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CHARLOTTE SEIRBERG

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I'm a Feldenkrais Practitioner and Mindfulness teacher.  My passion is to raise awareness and optimise your physical, emotional and mental wellbeing with movements, hands-on functional integration and mindfulness.  I have over 13 years of experience in teaching movement. What I offer: Feldenkrais: Awareness Through Movement lessons, Balance and Strength classes (Feldenkrais inspired) for older adults, Mindful Pilates classes (Feldenkrais inspired), workshops, corporate wellness and individual lessons in London and online.  People come to me from diverse backgrounds, with different health concerns and varying in age from teenagers to 110 years. 

NEWS Flash

Individual Feldenkrais hands-on functional integration lessons are available on Zoom and face-to-face. 

Mondays & some Fridays/weekends

 

Mental Wealth Festival:  Wed 13 Oct 14.00 -15.15 Online Class
Unlocking Lockdown with the Feldenkrais Method

ONLINE ZOOM CLASSES

Mindful Pilates:

 Wednedays: 09.30am - 10.30am & 8.00pm - 9.00pm

(Starts 15 Sept)

Thursdays: 9.45am - 10.45am

(private group)

 

 4. 45pm - 5.45pm

(City Lit staff only)

Tuesdays:  2.15 - 3.15pm

(Starts 14 Sept, booking via City Lit )

 

Feldenkrais

awareness through movement:

Tuesdays: 7.30pm - 8.30pm

(Starts 14 Sept) online only

Tuesdays: 1.00pm - 2.00pm 

(Starts 14 Sept booking via City Lit)

Thursdays 1.30pm - 2.30pm

(Starts 23 Sept Golden Lane Community Centre face-to-face & Online) 

Balance and Strength inspired by the Feldenkrais method:

(for older adults)

Fridays: 9.45am -10.45am

“Life is not a stable process. Our ability to recover is our greatest quality.”

- Moshe Feldenkrais -

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MINDFUL PILATES

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.    

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 work week with more comfort and energy.

                                                 

   All ages are welcome.  

No previous experience is needed.

Embody Movement: ONLINE

Fees: £60 for the term (concession available) £12.00 per drop-in class

Wednesdays: 20.00 - 21.00

Term:   15 Sept - 20 Oct 2021 

City Lit: ONLINE
Course code: FBL03
Time: 14.15 - 15.15
Day: Tuesdays
Term: 14 Sept - 14 Dec 2021
Fees from: £89

 
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BALANCE & STRENGTH CLASSES - Online

What is it?  The classes focus on building and maintaining strength and balance to prevent you from having a fall. We work on developing more mobility in your joints, creating a flexible back, improving posture and balance and strengthening your arms and legs.

 

Who is it for?  This class is suitable for those over 50 years of age wishing to ease muscular tension and anxiety, boost confidence and vitality, and improve balance and strength. Those affected by osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and a stroke have also found these classes useful.

What do I need?   Wear comfortable shoes and loose clothing. A sturdy and comfortable chair.  A device (desktop, laptop or tablet). Using small equipment like resistance bands, Pilates ring, hand weights and ankle weights is optional. Prior to the class fill in an online health and disclaimer form.

                                   

       Age 50+  

No previous experience is needed.

Embody Movement: ONLINE

Day: Fridays

Time:  9.45am -10.45am

Fee: £10 (Concession available)

 

 

“Nothing is permanent about our behaviour patterns

except our belief that they are so."

- Moshe Feldenkrais -

 

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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).  ATMs consist 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. Please bring your own mat unless you are attending a class at City Lit.  You will need to be able to transfer to the floor independently.

Where is it?  City Lit & Golden Lane Community Centre EC1Y 0RN in class & online  Zoom.

 

 

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Awareness Through Movement - Zoom

Tuesdays online only

14 Sept - 19 Oct & 2 Nov - 14 Dec

19.30 - 20.30

Learn about your movement and behavioural habits and find more ease in everyday life.

Drop-in:

£10 concession available

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Awareness Through Movement - Zoom & in class, City Lit

Tuesdays online & in-class

14 Sept - 14 Dec  2021

13.00- 14.00

Learn about your movement and behavioural habits and find more ease in everyday life.

From:

£101

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Awareness Through Movement - Zoom & in class, Golden Lane EC1Y

Thursdays online & in-class

22 Sept -21 Oct & 4 Nov - 16 Dec

13.30 - 14.30

Learn about your movement and behavioural habits and find more ease in everyday life.

