January 4th, 2014

New Year at The Hodge Centre

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THE WHOLE HEALTH PROGRAM ~ Immerse into deep stillness in central London.

Schedule: We will begin with a contemplative 50 minute consultation for me to understand what the key issues are in your life and aspects you would like to work with to transform. We will move into a one hour yoga, breathwork and meditation session, guided by me – tailored for you and your body. To integrate and complete you will receive a 40 minute craniosacral biodynamic treatment.

All this should have you deeply relaxed, inspired, supported and connected to what is important for you. This is the intention.

Price: £175

Timing: 2.5 hours

CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY

Treatment for adults, children, elders, pregnant mums, mum and baby. I work with a myriad range of conditions with my clients. From very specific presenting conditions to those that understand the need to stop and appreciate the health benefits of switching off, letting go and settling into a deeply relaxed state. I have post graduate training in working with mother’s and babies, and in working with trauma and shock using mindfulness based trauma resolution skills.

Price: £70

Timing: 1 hour

TUTORIALS

I am offering tutorials to recently graduated or student biodynamic craniosacral therapists ~ hands on, focussing on key biodynamic principles and areas that require clarity. I trained with Franklyn Sills and am currently part of his teaching faculty at the Karuna Institute, training undergraduates to become craniosacral therapists.

If you are a student or have recently graduated and feel you could benefit on brushing up and clarifying any elements of the training then these tutorials will be invaluable. One to one focus on your needs.

Price: £70

Timing: 1 hour

RETREATS AND WORKSHOPS IN 2014 AND 2015

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JOURNEY INTO STILLNESS IN THE WILD ~ a RETREAT ~ Jan 30th-Feb 2nd. PLACES STILL AVAILABLE***

As bookings for our retreat solidify Jane and I are beginning to see the group emerging. As people share their intentions for wanting to be a part of this time together in West Cork, 4 days, DELICIOUS FOOD, INCREDIBLE LANDSCAPE, luxurious accommodation. A chance to go off-line, stopping, letting go, focussing on what is important to them, to re-charge and move into the year ahead with renewed optimism and vitality. We are very excited to be sharing what we love with this unique constellation of people.

We sincerely hope you join us. click HERE for more info.

JOURNEY INTO DEEP LISTENING, MARCH 2014, Naduir Healing Centre, Galway, Ireland

JOURNEY INTO STILLNESS BY THE SEA – MAY 2014, The West Country, TBC

JOURNEY INTO STILLNESS IN THE CITY – AUTUMN 2014, London, TBC

JOURNEY INTO STILLNESS IN THE HIMALAYAS – SPRING 2015, Hartola Healing Centre, India

December 7th, 2013

Journey into Stillness in the Wild – A RETREAT

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a NEW YEAR RETREAT with Vanessa Hodge and Jane Shaw.

Jan 30th-Feb 2nd 2014

Jane and i are thrilled to be launching our first journey into stillness in the wild retreat together.

New Year is an affirmative time to come together, reflect on the year gone by and set our intentions for the year ahead.

Join us in community, in a stunning hideaway house on the shores of west Cork to explore stillness. Guided through breath-work, embodied awareness, yoga, meditation and mindfulness practices.

click HERE for flyer and more info.

to book contact vanessa@thehodgecentre.com or jane@janeshaw.co.uk

December 1st, 2013

Presence

image by pete moorhouse
Presence
ˈprɛz(ə)ns/
noun
  1. the state or fact of existing, occurring, or being present.
    synonyms: existence, being there.
November 20th, 2013

Gaia hypothesis

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The Gaia hypothesis also known as the Gaia theory or Gaia principle, proposes that organisms interact with their inorganic surroundings on earth to form a self regulating, complex system that contributes to maintaining the conditions for life on the planet. topics of interest include how the biosphere and the evolution of life forms affect the stability of global temperature, ocean salinity, oxygen in the atmosphere and other environmental variables that affect the habitability of earth.

The hypotheses was formulated by the scientist James Lovelock and co-developed by the microbiologist Lynn Margulis in the 1970′s. While early versions of the hypothesis were criticized for being theological and contradicting principles of natural selection, later refinements have resulted in ideas highlighted by the Gaia hypothesis being used in subjects such as geophysiology, earth system science, biogeochemistry, systems ecology, and climate science. In 2006, The Geological Society of London awarded Lovelock the Wollaston Medal largely for his work on the Gaia theory.

The Gaia theory posits that Earth is a self regulating complex system involving the biosphere, the atmosphere, the hydrospheres and the pedosphere, tightly coupled as an evolving system. The theory sustains that this system as a whole, called Gaia, seeks a physical and chemical environment optimal for contemporary life.

Gaia evolves through a cybernetic feedback system operated unconsciously by the biota, leading to broad stabilization of the conditions of habitability in a full homeostasis. Many processes in the Earth’s surface essential for the conditions of life depend on the interaction of living forms, especially microorganisms, with inorganic elements. These processes establish a global control system that regulates Earth’s surface temperature, atmosphere composition and ocean salinity, powered by the global thermodynamic disequilibrium state of the Earth system.

