How can I attend a class?
The classes are live streamed to your own home. We use Zoom, a user-friendly online meeting service that lets people from anywhere interact as if we're in the same room together.
This format works very well because I can see you and give you personalised guidance with the advantage of you being in the comfort of your own space.
After booking a class, a class package or workshop, you will receive a link by email to access the zoom session. If you have any issues entering the session, do not hesitate to contact us so that we can assist you.
The session starts punctually at the appointed time but it opens 10 minutes earlier to welcome participants.
How do I get set up for my first online class with Zoom?
It is free and easy to get set up with Zoom. You only need to do this once. You can use your computer, tablet, or phone.
From a computer or tablet, use your browser to go to https://zoom.us/ . Scroll to the bottom of the page and look for Download, click in Meetings Client, after that click the Download button
From a phone (or tablet), download the Zoom app and follow the prompts to register
There may be a few questions, you are prompted to answer. If asked, allow Zoom to use your microphone and camera, so that I will be able to see and hear you.
Here is a link to a tutorial video - https://youtu.be/hIkCmbvAHQQ
Do I have to attend to consecutive classes or a minimum number?
You can take classes every week, skip a class or two, go on vacation or stop and return at any time. Each class works individually and you can benefit from it, specially if you incorporate the principles of this practice in your every day life. Although, learning anything requires time. I encourage you to follow a weekly class so that you can experience more significant and lasting effects in your life. Also, the teacher will get to know you better to adapt the classes for you needs.
Are the classes open to everyone regardless the physical condition?
Yes! This method is suitable for all ages, body type or abilities. Most people usually find the lessons very gentle, even if recovering from injury.
Use our contact form to let us know in advance if you have any condition, pain or limitation so that we can work together to adapt the classes and make them more suitable for you.
It helps if you can get down onto a mat on the floor and up again - though you can also make it lying on a firm bed if necessary.
You will not be asked to do anything beyond your comfort zone. We discourage you do any movement that causes pain or discomfort and to look for ease and comfort.
Even if you can’t move a part of your body you can always use your imagination to follow the instructions. When you imagine or visualize doing a movement, your brain sends the same messages to your muscles as if you were actually moving, only with less intensity. You’ll be amazed how effective it can be!
What are the Benefits?*
The Feldenkrais Method® responds well to individual needs and can improve the quality of life for people with a range of mental and physical health conditions. It can also be simply for fun as a way of enjoying movement and learning about how mind and body work together.
Reported benefits are:
• Relief from tension and muscular pain
• Easier and fuller breathing
• Greater relaxation and well-being
• Improved performance in sport, dance, music and drama
• Greater ease in everyday activities
• Increased vitality and mindfulness
*(source: http://www.feldenkrais.co.uk )
What to do after a class to maximise the benefits?
Take some time after the class to pay attention to yourself and notice the changes that have taken place in a relaxed and non-judgemental way. If possible rest or go for a relaxed walk. Immediately after the class avoid strenuous tasks or heavy lifting.
The rest of the day or the time in between classes notice any activity where you can integrate the learnings from the class.
When you feel like it, why not lye on the floor for five minutes and gently revisit any part of the class that you remember and enjoyed.
What is somatic movement?
This term refers to a trend that started in the late 19th and 20th centuries, with the so-called somatic pioneers. They created methods based on movement and on the internal sensory experience of “soma” (from the Greek, “body”); proposing practices of integration of the body and mind as a single living and subjective process. Influenced by phenomenology, psychology, in eastern practices such as judo, yoga, tai chi and also in modern dance, different methods emerged, such as: Alexander Technique®, Rolfing®, Trager®, Ideokinesis® and The Feldenkrais® Method. Nowadays there are many somatic methodologies that can help us to develop and deepen an ability to feel ourselves, others and the environment, allowing us to align our inner perceptions and intentions with our actions in the world. Therefore, somatics also appear as pragmatic theories and agents of transformation and change, both individually and collectively.
Are the classes video recorded?
I like to record the classes for my own learning process. We are in this together!
Ideally, you have a camera working on your device, placed in a way to show your movements during each class, so that I can see you clearly and offer more personalised guidance. However, you can choose to turn your camera off.
We guarantee that no image of you will be shared or posted without explicit consent.