ABOUT US

Kris & Pav came from two different yet complimentary backgrounds. One being more academic, the other more creative, one being more scientific, the other more artistic. However, they both realised that when it came to seeking the truth about the human condition, these two perspectives were intrinsically bound. As they combined their thoughts and ideas together, SOMA Culture was created. 

 
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PAV

Pav’s relationship with movement began with a deep rooted connection with the performing arts. Committing over a decade to perfect her craft, Pav studied many different movement forms from ballet to contemporary dance, African jazz to breakdancing, hip hop to contact improvisation, tai chi to yoga. After many years of teaching, choreographing and touring, Pav formalised her knowledge and received a BA in Dance interdisciplinary arts and Performance in London.

Whilst Pav was studying for her degree, Pav's most influential ballet teacher led her into the practice of Ashtanga Yoga. Ashtanga yoga shaped her movement practice for many years, giving a different insight into how movement can effect her in body and mind. After her degree, Pav continued to challenge herself with other movement forms. Starting with Pilates,  Mat Work, Reformer as well as Neuropilates with BodyHack. Strength and conditioning became the next focus, Crossfit and olympic weightlifting, as well as mixed martial arts. To add a more scientific understanding of functional movement, Pav trained with the Gray Institute becoming certified in Applied Functional Science. Pav is currently a student of Fighting Monkey.

Being a person deeply conscious of the movement arts, understanding how to push her body to the limits, Pav took the next step of understanding how natural movement tied much of these different principles together. Studying with MovNat, a natural movement philosophy, it gave greater meaning to how movement should be used in a natural environment.

Understanding all these different movement forms has given Pav a deep understanding of how the human body can move. How the different elements of movement systems can be combined together, and where the truth of movement actually lies, this is one of the foundations of SOMA Culture.

 
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KRIS

In 2007, Kris graduated from the prestigious British College of Osteopathic Medicine as an Osteopath and Naturopath. Since graduating, Kris has combined his Osteopathic & Naturopathic approach with the understanding of natural human movement, human anthropology, health and movement, functional biomechanics, functional neurology, and is currently studying functional medicine.

To further understand the science behind movement, Kris studied in the US becoming a fellow of Applied Functional Science at the Gray Institute, has trained with CHEK Institute and studied with Z-Health. Combined with his own personal experience of competing in elite sport, these differing principles have allowed Kris to develop a broad spectrum of approaches with the patients and athletes he has worked with for over more than a decade. These approaches ranging from pain management, assessing movement strategies and linking it with an anthropological movement philosophy and movement arts principles, to functional neurology and Naturopathy.

Despite all the intricate knowledge that Kris has learnt about the human body over the last 15 years, it all returns to the idea of movement. His movement practice has led him to a wide range of teachers, from Capoeira to Tai Chi to Ido Portal. Kris is currently a Fighting Monkey student, studying under Jozef Frucek. This exploration of movement informs many components of his clinical and movement practice.

Sharing knowledge has always been a passion. teaching extensively at university level and across multiple healthcare fields within therapy and elite sports. Teaching at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kris tutored osteopathic students within a clinical environment, teaching dissection at the London College of Surgeons and University College of London.

 
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