Feldenkrais 'Awareness Through movement' Classes

 

 
 
Somatic Education; a Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement class
 
 
What I’m after isn’t flexible bodies but flexible minds, and to restore each person to their human dignity.
— Dr Moshe Feldenkrais
 

Feldenkrais lessons are a pleasurable way of deepening your capacity to sense accurately, to identify and reduce excessive effort, to discover healthy safe ways of moving while expanding and refining your movement repertoire. They are also a very helpful complement to yoga and meditation practice, using mindfulness of body, breath and sensation as a gateway to a more fully embodied presence.

Awareness Through Movement classes are suitable for any level of ability. Class sizes are small which allows for individual attention and an intimate atmosphere.  Please arrive 10 minutes before class starts so as not to miss any  of the lesson or disrupt the rest of the class. Wear comfortable loose fitting warm clothing and bring a mat or blanket to lie on.

Details of how to book a place in a class can be found here.


Weekly Awareness Through Movement Classes


Moving out of Pain

Tuesdays 1.30-2.30pm Swansea Wellbeing Centre, Walter Rd. Swansea SA1 5PQ

The Feldenkrais Method offers a safe, comfortable way to learn how to shift your pain by exploring your movement patterns.

These classes are specially designed for those with recurrent aches and pains, as well as anyone else who is looking for slow-paced, gentle, easy movement lessons. Relief from pain could be as simple as changing how you move. With its emphasis on learning, the Feldenkrais Method offers a gentle, safe and comfortable way of shifting your pain by exploring your movement and postural patterns. You will learn how to sense yourself better, to let pain dissolve, and find a greater range and ease of motion without risk of injury. This approach helps you to rewire your brain to move without pain.

Please contact me before coming to this class so I can ensure it will be suitable for you.

Cost £7 or £36 block booking for 6 classes

 

 

Tuesdays 7.30-8.30pm

142 Terrace Road, Swansea SA1 6HX

Numbers limited to 8 people, please contact me to book a place.

Cost: £7

Wednesdays 10.00-11.00am

142 Terrace Road, Swansea SA1 6HX

Numbers limited to 8 people, please contact me to book a place.                            

Cost; £7

Thursdays 12.30-1.30pm

Norton Village Hall, Castle Road SA3 5TF

This is a drop-in class, please contact me before coming for the first time.

Cost; £7

 

Block booking for weekly classes

Cost for the regular 1 hour classes is £7, but I also offer a block booking payment option. This gives a discount to regular students; you can choose to pay in advance for a block of 6 lessons for £36. The six lessons must be taken within 6 weeks or less. You can start the 6 weeks any time you like and can come to any weekly class and one weekend class (normally £8). If you are away during half-term week you can have an extra week to use up your allocation. Booking conditions for the Tuesday evening classes will apply. Details for how to pay here.


Weekend Classes at The Swansea Wellbeing Centre

 
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Supple Spine #2-More Gentle movement for a healthy back

10.30am-11.45, Saturday July 13th

Continuing last month's class theme, this lesson will explore gentle flexion and extension of the spine using many variations on the movement known at 'cat cow' in yoga. If you teach or practice yoga this lesson will give you valuable insights into new ways to approach this popular pose, exploring it to illuminate new detail, variety and subtlety, deeply connecting attention, sensation and breath.
But you don't need to come from a yoga background, as long as you are comfortable spending time on hands and knees (with many rests and changes)
This class will help you free up spinal mobility safely, and to discover deeper connection and coordination throughout your central core. With improved organisation pressure on discs, joints and ligaments is reduced, allowing over-contracted muscles to release, and under-used muscles to wake up.
Most people think that they need to do strengthening or stretching exercises to 'fix' their back pain. While flexibility and good muscle tone are important, the latest pain science shows that the most effective approaches for lasting relief and back health are ones which improve the communication and connection between your brain and your body.

Cost £8 There’s no need to bring a mat or blanket as the centre is fully equipped.

No need to book in advance as this class will be in the larger hall. For more information contact me on 07938 929544

Weekend classes 2019 dates - Saturday September 14th, Saturday October 12th, Saturday November 9th, Saturday December 14t


Here’s a lovely video made by the International Feldenkrais Federation which gives an impression of people’s experience of classes.

This is a montage of a baby doing what babies do during their first year of life. It is these first beginnings that form the initial pieces that someone would learn while doing a Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Lesson.


 
 

Venues

 Norton Hall is an accessible and warm venue. Parking is available on nearby streets within a 5 minute walk. Bus numbers 2A and 3A stop within 100m of the hall.

The Swansea Wellbeing Centre is easily accessible and close to bus routes. Parking available on nearby streets. Mats and blankets provided at the centre.

 
 
 

This exploration of movement and release of tension with no forced stretching or pain is delightfully simple and effective. I am so pleased to have found Feldenkrais with this inspirational teacher
I look forward to having the space and time to quieten the “internal chatter” of the day, as much as to feel my body is learning to move more effectively and have general awareness of movement that I did not have before. At the end of the hour I always feel calmed and physically lighter.