Motion release group

Motion release is a mind and body practice which blends third wave cognitive psychology, humanistic therapy, mindfulness and dance therapy.

It is a holistic approach that sees physical and psychological movement as interlinked and aims to help you reconnect to your mind, body and soul with openness and curiosity.


What are the main objectives of the sessions?

  • Express, release and process thoughts and emotions in playful and creative ways
  • Learn grounding techniques to manage the symptoms of anxiety
  • Improve your confidence in group settings
  • Explore ways to energise your body and better manage symptoms of depression
  • Develop a better relationship to your body
Group Therapy

What to expect in your sessions

During a motion release group session, you’ll practice both verbal and movement exercises to help express and release emotions in the body. The sessions will also include music to inspire different types of dance/movement and to help you tap into your emotions.


The group setting offers a safe space – and sharing environment – to connect to your body while building on empathy, compassion and gratitude.

Frequently asked questions

Motion release is an inclusive practice – this group is open to everyone. Participants of all abilities are free to move within their own range.
No dance skills are required – just a willingness to explore your own dance/movement that comes from within.
This is a 6-week in-person course which runs fortnightly. Each session lasts 1 hour 15 mins.

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Athena Lazaridou

Athena is a Pilates instructor with 8 years’ experience in the field. After completing a Power Pilates Mat Certification in Athens, she went on to complete the Full Comprehensive Classical Pilates Certification with Equinox in Kensington.  She has been teaching Pilates at Equinox for the past 6 years in addition to her own private clients who she trains both face to face and virtually.

Athena has a passion for helping people get stronger and fitter as well as helping those recovering from injury regain their strength and mobility.  Over the years, she has worked with athletes to incorporate Pilates into their training and improve performance. Athena has also worked with prenatal and postnatal women who may be experiencing depression or other mental health difficulties and used Pilates to facilitate a positive impact on their mental health.

Athena is very passionate about improving physical and mental well-being and has recently incorporated Sound Healing into her work, as she believes it to be one of the best ways of ‘letting go’ and releasing stale energy whilst increasing greater self-awareness.