Sofia Figueiredo

I am a qualified Feldenkrais® practitioner and a member of the Feldenkrais Guild UK, based in London. Over the years I have worked as artist and educator in outdoor theatre, aerial dance, performance, permaculture and more recently, I’ve been working as a rehab assistant in a rehabilitation centre for brain injuries. At the same time I have been specialising in somatic movement.

 

When I first attended Feldenkrais classes it was to resolve my symptoms of pain and physical discomfort. In these classes I was invited to expand my attention to my whole-self instead of focusing only on doing the movements. The most important thing being the quality of my attention to internal sensations, and not the movement itself. In this way I could identify unnecessary muscle contractions, which made my movement more complicated, contradictory and less effective. My curiosity went from classes into every day life. I discovered that those same muscle contractions are habitual in my reactions and behaviour patterns. Regardless of my intentions, such internal contradictions are unconsciously repeated in my personal history.

 

With regular Feldenkrais practice, I developed a greater compassion for myself, which allows me to explore my limitations in a playful way and without self-judgments. Over time I find myself spontaneously replacing unwanted habits with the favourite version of myself. This method offers me practical tools, as Moshe Feldenkrais would say, to “Make the impossible possible, the possible easy, and the easy elegant.”

 

As all this happens through the pleasure of movement, it is with immense joy that I realize that this is an endless process and that, as long as I live, there will always be material and space for change.

 

After four years of professional training in Feldenkrais®, I feel compelled to share this revolutionary method and make the world a little better with my interpretation and signature - Feldenkrais®Play.

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