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.

And breathe…

  I can’t believe that next week will be the beginning of December and so the last Saturday workshop of 2018! It’s been an action-packed and very eventful year both personally and globally so the theme of this workshop “Take A Breath” seems very apt. We can often feel overwhelmed by the pace of life and the expectations we create for ourselves: therefore it is very important to find time to pause, reflect and simply, take a breath. This December workshop will focus on breathing, mindfulness and relaxation techniques to help build personal resilience and equip you for the month ahead. You can book by going to the bookings page here

More information is on the Classes page here


Washington Post Article

This is a great article from a very honest writer who was completely new to The Feldenkrais Method: “All of this minimal effort is harder than it seems — particularly for people like me who tend to thrive on stress, then collapse from it in a continuous loop”. Well worth a read! Click here


Take the Stress Out of Your Knees!

Coming up next week on 3rd November is my First Saturday workshop “Take The Stress Out Of Your Knees”. The most common problem active people develop is pain and stiffness in the knees. Too often this is because you are not using the pelvis or the ankles efficiently so additional strain is transferred to the knee joints – strain that those joints aren’t designed for. This workshop will explore better movement pathways to support walking and running without strain. Book now on this link or email me on dianne_hancock@hotmail.com

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