About Darren’s Bodywork
After graduating in sociology and politics a few years ago, with the bulk of my work being about understanding the different approaches of western medicine and alternative systems to the body, health and disease processes – I knew that I wanted to work with bodies myself.
I had traveled extensively in Thailand four years earlier and remember the relief of being able to experience massage three or four times a week and how the dynamism of the Thai style was so sensitive and restorative. Training in Thai Massage was an obvious decision – and on a recommendation from a friend, I took up a place with Ralf Marzen at the Mudita School of Thai Massage.
Mudita was a fantastic introduction to the art of Thai Massage and I’ve gained some solid principles of working with people in that particular style. This way of working is coupled with my own philosophy and techniques I’ve picked up along the way from other healers, experience and research.
My practice has developed into a culmination of a traditional Thai approach with insights from yoga and Reichian bodywork – after a four weekend intensive with Silke Ziehl on her ‘Deep Bodywork’ foundation course. I’ve also been inspired by bioenergetics and moved by seminal texts such as Alexander Lowan’s ‘The Language of the Body’ and ‘The Art of Somatic Coaching’ by Richard Strozzi-Heckler.
My practice is about welcoming people into a safe space where they can re-connect safely and compassionately with their bodies. The noise in our heads and the outside world tends to obscure the unique stories and needs of the body calling out to be heard. My work is about helping people to tune into the language of the body – and through it, helping chart a way back to the heart. For me, bodywork is loving activism: I work with people to encourage better awareness of and connection with the body as a vehicle for change in the world.
“I welcome people into a safe space where they can completely offload and re-connect compassionately with their bodies, their unique stories and embodied-narratives, that are often obscured and muffled by the noise in our heads that the outside world.”
To date, I’ve had some powerful sessions with my clients – deepening both of our experiences of what embodiment and healing means. I’m full of gratitude for the ability to work with others – which, along with the satisfaction of helping change how they experience and are in the world, has also brought about great insight into and empathy for my personal process and understanding of the complexity and subtleties of my own body.