All of the processes I teach are available online. I am currently using Zoom, which means that a recording of your lesson will be included in the fee, when it is appropriate to do so (group classes may sometimes be edited before sharing).
I have decided to offer a “Lockdown Discount” to anyone who needs it, rather than lower my standard rate for one-to-one sessions online, which is £60 for a 75 minute session. The extra time is necessary for discussion and feedback and I will not necessarily record that part of the lesson every time. During Lockdown my standard fee is only “suggested”, and I am happy to accept a donation instead. I can accept payments via BACS, and, if that is inconvenient for any reason, PayPal.
(Please note that the regular classes and workshops appear first, and thus this list may not be in a sensible order date-wise!)
Awareness Through Movement Online Classes on Zoom
Tuesdays @ Noon
12 pm – 1 pm
Thursdays @ 6pm
6 pm – 7 pm
£10 for a single class
£32 for 4 classes per month
£55 for up to 9 classes per month*
Classes on Zoom, recordings provided
*Suggested fee, or any donation welcome
These are ongoing classes, so the intention is for you to commit to attending on a regular basis: once a week is good, twice a week is better. Feldenkrais is about learning to learn; these are skills that you will develop over time with practice, and the benefits you will experience are also cumulative.
The Feldenkrais Method is unique in design, and of all the versions of personal training that include a physical element, Feldenkrais is most like Tai Chi, where regular practise is good, and the more time you give to the process the more you get back. At some point you become someone who practises Feldenkrais, and at that point the benefits and the pleasures begin to accrue.
One reason I am so enjoying teaching on Zoom is the facility to share a recording of the class so you can build up an archive of lessons to explore whenever you wish.
Much of what I write about in my blog is intended to make the pleasures and possibilities of learning how to learn more apparent earlier in the process; here is a recent article on the subject.
I am using Zoom, and you will need to book with me in advance by email. When I hear from you I will send you a secure link to access the broadcast.
Do use the contact form if you would like more information, PLEASE NOTE MY REPLIES HAVE SOMETIMES GONE ASTRAY RECENTLY, SO I AM ASKING PEOPLE TO INCLUDE A PHONE NUMBER, JUST IN CASE…
You can also contact me on FaceBook via my main work pages:
Your Potent Inner Voice
Sensory Self-Awareness for Self-Healing
Wednesday Evenings 7 – 9 pm
Online + Recording
£20* (suggested fee or donation)
These extended evening classes* focus on my Feldenkrais-based self-healing strategies, and the recordings are intended to make it very easy for you to develop these skills for yourself. I am exploring the evening format with the intention of supporting better sleep as well as pain relief and self-calming.
*I am aware that two hours is a long class, so do please know that you can choose to join us for the first hour only, particularly if that would make joining the class regularly more manageable for you.
One seldom-discussed aspect of the potency of the voice is the influential presence of an internal voice, constantly commentating on our lives. The voice inside our own heads can be an ally or an enemy; for a while now I have been discovering how to train my inner voice to be a better ally in my on-going project of self-healing. Here is an introduction to the process, from an article on my website:
“Self-Hypnosis – also known as Autogenic Training – has been around for a long time. I first came across it back in the Eighties, in a book called Superlearning. This was at right at the beginning of my interest in meditation, and practising the autogenic sequences from the book were the closest I came to achieving the deeper states of inner calm that are reportedly the most effective brain wave frequencies for healing chronic conditions.
Thus, when a bout of chronic fatigue left me with fibromyalgic pain that did not easily respond to the mindful movements that had helped me free myself of sciatica in the past, my investigations brought me full circle, and this time I made a connection I had somehow failed to make before. I remembered that Moshe Feldenkrais was also interested in self-hypnosis at a similar age, except that – being the over-achiever he was – he translated a significant book on the subject into Hebrew, and boldly added his own thoughts in a 26 page commentary.
The book was The Practice Of Autosuggestion by the Method of Émile Coué (1929), and Moshe’s original contribution has recently been published as Thinking and Doing, A monograph by Moshe Feldenkrais. He retained his enthusiasm for these concepts throughout his life, attempting to republish his translation in 1977, and using the techniques he still valued to speed his recovery after his stroke. Article continues here…
This workshop will be ideal for anyone seeking to improve their own health and wellbeing, and the health and wellbeing of others.
Daily Immersive Online Courses:
Exploring Inversions In Motion
Improving the postural organisation of your neck & head
Daily Class At Noon – Online + Recording
May 10 – 14th
12 pm – 1.30 pm £75 / £50 – low income rate*
*Suggested fee or any donation welcome
The definition of “inversion” we will be exploring in this daily class is having the hips and the heart higher than the head, in relation to gravity. This will give us lots of lovely Awareness Through Movement lessons to play with, and lots of fun moves to discover.
