Online Summit 2021

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Welcome to the Australian Feldenkrais Guild
Online Summit!

Bringing you interviews with our experienced community of Feldenkrais practitioners from around the country.

The Summit is now complete. However you can still access all of the video content below.

This year we brought you ONE WHOLE DAY of online Awareness Through Movement lessons on Sunday, 29 August! 

 

Recordings of all the sessions are available now. 

8 discussions to get you curious about possibilities and your potential, with:

David Hall


David Hall is a somatic adventurer who has been practising the Feldenkrais Method and Alexander Technique for more than 30 years. He is an Assistant Trainer in the Feldenkrais Method, has a background in theatre, and ran a Salsa dancing school for 15 years. David lives and practises in Sydney’s Northern Beaches. His online group classes are attended by people from all over the world. David is giving away a free lesson on his website that follows on from the conversation. Go to www.bodylogic.net.au to download it.




Mary Kelsey


Mary Kelsey is a Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner® and Registered Physiotherapist in Brisbane. Mary gained her certification as a Feldenkrais Practitioner in 2003 following study in New York and Sydney. Prior to Feldenkrais training, Mary worked as a physiotherapist for 20 years, assisting people who had severe injuries and disabilities to move into their desired activity and work. Mary’s experience as a physiotherapist informs her approach as a Feldenkrais Practitioner. She can assist you to learn to manage injuries and ‘dis-ease’ that impact on you, finding new ways to move and sense what you do. When working hands-on, Mary uses movement that informs your nervous system, with very gentle, precise, ingenious and sophisticated movement patterns based on her extensive training. She also has a long-term practice of offering weekly group lessons. Web: www.marykelsey-feldenkrais.com




Gail Dawe


Gail Dawe has been working as a Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner for almost 20 years. Based in Perth, she works with a wide range of clients but specialises in babies, children and neurological issues. Gail has a background in swimming classes for young children from toddlers to teens, as well as gymnastics classes (kindergym and FunGym) and training/assessing. Gail has extensive personal experience with children with learning difficulties. She has undertaken research on brain development and learning in a wide range of ‘therapies’ available for children with learning difficulties, ADD, ADHD, or any condition where a child is not functioning at their optimum learning ability. Gail has brought this knowledge and experience together by co-developing Feel-it-Fun program with Linda Hardey. This program was developed to work with school-age children who have struggled to thrive at school.




Margaret Kaye


Margaret Kaye is a certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner and Assistant Trainer, as well as a Bones for Life teacher and trainer. Due to an Occupational Overuse injury Margaret was unable to work for several years. This is now a speciality area, among others. Margaret also specialises in working with performers, such as actors, musicians and athletes. She has run an active practice since graduation from the Melbourne Feldenkrais Professional Training Program in 1991. Margaret conducts individual lessons in Newtown and Coogee. Home visits are also available. She also runs regular group classes in a range of locations. Margaret offers corporate programs for the prevention of work-related injuries in offices, workplace assessments and consultancy for business through the Smart Sitting© program, as well as the Leadership and The Body program designed to help managers understand how to feel better and for managing their movements to effectively communicate. Margaret offers a Running Easy program to improve running ability and efficiency. Margaret runs movement workshops for actors and performers. She has conducted lessons in places such as the National Institute for Dramatic Arts (NIDA) and the Bell Shakespeare Company; and the Australian Institute of Music (AIM), both with actors in Dramatic Arts and musicians in the Body Awareness for Musicians class in Classic Performance. Margaret offers continuing education and training for Feldenkrais practitioners and students. Web: www.feldenkrais.net.au




Maggie Slattery


Maggie Slattery lives in Adelaide, South Australia, where her Feldenkrais practice continues into its 34th year. She discovered Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® in 1979 while living in San Francisco (1976-1990) and working as an artist-in-residence in schools, as a scriptwriter and actor, and as a music teacher. After attending Feldenkrais classes, workshops, and one-to-one lessons for several years, she undertook practitioner training in San Rafael, California (1984-87). Maggie’s career has included teaching Feldenkrais in tertiary training institutions with dancers, musicians, and elite athletes; in National and International arts-based projects; assisting in Feldenkrais Trainings and leading Advanced Trainings.




Holly Huon


I have a long-standing, vital 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 centred, authentic and vibrant through their life. The direction of my practice recently has been to explore further the impact of trauma in our bodies and how it can stay embedded and reinforces some of the holding patterns that are developed through habit. These include Polyvagal theory, Thomas Hanna's clinical somatics and Eugene Genlin's Focusing. I have found that being trauma-informed and neuroception-informed helps become more insightful. It can help release and further develop the individual's felt sense and renewed body organisation in movement and function. I believe in empathy, being presence-centred, establishing a transparent relationship and supporting clients through their learning process. I have a gift and skill in seeing the potential possibilities in people. I retain my conviction for a person’s ability to generate choice and change for themselves, no matter how complex and difficult their situation is. I help people to recognise both their limitations and stuck points and sweet spots, identifying their path forward. The scope of my practice is broad . It includes those recovering from injury, accidents, managing complex conditions or life situations/ transitions. It also includes those in creative arts, movement practices and performance and simply those who seek personal growth. Web: hollyhuon.com




Linda Hardey


Linda Hardey offers a deeper way of paying attention to yourself. This approach through the Feldenkrais Method, teaches you to recognise and reduce stress and strain in yourself, reducing and preventing injury and improving movement in general. Linda Hardey worked as a physiotherapist in hospitals in Singapore, with disabled adults and children, state level athletes, as physio to soccer, junior footy and rugby union teams, as well as in private practice in Australia. She was very interested in biomechanics and the natural chain or flow of movement through the body. On discovering principles of the Feldenkrais Method Linda realised how much our unconscious habits influence how we organise our posture and our movement, and how we can utilise neuroplasticity to change our more destructive patterns. Linda went on to pursue post-graduate studies in sports physiotherapy focusing on the importance of awareness in enhancing performance, before embarking on a Feldenkrais Practitioner Professional Training in Melbourne, Australia. Linda is now a Feldenkrais Practitioner in Perth, Western Australia, seeing both adults and children in a one-to-one setting at her studio in North Beach, and runs 2 Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement classes per week. Linda also runs Feldenkrais workshops throughout the year. Web: www.naturaltherapypages.com.au




Linda Pontecorvo


Throughout my life, I have worked physically in various aspects of horticulture, and explored different forms of bodywork throughout. My curiosity led me to discover and immerse myself in the Feldenkrais Method. As a certified Feldenkrais practitioner, I have practised in Mullumbimby in Northern New South Wales for nearly two decades, with a wide variety of people and ages, with a diversity of interests and concerns. I share my continuing learning, discoveries and curiosity through workshops, classes and individual sessions. Web: feldenkraisbyron.com.au