This is an introduction to the Feldenkrais method, which seeks to improve comfort and skill in movement, raising awareness of breathing and posture. Feldenkrais takes a somatic approach; the mind and body are one. Learners learn to use this awareness to release habitual patterns of tension, to create new movement possibilities and to make the existing ones more efficient, easier and elegant. Broadly beneficial and appropriate for people of all ages and abilities.
If you have a medical condition or any health concerns, or haven't exercised for a long time, speak to your GP before you start this course. Prior knowledge or experience is not required. Loose, comfortable clothing (stretchy) is best.
You will learn to pay more attention to the way you move and hold yourself. You will carry out sequences of movements slowly and gently, exploring and developing your awareness of how these moves feel and in so doing, allow yourself to improve your overall movement organization and move with greater ease.
Teaching and Learning Methods
Your instructor will talk you through sets of gentle movements and whilst you are doing these, will direct your attention on how you are carrying out these movements and invite you to notice differences in sensations between movement variations. The emphasis is on doing movements slowly and within your own comfort range, which is essential for recognising existing habitual movement patterns and learning new ones.
Practise these techniques for yourself at home or anywhere you feel comfortable between classes. Giving time to absorb and understand the essential principles of chair yoga will enable you to enjoy your practice and steadily gain health benefits.
You will receive ongoing, regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive way. There is no qualification with this course.
Qualification you will achieve
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Next Steps and Progression
Each learner will spend time talking through their next steps and options with the course teacher. You will be able to develop your skills further on another of our well-being courses and your teacher may also help you to explore other suitable college courses.
For more information, please contact the Learner Services Team via Live Chat or on 020 7255 4700 or email LearnerServices@wmcollege.ac.uk.
Additional Learning Support
Teachers are supported to ensure their materials are inclusive to meet all learners needs. Provision of assistive equipment is available and access support can be provided through reasonable adjustments, subject to an assessment by the ALS team and/or the Disability Officer. Digital Learning support is available in the Learning Centre at our Camden site. Careers advice and guidance is also available to all learners.
WM College is able to provide financial support with course fees and you may be eligible based on prior qualifications, if you are on a low income or on benefits. For more information and to find out if you are eligible, go to the Fees & Finance page on our website or contact the Learner Services team via Live Chat or on 020 7255 4700.