Mainspring is a new venture based in south east London offering lively and surprising ways to do more of what is good for you, for others and the planet. We reach out to the public and fellow practitioners to promote creativity, connection and physical wellbeing through events, training, workshops and more.
Working with individuals and groups, we help people to feel at ease, restored, curious about mind and body and inspired to do what matters.
Soran, founder and creative director
I am a registered osteopath, working from the Sunflower Centre in Brockley, London. Over many years of practice I have seen how a healthy relationship with our bodies and our physical potential can have a profound effect on our sense of wellbeing. When this is absent or challenged, quality of life can be significantly impaired. Creative pursuits and social connections are often sidelined. When people are offered the chance to develop confidence in their bodies, to restore, to engage socially and creatively with others and the world at large, the positive effects can be huge.
As an osteopath I use a range of treatment modalities, working collaboratively with patients to help decrease pain, improve function and crucially, to befriend and become confident in their bodies. I am a true believer in movement as therapy, having run marathons; sailed; dived; skied and cycled. Meditation and mindful movement practices such as yoga and pilates also fundamentally influence my approach; I am currently completing my meditation teacher training with Breathworks.
Alongside my work in private practice I am a unit leader for core modules on the undergraduate master’s program at the University College of Osteopathy where I also lecture in health philosophy and lead a specialist pain management clinic, OsteoMAP.
I am one of those lucky people who genuinely enjoy their work. Each of my roles supports and develops the next and I’m constantly intrigued about where my work might next take me. Outside of professional pursuits, I delight in being amongst family and friends and in any activity that enables my creative side to flourish.
My ambition for Mainspring is that all who encounter it might come away energised and inspired to do what matters in taking care of themselves, of others and this precious world we share.
Amanda is a mother of two and a clinical psychologist by training, who has practised yoga since her teens (a long time ago!). She completed her foundation teacher training in Canada in 2015 and has since completed her foundation teacher training for children with YogaBeez and yoga for trauma training. She is interested primarily in functional movement for optimal physical health, and embodied mindful movement to nurture emotional and mental health through improved connection between our mind and bodies.
Silvia is a qualified artist and art educator who has run workshops in primary schools and worked with special educational needs for 15 years. She currently works as an art educator and teacher in a London secondary school. She delights in finding self-expression and individuality in both yoga and art; her classes have a particular creative emphasis, children often coming away with something incredible they have made that reflects the theme for that class. Silvia has reaped the rewards of a regular yoga practice over many years and completed her Children’s Yoga Foundation training with Yogabeez in 2018.