with Maggy Burrowes
Feldenkrais Potent Voice
Sitting & Squatting
Embrace The Floor & [Maybe] Extend Your Life
2 – 5 pm – Online + Recording
£35 (suggested fee or donation)
Every so often a new report comes along that supports my ongoing campaign to get more people to spend more time sitting on the floor. I even wrote a manifesto. Sometimes the report is more focussed on the benefits of getting up and down from the floor, as there is evidence that being able to do so without leaning on too many of your available limbs correlates with living longer – I have written about that here.
A new report in New Scientist just out supports my suggestion more specifically, by revealing how beneficial it is to be able to sit comfortably on the floor in all the different positions you can think of, including kneeling, squatting, sitting cross-legged, and in the position we Feldenfolk call “side-saddle”.
…which is all very well, but I am also aware that for many people sitting on the floor is just too difficult to begin with.
If you would like to be better able to sit on the floor for longer periods of time the ideal solution is Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement, and the way to improve more quickly is to do more than just the one class a week. This workshop is going to be somewhat more demanding than usual. The aim will be to improve our sitting ability via explorations on hands and knees, with the ultimate goal of being better able to squat, and to come up to standing from the floor.
If you are not able to manage explorations on hands and knees then think about having some individual lessons, or joining one of my online weekly classes. I am hoping that everyone who joins this class will finish it with several floor-sitting positions in their repertoire plus some useful strategies for getting up and down from the floor with ease.
Well Musician Online Summer Course
Come and join us for four days of Feldenkrais workshops for Musicians.
We’ll be covering topics such as breathing, posture and balance, arm and shoulder comfort, finger dexterity, performance anxiety, effective learning strategies, injury prevention and stage presence. We’ll be offering this through group Feldenkrais lessons (twice daily) presentations, and inclusive masterclasses.
Daily from Monday 17th to Thursday 20th August
2pm – 4:30pm and 5:30pm – 8pm BST
9am – 11:30am and 12:30 – 3pm EDT
(The price includes recordings of the sessions, in case you can’t make them all, and we’re offering a small discount for any current students at a UK music college & ISM and MU members)
Register by following this link
Anita, Emma, and Niall are both professional musicians and Feldenkrais teachers. They bring a wealth of experience with them, understanding the pressures of standing in front of an audience and performing at the highest level, whatever the situation, complexities of singing or playing an instrument, and how the physical self can get in the way of performing to our optimum.
Emma has been a qualified Feldenkrais teacher for the last 5 years, and a Feldenkrais devotee for 20. She brings with her over two decades experience of professional performance at a world class level, playing with groups such as Academy of Ancient Music, Gabrieli Consort, English Baroque Soloists, along with a pedagogical practice of teaching violin and viola teacher to both children and adults for over twenty years.
She is the regular Feldenkrais Teacher for the Musicians Union, where she has been giving regular classes and workshops for the last two years, and has been a guest lecturer at the Royal College of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music, The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, bringing her brand of pedagogy to how to use Feldenkrais to become better performers and musicians.
An Alumna of the GSMD and National Opera Studio, Anita’s performing career spanned opera, oratorio and lieder. She is particularly known for her teaching of trebles and was awarded an Honorary ARSCM in 2017 in recognition of her outstanding work in this area. She also teaches choral scholars at Cambridge University and is a vocal coach to The London Symphony Chorus. An intrinsic belief in the importance of good body use led Anita to train as a Feldenkrais Practitioner. She has given Feldenkrais workshops for singers at the GSMD, Leeds College of Music and for Voice Workshop and the British Voice Association.
Irish flutist Niall O’Riordan enjoys an international career as soloist and teacher. He received an MA and BMus from Cork School of Music, Ireland, and since 2011, has been mentored by Sir James Galway. In 2014 he was awarded the rising star award by Sir James Galway at the Galway International Flute Festival where he has also taught Feldenkrais classes since 2012. A certified Feldenkrais Method practitioner, he is recognised for his completely holistic approach to flute playing and teaching, drawing inspiration from psychology, neurolinguistic programming (NLP), yoga, metaphysics and visualisation. He has published two successful Feldenkrais audio learning programs for flutists, and is a regular contributor for PAN magazine and the Journal of the British Flute Society.
More about Feldenkrais
Feldenkrais uses a process of organic learning, through moving and sensing, to free you from your habitual patterns. These movement patterns or habits, embedded in our nervous system, often become outmoded or dysfunctional, creating unnecessary limitations. They can cause pain, tension, amplify performance anxiety, and stage fright – or just not allow you to play at the top of your game.
The Feldenkrais Method is based on sound principles of neuroplasticity, physics and physiology, optimising brain connections with our skeleton, muscles and soft tissues.
Neuroscientists such as 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 and commit a little time and effort to the process.
Through this unique combination of explorative movement,rediscovering curiousity, and learning greater physical self-awareness you will discover and develop your ability to move `intelligently’. This will improve your posture, strength and flexibility in the way you move and play.
Playing with Ease – Unlock your Potential
A Feldenkrais Method workshop for Musicians
August 20th and 21st 1100-1300, 1400-1600.
On ZOOM from Benslow Music
Josephine Horder (cello), Yeu Meng Chan (piano)
Following the success of their online course in June, Benslow Music have invited Jo and Yeu-Meng to conduct a more intensive 2-day workshop, offering a group of up to ten participants the possibility of more individualised attention.
According to Dr Moshe Feldenkrais the average person uses roughly 5% of their potential.
Whichever our instrument, fundamentally it is our body and brain which are the source of our music-making. When we improve our body maps and refine our motor and sensory perception, we ourselves can develop into more finely tuned “instruments”, revealing our potential for learning and improvement.
This 8-hour course will include Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lessons, designed to refine sensory motor awareness. There will be ‘before’ and ‘after’ experiencing, muted in the privacy of your own home. There will also be the opportunity for individual coaching, therefore participant numbers will be capped at ten. Course materials and recordings (subject to participant permission) will also be made available after the event,
For detailed information and booking: https://benslowmusic.org/index.asp?PageID=2887