About B O D Y S P O K E N

We are all born with an innate ability to create changes in our life. This is connected to our bodily sense of ourselves, in relation to how we feel, think, and interact with our world.

Sometimes we may experience sensations such as discomfort, pain, disconnection, stuckness or inhibition that may stop us from achieving what we truly want.

In times of intensity, challenge or potential opportunities, it is possible to learn to flow with these sensations and tap into a more relaxed and deeper sensation of our body and mind. Through this we can find strength from our past, clarify and align ourselves with our future intentions, and gain insight and vital energy to support a fuller experience of our body, mind and wellbeing.

You might be feeling stressed, stuck in a routine, anxious, in conflict with your thoughts or feelings. Or you might wish to have a better relationship to your body, to feel more confident in speaking, to have more meaningful connections with other people, or to develop your creative expression from a deeper place. You might have a particular goal that you’d like to be supported with, or you might have an old question that needs a fresh perspective. BODYSPOKEN sessions can help accompany you on your journey of personal transformation, using a holistic approach to integrate body, mind, and voice.

“The session … resonated in my body and mind for a long time after and helped me make some concrete changes in my life.  I was impressed with her as a therapist. I felt safety but also a lot of freedom. I think that might have something to do with her long experience as an improviser in movement and music. Thank you Jan” (Daniel Mang,physiotherapist, bodyworker, movement teacher)

My name is Jan – Ming Lee, and I hold BODYSPOKEN one-to-one sessions online, and in-person in Bristol when guidelines allow. I offer an open listening space that seeks to respond to each person’s pace and rhythms.

I am trained in The Pantarei Approach which is a body-based approach that combines creative verbal communication with hands-on empathetic touch.

I tap into my experience as an artist working with dance, music and the performing arts to invite and free up sensation and expression in the body, movement, the voice and presence.

What Happens?

  • Be supported to articulate and review what you need and want in your life right now
  • Be guided to experience what feelings are present
  • In a safe space, allow yourself to shed what you don’t need to hold physically, mentally and emotionally
  • Have more space to regain energy to flow toward your deeper wishes

What does a session usually look like?

We sit together and use creative constructive verbal communication to explore how you are feeling right now.  I support you to articulate clearer what emotions, challenges, and passions are present for you in your life.

We acknowledge your life experiences as a rich resource to find out what is unique about you and how you deal with challenges and opportunities in every moment.

We communicate together in a way that respects you as an individual, with unique strengths, goals and values. Finding an honest way that you can connect to the best version of yourself, supporting your deepest intentions.  The session is held so there is as much space as possible for you to feel safe and free.

We tune into your body sensations so you can feel what’s present right now.  I guide you to explore ways in to experience what emotions are in your body, encouraging the energy to flow so that your mind, body and feelings can be in more dynamic communication.

These dialogues help you to explore ways to release physical, emotional, and mental tension which you may be holding, so that you can experience yourself in a more integrated and relaxed way.

We can do this while sitting, lying down, standing, moving through space, or exploring contact with your own touch. We find the best way that suits us in each session.

I also tap into my background as a creative facilitator of dance and musicality to support your freedom to explore and express yourself including breath, movement, voice, stillness and presence. It is not about performing but using creativity to connect to our honest expression in a non-judgemental way.

About Jan-Ming

As a child I grew up in London around multiple cultures, languages and belief systems, and was exposed to many perspectives of the world.  It taught me to notice the importance of empathy and compassion in a panoply of differing views. Growing up, I often found connection through dancing or playing music, which I started to do professionally – performing and teaching to support people’s creativity and expression.

Working as a musician, dancer and performance-maker, I became fascinated with body awareness and the communicative power of touch, to learn about ourselves and each other.  These things are a basic human need, yet so neglected in our education and society today. We may still engage in physicality and touch, but we may not be encouraged to connect it deeply to our thoughts, feelings or ideas. The body can remain repressed, mystified, inaccessible or unspoken.

With BODYSPOKEN, I want to flip this around. Here, in these sessions, we tap into our bodily intelligence while exploring verbal communication. Working with both can give us clarity, strength and empowerment into our personal goals, challenges and desires in our life.

Book an individual session

‘…I received an astonishing online body coaching session of Jan Lee! …Thank you! Big recommend.’ – (Ela Aschenbach)

‘Jan’s sessions offered a safely held space to connect to body and mind in a way that was deep and theme-oriented but also creative and playful’ – (Paul S., Translator)

‘The physical part of the session felt healing, intimate and energising. Talking throughout it felt natural in a way that I’d not really experienced during massages in the past.’ – (AH)

Book your session now!

*Depending on where you based, Jan-Ming may also be able to travel to your home to provide a mobile treatment, for an additional fee.

London (Natureworks, Bond Street*)

In-person 60 min sessions
Sliding scale between £65 – £80 (pay what you feel)
Block packages are available at a discount rate, please email for more info.

Bristol (St Werburghs*)

In-person 60 min sessions
Sliding scale between £40 – £80 (pay what you feel)
Block packages are available at a discount rate, please email for more info.

Email me at jan.lee.uk@gmail.com to book or for more information.

“Hey Jan, thanks for yet another truly awesome session.” – (Roddy Skeaping, musician)

Group Sessions

Bodywork into Movement class with Jan-Ming Lee & Jayne Peake

This is a session for people who would like to be gently guided in to find ease-ful ways to share space, weight and movement with ourselves and each other.

 
We will work with the anatomy with curiosity as we move through physical inquiry alone and in pairs.
 
 
Come with a friend, partner or family member who you would like to explore this work together for the duration of the class.
 

There are up to 8 spots ( 4 pairs) available for each class.

Cost: sliding scale between £5 – £10
 

Date: Saturday 30th October, 12 – 13.30pm, Space 238, Easton, Bristol
we usually have lunch at the cafe afterwards together – you are very welcome!

To book: please email jan.lee.uk@gmail.com

About the facilitators: Jan-Ming Lee is a somatic bodyworker, dancer, musician and facilitator. She is passionate about holding spaces for all humans to be nourished by healthy human contact – finding ways to meet each other with respect, empathy, curiosity and creativity.

 

She is certified in the somatic body-based way ‘The Pantarei Approach’, has a degree in Sociology, and has worked as an artist in projects spanning dance, art installation, interactive tech, neuroscience, storytelling, spoken word, improv, sound art and education. More : bodyspoken.com

Jayne Peake enjoys creating relaxed spaces to guide people into an exploration of their own unique movement. After having trained as a Fitness Instructor and then in dance, she discovered Contact Improvisation, a practice that feeds her desire to move as a way of release, play and freedom. This practice inspires much of her current teaching, which focuses on facilitating explorations to expand our physical awareness and create new possibilities of moving our bodies. More : People — nw5 dance

Classes continue monthly. Email us if you’d like us to add you to our mailing list for updates.

“…A gentle but potent session – gentle because Jan held it with care and kindness and potent because there was a sense of …allowing something to unravel in my body and emotions… felt to be a deeply improvised meeting/conversation between the two of us spanning verbal, physical and emotional. In my case it felt like the session continued over the next days.” – (L. B, movement practitioner)