Engaging the Body - Awareness and Movement to Change Pain: Steve Haines and Marina Collard

Friday, 1 November 2019 9:30 AM - Saturday, 2 November 2019 5:30 PM GST

25a Belfast Rd, Stoke Newington, London, N16 6UN, United Kingdom

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Friday, 1 November 2019 9:30 AM - Saturday, 2 November 2019 5:30 PM GST

Studio 16 - Stoke Newington , 25a Belfast Rd, Stoke Newington, London, N16 6UN, United Kingdom.

Engaging the Body

Awareness and Movement to Change Pain


Time: 1-2 Nov 2019, 9.30am-5.30pm

Tutors: Steve Haines and Marina Collard 

Cost: £220 early bird 1 month before, £240 full price

Venue: Studio 16, 25a Belfast Rd, Stoke Newington, London, N16 6UN


How can movement and awareness help us overcome pain? Open to anyone, the workshop will be a mix of playful, simple movement - suitable for any body type - meditative awareness, paired work and story telling. 


The workshop is an exciting joint venture between Steve Haines - author of ‘Pain Is Really Strange’ - and Marina Collard - dancer and long term faculty member at Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance. We will explore the science and practice of movement for both therapists and people who experience pain. 


We will use slow, simple movement and body awareness to help us move without fear. The capacity to listen and be receptive is at the heart of moving. Listening, slowing down and attending to each moment supports coherence and integrity. Invest in the awareness and the doing takes care of itself. Easy and efficient movement can emerge with sustained practice. 


By focusing on variety and safety, new patterns of control will occur in the nervous system, allowing changes in the fascia, muscles and fluid continuity.


The latest pain science is very clear; finding new ways to move without fear will help turn off protective feelings of pain.


After the workshop:

  • You will have new tools to overcome pain
  • You will have new awareness to meet your body via movement
  • You will have practiced not forcing or ‘muscling’ movements and be more skilled in using balance and weight to do the work for you
  • You will trust and recognise the potential in relating clearly to anatomical structures to give permission for movement
  • You will have learnt clear guidelines for when to move more and when to rest


Steve Haines has been a bodyworker for over 20 years. He is the author of the award winning ‘Anxiety Is Really Strange’, part of a series of graphic books that include ‘Pain Is Really Strange’ and ‘Trauma Is Really Strange’. Understanding the science of pain and trauma has transformed his approach to healing. He has studied Yoga, Shiatsu, Craniosacral Therapy, and Trauma Releasing Exercises TRE®. He is a UK registered Chiropractor and teaches TRE and Cranial all over the world. His treatments now use education, embodied awareness, and light touch to help people move more freely and be more present. Steve lives and works between London and Geneva. www.bodycollege.net

Marina has an extensive career in dance as an independent choreographer, performer and teacher. She has made a body of work, presented in theatres and galleries in the UK and abroad. Marina is a highly experienced and respected teacher in professional and educational settlings. She has taught professional classes and company classes both nationally and internationally and been sent by the British Council to teach in India, Russia and Canada. Marina contributes to BA and MA programmes at Trinity Laban. Based in London, Marina is a very experienced biodynamic craniosacral therapist, with a rich history of supporting people with complex needs. www.marina-collard.com

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