About my background

And how did I get here?

I have taken an unconventional path. Searching, tasting, intuitively; what suits me, what do I feel attracted to? How do I dissolve the problems I experience in my body? Who helps me? These inspiring experiences are leading for the way I work.


I was an agile and nervous child. A maverick who wanted to do everything on her own. I desperately wanted to be a dancer and danced the stars from the sky just for myself. My mother practised yoga and meditation. That was serious business. The body had to be purified of waste products so that the spirit could move to a higher realm. As a toddler, I watched with fascination the poses she did and tried them... Supple and pliant as I was then, it went easily. In order to tame my restlessness, my mother taught me to meditate. Daily practice in sitting still and breathing and repeating a mantra - good for self-control - was torture. I counted the seconds until I could get off the meditation cushion.


After years of nagging and pushing I was allowed to go to classical ballet classes. I did my best, practised daily and loved the lessons. However, I noticed that I wasn't as flexible as some of my classmates, no matter how much I stretched. One day, free improvisation was introduced in the class. Spontaneously do something using what you had learned... My whole body stiffened and I panicked. I had no idea what to do. I had no idea what was wrong...

I'm out

Things were not going well at the school. Primary school was too easy, I was bored and bullied by classmates. In secondary school, I couldn't concentrate, didn't feel safe and wasn't motivated. Home was a place I didn't want to be. At the age of 15, I left home and school. I felt sad and depleted. From then on, I went to sort things out for myself. I knew what I didn't want, but not yet what I did want.  I immersed myself in various psychological fields to better comprehend my condition and situation.

Understanding why

I went into therapy. I learned to communicate and to recognise my emotions. Still, I didn't feel much better in my own skin. I lacked a sense of liveliness. My body hurt in some places and seemed to be numb in others at the same time.
I tried all kinds of dance forms; oriental dance, various styles of modern dance. I took a one-year course in dance improvisation. I felt more and more pain and tension in my body. The pain was so severe that I stopped taking movement classes. I had to find out what was causing it.


Looking for meaning and connection with my body, I discovered the body-oriented psychotherapy Postural Integration. The essential idea is that your characteristic posture is a frozen, held pattern of tension that is typical of the kinds of feelings and events you have encountered early in life and that have shaped your character as well. By means of mostly slow, sometimes deep strokes, the connective tissue -fascia- is loosened so that you can move more freely again and retained feelings can come to the surface. Posture and movement patterns are structured and integrated with thoughts, feelings and emotions. The world of Bodywork opened up for me.

Structural Integration

After a number of training programmes that brought me into deeper contact with the emotional side of my body, I started to train as a Postural Integration therapist. I learned to use concepts, treatments and movement methods that I continue to explore, further develop and apply today. To name a few: Bioenergetic Character Analysis, Cranio Sacral Therapy, Feldenkreis Method, Experiential Anatomy, Body Reading, Rolfing ... One aspect in particular has fascinated me: Structural alignment and balance and the role of fascia in posture as explored and described by Ida Rolf, one of my heroes. She had a keen eye for the connection between fascial tension patterns and the emotional context. Without her pioneering work and that of her students at the Rolf Academy, we would not know the importance of the role of fascia in our bodies and well-being. The question: 'What causes what?' shifted to: 'How does it relate to each other, how does it relate to one another?'


After the training programme, I was not yet 30, while my clients were often older and in a different stage of life. I lacked the confidence that I had enough experience to be able to give such a comprehensive therapy. I did what I felt good about: gave massage classes, Fascial Release treatments, bioenergetics courses and Argentine Tango lessons. For my living I worked in a printing office. Then in 2002, the internet bubble burst, the economy crashed and I lost my job. Time for my body again!

The map of the area

In 2001, Thomas Myers, a former student of Ida Rolf, published the groundbreaking book Anatomy Trains. The navigation map of myofascial anatomical connections throughout the body. I was overjoyed. Until then, I had felt and examined fascia - literally - by touch, now there was a real map! Anatomy Trains was for me a reacquaintance with the function and structure of fascia. It was also the beginning of an exuberant development in scientific research and publications in this field all over the world. But what about fascial connections in movement?

Fitness and Pilates

In the gym, I worked on my condition. I hated some of the abdominal exercises. They were too fast, I felt clumsy and uncoordinated. My lower back was complaining. I did the movements, but I didn't feel engaged. My trainer advised me to try Pilates, an American body-mind movement method that was just becoming known in Europe. Pilates turned out to be surprisingly similar in a number of aspects to the experiential movement methods I was already familiar with. A new perspective opened up: While working as a help desk lady at a call centre during the day, I read everything there was to know about fascia and anatomy and embarked on my training as a Pilates trainer.

Moving from the inside out

I was very interested in the essence of the Pilates method, but I didn't like the hype that was surrounding it. My body was definitely not ready for the kind of Power Pilates that was in vogue at the time. My first Pilates trainer and employer was not well versed in the subject matter. We had a conflict about my exam results after which I opened Spring Pilates studio in 2004. Here I could determine the content of my lessons myself. I could make a living out of the lessons I gave and quit my job at the call centre. Completed my training as a 'comprehensive' Pilates trainer and later gyrokinesis® trainer and gyrotonic® trainer with an excellent master trainer. Attended courses with developers of somatic movement methods, including Liz Koch and Eric Franklin. Deepened my understanding of anatomy from the inside. The integration of Anatomy Trains into my treatments and movement classes took form. Gradually I became the experienced movement practitioner I wanted to be.

