Spiral Studio Salisbury
Creative Movement for Life
Spiral Studio Salisbury
Spiral Studio began as a dream over 5 years ago. Jodi Battison is the founder of Spiral Studio and after working in the NHS for over 15 years, Jodi wished to bring a different approach of managing mental health and wellbeing to the community. As an Art Therapist and Yoga Teacher, Jodi has experienced what it's felt like to be on the periphery of mental health services that previously adopted an immutable clinical approach to treating mental health conditions. In more recent times, medical services are coming to realise the benefits of treatments such as creative therapies and body based interventions but it is only with persistence, increasing clinical evidence and a greater understanding of mental health issues that these interventions are becoming more accepted as legitimate treatments for mental health and wellbeing. There is still a long way to go.
Through personal experience Jodi recognised creative movement was integral to overcoming adverse experiences. Her personal journey has led to working as a specialist therapist with others who have been exposed to trauma and attachment difficulties within the NHS and CAMHS. However, through her experience, training and understanding of trauma Jodi wished to bring together a mind/body approach that was more relevant and accessible to people who had experienced these and other issues in their lives, leading her to realise her dream and establish Spiral Studio in 2017.
More recently Jodi's journey has evolved to take over Serenity Place, the centre her business was based within. Through Jodi's efforts Serenity Place has become a unique therapy centre offering both mind and body interventions to the public. Individual practitioners based within Serenity Place come from a variety of disciplines and training, combining a wealth of knowledge and experience and all have a common connection; 'We all work holistically and honour the interconnected nature of mind, body, heart and spirit.'
Jodi feels very fortunate to be able to share her journey and wholeheartedly believes that creative processes and humanistic practices (such as yoga) support greater awareness, healing and connection to oneself and others. Jodi continues to be committed to bringing the benefits of mind/body connection to the health and wellbeing of others.
Art had always been an outlet for me, I would spend hours drawing as a child and found the only way I could truly express myself was through my images. As I grew older I became interested in 'Outsider Art' and symbolic imagery which began to heavily influence my approach and thinking. I developed an interest in the collective unconscious and symbolic images found across continents that join humanity together, creating a connection between all humans. I decided to take my passion for the arts and study as an Art Psychotherapist, using creativity to connect and share the benefits of the creative process with others.
Dance and movement had also been another passion of mine and in my early 20's I started practicing yoga. Yoga quickly became my second life line and I am honoured to be able to share this sacred practice with others. I personally fell in love with yoga because it was unlike any other Western form of exercise available to me at the time and remains so to this day. As I continued my study to become an Art Therapist, I found my yoga practice echoed the teachings within my Art Therapy training. Like therapy, the mat was my sacrosanct space; a space just for me, where I journeyed inward and learnt to let go.
Spiral Studio seeks to provide a space to connect, create, heal and transform through the beauty of creative movement, within a safe and trusting environment.
The Sacred Spiral
The spiral is the oldest symbol known to be used in spiritual practices, reflecting the universal pattern of growth, death, rebirth and evolution. It is a sacred symbol that reminds us of our evolving journey in life and helps our consciousness to accept the turnings and changes of life as it evolves.
The spiral symbol also represents the path leading from outer consciousness (materialism, external awareness, ego, outward perception) to the inner soul (enlightenment, unseen essence, nirvana, cosmic awareness). Movements between the inner (intuitive, intangible) world and the outer (matter, manifested) world are mapped by the spiraling of archetypal rings; marking the evolution of humankind on both an individual and collective scale.