Federica Clemente is a Yoga Alliance certified instructor who has practiced and studied Mysore Ashtanga, Iyengar and other forms of yoga. With a background in professional dance, craniosacral therapy and shamanic healing, Federica brings to her classes and workshops a wealth of background information in the mechanics of dynamic movement, energy flow and effective healing techniques. Yet, she teaches with an attitude of fun, playfulness and acceptance.
Federica's journey into the healing arts began while she was on a somewhat different path as a professional dancer. She didn't just decide to become a therapist, it came to her as the result of an introspective journey and living the body through dance.
Federica grew up in Torino, Italy. She studied dance from a young age and eventually began to teach dance and other forms of movement to children. Her "awakening" journey began in Africa when she was 24 years old. What seemed to be an unfortunate dance accident put her into the care of a local shaman. There, her treatment went beyond the physical pain and began to help her heal from some heavy emotional traumas. It was a life changing experience - the beginning of a journey she has since drawn elements from to develop her healing abilities.
Federica was inspired to stay in Africa and learn the ways of shamanic healing. During that time of healing and learning, her dance practice slowly turned away from putting on a glamorous show in the name of entertainment. Instead, it turned inward to a self-healing, therapeutic movement.
After 3 years in Africa, she returned to Europe and searched for a "recognized" healing technique that reflected what she had learnt from the shamans. Federica rediscovered yoga. She found many benefits from the Ashtanga style and gradually developed her practice. She also studied several other styles of yoga. Through the physical flow of asanas, she found the healing aspect of movement. And, from the yoga philosophy, she encountered something deeper that would later lead her to meditation.
While developing her yoga practice, she also completed a massage course. Massage was an important aspect of the shamanic healing she had learned about, and it gave her a recognized therapy with which to treat others. Over the course of several years, Federica slowly developed and refined her style of massage. However, her shamanic-inspired bodywork is more than just a massage, and her clients have voiced overwhelming approval of her "style" by spreading the word to friends and family. Federica now has a strong and growing base of clients throughout Europe, Australia and the USA.
In her travels around the world, and with an interest in yoga, Federica found a 10-day Vipassana meditation course in India. That was another turn in her life and her process of healing. The environment of silence and the requirement of sitting for hours was anything but quiet and relaxing. Her mind and body tormented her as the pain came out in the process of healing. Those 10 days were just the beginning of a life-long practice of meditation.
In 2008, one of her massage clients, an osteopathic doctor, was so impressed with her work that he said she should teach people her massage technique. Then, he offered to organize a weekend workshop for her at his clinic. She didn't know it then, but that weekend workshop about massage was the beginning of something even more important to her work as a healer. The participants gained so much from it - much more than massage. Realizing how much true and meaningful healing could happen, she continued holding workshops and refining her approach. The workshop has since transformed into Body-Soul Movement Therapy.
While developing her workshop, Federica began searching for a more profound healing technique that would complement her massage therapy. She found the answer in biodynamic craniosacral therapy, and has since completed her two-year training. Through biodynamic craniosacral therapy, Federica has witnessed some amazing healing and gained a very favourable response from her clients.
Grateful to Life for her natural gift of healing, she continues nurturing and developing her ability to help others in their journey of healing. In June of 2018, Federica will become a certified Gestalt Counselor.