As founder of Discover Movement, Judith Pugh PhD MEd RN is a Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and registered nurse based in Perth WA. Judith began exploring the Feldenkrais Method to manage her own back problems, which had deteriorated from an injury while nursing more than 20 years ago. She has practiced Feldenkrais regularly for more than 10 years and is a graduate of the 4-year Perth 3 Feldenkrais Professional Training Program.
Judith’s nursing background gives her a unique approach to teaching the Feldenkrais Method. She is particularly passionate about helping adults with musculoskeletal trouble discover improved movement in her Awareness Through Movement classes. Ensuring that students feel safe, relaxed, and confident in their ability to move comfortably is at the core of her practice.
Judith is also a nurse researcher: her research includes nurses’ fitness and musculoskeletal health, and how people use the Feldenkrais Method to manage chronic back pain. She currently runs small group Awareness Through Movement classes for adults in North Perth. Tailored workshops and classes to complement workplace wellbeing or lifestyle programs are also available. For questions, please contact Judith.
What are Discover Movement's values?
Respect everyone's individuality: Providing encouragement to let go of self-expectations and those of others. Trusting that you'll work out what is right for you.
Promote ongoing learning: Giving students the time to explore movement at their own pace to promote their capacity for self-discovery and self-determination.
About the Feldenkrais Method
The Feldenkrais Method is named after its originator, the Russian-born engineer and physicist Dr Moshe Feldenkrais (1904–1984). Moshe Feldenkrais sought a way to cope with a debilitating knee injury from soccer, which was made worse by his time aboard ships and submarines in WWII. Moshe Feldenkrais drew upon his knowledge of many fields including engineering, physics, judo, learning, and adaptation for his healing and recovery. In doing so, he developed a holistic system of kinaesthetic self-awareness and learning. In this system, you use sensory feedback to feel the position and movements of your body in the environment. In this Method, too, movement is central to learning about yourself, and developing your self-awareness.
Dr Moshe Feldenkrais led a remarkable life. He left home aged 14 years to trek from Belarus to Palestine. He worked with the Joliot-Curies on nuclear research and escaped the Nazi occupation of France in 1940 with two suitcases of secret scientific papers and a quantity of heavy water. Thereafter, he worked in the Research division of the British Anti-Submarine Experimental Establishment on ASDIC (an early form of sonar) and harbour defences. Earlier, in 1936, he was the first person in France awarded a judo black belt (he is renowned for popularising judo in France through his writings and judo club).
In his book "The Brain's Way of Healing" (2015), Norman Doidge MD describes Moshe Feldenkrais as an early pioneer in understanding and using what is today termed neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is "the property of the brain that enables it to change its own structure and function in response to activity and mental experience" (p. xv). For research about the Feldenkrais Method: Feldenkrais research
How is Feldenkrais done?
The Feldenkrais Method has two modes of delivery, Functional Integration (FI) lessons and Awareness Through Movement lessons. In both approaches, the Feldenkrais practitioner changes the environment so that you do not fall back on habitual patterns of behaviour. The practitioner creates an environment where you can learn to learn, allowing the possibility for new choices in movement and patterns of behaviour to emerge.
In one-to-one FI lessons you will lie or sit clothed on a low, padded table. Your practitioner will provide props or supports to help you feel comfortable and relaxed to reduce unnecessary strain. Then your practitioner will direct your attention by gentle, non-invasive touch and movement to help you learn to reorganise your body and expand your movement options and use of yourself.
Awareness Through Movement lessons are often conducted as group classes but you can do them from recordings and books, too. In classes, your Feldenkrais practitioner will guide you through gentle, unusual movement sequences. You will be encouraged to repeat movements slowly, without effort, strain or pain, so that movements feel light, easy, and pleasant. In this way, it will be easier for you to notice differences and unnecessary effort, and learn to move more efficiently and comfortably.
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