Improving movement, improving life

“Movement is life. Life is a process. Improve the quality of the process and you improve the quality of life itself.”

At Smooth Moves Lab the aim is to improve movement – for everybody. If you can move through your day effortlessly, without restriction or pain, you will feel freed up to enjoy all the activities you choose to do. If you are already an expert mover, you can refine your skills even further.

Learning smoother ways of moving does not depend on being born bendy or on carrying out a daily stretching routine. It is possible to improve, from any starting point.

Gentle classes for an agile body and flexible mind

“When you know what you are doing you can do what you want.”

I teach gentle and calming mat classes, Awareness Through Movement, where you can explore your whole self (body and mind), with movement as the medium.

Lessons adopt a softly, softly approach, immersing you in the moment, mindfully. You are guided to explore easy and novel movement patterns, with an emphasis on curiosity and attention.

In this way, you increase sensitivity to yourself, identify unhelpful movement habits and fine-tune co-ordination. You are learning from your own experiences. The result is more mobility, balance and power.

This style of class is part of the Feldenkrais method - a holistic, mind-brain-body approach to moving with maximum ease and minimum effort. Books and articles celebrate its benefits.

What actually happens in class?

Two videos show how we learn in class.

Watch an Awareness Through Movement class to see what happens and hear from students why they love it so much.

Watch baby Liv as she learns - like us in class - to move without effort or muscle power, but with curiosity and co-ordination.