UPDATE: Linda's practice will be moving from El Cerrito, CA to Dallas, TX in August 2013. She will be offering private Skype-based sessions in Hanna Somatic Education at that time. Details coming soon!
Linda offers private hands-on bodywork and movement education sessions at her El Cerrito, CA office. She also teaches weekly classes and occasional workshops in Somatic movement. Linda’s work draws from a wide variety of training and experiences. Linda’s main influences include:
Hanna Somatic Education®
Hanna Somatic Education is a simple method that can help you get rid of chronic pain and free the movement ability of your body by bringing newfound awareness to the subtle ways that you move. This system includes gentle hands-on bodywork as well as private movement lessons that retrain the nervous system to more efficiently control muscle movement. Anyone, at any age and with any level of mobility, can participate in Hanna Somatic Education sessions. They are pain-free.
Linda is a Certified Practitioner of Hanna Somatic Education through the Novato Institute for Somatic Research and Training, where she has studied since 2008.
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The heart of Zen Bodytherapy is a series of 10 deep-tissue sessions that work the whole body layer by layer to release long-held patterns and allow the body to realign with the line of gravity. The patterns released from the body may have been the result of long-ago or recent injuries, physical or emotional traumas, or repetitive movements or strains. Regardless of the cause, Zen Bodytherapy is an effective system to “reset” the structure of the body towards our natural "upward lift" and a productive relationship with gravity. The founder of Zen Bodytherapy, William "Dub" Leigh, studied directly with Dr. Ida P. Rolf, Moshe Feldenkrais, and Tanouye Roshi, and integrated the work of these masters into this system.
Linda is a Certified Practitioner of Zen Bodytherapy® and Zen Triggerpoint Anatomy® through the International Zentherapy Institute, Inc., where she studied from 2005-2007.
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Zen Bodytherapy by Sula Thomas-Forero
Zen Bodytherapy: A Transformation by John Casebere
After more than fifteen years of dedicated study in a wide variety of movement arts and bodywork, Linda will be studying to earn her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Texas Woman's University from 2013-2016.
Linda is a dedicated student of Kundalini Maha Yoga, including meditation and other traditional yogic practices, through Dhyanyoga Centers. This has included traditional teachings in Pranayama (Yogic Breathing and Energetic Practices) and the Vajra Panjar yogic technique series taught directly by Shri Anandi Ma, the current teacher in a yogic lineage dating back thousands of years.
Linda is trained as a practitioner of Ayurvedic Abhyanga, a rejuvenating style of rigorous oil massage using specialized herbal oils specific to the clients' individual constitution. Abhyanga is a traditional healing and cleansing technique from India. Linda has worked as an Abhyanga practitioner at various Panchakarma programs (intensive Ayurvedic treatments) through Dhyanyoga Centers since 2007.
Linda’s work is also greatly influenced by nearly a decade of deep studies in Tai Chi, Chi Gung, and Internal Martial Arts, including Ba Gua Zhang, Pentjak Silat Serak, and I Liq Chuan, primarily with Bernard Langan. Other instructors have included Luo de Xiu of Taipei, Taiwan, Maha Guru Pak Victor Dethouars, and Sifu Sam Chin.
Linda is passionate about continually expanding her understanding of the body, mind, and spirit, and has participated in a wide variety of trainings to deepen her work. Subjects have included Aboriginal healing methods with Gerry Bostock of the Bundjalung tribe of Australia, Taoist Yoga with Master Paulie Zink, Craniosacral Orthopedics with Bernard Langan, and Shadow Yoga with Shandor Remete, among many others.