Igniting the power of embodied knowledge
My passion is teaching movement and helping my clients to understand how they move. How can you make it more efficient, pleasurable and driven by kindness towards yourself? We’re moving from theoretical knowledge to embodied knowledge – making sense in your body.
Since studying dance professionally, I was interested in somatic practices and internal awareness, first from a performance perspective practicing 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 – instantly. 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.
I am one of only 2 Essential Somatics certified Clinical Somatic Educators in Ireland.
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.
To support my Somatic Movement practice, I further my studies with continued education through medical providers such as the NOIgroup (Neuro Orthopedic Institute Australia) to incorporate evidence-based strategies around pain. Keeping up with the latest research helps me to position this work within a multi-disciplinary field of practitioners and clinicians working with patients living with chronic pain conditions.
I also recently started an Advanced Certificate in 3rd Age Programming (Women’s Wellbeing) under Michelle Lyons, Jessica Drummond and Jenny Burrell to better support my female clients before, during and after menopause.
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 organizing a workshop for your movement class, your sports club or students, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.