Workshops and Classes
As we all know, the current Covid-19 crisis has changed the way we can all access movement classes. As the UK gradually moves out of lockdown, I am beginning to offer more live classes. However, some people have discovered that online classes suit them, so my schedule will continue to offer a mixture of online and live events. Unlike other movement practices, you can attend a Feldenkrais session without craning your neck to watch the teacher onscreen but you can still have individual feedback and the chance to talk to me and other participants. For all classes, you can go to my Acuity booking page here
6.00-7.00pm “Yoga for Health and Happiness” Live Class!
A friendly weekly class that is suitable for beginners, improvers and anyone who would like to bring a mindful approach to their yoga practice. Please book here
5.30-6.30 pm “Move Better, Feel Better!” ONLINE
An early evening Feldenkrais Class to help you unwind and unlock stiffness and tension in the whole body. You will move better and improve well-being in your body and mind. Please book here
6-7pm “Move Better With The Feldenkrais Method” ONLINE
A weekly class for anyone interested in discovering easier movement and greater flexibility. A relaxed, friendly Feldenkrais class where we explore easing necks and shoulders, releasing stiff hips and finding better movement in everyday life. Please book here
First Saturdays Workshops.
These workshops allow you to go a little deeper into the Feldenkrais Method and find out more about integrated, functional movement. On the First Saturday of every month, I hold a 90 minute workshop on a special theme. From 5 June 2021, these workshops will return to being a live event. In some cases, I will offer the opportunity for people to join via zoom. Please scroll down to find out more. The venue address for all the First Saturday workshops is Room 1, All Saints Church Hall, Ringinglow Road, Eccleshall, Sheffield S11 7PP.
Saturday 15 May 2021 10-11.30am: “Releasing Tension in the Jaw, Neck and Shoulders”
Stiffness and lack of flexibility in your feet and ankles can lead to pain and discomfort in your knees and hips. This workshop will help you to move with ease and with a better range of movement. Very helpful for walkers and runners but vital in everyday connected movement. Book here:
Saturday 5 June 2021 10-11.30am: “Moving Forward” – LIVE CLASS & ONLINE
As we move out of lockdown, let’s put a spring back into your step! This workshop will teach you how to release body tension and find how connecting through your whole body improves your strength and flexibility as well as giving you a sense of “grounded-ness” and calm. This workshop is available to anyone who would like to join us in person or attend via zoom. If you’re joining online, please log onto class 5 minutes before the start. This is an interactive class so you will be able to ask questions and I will offer adaptations if you need this. Please let me know if you are currently in any pain or movement restriction by emailing me on firstname.lastname@example.org. Book here:
Saturday 3 July 2021 10-11.30am: “Functional Movement” – LIVE CLASS & ONLINE
Are you struggling to find the right movement class? Do you have difficulty achieving a yoga pose without stress or strain? Would you like to gain more flexibility and ease in everyday movement? This workshop uses the Feldenkrais Method as an approach to yoga poses where you can recognise what adaptations your body needs in order to achieve what you want. Book here:
Saturday 7 July 2021 10-11.30am: “Relief for Stiff Ankles, Feet & Knees”
Stiffness and a lack of flexibility in your feet and ankles can lead to pain and discomfort in your knees and hips as well as restrict your walking and running. This workshop will help you to discover stability and strength as well as a better range of movement. Book here:
Saturday 4 September 2021 10-11.30am: “Happier Hips”
Stiffness in your hips affects sitting, walking and running as well as adding to knee strain. If you’re spending too much time on your sofa or office chair, then this workshop will give you a greater sense of flexibility and connection in your pelvis. Book here:
Saturday 2 October 10-11.30am: “Better Balance and Coordination”
Balance and coordination are vital for everyday life as well as when playing your favourite sport, trotting out a tango or finding stillness in your yoga poses. This workshop will help you find your sense of centre and sort out your left from your right, release body tension and discover a connection through your whole body. You will improve your strength and flexibility as well as gain a sense of “grounded-ness” and calm. Book here:
INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS. At present, I am seeing 1:1 clients in person and online for either 30 or 60 minute sessions. If you are struggling with your range of movement or are recovering from an injury, I can help you. Please email me on email@example.com for more information.
Why don’t I just go to YouTube for a recorded class?
