Jane is a licensed and registered occupational therapist in Jackson, Mississippi with experience in acute care settings, outpatient facilities, retirement communities, and dementia care. With her extensive background in stroke treatment, Jane brings an empirical and scientific lens to her understanding of the interplay between brain and body. Her practice in dance and movement began in Maine, where she lived for eleven years. There, she studied Argentine tango, salsa, Contact Improvisation, and Gabrielle Roth's 5Rhythms. Her studies in Movement Education integrate principles of the Axis Syllabus, Contemplative Dance, the myofascial map as informed by Thomas Myers' Anatomy Trains, and Somatic Movement approaches such as the Alexander Technique and Bartenieff Fundamentals. She has completed the Somatic Education module through the Moving On Center in Berkeley, California.
After thirty years living away from my home state, I returned to Mississippi to care for my elderly parents. Observing their aging process, I've seen how movement routines that go unchallenged often result in physical limitations and pain. Alternatively, small adjustments in awareness allow for options that result in freer mobility and safety.
As an occupational therapist, I witness the ways our current health care system focuses on conditions and injured body parts rather than the rich weave of physical, emotional and mental states. I strive to bridge this gap by providing tools to experience the body as an integrated system and support the individual's capacity to thrive.
My interest in this work is driven by a few core questions:
- How can body knowledge strengthen the foundation for overall health?
- How do I maximize a sense of physical vitality and pleasure in movement as I age?
- How might awareness in movement affect change in perception, behavior and relationships?
- How can I make the workings of the body accessible, enriching and fun to those in my community?
I am pleased to offer this new approach to wellness in the Mississippi region.