I view functional movement and body awareness as incredibly important foundations for health, often under-addressed in comparison with other foundations such as good sleep, diet, digestion, and water intake. The idea of holistic movement is to help people become better movement generalists. My work is influenced mostly by a combination of my work in classical yoga practice and philosophy in addition to my study of the Ido Portal Method of movement.
In our movement culture, we put a lot of focus on isolated movement patterns - sports, martial arts, yoga, weight training or cardio, etc. And while each discipline is useful in its own right, one alone doesn't help us to become better at the other types of practices. My goal is to give students and patients the tools to help them be better, stronger, more mobile and mindful with everything they do, whether that's performing acrobatics, rehabbing injuries, or sitting still to breathe or meditate. When that happens, all of their movement practices get better, they become more resilient and adaptable, and less likely to injury themselves.
As a holistic movement specialist, I help my patients and clients to do the following:
Increase awareness of how they move on a daily basis
Recognize and change dysfunctional patterns of movement
Explore the connection between the body, thoughts and emotions as they relate to dysfunctional patterning in the body.
Refine or improve how they breathe
Use movement and breathing to address pain
Increase longevity by developing functional strength, mobility and stability
Recover lost function
Develop a broad set of tools to help expand general movement ability
SOME OF A VARIETY OF MOVEMENT TOPICS I ADDRESS WITH MY STUDENTS
AND PATIENTS IN CLASSES AND ONE-ON-ONE WORK:
hand eye coordination exercises, movement games and play-based partner activities
yoga and yoga/movement therapy, pranayama and meditation, subtle energetic practices
mobility and injury prevention, joint strengthening,
gymnastics and bodyweight strength training, hand balancing, soft acrobatics
locomotion and animal movement patterns.
I adapt all of these practices to every age, ability and skill level.