Denise Skinner, RN,IBCLC
Anat Baniel® NeuroMovement® Practitioner
Azul Movement Teacher Apprentice
Pregnant Pauses® Teacher
Hello, my name is Denise Skinner and I have been on a journey of self discovery and finding my niche for the past several years. I feel like I have found my true purpose and why I was put on this earth. To help individuals come home to their bodies, feel connected and help heal.
I have loved my work as a RN for more than 3 decades and a lactation consultant for most of that time, but in the past several years, I felt something was missing. For myself, after going through many difficult experiences and life challenges, I was on a journey of healing myself through "embodiment" type work of many modalities. It has give me new perspective. I wanted to serve in a new and more expanded way, still including my skills and gifts which I have, working with mom's and babies helping them be the best they can be in their journey into parenthood, but to serve all people facing disconnection, trauma and challenges in their everyday life as well.
My quest to feel better and gain more vitality began an exploration of awareness through movement. My journey started as a conscious dance practitioner of Nia some 20+ years ago. I was introduced to Feldenkrais which is the origin of Anat Baniel Method. This helped me to reduce the habitual tensions in my body decreasing pain significantly. It has awakened parts of me that I didn’t know existed, helped me connect deeply to myself and live with more freedom in my body and awareness of how I moved.
I also became aware of how the "9 essentials" in the method are applicable to all of life, not just the way you move your body!
I then embarked on another conscious dance modality, called "Azul" which truly has been one of the things that "fills my cup", not only is it fun but a huge amount of "personal growth" comes from this work. At the same time, I have embarked on a long journey in how to meditate using active ancient healing methods using awareness and presence work. Together, I feel all these make the perfect holistic combination!
My deep desire is to help people be their best self! I want to help in the healing of both physical and emotional pain. With my NeuroMovement work which helps significantly with pain, conscious dance training and subtle body awareness work, you can heal your emotional body and work through years of "trauma" quite effortlessly.
I would be honored to work with you!!
What is Embodiment?
"Being connected to one's body" or to "inhabit and live in our body".. In Azul, it's more what is being in our body facilitates in our understanding of who we are. Embodiment helps us reach our mind, body and heart and soul connection.
Biggest summary of what I am passionate about is to help people through this work towards embodiment is to connect to the amazing resource which is our body. Benefit of this is so vast... but important wisdom is in our bodies..that we have forgotten and instead in today's day and age and society, we are taught to listen to our minds. Our "thinking" brains, which often brings on confusion, second guessing and we end up believing the stories that our heads think up, which often is not in our highest good and not coming from our higher self! I want to guide you to listen to your own inner wisdom..the wisdom of your body!
With ALL of my work I seek to slow you down and downregulate your nervous system to feel everything from your body movements, help you listen to what it's saying and how you can release and heal the parts that cause you pain both physically and emotionally.
It could be the "sitting" work of meditation/awareness work, or you may be called to dance and move to music or it may be for you that you are called for hands on 1"1 "bodywork" to help this happen.
Subtle body awareness work:
Learn to identify wider variety of emotions & where they are in your body, move through that energy and help heal deep emotional often unconsious and be free from self sabotage and repeated patterns/triggers in your life. Learn to look inward, not external for the help and healing you desire.
Somatic Embodiment Coaching:
Conscious dance/embodiment coaching I want to help you connect deeply to your body and how it moves to music in the vertical. (different to when I help you connect deeply to your body through touch and movement on my table horizontally).
Learn to listen deeply to the music which can help you connect to your body
Connect to ALL parts of yourself..physical, emotional, spiritual and mental bodies.
Learn how to express yourself through music and find your dance!
Let the blocks move through you
Find your center channel and re ignite your life force energy and let it flow through you
Help with purification of your field..live your authentic self
In essence this work teaches you to:
- to listen deeply to the wisdom within, awaken the heart thru movement, allow and open to release...then move towards whatever you are being called to.
One on One "bodywork" hands on awareness work, using the ABM "NeuroMovement" modality:
Through touch and movement, we connect with the nervous system and brain via the body to help heal from pain, neurological and physical trauma.
Be free from habitual muscular contractions that cause pain.
Increase your awareness of how you move.
Help you learn how to move differently through communicating to your CEO of your body..the brain!
Babies of all ages. Mothers in prenatal and postpartum period.
Lactation help. Wide and varied help through all stages of lactation.
Baby clinics/Baby ABM Lessons:
-Help baby settle into their body with a very gentle way..help them "come home to themselves"
Who for: Every baby, but especially ones with increased tension in body, fussiness, digestive issues, torticollis and/or feeding issues.
Benefits: Increase in sense of ease and calm, less fussiness, better appetite, deeper sleep. Increase range of motion from any potential limitations from the birth process. In essence truly "recover" from birth, which can be quite hard on a baby's body!
I help babies be healthy and balanced in their body through one on one as well as group clinics/group classes.
Group Classes (Pregnancy pauses classes, Baby N Me classes, Breastfeeding support).
Online breastfeeding course to do at your leisure.(coming soon!)
Support groups (new parents groups, infant development, lactation based groups).