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As many of us return to work at the start of 2020, it seemed a good moment to reflect how Feldenkrais can enable us to work comfortably at a computer, and sit at a desk.  Practitioner Alex Frazier writes about her personal experience of how she first found Feldenkrais when working as a marketing executive, and tips to help you at work. She recorded the lesson which you can try at home (or work) to complement this theme.

As ever, do take a look at our workshop and class listings below, to find an event near you.  And come and see us at the Get Well Show on 21-23 February, or at the Music and Drama  Education Expo on 4-5 March, both at Olympia, London.  

And, finally, a word about me...I am one of the student reps for the Guild, and I complete my training in London in 2020.  Based in Hartlepool, my Feldenkrais practice brings more quality and ease to my Aikido teaching and love of walking.                                       David Warden

Working at a computer
Feldenkrais and me -  by Alex Frazier 


Sitting at a desk for extended periods of time puts people at risk of pain, musculoskeletal disorders and injuries.  Studies suggest that more back pain experienced is linked to more static sitting. (Zemp et al 2016). That is how I found out about the method and why so many workplaces now need our work.  I went for a treatment to cope with shoulder pain due to work stress and ended up trying Feldenkrais.  

I didn't realise my shoulders could change or be so relaxed with such gentle movements. I was intrigued and I enjoyed how a few lessons of Feldenkrais transformed my ability to get into yoga poses and improved my physical sense of ease at work.

We all experience tension and have habitual holding patterns in our muscles. We get stressed and tense up and begin to be restricted in our range of movement.  A Feldenkrais Practitioner can introduce new movements so you can explore and eventually expand your range. 

Sadly, there is no miracle pill you can take that will cure, say, your back pain. Movement is incredibly complex. It can be very difficult to control all habitual patterns or make big changes immediately. But, if you can become aware of your patterns of muscle tension then you can look to make small achievable changes. We tend to under-estimate the surprising power of learning small movements. Give yourself a chance to learn new easy movements through Feldenkrais. It will surprise you! 


The power of our self-image:

Todd Hargrove, an author and Feldenkrais Practitioner, explains how you can improve mobility and reduce pain:

“So, let’s say you’ve got an image of your lower back that everything's messed up  down there. This is not just your thoughts about his back, but it's like a visceral image. The area's confusing, it's stiff, you don't know how to move it, you really feel that there's something very wrong in there. All those visceral thoughts and feelings relate to an image of the back that it's a dangerous place, and it's incapable of moving. If you can change that image, not just the thoughts about it but your visceral sense; that it's capable, that it's safe, that it's okay to move, that you've got a clear awareness of what movements are okay and which are not. It's that type of positive change that we're looking for.” (See video excerpt from Feldenkrais Awareness Summit, 2019; 1:42 - 2:30).

Sitting disease

"Sitting disease" is a term recently coined as new research suggests that sitting for long periods without movement can lead to long term health conditions (see article Several studies have looked at office worker habits over the years and many have found correlations between sitting at a desk and chronic pain. Research has also found that regardless of how much you go to the gym, sitting can still put you at risk of disease and chronic pain (see article


Observe and sense

The more you notice the more you will discover what works for you. No two people have exactly the same physicality. Pay attention. Make note of what happens and when. Notice how you are sitting and working. Begin to be curious about what postural habits you have while working on a laptop or computer. Make daily notes as any symptoms arise; it can help you determine any patterns in your habits that may be contributing to discomfort. You may notice your body feels different on certain days and at different times of the day.


Slow is better 

Give yourself a chance to learn new habits though Feldenkrais. The key to managing stress at work or home is to remember that over time you can change your movement habits; not just about how you react with your thoughts and emotions but that you can learn new patterns of movement.

Slow is better. Resist the temptation to be stuck in your way of sitting or moving. Consciously exploring Feldenkrais and taking the time to choose how to move or sit means you're giving yourself the time to come up with better alternatives that could help you achieve a more positive outcome. Bring your attention to how you respond to a work deadline or stressful situation. You might not be able to control everything in the situation or make big changes immediately but a Feldenkrais Practitioner can help you identify small achievable movements. We tend to under-estimate the surprising power of learning new movements.


Play, movement and imagination

Play is about doing something simply for the pleasure of doing it without intending a specific outcome. Commit to small movement experiments. Notice marginal gains that help you stay agile in the face of stress. Play with how you sit at your desk.

By making everything you're doing to help yourself into a game rather than a goal, it takes the pressure off and allows you to observe what is happening. It also gives you permission to stop things that don’t seem to be helping. 

How do you shift into play mode when you've got a work deadline? Simply ask: “What if? What if I do this? What happens when...?” Explore. There is much to discover. I never thought I'd enjoy writing this article but I am now. I began to relax a little once I explored the research and, in the end, felt creative about what I could write and I began to enjoy the process. 

Yes my shoulders and back were tight, but by practising Feldenkrais I had renewed energy to continue and then felt so much more relaxed. Imagine - Feldenkrais was an early exponent of visualization and imagining in the West.

When actually doing something feels like “too much,” remember it’s okay to do things in your imagination. There, you can let go of muscle tension and performance anxiety and pretend that what you are attempting is not only possible but easy. Go with it. With both physical exercises and work, imagination can help you to achieve the task at hand.


Alex teaches workshops in London and the West Midlands and, works on a one-to one basis with adults and children to improve their movement potential.  Her client group ranges from stroke survivors, PR companies, law firms, IT companies, yoga students, professional footballers and many others.

Her qualifications include: Bsc Biology; Professional Feldenkrais Training (London 2015); Michelle Turner (Newborn Movement Assessment completed) and Movement Lesson training (April 2020).

