‘The Moving Brain’ offers solutions to people of all ages who want more agility, less pain, better balance or posture, and greater resilience.
We will help you to become an expert in yourself, cultivating a deep awareness of your postural and movement habits, so you can move and live with greater intention and vitality.
We help both the world class performer find greater artistic freedom, and enable everyone to find greater freedom from pain and stress, and re-discover their flexibility and energy.
The Feldenkrais Method: what is it?
Feldenkrais is way of improving our movement, by looking at the patterns of our habits, and examining how they help or hold us back in what we are doing or want to do.
By becoming more aware of what we are actually doing, rather than what we think we are doing, we can find new ways of moving , which often allow us to move in a way that causes less pain, and brings us more to
In Individual Lessons we can quickly pinpoint specific issues, habits or behaviours that are impeding your movement, and offer a way for improvement.
These lessons are hands-on, and the teacher will observe your movement, and then move you with their hands – using gentle but profound movements, which can be astonishingly effective.
During the present time, whilst its not possible to do hands on work, I offer individual Awareness through Movement Sessions, where through watching and words, I can offer solutions. Its not hands on, but it is also effective.
In Group Classes, we deconstruct the individual parts of more complex movements of our everyday life, to explore and improve them.
The teacher gives verbal instructions, creating a framework for the student to explore their movements at their own pace.
In order to allow you to discover your own possibilities there is no ‘demonstration’ from the teacher, allowing you not to worry whether you look good, or are doing it “right”.
Each lesson is designed to work on different parts of the body, with emphasis on feeling and sensing what happens in the body as you move. This heightening of awareness allows you to feel how you could move more easily.
The classes can be deeply relaxing and restorative.
The Feldenkrais Method- who is it for?
Feldenkrais is for everybody, of any age; and well suited to people suffering from on-going musculo-skeletal pain. It also can work effectively for people with neurological conditions; those who have had strokes; or children with developmental challenges.
Whether you want to on the one hand be more comfortable working at your desk, bending down, playing with your children; or on the other, improve professional level performance of sports and Arts, Feldenkrais is an extraordinary tool.
What’s the idea behind Feldenkrais?
The Feldenkrais Method – how does it work?
Scientists like 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 are adult). You can change how you are, and how you move at any age, if you understand how to ‘re-wire’ your nervous system.
Feldenkrais harnesses the brain’s ability to constantly evolve; using subtle movements to optimise brain connections with our skeleton, muscles and soft tissues. By this unique combining of explorative movement with learning a physical self-awareness you are able to develop an ability to enabling you to be and move ‘smart’, improving both posture, strength and flexibility in the way you move and live. Feldenkrais is a educative method for self-directed neuroplasticity.
Emma Alter is a Feldenkrais teacher, and comes from a background as a professional classical musician. In 1999 she became involved with the Feldenkrais Method, leading to her training as a certified teacher in 2011-15.
She especially enjoys working with performers, children, athletes, and people of all ages and abilities to recapture pain free balance, movement, grace, and power. To find out more go here.
Listen to Emma talking about what brought her to Feldenkrais:
Feldenkrais is named after its inventor, Moshe Feldenkrais.