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/…
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/
LIVE FELDENKRAIS CLASS AND 1:1 SESSIONS FOR THE AUTUMN
It’s been great fun teaching Feldenkrais online whilst we’ve been in lockdown but I’m aware that, for some people, online classes are not for them. Therefore, I’m very pleased to say that All Saints Church is opening its doors again in September. I will be starting live classes again on Thursday 10 September from 10 – 11am. We will be in the main hall, which is large enough to be safely socially distanced, and also much quieter as it’s some distance from the playgroup!
To ease people back into live classes, the first session will be free to attend. Because of Covid-19 safety measures, please bring your own mat or blanket to lie down on; I will mark out the floor so that you have a safe space of 1-2 metres from other people. I will be limiting numbers for this class so please use this Eventbrite link to book, then I can keep an eye on capacity. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/free-taster-feldenkrais-class-tickets-117549512757
The online classes will continue on Wednesdays from 5.30-6.30pm and Fridays from 11.15-12.15, so if you can use your Class Pass for any or all three classes.
Online 1:1 sessions (Functional Integration)
I know that many of my clients are missing their regular 1:1 sessions during this time of social distancing. I’m very happy to say that I’m starting my 1:1 sessions back at the Practice Rooms from 8th September – to begin with, sessions will be on Tuesday and Friday afternoons in the Blue Room. This room is on the ground floor, so no more climbing up to the attic! – and is large and airy. Please go to the bookings page for available dates
I really enjoyed teaching a half day online workshop for musicians last week. Rachel Shirley, the organiser, posted a lovely review over on Facebook.
Busy people often have so many commitments, to their families, friends, children, work, clients…the list can seem endless but sometimes what’s missing from that list is self-care. This is the most important item on anyone’s list because – as the Buddhist saying goes:
You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection
As a Feldenkrais teacher, I encourage people to take care of themselves but all too often, I see that self-care becomes a low priority when others need care and attention. We understand unconditional love allows the vulnerable to flourish, so why not love yourself unconditionally? If you know that time set aside for exercise, quiet reflection or pleasurable activity makes a real difference to your physical and mental health, then make a commitment to that personal time – but don’t punish yourself if you can’t always do this!
It’s often easier to make a commitment to self-care if you’ve signed up for a block of sessions – it takes more than one session to change your habits and attitude towards yourself! That’s why I created the Class Pass to make life easier for my clients. A drop-in class is £8 but a Class Pass gets you five online sessions that you can take at any time over 90 days – a no-brainer really! Make the commitment today and click on this link
I had a great time teaching “Releasing Tension in the Neck and Shoulders” last Saturday. This is part of my monthly First Saturday workshops that are now online. The Feldenkrais Method is well suited to online teaching as this system of movement learning is all about learning to listen to your own body and not craning your neck to copy your teacher! For me, the added bonus is that people can now attend my workshops and classes even if they aren’t near me geographically so I have had people dialling in from Sweden, Berlin and all over the UK. 🙂
The next two workshops scheduled for this month are: Thursday 18th June at 6.15-7.00pm “Creating a More Flexible Spine” and on Saturday 27th June 10-11am “Flexible Feet and Ankles”. Make a note in your diary!
Each year, Feldenkrais teachers and practitioners use the anniversary of Moshe Feldenkrais’s birthday (6th May) to put on special events in order to raise awareness of The Feldenkrais Method across the world. I’m joining in with this by adding a series of mini workshops every day from 4-8 May 2020. Here are the details:
Daily: 4th – 7th May from 12 -12.30pm. Home Office.
Working from home can be a pain in the neck – literally! This short lunch-time session will bring relief as I guide you through some short sequences to release your neck and shoulders.
Monday 4th May 6-6.30pm Ease Your Lower Back
Too much time sitting down? Overdone the gardening? This mini workshop will relax your lower back and help you move more easily.
Tuesday 5th May 6-6.30pm Release Your Neck and Shoulders.
Tension in the neck and shoulders can restrict all your movement and lead to headaches and a general sense of discomfort. This mini workshop will help you release tense muscles and improve your range of movement.
Wednesday 6th May 6-6.45pm Fully Functional Knees, Feet & Ankles
A short form of this ever popular workshop! Here you will discover how to reduce stress and pain in your knees by improving your flexibility in feet and ankles.
Thursday 7th May 6-6.45pm Happier Hips
Stiffness in your hips affects walking, running and your yoga practice as well as adding to knee strain. This mini workshop will give you a greater sense of flexibility and connection in your pelvis
Friday 8th May 6-6.45pm Moving with your Whole Body
Reconnect with the joy of flexible, integrated movement and lose the creakiness! A lovely way to end your week.
You can book for one or all of these sessions by following my scheduling link here
I’m very pleased to announce that I will be starting a new Feldenkrais class at Equaminity Studios in Penistone this week. The new class will be from 10 – 11am every Thursday and is suitable for those new to the Method and for people who have already enjoyed the benefits of The Feldenkrais Method and how it can help you to improve your movement range with ease and comfort. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
I’m back after a long break from posting here. My apologies, but sometimes life gets too busy communicating to communicate! I hope you’ve had a great summer and I’ve enjoyed meeting a lot of new clients over the last few months, as well as planning new classes and collaborations for the autumn. A full and up to date version of the new classes and events is in the calendar and you can also go to the Classes page to see what’s on offer.