Clare Luiten - A little background for you.
I have an 18 year history of working with movement wellness with people. Constantly refining my practice is a path to staying inspired, and this year I have started a Biodynamic Cranial Sacral Training, further expanding my approach to health.
Originally I trained as a dancer at NZ School of Dance and later at London Contemporary Dance School. The experiential rigour of Contemporary Dance Training, when combined with in depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology are excellent tools to staying mobile for life. Like Pilates, which was used by dancers for decades before it became vastly popular in the early 2000's, many of the other Somatic techniques and trainings, utilised by dancers are now being recognised as key ways to work with rehabilitation of injury. I feel blessed to have had this in-depth embodied understanding of movement potential through my training.
My official qualifications are a Diploma of Dance Performance (NZSD) Pilates Mat Work Certificate, (The Place, LCDS, London) Zen Thai Shiatsu Practitioner, and currently training in Biodynamic Cranial Sacral Training (Body Intelligence) as well as various short courses in a wide range of Body/ Mind related practices.
For ten years I worked for and then owned Absolute Pilates in Mt Eden, have taught at Auckland’s Tertiary Dance Institutes, Unitec, AUT, and Auckland University, and co organised the NZ Contact Improvisation Dance Festival. Now as a mother with two kids, I work from home, mostly with people privately, and small groups. Opening up peoples movement potential, never ceases to bring me joy, and I view what I do as being part of a partnership towards their wellness.
"Clare can tell just by looking at how you carry yourself where your body is sore, straining, stuck, or generally holding tension. She frankly knows more about your own body than you do!
Over the past 10 years she has greatly helped my recovery from 3 serious traumatic injuries, as well as soothed the general aches and pains that are now part and parcel of 21st Century living.
She is an engaging , interesting character and all round good person - I'd definitively recommend entrusting your body to her good care!"
- Steve H
Clare is a gifted person. I started with Pilates lessons many years ago and they have now evolved into what I call 'body work' sessions.
Clare has an incredible wealth of knowledge of how the body works and how to care for the body. Lessons are varied and time during sessions flies by.
I highly recommend Clare, everyone should have the opportunity to benefit from her skills.
What can you expect when you come to a session?
Each session is individually tailored for your needs, abilities and goals. Getting you out of pain is a priority and then learning together exercises which will support your posture to help maintain wellbeing. Overall I work with a range of movements drawing from Pilates, Feldenkrais Technique, Yoga, Body Mind Centering and Dance. I also will give hands on support when necessary. Zen Thai Sessions and Cranial Sessions are hands on. Look forward to seeing you soon.
When I am not at work, I take opportunities to be in the garden, on a bike, in nature, reading, working on my poi skills, sewing, in the wood work shed, and being with my children.
"Clare combines her keen observance of an artist and her depth of knowledge of physiology and function to create a choreography of release. Working gently, with skill and humour, she invites awareness and active participation in developing greater freedom and ease of movement. "
Uplifting, healing and energising – a Zen Thai Shiatsu with Clare is a beautiful experience that resonates for days. I am always blown away by how swiftly and thoughtfully she identifies tensions and blockages in my body and adapts the treatment to give a uniquely focused treatment that releases stress and strain and leaves me feeling calm, centred and energised for days to follow. I love the fluidity of the treatment itself which feels natural and harmonious yet also stretches and shifts me mentally as well as physically. Afterwards I feel peaceful and strong with a heightened sense of well-being.
I was introduced to Clare by a colleague who saw my ongoing struggles with shoulder and neck pain. Over the course of our sessions Clare has not only worked miracles with this chronic problem, but also given me much greater understanding of my own anatomy and structure, as well as lots of empowering tools for me to incorporate into my own life-long investment in keeping mobile and active. The sessions with Clare quickly became a highlight of my week. Clare is a deeply intuitive & gifted artist, dancer and healer. I cannot recommend her highly enough.