Body and Movement
Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, Alexander Technique and more.
We often consider the body and mind as separate but they reflect each other in profound ways. Engaging in body and movement practices gives us a greater sense of physical freedom. We will notice over a short time that we can access deeper states of relaxation, recognise our body signals and move through life with greater ease and lightness. Flexibility of body can lead to flexibility of mind.
At Oscailt we have a host of experts who can help us to cultivate greater postural alignment, balance, core strength and overall well-being.
Regular Body and Movement Classes
Body and Movement Instructors – Profiles
Pilates is a wonderful form of exercise that can be adapted to suit anyone. As a physiotherapist, I have found Pilates to be extremely useful in rehabilitation, and in helping those with long term conditions or in persistent pain. My Pilates classes will be focusing on building your strength and flexibility through low impact movements, and a mixture of poses. I can adapt the exercises to suit people who would like to take their practice further and make it more challenging also.
Currently I work as a specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapist in private practice. I have vast experience in this area, and I have a special interest in persistent pain and conditions such as hypermobility spectrum disorders and hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. I run classes specifically for these populations, as well as general beginners and mixed level classes. I also have an online membership for those who prefer to exercise in their own home.
I became an accredited Pilates teacher with the APPI in 2020, and I have completed extra Pilates teacher training in Pilates for hypermobility, Pilates for osteoporosis and Pilates for runners.
Anthony has been teaching over 20 years. He initially studied Asthanga and Iyengar yoga, and is a certified teacher in a number of disciplines including bodywork. From the very beginning, Anthony fell in love with the practice of yoga and meditation having been captured by the flowing techniques along with the mental and physical benefits it provides. He completed an extensive yoga teacher training programme with senior teachers Graeme and Leonie Northfield in Australia. Anthony has a strong background in meditation, having trained in and number of Buddhist monasteries around the world. Anthony is dedicated to the practice and teaching of traditional Yoga. He is enthusiastic to share his accumulated experience with you, encouraging you to practice with patience and discipline, to be individual and non-competitive and to practice in a joyful way.
Alexander’s work is often associated with posture, but how we identify posture is often limiting. Posture in its truest sense is not limited to sitting or standing straight, it is the shape of your body in any action you do. How you hold muscle tension determines your shape, and also your efficiency. Understanding this allows you manage your whole self in new ways. Alexander taught us to find our own power in how we choose to use our bodies.
My job is to teach and support people in understanding what holds them back and how they can free themselves for easier use and efficient management of their movement.
I’ve been teaching Alexander for 13 years, having run into trouble with pain and posture myself. It has helped me solve so many problems that it continues to amaze me. Currently I’m blonde and 5 foot 8 and a half, having gained an inch by freeing myself of muscle tension that held me down.
I am fascinated by human beings and how they work, inside and out, individually and in groups. This Alexander journey is learning about life for life. We are here to work and play together, to communicate and support each other. If we are to be kind and take care of others we must start with being kind to ourselves, our muscles and our mind.
During his two decade yoga journey, John has practiced Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa and more recently, Shadow Yoga with a number of inspirational teachers including Dave Curtis, Anthony Kearney, Yvonne Treacy and Karen Watson.
In 2013, he decided to participate in a three-year Teacher Training Programme under the guidance of Dave Curtis and was delighted to become a certified teacher in 2016.
Tel:087 255 1723
Voice & Movement Coach
Regan O’Brien offers embodied voice and breath work sessions.
I hold a Masters degree in Applied Drama and Performance and in Creative Process Facilitation and have 25 years of experience coaching voice, breath and movement work across a broad range of fields spanning corporate and artistic performance to health and wellness practices.
I have undertaken extensive practical research into the physiology of sound making, breathing techniques, traditional song and therapeutic practices relating to voicework.
My practice is distilled from deep, practical investigation into creative embodied voice and movement as relational, healing and creative process.
My clients develop the use of their breath and body-voice as a powerful tool in their communication, creativity, healing and self-expression.
I offer tailored sessions to meet the needs of clients who wish to:
- support their authentic singing and speaking voices
- negotiate anxiety
- express their trauma
- support respiratory issues
- develop creative compositions
- deepen their connection with their inner landscape
My work is about listening for the body-voice balance and providing technique to support a clear, honest vocal expression.
Visit my website for further information:
Tai Chi Instructor
Grandmasters Lee’s education in the martial arts started at the age of 6 in Hong Kong with Wu style Tai Chi, followed by Hung Gar (Kung Fu) then Hung Sing Choy Li Fut (Buddha style, Kung Fu) . He is head of the Tai Chi /Kung Fu section of IMAC (Irish Martial Arts Commission) and has been granted 9th Dan status by the Chin Wu Traditional Martial Arts Association, China. He was granted ‘Grandmaster’ status, by the International Kenpo Karate Association. Grandmaster Lee is a level 3 coach under the Sports Councils National Development Programme and holds the advanced certificate of Sports Tutor awarded by the University of Limerick. He is particularly interested in the self healing aspects of Tai Chi and Qigong.
Stasys specialises in Holistic, Deep tissue, advanced sports and orthopaedic massage, nutrition, human performance and longevity. Received training and certification with some of the industry’s greatest minds – James Waslaski.
Greatly influenced by Paul Chek- a world-renowned expert in the fields of corrective and high-performance exercise kinesiology, stress management and holistic wellness.
Through his own path of resolving sport-related injuries, Stasys understands the importance of integrating the body, mind, and spirit as a means to foster high performance for the long term.
As a professional advanced sports and orthopaedic massage therapist, my mission is to deliver the highest level of information and treatment based on over 10 years of actual experience. A holistic approach to overall health and high performance always begins from inside-out. When you manage the foundations of health first – encompassing your thoughts, breathing, hydration, nourishment, sleep and movement, only then you will be in a state of pure potential. An accompanying deep tissue, advanced sports and orthopaedic massage will strive to get recovery and state of rest going via the realignment of muscle layers, loosening of connective tissues, myofascial release, combined with non painful passive joint mobilisation and relief of physical tension. This is a unique approach to optimising health, performance and longevity.
Yasia is a voice movement coach and facilitator. Her passion is to empower others to find their voice — the instinctive and intuitive voice as well as the literal. She offers one-to-one voice work sessions and group sessions to connect to and open the voice, (excellent for self confidence), to provide access to more power and autonomy, and for transforming difficulty through sound.
Yasia leads Kirtan, a call-and-response chanting performed in India’s Bhakti devotional traditions, in Ireland, the UK and Thailand. She has over twenty years of dance experience in multiple disciplines including ballet, movement as meditation, shamanic dance and whirling Dervish training.
- A safe, non-judgemental and celebratory space to express through sound.
- Opportunities to discover and explore your own voice, both the intuitive inner voice and the literal sound of your own resonance.
- A place to voice your deepest and most powerful wish for your life.
- Specific coaching tools and support for allowing those deep heart intentions to become manifest realities in the material world.