Yes, there are lots of recorded classes in Feldenkrais and in yoga, many of them led by great teachers, but the advantage of a live class is that the teacher can still see you and can adjust the class to suit who’s there.
I hate seeing myself on film!
Yes, seeing yourself on video can be a shock but remember, everyone is focussing on their own experience on the mat and can’t really see you. The teacher will be watching only to ensure your safety and to make sure you have a good experience.
WEEKLY ONLINE CLASSES IN FUNCTIONAL YOGA
Have a look at my weekly schedule of classes in The Feldenkrais Method and in Yoga. You can book for any of these through this link here
9.30 10.30am Yoga with Dianne ONLINE
A great way to start the week! This class is available to Hands on Health members and you can sign up by contacting Hands on Health here
6-7.00pm “Yoga for Health and Happiness” Live Class in Sheffield
A friendly weekly class that is suitable for beginners, improvers and anyone who would like to bring a mindful approach to their yoga practice. There is 60 minutes of general class, followed by 30 minutes focussing on breathing, relaxation and mindfulness. Please book and pay here
Wednesdays 10.30-11.30 “Nurture Class for Recovery and Resilience” (Live Class in Sheffield)
“Nurture” is an hour of gentle yoga, mindful meditation and Feldenkrais. It is especially designed for anyone who may be experiencing a challenging health condition or long term injury. The class will be online until 12th May and then from 19th May, “live” classes will be in the new community room at Abbeyfield House, Sheffield. Book here:
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Contact me for a taster session and then if you want to go further we can sort out the best type of class for you. People who pay in advance for classes or workshops will have priority as I can’t guarantee room for drop-ins.
If you are a member of British Actors Equity, Musicians Union or a full-time student studying in the UK, all classes and sessions are 20% off the full price (including block bookings).
What do you do next?
Leave your name and contact details on the Bookings page and tell me the date you want to come along and I will email you as soon as I can. If you would find it easier to talk on the phone, please leave a number as well.
What happens in an individual Feldenkrais session?
You might arrive with a specific issue such as lower back pain, stiff shoulders, balance or dizziness issues or perhaps you simply want to feel better aligned and less “creaky”. I’ll do a general assessment and then will gently encourage your body to release muscle tension so that you can move with more freedom and confidence. This is a hands-on treatment where you may spend most of the time lying on my treatment table; if appropriate, you might be sitting or standing for some of the time – it depends on what will work best for you. A one-to-one session (also called “Functional Integration”) is an ideal way to learn how your body moves and to undo unhelpful movement habits. Sometimes a single session can make a huge difference, a recent client said: “I feel like I have a whole new body!
Individual Taster sessions. If you are new to The Feldenkrais Method you can contact me for an Individual taster session. This is a half hour one to one session where we discuss what would be useful for you, I’ll give you some feedback and a short individual Feldenkrais class. Following this, you can book more one to one sessions or join a group class (group class timetables are different throughout the year).
Home Visits and Special Group sessions.
Unfortunately, during the present Covid-19 crisis, all home visits are suspended.
From time to time I do work with people who have difficulty travelling so, if appropriate, I can visit you in your home but I will have to charge extra for this. To arrange this, please give me a call on 07708 055309 as every home visit is individually designed for your best needs.
If you have a group of friends or colleagues who would like a taster session then I can travel to you. All you need is a clean floor space with enough room for everyone to lie down on a yoga mat or blanket.
Individual sessions are usually £45 for an hour. Most people benefit from 2-3 sessions and so if you book 3 sessions in advance the total cost is £120. Of course, you might want to come regularly over a long period of time! If so, we can sort out a price that suits you best (its always cheaper to pay in advance).
Individual sessions take place either at The Practice Rooms in the centre of Sheffield or at my home studio – where you can have a view of the garden (cat is not necessarily included!)
As well as regular weekly classes and individual sessions, I also do workshop sessions where people have the chance to explore The Method more deeply. These sessions can be from 2 hours to a full day – with plenty of breaks for tea, biscuits and chat! Themes explored can be:
- Flexible backs
- Releasing neck and shoulders
- Improving Balance in walking and running
- Reaching, lifting and carrying
- Refreshing the mind and body
- Happy Feet
- Feldenkrais for Dancers and Performers
- Mindfulness and Feldenkrais
I advertise these sessions for the public or you can book me to come and work with a specific group of people at your own venue. Prices can be agreed according to the needs of the group and location. Please contact me through my bookings page.