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    Movement Ritual ... somatic introspection for physical, emotional and imaginal integration

    WEATHER FORECASTS, MOVEMENT RITUAL & REMEMBERING THE BODY

    Develop your kinaesthetic awareness creatively, to establish and strengthen a deeper connection to your body, and the wisdom you have stored within.

    Weather Forecasts is my own blend of the methods and techniques I've learned over the years from my mentors in the fields of martial arts, somatics, improvisational & technical dance, performance art, and the expressive arts.

    Greats like Anna & Daria Halprin, Sherwood Chen, Sara Shelton Mann, Antero Alli, Min Tanaka, Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Tadashi Endo (to name a few), have given me precious gems that continue to guide me day-after-day.

    Movement Ritual is a gentle but expansive method developed by Anna Halprin, living legend of the American avant garde. Remembering the Body was the title of Anna's weekly classes that she offered for decades at the historic Mountain Home Studio in Kentfield, California. She has graciously allowed me to use this title for my own classes.

    All ages, abilities, and level-of-experience are welcome! It is my sincere pleasure to share the space with you.

    Location

    Online via webcam

    General info

    Skills:
    Age:
    Teenagers (13-17 years old)
    Adults (18-64 years old)
    Seniors (65+ years old)
    Student level:
    Beginner
    Intermediate
    Advanced
    Duration:
    60 minutes
    90 minutes
    120 minutes
    The class is taught in:English, Hungarian

    About Me

    I am a Somatic Educator, a Structural Bodyworker,
    Massage Practitioner, and Performance Artist.

    Originally from the Tucson, Arizona, in the Southwestern United States, whether through bodywork, art, performance and restaurant work, it's been my life's work to listen to, empathize and communicate with, and provide service to people from all walks of life.

    The skills that I bring to the table are many, drawing on my complex personal history, beginning as an elite level swimmer in my teenage years, and my evolution thenceforth as a kinaesthetically oriented educator … from my earliest years teaching swim lessons and coaching swim teams, to my early training and subsequent teaching of martial arts, and my studies in basic emergency medicine. Later on, I found dance and the performing arts. I followed my passion for performance and through that, began teaching dance and expressive arts. Finally, all of this experience has crystallized into a very unique practice of structural bodywork and somatic education.

    I am not a therapist. I am a teacher. The very particular nature of my work makes it quite rare. There are very few bodyworkers who truly commit to the idea of treating the person as a complex system, rather than simply focusing on the symptoms one presents. I strive at all times to facilitate increased self-awareness, and therefore greater self-efficacy in my clients. My intention always is to help people learn about themselves, to clarify their own body-image* - how and why their bodies behave the way they do. Once they begin to gain that kind of awareness, they often find that their previous symptoms tend to just go away. (* 'Body image' being defined here as the accuracy of your own self-appraisal, in real time, of your physical body, in space, in time, in volume, and condition.)

    My primary skill-set (specific to bodywork) is derived - in chronological order - from classical Swedish and deep tissue massage, to myofascial release and manual lymph drainage, all culminating towards my continuing studies in Structural Integration*, and the exciting fields of DNM (Dermo-Neuro-Modulation) and pain science.



    *Structural Integration is a “process-based approach to somatic education, typically involving manual therapy, that explores the possibility of change in how you use and experience your body. Through education, awareness, and therapeutic touch, you can release painful, stressful patterns of tension. Effortful habits are replaced with feelings of comfort, ease of movement and posture, and a sense of whole-body coherence.”

    I also have over ten years experience in the field of dance and performance, working primarily in small productions in the San Francisco Bay Area, Hungary, Germany and Austria. The most significant influence on my artistic growth - and most importantly in my sensitivity to the interplay between people’s physicality and emotional states - is the legendary Anna Halprin, considered an living treasure and pioneer of the American avant-garde. She was not only a dancer and choreographer, but also a master healer, instructing her students to reach into themselves and grow, personally, artistically and socially. In her own words: “I want to integrate life and art so that as our art expands our life deepens and as our life deepens our art expands.”

