DAYTIME GROUP CLASSES and WORKSHOPS in Sheffield
New Venue and dates for Summer Term
POSTURE AND EVERYDAY MOVEMENT CLASS, Community group classes, booking essential £10 (or £8 each when you pre-book 4 classes)
at Lucy’s Teaching Room, 9 Armthorpe Road, S11 7FA 1.00-2.30pm Wednesdays
2, 16 and 30 May, 13 and 27 June, 11 July
For all levels of experience, and newcomers very welcome too. As far as I know, these are the only AT classes in the whole of South Yorkshire! Learn to start putting the basic Alexander Technique discoveries into practical applications and help transform your tension into useful energy.
We’ll put Alexander’s discoveries about coordination and movement into fun and practical everyday activities – how you walk, how you stand, how you drink tea. Each lesson we’ll attend to the all-important trio of our head, neck and back. 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’ll look at the geography of your joints, when you understand them better and embody the correct map, you’ll have less wear and tear and less pain. You may even find pleasure in everyday movements.
Class from 1-2pm and Tea and Talking 2.00-2.30pm incredible value £10 pay on the day, book 4 for £8 each. The only AT classes in South Yorkshire!
Bookings essential – contact Lucy to book your place, classes of 6 people max
call 07949 522 655 and 0114 230 7980
email firstname.lastname@example.org meetup/sheffieldalexandertechnique
FIRST STEPS in Alexander Technique Workshops, £20 Therapy Room, 4 Priory Avenue, S7
dates tbc £20 or free if you have a Package (a few places still available)
If you are brand new to the Technique and want an overview and to discover the tools and skills which you can learn and hone with practice, this workshop is an ideal start. I’ll share Alexander’s own story of voice, breathing and leg tension and how he discovered the operating mechanisms for human beings. Its pretty amazing. The principles he discovered can restore and improve functioning in joints, rebalance muscular effort and bring more calm to the nervous system for improvements in specific and overall wellbeing.
Bookings essential 07749 244262 Therapy Room Come to the Workshop with Lucy and learn some skills for learning to rest and restore back health and strength, by doing less.
ARE YOU SITTING COMFORTABLY? Workshop £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.
RECLAIM YOUR BREATH, FOR VITALITY, Workshop £35 Therapy Room, 4 Priory Ave, S7
Friday 11 May 13.00-15.00
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.
“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