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Feldenkrais Workshop: Improving The Use of Your Shoulders


30 Oct 2020

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Improve the way you move and play using the Feldenkrais Method.

Photograph of a small model skeleton, cross-legged in a meditation position

This is an online workshop hosted on Zoom.

Feldenkrais frees you up to move intelligently

The solutions to physical problems aren’t always in the place we're looking. Your thigh bone's connected to your hip bone – we know the song, but can we visualize our structure? The accuracy of our bodymap in the brain is crucial to how we move ourselves.

Feldenkrais uses a process of organic learning, through moving and sensing, to free you from your habitual patterns. These movement patterns or habits, embedded in our nervous system, often become outmoded or dysfunctional, creating unnecessary limitations. They can cause pain, tension, amplify performance anxiety, and 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 and commit a little time and effort to the process.

Through this unique combination of explorative movement and learning greater physical self-awareness you will discover and develop your ability to move `intelligently'. This will improve your posture, strength and flexibility in the way you move and play.

How to attend

This workshop is £5, places are limited so it's recommended that you reserve yours in advance.

Before the session starts:

  • Set up a mat in front of your webcam
  • Have your instrument available
  • Play/sing a little before and after the session

If you have any access requirements or further questions, 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.

Book your place

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