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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.”

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

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

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/…

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/

Online and Live classes and 1:1 sessions this autumn

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

We're back to live classes!

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. I’m sure everyone is aware of the safety measures we need to have in place because of Covid-19, so 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.
In person or online, it will be lovely to see you in September.
Feldy Feet

Feldy Feet

Committing to Yourself

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

Workshops this month

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!