Welcome to Yoga Feldenkrais Therapeutics

Restore Freedom of Movement, Build Mindful Awareness and Wellbeing.

Who is Yoga Feldenkrais Therapeutics ?

Margery’s Qualifications

* Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching Nature Care College
* Fully Qualified Yoga Therapist
* AHPRA Registered Occupational Therapist
* Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner
* Bones for Life Training- Ruthy Alon

Yoga has always been a part of my life; as a child my mother was one of the first Yoga teachers in the mid-western town I grew up in and encouraged me take up Yoga from a very young age. Yoga became an important part of my life from my teenage years helping me to manage the rollercoaster ride of my young adult life. A back injury in my late 20’s led me to explore The Feldenkrais Method and eventually train in this unique and highly effective method: teaching body awareness and mindful movement.

I have worked for over 25 years in the Health Care System as an Occupational Therapist and have extensive experience in areas such as Occupational Rehabilitation, Neurology, Pediatrics and Chronic Pain.

I have been teaching Feldenkrais for over 20 years and Yoga for over 12 years and have found a way of combining my skills and experience to support others on their journey toward less pain and improved health and well-being.

I am passionate about Yoga and all it has to offer us on our path through life. Yoga is medicine – low tech and potent – it has the power to support us through all phases of our lives; the good times and the hard times. Yoga keeps us grounded, mindful, awake and alive to be the best we can be.

When people ask me what style of Yoga I teach I have to answer that I am eclectic in my approach. I draw from many Yoga styles; ViniYoga, Vinyasa Flow, Satyananda, Restorative Yoga and Yin Yoga to name a few. I am also heavily influenced by Mindfulness practice and Buddhist teachings. So a real cornucopia but basically my philosophy is to adapt the Yoga to the student and slow the practice down to facilitate mindful awareness and relaxation.

Restorative Yoga and Yin Yoga ; Relax , Renew ,Sustain

Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga Relaxation, Renew and Sustain

Life is extremely busy and demanding these days. Our bodies are trying to keep up the pace and the result is stress hormones flooding our bloodstream unabated at times … a recipe for exhaustion and health problems.

I am the first to admit my days are jam packed being self-employed means a never-ending stream of things to do. I love it all teaching Yoga, Feldenkrais and my work as an Occupational Therapist but it can all leave me feeling a bit depleted and wired … I am sure you know the feeling.

Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga to the rescue, these styles of Yoga are deeply nourishing and bring balance to our over stimulated bodies and minds.

I tell my Yoga students your energy is a bit like your bank account there is a bottom line. If we put out too much; working long hours, over scheduling we have nothing left and this is the root of many of our health issues.

– Stiff and heavy muscles
– Poor digestion
– Low mood
– Sleep issues
– Headaches and lower back pain
– Recurrent colds and flu like illness

These are the signals our intelligent body gives to let us know we are out of balance. and we need to learn to listen and respond by slowing down. Restorative and Yin yoga are pretty much the same styles of yoga. Both styles use props and focus on resting in stillness in a shape that gently stretches and compresses the soft issues.

Whilst in the poses we allow our muscles and soft tissues to let go , we cultivate the use of mindful breathing and an attitude of resting in a state of “ being “ similar to lying on your back staring at clouds or listening to the wind in the trees. Both are of great benefit for restoring balance but the yoga poses encourage a deeper physical release. This release allows the free flow of energy in the body nourishing not just the muscles and joints but the organs. This energy is called chi in Chinese Medicine and prana in the Ayurveda and Yoga Science. This new flow of energy leaves you feeling a deep sense of peace, muscular relaxation and renewed energy.

In a private Yoga Therapy session Yin and Restorative Yoga are useful tools to bring about balance and healing from deep within. In a private lesson I will tailor the poses and sequences for you and assist you to access them safely and effectively. A skilled Yoga Therapist supports you on your journey toward healing and renewal. The tools of Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga are gentle and effective remedies for the chronic low-grade feelings of fatigue and ill health. The practices help us unwind deep physical and mental stresses and allow us to renew the sense of peace and joy that lies within… that is the journey of Yoga.

Yoga For Seniors

Yoga for Seniors – Moving above and beyond

Lets debunk a few myths about yoga right now ….

Yoga is not:
– Fancy poses that tie your body in knots or turn you upside down
– Only for the young and fit
– Attending fast paced competitive classes where you risk injury

Yoga is suitable for anyone of any age and is it never too late to start a yoga practice.

The Ancient Science of Yoga Therapy addresses each individual. Considerations during a Yoga Therapy assessment include:

– Joint range of movement and strength
– Health history including medical conditions
– Past and present injuries
– Current lifestyle issues
– Your goals for your yoga practice

As we age our joints tend to lose elasticity and our muscles lose strength and endurance. Modern sedentary lifestyles hasten this process leaving us resigned to what we believe is an inevitable decline.

In addition our health care system fosters the belief that the professionals can fix us which leads to passivity and lack of self-awareness. Healthy aging is about empowering you to develop self-care practices and yoga therapy can play a key role for you in aging well.

A tailored Yoga practice empowers you to move beyond your current limitations to improved wellbeing and fitness for everyday activities that bring you joy.

By assessing where you are currently and setting small achievable goals we work together to enhance your flexibility, strength , sense of contentment and energy for life.

I have over 20 years of experience in teaching Feldenkrais and Yoga and am highly skilled at supporting you on your yoga journey to get it right and to keep you motivated to move and feel well as you age. I combine my skills as Yoga Therapist and Feldenkrais Practitioner to access your body’s natural affinity for self-healing.

