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Events


Online Session: Introduction to Feldenkrais

Online

03 Jul 2020

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Covid-19 has seen most of us lose parts of our livelihoods, being able to play and perform together with colleagues, and an increase in stress for all of us. Learn how to re-set a stressed body using the Feldenkrais method.

Photograph of a model skeleton stretching

For most of us being in a stressful situation changes our body's response system onto "war setting". This is useful if we need to run away or pretend we're dead to avoid a lion, but not so useful in dealing with the kinds of problems we're now all facing.

Feldenkrais is an excellent resource to re-set your system and undo physical stress patterns. By concentrating on moving, connecting, and co-ordinating parts of yourself in a session, you're switching your war-settings off and turning on the para-sympathetic system. When we can move and breathe more fully the hormones change in our system and we can feel safer and calmer. If we can move better, we feel better.

Our ability to recover is within us all, it often just needs a little help to get it out. If we can create more resources within ourselves, we can act in a more useful way for ourselves. That's where Feldenkrais comes in.

"The human nervous system is 90 percent concerned with recovery of stability. But life is not a stable process. Stability is for trees. For us, life is a process of risk and recovery. Each step we take is a risk. The ability to recover is our greatest quality." - Moshe Feldenkrais

How to attend

Places are limited so it's recommended that you reserve yours in advance.

Before the session starts:

  • Have a mat for the workshop
  • Have your instrument ready and available for the session
  • Play/sing a little before and after the session

The Zoom link will be sent once you've registered. If you have any questions about the workshop please contact teachers@theMU.org

About the tutor

Emma Alter is both 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.


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