Awareness Through Movement with The Feldenkrais Method – Small Movements, Big Gains!
This class takes place most weeks of the year, any pauses will be posted on this page in advance. I am going to go straight through Christmas – the dates are Thursday 21st and 28th – I know this seems a little crazy, but there are enough of you coming regularly to make it worth attempting – I shall probably pick some unusual themes, just for fun
From a recent blog post:
Learning to move freely in all dimensions, with mindful self-focus and heightened awareness, is a wonderful tool for…
Self-calming – Self-healing – Self-awareness – and Self-development
Become the most self-aware and fully integrated version of yourself – use mindful movement to bring your whole being into unity and harmony. For a more in-depth explanation of Feldenkrais as mindful, or meditative movement, read on…
Thursdays 6.30pm – 7.45pm £10.00 / £8.00 Concessions
Please bring a mat if you are able (I only have a few spares), and wear loose, comfortable clothing
The Telegraph Hill Centre (next door to St Catherine’s Church) Kitto Road, New Cross, SE14 5TY The Centre is close to three stations – map link here.
New Cross Gate and Brockley – there are trains from London Bridge (approximately every 15 minutes) and a frequent service from the London Overground Line which connects to either the Tube (Jubilee Line) or the DLR at Whitechapel, Shadwell and Canada Water.
Nunhead is a convenient station if you are coming via Lewisham or Blackheath, and South or South West London.
The Overground link from Clapham Junction is now in operation, and the two lines interconnect at Canada Water and Surrey Quays.
There are two South London buses that stop very close to the Centre/Church – the 484 (Lewisham to Camberwell), and the 343 (Tower Bridge to New Cross) – at either Pepys Road or Avignon Road, depending on your direction of travel. If you need to avoid walking the 484 passes close by Brockley Station, and the 343 close by New Cross Gate Station.
The Centre is at the meeting point of the Kitto, Pepys, Jerningham and Vesta Rds.
There is plenty of parking if you are coming by car.
Do remember to bring a mat or blanket to lie on – although I will have some spare mats with me, I never know how many I might need…
Awareness Through Movement – 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!