Ann Marie created Embodied Being as her expression of loving kindness in the world. Using dance, somatic movement practices, and relaxation massage, Ann Marie helps others develop trusting relationships with their bodies. The embodied presence that results helps clients enrich body, heart and mind connections with self and community.
Cracked open by a Hollyhock Tribal Dance experience in 1998, Ann Marie embraced dance as a means of expansion and connection in life. As a Nia Technique instructor since 2006, she continues to develop her interest in the long-term neuro-protective elements of dance as exercise and embodiment practice. As a student of Alexander Technique and BodyMind Psychotherapy, she has gained personal experience of the immediate benefits of mindful movement for mental and emotional health, learning to lean into the support of her own body's capacity to restore itself.
Continuing to deepen her journey with expressive dance practies such as 5Rhythms, and seeking out learning experiences with other embodied dance teachers, such as Anna Halprin, Ann Marie refreshes her personal movement practice while enriching her teaching with an expanding movement vocabulary and knowledge base. Weaving together these practices, she shares them with students in uplifting and joyous movement classes.
In 2013 Ann Marie began offering relaxation massage in her cozy studio in Cumberland. Weaving together elements of Alexander Technique and Embodiment Practice with her massage techniques, she developed Intuitive Relaxation Massage. This deeply nourishing massage experience offers clients nurturing touch combined with massage techniques and energy work. Clients have the opportunity to speak to what they would most like help with, before, during and after the massage.
Ann Marie has practiced Byron Katie's Inquiry process, called The Work, since 2007, and now offers a monthly practice study group for those looking to work with the thoughts that cause them suffering. This form of embodied speach and listening offers people the space to work towards quietly changing their experience of the world by releasing thought patterns that have been affecting their relationships with others and self, as well as work and community relationships.