UM Sport Pilates trainer

From 2005 until 2017 I taught Pilates and Natural Flow courses for Maastricht University. I learned a lot there. In the beginning I taught the kind of lessons I was used to from my master trainers. I soon found out that they were too complex for inexperienced movers and therefore did not result in the quality of movement I wanted to pass on. I developed a keen eye for the movement problems that students encountered and devised suitable exercises. The university changed; everything had to go faster and became more volatile. Students committed less to courses and were more in need of drop-in classes. I didn't want to teach like that, so we said goodbye.

Pilates Maastricht University

Pain during movement

Meanwhile, my body was not complaint-free. Pain in my back and legs after longer hikes. In the long run, I was avoiding going up the stairs... Overloaded. In my neighbourhood I did not know people who integrated fascia into their treatments. Physiotherapy did not help. I needed an integral method that I could apply myself to solve my problems. Fortunately, there was a lot of progress in the field of fascia. Time for improvement and deepening!

Embodied learning

I attended courses from some people who had inspired me for a long time. Attended Anatomy Trains Myofascial Release and Structural Balance courses with Thomas Myers and James Earls to learn more about the treatment of fascia in relation to posture and movement.
The Anatomy Trains in Motion course with Karin Gurtner really felt like coming home. Her Slings in Motion Training matches the efficiency of the classical manual fascia treatments that were common until now. Her book 'Slings essentials' is a source of information and inspiration for my Fascia in Motion lessons.
I read James Earls' book 'Born to walk', and attended his course 'Walking the lines' on Anatomy Trains and walking; efficient and integrated movement by making optimal use of the fascial connections. I developed a better gait pattern. This inspired me to teach courses on 'walking effortless'
Then I read "What the Foot?" by Gary Ward. A fascinating eye-opener about 'foot posture' and its effects on your whole posture including the resulting movement limitations. Attended the intensive Anatomy In Motion immersion course by Gary Ward. Took a second training on the Flow Motion Model. Anatomy In Motion helps you to balance the mobility of all your joints, muscles and fascia around your centre of movement. I use this model in all my classes.

Movement lab

Over the past 17 years, Spring Pilates Studio has become a space where gaining insight and experience into movement from the inside out is key. The attention to breathing, alignment in posture and movement, coordination and 'flow' helps you feel how you move and what makes it light and easy. You develop an inner reference system to explore your movements and learn new ways of moving.
My Pilates and Gyrokinesis training, effortless walking classes and fascia treatments bring you in touch with your inner space and structure. In this way you learn to recognise what causes your movement restrictions and you discover how to regain your lost range of motion. So that you can move again in response to your wishes and needs, not according to your limitations. My approach is personal and engaged, with an open eye and ear for the person you are. I help you to move more freely than you have experienced in a long time.

My aim

My aim is to make a difference. I would like you to have more awareness and understanding for what your body is telling you. So that it will be easier to move effortlessly and have fun with it. My tool is movement from the inside out. I broaden my knowledge and skills because it inspires me tremendously, I can't help it. I hope I will become strong enough to change the world in this aspect, even if it is on a small scale.


I am fortunate to have been personally taught by these trainers and therapists. They are mostly original developers and authors. Their vision and methods have had a profound influence on my approach and that of other contemporary holistic professionals.
 You can find an 'about' or a video of some of them on the internet. You can click on the links to get an impression of them. Others prefer to stay in the background at this time.

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Classical ballet and modern dance with a variety of teachers
One-year training programme modern dance expression with Sjannie Vos

Body and Mind Academy
*Body Ecstatic course with Rashma Schaefer-Buss
*Primal therapie courses with Sarojini de Krom
*One-year training programme Tantra and Intimacy with Sarojini de Krom
*Four-year training programme Postural Integration with Jack Painter and Rashma Schaefer-Buss
*One-year training programme Sexual grounding and Bio-Energetic Character analysis with Willem Poppeliers

Ten year Argentinian Tango wih Margreet Sweerts and Leon van Kleef

Certified Pilates trainer level 2, 3 and Comprehensive level with Kelly McKinnon
*All Apparatus

Certified trainer Gyrokinesis level 1 with Kelly McKinnon
 Specialized courses:
*Gyrokinesis Breathing legacy course with Juliu Horvath
*Gyrokinesis LOTUS BLOSSOM®

Certified trainer Gyrotonic level 1 with Deborah Lynn
 Specialized courses:
*Gyrotonic Therapeutic application for the Pelvic girdle
*Gyrotonic Principles in the context of Osteopathy
*Gyrotonic Psoas Principles
*Gyrotonic Fascial Body

Anatomy Trains courses
Masterclass BodyReading/visual assessment with Thomas Myers -author en founder 'Anatomy Trains'
Fascial Release Technique-online with Thomas Myers
Body Reading the lines-online with Thomas Myers
Anatomy Trains in Motion with Karin Gurtner -author several books about Fascia in movement
Fascial Release and Structural Balance series with James Earls -co-authorr 'Fascial Release for Structural balance' with Thomas Myers, author 'Born to Walk'
*Arches and Legs
*Fans of the Hip
*Walking the Lines

Anatomy in Motion -AIM-
*Finding Centre Immersion cursus with Chris Shritharan and Gary ward -auteur 'What the Foot?'
*Flow Motion Model cursus with Gary Ward en Christopher Sritharan

Franklin workshops knees, back and neck with Eric Franklin -author dseveral books Franklin method
Psoas Core Awareness cursus with Liz Koch -author several books about the psoas
Bartenieff cursus with Marieke Delannoy
Fascial Fitness cursus with Stefan Dennenmoser
Triggerpoint workshop- Foamrolling with Triggerpoint

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