My Feldenkrais practice has grown out of years of working in family support, the arts, & in schools. An eclectic background & knowledge means an inclusive ethos is part of the fabric of my practice.
With my everyday being rich with the nuances of life I know that creating a welcoming, fun environment without limiting expectations can bring out the delightfully unexpected!
Children | Teenagers | Families
My Feldenkrais practice has developed from over 17 years of working with children, teenagers and their families in a variety of settings: a residential home (2002-2004), out-of-school children’s charities (volunteering 1996-2002, employee 2002-2011, co-founder of a children’s charity 2011). I worked in mainstream & special educational settings, & pupil referral behaviour units (2011-2017). I work alongside families who required extra input due to challenging circumstances (2004-2017). In the past I’ve supported families with children with special needs settle into new routines when the new baby arrives in the family.
I have experience and training in the different approaches which can be used to support people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC) & Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD) – deep pressure therapy, sensory integration, TacPac, intensive interaction, TEACCH, behaviour management and communication strategies, and anxiety reduction approaches.
With a sense of movement & curiosity children use their sensory intelligence all the time. A Feldenkrais approach to movement taps into this sensation based wisdom, & respects the incredible abilities of the brain, nervous systems, tactile feedback, the proprioceptive, vestibular & kinaesthetic systems.
My work with adults is completely embedded in an inclusive ethos and I welcome all abilities, ages, access needs and backgrounds. I’m especially interested in how improving physical movement can support positive changes in mental and emotional health. My approach is respectful and sensitive, acknowledging the stories that people carry.
A Potted History
Working in the arts sector over the years my specialism developed in inclusion & accessible arts practice. My portfolio includes working as a consultant, producer and administrator with a variety of companies and organisations, including Epic Arts, Candoco Dance, StopGap Dance, Graeae Theatre, FanSHEN Theatre & Oily Cart.
I was an artist and inclusion practitioner in a special needs school for 2 years in Dagenham, inviting pupils into creative multi-sensory play spaces. This ran alongside being the arts module leader at Westminster Society for People with Learning Disabilities. In 2011 I co-founded YSYT, an out-of-school charity providing play & creative arts activities for children. The ethos of the charity was to support the families and carers who used the service.
I’m a member of the Feldenkrais Guild UK (FGUK), subscribing to their code of ethics and have full insurance. I have a DBS check 2019-20.
Alongside being a member of FGUK, I sat on the Feldenkrais Guild UK board and held the role of Co-Manager for social media initiatives, 2015-2018, and the International Representative, 2015-2017.
Feldenkrais & Me
This short film highlights how working with Feldenkrais has influenced how Lou moves with her diagnosed left side hemiplegia cerebral palsy. 9 seconds was the goal, set by her doctors, for Lou to balance on her left leg. Over the years of doing Feldenkrais Lou has found more stability through her left side, leading to improved mobility, and she is getting closer to standing on her left for more than 9 seconds.