Louise Rothols, M.A.F.G. Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner
Who Am I?My first experience of the Feldenkrais Method was in 2001. I was working in the UK and training to become a Kinesiologist.
attended a one-day Feldenkrais workshop in London and
had a vague idea about what the workshop was about. The day began
with doing familiar movements, like rolling and progressed to
movements that were novel, if somewhat bizarre, in my way
of experience. My rational mind could not explain how this way of
moving on the floor could bring such vitality, exhilaration and the
feeling of transformation. My curiosity was piqued. This workshop
experience marked a major turning point in my life. It changed the way
I wanted to work
began attending 'Awareness through Movement'
classes in East London and soon decided that I wanted
to learn and share this work with others. I started training in
the Feldenkrais Method in 2002.
During the next three years I enjoyed every moment of my time in Biel/Neuchatel,
Switzerland. I graduated in
Back in Australia I set up a
private practice in Melbourne's inner-eastern suburbs for adults and children.
2007 I was introduced to the Anat Baniel Method. The
following year I visited Anat Baniel's Clinic
in San Francisco where I was able to observe her work and her
colleague's work assisting children to explore their
learning potential through movement. I was impressed with the scope of
change that could be provided for children with learning
I completed Anat Baniel's Child Mastery Program in
I currently work with infants to adults of all ages with a wide range of learning challenges or physical discomfort. Together we seek ways to open a learning path towards a clearer sense of self and to improve the relationship of the physical to how one feels about one's self. Experiential movement is the basis for cognitive and physical change.Children
I work with movement development.
Cerebral Palsy, Brachial Plexus Injury, Dyspraxia, Klippel
Feil Syndrome, Acquired Brain Injury, Down Syndrome, Genetic
Abnormalities and many other syndromes. It is not necessary to have a
diagnosis. You may just notice that your child is needing help in
certain areas and getting frustrated by not being able to work
When I start working with a child I am less interested in the diagnosis/pathology than I am with where that child is in terms of their development and how I can create a successful learning situation that follows the child's interests or picks up where the gaps are in the child's self-learning and awareness. The work is play-based and aims to evoke deep neurological connections in the brain to encourage maturation of the nervous system.
My role is to create ways to make this
How can the work provide the most effective learning
environment for your child?
recommend that initially you work intensively. Your child might visit
once a day a few times in the first week or come once a week for e.g.
three weeks. Following this initial intensive cluster of lessons, we
can then discuss the way forward.
say that working in this way helps
their child to be more confident and more curious about the world
around them. Working over consecutive days or weeks allows us to build
on relevant themes individual to the needs that present on the day of the session.
Adults and Teenagers
Some come purely for the pleasure of learning and reconnecting
with a flexible body. Others have had surgery and hope to find more
ease and comfort in moving following rehabilitation. Commonly I see
people who have repetitive strain injury from over-use at the computer
or some other activity that they do habitually. Together we look for
the patterns of self-use and see if new alternatives can provide better
movement quality and a better life.
My practice offers weekly group lessons or one-on-one individual lessons. You may wish to work specifically with an issue privately from time to time and also enjoy the self-directed learning of a group class by doing a combination of both.
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