I am a practitioner of body-centred therapy. This is a truly holistic approach, as it treats people as a whole person and approaches their problems accordingly. Traditional talk-based therapies only engage the mind. For health problems, doctors only treat the body. Body-centred approaches work with mind, body and spirit.
Body-centred therapy does not have a high public profile, although it is starting to become more well-known. It is strange that the general public are not so aware of it, as this approach actually pre-dates talk-based therapies such as counselling and psychotherapy. An integrated approach treating mind, body and spirit is a very ancient practice. It was certainly how doctors worked in ancient China - the Traditional Chinese Medicine approach involved herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage, exercise, and dietary therapy. Anyone who thinks that dream analysis began with Freud and Jung might give a thought to the ancient Greeks: those who sought healing often visited the temple of Asclepius, where they stayed overnight and had to report their dreams to the priests as part of the diagnosis; as in TCM, exercise was often part of the cure.
There is, then, a long-history of body-centred therapy, dating back to the earliest human records. It was brought into the modern age by Wilhelm Reich, a pupil of Freud, when he published the seminal 'Character Analysis' in 1933. It has also incorporated elements from movement re-education systems, such as the Alexander Technique (first developed in the 1890s), and the Trager Approach (dating back to the 1920s). It is really only in the last 60 years that talk-based therapies have come to dominate - and there are clear signs that this trend is now reversing, as people realise the limitations of talk and connect with their desire to be treated as a whole person.
It is this very concept of the 'whole person' that is the foundation of my work. Whether it is emotional and psychological problems, health issues or spiritual concerns, my aim is to integrate the whole person, helping you be more in tune with your body, more at home in your skin, liberating your personal power and become more vibrantly alive and open to pleasure, joy and love.