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As your Compassionate Companion I will accompany you through somatic movement practices. Together we create a safe, nurturing space for you to explore ways to include compassionate care practices within your life.
What is Somatic Movement? The greek word 'soma' means, 'the living body' or 'the body experienced from within'. Somatic Movement encourages our body-mind to work together through movement awareness and experiential body practices. This is a transformational learning process that can include breath, touch, sound, and imagery.
Somatic Movement Education (SME) represents a variety of body/mind approaches that include listening and becoming aware of what is happening in and around us. Changing our habitual movement patterns releases muscle tensions and unblocks neural pathways to encourage our body to move as an integrated whole. Re-discovering our sensitivity to how our body moves helps create more support and balance as we move through life.
What may happen in a session? At the beginning of a session we take a few moments to check in with your body's natural rhythms. We do this through Sensory Awareness with attention to breath and body sensations. What you experience in each moment guides the session.
This practice can be done sitting (in chair or on floor with cushion), lying down (on floor with mats) or standing. Sessions may also include drawing and/or writing in response to movement or resting experiences. You may also speak about your experience.
Free Consultation: One free 30 minute Skype consultation is available to ensure that you are comfortable with me as someone supporting you throughout your sessions. Initially 6 sessions are recommended. Sessions are 60 minutes via Skype or Zoom for £45 each or a block of 6 sessions for £230
To arrange a 1:1 session please use the 'Connect' form. The Zoom or Skype details will then be sent to you privately.
To join an online group class or arrange 1:1 sessions please use our 'Connect' form. Zoom or Skype details will be sent to you privately.
Group sessions on Zoom
Wednesdays 10-11am UK time
Fridays 10-11am UK time
Group Qi Gong sessions are currently being offered on a donation basis and are greatly appreciated.
1:1 Qi Gong sessions - Mondays and Thursdays 60 minute session between 9:30am and 1pm UK time on Zoom or Skype (by appointment) £35 per session.
All donations and payments can be sent via BACS. Please use 'Connect' page to request BACS info.
Qi (pronounced 'chee') can be defined as 'energy' or 'vital essence'. Gong (pronounced 'gung') means 'skill' or 'work'. Literally this translates as 'energy work'. Qi Gong is an ancient healing art and is at the heart of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Documented history of Qi Gong dates back approximately 2,500 years. Some can be traced back to around 5,000 years ago.
Qi Gong uses specific movements to cultivate energy (qi) and focus our mind/intention (yi) to move our qi through meridian pathways to release tension and clear blockages. Qi Gong can be practiced by people of all ages and aims to treat the whole person to establish energy balance and spiritual harmony as a way of self-healing. It is a form of complementary medicine and includes both dynamic and gentle postures/movements that can be practiced standing or seated. Practices can be adapted to individual needs making it an ideal aid to recovery from illness or injury as well as maintaining overall health. Some benefits of Qi Gong:
- Balances physical, emotional, and mental
- Calms, regulates the nervous system
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Improves alignment/posture/sleep
- Balances immune system
- Improves memory and mental focus
Free qi gong films: Click button belowQI GONG FILMS
PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID 19 during Accompanied Walking sessions we practice physical distancing of 2 metres. Our walks are currently held in green spaces of Edinburgh.
Accompanied Walking in green spaces.
Would you like to have your Compassionate Companion sessions outdoors surrounded by peaceful sounds and calming landscapes?
This is an opportunity for anyone who would feel more comfortable engaging in this practice while being in nature. A way to restore, relax and connect with yourself and the world around you. I will accompany you as you share what emerges on our walk. Together we explore ways that you can develop compassionate care skills in your life. Walks are varied, some are on quiet country paths, farmland, and forest walks.
The beneficial effects of nature result not only from what you see but from what you experience through other senses. For example, touching plants and trees, smelling the forest or the sea, hearing the birds and wildlife around you. All of these contribute to increasing our sensory awareness and can help to restore balance to our nervous system and help us feel more connected to ourselves and our surroundings.