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Feldenkrais Short Courses 2022

Here we are in April and I hope that 2022 has been kind to you so far. This year, I’ve enjoyed meeting and teaching newcomers to the Feldenkrais Method as well as the lovely “regulars” who have been enjoying my classes and workshops. 

In January, I launched a new series of Feldenkrais short courses: Restore Your Body. These four week programmes focus on a specific theme, such as tension in the neck and shoulders, so we get the opportunity to really explore how The Feldenkrais Method can release unhelpful patterns of movement and produce some real physical change.

Third in the series is: Restore Your Body: Hips and Pelvis and this starts on Saturday 23rd April from 10 – 11am at Room 4, All Saints Church Ecceshall. The dates are: 23rd & 30th April, 7th & 14th May.

The fourth in the Restore Your Body series is: Restore Your Body: Balance & Coordination. Dates are 11th,18th, 25th June and 2nd July 2022.

Each short course will be 4 x 1 hour sessions on a Saturday morning and by the end of the four weeks, you will feel a real benefit to your body. Class recordings will be available after each live session.

Venue: Room 4, All Saints Ecceshall, Ringinglow Road, Sheffield S11 7PP.

The price is just £30 for one course, buy both for £50. You can pay by bank transfer, card or PayPal. Please click here to email me your booking.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT RESTORE YOUR BODY COURSES

“My shoulders have dropped a mile – thank you!”

“My feet feel so soft and flexible, it’s like power walking on clouds!”

“Each session built on the last one, I feel that I have really learnt something about how my body works.”

Feldenkrais Short Courses for 2022

I hope you’re well and 2022 is proving to be a positive time for you.
I’m delighted to say that this year began very positively for me when I introduced the new Feldenkrais short courses. For some time now, I felt that people could benefit from focussing on a single topic over a period of weeks. In January, I launched the first in this series – “Restore Your body: Freeing the Neck and Shoulders”. It was lovely to see people in a live class where I could offer personalised help and support; Feldenkrais online works well but there is nothing to beat the in-person experience!

If you missed out on attending this course, here is a link to one of the classes, you can get an idea of what you missed:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/149Dhqyqbyu-8Hj9VKqgm2ttj6VAit0LM/view?usp=sharing
The next course in this series “Restore Your Body: Feet, Knees & Ankles” will start on Saturday 26 February. The following sessions will be on 5, 19 March & 2 April 2022. 
The third “Restore Your Body: Releasing the Hips & Pelvis” will be on 23rd & 30th April, 7th & 14th May.

Each short course will be 4 x 1 hour sessions on a Saturday morning and by the end of the four weeks, you will feel a real benefit to your body.

Venue: Room 4, All Saints Ecceshall, Ringinglow Road, Sheffield S11 7PP.

The price is just £30 for one course, buy both for £50. You can pay by bank transfer, card or PayPal. Please click here to email me your booking.

Just think – by making a simple 4 hour commitment,  your body will feel more flexible and invigorated!

New Short Courses for 2022!

I’m very excited to be offering a new Feldenkrais course this year! “Restore Your Body” is a series of 4 live weekly sessions that focus on a certain topic, e.g. Releasing Tension in the Neck and Shoulders; Releasing Stiffness in Feet and Ankles. Each session builds on the previous one so you have the opportunity to explore the topic in greater depth and discover a real change in your body. Sessions will be recorded so that attendees can revisit the session again and again.
Course 1 starts tomorrow, 15th January! There are some spaces left so it’s not too late to book now! Here’s the link: https://MIndfulBodyclasses.as.me/?appointmentType=26451190

Self-care for 2022

Happy New Year to you!
I hope that you’ve had a chance to rest and relax over the festive season. Feldenkrais classes start again this week so it’s a chance to get into a routine of self-care for 2022.
If you’re not ready to come back to live classes, Wednesday Feldy Online continues at 6-7pm. This weekly online session explores a range of classic Feldenkrais lessons that help reduce muscle tension and improve your range of movement.  The drop-in rate is £8.00 and you can book here . Alternatively, you can buy a Class Pass which is valid for 12 weeks – that’s five classes for £35. Please email me to get this.
I’ve created a new live Feldenkrais course for people to try! The “Restore Your Body” course is for four sessions where you’ll get the opportunity to delve a little deeper into a theme. Many of the Feldenkrais lessons address a certain subject, e.g. stiff shoulders, flexibility in the spine. I’ve put together four lessons on one topic only so that you can feel the real benefit and change from a concentrated approach.
The first course is ‘Relieving Tension in the Neck and Shoulders”, the dates are:

15th, 22nd, 29th January and 5th February 2022

​The second course is “Releasing Stiffness in the Feet and Ankles”, the dates are:
19th, 26th February and 5th, 12th March.
One four-week course is just £30 or buy both courses for £50. Email me to book or ask any
questions.
Venue: Room 4, All Saints Church Eccleshall, Ringinglow Road, Sheffield S11 7PP.
My 1:1 sessions (Functional Integration) are continuing on Mondays from 11-2pm at The Practice Rooms in Sheffield. I’m observing safe Covid measures for these and will continue to do so for the time being. These 1 hour sessions can be a real benefit to addressing long term issues around stiffness, lack of mobility or poor posture.
I am continuing a small amount of 1:1 sessions online for people who are either isolating or can’t travel into Sheffield to see me. During lockdown, this online work has proven surprisingly successful and I’m delighted that so many people have benefited from gentle encouragement and exploration. Again, if you’re interested in trying this, let me know.
I hope to see you soon – in the meantime, all best wishes for 2022!

