Workshops

Experience Mindfulness In Movement

MOVE BETTER, FEEL BETTER, BREATHE BETTER, LIVE BETTER!

There is a gradual shift in the science and medical world towards targeting the brain directly to resolve health issues and wean people away from dependency on pharmaceuticals. Recent research has also shown movement and meditation to be essential to healthy living.

The Feldenkrais Method® is a very powerful technique that combines these key elements of Western science and Eastern philosophies to change the state of our brain so that we are able to not only manage our pain or anxiety levels but also improve our performances in sports, music or drama.

NEW!

Feldenkrais Workshop for Musicians: 20th- 21st August 2020

Playing with Ease: Unlock Your Potential

According to Dr Moshe Feldenkrais the average person uses roughly 5% of their potential. 

Whichever our instrument, fundamentally it is our body and brain which are the source of our music-making. When we improve our body maps and refine our motor and sensory perception, we ourselves can develop into more finely tuned “instruments”. This process can unlock closed doors and even lead to the discovery of doors that we didn’t know about, opening new possibilities and creativity in our playing and revealing our potential for improvement, growth and learning.

The course will include Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® lessons, in various positions (lying, sitting, standing), designed to improve and refine your sensory motor awareness. Participants will be invited to compare their playing ‘before’ and ‘after’ the movement explorations, muted in the privacy of your own home. There will also be the opportunity, if you wish, to play to each other in this relaxed, non-judgmental workshop environment to focus on your individual needs and discover ways to integrate the new experiences into your playing. To allow time for this element of the workshop, participant numbers will be capped at ten. After the event, course materials and recordings (subject to participant permission) will be made available.

In advance of the course, participants are encouraged to identify one or two specific aspects of their playing which they would particularly like to address, and to prepare a short and manageable piece or passage suitable for ‘before and after’ experiencing.

“If you know what you are doing, you can do what you want.

If you do not know what you are doing, you cannot do what you want.”

Dr Moshe Feldenkrais

Experienced performers, teachers, and Guild certified Feldenkrais Practitioners, Josephine Horder (cello) and Yeu-Meng Chan (piano) are dedicated to improving all aspects of music making and performance.

What previous participants said about this course…

“Everything explained very clearly, calmly and supportively. Plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion.”

“The teaching on this course was excellent, very well communicated and effective. I’ve really gained a lot from this course and it has dealt with a lot of playing and tension issues that I carried for a long time – playing has really taken off as a result! I also really appreciate the follow-up contact offered so I can continue to build on this.”

“The tutorial content of the course was excellent, leading through the increased awareness to more freedom in expressing one’ musical intentions.”

VENUE:
Your own home!

DATE and TIME:
20th – 21st August 2020

10am – 12pm; 2-4pm

This will take you to the Benslow Music site

Body Mindfulness Through The Feldenkrais Method®

Due to COVID-19 these workshops have been temporarily suspended.

Weekly online classes are now available. Please click here for more information.

Small movements – big gains!

NEW VENUE!
Feldenkrais-Essex Studio, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex

DATES: 
Sunday 26th January, 23rd February, 29th March

(for more information on  themes, please see below)

TIME:
2-6pm 

PRICE: £40 per workshop (please book in advance)

Improve Your Balance, Strength and Flexibility Part 1, 2 & 3

These three elements are amongst the most important in human functioning, both physically and mentally. Deterioration in any of these areas is common as we get older, but this need not be an inevitable consequence of the ageing process.

BALANCE
Without good balance, we are more likely to fall and hurt ourselves.

STRENGTH
Without strength, we may struggle to accomplish certain everyday tasks and our balance can be affected.

FLEXIBILITY
Without flexibility, we may find it difficult to move around easily – lack of movement can eventually lead to loss of balance and strength.

All three elements are interdependent and work together to provide physical and mental integrity. It has been shown that improvement in our physical self leads to improvement in our mental state.

In these 3 workshops, we will be exploring our sense of balance, strength and flexibility through a combined process of body mindfulness, breathing awareness and knowledge of basic anatomy and physiology.

Benefits may include improvement in posture, stamina and pain conditions, less instances of injury and reduced stress / anxiety levels.

VENUE:
Feldenkrais-Essex Studio, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex

DATE: 
Sunday 26th January, 23rd February, 29th March

TIME:
2-6pm 

PRICE: £40 per workshop (please book in advance)

Call For More Information

Yeu-Meng 07961 873865

Or email : yeumeng@feldenkrais-essex.com