Dance

WHAT IS DANCE IN THE DARK?

Firm Feet’s Dance in the dark® sessions can be a part of your regular meditation, dance or bodywork practice. There is nothing to learn or follow, it is simply a space to be, a place to dance without judgement. Nobody is watching you. The sessions are set in a warm, lowly-lit, atmospheric and calming environment. You are invited to move in your own space, barefoot, with closed or lowered eyes. In darkness, there is no visual stimulation, which allows us to drop deeper into meditation, finding our natural rhythm, calming and letting go of the mind.

MOVE & MEDITATE

As we work on our bodies we are able to focus on a balanced mental and physical well being. Movement is a crucial stage of healing and personal development. People often come away feeling reformed, with a sense of liberation, purpose and self empowerment. Firm Feet® sessions focus on the self, going inward, enquiring inside and are considered a movement or active meditation. Moving your mind and body can help you reset, refocus and recharge. Dancing is scientifically proven to raise endorphins and serotonin which can boost your overall happiness and balance everyday mental health and stress levels. Dance strengthens the body, is a great low cardiovascular exercise, enhances balance, flexibility and agility and can even improve sleep.

LOST IN MUSIC

Each session will feature a carefully selected playlist. The movement can enable you to release stagnation, catharsis and create freedom of the body and mind. Focusing on deep electronic, experimental, drumming, ambient and uplifting music from every corner of the globe. You can reach exhilarating and euphoric highs through music, breath and your body.

WHAT TO EXPECT?

Low lighting. A meditative space. Invigorating music. Barefeet. Silent dancing. Time for yourself.

AM MINDFUL MOVEMENT – An uplifting and invigorating dance in natural light to boost your day. You can close your eyes to go further inside.

PM DANCE IN THE DARK – during these popular sessions, we dance with as little light as possible, to drop deeply into meditation.

Check the sessions page for upcoming events.

Sessions

Dance in the dark  Monthly – Friday 7th February 

The Psychedlic Society, 8 Mackintosh Lane, E9 6AB


Share – Peer support group for eating disorders, body images issues and body dysmorphia.

Last Wednesday of the month  5pm – NO CHARGE 

Leyton Library, The Lighthouse Room, E10 5QH


 Waltham Forest Conscious Care Community

Dance in the dark. Drop in. No charge. Every Wednesday 1.30pm

Walthamstow Scout Hall, Wood Street, E17 3NU


Dance in the dark  Monthly – Friday 2Oth March 

The Psychedlic Society, 8 Mackintosh Lane, E9 6AB


The Inside – Listen Deeply Performance No:2

The Psychedlic Society, 8 Mackintosh Lane, E9 6AB

Sunday 22nd March 7-9pm


PREVIOUS ASSOCIATES

Women’s Worth Workshops, Ireland. Breaking Convention 2017 Psychedelic Conference. Saha Roots Retreats, Portugal. Green Lens Studios. Centre17. Chat’s Palace. Jackson’s Lane, Sadhana Yoga Dalston, Paper Dress Yoga. Discobarre Studio. Lifespace, Notting Hill. The Curtain, Shoreditch. Time to change Campaign. Gnome House. The Hall.  The Psychedlic Society. Hackney & City Recovery College. NHS.

Treatments

1:1 Sound & Voice healing treatment

About the treatment

A 1:1 tailored sound massage, using instruments and voice over your body. C & G Biosonic tuning forks are also used in this session to clear & balance your energy field along with shruti box and koshi. Basic Sound Healing, Sa Re Ga Indian Scale, Musical Interval, Drone, Chakra Balancing are typical treatments.

What are the benefits?

Sound healing relieve blockages and stagnation, lower stress, improve food, improve sleep and balance the chakra system. The experience and result is very restorative, deeply rejuvenating and participants have described the sound healing as ‘Dreamlike’, ‘Peaceful’ and ‘Like going back to the womb.”

Cost £65 per 90 minute session

Indian Head Massage

An Ayurvedic technique involving work on the upper back, shoulders, neck, scalp and face.

About the treatment

Indian head massage can help detoxify the body and reduce stress and fatigue by stimulating lymphatic drainage. Head massage originated as part of the ancient Indian practice of medicine, called Ayurveda, based on balancing the body, mind and spirit to promote a long life. This treatment takes place sitting on chair with cushions. You can be fully clothed or have shoulders and neck exposed.

