Welcome to the Home Page of The Mindful Body, Feldenkrais and Yoga in Sheffield.

I am a qualified teacher of The Feldenkrais Method and I teach classes, workshops and individual sessions in and around the Sheffield area. I also travel to colleges and universities to teach specialist modules for dancers, actors and musicians.  If you are interested in learning more about The Feldenkrais Method,  please follow the different pages on this website. If you would like to book a class for yourself or for a group of people, then you can go straight to my Classes page to book or leave a message.

I am also a qualified teacher of Hatha Yoga and again, I teach classes for individuals and groups in and around Sheffield. I am passionate about people finding physical and mental wellness through movement and my style of teaching yoga encourages you to find ease, comfort and confidence in the physical postures as well as discovering the benefits of relaxation and mindfulness. You can find out more on my Classes page and on my Yoga and Feldenkrais page.

I hope you enjoy looking through this website, if you’ve questions or comments, please go to the Contact page and leave me a message.

How does The Feldenkrais Method help us in learning how to improve the quality and range of our physical movement?

We all have a pattern of moving in everyday life that becomes part of our physical bodies and this is what creates our ongoing self-image, our own personal “stories”. Some of these stories have been added unconsciously and some consciously, added on from our life experiences. These can be an accumulation of events, activities or emotions but is all part of a continuing evolution that started when we evolved into standing upright because of desire and necessity, these are the internal and external factors that shaped our bodies. This evolution is still going on as we adapt to work and living conditions, shape ourselves around furniture, screen watching, driving and sitting. There is also “learned parental behaviour” because when we were young, we learnt to walk and talk by imitating others around us – commonly our parents. We adopt those physical and mental attitudes because of constant exposure to these influences and that can lead onto our mental attitude to ourselves, to preferred physical activities and achievement which in turn again helps to shape our physical bodies, our self-image and self-expectation. This is our earliest form of neuromuscular training and this becomes part of our entire lives. When it comes to learning a different form of moving, our movement history adapts our approach: if you have a trained dancer learning yoga, they will produce a different adaptation to – say – a swimmer or a climber. So is impossible for everyone to be the same when we join a class and come to lie down on the mat. We also have another “history” which accompanies us when we try out a new way of moving and that is our injury history. This may have come about through accident or as a sports injury but they all have an influence of which we may not be aware. This influence may be a tightness on one side or an imbalance in the pelvis or simply a nervous reaction which restricts the range of movement because there is a memory of pain in one part of the body. All these elements feed back to the brain, shaping our personal self-image that is then fed back through the nervous system.

When we experience a Feldenkrais session, we are making a functional change to the way we move and to how we think we can move, creating a new neuromuscular pattern to aid in recovering from injury, old and unhelpful movement habits and strengthening our ability to prevent long term damage to the joints and skeletal structure.

Avoiding Lower Back Pain

There has been so much publicity about lower back pain lately – over 540 million people globally are affected at any one time – a staggering idea. The Feldenkrais Method is very effective at tackling the stiffness and lack of mobility that follows back injury as it gently encourages a better range of movement using the body effectively and safely. I’m running a workshop on Saturday 7th July on “Avoiding Lower Back Pain” and here is the ticket link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/avoiding-lower-back-pain-tickets-47587145433

New workshops and new newsletter on its way!

Well, I’m sure I’m not the only one looking forward to the deluge of emails about GDPR going away soon! If you’ve been lucky enough to avoid all the fuss, the new legislation on Data Protection has put a lot of people in a spin. Here at The Mindful Body, it gave us a chance to review all our policies and finally get around to the long-promised newsletter which will be out at the end of this week! For those who have signed up, this fortnightly newsletter will give all the information on forthcoming classes and workshops as well as regular tips and suggestions on how you can look after yourself better and maintain a healthy, flexible body and mind. Classes and events will still appear on the Classes page of this website.

Happy New Year!

Here we are, at the start of a new year and I’m really excited about the possibilities that could be waiting! January got a great start last weekend with the first First Saturday workshop “Improve Your Stride” at Breathe Pilates. We had a full class, full of a really interesting range of people all keen to explore better ways of moving. If you want to see the dates and themes of the next workshops, head over to  http://diannehancock.co.uk/classes/