I really enjoyed running a longer Awareness Through Movement course this summer, not just because it was all about embodying the voice – my favourite subject! – but also because it is always great to hear people talking about the various improvements they noticed overnight – better, deeper sleep; more mobility and less pain in a joint or limb. A day of Feldenkrais is much better than an hour, and two days are better than one! Because our method is a learning process – rather than, say, an exercise process, which it is often mistaken for – this is one of those times where more really IS better.
I have an exciting two days of Awareness Through Movement coming up next weekend, centred on our amazing human spine – how it moves, how it supports, how it breathes, how it integrates the whole self in to one elegantly organised system, and how you can re-energise your self by bringing your skeleton into dynamic alignment around this beautifully “engineered” self-adjusting central column – in other words we will be wiggling ourselves into an elastic, undulating, more spontaneous and responsive state of being.
A healthy, mobile spine is central to a fully embodied voice and for that reason Serpentine Spine is an excellent foundation course for my HumanSong workshop.
The idea that there are “energy centres” along the length of our spine may be an ancient one, but that does not make it “unscientific”. The places where nerves and glands cluster often coincide with the stations along the spine where the shape and function of the vertebrae adjust to maintain maximum efficiency of our spine for vertical balance and easy movement. Feldenkrais is an ideal way to bring the spine into the state of alignment-in-motion that improves the function of the breath, the central nervous system and the organs – all of which contribute massively to an improvement in our overall well-being –more information about the course here. and I have put the dates, venue, and prices just below.
The Skylight Centre is a great discovery, spacious, and lovely to work in. Nevertheless I am having to up my game to spread the word in North London; I used to be a N11 girl, but for very many years now I have been very happily settled in SE14, and it is taking me a little time to reconnect with the Feldenkrais community North Of The River. As this workshop is not full I am opening it up to anyone who would like to come for one day only, and I am also prepared to offer discounts for anyone on a low income.
Awaken Your Serpentine Spine–Feldenkrais & Core Vitality
Immerse Yourself in Transformative Awareness Through Movement
The Skylight Centre
Highbury & Islington, N
October 13th & 14th
11.30 am – 5.30 pm each day
Fee for both days £150/£130, and £75/£65 for one day only.
I am finishing this advert with a wonderful short film of a young woman who lost her limbs very young after a catastrophic illness, but who did not let that prevent her from becoming a wonderful dancer – it is a joy to watch her spine in motion, and to see the same freedom of movement in her sister…