June 14, 2017
Relaxation is always good for a healthy brain, nervous system and health. Having a simple quick and easy way to relax is important. If you are a beginner, someone who hasn't learned the art of slowing down then take it at your own pace. If you are experienced but out of practice you will soon rediscover how to move into the relaxation zone
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March 27, 2017
Lying Exploring Eyes
Hi, today I'm visiting a client who is 83 and she is too frightened to get out of bed, stand and walk.
When I go to see her I will be starting with some gentle work to not only find out where she is happy to move, but also to boost her confidence.
She has a history of starting to go off her feet before a fall some 4 months ago and vision is very important.
This kind of process is something you can explore with and imagine what it would be like to be confined to a bed all day. Notice what you can see if you move your head and if you dont.
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December 8, 2016
This very short podcast is helpful if you spend a lot of time sitting at a desk, in training, conferences or workshops. You will be working in standing and need a wall to lean on, shoes on or off in this one.
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August 9, 2016
This podcast is a short intro to the basic components to consider when you first begin to plan a rehabilitation strategy for your upper limb.
It's not designed as a medical process, but to start assisting you to explore, watch, look and think about the various aspects of self use you want to change.
Having good foundations is an intrinsic part of a good rehabilitation plan.
Remember improvng your ability to move and use yoursef effectively must be driven by your own goals & awareness.
January 15, 2016
Research shows that exercise reduces your risk of low back pain. If you click on the writing you can read the whole publication
This research is really very exciting.
We have always encouraged people to exercise to manage their ongoing back pain troubles.
However this research concludes:
The results of this systematic review and meta-analysis of RCTs indicate that exercise in combination with education is likely to reduce the risk of LBP and that exercise alone may reduce the risk of an episode of LBP and sick leave due to LBP, at least for the short-term.
So how can these body sensing & movement awareness lessons contribute to your day to day exercise program?
We know that if older people carry out an exercise routine a few times a week they are likely to improve their balance, mobility and capability compared to older people who sit in a chair all day.
Movement is healthy.
Having an understanding of your own habits in thinking, responses, reactions & movement can provide solutions to your recurrent pain and injury
January 6, 2016
This short lesson is performed in sitting at a desk with the arm supported on a table or surface. It is an easy process, but has some profound effects on the muscle activity in your hand, quietening your brain and nice for anyone rehabilitating after arm injury. Alternately this can help anyone who uses this hands and fingers at work, thats doing keyboard, texting, driving, gripping, pushing pulling.
So probably just about everyone.
January 4, 2016
As a HCPC registered PT/ Physical Therapist/Physiotherapist specialist in Rehabilitation my work frequently involves coaching people who have had life changing injuries. This process is not intended to be a medical treatment or therapy so please do get advice if needed from your physician. However all processes can be done in the imagination or with the unaffected arm. Thinking through movement processes will trigger cortical activity which a stage in activating movement memory.
During any process movement should be pain free and only completed in small segments. A couple of minutes of repetition a few times a day to start is better than dedicating 30 or 40 minutes in one go.
I look forward to hearing your feedback.
April 7, 2014
Neurological problems affect many people. These include people who have had health issues such as a Stroke, MS, Parkinsons, Brain Injury and many other conditions. Neurological issues have an effect on the way people move and use their body. People can get tremor, balance issues, weakness, lack of sensation of increased sensation. Sometime neurological problems can be progressive over time other neurological conditions can improve with time.
This introductory podcast outlines some of the effects that Feldenkrais work can have in people with neurological impairment
September 12, 2012
Feldenkrais essentially designed lessons which excluded the use of the visual sense. In this first exploration I combine the visual sense and the use of a mirror as a feedback tool, with the ability to feel patterns.
I trust that you enjoy this slight difference and will load more combined sensing lessons in the future
June 27, 2011
A simple 16 minute process exploring the differences in breathing focussing on the right the left side of the lungs. Attention is drawn to the movement of the spine in side flexion and also pressures on the chair. The lesson is done in sitting
June 14, 2010
This 16 minute process is helpful for neck and shoulder tensions and also to help you to ground yourself in the middle of a stressful day
All done in sitting at your desk this lesson can be completed during a lunchbreak or while you wait for your coffee to cool down
The movements are interspersed with some slow deep breathing to help you to calm a little
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June 8, 2010
Breathing is a natural thing.
But how many folk give any thought to the way that they breathe ?
Discovering how you breathe provides deep insight into the cause of your muscle aches and pain.
How you respond to everyday life with physical tensioning is an important message from your body.
Overlook the messages, maybe because they are so habitual that you cant feel them and your body will provide you with more and more messages.
What we call stress is imbalance in our homeostasis, the balance between our physiology and the environment.
This 15 minute lesson introduces belly breathing and draws attention to the way muscle tension changes as you breathe with the base of your lungs and top of your lungs.
June 4, 2010
As my dog wanders around here as I record I am watching her gentle walking and remembering how we have developed our amazing hands from animal ancestors. A brief look at animal anatomy shows how similar the tendons and muscle configurations are.
This lesson involves moving fingers and noticing
You will be working on the right hand for the whole lesson. However if you wish you can do the whole lesson on the left hand or do the right hand then rewind and repeat for the left.
Its up to you to choose to do exactly what you want
Have lovely day
Jill Wigmore -Welsh
June 4, 2010
This short lesson is designed to be done at work.
Wherever you sit working whether its at home or in an office you can use this process to help you have more awareness of your feet.
During the lesson you will be given suggestions on differing placements of your foot and be encouraged to become more aware of your habits.
This lesson is about 14 minutes long, you can stop the recording as you go through if you want more time to rest notice or observe.
You could perhaps do the lesson on different days at different work set ups and in different shoes.
Jill Wigmore -Welsh
February 15, 2010
This is a 10 minute relaxation sequence that I recorded for one of my stressed out Mum's who works all hours and needed something for herself. I recorded it a couple of years ago, and have done some Tension Release Hypnosis for use during childbirth. Its not so much in the public domain now as it was a couple of years ago, but if you ask I can arrange to send some along to you.
November 13, 2009
This lesson is performed in sitting, and takes approximately 16 minutes.
During the lesson you are introduced to the relationship between movements in your rib cage and head turning.
November 9, 2009
This pod was written for a friend who has difficulty sleeping. While its not a Feldenkrais process, it is health promoting and could help you if you cant sleep easily.
November 9, 2009
We use our eyes all our waking day.
Our eyes lead the way when we move.
We look and follow through with our whole body, this develops into a cascade of habits.
This simple lesson can be practiced at a desk or in a chair, and helps to dehabituate and change the physiology in the muscles around our eyes
November 9, 2009
This lesson introduces some simple movements to enable you to to increase your awareness of your habitual patterns of using your eyes.
Mostly performed with the eyes closed, this lesson encourages you to use your minds eye, and develop your spacial ability.
This lesson is particularly useful if you use your laptop or screen a lot at work, because it helps you to focus at differing depths.