    I served as an assistant in Mrs. Halprin’s bi-weekly classes for two years between 2005 and 2008, which made a deep impact on the way that I interact with individuals, being sensitive to each person’s needs at any moment, ready at a moment’s notice to change gears (strategy, language, intensity, etc.) to accommodate the fragile nature of a human being delving into their own personal life experience. In the year 2008 I was certified personally by Mrs. Halprin in her unique form of kinaesthetic education called Movement Ritual.


    During this same period of time I was also involved in a one-on-one apprenticeship with master healer Rei McColley, who was Mrs. Halprin’s personal therapist for 10 years. Through Ms. McColley’s tutelage, I received a deep foundation in how to approach and ‘converse’ or ‘listen’ to another body; indeed it was from her that I first learned about the phenomenon that at the slightest touch with another living being, from that moment on there is an active conversation going on between two nervous systems.

    Seemingly unrelated, but in fact what has made an extraordinary impact in my ability to support a wide variety of people, is my twenty-plus-year history at Chez Panisse Restaurant & Café in Berkeley, California (I worked in the front of the house), arguably one of the most famous restaurants in the world. This work, and the ethos specific to that particular establishment, has taught me how to quickly anticipate the needs of all sorts of people, all with wildly different temperaments.

    This way of empathizing with people - in real time - has benefited my bodywork practice in ways that continue to bear fruit. Service values like graciousness, safety, inclusiveness, patience, respectfulness, and attentiveness are learned and values and require time and practice to become not only effective but natural. From the moment one enters my practice space, they feel welcome, they feel safe and warm, and they feel heard.

    Education

    Trained in the following modalities between the years 2004 to present:
    - Somatic dance and expressive arts
    - Structural integration
    - Myo-fascial release
    - Deep tissue massage
    - Lymph drainage
    - Swedish massage
    - Essential oils

    I studied emergency medicine at Pima Community College in 2000 and was licensed that same year as an EMT-B.

    I attended university in Tucson, Arizona at the University of Arizona (U of A) from 1997 to 2000, and earned my ESL/ESOL teaching certificate from Oxford Seminars in 2008.

    Experience / Qualifications

    Practicing therapeutic bodywork since 2005.

    Facilitating movement &/or dance workshops since 2008.

    Dancing professionally between 2006 and 2018.

    I've taught English in public and private schools, for children ages 8 -18, and adults of all ages, since 2008, in Serbia, Hungary and now Germany.

    Learn to love yourself again. Pleasure, enjoyment, releasing of shame, guilt, embarrassment, felt obligation, anxiety... you have all the tools you need right in your own fingertips (pun totally intended ;). What I'm offering are personalized, guided sessions in which I invite you to feel yourself deeply, to allow yourself the experience of pleasure - including sexual pleasure* - in the midst of your complicated life situation. This is not just for getting off, nor is it pornographic entertainment. There is a place for socially responsible pornography, but that's not what I'm offering here. This is an opportunity to tap into a wider and deeper awareness... Your entire body surface, your breath, your internal awareness, your sense of fantasy, your quirks ... all those things that are you, and which are eternally sexy, sensual, mysterious, and exciting. Practice feeling pleasure from EVERYWHERE, not simply direct stimulation of the genitals or through visual input from your screen. Junk/fast food is nice sometimes, convenient in a pinch... but a beautiful meal, prepared with love and intention is so much more nourishing. * Not all sessions have to be sexual in nature. If that's not where you're at (or into), that's okay. Sexuality is just one aspect (albeit an important and often suppressed one) of our experience. After having worked, trained and performed in the fields of structural bodywork, somatic coaching, massage, dance, expressive arts, and restaurant work, I have a unique and nuanced perspective on the wild variety of how we as humans seek out, avoid, enhance or suppress our experiences of pleasure. Sessions with me are non-judgemental, discreet, fun, and totally confidential.
    Learn how to take your English to another level. You already know so much; let me help you to improvise and use what you know in a fluid and playful manner. I've been teaching English conversation to people of all ages since 2008. English can be fun!

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