Born in New Zealand, I have been living in the Netherlands since 1996 and have been studying movement, massage and yoga since 1998.
My specialty is Nutritious Movement™ a biomechanical model of wellness taught by Katy Bowman MS; Critical Alignment Therapy a form of yoga developed by Gert van Leeuwen and Tension Releasing Exercises developed by David Berceli.
Since 2014 (together with my Alignmentguru colleague, Mina van Brunschot) I am honoured to be included in the Nutritious Movement™ teaching crew. This includes providing Skype sessions for first year students and teaching at various certification weeks, plus hosting and teaching Move your DNA weekends in the Netherlands.
During the past 17 years I have studied with many wonderful teachers who have helped deepen my understanding of human movement and wellness. These wellness systems are applied within the paradigm of yoga & natural movement, which I teach with delight and passion.
I am continuously furthering my education with Katy Bowman and totally inspire myself daily with home study in many areas, including but not limited to: Steven Porges Polyvagal Theory, Bruce Lipton and the Wim Hof Method to name a few...
Restorative Exercise™ Specialist, Healthy Foot Practitioner™
and Certified Personal Trainer through the Nutritious Movement Centre.
Aligned and Well - 200 hour Alignment and restorative exercise course with Katy Bowman, M.S.
Certified in California, US, July 2012
Healthy Foot Practitioner™ since 2014
The Nutritious Movement Centre is a science-based education facility dedicated to optimizing long-term health of the human machine through proper understanding of how habits of posture and movement affect organ and system function.
Gert van Leeuwen, Critical Alignment Therapy
Amsterdam, NL, 2008 - One year program including a multiple case study in the application of CAT for lower back, neck / shoulder (RSI), and general aspecific back problems. For stress related problems as hyperventilation, burn out and as general postural correction.
2 year Somatic Yoga Training completed December 2012
Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises
Certified Level II Practitioner 2013
Stalking the Wild Psoas
3 day workshop.
Amsterdam, NL, 2009 - 5 day Spinal Integration Intensive
Christchurch, NZ, 2010 - 21 day Advanced Yoga Studies training: 150 hour training including in-depth study of human developmental movement patterns, the use of language and refined touch, repatterning skills to facilitate greater somatic awareness of the student. Pedagogic model for developing self-sufficiency of the student. Study of spinal anatomy, common spinal problems and a protocol for working with such conditions. The Ethics of Teaching Yoga.
Amsterdam, 2010 - 5 day intensive: Moved from Within
Amsterdam, 2011 - Assisted at the 5 day intensive: Opening to Insight
London, UK, 2010 - 5 day intensive: Yoga as Therapy training: This training delved deeply into the anatomy of scoliosis, the sacro-iliac joint and the shoulder. Precise alignment and adjumstments for yoga asanas and marma points were applied to address these problems.
Utrecht, NL, 2005 - 250 hour teacher training including asana, pranayama, meditation, philosophy and teaching.
Certified for Level 3 Trager Approach
Restorative Breathing 3 day level 1 training
Sport Massage - 1998
Connective Tissue Massage - 1999
3 year Foot Reflexology - 2000 - 2003
Injury Prevention - 1999
‘Fitvak’ Fitness Instructor - 1999
HBO - ‘Westerse Medische Basis Kennis’ - 2008
2011 8 daagse Trager Workshop voor professionals met Jessie Kuipers
2012 3 daagse Trager Workshop - seeing the body met Gail Stewart