One-to-one Functional Integration sessions use sensitive, highly focussed touch to stimulate new ways of being and using yourself, communicating with your nervous system through your skeletal connections, which subtly encourages chronic contractions in your muscles to switch themselves off. Improvements are usually noticeable by the end of your first lesson and I will encourage you to be aware of the differences, and will give you mini ATM patterns to explore at home to help you retain the changes you are feeling.
You are learning a new way to be, by unravelling your old habits layer by layer. There is no speedy route to establish these beneficial changes in your self-use, and consistent improvement will come with regular awareness practise and making the commitment to focus on your self development and continuing growth. Fortunately new students can usually tell very quickly if the method is working for them.
People often book private lessons with me only when they are newly injured, in chronic pain, or if they have developed a condition from cumulative misuse such as RSI, Housemaid’s Knee (Bursitis) and Tennis Elbow, however it is so much quicker, easier, and cheaper to prevent these problems than it is to cure them, so please consider coming to me for a short series of lessons before a problem has become fully established, when you are still just getting the warning twinges. I am always happy to negotiate an affordable fee if that enables you to make a regular commitment, so don’t hesitate to talk to me about concession rates.
Because this work is about improving sensory-motor awareness it is also effective for people with more serious problems with the nervous system such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, or brain injury (including Stroke and Cerebral Palsy).
You are always welcome to call me for a chat without feeling ready to make a decision. In order to enable you to experience the cumulative benefits of this work, I have an ongoing offer of two for the price of one for your first two private lessons.
Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement®
Awareness Through Movement lessons use sophisticated movement sequences to guide you through a process of new learning and self-discovery and ongoing self-development. You will steadily improve your ability to focus your attention on your internal sensations, and discover how to use your increasing sensory-motor awareness to release chronic muscle tension and create new movement possibilities for yourself. As your self-awareness develops you can begin to undo years of accumulated holding patterns and unconscious clenching throughout your whole self. Lessons generally take place on the floor, but there are many lessons that take place in a chair, and sometimes even in standing. Each new movement pattern is explored and refined, to enable your nervous system to become familiar with your new behaviour and expanding ability – you may well find yourself doing something with ease that you haven’t been able to do for years.
Feldenkrais Potent Voice
My Embodied Voice training combines Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® with the state-of-the-art vocal training techniques that have emerged in recent years, thanks to the more refined observational equipment available to modern vocal science.
My intention is to enable anyone who wishes it to develop a flexible, strong, healthy and fully self-expressive voice. Whether your interest is singing, speaking well as an actor or presenter, or freeing your natural voice as part of a self-healing or spiritual development process – and of course any combination of these elements – then there is something in Embodied Voice for you.
I organise the group training in such a way that there is no pressure on anyone to perform – the idea is to become more conscious of exactly how your voice works, and to develop your vocal confidence and awareness so that with practice your voice can become fully integrated both physically and emotionally – a totally spontaneous fully-embodied voice. For this reason it is very important that you feel relaxed and able to explore making (often rather silly!) sounds without any embarrassment or self-consciousness.
Voice, Singing & Performance Coaching
In a one-to-one coaching session we can explore all the elements of vocal performance, drawing on both Embodied voice work and Feldenkrais to expand your abilities in any area you wish.
Self-Healing Training Sessions
I have refined those aspects of Awareness Through Movement that most directly relieve pain, and thus allow greater mobility throughout the self, and developed an individual process that can easily be taught online.
As part of this same project I am developing a course in Feldenkrais-enhanced meditative techniques, focussing on both pain relief and stress relief–as pain creates stress, and stress creates pain, these two are somewhat inseparable. New science exploring the self-healing potential of our neuroplastic and bioplastic nature means that the healing response, most often recognised as the ‘Placebo’ effect is becoming better understood all the time. The evidence is that the effects of stress on our health are global, and often reversible––at least to some extent––and the route to this shift is via our brain and nervous system. If we can unlearn our chronic stress responses we can reboot our own immune system and make valuable changes to our own health. This is more usually recognised as an effect of meditation, but the science supporting the benefits of “moving meditation”––Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and of course Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement––is growing at the same time.
I was particularly excited to discover Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais’ life-long interest in the potential of self-hypnosis––also known as ‘auto-suggestion‘––as I discovered its value for myself back in my 20s and am very much enjoying developing this aspect of the Feldenkrais Method now.
I will continue to expand on these themes as this site grows. Please do not hesitate to contact me in order to chat whether or not you feel ready to make a booking. I am sharing a lot of background information on my FaceBook pages, so do have a look there if you want to know more about the science behind my Quintessensual Consciousness course.
*…although resting is vitally important to the learning process, for so many reasons it will justify a whole article as soon as I get a chance to write it!
Do not hesitate to call me for more information, or just to chat; you can connect by email, or using this contact form.