Face-to-Face Awareness Through Movement Classes
Improve How You Move
Do you feel disconnected from your body? Do you have a habit of straining or stiffening your body? Do you hold your breath without realising?
We all have quirky ways that we move and habitual postures. We use these shortcuts to get by day-to-day without thinking too much. It's just what we do...
But by becoming aware of how you move and hold yourself you can find more comfortable ways to do everyday activities. Improving your mobility can help safeguard your independence, too.
Making little changes, no matter how insignificant, can make a big difference in your life.
My Awareness Through Movement classes will help you:
- Become aware of your habitual patterns of movement and posture
- Learn to take care of yourself and gently expand your limits
- Improve your movement patterns and increase your choices
- Breathe and move more freely
Classes are kept small – no more than 6 clients per class. That way I can track your progress and comfort and adjust to your concerns and abilities. It provides plenty of space to move around the room freely while observing physical/social distancing.
These floor classes are suitable for adults 18 years and older who can move without help. Please bring your own mat and 2–3 towels for headrest (for hygiene and safety no equipment is provided).
Term 3 (9 weeks):
20 July to 21 September 2020 (excluding 17 August)
Mornings: 9:30 am to 10:30 am (AWST)
21 July to 22 September 2020 (excluding 18 August)
Evenings: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm (AWST)
(Classes approx. 45 min with 10 min discussion/question time.)
St Hilda's Anglican Church Parish Hall, 15 View Street, North Perth WA 6006
(Hall at rear of the church & garden)
$180 – Adults ($135 Retirees/Pensioners/Unwaged/Students 18+)
(includes complimentary lesson notes and/or audio-recordings to guide your practice)
Drop-ins not available – please contact me (Judith) if wanting to join after the start of term ($25/class if spot available).
Enrolments via TryBooking are now closed. But a couple of spots are still available Tuesday evenings. Please contact me (Judith) to arrange ($25/class).
Our use of the hall must comply with the WA Government's regulations and COVID-19 safety guidelines to reduce the risk.
Therefore, to participate in Discover Movement classes you must agree to all of the following:
* Bring your own mat, towels and/or headrest (no shared equipment and no equipment provided)
* Use the alcohol-based hand sanitiser provided on entering the hall and before leaving
* Enter your details into the hall register each class for contact tracing purposes (date, name, contact phone number or email)
* Keep 1.5 metres away from others (physical distancing) (*my small class sizes ensure more than the minimum 4 square metres of space per person is available)
* Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use your inner elbow (throw the tissue in the bin immediately and wash your hands or use alcohol-based sanitiser)
* Only use the toilet marked 'Disabled' and wipe down surfaces with the disinfectant provided when leaving
* Stay home if you feel unwell or if you have any cold or flu symptoms even if mild (e.g., fever, coughing, sore throat, shortness of breath) and contact your doctor re testing for COVID-19
* If you haven't already done so, consider downloading the COVIDSafe app to speed up contacting people exposed to coronavirus
Before starting Awareness Through Movement classes...
If you have back pain, please make sure your pain isn't something serious. Though rare, several issues cause back pain and require you to see a doctor.
You should see a doctor if you have:
* Numbness or tingling
* Severe pain that does not improve with rest
* Pain after a fall or injury
* Pain plus any of these problems: trouble urinating; weakness; numbness in your legs; fever; and/or weight loss when not on a diet
Where to find us:
Parking: Free street parking in the vicinity (please check street signs for time limits) | Public transport: A short walk from Fitzgerald St bus routes
About Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement classes
Awareness Through Movement classes don't rely on stretching or using muscular effort. Instead, each lesson stimulates your brain with a blend of gentle, unusual movement sequences, and guided attention to the connections between parts and your sense of your whole self.
This movement-based mind-body practice will help you:
- Move more easily and comfortably
- Improve your breathing, posture, coordination, and flexibility for daily activities
- Re-educate your body to move less painfully
- Experience stillness and enhanced awareness
Regular practice can help you to become more active and stay fit.
The only prerequisites are being:
- 18 years or older, and
- able to safely move unassisted including get down to lie on a mat on the floor, and up again (please contact me (Judith) if you have a condition that affects your ability to move around, or if unsure that floor classes are suitable for you)
Wear modest clothing that lets you move freely. You may be lying on your back with your legs in the air, so leggings or similar are recommended. Lessons can be done barefoot or wearing grip/non-slip socks - yoga socks with toes and grippers are ideal to give you the barefoot feeling while preventing slipping. This is not aerobic or strength-based exercise so dress in layers for adjusting to changes in temperature.
Bring 3 towels (to fold into firm headrest) and an exercise mat or similar. (If continuing classes, a mat wider and thicker than a standard yoga mat is recommended e.g., 80–100 cm wide & 1.5–3 cm thick mat made of NBR foam or premium high density foam.)
What to expect in group classes
Term 1 2020 – Getting Back to Basics
We started the New Year with a series of classic Awareness Through Movement lessons. For newcomers, these lessons provided building blocks for a level of effortlessness, efficiency, and ease in everyday movement. For my regular clients, these lessons offered a new or deeper insight into their habits of movement and posture. Some discovered new ways of doing, new possibilities that they could carry with them.