Release Rejuvenate Restore
Hi I'm Charlotte. I'm passionate about raising awareness and helping you to optimise your wellbeing
through movement and with mindfulness based approaches. I have been teaching for over 11 years now, and I teach 16 classes a week. I offer Pilates, Feldenkrais: Awareness Through Movement, Mindful Movement and Meditation, Balance and Strength for seniors, Mindfulness for Stress or Health courses in London. In the autumn a New Bones and Balance class. I also facilitate workshops (Self-Care and Staying Well and Feldenkrais), group sessions in the workplace and individual sessions. I work with people from diverse backgrounds, with different health concerns and varying in age from 16 years to 110 years.
"Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change."
- Stephen Hawking -
What is it? Pilates is an exercise system developed to improve body strength, flexibility and posture. This slower paced class weaves together elements from both Pilates and the Feldenkrais methods, combining the soft with the strong to create a more fluid body. You will have the opportunity to use small equipment such as balls and resistance bands to release or tone.
Who is it for? This class is for anyone wishing to unwind and rejuvenate after a busy day. Improve your posture, awareness, core mobility, breathing, flexibility, strength and ease yourself back into the workweek with more comfort and energy.
All ages are welcome.
No previous experience is needed.
£66 for the term £15.00 per drop-in class
Chisenhale Dance Space
64-84 Chisenhale Rd
London E3 5QZ
6 Jan - 10 Feb 2020
24 Feb - 30 March 2019
Mondays 20:00 - 21:00 (apart for 6 Jan class will run 19:00 - 20:00)
MINDFUL MOVEMENT AND MEDITATION
What is it? This class combines verbally guided mindful movement and mindfulness meditation. Mindful movement is based on slow and gentle movement while paying attention to your breathing and other physical sensations. It can help you to reconnect better with yourself, reset the mind-body relationship, ease chronic pain and stress, rebalance the nervous system, improve breathing, body awareness and quality of sleep.
You will also have the opportunity to practise some short mindfulness meditations to cultivate mental clarity, presence, self-compassion and connection with others. You will have the possibility to take away and recreate the relaxed, grounded and alive feelings experienced in the class.
Who is it for? This class is suitable for anyone wishing to ease stress, tension and anxiety or live more mindfully.
All ages are welcome.
No previous experience is needed.
“Nothing is permanent about our behaviour patterns
except our belief that they are so."
- Moshe Feldenkrais -
FELDENKRAIS: AWARENESS THROUGH MOVEMENT
What is it? The Feldenkrais method is an educational system, and it was created by Moshe Feldenkrais (1904 - 1984). When taught in a group it is called ‘Awareness Through Movement’ (ATM). ATM consists of verbally guided slow movement sequences based on learning through movement, sensing, thinking and imagining.
Who is it for? Anyone wishing to undo unnecessary habits of stress and tension, and notice improvements in your flexibility, posture, breathing, balance, coordination, daily functions, quality of movement and sleep and emotional, mental and physical wellbeing .
Learning about your movement and behavioural habits can lead to better choices, which in turn can bring more ease, comfort and awareness into your everyday life.
What do I need? Loose comfortable layered clothing is the best thing to wear. Mats are provided but feel free to bring your own. You will need to be able to transfer to the floor independently.
Where is it? City Lit, Keeley Street, London, WC2B 4BA Enrolments line 020 80237999
or at The Boiler House, Stoke Newington N16.
awareness through movement class
City Lit. Course Code: FSC02
14 Jan - 31 March 2020
14.45 - 15.45
awareness through movement class
The Boiler House
Community Class in Stoke Newington
George Downing Estate
19.30 - 20.30
Class resumes on Tuesday 7 Jan
No class 18 Feb
(Doors open at 7.15pm)
Price: £11 per class. Concession £8.
