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Massage and Movement education
Experience massage that is both therapeutic and relaxing. I sense the quality of your muscle tissues, and release tension without making you hold your breath ! Massage will relax you in body and mind, improve circulation, and help keep your muscles healthy and pliable. Not just an indulgence - regular massage really enhances your wellbeing.
Your habits of posture and movement are unique to you. Over time we can develop habits that contribute to tension or pain, or make us prone to injury. With individual sessions or group classes I can help you move towards greater freedom in all your activities - home, work, or sport . I am a Feldenkrais® practitioner, certified by the New Zealand Feldenkrais Guild. I trained in Sydney 93-97, and have 25 years professional experience.
This system is named after its founder, Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais. It uses movement lessons designed to highlight your movement habits, and guide you towards more efficient and comfortable options. Rather than stretching and strengthening muscles, it changes the neuromuscular patterns (the brain/body connections) which control your movements. It's used two ways: Hands-on (Functional Integration®) Group lessons (Awareness through Movement®)
Relieve pain and tension. Prevent or recover from injury. Improve posture, breathing, flexibility. Age with vitality. Develop mindfulness and body awareness. Learn how your body works. Enhance other forms of exercise - yoga, gym, etc, through greater body awareness. Take time out to destress
Individual lessons will fast-track your progress, and are tailored to your needs. Highly recommended before coming to group classes, or anytime you feel like an amazingly relaxing and beneficial session. I observe you doing activities such as sitting, standing, walking, or bending. Then I use my observations to design a lesson for you. It may be hands-on or more active, or a combination. I may recommend movements that you can do at home.
I verbally guide you through a movement sequence, bringing attention to the more subtle aspects of movement that you don't usually notice. Rather than you copying, while I demonstrate, you are invited to explore movement in your own way. It's based on how we learnt as babies - learning through exploration and discovering for yourself what works better.
Weekly classes are run as 8 one hour sessions. Starting 7 Feb, 2 May, 4 July, 10 Oct 2023 TUESDAY 6PM: Mt Victoria - Quaker Room WEDNESDAY 10.30AM: Karori Comm Centre THURSDAY 12PM : 2 Woodward St FRIDAY 12PM : St Andrews, 30 The Terrace ONLINE : Wednesday 5.30pm, Friday 10am $180 per 8 week term, or $25 casual Karori : $15 per time
Posture and Breathing (Improve both at once) Sunday 7th May 1.30pm - 4.30pm Aro Valley Hall, Wellington See EVENTS
I find the sessions really relaxing and always come away with something new I’ve become aware of in my physiology and how different parts of my body relate to each other. It’s a great way to be mindful, slow down and get some practical insights to help improve posture and even reduce pain all at once. I also really like having the online option - much easier to commit to classes when you don’t have to worry about transport etc.Laura Southgate: Technical writer
The movements are slow, gentle and controlled, but the effect they have on sore joints and tired muscles are significant! Old aches and pains have been reduced, and I’m developing an awareness of my body.Leigh Kennaway: Project coordinator
Studying for exams, Eva noticed her body becoming tense, her muscles tightening and her shoulders becoming rounded. The sessions with Sue helped her more intuitively re-connect with her body..... Through a slowing down and reflecting on her movement, Eva has re-learned how to use her body, experiencing differences in how she holds herself.Susan Knox: Mother of teenager
Sue used Feldenkrais lessons to fix my shoulder injury which had eluded treatment for years. Along the way I learned to kayak with more power, and my Aikido improved beyond recognition" - Conrad EdwardsConrad Edwards: Mathematician
Sue's classes have helped me recover from two frozen shoulders, but more than that I’m still surprised by the body/brain/mind awareness that develops from Sue’s guided non-habitual movement exercises. And so relaxing!Denise Cadigan
It was wonderful to experience one on one sessions. My body was expertly guided through various movements, very relaxing. The difference in my posture was very noticeable.Elizabeth Robinson: Feldenkrais class student