Dance and movement have always felt like good therapy for me. Growing up it was music and movement that lifted my spirits, and in my twenties I often danced for hours in clubs to settle the whirlwind of thoughts and emotions that were moving through me. Whatever was happening in my life I felt better, clearer and more in tune with myself after moving freely to music.
When after many years of travelling, living and working in different countries I found my way onto a conscious dance floor in Scotland in 2001, I knew I had found a pathway and a practice that could sustain me on every level. I dived in and it has stayed with me ever since.
Training in bodywork, massage and energy medicine during the 1990’s gave me an understanding of the deep connection between body, mind and spirit, but it was dance as a healing meditation practice that opened doorways in my heart, mind and soul that I had not been able to previously consider. It was a relief to find a practice where all of who I am is welcome and where the movement that comes through me is recognised as the teacher, healer and guide to my essential self.
From 2005 to 2009 I trained as a counsellor, psychotherapist and movement therapist and in 2009 began teaching movement classes using the chakra system and the elements of nature as a map to explore who we are on all levels of human experience. Alongside regular classes and workshops this work took me into environments such as schools, day care centres, corporate settings and festivals where I gained invaluable experience about the dynamics, habits and intelligence of moving body. In 2015 I was inspired to train to teach Open Floor movement, which I find to be a hugely resourceful and highly creative practice.