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Feldenkrais Workshop: Freeing the Jaw, its Connection to the Spine


27 Sep 2019

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

The fifth in this six-part series of workshops will explore how your habits of movement can constrain your potential, both on and off the stage.

Performer playing trumpet. Picture: Shutterstock, Kolbakova Olga

Feldenkrais uses a process of organic learning, through moving and sensing, to free you from their habitual patterns. These patterns, embedded in our nervous system, often become outmoded or dysfunctional, creating unnecessary limitations.

These movement habits can cause pain, tension, performance anxiety, or stage fright – or just not allow you to play at the top of your game.

The Feldenkrais Method is based on sound principles of neuroplasticity, physics and physiology, optimising brain connections with our skeleton, muscles and soft tissues.

Neuroscientists such as Norman Doidge have shown that the brain is able to re-wire and constantly keep learning throughout life, contrary to old ideas that we stop learning when we are adult. You can change how you are, and how you move at any age, if you understand how to ‘re-wire’ your nervous system.

Through this unique combination of explorative movement and learning greater physical self-awareness you will discover and develop your ability to move ‘smart’. This should improve your posture, strength and flexibility in the way you move and play. Feldenkrais is an extraordinary tool.

About the course tutor

Emma Alter is both a professional classical musician and Feldenkrais teacher.

She brings a wealth of experience with her – understanding the pressures of standing in front of an audience and performing at the highest level, whatever the situation, complexities of playing an instrument, and how the body can get in the way of performing to our optimum.

She has helped musicians with postural issues, restricted movement, chronic tension (including back pain and RSI ), or simply to find more efficient ways to play more easily.

How to attend

The course is £5 to attend, places are limited so it’s recommended that you reserve yours in advance.

Event location

Musicians Union, 60-62 Clapham Road, London SW9 0JJ

Book your place

Join the MU for £1