Learning through movement is a language children are experts in. From birth babies begin to learn through their sensory intelligence and sensation based wisdom. This non-verbal movement learning is the foundation for every aspect of life. Some children and teenagers have additional physical or learning hurdles that require their world to be translated by the people around them in order to optimise their potential.
What is the Feldenkrais Method?
The method is grounded in the belief that everybody can learn, grow and develop, regardless of abilities. It is a subtle yet powerful through-the-body movement approach that respects the incredible abilities of the nervous systems and the plasticity of the brain. Working with movement, a Feldenkrais approach unites parts of the self to organise for better everyday functionality.
How do I work with children & teenagers?
Working in a gentle, playful, non-invasive way
I meet your child with respect and how already move, I’m not looking to fix or correct, but to invite your child to learn how to move more independently through their own intelligence and agency.
Touch as communication
With my guidance and expertise, your child is empowered to feel changes through their body; these sensations enable your child to solve their movement challenges. My approach is hands-on, using touch.
I work closely with family or support networks to ensure sessions compliment already established routines using the toys, objects and symbols which are familiar to your child.
What is your background experience?
My Feldenkrais work with disabled children and teenagers is developing from over 17 years of working in family support – working closely with families with disabled children to make every day a little easier.
I have personal experiences of hemiplegia cerebral palsy. This diagnoses led me to have operations when I was younger, physio routines, leg splints, shoe & arm orthotics, scans & walking equipment. After all the different medical approaches, advice, gadgets & routines I have encountered, Feldenkrais plays a key role in improving the way I move.
Alongside my personal experience, I have worked with special needs children & young people’s charities, special needs schools & colleges, & in residential homes for young adults with challenging behaviours. I have a DBS check, 2018-19.
Since qualifying as a Practitioner I continue my career development by attending advanced trainings.
- I’m part of the presenters and co-delivery team of Movement My First Language. A project for adults who live or work with children with special needs. (2018-present)
- Unfolding Antatomy course. A theoretical & experiential orientation to anatomy & the main body systems. (2019)
- Feldenkrais for Special Needs Children. Taught by Feldenkrais Trainer Arlyn Zones. (2018)
A mini series of 2-4 sessions over 5-9 days works well. This more immersive approach over a shorter time period promotes a deeper continuous learning experience. Individual sessions are also available.
Sessions are generally between 30-60 minutes depending on the child’s need. Sessions take place on the floor, or a low-padded table, or with the child with their adult.
I offer travelling Feldenkrais or home visits in & around London. To suit access requirements for different needs of family/support network schedules. I travel to where is suitable.
Prices: Home visits prices are: £60-80 per visit for about an hour, dependent on travel distance & time. Mini series: A flat fee is agreed which takes into consideration travel.
Concession rates are available, please contact me.
Image credit: Laura Montag. Images taken from my project Stick-Stuck: a curious place to play.