MOVING ON SESSIONS
New from September
Via Zoom or at Artworks, London
Moving On sessions are a brand new offer from Moving Pieces. Charlie will be offering 1: 1 sessions based on a new integrated approach to personal development, which reflects her experience and training in somatic movement education, psychotherapy and body based approaches to managing mental health.
The sessions will be a combination of thinking together, being guided through a movement sequence based on the Feldenkrais Method and other specific movement practices, as well as additional resources to facilitate learning between sessions.
In person sessions can also potentially include hands on Functional Integration work based on the Feldenkrais Method (see FAQ for more info)
The sessions will initially be offered via Zoom and in person as soon as it is considered safe in relation to current Covid -19 measures.
These sessions will be of interest to those looking to explore embodied and movement based ways to help recover and progress overall health. They are ideal for people who may be experiencing anxiety, stress, feeling stuck in their lives and also feeling that this is impacting on their health. They will be of particular interest to people curious about how including working with the body and movement as well as talking can help to facilitate change, healing and personal development. In a culture obsessed with busyness and activity, they offer an opportunity to stop and spend time on yourself, addressing physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.
Benefits of the sessions
Opportunity to explore the body/mind relationship – how our emotional states, ways of thinking are reflected through our physicality and movement.
Opportunity to notice and recognise how mental health challenges create an imbalance in the nervous system.
Learn simple body based skills to support self - regulation and ways to bring the nervous system back into balance, which can be integrated into a regular practice.
Understand and unlock stuck patterns associated with persistent low mood, anxiety or an inability to make changes in your life.
Explore through movement, ways to notice and interrupt habits, bringing more options into your thinking and response to emotional challenge and stress management.
Find ways to be more present and listen more deeply to what your needs are.
£70 per hour session,
What to expect from a session
The session will be for 60 mins.
We will start by talking together about what your interests and concerns are. It is useful to share information about any injuries that you have or recent surgery also any mental health challenges that you may be experiencing or other areas that you would just like to improve on.
Charlie will then suggest a combination of hands on work or guidance through a movement sequence, which supports a curiosity and noticing of the habits that you have and how to bring more variation and ease into your movement. It is often the case that exploring new possibilities on a movement level also affects changes in thinking and feeling. Other movement skills may also be suggested particularly in relation to being more grounded, centred and flexible as ways to support rebalancing the nervous system.
There will be an opportunity at the end of a session to discuss what you are finding helpful in terms of supporting your health on an emotional, mental and physical level and to think with Charlie about ongoing resources from the session that may be useful.
What is hands on work?
Individual Feldenkrais lessons may involve being guided through a movement sequence if sessions are via Zoom or for this to be facilitated by hands on work in an in person session. The latter involves lying fully clothed on a low table and Charlie gently touching and moving different parts of your body to support you to notice the habits and preferences you have, in particular which ones seem helpful to you and others it may be useful to let go of and explore other possibilities. It is also an opportunity to notice the relationship between different parts of the body in any particular movement and how to experience ease of movement by distributing effort throughout the body. There's some useful information on the Feldenkrais Guild website.
Do I need to have any other movement experience?
The sessions are suitable for everyone, from complete beginners to experienced movers.
Can I attend sessions if I am injured?
Yes, Charlie will work with you to ensure that every session is catered for your individual needs. It is not advised to attend however with acute symptoms relating to a recent injury.
Can I attend sessions if I am taking medication?
Yes, this is fine, although do mention it in the initial part of the session.
Are the sessions confidential?
All the sessions are confidential.
How many sessions will I need?
Sessions can be booked as and when needed. Charlie may recommend attending a series of sessions if considered necessary to facilitate lasting improvement.
How long will it take to notice a difference?
The sessions are based on learning ways to recover health, a process that is very individual. Some people find an immediate improvement, whereas for others it is a more gradual integration of tools and strategies explored in each session.
Is it like yoga or Pilates?
The sessions are mainly based on practice that relates to the Feldenkrais method, body psychotherapy and yoga therapy. Some of the principles will be resonant with yoga and Pilates practice but you may find some of the principles are quite different.
Will social distancing be adhered to?
Yes. Artworks, where the face to face sessions are offered has a clear Covid-19 policy. In person sessions can be offered and observe social distancing, although initially sessions will be offered via Zoom. Other measures including use of hand sanitiser and wearing a mask will also be adhered to.
Will I get resources to take away?
Yes. An important part of the session is to identify ongoing resources considered useful to practice.
Is it good for physical health as well as mental health?
Yes, the sessions work with the intimate link in our mind/body relationship.
If you haven't used Zoom before, here are a couple of useful links that will help you set it up.