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How can I attend the classes?
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?
Not at all! 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 daily routines. Although, I encourage you to follow a weekly class so you can experience more lasting results 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 cause pain or discomfort and to look for pleasure instead.
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 is somatic movement?
The word somatic describes an approach that brings attention in the present moment to the sensations and internal experiences of movement. A practice of integration of body & mind as one live subjective process - the whole self. In the late 19th and 20th centuries, so-called somatic pioneers created methods based on the sensory experience of "soma" (from the Greek, "living body”). There were techniques of body-work such as Alexander Technique, Rolfing® and Trager®; of movement like Ideokinesis; or both body-work and movement like the Feldenkrais® Method. The roots of these methods lie in philosophy (phenomenology as opposed to dualism), oriental practices such as yoga, tai chi, judo, modern and contemporary dance (Isadora Duncan) and psychology. Nowadays there are many more schools like Body-Mind Centering®, Improvisation Contacto, etc.
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 liftings.
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 lying on the floor for five minutes and gently revisit any part of the class that you remember and enjoyed.
Are the classes video recorded?
I want to record the classes for my own learning process. We are in this together! Before you book a class, you will be asked to accept the terms and conditions, however if at any point you feel uncomfortable with it you can withdraw the consent and I will stop the recording.
No images will be shared or posted without an extra explicit consent.