Individual Sessions (Functional Integration)

Individual sessions give invaluable personal feedback about a particular concern, stiffness or pain.

The information leads to re-learning, taking you forward to the beneficial changes you want.

Individual Sessions (Functional Integration)

Individual Sessions (Functional Integration)

Individual sessions give invaluable personal feedback about a particular concern, stiffness or pain.

The information leads to re-learning, taking you forward to the beneficial changes you want.

I am currently offering these sessions by video link.

They are normally hands-on, but this is a useful alternative in these strange times.

Feldenkrais Functional Integration sessions are great for addressing what you need right now.

People come with specifics like long-term back pain, knee problems, depression, scoliosis, the debilitation of long-term illness or the aftermath of trauma, and more.

They are also a treat – a way of rediscovering an easy sense of self.

I work with people of all ages and abilities.

Sessions will last about 45 minutes.

A typical session will involve some talking, some movement in sitting or standing, and investigating movement patterns to change your habits.

Sessions vary. The idea is to find a way for you to learn easily.

Many people come for a session once a month as a way of keeping in touch with what’s happening for them, allowing the work to build and support their lives.

Others come weekly to establish new ways of working when old habits have become ingrained and unhelpful.

And one other aspect is often forgotten – the possibility of working with something you do well, and making it even better.

 

Setting up these online sessions is fairly straightforward.

You’ll need a computer, a tablet or a smartphone, which you can position in such a way that I can see you moving.

You’ll be able to see me.

When you book you’ll receive a code which will give you access to Zoom, the video link application we’ll be using.

The Feldenkrais Method: An Inside Story

“I sit on a chair, in a light and airy room. I am about to receive a Feldenkrais ‘functional integration’ lesson. Shelagh sits opposite me. She is moving my knees a little – gently, this way and that. Every now and then her eyes find my face and she says “Can you feel this… in your back?” “Yes” “And I feel it more on the left. Like you push the right knee and I feel it on the left, and you push the left knee and I feel it also on the left “ “Right”.

I had come here today because I am having to spend increasing amounts of time working at my computer, and it hurts. I cannot sit for very long without pain starting somewhere in my back. Yes, I have the right ergonomics, I have checked all that.

“Can you feel your sitting bones? Is your weight evenly spread over the two of them? Shelagh asks. “well, I can feel the left one better” I reply, “But I actually think I sit more on the right. I often get this pain in my right side” “Ok”, says Shelagh “so let’s look at that, shall we” I agree. She asks me to lie down, on my back.

This is the way most sessions begin. I look forward to that delicious moment, lying down on the low, wide, table – fully-clothed, so I am warm enough and my limbs can be moved easily. A pad goes under my head, another beneath my knees. I relax, feeling very taken care of. Shelagh’s expert touch, direct, gentle, supportive and non-invasive, guides my attention silently, connecting this bit of me, that bit of me, this bit – oooh! Moves beautifully, that – oh! Not so sure, Ah-ha! So that’s what it is, mmmn… feel my whole self softening, tension disappears no longer needed, aches and pains with it. Every so often I’d feel a seemingly never-ending breath come through me, a long sigh – and in its wake an increased softening, connecting. Sometimes feelings come, images, memories – and just as soon, they go, passing through me like the wind through the trees.

Now Shelagh has my foot. She is moving me, all of me, via my foot. I feel the push coming all up my skeleton to my head. She goes for the other one. Somehow a voice inside me says this will be different yet lo! It didn’t! both legs feel the same!

Shelagh asks me to sit up again. This time when she moves my knees, I feel it equally in both sides of my back. I am also sitting more squarely on my sitting bones. She has me make movements like I’m typing on a keyboard. Now, I feel my arms are supported by the rest of me, right down into my feet. It feels great!

Afterwards, Shelagh asks me to stand and walk a bit. I ‘float’ about the room swaying like a belly dancer yet tall as an amazon.

Next day, back at my computer I worked for a blissful few hours. Blissful because I was free of pain. I could sit and work comfortably.”

Here’s an example of an individual session.

Of course every session is different, but this will give you an idea…

How to book individual sessions

Individual sessions are available online on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Appointment times are shown in the booking calendar below.

Sessions cost £55. Pay by card through the online booking system below.

Concessions are available – contact me for rates.

If you need to cancel your appointment, please give me 24 hours notice, or the full fee may be payable.

The drop-down booking form below uses the Acuity Scheduling system.

Click on the date you are thinking of, and you will see available times. Choose a time and click Continue, then enter your details in the next panel. You will be sent an automated email confirming your appointment.

If you want to have a chat before making an appointment contact me by email or phone.