Classes: Tuesdays in Totnes/Dartington, Wednesdays in Exeter
Workshops: various days & places local to South Devon area
Individual lessons: Dartington
I work from my studio at home, FI's are available on weekdays, FI Intensives can run over weekends. Home visits are usually possible, and I love to be invited to teach workshops or just give a talk in your area, up to 50 miles is ok. The most-booked topic for a talk is "How to reduce stress, move with ease and exercise enjoyably".
I trained in Switzerland with Elizabeth Beringer, graduating in 2005. Since, I have studied extensively with senior practitioner Dr Ralph Strauch PhD, California, U.S.A, in the use of somatic methods, the Feldenkrais Method, and internal martial arts, for working with emotional trauma.
I am currently in training as a Holistic Counselor, and as a Mentor. My other qualifications include: certifed Authentic Leader, Osho Active Meditation facilitator, Osho Talking to the Body/Mind facilitator, Osho Tantra teacher, Reiki I & II, British Horse Society Assistant Instructor. I hold certification at a basic level in both Therapeutic and Ayurvedic Massage.
Other influences: Meditation, Inquiry work, Chi Kung, Tai Chi, ShinTaiDo, Ki Aikido, Latihan/Authentic Movement, 5 Rhythms, Wild Swimming and Walking. I practised Yoga for about 15 years, and taught it for 3 years. I worked as a Cook for about 10 years, much of the time on large Sailing yachts, I sail, windsurf, snorkel. I grew up with horses, had my own, competed to a national level in eventing, and trained young/problem horses.
The Feldenkrais Method is the best medium I've found for sharing what I've learned about healing the body/mind – the human system. – of which I've had to do plenty myself for myself. In 1995 someone showed me a simple technique to help my neck pain resulting from a riding accident – later, I learned that it was from Feldenkrais. This simple, 5 minute, technique changed my life. Immediately, I had some control over the physical pain for the first time in maybe 15 years, I felt empowered and in control of my life again. I could do this technique by myself, anywhere, anytime. I began to see that a future without pain as the ruler of my life, was possible. That was how Dr. Feldenkrais defined a healthy person – "a healthy person has the ability to recover quickly and easily from the knocks and shocks that life brings, and dares to aspire to his vowed or unavowed dreams". (I am paraphrasing here...) And so began my journey with Feldenkrais. I enjoy sharing what I have since learned on my journey with others, both teachers and students/clients. It is my passion, my profession, and my pension! I know it will help me grow older more gracefully and provide me with much inspiration along the way. "The improvement a human being can gain through movement is open-ended." – Dr M. F.