Feldenkrais: freeing the hips and lower back
Time: 10:30 - 13:30
Location: Keeley Street
This course is delivered in-person at City Lit.
Course Code: FJF54
Duration: 1 session
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What is the course about?
The course explores some of the fundamental movement patterns involved in the use of your hips and back. You will begin to recognise your own particular habits and begin to find new possibilities that can create better balance, less unnecessary strain and more ease in movement, enhancing your body's natural functioning in sport, dance, music and everyday life.
In addition to the teachings, the tutor will provide various handouts, videos and other course materila via Google Classroom, that you can refer to after the course finishes.
What will we cover?
We will explore the relationship of the legs and back and the junction through which they meet - ie the hip joints. We will see how affects and informs basic functions such as walking, sitting and standing and may also relate to other activities in life, sport and performance.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Recognise your own movement and behaviour patterns and possibilities
- Identify new processes which reduce unnecessary effort
- Practise a series of small movements leading to increased efficiency in larger movements.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No previous knowledge or experience is needed. Everyone is welcome, although you should be able to get down to the floor and up again. If you have a disability please contact the office in advance. You are required to read sentences, follow verbal instructions and extract information from handouts.
If you have suffered from any of the conditions listed below, please check with a medical practitioner whether it is suitable for you to undertake an exercise programme and bring a referral letter from your doctor to your tutor. If you have not checked, or if it is not suitable, please do not participate in an exercise or movement class.
- Do you ever have pains in your chest?
- Have you had any operations or injuries in the last year?
- Do you often feel faint or have spells of dizziness?
- Are you receiving medication for any condition?
- Do you have high blood pressure?
- Is there anything else we should know about your health?
- Do you have a bone or joint problem, such as arthritis, osteoporosis, back or knee problems?
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is experiential and is verbally led. The tutor will guide you through a series of slow, small movements, asking you to pay attention to your sensations. The movements are explored by students at their own pace. Many of the exercises will be done lying on the floor. There may be some partner work.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please wear comfortable, loose clothing. The classes are not strenuous so you need to be sure you will be warm enough.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
The Feldenkrais Method may be used to improve performance in activities such as dance, drama, sport, work and life in general.
Charlotte is a dedicated movement and well-being educator with over 15 years’ experience. She has a profound commitment to promoting mental well-being. Her approach is deeply rooted in compassion, both towards oneself and others. With a strong belief in the transformative power of movement, she specializes in trauma-informed practices that foster healing and self-discovery. Charlotte's work centres around the integration of self, helping individuals forge a stronger connection with their inner selves and fostering deeper connections with others. Through her expertise in the Feldenkrais Method and her trauma-informed approach, Charlotte guides her students on a journey toward greater self-awareness, improved mental well-being, and a more compassionate, connected life. Charlotte is currently doing a Developmental Trauma Foundation course as well as training in Compassionate Inquiry, a trauma-informed psychotherapeutic approach developed by Gabor Mate.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.