Relief for a Stiff Neck

“Thank you, you’ve just saved me £40!” It’s always nice to have good feedback and this class member discovered that a Feldenkrais lesson can help relieve stiffness in the neck and shoulders as well as improving your movement range. What was the lesson that caused such happiness? A classic from Moshe Feldenkrais’ Alexander Yanai series called “The Pelvic Clock”, here’s a link to the recording of my class last week: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Nj8glDIqr_bPCHLa4d0Lj96AnY1zMsxV/view?usp=sharing

 

What is a Feldenkrais teacher?

What is a Feldenkrais teacher? There are about 8,000 teachers of The Feldenkrais Method around the world – not a great number when compared with yoga and Pilates, but to be a Feldenkrais teacher, it does take commitment, dedication and a certain flexibility of mind. Moshe Feldenkrais developed his movement awareness method as an educational system for the mind and body; he wrote extensively about this throughout his life and passed on this knowledge to his students up until his death in 1984. Moshe realised the vital importance of working with the whole body and indeed the whole self in order to achieve lasting, radical change: to be able to teach this, Feldenkrais teachers train for four years on a globally recognised programme in order to understand not only how the body works, but also the nervous system, habitual movement patterns and early childhood development. There are no “quick fixes” although most people can experience radical change after one 45 minute lesson.
So when you go to an accredited Feldenkrais teacher, you can be confident that this person will not force your body into shapes or encourage you to “feel the burn”. You will be respected as an individual whose body has its own unique history. You will also be safe as accredited teachers MUST hold valid public indemnity insurance. All accredited Feldenkrais teachers have access to Advanced Training and many are continually adding to their knowledge as well as writing, researching and publishing. If you are interested in becoming a Feldenkrais teacher, please use this link: http://www.feldenkrais.co.uk/further.php

Weekly Feldenkrais classes in Sheffield!

After a long time of teaching online, I am delighted to be back and teaching to people in person! “Move Better, Feel Better!” is a weekly Feldenkrais class in the lovely venue of All Saints Church Hall, Sheffield S11 7PP. Here’s the link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/move-better-feel-better-tickets-192699859467

Feldenkrais, Creativity & Play

I hold my Functional Integration – Feldenkrais 1:1 – sessions at The Practice Rooms in Sheffield. The Practice Rooms are a network of centres devoted to therapy and counselling and the Sheffield centre is situated in a beautiful large building in a leafy part of the city. Last month, the organisation invited me to contribute to their blog page on the theme of Creativity & Play; here’s the link to my article, I hope you enjoy it! https://emea01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/…

A Change for the Better

Last week, my car keeled over and wouldn’t start. It’s been a great car, nothing wrong with it whatsoever and then suddenly it wouldn’t start. The AA man came out and looked at the battery and asked me “how old is this?”.  I know perfectly well that you should replace a car battery every 2-4 years so sheepishly I told him: “The battery is six years old”. He just looked at me sadly. I hadn’t bothered thinking about anything underneath the bonnet at all, the car just magically kept going – until it didn’t. We often think about ourselves in the same way; we choose not to think about our own physical and mental state as long as we can keep going – until a crisis happens. To prevent our personal battery running down, we need to make small changes in order to make a big difference to our physical and mental welfare.

I’m a qualified Feldenkrais teacher and I am particularly interested in the notion of change. The Feldenkrais Method is a process of self-education through movement and is named after Dr Moshe Feldenkrais, who developed this approach. The aim of The Feldenkrais Method is to improve functional movement, primarily through developing perception, motor learning, and our innate ability to discover that better movement patterns can be pleasurable and instinctive.

When we become aware that one form of posture is uncomfortable and potentially damaging but another approach can be pleasurable and beneficial, then perhaps we can create a different form of habitual movement. However, remembering to be mindful can be a real challenge. Our habits form part of our identity, they create a structure on which we build our self-image. We define ourselves by what we do but we often limit ourselves by how we do something. The Feldenkrais Method helps you identify limiting habits – this can be as simple as changing the way you sit on a chair or reach up to a high shelf.  Small changes in everyday actions work with the nervous system, increases your self-awareness, and teaches you easy and comfortable options for self-reorganisation.

In a Feldenkrais class, we gently explore movement patterns that are similar to the way you first learned to move: we learn to release tension in the muscles and to use the skeletal system more efficiently in order to reach, roll, stand up and sit down with less effort. The emphasis is on re-learning the natural movement you had as a young human, to regain pleasure and freedom instead of effort and anxiety. The pleasure principle is important in all learning situations because no matter what type of habit we are dealing with (emotional, mental, or in movement) a person will not give up an old habit unless the one being offered as a replacement is in every way as good or better than the old one.

When I begin to teach a Feldenkrais class lesson, I start by asking the class to lie down on the floor – to give up on the struggle with gravity for a moment and surrender to the floor. There is very little muscular effort required in order to lie on a neutral surface and so in this way, the nervous system can feel safe and calm, then it is possible to notice in finer detail the physical and mental state. Here, the practice is closely aligned to mindfulness, I’m asking everyone to notice the present moment, without judgment and without dwelling on the past or the future. Try it, your body will thank you for it.

I teach a regular online class for home office workers called “Take a Break From Work”. For most people, the idea of taking a break is to put the kettle on, it’s a habitual response to needing time out.  If you can instill the notion that before you reach for the tea bags, you pause, check in with your physical and mental state, perhaps even lie down for a few minutes, then you will discover a sense of relief and release. You might even create an easy, new habit that will benefit your whole body and mind.

(This blog piece originally appeared on The Practice Rooms website in January 2021)

Here we go…!

I’ve just added a whole schedule of workshops and classes to my Acuity booking system. As we move out of lockdown, I’m very happy to offer live classes and – for the time being – a Saturday workshop where you can choose to join via zoom or be there in person. Here’s the link to view all the available classes. https://MIndfulBodyclasses.as.me/