Lucie van Leeuwen spent the first 19 years of her life in beautiful New Zealand, the next 8 years travelling and has lived in the Netherlands since 1996.
Her most recent specialties are:
–Restorative Exercise. A movement program developed by Katy Bowman, Biomechanical Scientist, which makes the shift in consciousness that we are how we move. That many of the health issues that we are facing today are due to a lack of movement which has in turn created mal-alignment which feeds excessive mobility in some areas and immobility in others. Filling our body on many levels with ‘stress risers’. Weakened and underfed tissue which become prone to dis-ease. The solution: move better and move more throughout your day.
–Critical Alignment Therapy. A form of yoga developed by Gert van Leeuwen, which mobilizes and balances the spine in order to realign. CAT increases our awareness of how we react to stress, pain and discomfort in our lives, be it physical, mental and/or emotional. Our natural reaction is to resist which in turn creates more tension and pain. It is in becoming aware of our habits and resistances that we are given the ability to choose otherwise and this assists in our healing processes.
–TRE® (Tension, Stress & Trauma Release Exercise). An innovative series of exercises that assist the body in releasing deep muscular patterns of stress, tension and trauma. Created by Dr. David Berceli, PhD, TRE® safely activates a natural reflex mechanism of shaking or vibrating that releases muscular tension, calming down the nervous system. When this muscular shaking/vibrating mechanism is activated in a safe and controlled environment, the body is encouraged to return back to a state of balance.
Lucie is currently completing the Wim Hof Method instructor’s course.
The WHM combines specific breathing techniques, cold exposure and mind-set (meditation), coupled with physical exercise. It is a natural method to improve health and well-being which empowers people and has been proven to benefit the immune system. Read here how WHM has changed the text books!
During the past 19 years Lucie has studied with many other innovative teachers who have helped deepen her understanding of human movement and wellness. She expertly combines these systems so that you may experience ever-deeper levels of sensitivity, ease and vitality in your own body. Her philosophy is ‘the simpler the better’; teach to empower and recognize the inherent wisdom and intelligence that we all contain.
Lucie is continuously furthering her education with Katy Bowman and inspires herself daily with home study in many areas, including but not limited to: Steven Porges’ Polyvagal Theory, Bruce Lipton, Nassim Haramein and most recently Joe Dispenza.
Re-aligning, returning to natural balance, it is a lifelong path of ‘undoing’.
The journey of becoming mindfully aware of those habits that are no longer serving me.
Habits of tension, habits of mindlessly attending to daily tasks, habits of being unaware of what my (mind) body is doing and telling me.
By becoming aware of my habits of body and mind I realise that I have a choice in everything I do. And thus, I can create a more natural alignment (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual).
The return from Human Doing to Human Being.
I love this journey, and I hope to be able to share this love and to ignite this passion in those that cross my path!
2017 Paleo Event, NL: Movement clinic: Neck and shoulders.
2016 Symposium for the inauguration of dr. Esther Nederhof: Movement clinics: ‘Get the chair out of your body’ and ‘Get your head out of the screen’.
2016 Move your DNA workshops.
2016 Ancestral Health Symposium, NL: Movement clinic: Relax your belly and release your waste.
2015 Ancestral Health Symposium, NL. Movement clinics: ‘Re-wild your workplace’ and ‘walk yourself sexy’.
2014 Day workshop for 20 Theatre Nurses from OLVG, Hospital in Amsterdam including Restorative Exercise, the principles and practice of alignment, moving better and breathing better, and releasing tension with TRE.
2017: Joe Dispenza Progressive and Advanced modules, USA.
2017: Wim Hof Method, certifying, NL.
2014: Restorative Breathing – 3 day training Restoring Breathing with Lois Laynee, London, UK. www.restoringbreathing.com.
2014: Stalking the Wild Psoas: 3 day workshop, Liz Koch, Amsterdam.
2013: Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises: Certified Level II Practitioner, NL.
2012: Restorative Exercise™ Specialist, Healthy Foot Practitioner™ and Certified Personal Trainer through the Nutritious Movement Centre.
Aligned and Well – 200 hour Alignment and restorative exercise course with Katy Bowman, M.S. Certified in California, US, July 2012
Healthy Foot Practitioner™ since 2014
The Nutritious Movement Centre is a science-based education facility dedicated to optimizing long-term health through proper understanding of how habits of posture and movement affect organ and system function. www.nutritiousmovement.com
Leo Peppas: 2 year Somatic Yoga Training, Amsterdam completed December 2012
2011: Assisted at the 5 day intensive: Opening to Insight, Amsterdam.
2010: 21 day Advanced Yoga Studies training: 150 hour training including in-depth study of human developmental movement patterns, the use of language and refined touch, re-patterning skills to facilitate greater somatic awareness of the student. Spinal anatomy, common spinal problems and a protocol for working with such conditions. Christchurch, NZ.
2010: 5 day intensive: Moved from Within, Amsterdam.
2010: Doug Keller, 5 day intensive: Yoga as Therapy training, London, UK.
2009: Donna Farhi, 5 day Spinal Integration Intensive, Amsterdam.
2009: 10 day vipassana silent meditation retreat, NL.
Gert van Leeuwen, Critical Alignment Therapy
2008: One year program including a multiple case study in the application of CAT for lower back, neck / shoulder (RSI), and general a-specific back problems. For stress related problems as hyperventilation, burn out and as general postural correction, Amsterdam.
2005: Yoga Moves, 250 hour teacher training including asana, pranayama, meditation, philosophy and teaching, Utrecht,NL.
2013 Certified Level 3 Trager Approach
2012 3 day Trager Workshop – seeing the body met Gail Stewart
2011 8 day Trager Workshop for professionals met Jessie Kuipers
2008: HBO – ‘Westerse Medische Basis Kennis’.
2000-2003: 3 year Foot Reflexology Education.
1999: Connective Tissue Massage.
1999: Injury Prevention.
1999: Fitvak Fitness Instructor.
1998: Sport Massage.