2020 Summit Presenters

The presenters of the 2020 AFG Feldenkrais Summit are...


Brad Thompson 

Brad Thompson is a Tai Chi Master and Feldenkrais Practitioner. Brad began training in Chinese Martial art in 1978 and in 1982 moved to Melbourne to teach Tai Chi Chuan. Founded The Tai Chi and Qigong Academy in 1987 with 2000 students across Victoria. Graduated Brisbane 1 Feldenkrais Training in 1993, moved to the Gold Coast and began working with The Golden Door Health Retreat. Lived and taught on the Coast for 20 years developing the Breath for Life Breathing Meditation program and authoring ‘The Breathing Book A Practical Guide to Natural Breathing’. In 2015 Brad moved to Newcastle where he lives and works at the now ‘Elysia Wellness Retreat’ in the Hunter Valley.

 


Georgi Laney

 

Georgi Laney is both a Feldenkrais Practitioner and Speech Pathologist. She has also been an enthusiastic amateur musician since childhood. She brings to her practice her extensive experience working in the health/hospital system. Georgi loves to facilitate a transformative journey of personal growth, self-confidence and vitality in her clients: through empowered ease in body, mind and voice. 

 

Georgi is passionate about working with groups and has presented workshops for musicians, teachers and health care professionals alike. She runs a vibrant studio both online and locally in Newcastle NSW, called Move To Vitality. 

Web: https://movetovitality.com.au

Facebook: Move to vitality 

Phone: 0402 835 289


Susan Hillier

Susan Hillier is a Professor of Neuroscience and Rehabilitation as well as a Feldenkrais practitioner. She conducts a small private practice offering lessons to people with movement challenges and is regularly inspired by their capacity and engagement.


Jane Searle

 

Jane Searle enjoys supporting people explore and discover ways of moving more efficiently and comfortably. She has an extensive background in Neurological Physiotherapy and has worked predominantly in rehabilitation settings. She now runs her own private practice in Adelaide, South Australia offering FI and ATM classes.

Jane will be sharing experiences from her involvement in a pilot study conducted through the University of South Australia. The pilot study explored ATM lessons with a group of people who had a stroke.


Annemarie de Heus

 Annemarie de Heus is a Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, a registered Physiotherapist, and a Consultant in Postural Support. She has lived, worked, and studied in Australia, New Zealand, and the Netherlands.

Annemarie is passionate about the Feldenkrais method and the opportunity it gives to everyone to improve their life. The method has the potential to impact every aspect of our life; how we walk, how we communicate, swim, recover from illness and injury, how we brainstorm, make decisions, deal with deadlines and conflict and other stressful situations. She enjoys assisting people of all ages and of all levels of abilities to find greater ease moving through everyday life and enjoying their chosen activities.

Annemarie offers Awareness through Movement classes, individual one on one sessions at her own private practice and workshops throughout the Perth area including Perth Hills and Perth City.

You are invited to ring Annemarie to discuss any further details about your Feldenkrais appointment and/or your class and/ or visit her website www.practiceformovementintegration.com.au


Jenny D’Cruz

Jenny D’Cruz is a Feldenkrais Practitioner and Physiotherapist.As a Physiotherapist seeking ways to further assist her clients experiencing pain and movement issues, Jenny was directed by a colleague towards the Feldenkrais Method. She found through her own experience with Feldenkrais lessons that movement quality and posture became easier, more comfortable and graceful. Daily exercise and work also became more enjoyable. Jenny qualified as a Feldenkrais Practitioner in 2017 and is inspired to share this with others.

With the challenges and changes Australians have faced in 2020 due to the Australian Bushfire Crisis and Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic Jenny has been very interested in learning how the Feldenkrais Method can help us to develop our capacity for resilience. In a conversation with 3 of her colleagues in Perth she will share some of her experiences and learnings about how our ability to adapt and respond positively to constraints and change can grow.


Molly Tipping

 

Molly Tipping runs a private practice in North Perth and lectures at WAAPA in the Dance, Theatre and Music Departments. Molly has particularly specialities in anxiety and elite performance.

Molly Tipping is a Feldenkrais Practitioner with previous careers in Dance and Pilates. She runs a private practice in North Perth working with children and adults interested in improving their anxiety, movement and performance. Molly lectures at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts in Alignment, Kinesiology and Performance Psychology. Molly is currently working with the Olympic Skateboarders in preparations for Tokyo 2021 and running professional training for The Feldenkrais Guild, The Australian Pilates Method Association (APMA). Molly is also co-producer, with Brigit Cosgrove, of Move Over Anxiety, a Feldenkrais program addressing anxiety.

