Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement
Teacher: Maggy Burrowes
Monthly on Saturday Afternoons: 2pm – 5pm (dates below)
- Call: 07976 640737
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Room: Studio 2 – 1st floor
- Fee: £35/30 for both sessions – £20/£15 for one session – (book in advance, email or call)
- For more information: https://maggyburrowes.com/working-with-maggy/classes-workshops/
Awareness Through Movement lessons use sophisticated movement sequences to guide you through a process of new learning and self-discovery. You focus your attention on your internal sensations, and use your increasing muscular awareness to release chronic muscle tension and create new movement possibilities for yourself.
Lessons usually take place on the floor but may sometimes include sitting lessons using a chair. Each new movement is explored and refined to enable your nervous system to become familiar with your new behaviour and your developing ability–you may well find yourself doing something with ease that you haven’t been able to do for years!
The Feldenkrais Method takes full advantage of the learning potential of the brain–we were working with human neuroplasticity long before it reached its current level of public awareness, as Dr Moshe Feldenkrais was a pioneer in the field of human potential. Throughout his lifetime he not only help hundreds increase their mobility and decrease their pain, but in his hands-on work he enabled many children and adults suffering from various forms of brain injury to improve their ability to function in most areas of life. Feldenkrais teaches play, exploration and discovery–the most effective learning tools for life.
Your sensory-motor nervous system is already set up to learn this way; you were an expert when you were a baby, discovering your abilities for the first time. As adults we become more locked into movement habits of which we are only dimly aware. As we get better at recognising the way these chronic holding patterns prevent us from moving with freedom and spontaneity, we can re-awaken our innate ability to learn continuously, lessening pain and muscular tension and moving in a new effortless way as we do so.
Re-organising body and mind…
We don’t tend to pay a lot of attention to how we organise ourselves to move; you have probably been instructed to lift heavy things with a straight back and bent knees, and most of us have discovered how ineffective it is to be told to “sit up straight!” but that is usually the extent of the functional advice the majority of us have been given in our lives.
There are hundreds of ways to improve how we go about our everyday actions–sitting, standing, walking, running, reaching, leaning, bending, rolling over in bed, the list is endless–by increasing our awareness of our muscles and our skeletal structure, and how they can be better organised to work more efficiently together.
Gentle and effective learning-by-doing
This learning process helps us to release ourselves from long-term, chronic muscle tensions that distort our posture and make it difficult to do the things we used to do with ease as children, and it also shows us how to maintain those improvements by incorporating what has been learnt into our daily lives.
The most wonderful thing about the Feldenkrais Method® is that although the potential for change is great, the movements employed for the purpose are slow and subtle, avoiding extremes, and are therefore suitable for people who are unable to handle more strenuous bodywork methods. Awareness Through Movement group classes are so gentle that they are popular with those experiencing Chronic Fatigue.
As the functioning of our nervous system improves so does our posture and this is so fundamental to our health that the benefits are widespread, including: Pain relief Stress reduction Relief from chronic muscle tension and spasms Improved breathing Increased flexibility, agility and grace Increased energy Improved sexual functioning Access to innate creativity The Method is for you:
- If you suffer from restricted movement or pain
- If you suffer from respiratory problems, fatigue or anxiety
- If you want to increase your vitality and well-being
- If you want to become more graceful and agile
- If you are a performer wishing to refine your art and improve your skills
- If an injury has disturbed the way your body functions
- If you are involved in sports or movement teaching
- If you wish to enhance your personal process of self-discovery and self-awareness
- If you have suffered brain injury, or a disturbance of the nervous system