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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.

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