About Me and My Practice
Hi, I am a passionate person with multiple interests. I initially came across the Feldenkrais® Method through dance. I had experienced nothing like it. For years I had attempted to yield my body into submission with dance, yoga, you name it, though nothing struck as deep and complete a chord as Feldenkrais® did. I felt it awakened something deeper in me than my usual movement habits allowed (which is exactly what the Method does). In 2005 I experienced a back injury with my nursing work. Years of patterns of movement needed to be addressed, which lead me into training as a Feldenkrais® Practitioner. I completed this training over a four year period, finishing in 2010.
The Method is an educational system that addresses us through our movement habits and helps us improve how we move, how we think, how we act and react in everyday life. The Method allows us to step outside our usual patterns of movement to experience something new. This in turn helps bring confidence, aliveness, grace, and strength to our movement and to ourselves.
I run mat classes, individual sessions, and workshops.
Some workshop themes thus far have been:
- Pelvic Floor (looking at this area in relation to our overall movement in daily life and how this area supports core strength)
- Sitting with Ease (exploring options for sitting in any chair; allowing sitting to become dynamic not static, helping with neck/back/shoulder/hip problems)
- Movement of the Breath (a fundamental exploration of the breath and improving the quality and fullness of our breath for increased vitality)
I also work as a Registered Nurse, and have done for over 16 years. My other backgrounds include theatre, dance, and singing.
Practice HoursI am currently accepting new clients.
MONDAY EVENING, 7.15 pm - 8.15pm
AWARENESS THROUGH MOVEMENT MAT CLASS
(Quaker Meeting House, see address above)
A new series of classes begins 23rd April 2012 for 6 weeks. Enrolment is required.
Cost: $72 waged, $60 unwaged
$10 discount for payment at beginning of course
MONDAY AND TUESDAY MORNINGS, available from 8am - 1pm
INDIVIDUAL FUNCTIONAL INTEGRATION
(Gardens Health, see address above)
These sessions are an hour long. Appointments are essential. Please contact me for information and booking. I ask that people initially commit to four sessions.
Cost: $50 waged, $40 unwaged
Duration and CostSee above.
Accepted by InsurersIndividual applications can be made to ACC for cover of sessions.
Formal QualificationsCertificate in The Feldenkrais® Method (Wellington Feldenkrais® Professional Training Programme)
Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies (University of Otago)
Diploma in Nursing (Otago Polytechnic)
Other Training or ExperienceIn addition to the above formal qualifications, I hold an honours diploma in Highland dance. This background in dance led from Highland dancing into contemporary dance and improvisation. I am still dancing today and currently run a creative dance class, with a Feldenkrais® philosophy, for women.
This class is running for 8 weeks, every Tuesday night from 5.30pm - 6.30pm, until May 22nd, 2012. The cost is $10 per class. It is held in the dance room, School of Physical Education, 665 Cumberland Street (studio on top floor). Contact me for further details.
I am also passionate about singing and theatre. I enjoy and have performance experience in both.
Statutory RegistrationsNursing Council of New Zealand
Memberships of Professional OrganisationsMember (full): New Zealand Feldenkrais Guild
Member (full): New Zealand Nurses Organisation
People with the following goals and backgrounds have found benefit from the Feldenkrais® Method:
- To improve awareness of daily movements to prevent injury (e.g. gardening, sitting at work)
- Stroke recovery
- Recovery after accidents/head injury (good for dealing with fatigue/balance issues/concentration)
- Neurological issues like cerebral palsy
- Back injuries
- Body image issues
- Refinement of performance skills
- Postural issues
The above list is indicative of some of the reasons why someone may seek exploration with the Feldenkrais® Method.