Saturday, 3 November 2018

Celebrations, a year of mindful movement meditation

foot print painted in bright colours
“Movement is my medicine, my meditation, my metaphor and my method, a living language we can rely upon to tell us the truth about who we are, who we are with, and where we are going. There is no dogma in the dance”. – G.Roth. Creator of 5Rhythms

What can you do if you want to exercise but can’t follow a class, have no partner or 2 left feet?
You like the idea of yoga or Tai’chi and be more at peace with yourself, but it seems difficult to learn the moves or postures and feel it might take you years to get the benefits!
Do you like to dance, have fun and don’t like to be judged?
Would you like to be able to navigate the chaos of life more easily?
If so, 5 Rhythms is for you…join us …

Alter with flowers and candles
Our theme for the 18th Nov 2018 is celebration.
Through the medium of free dance, celebrate yourself, your close connections, your friends, your celebration of life and your spirit.

We will use 5 Rhythms to help us on this journey and to hold us as we may discover the way to celebrate is also full of emotional one way streets and dark moments.

This video is about something we explored a few months back.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Dancing Your Way To Freedom

5Rhythms, Evening Advertiser, 3rd Jan 2018

5Rhythms - Evening Advertiser 3rd Jan 2018

Need to exercise but are put off by classes? SARAH SINGLETON looks at
a form of ‘dancing’ which is easy to participate in and requires no specialist
Mindful dancing, a style which requires no lycra clothing or complicated routines, is helping people
free their bodies and so free their minds, according to Julie Nicholls.
Called 5Rhythms, this variety of dance dates back to the 1970s and was created by American
Gabrielle Roth as a type of meditation. Now Julie, who has been a Body Mind Coach for
25 years, has brought the classes to Wiltshire.
She invited instructor Gay Murphy to run a free taster session in October 2017, and has now
organised another class on 21st January 2018 from 2pm to 5pm at Liddington village hall.
A further session will run on 18th March 2018.
"5Rhythms is perfect for people who want or need to exercise but are put off by classes,
perhaps because they can't follow the instructor, or they worry what they look like, or even
because they struggle getting off the floor,"  Julie said.
"With 5Rhythms, people can wear that they like - loose clothing is ideal - and they dance
how they wish, with guidance from the instructor. It suits people of any age and ability.
The beauty of it is that you dance your own dance, within your comfort zone, so there is
no need to do anything that strains your body. There are no steps to learn and you can
never get it wrong. This brings so much freedom to the body that it frees the mind."
She described how 5Rhythms moves through five different types of music or
rhythm - flow, staccato, chaos, lyrical and stillness.The aim is to use movement as
meditation, which helps people explore their feelings - she said it can be therapeutic
for the  mind as well as the body. "It is a little like a dance based version of how
I help my clients, by helping heal their mind and their bodies," she said.
Julie, 49, from Swindon, has dedicated her professional life to promoting mental and
physical well being andexploring the connection between them. She was born in Belgium,
of British parents, and after leaving school, trained to be a nurse. But after gaining her
nursing degree in 1989, she was disillusioned by conventional medicine and
disappointed to discover the stresses and strains of her training had negatively
impacted her own well being.
She moved to Britain and studied at the Brockwood Park School as a mature student,
and in 1993 qualified in Remedial Massage from the Northern Institute of Massage.
Julie wanted to take her understanding further, however, and to find ways to deal with
chronic illness and pain, which she believed was not being fully resolved in hospitals.
She studied the Trager technique and qualified as a Trager Practitioner in 1997, which
she says enabled her to do more than relieve pain and discomfort, but to help people
avoid it in the first place.

Her Natural Therapy Centre was a Wiltshire Business of the Year finalist in 1994.
"You have to educate your clients to stop doing stuff that is getting in the way of them
being well," she said. "It is a state of being. You have to take away all the things you
are doing that are creating the pain, tension and disease of the body. Working extra
long hours, lack of sleep and bad food all get in the Way of being Well."
She said her therapy involved psycho-physical integration - becoming aware of exactly
what is going on in your body, and what was creating the pain. "That's the whole package
- helping people to connect with themselves so they can feel free of guilt and shame.
That is what I help people with," she said.
To find out more about the 5Rhythms mindful dancing, or about Julie's work, visit her website, or call 01793 495551.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

5Rhythms, a Mindful Moving Meditation

"Movement Meditation a “5Rhythms Taster Day” in Swindon

I started dancing 5 Rhythms, developed by Gabrielle Roth, about 6 years ago.  Even though I knew it could be transformational, having seen first hand how it helped a school friend, at first I just did it for fun and the exercise.  It is easy because there are no steps to learn ( I had enough going on in my head, without having to learn something else) and no partners needed (ideal as my husband hates dancing).

It took a while for me to feel the benefits, other than getting out and having my own space, which anyone who has or can remember having a 2 year old around will understand is of great value in itself.  I was getting space by going to my pilates and yoga classes but 5 Rhythms was different, it was about being me, not following someone else.