New - Bones and Balance
City Lit. Course Code: FFB02
16 Jan - 2 April 2020
15.00 - 16.00
'' I got a great deal from the Feldenkrais course. I enjoyed the mindfulness nature of the work and gained a much better awareness of how I hold and use my body. I can see that some might find difficulty in the simplicity of the practice, but it gelled well with my previous meditation work. I would recommend the course for the mindfulness benefits alone but I have also noticed, in physical terms a major improvement in the way I walk and, to my surprise, have been able to move an ankle which has been problematic for years after an accident. ''
- Michael Coyle -
In addition to open classes and one-to-one consultations, I run workshops for GP surgeries, hospitals, charities, schools, other health and wellbeing organisations and corporate. These workshops are tailored to meet the needs of specific client groups.
Self-Care and Staying Well in the workplace: amidst the pressure of modern living, self-care can help you thrive and find a better work-life balance. Take a pause and step outside the daily grind, and nourish yourself and your team. Learn some self-care techniques to support you to stay well, improve quality of sleep, ease tension and stress and optimise concentration, creativity, clarity, productivity and performance at work.
Aside from that I can also teach:
Sleep better and Staying Well
Self-Care for the Back
Self-Care and Staying Well in later life
If you are looking to set up a class, workshop or want to discuss your specific needs and find out how I can work with you, please get in touch with me via the link below.
International Feldenkrais Week
‘One method, many ways’
I will be giving Awareness Through Movement (group classes) and Functional Integration (individual lessons) and also collaborating with other organisations and charities in London - stay tuned.
6 - 13 May 2020
NEW - Feldenkrais: Freeing the hips and lower back
Sunday 9 Feb 2020 TBC
11:30 - 14:00
151 Whiston Road, Haggerston E2 8BL
To book a place contact me via my website
NEW - Introduction to Feldenkrais
Friday 6 March 2020
18.45 - 20:00
14 Allen Rd, Stoke Newington,
London N16 8SD
happy healthy feet
City Lit. Course Code: FSC12
10.30 - 17.00
optimising mobility in the neck upper back and chest
City Lit. Course Code: TBC
Sat 27 June 2020
10.30 - 17.00
posture, balance and strength
City Lit. Course Code: TBC
Sat 18 July 2020
10.30 - 17.00
I can work with you in a personalised way to address your specific needs. For example to help you recover from injury, manage back pain, stress and anxiety or improve your health and fitness levels.
The one-to-one session is an educational process. You will have the opportunity to explore different strategies to make you aware of your habitual movement or behaviour patterns and to allow for new ones to develop. Building better habits can help you to find more ease, peace and enjoyment as well as improve concentration, creativity and productivity.
You will learn self-care practices that you can use to take greater control of your health and wellbeing as you go about your daily life. I facilitate a supportive and mindful space, where you can develop your own kinaesthetic awareness, take charge of your learning process and work towards self-improvement.
Individual lessons are for anyone wishing to recover physical abilities, ease stress, tension and anxiety, find relief from chronic pain and fatigue, restore mobility, refine movement skills, improve sports, wellness, quality of life or create a better work-life balance.
People come to me for a variety of reasons. Some because they have a particular concern like anxiety, stress-related back pain, chronic pain, muscular tension, balance or they want to improve their performance at work. For others, if conventional methods have left them feeling despondent or disappointed, they may be looking for a different experience, one that is based on embodied learning.
Movement has always been a huge part of my life.
Growing up in Denmark, I was involved in gymnastics and running from an early age until my teens. As a teenager I became curious about other cultures and learning new languages so I started to travel and live abroad from the age of 15. Throughout my travel I deepened my fascination for other cultures, and this brought me to London in the early nineties to study for a degree in Social Anthropology and Economics at School of Oriental and African Studies.
About twenty five years ago I embarked on a personal journey, and through movement I discovered new ways of moving with more ease and enjoyment, and in turn I became more centred, calm and connected to myself. On my journey, I have explored different approaches, therapies and movement methods, and over the years one particular method stood out from all the others, the Feldenkrais Method – a way of healing and learning through movement. It resonated well with my aspirations for self-care, wellness, awareness , resilience and learning. Recently my curiosity for bigger movements such as yoga and running has been rekindled. I am now qualified to teach Awareness Through Movement, while being a current student completing the hands-on aspect of the four year Feldenkrais training. My intention is to share with others the method's organic healing and learning potentials.
