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
It 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”
My book ‘Feldenkrais for Actors’ or ‘How To Do Less and Discover More‘ published by Nick Hern books is 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:
You may be familiar with best-selling neuroscience writer, Norman Doidge’s recent book ‘The Brain’s Way of Healing’ with 2 chapters on Feldenkrais in it, but if not here he is talking about the man, his genius and his Method.
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”
This was my (uncut!) talk at the ‘(Re)storing Performance’ seminar on Feldenkrais for Performance, organised by Thomas Kampe at Bath Spa University back in June. Obviously I didn’t get to say all this in the time so here it is uncut. I have many more thoughts to share about Feldenkrais for actors and acting in the book I am writing (due out in the spring): this is a little piece and is specifically about teaching in drama schools. The audience consisted mostly of teachers of either Feldenkrais, dance or performance, some professors, some performers and even the odd student! Its quite long for a blog post and has no pictures, so its really for the hard core! Continue reading “Teaching Feldenkrais in Vocational Drama Schools”