Embodied, Somatic, Bodyfulness, Creative
In 2002 I signed up for a Shiatsu workshop to find out more about deep relaxation. However, as much as I loved this Japanese form of bodywork, I wasn't in a position to train full-time at this point. I continued to teach dance in schools and raise our three gorgeous children in the beautiful Wye Valley. Still curious about holistic therapies I qualified as an Aromatherapist and Reflexologist and continued to teach and develop creative curriculums wherever I was based in schools in the region.
In 2018, following a period of burnout, I took time out to focus on my health and I received a series of Shiatsu treatments. This was the start of an incredibly profound healing experience. I gradually found strength and inner calm and realised Shiatsu offered an opportunity to have a dialogue with the body: much like a dance. I find Shiatsu to be a very creative, intuitive and deeply personal experience for both the giver and receiver. I was coming home, back to me. I continue to do this, seeking balance physically, emotionally, professionally and mentally. I love to move and swim, run, hike, bike and go to Tai Chi and Qigong classes in Monmouth. Movement is my medicine and Shiatsu is my language.
In 2022 I completed an MA in Arts Practice (Arts, Health and Wellbeing) researching creative and somatic movement for wellbeing. I now offer creative, wellbeing projects inspired by moving somatically in natural landscapes and these workshops invite small groups to respond and connect with nature and themselves. This work overlaps with my understanding and interpretation of Five Element theory.
Movement is central to my Shiatsu practice and when working with clients individually, I bring my attention to their body’s internal healing power of energy and movement. I believe that through a more subtle, inner exploration of our bodies, it is possible to become more aware of our emotional, physical, spiritual and mental state and needs. This internal observation inspires my creative movement work.