Amy’s work integrates her studies, experience, and explorations in a variety of forms including:
Kinesiology is the study of movement and of how the relationships of our lived anatomy and our perception shape our movement potential. Kinesiology can include specific stretching and strengthening exercises as well as experiential anatomy explorations, which allow us to investigate the relationship between our own internal experience and external images of our structural anatomy.
Body and Earth is a somatic movement approach offered by Caryn McHose and Andrea Olsen. This work is based on the concepts that Body is Earth and that dance & movement are essential ways to experience and express this interconnectedness. http://www.body-earth.org/
Continuum is a way of connecting to our fluid body, exploring the ongoing movement that is occurring at each moment. Founder Emilie Conrad stated: “Movement is what we are, not what we do”.
In Continuum Montage, Susan Harper has cultivated an approach to movement and perception through the art of inquiry. Her work builds upon the foundation of Continuum and invites us to “open spaciousness for deep listening to what is.” www.continuummontage.com
Laughter Yoga is a series of movement and breathing exercises designed to stimulate laughter and cultivate an ‘inner spirit of joy.’ Developed by Dr. Madan Kataria, in collaboration with his wife Madhari Kataria, it is a technique that invites you to laugh without jokes or humour, simply for the joy of laughing. www.laughteryogacanada.org
The Pilates method is a movement approach developed by Joseph H. and Clara Pilates that cultivates moving from the inside out. The exercises in this technique emphasize breath, movement coordination, alignment awareness, and efficient muscle use. They are tools to help us become aware of how we prepare for movement, how we move, and how we can be more fully present in ourselves as we move.
Qigong means energy cultivation, or energy work. Qigong, like its sister practice, Taiji (energy training), is ancient system of movement and intention. These practices support health through a whole body, systemic perspective.
Self Regulation Therapy (SRT) is a gentle trauma resolution therapy that uses sensory tracking and dialogue to allow for a non-cathartic resolution of incomplete trauma response. It is about reminding the autonomic nervous system of its normal rhythm between activation/moving forward and resource/rest. www.cftre.com
“To educate” is to bring out and the term “somatic” refers to the living body. Somatic Movement Education is exploration in movement and sensation that helps us to connect to our inner knowing, to attune to the on-going sensory experience that our bodies are involved in at each moment.
Illness and injury can evoke fascial tension around the viscera (internal organs) which can restrict both posture and movement. Visceral Manipulation is a gentle, manual therapy approach to address these underlying fascial tension patterns. https://www.barralinstitute.com/therapies/index.php