Most people come to me for a series of one to one lessons and then move on to classes either Yoga or Feldenkrais. Classes are a cost effective way to continue to build on your improvements over time and many keep attending for years.

Lastly the process is enjoyable … it feels good to move into places that we have forgotten about and to connect deeply with our breath nourishing our souls. In

Mindful Movement for Pain

Mindful Movement for Pain Management

Yoga , Mindfulness and The Feldenkrais Method

Pain is Australia’s third most costly heath problem not to mention the toll to the individual pain sufferer’s life. Pain is the body’s natural way of protecting us and initiating healing. It is a complex biological phenomenon resulting initially from tissue damage but when persistent causes neuroplastic changes to our nervous system that lead to persistent pain.

Many modern approaches to pain are proving unsuccessful creating addictions and costing the individual dearly in time and money with little or no benefit. Pain is a mind –body process and our perception of the pain, and our emotional state play significant factors in persistent pain syndromes. Once the nervous has become “ wired “ for pain even small movements and stressors can tip the balance causing pain to increase and so the cycle continues.

The ancient healing practices of Yoga and mindfulness have much to offer the pain sufferer. Yoga and Meditation directly link us into the web of mind -body connections and harness a powerful self-healing process through the nervous system. The first experiences of the practices of mindfulness and yoga for pain were lead by Jon Kabat – Zinn in his groundbreaking research at The University of Massachusetts Hospital in 1979.

Since Kabat Zinn’s development of MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) the evidence for the powerful benefits of these Ancient healing practices has been growing steadily.

The Feldenkrais Method is also a healing art that has much to offer the pain sufferer. Through small gentle movements done with curiosity and awareness to sensations we become aware of patterns of holding tension and strain and are free to find new pathways to move and breathe that create less pain and more freedom.

The Mindful Movement approach leads to a positive  Neuroplasticity ,where the brain with practice can actually grown new connections . In Mindful Movement we explore movement from a safe ,  gentle ,  whole body approach. This leads us to a wholesome place of  acceptance,  kindness and  curiosity ; replacing the emotions of fear and helplessness. Learning to trust our own senses and experiences builds an inner wisdom and relaxation that inevitably makes living with pain easier.

This approach takes some practice effort and time; as the nervous system is being re-wired through gentle movement, breathe awareness . It is about taking back control of your life and trusting your innate sense of what you need rather than just listening to the advice of others. With this comes hope and with hope comes positive change.

As an Occupational Therapist and Yoga Therapist working for over 25 years with people in pain I feel excited by the new paradigm and the promise it holds to reduce suffering. I will be offering a new 8 week yoga course soon – Mindful Movement for Pain.

Contact me to learn more about this course and how Mindful Movement can help you !!

“ Once the mind sees clearly that it is creating suffering, its inherent wisdom lets go of the processing that creates it, just as we let go of a very hot object as soon as we register the pain it is causing “

Teasdale and Chaskalson 2011

 

Yoga for Cancer the benefits are many

As a Yoga Therapist I have been Teaching Yoga at the Chris O Brien Lifehouse for 2 years. The Chris O Brien Lifehouse in Camperdown has a unique Integrative Medicine Centre within the hospital known as the Livingroom. The Livingroom offers a range of Complementary Therapies including Yoga classes.

My yoga classes are gentle and adapted for the individuals needs. Moving slowly and mindfully and regulating the breath triggers the relaxation response and the well-known benefits of yoga are the result.

So what are the benefits of yoga for people living with Cancer? I will briefly discuss a few in this blog but for more information you can read up on latest research at the following websites.

www.breastcancer.org

www.cancerresearchuk.org/

www.cancer.org

Apart from the research and the benefits listed below Yoga is an enjoyable and addictive way to improve your mental and physical health at any stage of your Cancer Journey 

Yoga strengthens the immune system

A healthy immune system supports the body to fight cancer cells. There are many recent studies showing that Yoga and Meditation boost immunity; for example A 2013 study found that regular yoga and meditation assisted in circulating cancer fighting immune cells in those who practiced regularly.

Yoga Increases Lymphatic Flow

The movements and breathing practices in yoga pump the muscles and lymphatic system assisting with the flow of lymph and detoxification process.

Regular Yoga practice assists with the management of fatigue. Several recent studies published in major Oncology journals in the last few years have demonstrated the significant reduction in fatigue that occurs with yoga practices.

Yoga reduces feeling of stress and anxiety and promotes a positive emotional state. Ask anyone who practices yoga regularly and they will tell you this. The mood boosts are no different for those coming to yoga that is dealing the barrage of daily stressors that cancer diagnosis and treatment bring.

Here is what one of my regular yoga students says about her experience with Yoga

When I first started yoga, I could barely move; I had absolutely no strength and I fell asleep instantly during the relaxation session. After six weeks, the nausea gradually became less severe and less persistent. I started a twice-weekly reconditioning rehabilitation program to help get my strength and fitness back and as I became fitter, my ability at yoga improved and I enjoyed it more and more. The stretching and focus on movement felt, and still feels, so good. The practice is calming and relaxing and the pace of the exercises is so appropriate to what I need. I look forward to my class every week and try very hard not to miss a lesson.” Yoga classes are open to anyone undergoing current treatment for cancer or post treatment.

My yoga classes at Chris O Brien are open to anyone at any stage of their cancer journey.

Tuesday 4-5 Gentle / Beginners Yoga

Friday 11:30-12:45  Yoga

Feel free to ring me to chat about my classes.

0407 433 565

Namaste

Margie