Susie is like an engineer. She looks at the whole system and finds the one piece that most needs attention and provides scaffolding and support. Having identified an area or areas which could most benefit from her gentle nurturing process Susie teaches you how to have your own awareness as well as supporting you through a process where you are (for want of a better term) running more smoothly………
Susie notices. For me the joy in a practitioner who truly notices is that they can bring all of their skills and training to each client without letting their knowledge develop into prejudices which can get in the way of seeing the individual.
My personal experience is that the patience, mindfulness and gentle attention Susie applies to me is being transferred to how I treat myself…….
In a culture that expects us to “push through” it is lovely to have someone who can take you so much further by teaching you how to do less.L.C., Artist, IT specialist.
I really enjoyed the session on Saturday, and the time seemed to fly by so quickly.
Attending different types of group sessions at my new gym this year, with many different leaders, am hearing so many stories of people overdoing something and ending up with injuries, some of which were serious, and usually to the back! Interesting because I didn’t have much to compare Feldenkrais to……. So after not doing your sessions for a few months, I particularly appreciated the pace of Feldenkrais and how we glide into movements progressively with the lovely repetitions that are like dancing on the floor. Your gentle voice is also so easy to listen to -…… So thank you.A note from M.M.
My feet are prone to discomfort due to fallen arches. Through a series of individual Feldenkrais lessons, I subtly changed the way I walk and now have less trouble with aching feet.Student from Brisbane
FeldenkraisR Practitioner & Teacher CFP, B.A./Soc. Wk., MAFG, Grad. Cert. H.Ed (UQ) Movement & Voice Educator Bones for Life Trainer, Biodynamic Cranio-Sacral Practitioner
What is Feldenkrais?
Coming from a background of music, art and counselling, Susie has been a practitioner and teacher of the FeldenkraisR Method of Awareness through Movement since 2000. She became a Bones for Life trainer in 2010. Susie came across it ‘by accident’ years ago …. this was the beginning of a life long journey into kinaesthetic learning. Susie’s interests in the work are varied and broad, tho’ she does particularly enjoy ‘seeing’ how, when the opportunity arises, the eyes , as ‘drivers’ of the nervous system, can play a pivotal role in the restoration of wellbeing. Voice is a special interest. Her approach comes from years of voice training integrated with her learning from the FeldenkraisR Method, which has led to her understanding of the embodied voice as the natural, resonant & best voice for all of us. As well as her work with the FeldenkraisR Method, Susie has taught for the past 13 years in the UQ School of Medicine. She finds the thinking / learning from the FeldenkraisR Method informs her teaching in many wonderful ways.
What can Susie offer you?
Listening and facilitating are an integral part of Susie’s personal and professional life …… it gives her genuine pleasure to witness a return to health & wellbeing, growth, a sense of freedom, and improved functioning in others. The FeldenkraisR Method gives her a vehicle with which to ‘listen’ and to facilitate your coming to your own kinaesthetic awareness and sense of wellbeing. At its core, the method is based on intelligent principles, intelligent for the body and the brain, i.e. wholistic. It resonates to your body’s natural organisation and facilitates a return to health. Many people are finding that FeldenkraisR Method:
- calms the nervous system
- relieves stress
- relieves back, neck, & shoulder pain, as well as other musculoskeletal conditions and injuries.
- assists those at risk of repetitive strain injury
- improves performance in sport, dance, music, singing, & drama
- teaches you how to help yourself
- and … makes movement a joy : -)))
This method is a gentle and simple system of movement education that is effective in relieving back pain, improving sporting ability, and enhancing everyday movement. Susie teaches this method in group classes, workshops or in one to one sessions. Her business is named ‘Feldenness’, as many people say that the movement lessons and treatments promote mindfulness for the body. It embodies mindfulness. It supports a feeling of quality in everyday movement, and, in life. As the founder of the method himself said: “We make the impossible possible, the possible easy, and the easy elegant.” – Moshe Feldenkrais
What happens during a session?
The FeldenkraisR Method functions in a couple of ways : Individual sessions or group classes. Most people come initially for pain, or injury etc. and the sessions function as a treatment sessions. There is usually a conversation at the beginning to ascertain the reason you have come ,and then an assessment is made, both through the conversation and, through gentle and intelligent touch with you lying on a table, similar to an osteopathic table. The treatment is part of this process. The work is gentle, honouring of your nervous system, effective, and wholistic. Many people use these sessions as part of their ongoing wellbeing program or, to improve their e.g. golf, tennis, playing a musical instrument, etc.
These are group lessons which can be taught in a 1 hour format, a 3 hour workshop structure, a day program or over a number of days. Susie teaches about 11 x 3 hour programs at Bardon each year with varying themes such as: Freeing the Neck & Shoulders, Pelvic Power, Eyes: The Windows to your Nervous System, Freeing the neck & Jaw, Sustainable Sitting, …. to name a few. As well, for the past 12 years, she has been teaching a weekly class as part of the University of Queensland Sport semester program. Programs can be custom designed for specific themes and needs……….for 2 years she taught such a program for UQ athletes in training.
Susie also works with voice, for singing and speaking. This is done through the medium of a class situation or in individual sessions. She facilitates this in those who are interested in exploring voice either because of difficulty, for performance or…for fun! Bones for Life This program of Movement Intelligence has its origins in the FeldenkraisR Method, The Bones for Life program was developed in the1990’s to support the dynamic springy pressure needed for stimulating bone strength and health. It is designed to cultivate the important balance between flexibility and stability. Upright posture is developed in these lessons through simple movements that promote controlled resistance to pressure. It can also be incorporated into individual sessions.
What does it cost?
$110 per individual session A sliding scale of fees applies where required. Sessions are usually 1-1.25 hours. Classes and workshops have their own fee structure. 24 hour notice of postponement /cancellation is requested. Can I claim on a Health Fund? Yes. Many health funds provide a benefit under Extras cover. How can I find out more? e: firstname.lastname@example.org
www.bones for life. com.au
There is a 3.27 minute DVD called ‘Baby Liv’ available on Youtube which may peak your curiosity.
0434 114 948
What is different in my life because of the Feldenkrais method? Four words sum it up – relaxed, grounded, energised and strong. My introduction to Feldenkrais was when I had a persistently swollen left knee which limited everyday activities. I was at the point of considering exploratory surgery. Through Feldenkrais lessons with Susie King I discovered the link between my stiff left foot (I had broken a bone in this foot two years earlier) and the way I stood and walked, which in turn affected my left knee. I developed a new awareness of the position of my body in everyday situations, and an ability to subtly adjust this. The swelling around my knee resolved after 4 individual lessons and it has been fine since. Since that time 8 years ago, I have attended group workshops because of the link I experience between the body and mental well-being – I think of Feldenkrais as mindfulness through the body. So while workshops may focus on areas such as walking, hips and knees, neck and shoulders etc, the additional benefits for me are with the nervous system. I enjoy feeling calm, strong, refreshed and energised. I also return to individual sessions to get back on track at times of ‘overload’. I look to Feldenkrais to help me maintain a sense of ease and graceful movement into the later years…Career counselor