Ria and Mila met in 2019 at a retreat in Somerset, through their Teacher and Mentor, XamAM Alba Maria. Their devotion to their Spiritual practices and shared curiosity in the mind-body relationship, was the basis of their friendship. Through conferences, Indigenous Art exhibitions and Sweatlodge collaborations, Ria and Mila discovered a harmonious synergy in their exchange and Sacred Motion emerged.
As well as their bodywork and intuitive therapies, Ria and Mila strive to shed light on Indigenous Rights and environmental issues. In 2019, Mila, alongside Amazonian chiefs, initiated a stand outside the Brazilian Embassy to protest against the Amazon wildfires. This activism is an important part of Sacred Motion's work and they continue to raise funds and awareness on such issues, in particular for the Terra Mirim Foundation, Bahia, Brazil.
Ria is a qualified Reiki master, a remedial Pilates instructor and a professional dancer. She founded Sacred Motion in 2016 with the intention to establish a method of working that went beyond her job titles. Ria has weaved her practices to offer Intuitive Body Mapping as well as Reiki healing. Body Mapping seeks to discover the emotional contributing factors behind chronic injuries and postural habits. Once identified, breathing and mindfulness techniques, and simple mind-body exercises, can be implemented to strengthen these vulnerable and injury-susceptible parts of ourselves.
Having suffered from various chronic and acute injuries herself, Ria began her Reiki master training over 7 years ago whilst training in Contemporary Dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. She graduated with a First Class Honours Degree and went on to complete her qualifications in BASI’s Global Comprehensive Pilates Program. She has been fortunate to train in Clinical Pilates with physiotherapists and advance with ‘Pilates for the Older Client’, BASI & ‘Ante-natal and post-natal Pilates’, APPI.
Through her work, Ria strives to provide treatment that draws its wisdom from ancient practices as well as the science behind the mind-body connection. Ria is fully insured and a member of the CThA.
Mila is the co-founder of Sacred Motion and a resident therapist at Nobu Portman Square, carrying over ten years of experience in bodywork, biodynamic massage and shamanic practices.
Having trained in biodynamic massage, Mila seeks to reset the nervous system with gentle and flowing strokes and to release overworked muscles with deep tissue, Ayurvedic and acupressure techniques. By subtly listening to the body’s cues, Mila expertly tailors her treatment to the client’s emotional, mental and physical needs. A wellbeing journey created with the use of specific aromatic blends, guided breath-work and organic botanical products.
Mila is currently undertaking a postgraduate training in Psychotherapy at The Psychosynthesis Trust, and co-facilitates exclusive wellness retreats. Mila is fully insured and a member of the CThA and ABMT. She advances her training by continuing to take professional development courses in her field. A firm believer of nature’s restorative powers, Mila brings the qualities of the four elements into her therapeutic modalities.
Her intuitive work is informed by the guidance of Shaman Alba Maria passed down to her through 18 years of rigorous initiations in Peru, Brazil and Europe. Mila is a Cabana guardian (sweat-lodge).