You can find our more at tippingmotion.com.au


Lynda Johnston

 

Lynda Johnston enjoys movement and learning, and both her professional and personal life has centred around health, fitness, wellness and education. Her interest in learning and human movement really began after becoming a parent. The opportunity and interest of many hours observation of the gradual development and movement of children lead Lynda to working with a busy preschool Kindergym program for many years. Enjoying the blend of movement and education and assisting others she continued her learning through training in Fitness and Pilates and during that time she first sampled the Feldenkrais Method and found it really interesting.

Becoming a Feldenkrais Practitioner truly deepened her understanding of learning and movement, the mind and body connection and the endless possibilities and potential of both. Working with movement in a variety of ways, with people of all ages, has consolidated for Lynda their importance to ensure resilient health and wellbeing.


Ralph Hadden

Ralph Hadden  graduated from the first Feldenkrais practitioner training program in Australia (Sydney 1990) and is an Assistant Trainer (accredited to teach in practitioner training programs). He practises in Melbourne and has taught Feldenkrais and Advanced Trainings nationally and internationally.

Ralph has over 40 years’ experience in movement and body therapies – as a practitioner, teacher and trainer of teachers. He is a Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and member of the Australian Feldenkrais Guild Inc.

He was editor of "Feldenkrais Australia", the national newsletter of the AFG Inc. from 2012 to 2018.

I have had a lifelong interest in nature, movement and wellbeing. I began massaging members of my family when I was a child and continued learning and practising massage as an adult, eventually founding and directing The Melbourne School of Tactile Therapies, a school which pioneered massage practitioner education in Australia. I first encountered the Feldenkrais Method® in 1980 and was immediately enchanted by its ingenious and intriguing approach to learning and development.

Website: http://www.themovingmindcentre.com


Sophie Fraser

 

Sophie Fraser has a bachelor of Physiotherapy is a Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, a member of the Australian Pain Society and Australian Physiotherapy Association.
Sophie is one of Melbourne's most experienced Feldenkrais practitioners and chronic pain physiotherapists. She has a private practice in Brunswick and also works part-time as a senior clinician at a leading Melbourne pain rehabilitation clinic. Sophie assists people with persistent pain by sharing the latest physiotherapy and pain science knowledge, improving posture and movement patterns, and providing a framework for a graded return to activity and function. She collaborates with other health professionals including Pain and Rehabilitation Specialists, GP’s, Occupational Therapists and Psychologists in order to provide a multidisciplinary approach to treatment.

Sophie runs regular Feldenkrais classes and workshops and teaches weekend courses to allied health professionals Australia wide. An innovative and inspiring teacher, Sophie has developed a variety of specialist workshops, including Strong and Supple Spine, Better Posture,Moving out of Pain, and Moving into Motherhood.


Tali Plotnik

Tali Plotnik is an experienced Feldenkrais Practitioner and Physiotherapist. She graduated as a physiotherapist in 2001 and has worked extensively in rehabilitation in the management of Neurological, Chronic Pain and Musculoskeletal disorders. She completed her Feldenkrais Professional Training program in 2008 and has run a successful Feldenkrais Practice, Movement Wisdom, in Melbourne for over 10 years. Tali has studied extensively with leading experts in the Feldenkrais Method both in Australia and Israel and is currently completing a Masters of Science in Medicine (Pain Management) through the University of Sydney

For more information visit www.movementwisdom.com.au


Zoran Kovich

Zoran Kovich - Zoran works as an Educational Director and Trainer in Feldenkrais Method teacher-training programs, and also conducts a professional practice in Sydney. He adores sharing with people the knowledge and know-how he has diligently cultivated over 38 years studying embodied, enacted, mindful approaches to potent human maturation.


Anna Yeatman

 

Anna Yeatman - Anna Yeatman is a retired academic who has held professorial positions in Women's Studies, Sociology and Political Science since 1991 at a number of universities in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand.  While at the University of Alberta as a Canada Research Chair in Political Science, she completed a Feldenkrais training with Jeff Haller, graduating end of 2007.


 

Catherine Hamber

Catherine Hamber has a practice on the outskirts of Sydney and loves to bush walk and garden, horse ride and play with her grandson. She is a Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, Assistant Trainer and My Potent Self Facilitator.   She has experience as an equestrian coach for able-bodied athletes and those with disabilities.

‘My interest in human movement and aliveness has been life-long. My physiotherapy training taught me the 'what' but not the 'how'.  Feldenrais has opened a door on how moving, feeling, thinking are entwined in perception and acion in the world. I am learning the way movement and attention direct progress.  Finding my growing point has led me to explore new and interesting aspects of living. My intent is to live a potent and open-hearted life.'