My Guiding Principles

Integrity • Creativity • Care • Continued Learning

Integrity is the choice to be truthful and authentic, gracious, trustworthy and responsible. Integrity listens and honours all sides and perspectives. Physical integrity is also important- working with the body and it's incredible design.

 

Creativity requires a certain level of trust and bravery as it is the willingness to experiment with the unknown. Creativity is an important part of human nature that enriches society and deserves to be nurtured in all environments-even the serious ones.

 

Care work is essential to thriving culture and yet is undervalued in patriarchal culture. It assumes that care work is innate, gendered and not worthy of pay. Care work actually requires time, effort, and usually education. Care for ourselves is equally important to the care of others.

 

Continued learning ensures that I continue to evolve, which also makes it more likely that I may be better able to meet you where you are in this moment. I am and will always be a student. Sometimes, learning looks like unlearning-of dated science or implicit bias. 

"We have to study how to be tender with each other until it becomes habit" ---Audre Lorde

Commitment

To empower others to love themselves unapologetically. To ditch the notion that one must improve or change their body in order to be worthy.

Vision

I want to live in a world where every body has value. In order for this to be realized, we must shine a light on the systems that cause us to feel internalized shame for not fitting in to the ‘ideal’. Fake-it culture, perfectionism, diet culture, healthism, ableism, patriarchy, white supremacy. I aim to be a touch point for those who are ready for a different way to experience the world with their body.

What is somatic self compassion?

The term somatic means: of, relating to, or affecting the body. Somatic self compassion is a practice of developing a non-judgemental and caring relationship with your own body and was influenced by my experience with various somatic practices established before my time.  

Lineage - What came before this work?

Authentic movement- A practice done with eyes closed while following your internal motivation for movement. Mary Whitehouse, dancer and psychotherapist was among the first to develop dance therapy with Joan Chodorow and Janet Adler. She was also influenced by Jung and buddhism.

Continuum- Emilie Conrad grew up in New York City and studied dance with some of the early pioneers in the 1950s. An opportunity to teach led her to Haiti where she witnessed the undulating movement in their dance and prayer. This “fluid” movement became the central theme of her exploration and creation of what we now call Continuum.

Action theatre- Ruth Zaporah developed this training in improvisational physical theatre in California in the 60s. The exercises isolate the components of action--time, space, shape, and energy, so they can be examined, experienced and altered in order to expand the expressive palette.

Contact improvisation- an evolving system of movement initiated in 1972 by American choreographer Steve Paxton. The improvised dance form is based on the communication between two moving bodies that are in physical contact and their combined relationship to the physical laws that govern their motion—gravity, momentum, inertia. Contact improvisations are spontaneous physical dialogues that range from stillness to highly energetic exchanges.

 

Pilates- a full-body exercise regime designed by German born Joseph Pilates and originally called 'Contrology'. Pilates was an inventor and developed unique machines that enabled isolated strength building in all parts of the body. The technique was developed in New York City in the late 1920s and and passed on to many teachers who have evolved the work. Pilates has since been embraced by physiotherapists for its adaptability to all bodies and levels of fitness. 

Study / Experiences

Smart Body Smart Mind, Up/Down- Irene Lyon

Le Groupe Dance Lab- Peter Boneham

Trauma in the public Eye- Peter Levine and Betsy Polatin

We are the Culture Makers- Kelly Diels

Conscious Contracts- Jacqueline Horani

Define Design Align Business Coaching - Leah Goard

Contact Improvisation- Karl Frost, Peter Bingham, Linda Rubin, Delia Brett

Somatic Experiencing- Irene Lyon

Advanced Pilates training for scoliosis, footwork, floor work, shoulders, pelvic floor disfunction, pre/post natal

Action Theatre- Ruth Zaporah

Continuum- Linda Rabin

Authentic Movement- Tedi Tafel

Embodied Anti-Racist Trainings - Karine Bell, Resmaa Menakem, JenLee Koble

Artistic residency- Bread and Puppet Theatre

Experience Design- Jenny Sauerklein

Crystal Egg- Layla Martin

Franklin Method

Embodied Anatomy

TRE, Breath work

Bowen Therapy Training Modules 1-4

Pelvic Floor Training

Thai Yoga Massage

Devised Theatre- NaCl- Ker Wells, Tannis Kowalchuk

Clowning- Jan Henderson

Yamuna Body Rolling

Movement Coaching for theatre including Black Rider with November Theatre

Eldoas -Carolyn Woods

Vision Improvement - Summer Bozhora

Gaga- James Viveiros

Voice and movement- Lin Snelling

Interpretive Dance - Marc Boivin, Peggy Baker, Mari Osanai, Rob Abubo, Yvonne Coutts, Shauna Elton, Heidi Bunting, Brian Webb, Serge Bennethan, Susie Burpee, Sylvie Desrosiers, Lynda Adams

Certificates

Lymphatic Mojo- Dr. Perry Nickelston

Vagus Nerve Mojo- Dr. Perry Nickelston

Copywriting for Culture Makers- Kelly Diels

Pilates Teaching comprehensive certificate- Kyria Sabin, Tucson and Jacqueline Ethier, Ottawa

Contemporary Dance Diploma- Grant MacEwan University

Melt Method Certification- Sue Hitzmann

Movement for Trauma Levels 1 & 2 - Jane Clapp

The Keller Method for Soft Ball Massage- Kathleen Keller