Movement-based Therapy

UltraBarre®|Dance Classes

THINK ABOUT YOUR WELLNESS WHEEL

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We connect, share and experience life through movement. Our bodies hold memories, trauma, deep intuition, and the power to heal and go naturally towards what is best for us. Dancing, sharing, releasing stuck energies, and finding flexibility and strength are at the core of what makes us feel healthy and in balance.

Movement based expressive arts are a logic model linking the arts with health

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THINK ABOUT YOUR WELLNESS WHEEL

wheel-balance image

We connect, share and experience life through movement. Our bodies hold memories, trauma, deep intuition, and the power to heal and go naturally towards what is best for us. Dancing, sharing, releasing stuck energies, and finding flexibility and strength are at the core of what makes us feel healthy and in balance.

Movement based expressive arts are a logic model linking the arts with health

TAKE ACTION!

ULTRA BARRE

is a fusion of ballet barre, dance conditioning and pilates-based movements designed to tone the muscles using principles of biomechanics for a safe, yet challenging workout

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ULTRA BARRE

is a fusion of ballet barre, dance conditioning and pilates-based movements designed to tone the muscles using principles of biomechanics for a safe, yet challenging workout

CONTEMPORARY DANCE CLASSES

is a class that helps your coordination, with high-intensity movement, to strengthen the core and improve flexibility through final stretching. Learn simple choreographies for a fun, yet challenging, class.

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CONTEMPORARY DANCE CLASSES

is a class that helps your coordination, with high-intensity movement, to strengthen the core and improve flexibility through final stretching. Learn simple choreographies for a fun, yet challenging, class.

MOVEMENT-BASED EXPRESSIVE ARTS THERAPY

sessions are designed for groups and as 90 minutes individual sessions. It is a movement-based approach to exploring mental, physical, and emotional well-being, combining movement, visual art, and creative writing to access the innate wisdom of the body and the transformative power of the imagination.

MOVEMENT-BASED EXPRESSIVE ARTS THERAPY CLASS COVER

MOVEMENT-BASED EXPRESSIVE ARTS THERAPY

sessions are designed for groups and as 90 minutes individual sessions. It is a movement-based approach to exploring mental, physical, and emotional well-being, combining movement, visual art, and creative writing to access the innate wisdom of the body and the transformative power of the imagination.

BESPOKE AUDIO TRACK

sessions are designed for dancing at home, created bespoke for your needs and time. They can focus on releasing energy, find flow in the movement, ground and ease in the body while dancing. QiGong, Contemporary Dance, Somatic Practice, UltraBarre, creative writing, choose the combination you prefer and we’ll start from there!

BESPOKE AUDIO TRACK COVER

BESPOKE AUDIO TRACK

sessions are designed for dancing at home, created bespoke for your needs and time. They can focus on releasing energy, find flow in the movement, ground and ease in the body while dancing. QiGong, Contemporary Dance, Somatic Practice, UltraBarre, creative writing, choose the combination you prefer and we’ll start from there!

HEALTH MEETS ARTS, ARTS MEETS LIFE

Each of the component parts of somatic and expressive art activities can trigger psychological, physiological, social and behavioural responses that are themselves causally linked with health outcomes.

For example, the aesthetic and emotional components of art activities can provide opportunities for emotional expression, emotion regulation and stress reduction. Emotion regulation is intrinsic to how we manage our mental health, while stress is a well-known risk factor for the onset and/or progression of a range of health conditions including cardiovascular diseases and cancers. Cognitive stimulation when engaging in the arts can provide opportunities for learning and skills development, and it is not only associated with a lower risk of developing dementia but also interrelated with mental illnesses such as depression. Social interaction while participating in the arts can reduce loneliness and lack of social support, which are both linked with adverse physiological responses, cognitive decline, functional and motor decline, mental illness and premature mortality can provide opportunities for emotional expression, emotion regulation and stress reduction. Emotion regulation is intrinsic to how we manage our mental health while stress is a well-known risk factor for the onset and/or progression of a range of health conditions including cardiovascular diseases and cancers.

RESTABLISHING A FLUCTUANT BALANCE

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HEALTH MEETS ARTS, ARTS MEETS LIFE

Each of the component parts of somatic and expressive art activities can trigger psychological, physiological, social and behavioural responses that are themselves causally linked with health outcomes.