Sliding Arms & Legs, by Alex Frazier
a 15 minute lesson

Try this lesson by Alex Frazier which explores the hip and shoulder joints, and how they connect to the rest of your skeleton.  Have a folded towel handy.

'...sliding the top knee...feel like you move the knee only a small amount, less than an inch, take time and notice your breathing.  How can you make this comfortable and easy?'
News from the UK Feldenkrais Community
The Guild has stands and free taster lessons at the Get Well Show on 21-23 February, and at the Music and Drama  Education Expo on 4-5 March, both at Olympia, London.  It's a great way to experience the method for the first time, or reconnect with our community. We'd love to see you there.
Classes and Workshops
Take a look at the Guild website to find a teacher or a class.  For a list of Feldenkrais workshops taking place  in the UK in the next month:


South East of England

• Sunday, 19 January; 10am - 4pm
Sabine Schmid Blackaby: Theme to be confirmed
Yoga for Harmony, Windsor;


South West England

• Saturday, 18 January; 9.00am - 1.00pm
Mamie Wisker: Effortless Skiing - functional flexibility and fitness
All Saints Centre, High Street, Weston, Bath, BA1 4BX;

• Saturday, 8 February; 10.30am - 1.00pm
Jackie Adkins & Ed Bartram - Introduction to Feldenkrais; @FeldenkraisFrome
Free event, Individual / group sessions;  Frome Library, BA11 1BE

• Saturday, 8 February; 9.00am - 1.00pm
Mamie Wisker: Pelvic Floor - A workshop for women
The Soul Spa, 2 Hetling Court, BATH, BA1 1SH;

• Saturday, 29 February; 2 - 5pm
Jackie Adkins: Effortless Running;
Room in Frome, 1A Scott Road, FROME BA11 1AL

Eastern England

• Sunday, 26 January; 2 - 6pm
Yeu-Meng Chan: Body Mindfulness through Feldenkrais Method
Feldenkrais Essex Studio, WESTCLIFF ON SEA, SS0 9EZ; 

• Saturday, 29 February; 2 - 5.30pm
Valérie Fabre: Theme to be announced;

Friends Meeting House, 91-93 Hartington Grove, Cambridge CB1 7UB

Central England 

• Sunday, 26 January; 10 am - 12 pm
Alessandro Bombardi, weblink to workshop
Northcourt Centre - Northcourt Road, OX14 1NS - ABINGDON 


• Sunday, 26 January; 10am - 1pm
Veronica Rock: Unwinding Shoulder Tension;
Verve Fitness, Health & Wellbeing, 2-4 George St., LLANGOLLEN LL20 8RE

• Sunday, 23 February; 10am - 1pm
Veronica Rock: Finding Ease for Your Knees;
Verve Fitness, Health & Wellbeing, 2-4 George St., LLANGOLLEN LL20 8RE

North of England

• Saturday, 25 January; 2pm - 5pm
Julie Wrigley: Awareness Through Movement - a workshop to restore, relax and release
York Yoga Studio, 112 Acomb Rd, YORK, YO24 4EY;

• Saturday, 25 January; 2pm - 5pm
Anne Robertson: Thinking, Sensing, Feeling, Moving;
Bodywise Manchester Buddhist Centre.Turner St M4 1DZ

• Saturday, 8 February; 10.30am - 2.30pm
Virginia Taylor: Move without Effort;
Friends Meeting House, Meeting House Lane, PENRITH CA11 7TR


• Sunday, 24 November; 11am - 2pm
Juliana Brustik: Find Freedom in your neck, shoulders and spine;
OMH Therapies Health & Wellbeing Centre, 1a Randolph Crescent, EDINBURGH EH3 7TH


• Saturday, 18 January; 10.15am - 5.15pm
Victoria Worsley: Feldenkrais: Freeing the Hips and Lower Back
City Lit 1-10 Keeley St, LONDON WC2B 4BA;

• Saturday, 25 January; 11am - 1pmJuliana Brustik: Free your neck, shoulders and spine;
The Place, Founders studio; Flaxman Terrace 17 Duke's Road, Euston, London WC1H 9PY

• Sunday, 26 January; 2pm - 6pm
Maggy Burrowes: Liberating Your Potent Self;
The Sunflower Centre, 81 Tressillian Rd, Brockley, LONDON, SE4 1XZ

• Tuesday, 4 February; 10.30am - 1.30pm
Victoria Worsley: The Transformational Power of the Pelvis (FOR ACTORS)
The Actors Centre, Tower Street LONDON WC2H 9NP;

• Saturday, 8 February; 12.30 - 6.30pm
Victoria Worsley: Touching your Toes!;
Dharma Shala, 92-94 Drummond Street, Euston, LONDON NW1 2HN

• Saturday, 8 February; 10.30am - 4.30pm
Sophie Arditti: Spring in your Step;
West London Buddhist Centre, 45a Porchester Rd, W2 5DP

• Saturday, 15 February; 2 - 5pm
Lou Coleman:
Yoga Point 122 Dalberg Road LONDON SW2 1AP

• Sunday, 23 February; 2 - 4.30pm
Ed Woodall: Winter-time Feldenkrais
63 Wingate Square, Clapham, SW4 0AF; weblink to workshop

• Sunday, 23 February; 2pm - 6pm
Maggy Burrowes: Liberating Your Potent Self;
The Sunflower Centre, 81 Tressillian Rd, Brockley, LONDON, SE4 1XZ

• Saturday, 29 February; 10.30 am - 4 pm
Scott Clark: Core mobility!
The Classrooms, SE1 3QP; entrance from Weston Street, opposite Greenwood Theatre

Training to be a Feldenkrais Practitioner in the UK:

The Feldenkrais International Training Centre's (FITC) most recent training began in July 2019.  It may still be possible to join the training.  Click here for further information.  
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