Catherine Taye Slattery
Certified Rolfer and Rolf Movement Practitioner
Azul Conscious Movement Teacher
Catherine has a lifelong passion for movement. She is a gifted and sensitive bodyworker, and and has been a dedicated student of yoga and dance for over 25 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and life sciences from The Evergreeen State College in Olympia, Washington, and she trained at the Rolf Institute in Boulder, Colorado and Santa Catarina, Brazil, graduating as a Certified Rolfer and Rolf Movement Practitioner in 2001. Catherine is an Azul Conscious Movement teacher.
Healing and Embodiment
I’ve had a lot of dance, yoga and contemplative influences over the years. Vipassana meditation, Iyengar yoga, Ashtanga yoga each took turns at the center of my practice. I spent a decade as a student of Sofia Diaz, a master teacher of yoga and women’s spiritual practice. I'm currently experimenting with animal locomotion and natural movement. I always have a modern dance class or 2 in my life, and have spent some time with ballet, hula, and classical Indian dance.
In my late 20s, I felt a lot of discomfort in my body. Headaches. TMJ tension. Knee pain. Yoga had heightened my awareness of my body, but it seemed all I was encountering was more and more tension. I longed for some ease, balance, flexibility, and relief. So I went through a series of Rolfing sessions. It helped all of my pains, greatly improved my dance abilities, and fundamentally changed my relationship to the sensations I was feeling in my body. I began to understand that my emotions could contribute to my physical sensations, and that my sensations, even (and sometimes especially) the unpleasant ones, had a lot of valuable information in them. In my first Rolfing series, although I didn’t know it, I began my journey of healing from trauma and of truly befriending and inhabiting my body — of being able to feel my body, listen to it and hear its wisdom. And over the years, Rolfing has continued to be an invaluable ongoing resource for connecting with myself and for tending to the integrity of my body.
I have learned a lot about embodiment through the years, and I have accumulated a lot of medicine for other people. I am happy to be able to offer what I’ve learned to our community. With bodywork, yoga and dance I can help people who are in physical pain, or who feel stuck in some injury or tension pattern. I can help people who are stuck in emotional pain, or who feel isolated, disconnected from self or others. I can help people who have lost access to joy, creativity, confidence or other wonderful and necessary parts of themselves.
I am a sensitive, gifted and insightful bodyworker. I am warm and caring, and have strong, compassionate, and intelligent hands. I can perceive complex tension patterns in a person’s body, and my hands know what to do to bring relief. They can find restrictions and connect with them in a way that dissolves the hard and stuck things. They can find the places that have been left out or shut out and bring them back in again. My clients feel the hard, closed, vigilant parts of themselves melting under my hands, and feel the dormant places waking up. They walk out of the treatment room with access to something new.
And I am a gentle, enthusiastic and knowledgeable teacher. My body holds wisdom about the the transformative and healing power of dance. I have a knack for assembling music that can take people on a journey, and I know how to guide people to find more of themselves and to find their own healing dance. (Information about my dance work is at www.azulcatherine.com)
I look forward to joining you on your journey of growth and transformation.