I have been teaching various aspects of bodywork, movement, meditation and body awareness on-and-off for about 30 years. These are all techniques and adaptations that I have put together over my 25 years as a Craniosacral therapist, and are informed by a very broad range of sources and personal experience.
Over the years I have increasingly focussed on passing on skills to patients so that they have tools that can be used at home, as valuable life-skills. These are always available in one-to-one treatments
. I believe that if somebody understands why
they are doing something, it ceases to be a magic formula and can be integrated
into life. The subjects that I am particularly interested in teaching to a wider audience at this stage are :
For personal use
A "User's Manual for the Body-Mind" ... how to be more resilient in an increasingly challenging world. Positive Body Awareness
is a method of setting up meaningful communication with the body, and a practical understanding of the rules by which that works.
I’ve had treatment sessions with Andrew before [the Coronavirus lockdown], and found, in the one-one Zoom session, a depth of contact and presence that was really helpful for me. It’s definitely, maybe surprisingly, possible to work with embodiment over distance in this way, and the quality of attention and spaciousness that Andrew brings to it is sensitive and aware.
In addition, it forms a powerful basic set of ground rules for the treatment of
trauma, difficulty maintaining appropriate
central sensitisation and
somatisations. Much of this is based on the
PolyVagal theory of Stephen Porges.
An important part of the whole package is the capacity to
engage the Earth through the feet, and therefore to be able to be fully aware of ones own physical presence - another aspect of embodiment.
For both personal and professional use
- reduced musculoskeletal pain
- greater capacity for embodiment
- reduced risk of damage to the spine and intervertebral disks
- improved connection with the Earth
- a sense of physical and mental lightness (or certainly - less heaviness!)
- better quality Yoga, Pilates, sports, Qigong and martial arts
- understanding what is involved in order to successfully adapt to a barefoot walking/running style
For therapists/ professional use
- Distance Work - Finding the Edge as a safe, trauma-informed and efficient way to reset personal boundaries, reduce dissociation, de-escalate hyper-arousal, and make subsequent therapy sessions more effective.
- Positive Body Awareness... An application of PolyVagal Theory within the context of a wellness model of the human being as a living ecosystem.