I just found this article on Anxiety and Stress which I wrote a few years ago for the newsletter of the health centre I work at. Trauma and anxiety have been cropping up as a theme in one-to-ones lately and I thought this article still read quite well – though it is a little more formal than my usual ‘blog’ style’ - so here it is: Continue reading
A lot of things get said about the ‘core’. Principally that it must be ‘strong’ and it must be ‘stable’. And of course those can be useful ideas. But it begs a whole lot of questions. Continue reading
There is a lot of emphasis around at the moment on being stronger in a muscular sense. In general if someone comes to see me they tend to say ‘I am not strong enough’, ‘my back is weak’, ‘my core is weak’ as an explanation for whatever it is they are having difficulty with. We also have a very exercise oriented culture in which things need to be done ‘strongly’ and nothing is any good unless you are using lots of effort and working very hard.
Now I should lay my cards on the table at this point and say there is nothing wrong with exercise and nothing wrong with using lots of effort and working very hard. Continue reading
Very nice little video giving a good idea of the kind of thing a one-to-one Feldenkrais hands-on session is (Functional Integration). Andy Dawson made it, Scott Clark does the FI and its shot in myl ittle studio. really gives the feel of the story of it. great.
So having done workshops on things like strength and movement development over the last year, I thought it was time to go back to some fundamental activities. The kinds of things we do every day: sit, walk, use our arms. These kind of workshops are a great way in if you are new to the method because they relate so directly to every day needs, but they are also great themes even if you have done a lot of the method because there is always another layer of learning, of awareness, of improvement. The first one in October is around sitting. Continue reading
I put this up on my Facebook page a while ago but it needs to be here on this blog too. I think it is a fabulous piece - so important, and in its difference to prevalent ideas about correcting and ‘getting it right’. Sheryl Field is so beautifully eloquent on this point . Crucial for everyone I have had to put it up on both general and acting and performance – but of course it would be a truly radical idea for sports! ‘to correct is incorrect’
Feldenkrais GUild UK video (1) Enjoy this new video made for the Feldenkrais Guild UK by Andrew Dawson recently.