The Feldenkrais Method
Aware Rider 2022
June 27 – August 12, 2022
6-week intensive Masterclass series with Catherine McCrum and Thomas Ritter where we will be exploring these concepts and more. Together.
Join us as we go down the rabbit hole of exploration of what it means to be in relationship with our horses, ourselves, and the training process.
30 days to improved Stability, Balance, and Suppleness – without breaking a sweat!
… even if you are STUCK AT HOME.
… even if you have NO SPECIAL EQUIPMENT or prior training.
… even if you HATE WORKING OUT.
The Aware Rider Series
The Aware Rider 1 and II with Ritter Dressage“What I have received from The Aware Rider course is a message of hope. Both Catherine McCrum and Charlotte Zetterberg have pointed me in new directions regarding my body. So many of their teachings help me defy ageing! The deceptively simple movements and techniques these two ninja women generously share are all gems in their own right. Not only are the things I learn here applicable and useful for my own riding but for everyday living and moving about! They are kind guides, leading all of us on a wonderful trail towards less pain, more awareness and suppleness that I never thought possible. The old rules I lived by of “push through” drift away once I have been exposed to their teachings. I am humbled and amazed by both of them and grateful that Shana and Thomas Ritter discovered and fostered a platform for them!” – Ingrid Edisen, USA
Two 6-week online programmes taught by Feldenkrais Practitioner, Catherine McCrum, and Dr. Thomas and Shana Ritter.
What course members say
Through the Feldenkrais Method you can
- Improve body awareness, posture and ease of breathing
- Enhance flexibility, balance and coordination
- Improve your performance and creativity in sport, music and the arts
- Relieve chronic pain and reduce tension and stress
- Develop more flexible thinking
What is the Feldenkrais Method
The Feldenkrais Method is a unique and practical way to improve how we move in sport, the arts and in our daily activities. Each of us has our own individual habits of movement – a Feldenkrais lesson gives us the opportunity to discover how these habits may help us but may also stand in the way of moving with ease, efficiency and grace. As self-awareness increases we are able to let go of these habits and choose new, more comfortable patterns of movement. Feldenkrais is taught in group classes called Awareness Through Movement and in individual lessons called Functional Integration.
Who Does It Benefit?
Anyone wishing to improve how they move and their physical comfort and ease. Athletes, artists and performers wishing to improve their performance and increase their creativity. Sufferers of such diverse conditions as chronic pain or neurological disorders.
Upcoming Feldenkrais classes and workshops
Imagine running effortlessly through the park, no pain, just exhilaration. Few can, and neither could I until I began to take lessons in the Feldenkrais Method. Then, in just a few hours, after learning to move my hips in directions I had never before imagined, I was loving it. My back was straight, my head was up and I felt like a natural runner. I suddenly realised that you don’t have to be fit to run, you just need to know how to do it.
Feldenkrais teaches you how to move without having to think about it. It sounds far-fetched. After all, there are so many chiropractors, physiotherapists and masseurs about that all claim to be able to change you. But after seeing Catherine McCrum for just over six months my back no longer hurts, my knees – that have both been operated on – are painless, and my hamstrings have not complained for weeks. It’s not a quick fix: it requires a bit of dedication, but it is the best thing that has happened to me. And best of all – anyone can do it.
I work with a wide variety of individual students ranging from professional athletes, musicians and actors to people with chronic pain issues, injuries or those simply wanting to become more in tune with how they move in daily life. I teach regular workshops for the general public and also to Pilates and fitness teachers, physiotherapists, runners, tennis and golf coaches and ski instructors. I also teach an online programme for riders with Dr Thomas and Shana Ritter.
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