About

Kristin & Somatic Movement Coaching

Me and Aerial Arts

Me and Aerial Arts

Getting the chance to play and explore in the aerial hoop is one of my absolute favorite hobbies.

Me with Betsy Polatin, Movement Coach and Author of "The Actor's Secret"

Me with Betsy Polatin, Movement Coach and Author of "The Actor's Secret"

Me with Betsy at the "Trauma in the Public Eye" workshop with Peter Levine 2019.

A thoughtful gift from one of my Polestar Pilates Students

A thoughtful gift from one of my Polestar Pilates Students

Me with fellow Polestar Pilates Mentor Jo Richards.

Me with fellow Polestar Pilates Mentor Jo Richards.

Jo and I underwent the Comprehensive Polestar Pilates Teacher training together in 2015 and were both later invited to join the education team.

Polestar Mentoring

Polestar Mentoring

Me in my role as Polestar Pilates Mentor demonstrating an exercise during the Comprehensive Pilates Teacher training.

About Kristin

 

I grew up in the German countryside where running around, playing with the local cats and climbing trees were the main activities available to kids. Bullied by my teachers, I preferred my freedom and learning from nature rather than school. Perhaps it was for that reason that I followed a more unusual career path, motivated by a personal quest for true connection to myself and the world, body and mind confidence and overall empowerment.

My first in-depth experience of somatic movement came through training in equestrian dressage as a teenager. Dressage taught me a lot about the sensitive and instinctive communication within and between bodies. Engaging in this sport made me feel more alive and connected to the world. I began to be more curious about what life had to offer and grew confidence in my potential.

I moved to the UK, went to University and gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts & Cultural Management. Working in this sector for a few years I still felt compelled to continue exploring movement and physical expression as an artist. I qualified in manual therapy, NLP coaching and Pilates teaching and subsequently became an anatomy lecturer in the fitness industry and a member of the Polestar Pilates UK education team, where I support Pilates teachers in training.

In my private practice I always felt particularly passionate about helping people whose recovery or goals are not so straight forward, those who have already ‘been everywhere, tried everything’ and simply do not benefit from standard interventions. Dr. Peter Levine’s work "Somatic Experiencing", which is based in studies of how animals in the wild maintain mental and physical resilience in the constant eye of danger, has been a huge influence for me. It has allowed me to offer science-based and new solutions to my clients.

I am lucky to have been able to learn from Peter Levine himself, as well as from other inspiring practitioners, such as Dr. Maggie Phillips (author of “Freedom from Pain” and “Reversing Chronic Pain”), Betsy Polatin (author of “The Actor’s Secret”) and pioneers in the field of developmental movement patterning and myofascial anatomy.

Somatic Movement practice has allowed me to address the things in myself that could have held me back and enables me to live a full life now, where I can help others. Some of the things I enjoy the most in life, besides inspiring and helping others, are cosy nights in, science fiction, practising aerial arts and connecting with animals and nature.

About Somatic Movement Coaching

 

Somatic Movement is a term that describes a conscious, exploratory movement practice. Most somatic practices have the goal to promote a stronger body and mind connection in order to reduce stress and create positive change.

My Somatic Movement coaching approach is a mixture of several modalities that I have found effective in improving physical and mental health. The main influence in my work is Somatic Experiencing (SE). SE suggests that our mental and physical well-being are profoundly interlinked through our autonomic nervous system (ANS). Our ANS regulates all basic and instinctive functions of our body and is the source of our survival responses. SE is not a Somatic Movement practice but a body-focused approach to building resilience and resolving trauma. Polyvagal Theory by Stephen Porges and Bessel van der Kolk’s work also inform my practice. They compliment SE by also exploring how the body is impacted by trauma and prolonged stress, and how we can influence the ANS to promote healing.

Another key aspect of my Somatic Movement coaching approach is Pilates. This training background gives me an in-depth understanding of healthy and efficient movement patterning and how to support those who struggle with injury or permanent physical impairment to regain physical fitness and function.

A combination of these two modalities allows us to take care of the body and offer it appropriate movement challenges, while also considering and including the language of the ANS.

My Somatic Movement coaching approach can give new hope to those who have tried Pilates, Yoga or other forms of exercise, but re-injured themselves or were unsuccessful in minimising pain. This is because often pain or re-injury are not purely a result of issues in the muscular-skeletal system, and a more mindful and holistic approach is needed.

It also is ideal for anyone suffering with anxiety, burnout, stress, depression, chronic fatigue, PTSD, autoimmune disorders and complex syndromes. All of these can be results of a struggling ANS. Somatic Movement coaching can offer support in managing permanent conditions, promote healing where it is possible and provide a sense of physical control, fitness and health, that may not be so easy to achieve through standardised exercise.

Kristin's Formal Qualifications


  • Somatic Experiencing - Intermediate (SOS Internationale)
  • International Comprehensive Studio Polestar Pilates Practitioner Diploma (accredited by PMA/Polestar Pilates Ltd.)
  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming Coach Practitioner (accredited by ANLP/EMH Inspire)
  • BTEC Level 5 Remedial & Clinical Sports Massage Diploma (accredited by ISRM/ The School of Natural Therapies)
  • Diploma in Biomechanics Coaching, including Low Back Pain Specialist (Intelligent Training Systems)
  • Reps Level 3 Personal Training (accredited by REPS/ Life Time)
  • Reps Level 3 Mat Pilates "The Michael King Method" (accredited by REPS/ Hanson Pilates Ltd.)
  • PgDip Arts & Cultural Management (Queen Margaret University)
  • BA(Hons) Visual Communication (Edinburgh College of Art)​




Further Training


This list is not exclusive.

  • Bartenieff Fundamentals, a 20 hour Introduction (EUROLAB, Berlin)
  • The Myofascial Anatomy & Movement Series (Natural Bodies Ltd, London)
  • Trauma in the Public Eye (with Peter Levine & Betsy Polatin, London)
  • Freedom from Emotional & Physical Pain (with Maggie Phillips, SOS Internationale)
  • Spine Surgeries & Fusions (Polestar Pilates UK, London)
  • Advanced Gait - The Lower Extremity (Polestar Pilats UK, London)
  • Movement Strategies for the Hypermobile Client (Polestar Pilates UK, London)
  • The Ego Detox (Polestar Pilates UK, London)
  • Weightlessness (with Along Loven, London)
  • Taping for Healing, Posture and Performance (Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute, London)
  • Reps Level 3 Advanced Fitness Testing (accredited by REPS/ Life Time, Scotland
  • Reps Level 3 Functional Resistance Training (accredited by REPS/ Life Time, Scotland




Past Projects & Experience


more to come soon...





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Me with Betsy Polatin, Movement Coach and Author of "The Actor's Secret"

Me with Betsy at the "Trauma in the Public Eye" workshop with Peter Levine 2019.