Monthly Archives: February 2017

Move with Ease – Breathe with Ease

Freeing your shoulders and neck  on 31 March 

Breathing into your own space on 9 June

Our next two Feldenkrais Friday afternoon workshops at The Life Centre, Romiley.

Freeing your shoulders and neck  on 31 March

Shoulders and necks. This is the most frequently requested theme. So a timely return for anyone who would like to experience the benefits of an Awareness through Movement workshop. 

It can be a seemingly instinctive thing to tighten around the shoulders. It’s always interesting to bring awareness and alternatives to this part of our bodies. Small, gentle movements that can be made with ease can sometimes surprise and delight. And that’s what can be possible in one of Veronica’s Feldenkrais Fridays at The Life Centre.

Although the theme is Freeing Your Shoulders and Neck, as is the Feldenkrais way, this might involve freeing the shoulders by extending the heel, moving our legs, extending our arms, doing something a bit different with our eye movements. Noticing. We are looking to see how we might notice different ways in which our eyes can aid ease of movement. Making new options available.
Breathing into your own space on 9 June

At the end of our last workshop, we were standing, relaxed and moving with ease. Gentle guidance through movements, bringing our attention to our body and Veronica’s words enabling each of us to fully inhabit our own space. Open spacious awareness.

And so, we’ve chosen to follow our most recent theme by doing a further exploration of ways of doing this more, more often and with greater ease.
While there was some direction to notice the breath at our January workshop, in June we will use breathing as the focus for our 3 lessons. We are calling this workshop: Breathing into your own space. It will take place on 9th June at The Life Centre in Romiley.
Booking as soon as you like!
Usual arrangements for booking.
Both workshops at The Life Centre, Romiley.
Arrive 12-45 for 1pm start. 4pm finish
3 lessons.
Cost: £30
Cheque made payable to V. Rock.

Just for a change…

…a post from another participant.

After last week’s workshop, Karen sent an email (reproduced here with her permission).


l absolutely loved the workshop on Friday! 

Veronica is a great teacher and there is something very special about the Feldenkrais method. l’ve explored many movement disciplines throughout my life and Feldenkrais certainly stands alone as being the most complete mind and body system that l’ve ever experienced. 

The workshop touched me on so many levels – eyes and breathing –  and l was particular fascinated by what l described to Veronica as bringing my awareness to the ‘stress response’: the reflexes that create these habitual muscular contractions, which when continually triggered create tightening and contraction. This is something l would love to explore more. 

In the last lesson, Veronica asked us to create movements such as lifting one shoulder up towards the ear, or lifting (both) shoulders forward. These can be typical stress or/and fight or flight responses. They can be quite normal, except when these responses are excessively or inappropriately ingrained in our body. On Friday, for the first time, l grasped an understanding of a stress reflex and its ability to trigger body responses. A big breakthrough…..

Another interesting observation for me since Friday has been the breathing. As Veronica suggested, l have been bringing my attention to the pause following exhalation and it does help to bring about a more natural breathing rhythm. l think it helps too in dissolving muscular tension and holding. Something l’m going to work with…

l’ve already penciled March 31st in my diary, keeping that day FREE. You can definitely count me in as a cert!

l hope you’ve had a good weekend and still enjoying the fruits of the workshop. Veronica’s lovely work is still continuing to process and l am loving this new found freedom of movement in my neck (long may it last) but for now it’s quietly liberating. l’m also relishing the ‘feel-good’ factor from the lessons.

It was really lovely to meet you, along with a delightful group of ladies. Already looking forward to the next one!


If you’d like to try an Awareness through Movement afternoon at The Life Centre, Romiley, you can book now for the next one: Friday 31st March.