A Sense of Safety (1) – a short article written for the Feldenkrais Guild Newsletter, March 2019

Over 12 years of teaching the Feldenkrais Method I have come to realise how much the ability to breathe and move freely and not feel the need to push, strain, brace or pull oneself together tightly depends significantly on our fundamental sense of safety.  Whether it is through many little experiences, a persistent condition, injury or major trauma, many of us discover at some point that we are vulnerable. Continue reading “A Sense of Safety (1) – a short article written for the Feldenkrais Guild Newsletter, March 2019”

STOP PRESS!

  • SPRING  HOLIDAY BREAK: Monday 15th -Tuesday 23rd April 2019
  • 2019 Spring/Summer workshops now up on schedule page
  • On May 3rd I will be on the panel for the Creativity Track of the online Feldenkrais Awareness Summit ( a wonderful online resource May 1-10 with a host of fabulous speakers) free to listen at the time, pay to download to keep. Sign up here*
  • I will also be presenting at the Global Improvisation Initiative Summit on 16th May. The summit is organised by Improbable (Theatre) and runs 15-18th May. Info and tickets here
  • Order your copy of my book ‘Feldenkrais for Actors’ at a discount direct from the publishers here.

(*nb i benefit a little from any purchase made through this link)

 

 

HOW DID YOU LEARN TO MOVE? Developing Agility: workshop April 28th 2018

HOW DID YOU LEARN TO MOVE?
PART 3: FLOOR TO STANDING: IMPROVING AGILITY
Feldenkrais Method workshop with Victoria Worsley
Saturday 28th April 10.30-4.30, £70/60conc
Dharma Shala, 92-94 Drummond Street, Euston, London NW1 2HN

Important: you don’t have to have done the previous workshops in the series – Each of these three workshops is valuable on its own. This is a purely practical and experiential exploration, using Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lessons.

Who is this workshop for?

  • Anyone from any walk of life of any age wanting to improve their own comfort, ease and agility.
  • An amateur or professional athlete, martial artist, free runner, dancer, acrobat, movement or sports coach interested in the fundamentals for and development of agility
  • A new Mum or Dad curious about their child’s early learning or a professional working with children’s movement and development

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BLACK BELT: cross-motivation

20161216_220354It takes quite some commitment to be knocking on the door of shodan (1st degree black belt). And as the test approaches I find I am STILL asking myself why, as a rather small 50 year-old woman – and especially as a Feldenkrais Teacher – I find myself so committed to a hard martial art as challenging as Goju Ryu karate. I have seen enough people come and go and felt the difficulty of staying with it keenly enough to know that it does really mean something – if only about me!

“Don’t you think it might be time to gently let go of Karate now?” says my own beloved Feldenkrais Practitioner as I lie on his table bruised and exhausted from blacking out and apparently breaking my fall with my chin and mouth. Continue reading “BLACK BELT: cross-motivation”

‘Feldenkrais for Actors’ – my book is out

My book ‘Feldenkrais for Actors’ or ‘How To Do Less and Discover More‘ published by Nick Hern books book-coveris out now. The Actors Centre, where i am doing some workshops based on it (see schedule page) asked me to write a blog for them, so I did. I thought I would post it here too:

To explain how The Feldenkrais Method© helps actors is a big job. Indeed, it’s just taken me a whole book – and even that’s just an introduction as it opens up an enormous area of study. Presence, posture, voice, breath, spontaneity, sensitivity, versatility, flexibility are all addressed by this very profound and fundamental method. Let’s just take one corner of it here:

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FELDENKRAIS + SUSTAINABLE TRAINING

I have been meaning to write something about my experience of sustainable training and working with injury for some time, as working with this has taught me a great deal about the Feldenkrais Method. I came out of physical theatre aged 40 and since then I have been supplementing my feldenkrais practice with barefoot running and, for the last 8 years, a demanding form of traditional Okinawan karate. At my age especially I have had to pay a lot of attention not to end up injured and out of both activities quite quickly and it is important for many of my clients too. Continue reading “FELDENKRAIS + SUSTAINABLE TRAINING”