WE’RE HERE FOR YOUR BODY
My passion for performance and efficient movement comes from a life of sports and sport competition which includes; road cycling and cross country skiing, Tae Kwon Do, Squash, Downhill skiing: Giant Slalom and Slalom, Track cycling as well as the participation in multiple equestrian adventures around the world.
Applied Health sciences, metabolic fitness, cellular health, physiology, Functional Movement and nutritional studies; including Ancestral, Paleo, Low Carb, Ketogenic, reduced feeding window, and fasting are all central to my strategies for optimizing health, performance, longevity and general wellbeing.
Empowering people with the knowledge and tools necessary to take back ownership of their health, and to optimize their functional movement, while enjoying an extended pain-free health-span.
Building a better foundation. Whether you are a circus performer, a gymnast, a yoga practitioner, an Olympic lifter, a X-Fit athlete, or any form of athlete engaged in the rigours of intense training and sports specialization, it is important to understand the consequences that injury to an athlete’s connective tissue support system will have on their potential for coordinated, pain free proprioceptively aware movement. When a structural dysfunction resulting from an injury like a fall or a strong impact with an external body or a wrong move is not recognized, its impact on the body will have life long repercussions. This dysfunction to the athlete’s support system will continue to interact negatively with all future athletic movements, creating a series of performance limiting compensations that will ultimately compromise the athlete’s likelihood for success. It is a priority to screen/assess the client for dysfunction/asymmetries and then rapidly restore balance in the athlete’s support system to avoid further structural dysfunction, dysfunction that will be exacerbated through the continued efforts of training and competition.
Csenge has been cultivating listening and somatic practices in the past 20 years through her artwork, yoga practice and teaching, and most profoundly: in bodywork. She regards the body as both a complex biomechanical system and an expression of a life-process with its unique psycho-emotive tendencies. She has studied Structural Integration/Adaptive Bodywork with John Sutherland and Tom Myers and has witnessed it’s effectiveness in transforming lives through changes in the connective tissue (fascia) and the nervous system, through increasing personal awareness of alignment and movement patterns as well as through integrating these into the everyday. She skillfully creates the space for attunement to what is happening in the body-wide system of her clients and builds on their innate capacity for self-regulation. Instead of fixing, she thinks of this integrated process as one of enlivening, of finding movement in parts of inertia, of inspiring connection where there are disruptions/disconnection. Csenge has also studied Anatomy Trains, Ashtanga Yoga, Continuum Movement, Perceptible Breath, Body-Mind-Centering, Pranayama and other contemporary movement modalities, and integrates her knowledge into her AB sessions. She is inspired to support her clients in making the necessary adjustments toward a pain-free, aligned and wholesome life and feels changed by learning from each and one of them.
Since my childhood I felt attracted both to arts and to the knowledge of the human body functioning, and I have been always fascinated by connections. Growing up I started exploring various forms of art, from painting to performing arts, including music. The practice of piano brought me to negotiate with chronic inflammation and pain, and for years I received all kind of treatments, getting only temporary results. In the meantime, beside my training in acting and dancing, I started practicing Yoga, Tai Chi, Aikido looking for increasing body awareness and improve my posture. Finally I found Rolfing Structural Integration, and receiving Rolfing sessions I started understanding the effect of gravity on my body. This was my turning point, and I could finally feel my body free from any kind of pain and restrictions.
I’ve been working as a professional performer for years, constantly deepening my expertise and knowledge about the body in motion. My passion for connection and communication has brought me to explore the fascinating world of interconnections between body structure, thoughts, emotions and environment by studying and practicing many other disciplines. Among them, I can list Hypnotherapy, Counselling, Coaching, NLP, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, even Astrology and the symbolic world of Tarot. Finally, the love I developed for Structural Integration brought me to attend the certification both as a Rolfer and a Rolf Movement Practitioner.
As a dancer, I was blessed by the meeting with M. Philip Beamish, one of the most famous coach in the world of classic ballet. I worked beside him for years to create the Beamish Bodymind Balancing method, integrating the floor exercises he designed with the principles of Structural Integration.
