I’m a movement coach and accomplished dancer trained in Anatomy in Motion. I’ve spent my life learning to move well and assess movement, and now I teach people how to move well. A life-long learner, I have a PhD in biology (movement of animals, if you’re wondering!) and am always learning from other practitioners so I can hone my skill sets. I’ve dedicated my life to movement and sharing its benefits with others.
I work with you to help you find your factory settings and bring them back online. By helping you see, feel and understand the way your body is designed to move, I help you design your own toolkit for keeping the aches and pains at bay.
One of our biggest tools is education. I want you to understand WHY your body feels the way it does, what is and isn’t moving and HOW your exercises will help keep your factory settings in working order.
Ultimately, my goal is not to ‘fix’ my clients but to act as a guide to show them options on how to move in new ways that are pain free.
I use a variety of techniques, the main one being Anatomy in Motion.
What is Anatomy in Motion?
Anatomy in Motion (AiM) is a blueprint for how the entire body is meant to move. AiM approaches movement from the joints’ perspective. Joints need to open and close so that muscles can lengthen and contract when they need to. Compensations we make around an injury or habitual movement pattern can upset when and how a joint moves, reducing access to the full range of motion. This is when pain creeps in or injuries keep happening. The tools learned through AiM allow me to assess what joints are moving and which aren’t, restore movement and, ultimately relieve pain. A major focus of AiM is proper foot function so my work focus heavily on this often-overlooked and misunderstood body part.
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What can I expect?
Initial Assessments are 90 minutes. This is a deep dive and a first taste of my approach. We will discuss your injury history to connect the dots between how you feel today and how you got here. Then we will begin with a full postural screening, foot function assessment and joint-by-joint movement assessment. I will summarize my findings and continue educating you on your body as we proceed. Once we have completed a deep dive into your body's patterns we will begin restoring your movement. By the end of the session you will have 2-3 exercises to work on between sessions. It's important to continue the exercises daily in between sessions.
Please wear leggings or shorts and a top that isn't loose so I can assess your joints and posture. We work in bare feet.
Follow Up Sessions are 60 minutes. We will progress with more movement exercises depending on what your body requires. Typically you will need 3-5 weekly sessions and 2-3 biweekly or monthly maintenance sessions to resolve one injury. Depending on how long you've had a compensation, it can take longer to resolve an injury.
You can book your follow up sessions at the end of your appointment or by visiting the Tonume booking website for East Van appointments or HERE for North Van appointments.
Book A Session!
To book an initial session, inquire by email