What is the course about?
This course is designed to improve postural stability in dynamic and static conditions and develop more strength. Explore the dynamic relationship between the feet, pelvis, head and eyes as well trunk stability and coordination. Discover moreabout the function and effect the visual, vestibular and proprioceptive systems have in relation to your orientation in space. There will also be time to practice how to get up and down from the floor safely, easily and efficiently.
What will we cover?
We will cover postural stability, static and dynamic balance, core stability, postural control, kinesthetic awareness , falls, strategies to get up and down from the floor, the visual, vestibular and proprioceptive systems and functional movements. We will also include some basic anatomy and neuroplasticity.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Recognise your own behavioural and movement habits, and discover new ways of moving.
- Identify what is unnecessary and appropriate effort
- Participate in sequences of mindful movements to improve stability and strength
- Perform dynamic and static balance exercises.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Everyone is welcome, no previous knowledge or experience is needed. However you should be able to get down on the floor and up again independently or with the support of a chair. If you have a disability or health concern, please contact the Health and Lifestyle department in advance. You should be able to follow verbal and written instructions.
If you have any health concerns, or have been affected by any of the conditions listed below, please consult with your health practitioner whether it is appropriate for you to take part in an exercise or movement workshop, and bring a referral letter from them to your tutor. You may need to get medical clearance (from the college or from your health practitioner) first, and if you have not, or it is not appropriate, then please do not enrol in this movement workshop.
- Vestibular disorders?
- Do you ever have pains in your chest?
- Do you have epilepsy?
- Do you have asthma?
- Are you pregnant?
- Have you had any joint replacement?
- 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?
This course is practical and involves guided movements and meditations, short presentations and video clips, interactive games, self observation, inquiry, discussions and small group or pair work. Suggestions for home practice will be given but there is no pressure to participate.
• Charlotte is a Feldenkrais Practitioner (student teacher).
• Charlotte is a qualified Feldenkrais: Awareness Through Movement teacher, she is currently a student completing the hands on aspect of the four year Feldenkrais training.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
The best thing to wear is comfortable and loose clothing. The movements are gentle so you need to make sure you will be warm enough for the duration of the workshop, as your body temperature may drop.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
More Feldenkrais courses.
The Feldenkrais Method can be used to enhance your performance in activities such as dance, drama, martial arts, music, singing, pilates, yoga, work and everyday life.