Interested in feeling more at home in your own skin or working on a particular skill? Check out these questions about working 1 to 1 with me:
Who am I again?
I am a movement educator. I am a Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) and I apply Laban Movement Analysis (LMA), Bartenieff Fundamentals (BF) and BodyMind Practice with my background in dance and other somatic movement practices to help you identify, understand, and re-pattern tension holding and movement habits. For a full biography and background see here. I hold full teaching insurance and am dedicated to my ongoing professional development as a practitioner.
How is this work instructed?
I verbally facilitate and guide you in a variety of movement explorations and exercises. Sometimes I move with you, sometimes I might demonstrate, but never is this work about copying. There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ in these explorations. This work is about you actively moving and becoming more aware in order to open new choices. I name exercises and concepts, in reference to those differentiated by Laban and Bartenieff, but these do not remain abstract concepts. The explorations may involve working with imagery, objects or voice.
At its essence, this work is a process of discovery and unlocking potential. My role is to guide you through this process, providing you with tools and advice as you explore your movement possibilities. I hope our sessions will be enlightening, useful throughout your life, and enjoyable.
Where do you work?
I work out of a private studio in Brockley, South East London. Directions will be sent to you. I also lead sessions at client’s homes or places of work.
What will the initial session involve?
In your initial session I will review your Information and Medical History form with you, and discuss your current goals. I will conduct an initial assessment, and introduce you to some of the basic explorations and exercises we will be working with. These exercises are simple, gentle, yet effective tools for re-patterning movement habits. Afterwards I will develop a plan for future sessions based on your goals and my observations.
What will subsequent sessions involve?
As we progress through sessions and changes occur, our goals may shift between sessions or even during one. While I may arrive with an entire session planned, I stay present in the moment and may change my plan based on what I am seeing or sensing during the session. My goal is to remain attuned to your experience and guide you to discover and embody your most integrated self.
What do I need to wear?
Comfortable clothing for moving in. This does not need to be close fitting, but I do need to see your body, so bulky layers are not advised. Yoga or exercise clothing is ideal. We work in socks or bare feet.
How much is it?
Sessions with me are an hour long. Prices vary depending on several factors. I work all over London, and beyond. I have access to different studios in London, but I can work in your office or home, affecting the cost per hour. Contact me for a discussion of your needs. Currently, a one-off consultation is £45, and a block of 5 sessions booked and paid in advance £200. I am predominantly working from a studio in South East London in Brockley, Zone 2, less than five minutes from the station.
If you are an independent dance artist, yoga or pilates teacher, somatic body worker or dance movement therapist I am currently offering a reduced rate of £35 per hour if booked in advance in a block of five.
Is there any touch or physical contact?
I use touch sparingly. When I do touch a client, it is either a hands-on reminder, or a gentle moving to aid in sensing and release. I will not ever massage or forcefully manipulate your body. I will explain where I will be touching you and ask for permission.
If you have any sensitivity to touch, physically or emotionally, please tell me on your forms or at the beginning of our first session.
I want to increase my understanding of body language and communication skills, is this for me?
Yes! Non-verbal communication accounts for much of our presentation of self and interaction patterns. This work will give you access to more choice and greater insight to movement as a continual process of change.
I’ve injuries / mobility issues, is movement re-patterning for me?
I am open to discussion about working with injury or long-term illness. Please contact me for a conversation.
Recovering from injury, despite any -at times- frustration and anxiety, is one of the most rewarding learning experiences. The slowing down that happens through injury can facilitate getting to know your body and movement better, and more deeply exploring personal movement habits. Working with me observing your movement will provide immediate feedback, which is valuable for effective recovery.
If you are dealing with a long-term injury or illness, it is possible that this approach to movement training can be effective for pain management, tension release and increased mobility.
You will work on the floor for some, or all, of a session. If moving into and out of the floor is difficult or impossible for you, I adjust the work accordingly. It is important to inform me of any difficulties or concerns you have, I want you to be comfortable and present in the work, and there is no need to do something that is painful or scary.
I’m a professional dancer / sport-person / Parkour practitioner / movement teacher, what can you offer me?
Insight into personal practice, micro-analysis of a particular movement that features in your work, new language for differentiating and integrating deeper understanding of movement. Time to re-examine your own skills and take them to the next level.
Is this therapy?
No. This work accesses the body-mind connection to integrate and re-pattern our neuromuscular pathways. Sometimes reopening these pathways and releasing tension can open deep emotions or memories. This is completely normal, but can be surprising or even frightening. I aim to provide a safe space, where you can feel okay about whatever you experience. Sometimes we can continue to work, but occasionally an emotion feels too intense to focus. I encourage you to acknowledge what you feel and make an honest decision about what you need. I will hold the space for you and provide support with my presence, but I am not a therapist and will not act as one.
Is this dance?
No.The roots of this work also underpin much of contemporary modern dance training. However ‘dance’ can indicate doing steps to music, which is not what is being practiced in this context. At times it might feel like dance as you are moving in ways that might not feel familiar. At times, I invite time for you to explore your own movement impulses and choices, which is akin to dance improvisation, but this is for your own personal research rather than it being intended for performance. This work is about whole movement and the whole person.