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'Awareness Through Movement'

Classes & Workshops Schedule 2019

Classes are structured in usually 6/8 week blocks

Doing 'ATM' classes is like learning any new skill - A series provides the most effective somatic learning experience. Groups are generally small 6-12 people only, and need to be pre-booked. If you are completely new to Feldenkrais, please feel free to tryout a class - you must pre-book - with no obligation. You can then decide to join the course - or you can just book the entire block beforehand.

Feldenkrais approaches movement in a very unique way which relies on and is enriched by the group field. Attendees are therefore responsible for any missed classes. As a newcomer if you miss or will miss the first class, you can take a 1-1 FI session to substitute for a first class. If you have a particular movement issue/injury, or are in any sort of persistent chronic pain you should anyway take a 1-1 FI before attending class. Drop in is available by arrangement only.

What do we do in a class or workshop?

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What you need to bring/wear: loose, warm, layered clothing, including socks and possibly mittens (definitely in winter). Bring a mat and a blanket/large towel. The mat is to lie on and the blanket is for use in various ways as support. Please bring both. Plus your drinking water.

 

If the classes on offer don't suit your schedule - Scroll Down to 'Workshops'>

or - register your interest & join our mailing list> - or ask me about running a course or a workshop in your area. I will do this for groups of a minimum of 6 people.

 

Winter 2019: Two 6 week courses - next from 19 February

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Tuesday mornings 9.30-10.45 am

Newcomers can try any one class £10 with no strings attached.

Course fee: £60 or £55 prepaid

Drop in only by arrangement £15 or £12 prepaid

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Dartington Village Hall, Cott Road, Dartington, Totnes TQ9 6JD

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Tuesday evenings 5.30-6.45 pm

Newcomers can try any one class £10 with no strings attached

Course fee: £60 or £55 prepaid

Drop in only by arrangement £15 or £12 prepaid

book & pay/contact>

at

Dartington Village Hall, Cott Road, Dartington, Totnes TQ9 6JD

About Feldenkrais GroupWork

You will be verbally guided through gentle movement sequences which are usually carried out lying down, on the back, side or front (less often). Feldenkrais ATM lessons also can be in Sitting or Standing but for Weekly Classes we mainly use the laying down ones - to explore those in the upright positions,, please come to our Workshops. So - for working on the floor you must be able to lie comfortably.   Please bring mat and a blanket, & wear plenty of loose warm clothes - especially in cooler weather - generally as you tune in to yourself, if you didn't bring enough clothes and are cold, it is the thing you will be most aware and will interrupt your enjoyment of the class, so include extra socks and even gloves so that you can lie and relax yet be free to move.

Note: If you have persistent chronic pain/injury it is recommended that you come for Functional Integration individual sessions (FI) first. You will then later enjoy your course far more. If you are unsure please do make contact>.

 

"Thank you for introducing me to a body work method that makes so much sense!" M.Kaan

 

Workshops for Winter 2019

Half and one-day workshops, on different topics focusing around a particular movement theme or body part, are a great way to dive deeper into particular long-standing postural issues, or to help you decide if you might like to join a course or take one-to-ones, or if the weekly format doesn't suit you. In a workshop, we spend some time working on the floor laying down, and sometimes we also explore lessons in both sitting and standing. You will not therefore spend many many hours laying on your back on the floor! But - If you have chronic pain/injury please book at least one individual session (FI) first..

And - PLEASE DO TAKE UP THE EARLY BOOKINGS DISCOUNTs OFFERED!

 

Feldenkrais is holistic, and works always with the whole person. Every workshop or class addresses the whole, so ultimately the actual topic of a workshop matters less than it might seem. You are encouraged to come to the ones you can!

 

Friday 18 & Saturday 19 January 2.00-5.00 each day

'The Eyes and Movement'

In this workshop we will explore the relationship between the habitual use of our eyes and the way this affects the whole of the rest of ourselves and how our capacity for free and easy movement is related to the ways we see. Seeing and vision, like breathing are functions which we tend to truly take for granted, and of which we are often not very conscious. However, by exploring our vision and it's relationship to movement, we can become aware and develop more choice. As Dr. Feldenkrais would say, “ When we know how we do what we do, we can do what we want”.  He developed a number of Awareness Through Movement© lessons which explore and play gently with movements of the eyes, discovering what we do naturally and how this in turn affects our whole self. 

Some of the lessons which will be used are inspired by the work of HD Bates, and further lessons which explore the eyes in relation to movement which were developed by Dr. Feldenkrais and other senior practitioners of his Method.  Over these two half days we will be doing some from each. They will help create relaxation not only in the eyes themselves but also throughout the whole body. You may go home with a collection of valuable self-help tools that can last a lifetime.

Consisting guided gentle movement sequences, lessons are usually carried out lying down, on the floor, requiring that participants are able to lay comfortably  and can get up and down unaided. Please bring a mat or blanket to lie on and wear warm, loose, layered clothing.

  

Cost  £70, or £60 early bird if booked & paid by Friday 11 January (note: earlybird extended)

Can be booked separately—£35 or £30 if earlybird,

Pay on the day bookings £10 extra.

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 venue The Forge Yoga Centre, Collins Road, Totnes TQ9 5PJ

 

Friday 2 & Saturday 3 March 2019 - 2.30-5.30 each day

'Sitting as Dynamic Posture'

Many of us humans seem to struggle with long hours of sitting -demanded perhaps behind the wheel or sat at a desk, or even in our meditation practice.  The commonly sedentary lifestyles of modern times challenge our bodies and our health in ways they may never have been before in history.  However, the seated posture does provide a worthwhile and interesting scenario for exploring our habits and patterns in movement:  Being seated can be as dynamic and useful to us humans as standing or walking:  We will use the sitting posture as a means to improve general acture and ease in movement   If your back, hips, or neck and shoulders bother you, or your legs or feet, you might discover interesting and helpful tools.  There will be time given for   discussion and sharing, around how we can or do bring this feldenkrais experience into our daily lives in a meaningful and useful way, and what insights and challenges might arise as a result

You will be guided through some gentle movement sequences, and while usually carried out lying down, working on the floor, this time we will also be sitting either on the floor or on a chair. You should be able to work in each of these situations, including getting up and down unaided.  Please  bring a mat and blanket, and wear warm loose clothing.

