Mindfulness - the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment—and accepting it without judgment. Mindfulness is now being examined scientifically and has been found to be a key element in happiness. Professor emeritus Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder and former director of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, helped to bring the practice of mindfulness meditation into mainstream medicine and demonstrated that practicing mindfulness can bring improvements in both physical and psychological symptoms as well as positive changes in health attitudes and behaviours.The practice of mindfulness and breath assists people to connect with themselves and take a few moments, at the beginning and at the end of my sessions, to quietly tune in with themselves, take a few deep breaths into the bodies, and feel present. It’s a very simple practice as all it takes it to close the eyes, or look down, breath in and out deep into the body (the area under the navel) and with each breath go deeper into quietness and start to feel and listen to the self. Through this practice, people become calm and start to connect with themselves and find out what is happening for them emotionally, physically and spiritually.
Somatic Movement - a movement which is performed consciously with the intention of focusing on the internal experience of the movement rather than the external appearance or result of the movement. Somatic can be used to describe a variety of forms of movement and healing modalities. The term somatic education was coined by Thomas Hanna. Hanna used the term somatic education to describe methods of sensory-motor education that use somatic movement to improve motor control and sensation and change learned muscular patterns. To be most effective, a somatic movement should be performed as slowly as possible. The human nervous system, which controls our posture and movement, must learn new things very slowly. With practice, we can gradually speed up and perform movements more quickly while still maintaining form and control. When we do movements quickly, we are not learning anything new—we are simply reinforcing existing learned patterns. Inspired by this modality and having studied with the leading Somatic Psychologist, Noah Belling, simple somatic movement is used to release and express the rhythms and what is realised through the drumming and mindful self-awareness. Once a shift is experienced and felt, there is space for expressing trauma, pain, grief, separation, isolation, and what is often stuck, there is a need to move and shift this in a gentle and mindful way. Using somatic movement to allow the rhythm gently release what has come up, the therapeutic process keeps moving forward and progressing.
Drumming and Rhythm - According to, Ben Schwarcz (Transformational Coach and Psychotherapist fromSanta Rosa, CA), “Drumming Therapy is a method of utilizing the natural power of rhythm and sound and applying it to an individual or group for the purpose of healing. A truly holistic healing approach, group drumming breaks down social barriers, promotes freedom of expression, non-verbal communication, unity and cooperation. Drumming awakens dormant emotions and unexplainable feelings of excitement, peace, and ecstasy. It can elevate the mood, decrease anxiety, and stress, and it boosts immune system functioning and benefits physical health.”
Spiritual Connection - honouring the art of listening and holding space for someone else with empathy, compassion and non-judgement. Taking time to listen, and hear, without comment, or talking, practicing having an open heart to be there for someone else, and to be heard without judgement.
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