My passion is teaching movement and helping my clients to understand how they move, how they can make it more efficient, pleasurable and driven by kindness towards themselves. Moving from theoretical knowledge to embodied knowledge is my goal – making sense in your body.
‘I hold a degree in Dance Education and a Master of Arts in Dance Performance. In Germany, I taught dance to children and adults until moving to Ireland in 2009, where I completed my MA under Dr. Mary Nunan with first class honours. Soon after my studies at University of Limerick, I qualified as a Pilates teacher for both Mat and Equipment which I have taught in several studios in Dublin, currently exclusively at Live&Breathe Pilates.
Since studying dance professionally, I was interested in somatic practices and internal awareness, first from a performance perspective through Butoh, then increasingly to regain and refine functional and natural movements in my classes. I trained to become a Somatic Exercise Coach under Martha Peterson in 2014, after giving birth to our son Fionn a few months earlier. At that time, I was in pain simply lying down on the floor, never mind lifting a leg. During the SEC training, Martha taught me some hands-on releases for one half of my body and the pain disappeared. Having trained my body all my life, I was stunned how little I could control the tensions building up. Since then, I am working with clients on a one to one basis, as well as in group Somatics classes. I felt the need to expand on the training and applied to start the Clinical Somatic Education studies in February 2015. I have recently graduated from 3 years of training under Martha Peterson and Laura M. Gates, together with my 8 colleagues from England and Scotland.
The studies have profoundly changed how I teach, listen and work with people around me, as well as my relationship to myself. I am honoured to pass on and facilitate the empowerment I experienced and see emerge in my clients through this work.
I am delighted to be a regular guest teacher for Dance Ireland (Association of professional Dancers and Choreographers Ireland) in their Professional Morning Class program, as well as guest lecturing at University of Limerick’s MA in Contemporary Dance Performance.
If you are interested in organising a workshop for your movement class, your sports club or students, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.