 

Cost  £70, or £60 early bird if booked & paid by Monday 18 February

Can be booked separately—£35, or £30 if earlybird

Pay on the day bookings £10 extra.

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 venue Dartington Village Hall, Cott Road, Dartington TotnesTQ9 6JD

 

Saturday 16 March 2019 - 11- 5pm

'Easier Squatting'

details coming soon

£70 - or £60 earlybird if booked and paid by Friday 1 March

Pay on the day bookings £10 extra.

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 venue The Forge Yoga Centre, Collins Road, Totnes TQ9 5PJ

 

More dates for workshops coming soon!

if you are not on the mailing list please get in touch if you would like to be updated as new events are added to this schedule.

 

If you have persistent pain or injury, one-to-one 'Functional Integration' lessons are recommended prior to attending workshops or classes. FI will enhance the benefits and accelerate your learning, healing and improvement during a Course, or between Workshops.

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Bookings Terms

Payments

for How to Pay for your Booking please go to Contact> page where you will find the necessary information.Payment for Classes is now due at time of booking. For Workshops also, due at time of booking, and for 1-1 FI's is due either on the day or beforehand.For 1-1 FI's late payments incur a £2 admin fee.

 

Discounts and Concessions

Discount generally is available via utilising the earlybird booking offered. Additionally on Workshops, one or two concessionary places are usually available, please ask about a place - as long as you can prove low-income or student status.

 

Classes

Call or email to book, payment is due when booking to confirm your place - if this is awkward for you, by arrangement you can pay on the day at the prepay price but in the instance of you not showing up you will be deemed to be owing. Generally payments made on the day cost more. To join a course payment is by the half-term block.

Missed classes are the student's responsibility, and can not be made up after the course. However if two or more courses are running consecutively students may switch/come to either class as they wish to make up any missed ones.

 

Workshops

Please call to book, advance payment is required to secure your place. Places are given in the order in which payments are received.

Cancellations & Transfers Policy - If you cancel up to 7 days before start date of a workshop you will be refunded less a £2 admin fee. Alternatively the booking may be transferred to another workshop by agreement and subject to places being available.

Cancellations made less than 7 days before start date of a workshop will be refunded 50% of fee paid IF more than 24 hours prior to start of workshop, less £2 admin fee.

Last-minute cancellations at 24 hours or less prior to the workshop are not refundable. 

 

Disclaimer

Participants will be required to sign a disclaimer. Feldenkrais is intended as an instruction in the optimal use of the self, and is not a treatment for medical emergencies, nor is it intended as a substitute for normal medical procedure suggested by a medical physician. Therefore nothing in a class, workshop or one-to-one FI session is a medical diagnosis, or a substitute for a medical diagnosis.

Whilst all reasonable care is taken, all activities are undertaken entirely at the participant's risk and no responsibility can be taken by the practitioner or organiser (where different) for any loss or injury of any type, physical or otherwise, suffered by any participant. By taking part each participant accepts responsibility for his or her own belongings, safety and well-being. If in doubt please seek medical advice before participating.

 

Money Back Guarantee!

If you attend a whole workshop and are not satisfied, the amount paid for your place on the workshop will be refunded in full.

 

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All personal information supplied on enquiring or booking with Lifeworks Somatics is held securely and is never shared with any third party without explicit consent. All personal records are held in a secure format.

 

 

 

 

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TESTIMONIALS

 

"You have a lovely and hypnotic voice. It's a pleasure to listen to" Wendy

 

"ATM Gave me a feeling of deep physical and mental relaxation which stayed with one for days. It was as if my body had been taken apart and put back together, but in the right order. It was a great day." William

 

"I find the work totally amazing- I feel like my whole central nervous system is being re-wired. Am left a bit shaky and emotional, and feeling totally out of my depth- in that it is an approach that is wholly unfamiliar- but I sense that it is invaluable and the timing, for me, on all levels, is perfect." Gretchen Faust, yoga teacher

"It's amazing how one's body can change lying on a floor making small gentle movements. My body is more relaxed with better posture and has become more interesting; my mind is no longer inclined towards extra effort. At both mental and physical levels Feldenkrais is so very helpful” Stefan Karpik

 

"Many thanks for a great day yesterday, it really reminded us what we have been missing!" P&P Hughes, aikido teacher

 

I’d like to thank you for a wonderful day in Ashprington – I found the work really heartening and would really like to do more!! Gill Bates

 

"Another wonderful workshop! I am so happy for all the new found movement in my body! I look forward to more!" Alicia G.


"when we were on holiday recently my husband injured his back. Thanks to all the sessions and classes I've had with you over the years, I was able to help him, and he was better within three days! a big thank you! it meant we could enjoy the rest of our holiday" Amanda C.

 

"Excellent - just what the doctor ordered - as I was suffering bad postures specially with the computer!"


"Now after your class I can feel my whole back!! and how it's moving! It feels so good! I have never felt it like that before!"

Miriam

 

"I found the experience very relaxing, and I feel it's brought a new and more subtle awareness of my body which is very interesting. I appreciated your gentle manner too." 

 

"Thank you for your kind and powerful teaching" Sally W.


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