NEWS: A series of free classes over five days, daily, 9.00-9.50 am (Berlin), 8.00-8.50 am (London), from Monday 25th to Friday 29th January 2021. See the blog post about Free Classes. Join us on Zoom. Message me for details via the button below or the email address at the foot of this page. Places given on a first-come-first-served basis. Ben
"My neck feels so different already, just from that one exercise. I've been having a real pain right at the base of my neck, continuous for the last week or so. And it's much eased now. There's not any pain there at all at the moment. Desk based worker reporting on the effects of the 50 minute "Fit in the office" online session.
"I've got Covid with mild flu symptoms, but I've got muscle pain, every bit is in pain. Now it feels much better. I honestly wasn't going to come, but I was, like, I'll see just how far I can go and see if it will make a difference. And I can feel [the change] in my lower back a bit, I can feel the difference in other parts. Desk based worker after the 50 minute "Fit in the office" online session.
It’s amazing how something so subtle can change so much.
The Feldenkrais® Method has been helping people improve their functional movement, to move better, and to change habits that may cause pain for more than 70 years.
What is Feldenkrais®? Feldenkrais® uses micro- and macro-movements to reduce tension and to improve posture, suppleness, balance, freedom of movement, and ergonomics.
Exploring your movement habits will give you ease, efficiency, and pleasure being active. People doing Feldenkrais regularly enjoy better posture, coordination, balance and flexibility.
The exercises developed by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais not only improve movement and posture, but also help a person on multiple levels. Reduced tension and better movement efficiency can help diverse physical problems like back, head or neck pain, stiff joints, and habitual tension. Improving physical comfort logically means that doing Feldenkrais® also leads to an improvement in mood, thinking and being. Activities such as breathing and sleeping, resilience against stress and burn-out are all positively impacted by how effectively we inhabit our bodies. In other words, Feldenkrais® addresses the link between the body and the mind.
How does the Feldenkrais® Methode work? Feldenkrais® uses guided awareness during movement to activate the learning center of the brain. In other words, Feldenkrais® moulds the neuro-plasticity of the brain. Doing a new movement with awareness means that the brain can rewire itself. In this way, effortful or inefficient movement habits can be replaced by long lasting, ergonomic and efficient movement ones.
Feldenkrais® sessions always build on pleasure and curiosity. Pleasure stimulates attention, curiosity, creativity and interest, which are all necessary for effective learning. Boredom, dull repetition, pain and strain are strenuously avoided, as these produce distraction and stress and inhibit learning.
Feldenkrais® has two formats: individual and group sessions. Sessions last about an hour. Children’s sessions last 30-45 minutes. Online sessions last 30 or 60 minutes. Lessons are done lying on a mat, sitting or standing. Participants wear comfortable clothing and socks.
Feldenkrais® individual and group sessions have a similar end result. Individual sessions are tailor-made for the person, and the teacher or practitioner moves the student’s body in natural movement patterns. In group classes, the teacher tells the students what to do and they carry it out themselves. The teacher does not demonstrate ‚the correct movement‘ because it is not about copying a ‚correct‘ movement, but about individual awareness, exploration and observation, which results in a unique and successful outcome for each person.
Ben Parsons has been doing Feldenkrais® for over 20 years, and became a certified teacher and practitioner in 2016. He did his training in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He is also trained to work with special needs children using JKA, (the Jeremy Krauss Approach). Read more about his experience below.
Individual Sessions (FI „Functional Integration“) Online and in-person.
|30 minute online sessions||50% of the full price|
Feldenkrais for children. Whilst many adults come to deal with pain and movement restrictions, I help many children from age 0 to teenagers. The Feldenkrais® Method can help children improve movement, coordination, balance, and social regulation and self regulation. Many kids benefit by improving how they interact with the world or with themselves. Many parents worry about their special needs child, or any child who needs a little extra assistance getting where they should. The Feldenkrais® Method is especially known for treating children with respect as an individual, meeting them eye to eye, for listening to their needs, and working with them, not on them. I started developing this competency whilst working at a school for physically and mentally multiply-handicapped children in Frankfurt, Germany.
Example client. A 12 year old girl, disabled from birth with a genetic disorder, rapidly developed greater self awareness and as a consequence there were positive changes to her movement, sleep, biological self control, such as bladder control, mood and social interaction.
Example client. A normal, 13 year old boy with a 60 degree scoliosis that has been operated on. He comes to me to help him reduce back pain from prolonged sitting during the school day.
Feldenkrais® children’s sessions can be done over the internet for those who are not in the Berlin / Potsdam region. Using video conferencing, I can guide the parent in how to hold and move their young child so that the child experiences similar benefits of being treated directly by me. For older children, I lead them through movements, sometimes with the assistance of a parent in the room.
|Single session online and in-person||£50|
|Four sessions in one month||£160|
|Eight sessions in four months||£300|
|Online 30 minute sessions||50% of the full price|
Group Classes (ATM „Awareness Through Movement“)
Online Group Classes for Adults in English
Take place on Fridays, 10am (Berlin time), (9am UK time). Zoom Login: https://zoom.us/j/99615347724. Meeting ID: 996 1534 7724
Please contact me directly. I am happy to answer your questions.
Dial in: Click on the class link and download Zoom for free onto your phone or computer. Create your personal Zoom username and password. Approx. 10 minutes before the class, open the Zoom App and register on the Zoom-Meeting-Link. Enter the Meeting ID. And enter the meeting password which I will send you before each meeting.
Group class Prices (payable by bank transfer)
|Intensive Registration – six lessons in six consecutive weeks||£75|
|Three month registration – five courses to be taken within three months||£85|
|Online workshops & themed courses||Pricing varies. Get in contact|
How I came to Feldenkrais®
My first experience of Feldenkrais® was in London in 1999. In 2002, after moving to Switzerland, I attended group classes and private treatments. Having developed writer’s cramp, a repetitive strain injury (RSI) (or ‚work related upper limb disorder‘) whilst at university, I did Feldenkrais® to help improve my posture and my ergonomics. Later, when my son was born with an orthopaedic foot problem, my wife and I took him to Feldenkrais® to improve his posture and the development of his walking, flexibility and balance. Thanks to Feldenkrais®, I got rid of the RSI problem permanently and my son became able to move more competently and without pain. From 2012 till 2016 I did the four year, 800 hour professional Feldenkrais® training program in Frankfurt am Main. I now work using Feldenkrais® helping adults with a variety of needs (often to do with posture and ergonomics, also injuries and stress related issues), and children with special and/or developmental needs. In 2020 I became a JKA therapist. The Jeremy Krauss Approach (JKA) for Special Needs Children focuses on helping children develop using brain repatterning by means of learning through movement and experience.
I have set up a special group movement program for young children with my colleague, physiotherapist Miriam Großhennig. More details will follow after the Corona shut down.
In 1996 I began my career as a Shiatsu therapist, and with over twenty years experience, I know how effective Shiatsu is for the client, making it possible for them to gain deep relaxation, relief for, and resilience against, stress , and stimulating the person’s own internal resources for regeneration. Shiatsu is also good for addressing physical tensions and pains and energy blockages, according to chinese medicine.
Shiatsu, or Japanese acupressure massage, is done fully clothed, usually on a futon mat or on a massage table. Appointments last about one hour.
Ben Parsons. bp @ potsdam-feldenkrais.com. Telefon: +49 (0)151 25862646
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