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Individual sessions - Functional Integration©

are the best choice for conditions causing

  • chronic joint or musculo-skeletal pain
  • back pain or neck pain
  • repetitive strain injuries - includes frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome
  • injury where there is emotional trauma
  • stress
  • neurological disorders - includes stroke, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis
  • rehabilitation, pre- and post-operative


also for improving skills such as

  • sports performance like running or horse riding or golf
  • playing musical instruments
  • gardening, or hiking, cycling - anything that requires a particular and especially repetitive use of the body
  • includes work-related skills like using a computer or other equipment





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Functional Integration is a two-way neurological dialogue that re-educates the brain and the whole person.

  • sessions are given hands-on, using precise yet gentle touch and guided movements
  • fully clothed and loose fitting garments should be worn
  • in lying or sitting
  • on a special wide low table or on a mat on the floor
  • generally last one hour, but allow one-and-a-half hours for your first session
  • appointments available in Dartington on Tuesdays Wednesdays and Thursdays, normally between 9.00 am and 6.00 pm, plus Wednesday evenings. Other weekdays and times by arrangement. Weekend appointments available for those booking Intensives.


What happens?

Each session is unique, and tailored to suit individual needs.

Initially, time is spent discussing the presenting issue(s) and taking case history.

Most importantly

- What does the issue stop or limit you from doing?

- What would you like to do that you can't at present?


  • Then you are made as comfortable as possible on the table/mat
  • The remainder of the lesson is largely non-verbal and is hands-on, and is focussed around discovering your unique patterns in movement and probably in suggesting new ones, through gentle non-invasive manipulation and guided touch. 
  • It is a journey of self-discovery where you are engaged and involved, you are encouraged to remain aware and pay attention to sensation and feeling throughout. This may happen in silence, or there may be some verbal communicating focusing around the experience.
  • You are invited to notice how the body responds to the process, to say if you are experiencing increased pain or discomfort, (we can always change the working position) are experienced or to speak about anything arising that seems important. Learning happens best when you are comfy.
  • At the end you are brought into an upright position, you'll probably walk as this is a familiar movement pattern, and you may be given some movements to do at home to support the integration of the lesson.

Sessions are generally somewhere between extremely relaxing to completely life-changing, with improved range and ease of movement, and feeling better mentally and emotionally as well.


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How much are they and how many are needed?

You are always welcome to book one session to try

If this is beneficial and you like the experience, and decide to continue, a minumum of three is recommended. However, the longer the history of the presenting issue, generally, the more sessions you will need. Some people need to come regularly over a long period of time.

Most people need between six and a dozen sessions taken at weekly intervals (so I offer a discount on a block of 6 or more).  They will then leave longer gaps between sessions, sometimes then switching to ATM classes and/or workshops, or just having a top-up session once every so often.

As with any holistic therapy, working with the whole person implies that there are numerous variants to be taken into consideration. Practical things like finance and work committments are therefore included.


In addition, different people learn or improve at different rate, and have different aspirations. Just like learning any other new skill, (for example, playing a musical instrument, or a sport), learning Feldenkrais takes time, energy and attention. Like learning anything else, you embark on a personal journey, and go through a process. One or two sessions are good to get a sense of the work but if you really want to change and improve your habits and patterns in movement, you'll need to embark on a process and attend regularly for a period of time.

Generally, the number of attendances reflects the depth of the presenting issue, and the level of improvement to which the individual aspires. This differs according to personal goals and lifestyles.


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  • Fees: £65 for a first session which lasts up to 1 1/2 hours, £50 for any subsequent sessions which last 1 hour. These prices will go up by £5 on 1 Jan 2019.
  • Discounts are available on blocks of 6 or more sessions taken on a weekly basis, or on Intensives, 3/4 private lessons over a weekend or week, both of which are booked and paid for in advance.
  • Student and low income concessions are available - you must supply proof for eligibility.
  • Travelling from a Distance?or want to make a change to a persistent, chronic issue? Intensives – take 3-6 sessions in one week, or combine two with a workshop.  Special rates apply.
  • Fees for sessions are due at the agreed appointment, or the first appointment of a block booking, and can also be paid in advance. If you prefer to pay by bank transfer the fee is due prior to your session.
  • Changes or Cancellations policy - If you Cancel within 48 hours prior to your appointment you will have to pay for your appointment. I reserve the right to decide whether you will have to pay the full amount due or only half. If you Cancel Within 24 hours you will have to pay the full amount due. Alternatively, you can avoid having to pay for your Cancellation if you can Change your appointment for another mutually agreeable one within the next 7 days from the date of the one you cannot attend.


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"I just wanted to thank you for yesterday's session: I felt wonderful after I left in body and mind. I am so excited to have found Feldenkrais!"

Sanchia, business owner


"Our session yesterdayt has made a vast difference. I can walk tall and several people have been ery complimentary about the fluidity of my movements, so once again, thank you for all your work with me - it is so thrilling to release the old and discover the new!"
Ruth, dance teacher


"I have been having a course of individual sessions with Nikhila and I cannot recommend the experience enough. Firstly her treatment room is like a fairy cottage in the woods, a treat in itself, and then her wonderful and expert touch and soothing voice makes for an amazing healing experience. I loved the teaching combined with movement lesson. Very relaxing and I have experienced a huge shift in the way I deal with a chronic shoulder problem that seems to have virtually made it disappear in a few weeks." Harriet

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