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A bit about Nicole

headshot of Nicole Harstead, owner of Feldemoves

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.

About Feldenkrais

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:

  • refine alignment and improve skeletal and muscle use
  • move beyond inefficient, repetitive patterns of moving and decrease pain
  • sense subtle movement distinctions and improve performance
  • enhance creativity and choreographic potential
  • recover whole body function after intense dance training or quiescence

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.

SERVICES

Nicole offers private sessions, classes and workshops.


Functional integration ® (Private sessions)

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.

Sessions

Tuesdays 9:00am- 5:30pm 

Thursdays 9:00-1:00pm 

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Awareness Through Movement classes ® and workshops

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)

Classes

Tuesdays 6pm-7pm

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Sunday workshops

 3rd Sunday most months Feb-Dec from 1pm-4pm

Please contact Nicole for upcoming workshop dates.

 

 

 

Pricing & Bookings

Complementary consultation 50 mins

In this introductory session we can talk about what you need, we will see if we are a good fit and I can show you a little bit of what I do and how I can help you.

Functional integration - individual session

A single one-hour session- $100

Foundation package : 4 sessions- $340 (save $15 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.


Awareness through movement classes - Drukha Studio

$120 for a block of 6 lessons

Awareness through movement workshops - Drukha Studio


The 3rd Sunday every month February- December 1-4pm

$50 per workshop.

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Contact

Nicole Harstead, Feldemoves

Drukha Studio, 208 Warwick Street, West Hobart

Phone: 0409 896 576

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Testimonials for Feldemoves

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

Narelle Trail

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.

Libby Oakley

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!

Amanda Sigler