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Functional Integration© a hands-on individual Feldenkrais lesson - more below

 

Individual Awareness Through Movement - a verbally guided movement lesson just like a class lesson (see Classes & Workshops) but tailored and adapted to meet and work with your particular need. Either Online via Zoom or In Person, lessons are 60 mins or, at my discretion, and if I feel I can help you in a shorter session, 40 mins. Fees are correspondingly reduced see below>

 

Somatic Counselling a body-based assisted inquiry that differs from any other kind of Counselling being primarily focused on the body and the felt sense. Especially helpful for long-standing issues and trauma, a session can illuminate the physiological patterns that can often underlie our postural and movement issues from the perspective of the body and the felt sense, rather than from mental understanding.

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More About Functional Integration©

Lessons involve gentle physical contact and movement work, where I am moving you. FI (as it is colloquially known) is a two-way neurological dialogue that re-educates or re-trains the brain and therefore the whole person. Working holistically the whole of you and your situation are taken into consideration.

Helps conditions which cause

  • chronic joint or musculo-skeletal pain - including back pain or neck pain
  • repetitive strain injuries - includes frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome
  • injury where there is emotional trauma - stress
  • neurological disorders - includes stroke, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis
  • rehabilitation, pre- and post-operative

Also helps improve movement skills such as

  • sports performance like running, martial arts, horse riding, surfing, swimming or golf
  • playing musical instruments
  • gardening, hiking, cycling - anything that requires repetitive movement
  • work-related skills like using a computer or other equipment

 

 

 

How does an FI session go?

You are fully clothed in loose fitting garments without belts/zips.

Your session is unique to you (unlike an ATM class) and tailored to whatever issues you bring on the day. We discuss how you feel, and are currently affected/limited, also your aspirations.

You then lie, or sit, on a special low wide table/mat, and are made as comfy as possible with supports. Now begins the hands-on part, which is usually largely non-verbal. I use gentle,precise yet non-invasive manipulation and touch. My focus is on discovering your particular habits and patterns or organization in movement and in suggesting more functional ones. The process requires your presence, this is a vital important component - . I will encourage you to remain awake and attentive to your experience, to sensation and feeling, throughout, and guide you to notice your responses to the process, communicating to me any increase in pain or discomfort, (we can always change the working position) or insights and benefits.

At the end I'll give you some movement to do at home to help support your nervous system and brain integrate the session.

How many will you need and how often?

Start with a single FI. Contact me to arrange a short phone call to discuss your needs.

This will give you an experience after which if you feel beneficial, take two more, preferably at intervals of no more than 3 weeks apart. Three FI's will tell both you and me if working together is really right for you, depending on your particular issues and aspirations.

The more long-standing the issue, usually the more sessions required, as a rule-of-thumb.

Lasting improvement can take time so do not come to Feldenkrais for a quick fix. Incremental improvement is the way to lasting change since building a sense of safety for the nervous system must be established first.

Commonly about 12 sessions is enough for most people to have found lasting improvement, unless you have a long-term chronic issue in which case a session a month ongoingly may be suggested. For some people, who are able to take a few sessions at almost daily intervals, and it is agreed that this might be right for them, can be a very effective way of working.

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The best results seem to occur when FI and ATM classes are combined over a period of time and many people enjoy this. Remember! different people learn or improve at different rate, and have different aspirations. Like learning anything new at all, time, energy and attention are always part of the equation. It can be a fulfilling and life-enriching experience.

 

How much?

  • Please see our Choose Your Level fees>
  • In-person sessions last 60-75 mins
  • Online session 60 mins or 40 mins (subject to if I feel I can help you in a shorter session)
  • Blocks of 6 qualify for a 10% discount. see below
  • Blocks of 4 taken within a 2 week period qualify for a 10% discount
  • Cancellation policy rules apply - see below
  • When you confirm attendance for Online sessions, this will be taken as your agreement that you agree to our Disclaimer, which essentially says that you participate at your own risk and that you are fully responsible for your own wellbeing. Please read our Disclaimer>

 

Bookings Terms

For all Individual Sessions.

  • Fees are due before your appointment if you will pay by bank transfer or at your appointment in cash. At or before the first appointment of a block booking,
  • Changes or Cancellations within 48 hours of your appointment will be charged in full unless I succeed in re-booking it. and within 24 hours will be charged full amount due.
  • Cancellation fees can be avoided by giving me more than 48 hours notice or, changingt to another appointment time (subject to availability) within 7 days.
  • Missed appointments will be charged the full amount due.
  • Late payments made after the appointment date incur £2 late fee.

 

 

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Testimonials

 

 "I'm really thankful for our sessions. I was in a real state when I came to you first, not sure how to move correctly as you might remember. The pain in my hip was so great that it just took over. 
Also my problem back complicated matters too. The thing is after your sessions the awareness of where my body was in space was there and that in turn helps with movement.

Yes my hip replacement was necessary but I actually feel that the lessons I've taken away from our sessions are just as necessary". Elise

 

“I came to Nikhila for series of

1-1 FI sessions to see if she could help me with some long-standing chronic pain problems resulting from injury. Over the course of about ten years I had tried many types of physical therapy, and nothing seemed to help. I had gone past the point of despair many times when I finally discovered Feldenkrais, and suddenly it seemed like there was a way forward. I started with some one-to-one sessions with Nikhila, and straight away I found that my body had the potential to feel very different, to feel like it belonged to me again. I won't say it has been easy, but I have made steady progress through one-to-one sessions
and group classes, and have reached a place that I couldn't have thought possible 2 or 3 years ago. Feldenkrais has added a new dimension to my life and my way of thinking. I am really grateful to Nikhila for her sensitivity, and for her skill in working on complex
problems and treating the whole person, not just the injury.”
Becky

 

"Big thanks for our session, I immediately felt reconnected and energised - I am more back to myself, after as you know, weeks of dental treatment" Lynne

 

"I have been having a course of individual sessions with Nikhila and I cannot recommend the experience enough. Her wonderful and expert touch and soothing voice makes for an amazing healing experience. I loved the teaching combined with movement lesson. Very relaxing and I have experienced a huge shift in the way I deal with a chronic shoulder problem that seems to have virtually made it disappear in a few weeks." Harriet

 
 
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