Meet Mind Move Play - VISUAL

VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art &
The George Bernard Shaw Theatre

Meet Mind Move Play

Movement workshops for mothers and their new babies

09 May - 13 Jun 2022 | 11:00 - 12:00 Monday

Admission: Free

Book Tickets

Have you recently had a baby or babies? Do you have lower, mid or upper back pain, head-aches, frozen shoulder, need help with pelvic floor toning or managing any weaknesses since childbirth? Are you looking for a safe supportive environment to unwind? This workshop series is for you!

These workshops will help familiarise new mothers with the developmental stages of their babies in the first 18 months of life whilst also supporting mothers to rehabilitate, situate, balance and understand their new, post-birth body, and how it feels. The focus is to encourage Mum to mind her own body while looking after baby, and to improve flexibility, strength, and balance.

Workshops will be led in seated and lying down postures with and alongside baby. There will be some rocking, rolling, cradling, curving, stretching, some baby and self-massage. Workshops respond to each participant’s needs.

Benefits include: improvements in circulation, blood pressure, mind body connection, easy release of tension, aches and pains and moving with ease and efficiency while carrying baby. Workshops aim to promote health, creative, safe play for post-natal mothers and their babies. Advice and discussion around how to find time and space at home to make your own relaxing play time.

Wear something that is comfortable to move in – tracksuit pants, jogging or gym wear - Some layers in case just sitting and being in the space together is enough if mother and baby are feeling tired.

Participants must commit to the block of 6 workshops taking place

Monday mornings from 11:00 – 12:00pm

If you have any questions at all please contact us, Katherine is happy to answer any concerns you may have. Katherine draws from her extensive 27 year experience practicing dance, yoga, somatic practices and her study of the natural body in movement. All equipment and props are provided. All you need is to bring yourself and your baby. The workshops are suitable for mothers 12 weeks post-childbirth and babies up to 18 months old.

“Through these workshops I will support women to respond to their new lives with their babies, listening to themselves physically and psychologically, in community with their peers, their children and their own bodies.”

– Katherine O’Malley

Katherine O’Malley is a dance artist, teacher, choreographer and mother. She is also an Amatsu Orthopath, a Japanese natural healing art and movement philosophy. Katherine’s practice is rooted in body experience and looks at arenas of perceived physical identity, embodied cognition, how we know ourselves and what we ‘need’, both as autonomous individuals and in interaction with others and society.

Workshop dates: May 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, June 6th and June 13th

Participants must commit to the block of 6 workshops taking place

Monday mornings 11:00 – 12:00pm

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