For example, the aesthetic and emotional components of art activities can provide opportunities for emotional expression, emotion regulation and stress reduction. Emotion regulation is intrinsic to how we manage our mental health, while stress is a well-known risk factor for the onset and/or progression of a range of health conditions including cardiovascular diseases and cancers. Cognitive stimulation when engaging in the arts can provide opportunities for learning and skills development, and it is not only associated with a lower risk of developing dementia but also interrelated with mental illnesses such as depression. Social interaction while participating in the arts can reduce loneliness and lack of social support, which are both linked with adverse physiological responses, cognitive decline, functional and motor decline, mental illness and premature mortality can provide opportunities for emotional expression, emotion regulation and stress reduction. Emotion regulation is intrinsic to how we manage our mental health while stress is a well-known risk factor for the onset and/or progression of a range of health conditions including cardiovascular diseases and cancers.

RESTABLISHING A FLUCTUANT BALANCE

World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity" Arts activities can involve aesthetic engagement, involvement of the imagination, sensory activation, evocation of emotion and cognitive stimulation.

MOVEMENT AND EXPRESSIVE ARTS ARE HEALING

MOVEMENT AND EXPRESSIVE ARTS ARE HEALING

OUTCOME OF SOMATIC ARTS ACTIVITY ON HEALTH COVER
  • Physical activity
  • Social interaction
  • Aesthetic engagement
  • Involvement of the imagination
  • Sensory activation
  • Evocation of emotion
  • Cognitive stimulation

OUTCOME OF SOMATIC ARTS ACTIVITY ON HEALTH

  • Psychological (e.g. enhanced self-ecacy, coping and emotional regulation)
  • Physiological (e.g. lower stress hormone response, enhanced immune function and higher cardiovascular reactivity)
  • Social (e.g. reduced loneliness and isolation, enhanced social support and improved social behaviours)
  • Behavioural (e.g. increased exercise, adoption of healthier behaviours, skills development)
  • Physical activity

  • Social interaction

  • Aesthetic engagement

  • Involvement of the imagination

  • Sensory activation

  • Evocation of emotion

  • Cognitive stimulation

OUTCOME OF SOMATIC ARTS ACTIVITY ON HEALTH

  • Psychological (e.g. enhanced self-ecacy, coping and emotional regulation)

  • Physiological (e.g. lower stress hormone response, enhanced immune function and higher cardiovascular reactivity)

  • Social (e.g. reduced loneliness and isolation, enhanced social support and improved social behaviours)

  • Behavioural (e.g. increased exercise, adoption of healthier behaviours, skills development)

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There is a large body of research showing how arts engagement can enhance multidimensional subjective well-being, including affective well-being (positive emotions in our daily lives), evaluative well-being (our life satisfaction) and eudemonic well-being (our sense of meaning, control, autonomy and purpose in our lives). For example, studies of specific art interventions (including singing, group drumming, arts and crafts, magic, dancing, daily photography and visiting cultural heritage sites) have shown increases in all types of individual and social wellbeing.

There is a large body of research showing how arts engagement can enhance multidimensional subjective well-being, including affective well-being (positive emotions in our daily lives), evaluative well-being (our life satisfaction) and eudemonic well-being (our sense of meaning, control, autonomy and purpose in our lives). For example, studies of specific art interventions (including singing, group drumming, arts and crafts, magic, dancing, daily photography and visiting cultural heritage sites) have shown increases in all types of individual and social wellbeing.

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FOUNDER Laura Colomban is a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist and Educator (ISMETA Institute of Somatic Embodied Therapy Association). Her methodologies and approach to the body are rooted in the Tamalpa Life / Art Process® and Atem-Tonus-Ton, which she practices as a therapist since 2012 in group and individual sessions. Certified UltraBarre instructor, she leads Barre classes in London and online. Producer and co-founder of the Podcast DanceOutsideDance, she graduated with distinction from the Master of Fine Arts, Creative Dance Practice at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, where she has propelled her research on soma, sound and technologically mediated performance practices. She is fond of collaborative processes, collective making and learning, she currently works also as a social prescriber to strengthen her mission to create an inclusive teaching methodology in conversation with the politics of everyday life.

FOUNDER Laura Colomban is a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist and Educator (ISMETA Institute of Somatic Embodied Therapy Association). Her methodologies and approach to the body are rooted in the Tamalpa Life / Art Process® and Atem-Tonus-Ton, which she practices as a therapist since 2012 in group and individual sessions. Certified UltraBarre instructor, she leads Barre classes in London and online. Producer and co-founder of the Podcast DanceOutsideDance, she graduated with distinction from the Master of Fine Arts, Creative Dance Practice at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, where she has propelled her research on soma, sound and technologically mediated performance practices. She is fond of collaborative processes, collective making and learning, she currently works also as a social prescriber to strengthen her mission to create an inclusive teaching methodology in conversation with the politics of everyday life.