Somatic Movement (Feldenkrais Method) Classes & Sessions
“If you know what you’re doing, you can do what you want.“
Movin’ Cairo is a project by Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner Sara Ismail offering Somatic Movement & Feldenkrais Method Classes & 1:1 Sessions in Cairo, Egypt and Online. Somatic learning gives you tools that can help you learn how to move efficiently and effortlessly. Somatic learning is about you. It’s for you to learn about your habits, so that when you are moving, you are mindfully aware, acting out of choice rather than automatically, and habitually.
But how can you find these new non-habitual options to choose from? Through creatively and curiously exploring what you can do in a space where making mistakes in allowed because that’s when and where truly joyous learning takes place.
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Awareness Through Movement
Vocally Guided Somatic Movement Classes
Awareness Through Movement is a type of Somatic Learning class where the teacher vocally guides her students, using language of instruction and invitation, into movement variations and repetitions. Through these movements, students can release tension built up in the muscles, and learn how to move effortlessly and with ease. Through variations, students are invited to learn new ways of moving that may benefit them, and may help them avoid pain and strain caused by habits of overuse of specific muscles and movements patterns. Here To find more information about how the class usually goes click button below.
Is Awareness Through Movement for me?
Awareness Through Movement is for everyone. And by everyone, I mean all bodies, all abilities, sizes, races and genders. If you have a physical or learning disability, you can inform the teacher and they will have modifications ready for you.
Awareness Through Movement can help you becomes aware of your movement in such a way that you can more efficiently, the easiest and most powerful way. It also provides a space for you to learn about yourself: what you’re good at and where you can improve, your habits, how to change them and how to introduce new habits.
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Why is it called Functional Integration? And, is it physical therapy? Functional Inregration
(FI) is called that because they integrate movements, sequence and physical states of being that need to be present for your aim or goal. These sessions are not a form of physiotherapy, but do have a therapeutic effect. Most clients will feel a difference from the first sessions and will come closer to their goal after a few sessions
Touch-Based Individual Somatic Movement Learning Sessions
In these individual sessions, the practitioner guides her student through series of movement sequences and combinations, aiming to release tensions and clarify relationships between elements of movement, keeping the client’s goal and aim in mind. By introducing different movement options not habitual to her client, she allows her client to move as they intend and desire.
These sessions are for you if you would like to improve the quality and range of your movement for professional or leisurely purposes. It can help improve the quality of movement patterns whether they’re specific and stylized (for athletes and dancers), or basic everyday functions like sitting and standing.
And my Teaching Values and Methodology
I am Sara, a multidisciplinary artist, mover and somatic learning teacher. I am an accredited Feldenkrais Method practitioner, I received my certification and training from the Feldenkrais Institute in 2016. I started developing an interest in movement in 2005 while studying for my B.A in Theatre & Performance but it wasn’t until 2013, during my masters, that I started developing a passion for somatic education.
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In my teaching, I invite my students and clients to unlearn concepts that were once necessary for coping, but may no longer of use. I mix the tangible with the poetic because I believe that one of the healing aspects of experiential anatomy is that it speaks to our sensing-feeling selves, it’s not mindless exercise, it’s mindful intentful movement.
Why Somatic Movement Learning?
Somatic Movement classes, such as Feldenkrais Method classes & individual sessions are known to yield results in improving quality and range of movement. But, this is not its only benefit.
Improving Quality of Movement in Everyday Life
Somatic Learning can help you distinguish between movement that is painful and harmful, and moving in a way that is efficient and effortless. You can learn ways of moving that help you avoid pain, and move with ease and grace.
Managing Stress, Anxiety and Recurring Pain
Stress lives in the body, it is stored in the muscles. How many times have you caught yourself tensing the shoulders when worrying or feeling anxious?
Somatic Learning can help you become aware of and reverse this habitual reaction.
Self – Care or Taking the Time to Attend to Yourself
Attending to one’s self, whether by noticing thoughts or sensation is a form of self-care. Leading busy lives, we do not sense what we’re experiencing until we find ourselves burntout. Taking the time to sense and identify sensation can prevent that quick escalation.
Rehabilitating from Injury, Healing for Trauma
When we are injured, and experience trauma, it becomes difficult to trust ourselves, regardless of whether or not we’re still in painful. Somatic Learning can help us relearn how to trust ourselves and our intuition and move with ease and grace.
In this 1:1 Feldenrais Method Session (Somatic Education), I am teaching my client how shoulders can be more involved in the twist. In doing so, I help her release tension built up in the neck, shoulder and entire back. After this session, she reported feeling the shoulders more stable, more mobility in the ribs and… Continue Reading →
New Somatic Movement — Awareness Through Movement classes for 60+ in Zamalek, Cairo. These classes are designed to improve mobility and balance and ease overall everyday movements for our parents and grandparents! Do you know someone who might benefit from these classes? Share with them or buy them a class as a gift via Nūn… Continue Reading →
كيف تكون حصص الوعي من خلال الحركة عادة؟ في حصة الوعي من خلال الحركة ، توجه المدرسة المتخصصة طلابها إلى سلسلة من الاستكشافات الحركية المصممة لتحسين نمط حركة معين ووظيفة جسدية مثل: الجلوس ، والوقوف ، والانحناء ، والوصول باليد الخ … والهدف من الدرس هو عدم آداء الحركة إلى أقصى حد لها بالضرورة ،… Continue Reading →
I really enjoyed Sara’s classes and found them both relaxing and extremely useful. I learnt a lot about my body in a short space of time. Sara is a very supportive presence. She has a lot of knowledge and experience, while keeping the class lighthearted.
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فنانة تشكيلية، ستايلست وصانعة ومحركة عرائس
كانت اول مره لي مع التعلم الجسدي و حصص للوعي الجسدي اعتقد انها مهمه لكل من يتحرك على الارض … خصوصا ان حصص الرياضه والرقص والتمارين متاحة لكن هذا النوع من التمارين مهم جدا وبيشعر فيه الانسان بجسده دون ألم ودون الاحساس بمشقة التمرين ..نافذه اخرى لتعرف على الجسم وامكانياته
الحصة كانت بتساعدني اني اعيد تكوين علاقة مع انماط حركة و هياكل في الجسم انا جربتها كتير جداً , و لكن بسرعة او من زاوية تانية , ف كان دايماً فيه حاجات بتفوتني ف ابعاد، العلاقة دي , ف التمارين اللي كنا بنعملها كانت بتساعدني اني افحص الزوايا و الابعاد اللي وقعت مني و كأني اول مرة امشي ف الطريق ده. ك راقص و حد مهتم بالحركة و استكشاف ابعاد مختلفة ليها و لجسمي , اعتقد دي كانت بتبقي حصص غنية جداً ليا و للشغل علي علاقة مع جسمي و اني اخش جواه اكتر.
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