DAYTIME GROUP CLASSES and WORKSHOPS in Sheffield

Energy for Expansion, Self-Mastery Group £10

at Nethergreen Beacon Methodist Church, Sheffield, S11 on the corner of Fulwood Road and Nethergreen Road,  1.00-2.30pm  Wednesdays 

31 January 2018

14 and 28 February

14 and 28 March

Everyone is welcome, we’ve have people who are brand new to the Technique, some who’ve attended workshops before and others who’ve had many private one to one lessons as well as those training to become AT Teachers.  Think of it like swimming or a music ensemble – no matter the level of experience there is always more to learn, practice and enjoy together.   Its an accessible way in to start putting the Alexander Technique discoveries into practical applications and help transform your tension into useful energy.

We’ll put the discoveries about how our head movement governs the coordination of our spine and whole organism into fun and practical everyday activities like walking, standing and drinking tea.  People really enjoy coming for a good rest too.  One mum said to me last time that this was her favourite bit.  I think our society doesn’t value rest enough, and learning how to do this well – without falling asleep or zoning out – is a useful life skill.  We practice this too with guidance so your spine can return to its optimum length and strength.  This helps rebalance your moving muscles with your postural muscles and re-sets you energy levels.

Class from 1-2pm and invite a friend for tea and talking 2.00-2.30pm  incredible value to suit your budget, suggested £10+ donation.

Its a lovely big hall, so bring a friend and lots of layers to wear.  We usually do some constructive rest as part of the session and if you can easily bring a blanket or mat to lie on, this is part of your self-care and learning to look after yourself better and better.

Contact Lucy to book your place.  07949 522 655 and 0114 230 7980 and lucyascham@hotmail.com     meetup/sheffieldalexandertechnique

 

Sunday 14 January, 3.00-5.00pm, Are You Sitting Comfortably?  £35

Therapy Room, 4 Priory Avenue, S7

As an Alexander Technique teacher I’m often asked about chairs by my pupils and which designs are best. Some people have expensive ergonomic chairs at work and wonder if they really are better than an ordinary chair. Some struggle with car seats, train and bus seats when commuting or those curved plastic chairs in schools, church hall and airport lounges.

Of course, some chairs are designed well and better suited to our human design and make it easier to be healthier and more upright. But even if you found the perfect chair you couldn’t carry it around with you all day long. Its not my job to educate the chair designers, but I can re-educate people to sit better wherever we sit. Its up to us where we choose to give our attention, to complaining about the furtniture or to improving our own functioning, what we do with ourselves (mind and body) when we sit.

Sitting well needs mindfulness, awareness, choice and freedom. We can apply these Alexander principles equally to a meditation cushion, chair, sofa or horse’s saddle.

Bookings essential 07749 244262 Therapy Room    Come to the Workshop with Lucy and learn some skills for sitting more comfortably.

 

Sunday 11 February, 3.00-5.00pm  Reclaim Your Breath, Therapy Room, 4 Priory Ave, S7

Breath is essential for life  You can live several weeks without food, a week or so without water, but only a few minutes without breathing. It is literally vital to life. When we breathe well, we are also more vital.

The way we breathe is affected by everything we do, feel and think, and vice versa.

For example, we tend to hold our breath when making a physical effort or when concentrating. Negative feelings and experiences can also result in inefficient breathing.

If you do this often enough, it then becomes a habit; and you may not know it’s there.

Alexander discovered that poor breathing was often accompanied by a general stiffness and tension throughout the body.

The Alexander Technique can help you:

  • understand how you interfere with your breathing
  • restore your natural breathing rhythm
  • allow efficient and easy movement of the whole ribcage
  • manage a range of breathing difficulties like asthma
  • improve breathing in exercise, speaking, singing and playing musical instruments

 

Come to this workshop with Lucy Ascham and learn a few basics about breathing well. If it were just about doing deep breaths you’d probably be sorted by now. Find out where your diaphragm really is, how your ribs are meant to move and how to think differently to restore healthier breathing.

Bookings essential 07749 244262 Therapy Room    Come to the Workshop with Lucy and learn some skills for restoring your breath for more vitality.

TESTIMONIALS

Energy for Expansion AT Practice Group

 “I came away from today’s group class really knowing that it is essential that I take the time to look after myself.  Time spent relaxing and having down-time, is not time wasted!  I’ve got rid of my To-Do List and am making time to rest.”  said Zoe Jeffryes

Flute Fitness WORKSHOP, SHEFFIELD May 2017

“Lucy, you were fantastic.  I look forward to working with you again.” Rachel Shirley, Leader and Organiser

Day of Yoga and Alexander Technique, BAMFORD August 2017

 “Fantastic workshop, thank you.  Really good to pay attention to tension and breathing and how our bodies are designed to move and bend.”

“I found the games in particular to be a very useful tool to learn about instinctively following our habits and how to turn off from that.”  Pete

“A very enjoyable day giving lots of ideas about being more aware of areas of stress in the body and how to reduce this.  Thank you.”  Alison