what I do.
In 2002 I moved with my partner and young family to a smallholding in West Wales called Penpynfarch. We established a small retreat centre which specialized in running workshops in Somatic Movement and Dance.
In 2013 I came across Hakomi. I immediately loved the warmth and compassion of Hakomi and the way in which it looks at memory and at emotional and psychological difficulty through a somatic lens.
I am now practicing from my studio in Bristol. This is on the ground floor of our home which is part of the Water Lilies Zero Carbon Co-Housing project.