Trish Haugh Bio
The mind/body interface has interested me since my teenage years in Ireland when I read an article about influencing mood through breath. What followed is a lifetime of exploration and learning about the many ways in which the body affects the mind and the mind the body, and with the earlier years introducing me to many modes of movement practice, including dance, swimming, Tai Chi, and yoga.
Yoga has been my sustenance, first solely as practitioner–since the 1980s when I studied different schools of yoga in Ireland, England, and Greece–then as a teacher. Yet I consider myself always a practitioner who continues to grow along with yoga practice. In fact, more recently I graduated from advanced yoga teacher training that drew on the Body/Mind Centering work of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen.
While the decades of teaching yoga classes and workshops has brought me closer to realising the relationship between our bodies, emotions and feelings, the Feldenkrais Method workshops introduced me to yet another level of mind/body work. In a workshop with Ruthy Alon in London, I was especially excited to discover her work with developmental movement that involves mapping forgotten neural pathways, as well as opening up new ones. Her ground-breaking book Mindful Spontaneity is still an invaluable reference for me.
Along with all of this study and practice in movement and its relationship with mind, my 20 years working as a psychotherapist developed within me with another level of insight–the benefits of integrating tools and resources across the fields related to health and well-being. For certainly one thing has become apparent: the relationship between our bodies and minds is expressed in how we move and how we engage with the world around us.
What impressed me most in the Body orientated d Psychotherapy training I attended in the 1990s was the Winnicottian perspective on human development and attachment; the interweave of physiology and psychology in the early years of human experience offers a window through which to view the connection between movement and perception. More recent findings of neuroscience, especially the writings of Antonio Damasio, further speak on this matter.
As a lifelong learner drawn to sharing what I learn with others, I view all of my training and knowledge (most recently my work with the multifaceted Psoas Muscle), coupled with my personal experience and feedback from my students, as being a rich synthesis of tools for benefiting others, including mental health professionals.