Teaches Somatic Movement and Mindfulness Practices, Slow Flow Yoga and offers Shiatsu from an SE Perspective
Blanche’s journey with Shiatsu and Yoga has led her to find joy in getting to know herself and others, an ever-deepening process. She finds great freedom and peace in allowing the body and breath to flow mindfully and spontaneously, exploring both traditional form and a more deconstructed, ‘freestyle’ approach.
Embodiment and a strong earth connection are the roots of her practice and teaching, which she offers as my gift to you from her heart.
She has 13 years of yoga practice in various styles and a deep grounding in Vipassana meditation (Buddhist Insight practice).
Her interest and passion for bodywork and Oriental Medicine also led her to study Zen Shiatsu for 3 years with her wonderful teacher Tamsin Grainger at the Shiatsu School Edinburgh.
She has completed an MA in Dance and Somatic Well-Being at the University of Central Lancashire grounding this work in the body even further and now works with Somatic Movement Education with both individuals and groups.
She is currently in her second year of training in Somatic Experiencing (Peter Levine’s Body Orientated Trauma Therapy)
In her own practice she is a committed practitioner of Continuum Movement.
She offers a therapeutic and mindful approach to all of the bodywork and movement practices she likes to explore and share. The practices, or forms, are used as tools to cultivate awareness and open up the body, heart and mind. Enquiry into what we are experiencing in the moment allows us to come closer to our tensions and habitual patterns of movement and reaction, so we can release any contractions and resistance, so we can lighten up and live a little more freely!
Mindfulness meditation offers a profound framework within which to explore and contain these practices. It offers a chance to (dare to!) slow down in the midst of our lives. By getting quiet with ourselves and developing a deep inner listening we can start to explore how we inhabit the body, the nature of mind and our feelings… There are a variety of ways in which to approach meditation creatively (walking meditation, restorative yoga postures, therapeutic touch, breath-work and other practices that cultivate somatic awareness `felt sense´), as often the body is not ready to sit comfortably in meditation without unwinding our tensions and releasing some stress first. With deep relaxation and increased focus we can learn to dissolve tensions, and discover who we are when these tensions start to drop away.
The liberating potential of the practices rooted in the ancient wisdom traditions allows us a glimpse of our natural state, our potential and wholeness.