The beauty of it is that you dance your own dance, within your own comfort zone so there is no need to do anything that strains your body. There are no steps to learn and you can never get it wrong. This brings so much freedom to the body that it frees the mind and the mind is so free to explore that it frees the body.

The classes and workshops have helped me be more in tune with what is going on in my life. I am more aware and respect the different rhythms that go on all around and inside me. Now it brings back the freedom and fun in my body that gets lost with the every day demands of bringing up a child and running my own business from home. It allows me to receive in the way I give to my clients.

 Can this really help me?  
Dancing benefits in the press!

Dancing out of depression with 5 Rhythm classes  

Shall We Dance? Science Says ‘Go on, It’s Good for You’  
Studies have started to emerge on the positive impacts community dance activity can have on different populations, across a range of issues.

You can come and find out for yourself during our taster session on the 29th October 

Dancing the 5rhythms’ is a beautiful exploration of our ability to be conscious of how we are in any one moment and to express this through movement.  
“For me the healing occurs when someone finds their own dance, whatever it feels like, and goes with it, finding something new for themselves; and giving themselves permission to be just as they are.”


During the morning session we will go through the rhythms so that you can begin to feel them in your own way; I will encourage you to "FLOW"  for yourself then to allow the beat to take you into "STACCATO",  to then move into "CHAOS" with curiosity; to drop into "LYRICAL" and find that part of yourself that wishes to sing and embrace everything and then lastly to find peace and quiet in "STILLNESS". 
In the afternoon session, we will go through the 5 Rhythms again but with more focus on being conscious of what is present for us in the moment and how our movement is affected by our thoughts and our feelings.   At the same time I will explore with you how each rhythm has its' own flavour and each session is an exploration into being mindful and in the present.

We will look for the "sweet spot", the place where we feel wholly together in body, feelings and mind; together with another, the group and the setting.  Searching for this combination of the whole self, and repeating the dance as we feel it, can lead into that energetic space where there is only the beat, your breath, your heartbeat and the space to be you

The music is varied: electronica, jazz, classical, pop, rock and roll, alternative, some fast some slow.  
Gay Murphy 5 Rhythms teacher
Gay Murphy 5 Rhythms teacher
No previous experience of dance needed, and all are welcome.   There are no steps to learn and no judgement from the teacher during a session.

Really look forward to meeting you on the dance floor

Venue: Liddington Village hall, near Swindon, SN4 0HB Free parking
When: 29th Oct 2017
Teacher: Gay Murphy
Investment: For the morning 10.30 to 12.30 donations to help us cover the cost of the hall and the teacher's travel from London. 
For the afternoon 2pm to 5pm £15 -  Book by 1st Oct: £2 off  - Bring a friend: get £2 off

Booking for the morning can be done on Eventbrite and is essential to avoid disappointment as places are limited.
Suitable for everyone! Whatever your level of fitness or unfitness, wellness or illness. No experience of any form of exercise required.Wear warm, loose, comfortable clothing. Bring some water and lunch if you stay for the afternoon.

Feel the joy of a less stressed life.

For more information contact:
Julie Nicholls  01793 495551

Friday, 22 March 2013

Solutions Newsletter 23

This Newsletter contains the following subjects: -

Keep updated on Body-Mind Coaching Blog, Facebook and Linkedin sites. 3 Events: Give more Be more for personal development, Relaxation the Body~mind Coaching way: An easy way to de-stress, Health and wellbeing show at the Central Library, Swindon. Stress and Plan for Change questionnaire.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Solutions Newsletter 22

This Newsletter contains the following subjects: -

Body-Mind Coaching Class, Foods Sensitivity Dates, Reiki Share, 5 Rhythms transformational dance, Events: - Health & Wellbeing, Detox, Anti Aging, Free Homeopathy Consultations, Structural Integration Body Work, Free Bioforce Samples.

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Solutions Newsletter 21

This Newsletter contains the following subjects: -

Food sensitivity testing dates.  A chance to receive free body work sessions. Fertility seminar. The work of the Arthritic Association. The NICE report regarding backpain treatment. Response to the petition regarding CNHC Complementary and Natural Healthcare council.  GP's asked to support CNHC registered practitioners. Massage helps headaches. The dangers of sweeteners. It is worth… the thought, the read, the visit, the watch with a link to information about the little known effects of fluoride and help with improving communication skills.

Monday, 22 February 2010

Solutions Newsletter 20

This Newsletter contains the following subjects: -

Details about food sensitivity testing dates.  Hypno-dieting - How hypnotherapy can help you - Dispelling the myths - evening presentation in October. Find powerful ways to shift your state of mind - Yoga meditation evening sessions. It is worth… the thought, the read: My Life and Vision by Meir Schneider, PhD, LMT. The author, founder and director of the Centre for Self-Healing the visit, the watch: Pay it Forward.