Experiencing life happens through our body as much as our mind. If we are in a relaxed state during a guided meditation, we don’t just think “I am relaxed”, it can be felt throughout our whole body. Our body is key to how we experience the world.
When I was younger I experienced some trauma, and it wasn’t until I studied Dance and Movement in my early twenties that I realised I had come back into my body after what must have been a long time. I had disassociated from my body, so it was a very nurturing feeling, like coming home.
Our wellbeing is inextricably linked to what we feel in our bodies and the richness of our felt experience. There is no limit to how much awareness we can bring to our Mindbody experience. The richness of our embodied life is connected to the richness of our life.
Being present in our bodies, feeling grounded and balanced are all facets of the lived experience. There is so much to explore within ourselves, and as we do our connection to the world changes also.
It’s about claiming your space, really being here in your body and being authentically you. There are always better options for being here. Are you going to settle, or search them out?
Feldemoves is an invitation for change.
Nicole Harstead is a Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner with Graduate Diploma in Movement and Dance. She has also completed a Bachelor of Teaching and Bachelor of Arts.
Feldenkrais is a universal method for improving movement, sensation, posture and breathing.
The method was created by Moshe Feldenkrais in the 1950’s and has two parts:
hands-on sessions with a Feldenkrais Practitioner called Functional integration ® and,
group classes comprised of verbal clues called Awareness through Movement ®.
Feldenkrais for Dancers
Feldenkrais is ideal for dancers and has been incorporated into University Dance courses throughout Australia and internationally.
The Feldenkrais Method can help Dancers:
Dancer’s don’t have to force or strain their bodies.
Training break-throughs happen when you release unnecessary muscle tension and old habits which prevent your body from moving as it was designed to move. Our bodys’ natural gracefulness and elegance is best fostered by a gentle approach that allows your nervous system to open up to the uniquely-designed suggestions that Feldenkrais presents.
Feldenkrais for the not-so-serious dancer
Perhaps you danced when you were young or you have always wanted to try salsa or swing dancing. You might be turned off trying new physical activities because of pain, or lack of physical confidence.
By doing a Feldenkrais `Awareness through movement class’ (ATM)or a private lesson you will begin to see there are alternatives to the way that you usually hold yourself in standing and moving. By using less muscular effort and finding your skeletal alignment you will experience more freedom and decrease the pain associated with your usual movement habits.
Moshe Feldenkrais said the purpose of his method was to
“…make the impossible possible, the possible easy, the easy elegant"
The Feldenkrais Method is a way to improve your physical performance. By increasing your body awareness and movement range, you can feel younger and more functionally able to try new physical activity or release your inner dancer.
In Functional Integration, I will guide you through a movement lesson using non-invasive touch. You will learn how to reorganise your bodies actions in new and more effective ways through the experience of comfort, enjoyment and ease of movement.
During Functional Integration lessons I take a flexible approach and custom-tailor to lesson to what your needs are. Most often you will lie comfortably on a table designed specifically for the work but sometimes you will do a lesson in sitting and standing. I will also use various props to make you as comfortable as possible, and to make your movements easier.
Tuesdays 9:00am- 5:30pm
Thursdays 9:00am- 5:30pm
The themes of classes and workshops are varied, Moshe Feldenkrais in his lifetime designed over 1000 lessons. Lessons include bringing attention to certain body parts such as pelvis and shoulders and ribs and the wide variety of movements you can do. This variety of movement is unique to Feldenkrais, and a form of novelty, not readily found in everyday life. Research into brain health and longevity suggests that the regular experience of `novelty’ is essential to a long happy life (Dean, N. 2018)
Both classes are held at Drukha Studio, at the rear of 208 Warwick St West Hobart
Workshops are run a couple of times throughout the year. Please send me a message and I will keep you informed of upcoming events.
In your first complimentary session we will talk about what you need and see if we are a good fit. I will show you a little bit about the Feldenkrais method and how it can help you.
A single one-hour session- $100
Foundation package : 4 sessions- $360 (save $10 per session)
This package will assist you to feel more freedom and decrease pain.
Find your inner dancer package: 10 sessions $800 (save $20 per session).
This package will help you experience your inner grace, fluidity and natural strength. Find the qualities so often admired in dancers, in yourself.
Please note: A 20% discount is offered to non-waged clients.
Direct debit installments can be set up for package payments.
$100 for a block of 5 lessons for waged individuals.
$75 for non-waged individuals.
Classes follow the school terms. There are 2 `blocks' of classes each term.
For information about workshops contact Nicole so she can keep you informed of upcoming events.
Nicole Harstead, Feldemoves
Drukha Studio, 208 Warwick Street, West Hobart
Phone: 0409 896 576
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After having only 5 Functional integration sessions with Nicole I have found movement has been easier. I have also found that I am more aware of the way I stand and the effect it has on my body. I would happily recommend Nicole
Nicole is an excellent Feldenkrais Practitioner, providing professional and caring treatment in her spacious studio. The Pivotal Hip workshop brought attention to my years of bad habits. A noticeable difference from the start of the session to the finish.
I saw Nicole for a chronic hip/lower back imbalance which has caused quite a lot of pain for many years. Nicole was able to help me recognise postural issues which were exacerbating the balance and correct them. Through this practise we “woke up” parts of my body for better movement integration. Life changing. Nicole is also just really great humoured and creates a warm, safe space to learn. Can’t recommend enough!