I was born in France, grew up in America and have lived and worked in England and Europe since coming here in the 1980s.
I have been a professional actor and dancer so recognise the importance of good posture and movement. Understanding how the body works, and the role that the mind plays in this, is critical to achieving flexibility and avoiding stresses and strains.
The techniques that I practise include Hatha and Restorative Yoga, Pilates, Franklin Method and I am an Advanced Practitioner in Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).
My classes focus on simple exercises in how to breathe and move correctly.
When I was a child, I met Yogi Gupta who gave me a copy of his book, Yoga and Long Life. The book inspired me to practise the postures it contained and these made me feel good. Since then I have studied with many teachers and use those postures in my training that are most appropriate to how I am feeling.
As a child I loved to sing and to dance and was sure I would make a living out of this. But being hit by a car put this in jeopardy. When the doctors told me I might never dance again, I set out to prove them wrong. I was determined, inspired by images of dancers on TV, to strengthen my body and to make a career for myself in musicals. I did become a professional dancer and singer, performing in New York and London. During this time, I found breathing and yoga to be wonderful ways of dealing with the constant strains and stresses on my body and mind.
Later in life, I became more interested in helping others to cope with the physical and mental stress in their lives. This led me to train with Eric Franklin learning his method that stresses the importance of imagery in movement. I also discovered a wonderful book, The Healing Power of EFT and Energy Psychology by David Feinstein, Donna Eden and Gary Craig. So I became an Advanced EFT practitioner and continued my studies under influential teachers in the field of holistic health.
It is clear that we will lead healthier, happier lives if we allow the body to move properly just as it did when we were children. But we must now learn what was once intuitive. But we can be shown how it should be done. We can learn techniques to focus the mind on the task in hand . We can set aside tiny amounts of time each day. And we will quickly become energised and yet calm and find we are living healthier and happier lives.
Catherine is not teaching any courses right now.