After years of practice as a movement coach and Beamish Bodymind Balancing trainer, in 2009 I created the Move In Mind method with my husband, the neuropsychologist Davide Pierini. Move In Mind is a method based on the use of mental imagery, and has achieved extraordinary results both in performing arts/sports and rehabilitation. In 2012 we moved to Montreal. In 2017 I met John Sutherland, starting an inspiring collaboration which led to a further step, with the development of the Move in Mind – Intrinsic Sensory Integration method. This is a powerful method aimed to maximize performance and achieve a flow state.
I love to give movement sessions especially to performers, because I think I can easily understand their issues, being a performer myself. I could define my approach as “cognitive” because I love to give my clients and students all the tools they need to create the prerequisites to health, making of gravity their best support.
Among the books I wrote, Move In Mind – The power of Mental Imagery in nervous system rewiring (Kindle Edition) is the one in which you can find the genesis of this powerful approach to movement through mental imagery.
Growing up I loved watching people like Jackie Chan, and stuntmen in general, perform in movies. They had immense control and craftsmanship in the movement department. Whether they we’re climbing, jumping, fighting or dancing, impossible feats seemed easy, almost effortless. In 2005 I discovered a video of the original “founder” of Parkour, David Bell. He was just a regular guy from France, no special effects, no fancy camera, just a guy with his friends having fun and doing impressive things. From that point I was inspired to get off my computer and to put on my running shoes, my journey began. I practiced climbing, crawling, jumping and running downtown for hours with other young fanatics from a small community. After a few years of practice and hitting an important plateau in terms of my progression, I learned the overall importance and value of strength training and decided to redirect my energy towards overall strength instead of primarily a movement-based approach. During the next few years I refined my body by training competitively in the sport of Olympic Weightlifting as well as my knowledge with the help of my mentors, one of them being John Sutherland.
I meet John in 2014 at the gym I was working in, and this was after suffering from a knee injury because of excessive training a few years prior to that. After a short discussion about his physical prowess, he offered to take on my knee problem. What seemed almost by magic, John was able to get rid of my annoying knee pain within a few minutes. He later explained to me that our bodies react to the loads and demands that are put on it, not only muscularly, but also structurally. Since then John has shared knowledge that has given me the power to mediate the tensions I introduce inadvertently into my body on my quest for physical strength. Working as a full-time strength and conditioning coach for five years now, I have learned that most active people and athletes have a general idea on how to eat, sleep and train. Sadly, very few know how to efficiently maintain their fascia and the overall integrity of their body. That is the main reason I aim to educate clients, and people in general, on how and why fascial tissue matters. Too many individuals suffer from preventable parasitic tensions/pains and at a certain point they just accept that it’s a part of who they are to the point where it can negatively impact their self-confidence and identity, while limiting their day to day activities. Since I was released from my initial knee situation and I could proceed with my training, I have made it my goal to share the liberating powers of Adaptive Bodywork and show people that they don’t have to be victims of their body.
Her innate fascination for movement, in all its forms and manifestations, has been a constant source of inspiration that has fueled Rachelle Singh’s success and her ability to excel in multiple domains, from performance artist to somatic educator.
In 1998, she received her first yoga instructor certification and has since completed 16 more. The yoga teachers with whom Rachelle has studied extensively include: Richard Freeman, Angela Farmer, Doug Keller, Patricia Walden, Maty Ezraty and Bikram Choudhury.
The link between bodily movement, emotional landscapes, fascia, the psoas, and the nervous system, continue to inform and drive a lively passion for her work.
In addition to teaching yoga and owning yoga studios (www.satyayogastudios.com), Rachelle’s insatiable curiosity has led her to become a certified Soma trainer (www.institutsomatraining.com), a Psoas therapist (www.coreawareness.com), a MELT method instructor (www.meltmethod.com) and an Adaptive Bodywork practitioner (www.adaptivebodywork.com).
A profound sense of of gratitude continues to permeate and animate all of her work. She thrives on facilitating and charismatically participating in her client’s evolutionary process. Rachelle’s articulate way of weaving a healthy dose of science with her infectious sense of humor makes her an incredibly engaging and sought after workshop leader.