I have a long-standing, thriving Feldenkrais practice working with individuals, groups and communities. I love the intelligence behind Feldenkrais work and how it continues to be so relevant to contemporary life, particularly as it is essentially the embodiment of neuroplasticity. I consider it an exquisite tool for lifelong learning, enabling people to adapt, change and become more vital through their life.
Studio at 4 Walker St, Clifton Hill, 3068
Regular retreats, workshops and collaborations with other practices and communities
What's the process:
At the initial session, I will be listening to your story, observing your body organisation and asking myself "What in your body is enhancing or limiting you?". Together we can explore and decide on what's next . The first session will also include a hands-on experience and direction of practice to follow at home. Your curiosity and personal engagement is what really assist you to create and sustain the changes you wish to make.
Continuing work will include a learning plan consisting of regular individual sessions (Functional Integration), study group and Awareness Through Movement classes. In case of complex or long standing conditions, it is recommended to have at least 4-6 individual sessions reasonably close together.
At this time, I always like to check that in the case of recovery from trauma or injury, you have been and feel adequately informed, cared for or are receiving appropriate support .
Who can benefit:
My practice covers a wide range of ages (from children to seniors) and a broad range of conditions and personal circumstances from back pain, joint stiffness and improvement of mobility, flexibility and reduction of pain to performance enhancement of professional athletes, dancers, musicians and actors.
Benefits can mean you walk better, sit better, reach better, sleep better and can include a range of improvements such as regained curiosity, increased vitality, quickness of thinking, enhancement and shifts in one's self image, changes in breathing, posture, flexibility, range of motion and reduction of pain. On a deeper level, you may feel a profound expanded consciousness and release from outdated habits. A new you!
It can complement your spiritual, movement and mindfulness practices such as meditation, Pilates, Yoga... Feldenkrais can also help if you are a performer and /or have an artistic practice such as dance, movement, writing and are feeling restricted, stuck or overwhelmed or you simply want to expand your consciousness or your heart practices.
If you are seeking to understand the impacts of early trauma (accidents, injuries, poor attachment) for example anxiety and body disconnect and how they are interfering with your normal development and emotional freedom, the Feldenkrais work can be of enormous value to you
Initial consultation (75-90mins) - $135-150
Individual session (60mins) - $120
Individual session (90mins) $150
Awareness Through Movement group classes: $25 (Concession $20) *Concessions available on request.
Group sessions negotiated
Holly's Philosophy and Values:
I believe in empathy, being present-centred, establishing a transparent relationship and supporting you through the learning process. I have a gift in seeing the potential possibilities in people. I retain my passion for a person's ability to generate choice and change for themselves no matter how complex and difficult their situation is.
Recent advancements in brain mapping have shown the brain is malleable or plastic, called neuroplasticity, and can change itself and adapt, whatever the condition, age or stage in life. Often a person becomes convinced that change is not possible, particularly when there is a very strong diagnostic label and the condition may be long-standing and even in the case of ageing. Neuroplasticity and Feldenkrais concepts have shown that this is not true, as we discover neurons can reprogram themselves and new brain paths and maps are created daily. The implications of this can lead people to unforeseen and sometimes rapid improvement, hope and greater autonomy.
My practice's core beliefs are to meet someone where they are, make contemporary concepts clear and offer the work in a gentle systematic manner that leads people to engage with the essential elements of the Feldenkrais Methodology and practice.
- Certified Feldenkrais practitioner, completing the First Feldenkrais training in Melbourne.
- Registered physiotherapist
- Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP)
- Other somatic practices and studies: Insight meditation, Hakomi process, trauma recovery, authentic dance and creative arts.