My training has taken me down other learning routes which complement the Pilates and the Feldenkrais Methods. I have completed the Fascial Fitness Training with Fascial Fitness, Anatomy and Myofascial Movement Course for Pilates Teachers with Natural Bodies and Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector with City & Guilds. I am also a qualified Mindfulness for Stress and Mindfulness-based Pain Management teacher with Breathworks, and can teach 8 week Mindfulness for Stress or Health courses. Recently I have completed the foundation course for Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living.
Inspired by those I am privileged to work with, I have also developed an interest in promoting healthy and mindful ageing. As a qualified Postural Stability Instructor I help older people reduce the risk of falling, maintain functional movement and mobility, stay independent and active through “strength and balance” classes. I also run specialised “strength and balance” classes to those affected by stroke or osteoporosis, and carry out one-to-one home visits in the local community. I bring mindfulness into the classes and visits to help them learn how to pay more attention to how they are moving or what they are doing. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to work with such diverse groups of people and individuals, which I find enriching and rewarding.
Anne Redmond - Artist
I have been attending Feldenkrais classes lead by Charlotte for several months now. I look forward to the class every week. I am interested in calming and enhancing the nervous system. The result is some reduction of my lower back pain and improved sleep. For me the process involves consciously thinking about my body, making a more accurate [ie nuanced] mental map of it. In the process of doing this, guided by Charlotte, all other external anxieties and stuff you cannot do anything about, just goes away. You are giving to yourself and the organism that houses you in a direct way. After the sessions, I find I have more awareness of my movements and have new choices about my movements which I did not have previously.
I wasn't sure how I felt about today's class but then without thinking about it, I noticed I was walking differently on the way back to the office! It occurred to me that I was walking in a more relaxed way, and then I realised my hips and shoulders moving in opposition. I thought they must do this usually but the movement felt very natural, with a much greater sense of connection and fluid motion. How funny we forget how to walk properly. And how nice to have something like Feldenkrais gently bring us back to our natural state.
I love how each class takes you on a journey with a destination that is not immediately apparent, until something clicks, and then you realise something has shifted subconsciously because your behaviour has changed.
I have been lucky enough to have attended Pilates classes, delivered by Charlotte and others, for several years now. This Mindful Movement course is, however, rather different from those continuing classes.
Each session has centred on different, gently and often repeated, related sequences of movements - some of which were entirely new to me. The slow pace and strong focus on mindfulness throughout brings this closer to a movement-based meditation than a pure exercise class. Charlotte has a particularly good voice for leading guided meditations and mindful movements, being low, clear and soft in tone.
When focus and concentration can be maintained, this course has been extremely effective in helping to release accumulated tension and reduce chronic pain. (I have suffered from both for many months, without gaining much improvement from more obviously pro-active therapies).
Carol Robinson - Actor
The mindful movement course has been really useful in my every day life. Lying down for even a few minutes each day and doing a body scan has helped me acknowledge areas of my body that I've been ignoring for a long time. Charlotte's gentle and reflective teaching style and knowledge plus checking for feedback reassuring.
Harriet Spencer - Nurse
Pilates with Charlotte has been a real treat, as I have not previously coped well with classes, always choosing to avoid instruction and pressure. Her teaching and enabling manner has been perfect for me. Her approach is cathartic and patient. It has had far reaching benefits for me that I was not expecting. It has improved my sleep pattern. I have learnt to find a calmness through breathing techniques and posture in varied work and play environments.
Fozia Bham - Health Professional
After just a couple of lessons with Charlotte I noticed a huge improvement in my Asthma. Since I’ve been attending the lessons I’ve not had to use my inhaler and I’m more aware about the WAY I’m breathing. I feel like I’m breathing with the whole of my lungs which has made day to day tasks like walking up the stairs a whole lot easier and lot less breathless. Pilates with Charlotte is more than just working on core muscles it’s a coordination of body mind and spirit!