The existence os a planetary homeostasis influenced by living forms had been observed previously in the field of biogeochemistry, and it is being investigated also in other fields like Earth system science. the originality of the Gaia theory relies on the assessment that such homeostatic balance is actively pursued with the goal of keeping the optimal conditions of life, even when external events interfere with them.

November 2nd, 2013

Baselines in craniosacral biodynamics

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The skeletal system can be compared to a living, intricately patterned mobile, including the shapes and contours of the individual bones of the foot to the 22 bones that comprise the cranial mechanism. Each bone articulates with it’s neighboring bone or bones so that the total skeletal mechanism is one of efficiency in man’s walkabout on earth. All of them are in motion from the top of the head to the bottom of the feet throughout life. The muscular system of the body, together with the connective tissue fascias that unite them to the skeletal system, form a framework of co-ordinated locomotion for the use of the individual. There are other muscular systems in the body that serve to maintain the internal functioning of life-the cardiovascular, costorespiratory, gastrointestinal and urogenital systems. Again, these musculoskeletal systems have a living tone quality that is palpable to the physician’s diagnostic and therapeutic hands and can be evaluated as part of the baseline of health for the individual. There are many other soft tissue systems in the body, including all the viscera. The central and peripheral nervous system and the autonomic nervous system are included in the soft tissues of the body and are the vast communication network for total body functioning.

Each one of these systems is complex in it’s organization and has normal values for functioning that are part of the armamentarium of every physician’s diagnostic insight. There is a biorhythmicity of function that is organically interrelated to functioning patterns for all hours of the day and night for all systems of the body and this information is a part of every physician’s training.

It is interesting to consider all the fluids that make up the normal physiology of a patient’s health pattern. These include the cerebrospinal fluid, blood, lymph, interstitial and serous fluids. All of them interchange in body physiology with each other and with all the living cells which they surround and bathe. There is tone quality and quantity of function that is palpable to the physician in his evaluation of the patient’s baseline of health, through the examination of many of these fluids.

Finally there is the psycho-mental-emotional-mind of the patient, which shares in importance with the total health of the patient as much as does the physical health of his body physiology. How does this patient view his health level of functioning? What is his stability factor as to his emotional make-up? I he basically a nervous type, sensitive to change that takes place in his environment, or is he more phlegmatic in his approach to his health and his needs? How does he react to the stress of life: does his musculoskeletal system have that constant feeling of tension that we find in so many of our patients today? Does he react through other systems of the body  with palpitations or gastrointestinal symptoms?

All these considerations are held by the bodynamic therapist as they palpate and receive information through a holistic lens.

Rollin E Becker – The Nature Of Trauma – extract from – Life In Motion

October 31st, 2013

Primary Respiration

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The wave forms above the underlying stillness.

Primary Respriration

Our primary orientation in biodynamics is to the inherent health in the human system. Health is not just about the absence of symptoms or even about a sense of wellbeing. Health, in this understanding, is present throughout life no matter what the conditional state of a person, and is never lost. In a biodynamic context we orient to this ever-present health via a perception of primary respiration and the stillness from which it arises.

In order to truly perceive health, we must make a perceptual shift to a wider and deeper field of awareness. This is an essential step in clinical work. In order to access a depth of healing process, the practitioner must be able to orient to inherent health, not just to the patterns of resistance and fixation present. Indeed, the practitioner’s principle role is to perceive primary respiration and stillness no matter what clinical circumstances are present. even in the most seemingly disoriented and chaotic patterns and pathologies, this health is ever present, maintaining the best possible balance, given the conditions present.

In this way of relating and perceiving, health is seen to be all-pervasive and eternally present. It is not a function of the physiology of the body, or of any physiological system, but, is it’s global organizing essence. Health, as Dynamic Stillness and primary respiration, interfaces with every experiential process we encounter from the moment of conception until the day we die. All stresses, including the unfolding of our genetics, are centred in some way by it’s action. In this context, it is the role of the practitioner to perceive health and to facilitate it’s expression in even the most seemingly desperate situations.

Franklyn Sills

October 24th, 2013

Physics

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All is suspended within a field of action where everything is an expression of consciousness manifest in form.

David Bohn

October 14th, 2013

Attunement

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October 3rd, 2013

Stillness

What motivates us to continue to meditate?

Meditation is a way of coming to your own centre, coming to the centre of  your own being, and remaining there, still, silent, attentive. Meditation is a way of learning to be awake, to be fully alive and to be still. The way to this is silence, we do not create silence, the silence is there within us. The motivation over time is a growing commitment to reality.

Allowing again and again for ourselves to become still enough for the silence to emerge.

 

October 1st, 2013

A freeing up

pur·ism

/ˈpyo͝orˌizəm / noun – scrupulous or exaggerated observance of or insistence on traditional rules or structures, esp. in language or style.

There is a new found freedom in my approach.
Whilst i respect the lineage and ancient traditions of the teachings i have received in Yoga, Meditation, Craniosacral Therapy and Psychotherapy i am free to weave all that is encompassing about what i have learnt and create my own unique approach.
The beauty of this is in unending evolution, the work evolves depending on who integrates, contemplates and proffers their way of working.
More and more i am excercising this boundlessness and claiming my own voice and empowerment as a teacher and therapist. I find this authenticates all that i have received and understood so far. A distillation and potentization is taking place.
There is never just one way this is the beauty of evolution.

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