MOVEMENT GEEKS INTERVIEWED

 

"Live in the moment , its the only reality we have"

Why are you passionate about movement?

It puts a great big smile on my face and time stands still - what’s not to love. Just give me a pair of headphones and an empty space and I can vanish into my own world for hours on end. For me it is the ultimate form of physical and emotional  expression.

What makes you different?

I’m a self professed ‘Jack of all and master of none’ and that’s just the way I like it. I went from powerlifter to ballet dancer, hip hopper to Lindy Hopper and personal trainer to osteopath. I was told I was too big to dance, had too many tattoos to perform on stage and had a voice that was suited to clearing theatres instead of filling them.

I love representing the slightly scruffy underdog, breaking the rules and creating something slightly out of the norm.

What do you do?

I fuse everything I have learnt to create an eclectic mix of treatment and movement. I run an osteopathy fusion clinic, a personal training practice as well as teaching dance and choreographing. It is hard to know where one stops and the other starts.

My passion is my job and my job is my passion. Every day is the weekend!

What two things would you take to a desert island with you?

My Go-Pro would have to be up there on the list as it is so much fun to make film clips with and I never leave home without my head phones. If I could sneak a third item maybe I could squeeze the girlfriend and the two dogs in an overnight bag too!

What books are you reading at the moment?

I have about a dozen books that I'm half way through at the moment and I’m looking forward to sitting on a beach with all of them next month.  The lovely amazon should be delivering my latest purchase ‘Muscles and Meridians: the manipulation of shape’ today. It has been highly recommended, so I will keep you posted.

One secret about you.

I have fingers shaped like chipolatas.

Finally where can you be found?

www.danielbaines.co.uk

07891126154

 

 

"Through awareness, we can learn to move with astonishing lightness and freedom at almost any age."

Why are you passionate about movement?

I started falling over at age four only to discover I was short sighted and astigmatic. A childhood in NHS milk-bottle bottomed glasses ensured years of being the last to be picked for school playground football and cricket knock-arounds. In short; much of my life has been spent inhabiting a body with pretty naff movement potential. Many years of a 5-6 day a week astanga yoga practice deepened my compensations and habits - party trick of both legs behind my head, but complete inability to squat or hang from a bar. I love the deep insight and understanding that practices such as Feldenkrais and body-weight training bestow. Now approaching 50 (yikes) my movement abilities are improving by the week along with energy and strength. I have seen the same outcome with the clients I have been fortunate enough to train these last few years. I love the creativity and freedom pure playful movement brings, it is not about exercising; it’s about movement and play time!

What do you do?

I teach from all that I have embodied over the years; from my humble beginnings in Karate as a teenager to many years of personal Yoga practice. More recently I have become deeply inspired by somatic practices such as the work of Moshe Feldenkrais, Circular Strength Training, Anatomy in Motion (AiM) and functional body-weight practices. I teach one to one and group sessions and workshops. In recent years I have begun to teach and treat clients in a therapeutic way now based on the thought processes of AiM and neuromuscular testing (NKT).

What two things would you take to a desert island with you?

Handcuffs and a 7KG Clubbell.

What books are you reading at the moment?

A Beautiful Practice by Frank Forencich, Change your Age by Frank Wildman and The Music Lesson by Victor Wooton. 

Finally where can you be found?

www.ulricwhyte.co.uk

07971 009131