I’m a movement teacher, qualified Feldenkrais Practitioner and have two threads to my work, which come together to build lively ways of working.
With an extensive background of working with children and teenagers on the autistic spectrum, and with complex disabilities in educational settings, in family support, in the arts and in the charity sector, I am extremely keen in the role movement has for these young people.
For many years I have worked in the mainstream arts sector as an artist, arts administrator, facilitator and consultant. My specialism is in access, inclusion and diversity. The knowledge and skills I developed in this particular sector enriches my Feldenkrais practice with adults by challenging who can engage with the method and how.
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 Practitioner practice has developed from over 17 years of working with disabled 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) mainstream and special educational settings, and pupil referral behaviour units (2011-2017). I work alongside families who required extra input due to challenging circumstances. (2004-2017 ) and support families with children with special needs settle into new routines when the new baby arrives.
I have experience and training in the different approaches which can be used to support people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC) and Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD) – deep pressure therapy, sensory integration, TacPac, intensive interaction, TEACCH, behaviour management and communication strategies, and anxiety reduction approaches.
My background informs, shapes and underpins my ways of working now. With a sense of movement and curiosity children use their sensory intelligence all the time. A Feldenkrais approach to movement taps into this sensation based wisdom, and respects the incredible abilities of the brain, nervous systems, tactile feedback, the proprioceptive, vestibular and 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
Among my portfolio I have worked with Candoco Dance as the Learning and Development Coordinator (2010-11), Artist Associate (2009-11) and Moving Bodies participant (2010), StopGap Dance (2014, developing inclusive Feldenkrais practices) Graeae Theatre (2012-13), as part of their outreach team, and as inclusive arts based consultant for FanSHEN Theatre (2015) and Oily Cart (2013-14) on developing more ways to be inclusive for a wider range of audiences. I was as an artist and inclusion practitioner in a special needs school in Dagenham, inviting pupils into creative multi-sensory play spaces (2014-16). I was arts module leader at Westminster Society for People with Learning Disabilities (2013-14), and co-founded YSYT (2011), an out-of-school charity providing play and creative arts activities for disabled children. I led artistic sessions for the charity (2011-2013)
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 (2018).
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.