In Israel Moshe Feldenkrais is famous for teaching David Ben Gurion to stand on his head, and we explored this posture in depth in my training, free from any pressure to succeed. Although I had some satisfying experiences with what were initially rather awkward positions, I never overcame my undiagnosed dyspraxia in order to be able to stand on my head. I did learn to balance easily on my head and hands, with my knees safely bent, so my centre of gravity was still nice and low. I greatly enjoyed these lessons – they enabled me to begin to release the long term tension I had been holding deep in my upper back, shoulder girdle and neck. My posture improved, my neck tension eased, I developed more freedom of movement in my shoulder girdle, and I felt rather pleased with myself. The lessons that prepared us for the headstand were safe and enjoyable and ideal for anyone unlearning tension in these areas, or dealing with chronic issues such as headaches, neck and shoulder pain, and repetitive strain in upper limb joints – and of course, this being Feldenkrais, you are just as likely to discover greater ease in your hips and ankles!
We spend the vast majority of our waking hours sitting, standing or moving around in an upright stance and throughout the day our head remains balanced upright on the top of our spine without us having to think about it at all. The neck is a vital channel of communication for the nervous system between the brain-hub and all the extended branches of the nervous system, circulatory system, and the lymphatic system, throughout the whole self – naturally the neck is very strong! Because of this important role, improving neck use affects the wellbeing of our whole self, and for the same reason improvements to the functioning of our neck and upper body can take a while to establish, however, once established everything you do will be easier, and chronic pain and daily physical effort will lessen naturally.
This workshop will feature lessons designed to increase the flexibility of, and encourage more fluid movement in, your upper spine, neck, shoulders and rib cage. We will use rotation, flexion, extension, and inversion to reawaken your natural elegance and poise.
Highly recommended for everyone, but particularly performers – musicians, singers, actors, dancers, martial artists – and anyone with issues related to the cranial functions, such as headaches, respiratory issues, balance issues etc.
As with all Feldenkrais work, your spinal/neuronal energy centres will be becoming better aligned, increasing your sense of self-integration and vitality
This will be a very practical course and you will receive notes and supporting materials to help you maintain the improvements you experience from this immersive Awareness Through Movement experience.
You will need to book with me directly to get the Zoom link, and a recorded version of the lesson is included in the fee. Bookings are by email, or via my contact form.
Sunday May 16th – Online + Recording
2 – 4.30 pm
Breathing in a ‘well-organised’ way is the most fundamental of my Feldenkrais fundamentals; during Awareness Through Movement lessons, whatever we are doing we always paying attention to the ease and flow of our breathing as we are doing it.
Using carefully designed breathing patterns for health and well-being is so fundamental that their history goes all the way back to our most ancient cultures, and many of the processes our ancestors discovered are still in use today – Qi Gong and Pranayama are particularly well-known, but even a brief stint on google reveals links to other, less well-documented traditions from all over the world, and of course as a singer I am well aware of just how fundamental singing and chanting were to our earliest tribal communities – some researchers even believe that singing pre-dated speech in our evolution.
Breathing remains one of the most effective, most affordable, and most portable of our natural self-healing tools. We will explore…
*Breathing in a naturally-well-coordinated manner – including improved structural organisation of the jaw and tongue
*Breathing as a self-calming practice
*Breathing as a self-healing practice (these two naturally overlap; we will be exploring breathing as an energising and vitalising process, as well as a soothing and quieting process)
*Breathing as a chanting practice – a core aspect of working in harmony with your vagal nervous system.
Ancient techniques can seem familiar simply because they are naturally similar to our modern, well-researched, updated versions -– in essence, we can inhale in a particular manner, and we can exhale in a particular manner, and we can pause our breath at a particular moment – it is a testament to human ingenuity that there are so many alternative methods to explore! What is even more pleasing is that all of these health and mood-improving benefits occur naturally as a “side-effect” of practising sustaining vibratory vocal sounds – very much a win win win!
This workshop will be beneficial for:
Singers, presenters, performers, and anyone interested in the voice
Anyone dealing with chronic tension in the face, jaw, and throat
Anyone interested in meditation and chanting
Functional Self-Integration Lessons
I am still exploring ways to share my self-healing Quintessensual Consciousness practice. While this is still in the development stage I am offering a special rate of £40* for individual online sessions. This is a version of Feldenkrais focussed on pain and stress relief.
There are more details on my Home page, and several articles about it in the Writing area of my website. Do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to discuss with me whether this form of meditative training might be of help to you.
*Suggested-fee-or-donation rate applies.
Many years ago I recorded a short lesson about breathing – here is a link to this lesson in the archive on the Feldenkrais UK Guild website – enjoy!