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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.

The Joy of Feldenkrais

I work with all kinds of people: some have a regular physical practice such as running, sports, yoga or dance and some just want to be able to get out of bed in the morning without pain or struggle. Whatever the aim, when I see someone discovering better movement – that’s also fun – its a joyous moment.

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/

First Saturday workshops for 2017

Summer seems to be flying by and there are only five more First Saturdays until the end of the year! Here are the dates for the monthly workshops until December – £20 each or if you pay in advance for four, then the fourth one is free! (£60)

2 September 2017      Supple Hips and Smooth Walking

7 October 2017           Releasing Tension in Neck and Shoulders

4 November 2017       Better Balance and Coordination

2 December 2017       Breathe, Unwind and Mindful Meditation

Training with Ruthy Elon

I had a fantastic time this weekend, learning from one of our very respected practitioners Ruthy Alon. Ruthy first attended classes with Moshe Feldenkrais in 1957 and in 1967 was part of the first group of teachers trained by him. At the age of 87 years, she is still teaching, travelling and developing her own “Movement Intelligence” based on The Feldenkrais Method. If you’re interested in seeing Ruthy in action, here she is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igpJeOkgfzw

Training with Ruthy Alon

I had a fantastic time this weekend, learning from one of our very respected practitioners Ruthy Alon. Ruthy first attended classes with Moshe Feldenkrais in 1957 and in 1967 was part of the first group of teachers trained by him. At the age of 87 years, she is still teaching, travelling and developing her own “Movement Intelligence” based on The Feldenkrais Method. If you’re interested in seeing Ruthy in action, here she is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igpJeOkgfzw

Reach Higher and Lower!

My next workshop on 1 July 2017 will be on the theme of reaching. Often we blame stiff shoulders for restricted movement, particularly when raising and lifting, but learn to use your ribs more efficiently and you’ll be surprised how easily that top shelf comes within your reach! This friendly class can change the way you move. £20/£18 for students & Equity members

Words matter…

On 3 June, I will be running a morning workshop – Releasing Tension in Neck and Shoulders – at Breathe Pilates in Sheffield. This workshop is all about learning to undo tension in the neck and shoulders and find greater ease in moving and reaching. It’s a popular workshop as so many people find themselves dealing with stiff shoulders, tension headaches and a pain when moving the neck – life literally becoming “a pain in the neck”! Where Feldenkrais can help with this is raising awareness of how you sit, stand and reach as well as how you arrange your environment when carrying out long or repetitive tasks. A simple example is the way you sit at your office desk and look at your computer screen. ( Go to http://diannehancock.co.uk/the-feldenkrais-method-in-action/ for a short lesson in how to sit more comfortably at work)

But The Feldenkrais Method isn’t just a physical training discipline, it is also a way to rethink how you feel about yourself. Your own self-image dictates your approach to life, exercise and well-being: poor self-image can often lead to poor or harmful choices about how you go through life. Bound up with self-image are the words we use to describe ourselves and our intentions and these words can reinforce our state of mind. Constantly telling yourself that you are “rubbish” or “failing” only emphasises failure – which is as logical as constantly criticising a baby on their attempts to crawl or walk! Sports scientists have discovered that visualising success, the perfect trajectory and the winning outcome, leads to better achievement. I learnt on my Feldenkrais teacher training to change or avoid words such as “try” “fail” “push” “doesn’t work” and find alternatives such as “interesting” “experiment” and – my favourite – “approximation”. I often work with people who attend gym and fitness classes regularly and are very frustrated by injury. They struggle with the recovery process, mainly because they can’t (or won’t) change whatever they were doing to cause the injury in the first place. In a Feldenkrais session, we try to encourage self awareness, to observe what is happening and perhaps find a different, more “successful” route to achieve flexibility and efficiency. For those who want to be “fixed” and not have to think about it, this is quite a challenge, particularly when they see the injured part of the body as “rubbish” “wonky” “bad”.  Recently I had a one to one session with a client who has had ongoing problems as a result of poor and excessive exercise: running without a warm-up, “no pain, no gain” as a constant mantra – habits that he was finally letting go off. Hopefully, he will continue his exploration into better movement through thinking disciplines such as Feldenkrais, mindfulness and yoga and question those practices that talk about “push your body”, “feel the burn” and “push harder”.