Helma Mueller

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A practice for embodiment, creativity & awareness

 
 
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By strengthening the connection between the body and the mind, we move through life more intentionally and creatively. 

 
 

Create aliveness

 

 

 

 

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Philosophy & Approach

 

WORKING WITH THE WISDOM OF THE BODY: THE BODY COMMUNICATES

 

Image Credit: Natasha Majewski

Image Credit: Natasha Majewski

My work is grounded in a somatic understanding that the body and the mind are one. The mind expresses itself through the body, while the body communicates through movement. When paid attention to, our movements help us connect to ourselves and experience ourselves more deeply. Looking at the body’s language and allowing the body to speak serves as a gateway to the inner landscape. 

The tools that I use come from the field of the Expressive Arts and a Somatic Movement Practice, called Movement Ritual, developed by dancer Anna Halprin. In this movement practice, one tunes the body as an instrument to sense and to strengthen one's self. 

Trained at Tamalpa Institute I make use of the Life Art Process®. in which an essential connection is made between art and life. The arts are used to express and to inform real life themes and questions; they are used for learning, healing, and transformation.

Developed by the Halprins in the 1950s, the Life Art Process® approach is influenced by dancers, landscape architects, theater performers, visual artists, and poets. In collaboration with Fritz Perl's (Gestalt therapy), Moshe Feldenkrais (awareness through movement), Carl Rodgers (person-centered therapy) and Thomas Gordon (confluent education), it bridged the fields of dance/movement, somatics, psychology, and education. This approach is being used internationally to work with people and communities in the fields of expressive arts therapy, education, consultation, health care, organizational development, community service, and the arts.

An intermodal approach

The original and engaging combination includes movement, improvisational tasks, drawing, creative writing, and verbal sharing all in one session. Through movement activities and somatic check in, people are invited to connect with their sensing body. Sensations, feelings, and thoughts are shaped through shapes, gestures, and dynamics and are further explored through intuitive drawing and creative writing. As people move back and forth between movement, drawing and writing, the dialogue between physical sensation, feeling, and thinking is enlivened. Then our physical, emotional, and mental awareness start to connect and to align. 

 
 
 

Welcome your light
and your shadow

 

 

 

 

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Creative Tools

In your work with me, you are invited to discover your moves. It is my goal to create a safe space for you, to stimulate you, and to offer you tools and resources that inspire you to live your life more creatively.

 
Image Credit: Natasha Majewski

Image Credit: Natasha Majewski

Movement

Paying attention to the quality and the experience of a movement is key in this work. Sensations, postures, and movement patterns give us insight into who we are, what we think, and what we feel. An individual’s body holds their entire life history, and working with movement consciously and creatively expands the range of movement, feeling, and thought.

Image Credit: Natasha Majewski

Image Credit: Natasha Majewski

Drawing

Drawing from our senses rather than our conceptual mind allows us to access parts of ourselves that are beyond our ordinary thinking.  Colors and images that live inside of us are released when moved to paper.  Symbols and shapes give insight into our inner landscape. As the images emerge, feelings shift, and new possibilities arise.

Image Credit: Natasha Majewski

Image Credit: Natasha Majewski

Creative Writing

Creative writing helps us make sense and give expression to our experience. Form can be given to buried, unstructured feelings, and thoughts. Containment and integration can be experienced through the structure of creative writing. Letting words arise without censoring is liberating and provides direction and meaning.

 

Image Credit: Laura Columban

Image Credit: Laura Columban

Nature Work

Making nature our dance partner invites our senses to open in extraordinary ways. As we mirror the movement of water, the posture of a boulder, the flight of a bird, we open up to the wisdom of Earth. Through moving with awareness of our breath in connection with nature, our inner landscape communicates with the outer landscape in intimate and direct ways. We are invited to listen to nature’s messages. 

Image Credit: Natasha Majewski

Image Credit: Natasha Majewski

Movement Ritual

In this movement practice, we work on a sequence of repetitive movements, focusing on opening up the joints, strengthening the muscles, becoming aware of the connections within our anatomical structure, and creating a sense of balance between action and relaxation. The class varies in its dynamics: sometimes we work dynamically; sometimes we work on subtle, slow movements. We enhance our capacity to sense and experience our body and its full range of motion.

Image Credit: Taira Restar / Tamalpa Institute

Image Credit: Taira Restar / Tamalpa Institute

Sharing

We all share the longing to be seen. Therefore, the role of a nonjudgmental witness is crucial in my work. In a safe and comforting space, you are invited to share your unique expression. Based upon the principles of active listening and nonviolent communication, you will receive feedback that supports your creative encounters.

 
Image Credit: Natasha Majewski

Image Credit: Natasha Majewski

Improvisational
Group Work

Working in a group supports you and encourages you to expand your range of movement and response. Through improvisational tasks you are invited to respond in familiar and unfamiliar ways. Improvisation makes room for the unexpected. You are challenged to be present and responsive in and to the moment. Through this form of play with the unexpected we discover new parts of ourselves.

Move beyond the thinking mind

 

 

 

 

 

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Work With Me

I work with anyone who wants to enhance the quality of life and experience the self in authentic ways.