What are the benefits?

A variety of massage movements are used to relieve tension, stimulate circulation and restore joint movement. It can also help to increase mental clarity, release emotional stress and to relax & rejuvenate. It opens the body to deeper relaxation, allowing for a deeper more peaceful sleep. It helps reduce stress, fatigue, eyestrain and increase mental clarity. While the treatment is just on the upper part of the body, it’s effects are felt throughout the whole body and mind. It can also aid the condition and health of the hair, particularly when it is combined with the use of organic oils. 

Cost £40 per 45 minute session

Replenish – Holistic self development 

I offer 1:1 holistic self development and body awareness sessions, drawing on my qualifications in Macrobiotics and Traditional Chinese Medicine healing  system, movement and integral thinking. We will weave in simple approaches to your routine to have a positive outcome for your body and mind.

We will take a deeper look at your lifestyle, emotional, dietary and behavioural patterns, questioning what is serving you and what is preventing you from sustaining overall physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.

What are the benefits?

  • Boost your mood
  • Transform your relationship with food
  • Nurture your relationship with your body
  • Empower you to sustain overall wellbeing
  • Stabilise emotional, mental and physical health
  • Release stagnation in the mind and body
  • Body positivity and sustained balance
  • Work on chronic or ongoing physical imbalances

Cost £75 first session (90 minutes)  – £40 for follow up (1 hour)

A sacred space for you 

Indian head massage + Sound healing 1:1 session

About the treatment:  A wonderful combination to aid you to drop a little deeper into your body. Deeply relaxing and awakening journey. Start with an invigorating full Indian head massage followed by a sound bath just for you and your needs.  An empowering space for you to let go, receive while working with intention on areas of stagnation in your body, mind and life. Sink in and receive.

Please contact me for more information and booking. If you are receiving low income and you are drawn to this work but can’t afford it please don’t hesitate to contact me.

About

CHARLIE BOYD

I am keen to use my knowledge and experiences as a way of helping others. After years of inbalance in my body due to bulimia, anorexia and orthorexia , I started to experience regular migraines and chronic health issues. This was a wake up call and I began to enquire deeper. I experimented with alternative practices, herbal and plant medicines. I started to understand myself better with the learning of Macrobiotic healing arts: a blend of Taoist methodology, Traditional Chinese medicine healing system and cooking in rhythm with your body. Movement, self expression and creativity became integral for me. With an overall practice of eating in season and according to my body’s needs, I became more in tune with myself and my environment. I started listening to my body, expressing myself more with music, meditation and dance. My body became more balanced, my mind calmer and my physical issues began to shift and change and slowly disperse.

I combine my deep love for music and movement in Firm Feet® Dance in the dark sessions. Facilitating in corporate, mental health and community venues including; Time to change campaign, The Psychedelic Society and Lifespace healing. I have a particular interest in using movement to stabilise everyday mental health. I trained in EAD™movement method, Macrobiotic healing arts and Organic horticulture and worked in various community and environmental projects in London. I co-produce and tutor Mindfulness through dance and Love your body, exploring body image at the NHS City & Hackney Recovery College. I co-founded the social prescribing initiative – Waltham Forest Conscious Care Community, providing complementary activities for those in the community who need a boost.

I am a singer and songwriter and training as a Sound Healing Voice Practitioner. In music I work on a few projects; acoustic lo-fi band called HAMARTIA (listen to us on Spotify if you like). I co-produce a project The Inside – we write deep, meditative experimental music for deep listening experiences.


QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCES

Movement EAD™ teacher training at School of Ecstatic Movement. 

Women’s Worth & Saha Roots – Storytelling, Yin Yoga, Movement, ceramics & whole food retreat and workshop facilitation in Portugal & Ireland

Macrobiotic Coach. Levels 1, 2 & 3 . Oriental diagnosis, Eastern philosophy, healing & cooking, the classical meridian system, coaching & counselling skills.Do-in Exercise for Physical & spiritual development at International Macrobiotic School Devon & Instituto Macrobiotico Portugal

Ievolve & Foundation Courses. Nutrition, bodywork practices, Communication and self-development  at The Concord Institute of Integral Studies, London.

Sound & Voice Healing Practitioner training at Sound & Space, Brighton

Indian Head Massage Gateway Diploma at Oh So Lovely, London. 

Contact

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