Hips, knees, ankles, toes; A path to Healthy Joints – Awareness Through Movement – Feldenkrais

$91.00$180.00

This is a two part series on finding a path towards healthy joints (hips, knees, ankles and toes). The first series will be 7 foundational movements to prepare for the second series which will work on finding a functional and easy way to bend the knees and sit on the heels or sit on the front part of the feet. Flexibility for strength is our goal.

Hips, knees, ankles, toes; Oh my : A path to Healthy Joints

 

About the first part of the series:

 

This first part of the series will find flexibility and ease in the lower joints (hips, knees, ankles and toes). The first part of the series will focus on finding simple and foundational movements and range in the hip joints, which will free tension in the knees, ankles and toes. Often times through stressful periods, accidents or trauma, humans develop habits which are contrary to functional movement. This series will allow you to deep dive into your movement patterns and change faulty movement patterns to functional movement patterns.

The most common faulty pattern is excessive bending in the knees, ankles and toes – which leads to pain in the hip joints and lower back. This series will help you develop more functional movement in the hip joints, so that the pressure put onto the knees, ankles and toes will reduce significantly.

The lessons will be on the back, on the stomach and in sitting – all to discover the enormous range of motion your hips actually have!

About the second part of the series:

 

The second part will follow along a series called “Heels Under the Pelvis” where you will slowly and confidently develop (in seven lessons) the ability to sit on your heels and feet with ease! The most important part of this movement is finding freedom in the hip joints, which is why it is important to do the first part of the series. Through the seven lessons, you will discover more flexibility in the toes and ankles which will make it even easier to sit on the heels.

 

What you will gain from this series :

 

  • Ease in walking.
  • Similar movement on both legs and ease from side to side while walking.
  • More comfort sitting on the chair
  • Being able to sit on the floor!
  • Less pressure on the knees.
  • Less pressure on the knees equals less anxiety and fear of falling.
  • Strong and dependable flexibility in the lower joints.

* Please note that this series might not be a good place to start if you have previously had hip or knee surgery and don’t feel healed from that. The best way to start with Awareness Through Movement, is to start where it is easy. The class on Sunday at 9AM would be a better start if you have significant injuries in your hip joints and knees. Please message me to make sure this class is good for your if you are unsure.

How many parts?

Both Parts, Part One, Part Two

Dates

Dates and Times :

 

Part One : March 26th to May 7th : ( March: 26/ April : 2, 9, 16, 23, 30/ May: 7).

Part Two : May 14th to June 25th : (May : 14, 21, 28/ June: 4, 11, 18, 25)

* Please note that to come to the second series, you must have done the first unless you have done Awareness Through Movement in the past.

About Awareness Through Movement

→ In these Awareness Through Movement classes, I verbally lead you through a sequence of movements in a variety of positions. These precisely structured movement explorations involve thinking, sensing, moving and feeling. By increasing awareness, you will learn to abandon habitual patterns of movement and develop new alternatives, resulting in improved flexibility and coordination, less pain, more comfort.

→ It helps counter anxiety by understanding the effect on the body. It really just makes you feel taller, more grounded and relaxed – and who doesn’t want that! Doing Feldenkrais is not only for chronic symptoms or pain, it’s also used to increase skill, to open yourself up to new ideas, find choice in absence, and secure proper and easy aging!

→ Many Awareness Through Movement lessons are based on developmental movements and ordinary functional activities (reaching, standing, lying to sitting, looking behind yourself, etc.). Some are based on more abstract explorations of joint, muscle, and postural relationships. Lessons are fully accessible to those with varying movement possibilities – because lessons can even work in the imagination. Sounds like magic because it is!! The magic of the brain!

What you will gain

  • Doing consistent Awareness Through Movement has the same benefits as yoga, meditation and exercise :
  • A sense of strength, stability and flexibility all at the same time.
  • A heightened sense of yourself; feeling close to yourself, your wants and needs.
  • Less anxiety!
  • Better breathing.
  • Tools to get better if something goes wrong. EX: In these lessons, you learn to move functionally so when if time comes where you fall or get hurt, you have the tools to fall in way that will hurt you less and you have the tools to get better faster.

"I loved how Andréa offered us different movement exercises that gave me a lot of insight on how I move through the world; even if we were on zoom, I could feel their presence and kindness. They were very generous in their teaching and support during and after classes. "

Pascale Brunet About my online classes

"After class, I remember finding everything so colourful and beautiful. Like i was seeing everything for the first time!. I recommend Andréa for the sweetness of their presence, touch and their empathetic strength to accompany you professionally in the discomfort of the winding path of self-love.”

Émilie Savoie About my online classes
and private lessons

"Andréa’s curious mind and kindness makes Feldenkrais a welcome break in my week and a perfect time to just reconnect with my self."

Kadi About my private lessons

"Andréa's classes left me feeling peaceful, physically stronger and more awakened in my day to day work."

Anonymous About my online classes

"I love this method! Andréa is an excellent teacher. Each class takes me deeper into the subtle power of awareness, softness and gentle movements. I live with chronic pain and have a brain injury, and the more I practice, the more I feel it helping transform and re-wire my neural pathways!"

Sky About my classes

"After each session, I feel relaxed, I move with ease and fluidity. Some pains have disappeared and the impact can be felt days after!"

Hélène C About my private lessons

"I want to take this opportunity to thank you for the work we are doing together. I have been believing my body is defective for some time now, especially after the stroke. I had a difficult time “listening” to my body because I did not trust what it had to tell me. Slowly, this belief is changing and I am coming home (for lack of better words) to my body. I am very grateful. Thank you so much."

Anonymous About my private lessons
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