I’m Buffy Owens, a self-proclaimed somatic fanatic, Feldenkrais freak and developmental devotee. I teach movers, shakers and mindfulness makers….and all of those who want to be, the skills they need to move past the discomfort that is holding them back from living fully! I am also the founder Conscious Movements and of A Space To Grow in Troy, NY.
The Heart of My Practice: The place where curiosity meets development, and learning meets inner peace. The space in which all muses, mothers and munchkins are free to be inspired and empowered through joyful experience & meaningful inquiry. The time when two people (or more) move together towards a common good/goal for a brighter tomorrow. The pace that each child, each human, develops that is set by their unique physiology and innate interest and then respected and enhanced through touch & movement. The instant when we learn to shift a moment of suffering into a lifetime of curiosity.
Movement has been my back door approach to having conversations about consciousness. All that rolling around on the floor brought me to a place where I’m simply more interested in curiosity and love, and how they can transform any given situation. These days, most of my studies are about what I consider to be the most vital force in the universe: Curiosity. In particular I am interested in bringing what we think we are doing and what we are actually doing into a more unified experience and coherent expression. Read more about my mission and approach here >>
Interested In Meditation But Can’t Sit Still?
If you can feel it and sense it, then you can change it. Learning to merge the power of mindfulness and movement can help you to release chronic tension and toxic stress, reduce anxiety and cultivate a deeper sense of connection with LIFE.
Return To The Activities You Enjoy!
Regardless of your age or condition, you have the ability to learn and to improve. Exploring gentle & mindful movements can help you to easily create new neural pathways for easing pain, improving range of motion, and lasting change.
Observation, respectful touch and supportive movement can help you to ensure that all of your baby’s systems receive the stimulation they need. Learn how to touch and move your baby in a way that nurtures healthy growth.
Buffy has opened a whole new world of creativity to me through the world of movement. Learning to experiment with what is fun and actually feels good as I increase my strength and flexibility helps me move into my day with more ease and confidence.
-Dr. Deborah Briggs, Expressive Arts Therapist
Buffy Owens, the founder of A Space to Grow and Conscious Movements, is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner (G.C.F. P.) with over 15 years experience in the mind-body fields. She is admittedly addicted to the art of learning and the wonders of meditation and mindfulness practices. She also takes particular joy in supporting people along their path to less pain, greater self-discovery, and in enhancing the lives of children with special needs & extraordinary gifts.
Buffy’s commitment to the study and practice of the mind-body arts dates back to 1995, when she first began her studies as a massage therapist. It was then, as she studied the anatomy and physiology of the human body, that Buffy simultaneously began to explore the spirit that moves the form through mediation and awareness based movement practices.
Eventually she traded in her massage table for more academic pursuits— earning a degree in Kinesiology with special emphasis in Psychology & Neuroscience. Upon graduation, Buffy went on to complete an extensive four year professional training program in the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education. She now merges her practical training in movement education and academic studies with her passion for pregnancy, birth and early child development to create a learning environment that empowers women and their families.
Over the years, Buffy has provided movement education to a broad range of clients. From prenatal classes to expressive artists, college classrooms to meditation retreats, she offers unique and powerful classes in the Feldenkrais Method and mindfulness based practices.
Dedicated to serving her community, Buffy has volunteered as a Doula for Heart & Hands Doula program at USCD San Diego. She has also shared her expertise and passion through low fee Feldenkrais Clinics for Children and the Pregnancy Project here in the Capital Region.
In addition to her passion for helping others through the Feldenkrais Method and mindfulness practices, Buffy has a deep love for writing and has written as a columnist for the well-being section of PRIME, a San Diego publication geared towards people 50+; and has been published multiple times in IDEA Health & Fitness’s professional publications.