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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. 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.

Feldenkrais approaches movement in a very unique way which relies on and is enriched by the group field. Attendees are therefore asked to book the block, where possible. (Otherwise the class cannot run). Students are responsible for classes they may miss but are welcome to make up at the other class, during the block, provided it is also running.

 

As a newcomer, drop in is available by arrangement only, but anyone who has 12 hours + Feldenkrais experience may enquire about dropping in to class.

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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.

 

Spring/summer 2019: starting 21 May til July

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Tuesday mornings 9.30-10.45 am

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

Course fee: £80/8 week block or £65 earlybird if 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 POSTPONED

Due to not enough interest this class is postponed from 4June. Please get in touch about future evening classes

 

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 Spring/Summer 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 7 & Saturday 8 June 2-5 pm

'Neck & Shoulder Comfort'

How are our shoulders carried? what holds them up - or, perhaps down? Why are tense necks and shoulders, headaches and jaw pain  so common? How come, when we know we should 'keep our shoulders back' and 'stand up straight!' do we not ?  Why,  just as soon as our back is turned, or rather, our attention just the slightest bit diverted elsewhere are we back in the habitual old slump? Moreover, what can we do about it? Especially when life demands we use computers and books or drive and eat - things that all happen quite in the space just in front of our face, so much of the time.  These two afternoon mini-workshops will explore these questions and more. Using specially selected 'Awareness Through Movement' lessons offers the chance to feel our habitual posture and movement patterns through sensory experience - and, offers the chance to be guided through potential new ways of carrying ourselves and moving, broadening our movement repertoire and increasing our range of movement choices and decreasing the strain on those perhaps overworked body parts. Helpful especially for those with any of the repetitive strain-type injuries, headaches, jaw problems, TMJ, teeth grinding, round shoulders, neck or upper back pain, these mini-workshops will also benefit those seeking better posture or to reduce stress. The topics will interweave with one another so while one workshop will be beneficial as a stand-alone experience, they are designed to be taken together to give the best chance for lasting improvement. Can be booked together, or separately.   We will be working on the floor.  Please bring mat and a blanket, & wear plenty of loose warm clothes.


Price for both: £70 - or £60 earlybird if booked & paid by earlybird Fri 24 May.
Price each: £35 - or £30 if booked & paid by earlybird.   Pay on the day  £10 extra

 

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

 

Friday 19 & Saturday 20 July 2-5pm

'Inner & Outer Balance'

 

Price for both: £70 - or £60 earlybird if booked & paid by earlybird Fri 5 July.
Price each: £35 - or £30 if booked & paid by earlybird.   Pay on the day  £10 extra

 

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

 

Thursday 5th September 2019 7-10pm

'The Feldenkrais Method' Discover the Language of your Brain' with International Trainer David Zemach-Bersin

This is a workshop open to the general public - David is visiting Dartington to teach an Advanced Training to Feldenkrais Practitioners and so this is a unique opportunity for anyone interested in his work, to experience his teaching first hand.

 

"A difference is a difference that makes a difference."
Gregory Bateson

In this workshop you will learn how to communicate with your brain in the most effective and beneficial possible. 

The first known nervous systems developed over 600 million years ago in the early ancestors of jelly fish. However, the function and value of that original nervous tissue was exactly the same as that of our nervous system today: to enhance our ability to learn, adapt and survive. 

Our nervous system is complex, flexible and distinguishes us as human beings. It is soft-wired, and designed to change and develop throughout our lifetime via a continual process by which we use our senses - primarily our kinesthetic sense - to detect small but important differences. These differences are the mechanism by which we make the distinctions that matter. 

The renowned physicist and expert on human learning, Moshe Feldenkrais, developed radical insights about how the natural learning process of the nervous system can be accessed to benefit human function and emotional intelligence. He developed a highly practical method that uses movement to communicate with our brain to help us gain greater health, well-being and self-determination. 

In this workshop, you will learn key elements of the alphabet, or vocabulary, with which you can communicate with your own brain and nervous system. Participants will experience the kind of immediate changes and improvements that are possible when the brain is supported with the optimal conditions in which to sense and make essential distinctions. This workshop is for everyone who is curious about themselves and the plasticity of their nervous system, and for everyone who would like to feel better. 

David Zemach-Bersin was one of Dr. Feldenkrais' earliest students. He was fortunate to study with Dr. Feldenkrais in person for over a decade, and has been involved with the development of the Feldenkrais Method since 1973. David is an enthusiastic and dedicated teacher, and directs the New York City Feldenkrais Method Professional Training Program.  

 

At SPACE Studios, Dartington Hall, Totnes TQ9 6EQ

Booking is Essential.

Cost: £50 or £35 if booked and paid by 8 August

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No previous experience of Feldenkrais required, but attendees should be able to work comfortably laying on the floor and get up and down easily.

If this is not the case for you but you still want to come please contact Nikhila>

 

 

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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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