Classes and workshops

Just to say again how much I am loving the sessions and finding them really beneficial. As we build up the movement towards the end I just find it so ‘voluptuous’ (Strange word maybe but that’s how it feels!). All the work recently on the upper ribs and neck have really sensitised me to this area and how ‘dead’ it was before.

JG, Isle of Arran, Scotland 2021

Here you can find out about the three ways you can become involved with The Feldenkrais Method® – Awareness Through Movement®, Functional Awareness and Functional Integration®. The costs connected with each of these approaches is at the bottom of each introduction. My bank details are at the bottom of the page. All sessions are payable in advance.

AWARENESS THROUGH MOVEMENT®

(ATM)

in-real-life classes in Ipswich, July 2021

Penny Jones Pilates
Suffolk Food Hall
Ipswich  IP9 2AB

Awakening the Dragon

exploring the multifariousness of your spine

As we move out of whatever we have been through during recent months, it is time to explore what must lie at the core of our confident response to new worlds.

Holding the head up, keeping the eyes on the horizon, keeping the arms free and keeping the ground safe beneath our feet – this is the work of the spine. It is the centre of our living.

Come along and spend a day/two days immersed in thoughts and movement designed to help you find a deep sense of calm curiosity and physical potential! You will feel calmer, more ‘in’ your body and more ‘on’ the ground.

Saturday July 17 & Sunday July 18 2-4pm £30

online classes via zoom

Zoom classes started out as a necessity – a way of keeping in contact with our movement and movement teachers, as well as the chance to be taken out of ourselves for a short while. But it is becoming clear that Zoom classes in Feldenkrais are doing something that is also very profound. The broad aim of Feldenkrais’s ideas and processes is to bring you closer to a true representation of your self to yourself.

During a 45-60 minute ATM, guided by my voice, you spend time in a deep, personal sensory and observational study of yourself. As the class goes on you experience the increasingly pleasing and loud presence of your own curiosity. This curiosity has been with you since the very beginning, but it gets drowned out by other kinds of voices – necessity, obligation and so on. The more you experience Feldenkrais, the more this elemental voice becomes available for you to hear once again.

Working with Alan over the last few months has been an intriguing and enriching experience. The movements take us into a heightened state of awareness of ourselves and our  surroundings which we almost never experience in our chaotic lives . Alan’s dedication and passion for his work enhance the experience.

GC, Bombay November 2020

When you stand up at the end of a class, it is very often the case that some deep changes have occurred. One of these changes can be felt in the re-imagining, or re-organising of your relationship to the world around you – of things, people and happenings.

Where better to notice such deep and elemental changes than in your own space?

So, why not come along:

  • clear a you-shaped space where you can lie on the floor, have a towel handy that can become a pad to support your head,
  • wear something easy to move in,
  • angle your camera so that I can see you well to enough to adapt my guidance,

and let the calm of simple curiosity descend all around you. In the quiet place, accompanied by my voice, you will discover new parts of your personal real-estate – curling, folding, opening, twisting, turning and reaching in ways that you might not have experienced since you were ever-so-young and in the process of building the knowledge of your world for the first time.

Class Times

  • Tuesday Evenings 6.30 – 7.30pm
  • Wednesday Mornings 11am – 12noon
  • Wednesday Evenings 6.30 – 7.30pm

MY classes are organised in 4-week packages

One-Time Package – one class per week at a specified time

4 weeks @ £7 per class £28

Weekly Unlimited package – any or all of the classes offered in one week

4 weeks @ £14 per week £56

You can start a package at any time – you don’t have to wait for the beginning of a four-week course.

I teach classes hosted externally:

Classes hosted by Dancebase, Edinburgh

Booking: https://www.dancebase.co.uk/classes/online-courses/ and click through to Thursday evening classes.

Classes hosted by The Seventh Sense Centre, Mumbai

  • Sat Afternoons 3-4pm IST (10.30 – 11.30am BST)
    • contact me for details regarding sign-up and payment

FUNCTIONAL AWARENESS online

For our new Zoomish generation, I have devised an integration of the two Feldenkrais techniques, called Functional Awareness.

These lessons are specifically focused around your needs and concerns. I aim to support you to find a more free, satisfying and playful relationship with the world you move in everyday.

These sessions are preceded by a detailed conversation between us to give me an idea of the challenges you are facing and to allow us to devise a strategy.

Functional Awareness sessions are based on the process of guidance by my voice and the development of calm curiosity and somatic exploration. I bring to you the full intuitive background of a Feldenkrais practitioner to observe and offer solutions

I recommend that a course of 5 individual lessons be followed, as it takes time for the ‘message’ of Feldenkrais to embed itself firmly in your perceptual, cognitive and motor processes. During your programme, I encourage a process of journaling to facilitate change and energise the discussions between us.

  • Session 1a: detailed conversation around your particular needs, noting any important events in your past that have affected your moving and your ambitions for your moving as we progress through a short programme of lessons. This will lead to an agreement between us about how to proceed.
  • Session 1b: A short, exploratory ATM – we embark on a journey, as you tell me how it is that you sense your moving to be affected in the present moment.
  • Sessions 2 to 5: specially tailored ATM explorations designed around our initial conversations.

Cost: £30 per session, bookable in advance, using my bank details above.

FUNCTIONAL INTEGRATION® in-person

This is the fully-formed, one-to-one in-person technique of the The Feldenkrais Method®. During an FI® session you lie on a low, wide and long table, fully dressed in comfortable clothing as in the above techniques.

After an initial conversation with you concerning the pattern of needs and concerns that brought you to me in the first place, using calm and non-invasive touch, I will gently guide your body through sequences of movement. You will be fully conscious and aware of what is to happen and we will often discuss the results. Occasionally I will ask you to participate in movements.

The effect of Functional Integration® builds up over time – as with the other Feldenkrais® techniques. I recommend that you consider signing up for a minimum of five sessions, at the end of which your nervous system has built up a store of memories that allow the insights from our sessions to fully bed in and become useful to you.

In many cases, people complete a ‘course’ of FI and go on to attend Awareness Through Movement® classes to continue exploring by themselves their developing movement and thinking insights, and to continue experiencing the deep changes often brought about by The Feldenkrais Method®

The sessions will take place at my studio in the Meadowbank area of Edinburgh, where there is ample parking, and where I can carefully prepare a Covid-secure environment for you. I will be fully masked, my table will be freshly cleaned. I have been vaccinated.

  • Session 1a: detailed conversation around your particular needs, noting any important events in your past that have affected your moving and your ambitions for your moving as we progress through a short programme of lessons. This will lead to an agreement between us about how to proceed.
  • Session 1b: Based on our conversation, we embark on a journey. The Method has a philosophy of progressive approximation at the same time recognising that beneficial effects can be felt, and that the process of removing restrictions and obstacle to free movement take time, discussion and patience.
  • Sessions 2 to 5: as your nervous system becomes familiar with the approach and the environment of FI®, the sessions become increasingly focused on the needs and concerns that brought you to me.

Cost: £50 per session, with a reduction of £5 per session if a parcel of five is booked at the outset.

Payment details

Payment in advance please.

If buying online classes, please specify your choice of package, and if applicable the specific date you would like to attend, when you contact me to make a booking.

Zoom link will be shared once payment has cleared into my bank account.

  • Booking: freedomtomove@outlook.com or tel./whatsapp 07782 190615
  • Please reference bank payment [yourname]FK
  • Account details: Co-op Bank – Alan G Wilson
  • A/c no 04394550.
  • Bank sort code 08-92-49

For further information: freedomtomove@outlook.com