This work is effective for people who are interested in using the arts for healing purposes, people who want to move beyond traditional approaches of healing. It also works well for artists who are using the arts already but do not yet know how to make their art more personal and meaningful. And last, but not least, it works well for people who are looking for a more embodied lifestyle and meaningful experiences for their personal growth.

I have helped people who were working through the following:

  • establishing personal boundaries
  • conquering addiction
  • healing depression
  • overcoming abuse
  • surviving grief
  • creating a dance theater piece

Experience is not required in either movement, drawing, or writing. You only need to be open to using the arts as a tool for personal expression and creating awareness. 

 The art opens me, the art opens me to you, the art opens us to the world and opens the world to us.” (Daria Halprin) 

 
 
Image Credit: Natasha Mejewski

Image Credit: Natasha Mejewski

Individual Session

An individual session gives you time and space to work with what is important to you at that very moment of your life. In the session I focus on a balance between checking in verbally, connecting to your physical sensations, and engaging with the tools of the expressive arts. Working in this way allows you to experience your encounter as a whole and to move beyond your thinking mind. You are further stimulated to use those creative strategies in your daily life and to enhance your quality of life in a sustainable way. 


I’ve found working with personal life material through movement, drawing and writing to be far more powerfully transformative than any other form of therapy. Often, we know what patterns of thought are hurting us, but no matter how much we talk about the issues and try to change our thoughts and behaviors, the patterns are so deep that the struggle feels endless. Through movement, drawing, and writing, I’ve been able to shift parts of myself, seemingly effortlessly within Helma’s practice.
— Nastassja Noell

Workshops

In a workshop we explore body parts, postures, and life themes using the tools of the expressive arts. We work solo and with partners and in ensembles to receive multiple forms of stimulation. The dialogue between sensing and expressing enlivens our life force, while we learn to listen to the body’s wisdom and the creativity of the imagination.

Image credit: Natasha Majewski

Image credit: Natasha Majewski

Connect to yourself in mindful and authentic ways

 

 

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Testimonials

Helma’s full embodied presence  and unconditional trust in the unfolding of a process has given me the confidence to accept and embrace what is  there, to calm down the worries in my head, the fears in my heart, and enjoy the path that I need to walk.
— Johnny Schoofs, dancer, choreographer, Feldenkrais teacher
Eyes closed, senses glowing, a confident voice who invites me to open my heart and let it dance. Helma knows how to lead you along the hidden dance of emotions. She gives you the tools to go as far as you dare to go.
— Inge Meijer, singer songwriter
Helma’s lessons/workshops are amazing journeys. She creates a warm, safe and caring space to work with whatever arises from deep within. I love to draw the movement and to move the drawing. And it is great fun too.
— Khing Njoo, Qui Gong teacher
The depth that was reached within a day was really surprising me and it was a life altering experience, since I continue working with these tools and art forms.
— Liesbeth de Jong, landscape architect
The attention Helma is giving in her classes is nourishing and inspiring. The content of the work holds a depth and is moving in sink with the pace of the participants. I gained a lot of personal insights during Helma’s workshop.
— Anne Crepin, dance therapy student
 

Embody change.

 
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BIO

 

HELMA MUELLER, MA, Tamalpa Practitioner, RSME

 

Whether working in nature or indoors, my work engages the body mind as a vehicle to create awareness, to facilitate healing, and to cultivate change. 

Image Credit: Annelies Goedheart

Image Credit: Annelies Goedheart

 

As a Tamalpa practitioner, I have taught people of various ages and backgrounds in numerous institutions such as schools, dance studios, and a clinic for drug recovery in the Netherlands.

Within an equine therapy program, I have worked with at-risk youth in Nevada. At the Tahoe Truckee CancerTreatment Center I have facilitated art-based support groups. I currently conduct Life Art Process® workshops at several locations in the Reno area; I teach children at the Reno Sage Waldorf and at the Mountainview Montessori School; and I enjoy working with individuals in my private practice.

Besides my education at Tamalpa Institute, my work is influenced by my somatic movement training, Vocal Dance and Voice Movement Integration in Amsterdam and my studies in cultural anthropology and education at the University of Heidelberg, Germany.

 

 
 

Upcoming events
 

Join me for one of these upcoming gatherings and build bridges between your sensation and expression.

 
Image credit: Natasha Majewski

Image credit: Natasha Majewski

Image Credit: Yoann Boyer

Image Credit: Yoann Boyer

Date to be announced

Pyramid Lake Day Retreat

Image Credit: Laurence Demont /Tamalpa Institute

Image Credit: Laurence Demont /Tamalpa Institute

April-June

BODY PARTS MYTHOLOGY

Image credit: Movement Ritual book / Anna Halprin

Image credit: Movement Ritual book / Anna Halprin

April-June

Weekly Movement Ritual Classes

Image Credit: Breath of Life

Image Credit: Breath of Life

Sept 2017

Embodied Investor Retreat

 
 

 

Contact Me

Send me a message to book a session, inquire about workshop opportunities,
or ask a question. 

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Office &
Movement Space

936 Delmar Way

Reno, NV 89509

 
 

Art is personal and collective

  Art welcomes, generates, and contains feelings

  Art is transformative and creates personal and social change

 
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