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Awareness through Movement - Feldenkrais

Some years ago, at the beginning of my Physiotherapy career, I spent long days on my feet working on the wards, assisting patients out of bed after a big op, and then on to ambulate, eventually rehabilitating them to go home. I spent a fair amount of time in postures that were not ideal for me, so not surprisingly it wasn’t long before I noticed niggles in my lower back. My Mother (also a Physiotherapist) suggested I attended a Back Care course delivered by a Physiotherapist and Feldenkrais practitioner. While my intention was actually to increase my knowledge on Back Care to assist my clients I also experienced the added bonus of helping myself and this invaluable knowledge has helped me throughout my career.

A couple of years ago I was experiencing a niggle of a different nature, this time to set a new course for my Physio career. I enrolled in the Feldenkrais Practitioner Training Program in 2014 and after an intense 2 years of training I am now an accredited teacher. This Tuesday I am going to commence teaching the first series of Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lessons (called ATMs) at the Eric Street Practice and I would like to invite you all to come along and experience Feldenkrais. I hope that you too will gain some valuable knowledge that will stay with you throughout the years.

As the name suggests, we explore a series of movements, allowing ourselves the time and attention to sense how we move. Participants begin to find easier, more pleasurable ways to move and can bring this quality and efficiency of moving in to everyday activities.

For this first series we are going to focus on improving simple movements so that it becomes easier to move from the ground to sitting, sitting to standing, and then walking.

Awareness through Movement lessons are suitable for all ages, from babies and children through to senior citizens with interests ranging from dancers, musicians and athletes to people seeking to relieve movement difficulties, stiffness or pain.

The Feldenkrais Method uses the brain's natural ability to change in response to specific sensory input. This neuroplasticity is central to the effectiveness of the Feldenkrais Method.

I am very excited to have an opportunity to share the techniques of the Feldenkrais Method and look forward to meeting you.

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