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Feldenkrais Self-Healing Class SE14
Sunday August 18th 2–5pm
Saturday August 24th 2–5pm
Using the Feldenkrais Method to enhance our awareness of all our wonderful human senses – the original exteroceptive, plus the kinaesthetic, proprioceptive, interceptive and neuroceptive – hence “quintessensual”!
Meditation is a form of self-development, as is Feldenkrais, and many aspects of these two practises overlap and enhance each other.
For those of us with chronic pains, muscular tensions, stresses, anxieties, sleep problems, chronic respiratory issues, or who are simply feel blocked by their own habits of thought and behaviour, the more meditative aspects of The Feldenkrais Method can be the most effective way to create long lasting changes that steadily improve our sense of physical and mental well-being. Anyone keeping up with the science will be aware that relying on medication is not the best answer in the long term.
Our themes will be:
Learn to expand your focus of attention – both externally and internally
Meditative movement – Feldenkrais as “mindfulness centred on the body”
Self-quieting – using the nervous system to calm the nervous system – drawing on breath, toning and enhancing our listening abilities
Sitting With Ease – many forms emphasise the importance of sitting upright to increase the benefits of regular meditation practice. Learning to sit with lightness, balance and poise, so that you can meditate in comfort for longer, will be a key part of this class
Becoming your own neuro-feedback device – the current emphasis on expensive gadgets for enhancing our nervous system’s ability to self-monitor and self-regulate is outsourcing abilities we all have the potential to access naturally and directly through our own senses. The advantage of
learning to enhance your natural sense-abilities in this way is that you begin to feel better straight away, long before you have actually mastered the skills you are practising.
My intention with this class is to develop this process into an effective practice, with the advantage of being performable anywhere, in any position, for any available length of time. You will be learning to enhance:
your sensory awareness
your muscular awareness
your skeletal awareness
your interoceptive awareness, and…
your ability to focus your attention simultaneously on both your internal and external awareness.
This class will include self-hypnosis, and chi and chakra work.
Over the summer I will be offering two 3-hour training sessions
£40 per session
This class will enhance the aspects of Feldenkrais that overlap with self-hypnosis / auto-suggestion, with meditation, and with the internal alignment necessary for chi and chakra work – it will also be good fun!
I have a lot of material to share, and unlike a classic Feldenkrais class we will be developing themes for a daily practice, however one with all the flexibilities of the Feldenkrais process built in – ideal if you find meditating difficult; nourishing and stimulating if you find meditating easy.
I have a lot more to say, but am attempting brevity!
Please do let me know if you are interested, even if you cannot make all the dates.
Also please note that we will be sitting for most of the time.
Regular Feldenkrais Classes
Awareness Through Movement in the Crow’s Nest
We meet on Thursday evenings; currently alternate weeks until the end of August, then weekly from September.
Telegraph Hill Centre
Studio 3 – The Hub
London, SE14 5TY
Class Times – 7pm to 8pm:
We meet at 6.50pm in the Centre foyer, and ascend (45) stairs as a group – the room is at the very top of the building, hence the name of the class – the view is amazing!
UPDATE – There is now an entry system that will enable any latecomers to buzz in at the back door – I propose we continue to meet at 6.50pm and that anyone running late lets me know, so we know to expect you and can leave the buzzer in operation.
Fee per class £12 – to be paid in advance.
DETAILS FOR AUGUST:
There are 3 classes in August – 1st / 15th / 29th
I know our summers are busy – I am keeping the bi-weekly class going through the summer as I have enough commitment to cover costs. This means that if you are only able to come on a drop-in basis that is fine for these three classes, but advanced warning will still be appreciated. If you have already committed to August and your circumstances change please let me know straight away.
NEW SYSTEM FROM SEPTEMBER:
The class will run every week from September 5th onwards.
Payment will be in advance at the beginning of each month.
You will need to book a minimum of two classes, on the understanding that priority will be given to attendees prepared to commit to come every week.
The benefits of this learning process are cumulative, so committed attendance is the best way to produce consistent improvement. Nevertheless I do understand that committing to pay for a class even if you then cannot attend can feel like a big step, so…
All committed members of the class are entitled to individual Feldenkrais sessions at £35, plus an extra £5 off–per session–to compensate for any class you have to miss. I am also starting up a local Feldenkrais meditation class, and once this is established you may be able to swap to one of these classes, if there is space available. Regular class members also qualify for concession rates for my workshops at The Sunflower Centre – see below.
You need to bring your own mat and head support; bring anything you need to make sure you are comfortable on the floor. The room is well supplied with radiators – so far we have not had heating issues.
The Sunflower Centre
Next workshop will be in September, date and theme TBA…
Hilly Fields, SE4
All workshops 2 – 6pm, £60/£50
Customised Workshops for Companies & Organisations
I am always happy to design a workshop for a specific purpose – good ergonomic self-use for office workers, good vocal self-use for performance communities, good performance skills for everyone – contact me to discuss what you would like.
The International Feldenkrais community have been producing some attractive films to promote what is still a not very well known process with enormous benefits to offer. If you would like see the whole series in English click here. If you would like to see the full International Feldenkrais Federation film collection, which is available in multiple languages, click here view the YouTube Channel.