My background is diverse. As a child I wanted to become a dancer. When I was allowed to take ballet classes a dream came true. Dance is not just a movement technique. You also express who you are and what moves you. In that sense, movement is an encounter with oneself. Sometimes confusing and uncomfortable, but definitely interesting.
Both the physical and the emotional aspects of movement kept fascinating me. After the classical ballet classes, I took modern dance classes and became an avid dancer of Argentinian tango. Recurrent pain in my SI joint forced me to stop modern dance and to find the cause (and the solution) of these complaints. In 1987 I was introduced to a new way of treatment: Postural Integration, one of the therapies that has emerged from the Structural Integration method developed by Ida Rolf. By often slow, sometimes deep mobilizations the connective tissue, -myofascia- is released and postural and movement patterns are restructured and integrated into gravity. The contact between therapist and client, the quality of movement by the client during the mobilizations and the perception of both movements and the feelings are the key to change. This profound experience inspired me to study the four year Postural Integration program. This holistic curriculum includes the above mentioned 'Rolfing' techniques, bioenergetic character structure analysis according to Alexander Lowen, 'reading' of bodily tension patterns, Chinese medicine five elements accupressure, the basics of craniosacral work and of course the student's personal development. During and after this intensive time of learning I practiced also other approaches to integrate touch and movement. I taught inter alia massage courses, Bioenergetic exercises and Argentinian tango lessons.My introduction to Classical Pilates and GYROTONIC® exercise was an eye-opener. I experienced that when movements are performed with attention, these process-oriented methods can help to improve postural patterns and increase well-being. In the course of time I have created my own 'twist' by bringing the three-dimensional aspect of the movements to the foreground, focusing on the inner sensation and connecting with the manual Structural Integration and contemporary ways of fascial release like the Anatomy Trains bodymap concept according to Thomas Myers. The essence of tango technique - centering, weight transfer, flexible posture - is in a certain sense reflected in the 'A Step Forward' gait courses.
In 2004 I founded Body Mind Studio Spring Pilates. The spacious studio in the center of Maastricht offers movement education and fascial release for groups and for personal training. Quality over quantity is the starting point; individual attention to the participant is paramount. People of all ages, with their personal aspirations are welcome to participate in the lessons.
I continue to study and practice somatic movement, experiential anatomy and methods of fascial treatment. My aspiration is to be a holistic practitioner and movement teacher. I'm asking myself and the participants of my classes: Can we move with ease, becoming looser, more open and more balanced? How do we involve the whole person in this process? How do we improve the quality of movement? And how do we make it satisfying to "work" on these aspects?
I'm in the fortunate position that my fascination has become my profession. The essence is the integration of body awareness, concentration, balance and fun. In this way Body Mind Training can be a fulfilling experience enlightening your daily life. Feel free to try a class!
One year program dance expression
Four year program Postural Integration with Jack Painter and Rashma Schaefer-Buss
One year program Sexual Grounding and Bioenergetic analysis with Willem Poppeliers
One year program Tantra and Intimacy with Sarojini de Krom
Certified trainer Classical Pilates Comprehensive level
• All apparatus
Certified trainer GYROKINESIS® level 1
• GYROKINESIS® Breathing course with Juliu Horvath
• GYROKINESIS LOTUS BLOSSOM®
Certified trainer GYROTONIC® level 1
• GYROTONIC® Therapeutic application for the Pelvic Girdle
• GYROTONIC® Principles in the context of Osteopathy
• GYROTONIC® Psoas Principles
Anatomy Trains courses
Fascial release and Structural Balance with James Earls
• Arches and Legs
• Fans of the Hip
• Walking the Lines
• Masterclass BodyReading/visual assessment with Thomas Myers
• Anatomy Trains in Motion with Karin Gurtner
Anatomy in Motion AIM
Finding Centre Immersion course with Gary Ward and Christopher Sritharan
Franklin workshops with Eric Franklin
Bartenieff course with Marieke Delanoy
Psoas core awareness course with Liz koch
Fascial Fitness course with Stefan Dennenmoser
Triggerpoint - Foamrolling with Triggerpoint