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New Series of Feldenkrais Workshops to Improve Your Performance

Over the coming months we will be holding a series of workshops into the Feldenkrais method, helping you to improve the way you move and play by freeing you from your habitual movement patterns.

Photograph of a small model skeleton in a meditation position. Photo credit: Shutterstock
Your thigh bone's connected to your hip bone – you know the song, but can you visualize your structure?

The workshops will be held on a monthly basis at our HQ building in London, from January to May. They will be led by experienced Feldenkrais teacher and classical musician Emma Alter.

What is Feldenkrais

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

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 your 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 become adults. 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.

About the course 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.

How to attend

This workshop is £5 to attend, places are limited so it's recommended that you reserve yours in advance. Please make sure to bring your own mat to the workshop.

Classes will be taking places at MU HQ in London on the following dates, you can choose to attend any one or all of the series:

Accessibility

The workshop is held in the first floor conference room, which is accessible by lift and stairs; the building has step free access via the back garden.

We make every effort to ensure that all events we organise are accessible to everyone who would like to attend. We want to provide equal access to our events for all our members.

If you have any access requirements or further questions, please contact Rose Delcour-Min on 020 7840 5563 or via email: rose.delcour.min@theMU.org at least one week ahead of the event.


Published: 16/01/2020

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