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Mar22

Life Interrupted

Posted on Mar 22 by

Due to the COVID 19 we are facing many challenges. I started isolation with my husband and daughter in our Paremata residence. I will miss my work with clients as well as massaging! If you would like to keep in contact or try an online movement session from the comfort of our homes, please send me an email or a text message. I will update this page...

Mar12

Having fun on Poles

Posted on Mar 12 by

People have a distorted perception that gait assisted with poles (nordic gait) is something derogatory to human biomechanics, or a sign of ageing. On the contrary, poles facilitate the transition of forces between the arms and the legs and reinstate quadruped strength, primal to humans. Furthermore, poles are an extension of the arms, functioning like dolphin fins for our inner fish. The suspension warranted from the use of poles lengthens the cervical spine and organises thoracic forces, permitting axial cranial extension. When going down hill, poles relieve pressure from the knees and the lumbar spine. The arms take on the function of protecting knees and lumbar disks. Up hills, using poles distribute the muscular tonus through the whole body. The arms have function and purpose, rather than simply “hanging by the sides”. The result is a sense of flotation and suspension of mass in space. Poles are also fun and facilitate/optimise locomotion. Watch this video until the end and you will see just that. I can’t wait to take my poles to Womad...

Jan11

2020 is on!

Posted on Jan 11 by

I feel strong, rested and peaceful to resume work. I carry the teachings of cancer treatment, not only about myself and my relationships, but also about care, compassion and healing. And I am excited to contemplate how these experiences will expand and improve my practice. I am happy to grow into a healthier life, which among other things, include reduced hours at work and increased nurturing time with loved ones. I am grateful for my illness and this journey. But I am most grateful for my family, friends and clients. Your support means the world to me. The online booking system is back live on my website. Or you can contact me personally to assist you in finding a suitable time for your session. Text is best and I endeavour to reply as soon as I am free. Please note the new pricing policy. I look forward to meeting you in person soon. Happy...

Dec16

Lunch with Phillip Beach

Posted on Dec 16 by

It was a delightful surprise to meet Phillip Beach for lunch yesterday. I have heard/read and known about Phillip Beach’s work for a few years now. It was a wonderful to meet with him in a very relaxed setting and chat, among other things, about muscular chains and contractile fields and to find validation for many beliefs I share about movement and posture. I learned that he will be teaching in Wellington in February and I am excited to come along for the workshop. I am also interested to get my teeth into his book about meridians and muscles. I have just ordered it on Amazon and it will be an amazing summer read. Check out his work on...

Aug12

W Seat

Posted on Aug 12 by

Children develop their muscular system as well as body awareness and balance through play, action and manipulation of objects.  Naturally, for short periods of time, siting in W position is not harmful.  However, when that becomes a preferred posture, or is often adopted, there are very serious consequences to the child’s development. When in W position, children enjoy an increase in the base of support. That results in a more stable static posture, retarding the development of normal balance and protection responses, as well as muscular control of the trunk. Children may choose to “W sit” simply because it is easier not to worry about balance while manipulating an object, however, this is also the preferred posture for children that suffer from neuro motor syndromes with distal hypotonia, like down syndrome and myelomeningocele.  “W seat” is detrimental to the development of trunk rotation abilities, lateral inclinations (involved in the action of reaching for an object) and weight transfer, as well as the pelvic and shoulder girdle dissociation.  These are imperative qualities to the normal motor development of children as well as their...

Aug08

Yoga and Radiotherapy

Posted on Aug 8 by

I am at the end of 6 months of chemotherapy when I take up Yoga. Even though I have been to classes on and off, I haven’t practiced in a while and chemo leaves me feeling extremely weak, exhausted and short of breath. By then I am also suffering from severe neuralgia and experiencing crippling muscle and joint pain, besides decreased immunity. For ten weeks, I practice a combination of Yin and Flow Yoga on a daily basis.  They help my movement’s fluidity and I note a reduction on chemo’s mialgias and arthralgias. During the classes, due to severe anaemia I take my time standing up so I will not pass out, but I am finally able to build up muscular mass again. Yoga’s attention to breathing helps freeing up my intercostal muscles, affected by the mastectomy.  It also provides calming and relaxation techniques for the radiation procedures, that can be very stressful. The meditative aspect of Yin yoga is also key in keeping my mind serene, aligning very much with my mediation practice. The radiation treatment starts.  ...