Move Better – Feel Better – Be Better – with Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement
Move better - good movement is healthy, efficient, enjoyable to do, good to look at, and it helps maintain the healthy running of your whole self – strong bones; elastic, responsive muscles; healthy, pain-free joints, and of course good balance and coordination!
Feel better - when we know how to move well, everything we do feels better; sitting is ok, even if it is all day; walking is pleasurable for longer, joints and muscles stop complaining, you can break into a sprint or squat down to pick something up without hesitation…
Moving better means better breathing, which is good for your mental and emotional state, as well as your internal organs and your immune system.
Be better - better at living, better at learning, better at (not) ageing, better at adapting when something unexpected comes along, better at pacing yourself, i.e. stopping when you need to stop before your body reacts by forcing you stop.
Feldenkrais is different, moving better will make more difference to you than just being stronger or more flexible - recent research makes it clear that when we move better in old age – specifically getting up from the floor with ease – we live longer.
UnDoing Tension & Stress – BodyMindfulness & The Art Of Allowing
Awareness Through Movement & The Joy Of Allowing
Enliven & Liberate Your Self – The Freedom Of Allowing
It is a very rare upbringing indeed that does not include encouragement to struggle and strive as the only reliable way to achieve better results. This brainwashing begins in early childhood, long before we have had a chance to discover our own preferences and inclinations. The requirement to please others, and seek validation outside of ourselves, is usually so entrained in us by the time we reach adulthood that we have no need of any further influence to keep up the pressure on ourselves throughout our lives. Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement is the perfect tool to enable anyone who wishes to undo all the unconscious habitual muscular control this constant pressure creates – for many of us this search for individual well-being only begins when the strain becomes too much, and our physical and mental health begins to suffer – and for the most sensitive of us that can happen so early in life that it feels impossible to imagine an easier, more pleasurable, more joyful way to be.
I am developing the concept of the Art of Allowing, to describe the ability to achieve the fluid, playful, spontaneous way of being that Feldenkrais is designed to help you master. Of course mastery is a slow business, and we all know that the most valuable skills repay the commitment we make to explore and develop them: these workshops will include simple-to-follow practice notes, and ongoing support from me, so there will be no reason not to get the maximum benefit possible from the new way of being you are learning to embody.
Awareness Through Movement and Embodied Voice workshops are ideal for you whether you are beginning the process of improving your health and mobility for the first time, or are perhaps already on a path of self-healing, and thus familiar with practices such as Yoga, Tai Chi, Aikido, Open Focus Meditation, and Heart Rhythm Meditation – Feldenkrais can enhance any practice designed to improve our health, our posture, our sleep patterns and our daily sense of joy.
Learning to move freely and spontaneously in all dimensions, with mindful self-focus and heightened sensory motor awareness is a wonderful skill for…
Self-calming and de-stressing
Self-healing and pain relief
Self-awareness and self-knowledge – plus
Self-development and personal growth
Become the most self-aware and fully integrated version of yourself – use mindful movement to bring your whole being into unity and harmony. This intimate workshop will be ideal as an introduction to Feldenkrais or a great way to renew your relationship with Feldenkrais and reboot your practice if you have had a break from classes or private lessons.
The connection between Awareness Through Movement and mindfulness is pretty easy to recognise, and perhaps can even provide a way to develop a better understanding of what Feldenkrais is all about. Using the brain’s ability to learn, unlearn and relearn (the practical meaning of “neuroplasticity) as a tool for health and well-being should be obvious, but somehow isn’t. Even when it is better understood it is mostly in the context of curing serious neurological problems, not for those of us who have just developed bad muscular habits and self-defeating approaches to new challenges in life. I have been thinking about these ideas for a while now and am beginning to finally put them down on paper. I think Feldenkrais is particularly useful for those who find it difficult to meditate effectively! Developing your Awareness Through Movement skills can enable you to move, do and be in a mindful way throughout your day. For more on this idea, you might like to read my most recent article on this theme.
Call or email Maggy to make enquiries or to book your workshop place:
07976 640 737 or 020 7642 1457
…and if you are new to Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement, here is a brief introduction.
Moshe Feldenkrais wasn’t only an engineer, he was also a Judo teacher, and his Method reveals his expertise in both these areas of practical knowledge. As he experimented with ways to teach his judo students to be better fighters he began to be interested in how we learn, and what gets in the way of learning. He was particularly struck by how ingrained habits of movement can be hard to unlearn and he taught his fighters to work with rather than against their own natural responses when under attack. He saw that all of us have the capability to continue to develop new abilities throughout our lives, and that this capacity to upgrade our own brains and refine our sensory-motor awareness was the ideal way to recover from injury and prolong the healthy functioning of our selves, physically and mentally. He was confident that learning how to move less habitually and with more awareness would naturally lead to releasing us from habitual emotional attitudes and patterns of thought as well. Here is a snippet of Feldenkrais lecturing about movement and Campbell Soup!