Ian Young, Somatic Movement Coach


Having suffered from a form of arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, since childhood, I have always striven to stay fit and active, but it was the discovery of first Pilates and then Somatics which really changed my life and how well I could move. After using a walking stick for 20 years i rebuilt my body from the inside out so that i could give up using a stick and I now love to share how i did this. After a long career working at Leeds University I was ready for a new challenge and changed career and am now a fully certified Essential Somatics Movement Coach and Teacher and have also done some Pilates training, including with the wonderful Oov. I specialise in classes and one to ones with fellow sufferers with Ankylosing Spondylitis but am happy to help anyone who is finding their movement a struggle or simply wants to connect more with their body to understand how to feel and move better.

Try this taster class on Somatics for axial spondyloarthritis (axial SpA)
Another taster class on the neck and shoulders to see how somatic movement can help reduce pain and stiffness in these areas.


I am based in Leeds, England UK
I am currently teaching online so you can access my classes from anywhere! I also work one to one to address your specific issues, get in touch to see how i can help you!

Contact Information

+33 (113) 274 8603
+44 7540088764
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“I can highly recommend Ian’s somatic class on Zoom - so grateful for the classes over the last few months. In fact Somatics has made a big difference over the last few years I have so much more movement now and feel confident in managing my AS, I don’t worry when I wake up in the morning not feeling great I know what to do to ease different aches and pains.”

— Andrea, Client with Ankylosing Spondylitis
“I feel great. With each class I have more understanding of the muscles in my body and how they work and how that translates into joint movements. All due to your excellent narration during the class. Thanks Ian.”

— Dominic, Class attendee with Ankylosing Spondylitis
“Thanks for the session today. I really needed it. I've started being able to lay my head on the floor once I've eased into the session, which is not something I've been able to do for years. Thanks!”

— Richard, Class and 121 attendee


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Ian Young, Movement Coach