My name’s Lisa and I offer bodywork for women, gender non-binary and trans folk. I also facilitate various workshops. There’s information about both those things on the relevant pages. Below is a bit more about what inspires and motivates me, and the ways I work.
I’ve trained in and been influenced by various bodywork practises, including holistic & deep tissue massage, as well as bio-medical anatomy & physiology, somatic dance trainings & experiential anatomy, and respectful consideration of traditional paradigms like Ayurvedic and Chinese Medicine.
I also have a pretty extensive knowledge of herbal medicine and have been exploring herbs personally and with others in informal and formal learning spaces for many years. For the past 6 years I worked in a long established herb shop giving over-the-counter advise and teaching workshop series and continue to facilitate workshops about holistic approaches to health & herbal medicine in a community garden in central London.
I’m interested in what health means, in the broadest sense of the word, especially feminist health and psycho-emotional health. Inspired by anarchist and feminist politics examining the way hierarchy, oppression, alienation and inequality affect us, I’m interested in personal and collective practises, resources, spaces and infrastructure we can access and develop, for deep connection, meaning, justice, rest, resilience and transformation.
I put a not-for-profit, DIY, feminist health book together called Threads, that gathered explorings of my own and many others, around what gets called female anatomy & sexuality, the politics and experiences of the menstrual cycle, and what gets called ‘PMS’.
I’m generally interested in critiquing the way bio-medicine defines the body-mind, and in collectively deconstructing/augmenting the stories it offers us about our physical, emotional, social and spiritual experiences. And in doing so finding broader, more holistic understandings and approaches to things together.
I’m also commmitted to challenging the dr/patient, practitioner/client model with its particular power dynamics of alleged expert/passive recipient, and instead hold therapeutic space where I look to be more of an ally or partner in coming to understandings, resting deeply, resourcing ourselves, healing. My practice is queer and disability/differently abled friendly, body positive and trauma aware.
Hope you find the information you need here. If you have any questions at all or want to discuss/arrange a session or a workshop, get in touch.