Our body and brain work together. Movement and sensory experiences are so important to the young child. In today's world it is easy for the sensory systems to become overloaded or affected by trauma or delayed development. Disturbances in development can have effects on learning, behaviour, coordination, organisational skills, maths, reading and writing, friendships, and emotional resilience.
Teaching children for over 20 years has helped me to clearly see the link between body and brain. I have found Rhythmic Movement Training (RMT) to be a valuable tool in reflex integration, releasing body tension and building the brain networks for lasting change.
Therapeutic Art can change your perceptions, help you to think more creatively and to relax more deeply! Yes that is why Yoga on Paper (YOP) got its name. The responses to this wonderful dynamic art form are similar to when we practice yoga; "the drawings stretch the neural pathways where yoga stretches the muscles". The idea originated after teaching form drawing classes within Waldorf schools and progressed as I saw the profound benefits for both adults and children. Classes with younger children have movement incorporated to assist their developing systems. YOP could help to develop things like memory, spatial awareness, balance and coordination, writing skills and mental alertness.
Looking after our body is integral to our physical health, mental and emotional wellbeing. Massage offers a way of taking care of your body. Treatment of the muscles releases tensions, soothes the body of aches and pains and relaxes the mind. It is a great way to destress.
Sometimes we find memories can keep us stuck and replaying patterns. Massage Therapy aims to release experiences and memories which may have been stored as tension and pain in the body. This releasing can leave us freer to enjoy and meet life in the present.
I work alongside psychological therapists and counsellors to assist their clients in reconnecting to their body after traumatic life events or accidents.