DAYTIME GROUP CLASSES and WORKSHOPS in Sheffield and Manchester
Winding Down and Lightening Up, AT CLASS
Community group classes, booking essential. Great value too at only £10
at Lucy’s Teaching Room, 9 Armthorpe Road, Sheffield, S11 7FA 1.00-2.30pm Wednesdays
17 Oct, 7 and 21 Nov, 5 and 19 Dec
Come for one, come for all. 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 principles 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 1.00-2.00pm and Tea and Talking 2.00-2.30pm incredible value – £10
Bookings essential – contact Lucy to book your place, classes of 6 people max
call 07949 522 655 and 0114 230 7980 , email email@example.com meetup/sheffieldalexandertechnique
Take STRESS lying down – part of International Alexander Technique Awareness Week
additional workshop Friday 12 October 12.30-2.00pm Teaching Room Armthorpe Road, Sheffield, S11
Fully Booked – Monday 8 October 1.00-2.30 Sheffield
The position of semi-supine or Constructive Rest, also known as ‘active rest’ is the best way to restore and reconnect the body and mind; a little like the reset button on a computer. As well as realigning the spine, it stops you feeling overwhelmed, allowing you to focus on yourself and providing vital time out to quieten the mind and process emotions.
From my 15 years working with people to teach them how to heal their own neck pain, back ache and anxiety I know we are united, whole beings. So when we work on releasing tension in our ‘body’ it also affects the mind and our emotions – altogether.
This is a beautiful daily practice, recommended for 10-20 minutes everyday. I will help you get set up with the right number of paperback books under your head, where to place your feet and knees and useful thoughts to return to, gently and patiently. When we think our thoughts consciously to return our whole selves to our optimum settings, then we can transform our experiences of this moment and the what we create for our future. There is a FREE printed PDF which shows you what to do if you sign up for my eNewsletter on the sidebar to the right. I also have a guided audio recording for just £10 which times the 20 minute practice and helps keep your thinking focused and on-track. Both can be sourced here: https://lucyascham.com/?sd_product=semi-supine-constructive-rest-mp3-audio-recording
During the session I’ll introduce the Alexander Technique in a short talk, you’ll get some practical demonstrations in its efficacy, you get to lie down and rest and restore your spine, then I’ll show you how to get up and down into this position of maximum rest for your spine. There will be time for tea and questions.
All equipment and biscuits supplied, just wear loose comfy clothes/trousers.
Book directly with Lucy 07949 522 655 – for just 6 people – firstname.lastname@example.org
FIRST STEPS in Alexander Technique Workshops, £20 Therapy Room, 4 Priory Avenue, S7
dates tbc £20
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
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