Drop-in

£10 concession available

'' 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  -

 

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WORKSHOPS

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Feldenkrais: freeing the eyes, jaw and tongue

Sun 21 Nov 2021 10.3o - 17.00.

Learn how to ease tension in your eyes, jaw and tonue.

City Lit course code: FSC32

£99

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Feldenkrais: Introduction to ATM

Sat 27 Nov 2021 10.30 - 12.30.

Online

Transform your postural habits through the unique Feldenkrais method.

City Lit course code: FSC05

£39

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Feldenkrais: freeing the hips & lower back

Sat 15 Jan  2022 10.30 - 17.00.

In class + online

Learn how to ease tension in your hips and lower back through the Feldenkrais method.

City Lit course code: FSC54

£99

TBC
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Feldenkrais: happy healthy feet

Sat 05 Feb 2022 10.30 - 17.00

In-class and online

 

Learn how to integrate the function of your feet more effectively into daily activities.

City Lit course code: FSC12

£99

TBC
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Feldenkrais: happy healthy feet

Sat 12 June 10.30 - 17.00

In-class & online

Learn how to optimise mobility in your chest and upper back.

City Lit course code: FJF67

£99

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Feldenkrais: happy healthy feet

Sat  23 Oct 2021 10.00 -12.00.

Online online

 

Working from home? Enjoy some practical and easy ways to improve your sitting and workstation to help reduce tiredness, backache and Zoom neck.

City Lit course code: FSC45

£29

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Feldenkrais: walking with more ease

Sat 28 May 2022 10.30 - 17.00.

In-class & online

Learn how to walk with more ease and efficientcy.

City Lit course code: FJF87

£99

TBC
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Feldenkrais: optimising mobility in the chest, upper back, neck & shoulders

Sat 11 June 2022 10.30 - 17.00.

In-class & online

Learn how to integrate the function of your feet more effectively into daily activities.

City Lit course code: FKF54

£99

TBC
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Feldenkrais: posture & balance

Sat 30 July  10.30 -17.00.

In-class & online

Learn how to ease tension in your neck and shoulders through the Feldenkrais method.

City Lit course code: FKF33

£99

TBC

I was apprehensive about my first 'hands on' session with Charlotte, but I needn't have worried. All I had to do was relax my whole body while she moved me slightly and gently. Afterwards, I felt as if all my tension had drained away. That night, I woke up with my entire body thrumming with energy and wakefulness, as if Charlotte had roused up my entire system with those tiny movements. The session definitely made me more aware of how I move my body.
                                                                                               
                                                   

- Anne Writer/teacher -

 

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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, reduce stress and anxiety and postural re-education.

 

The individual session is an educational process, involving hands-on touch while you are fully clothed lying on a large Feldenkrais table.  Together we will explore different movement pathways to make you aware of your habitual movement or behaviour patterns and to allow for new ones to develop.  Building better habits can improve breathing, balance, flexibility, coordination, quality of movement not only that you may also find more ease, peace, enjoyment and a sense of feeling more connected with yourself.

 

You will take away movement 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, safe 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 confidence, posture quality of life and wellness.

 

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, osteoporosis, neurological or autoimmune difficulties.  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.

Fee:

£75.00 for 60min. Concession available.

Monday some Friday & weekends

Location:

Scrutton Clinic next to London Feldenkrais

Studio 3, second floor, bell 23

38-32 Scrutton Street, London EC2A 4RQ

Mobile: 07970431548

 

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ABOUT ME

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 13.  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 the School of Oriental and African Studies.

About thirty 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, calmer 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-caring, wellness, awareness, resilience and learning.  As a certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, my intention is to share the method's organic healing and learning potentials to help everyone live a richer, fuller life.

My training has also 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 Health teacher with Breathworks and can facilitate 8-week Mindfulness for Stress or Health courses.  Recently I have completed the foundation course for Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living.  Aside from that, I receive regular mentoring in both the Feldenkrais Method and Mindfulness.

Inspired by those I am privileged to work with, I have also developed an interest in promoting healthy and mindful ageing.  As a Lead Postural Stability Instructor at MRS Independent Living, 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 for those affected by stroke or osteoporosis and carry out one-to-one home exercise 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. 

Deborah Gorden

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.

 

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TESTIMONIALS

 Diana Weir

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!

 

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