Awareness Through Movement® (ATM) Classes

Feb/Mar 2020 - 6 Weekly 1 hour Movement Classes $125

Feb/Mar 2020 - 6 "online" lessons $60 - scroll down for info

Wednesday 26th February - 1st April


Wed Morning 9.15-10.15am - Mt Claremont Community Centre

Wed Evening 5.45-6.45pm - Nedlands Yoga Studio- Broadway

6 Pelvic Floor Lessons - Online Audio recordings - $40

The start of these 6 "live" lessons involved an information and anatomy session not included in the audio recordings. It is highly recommended you see Vanessa for an Individual session first. Contact Vanessa to arrange access to this program.

Why the spiral, a how is this "Core" work different?

Our bodies are designed to use spiral movements, not that you would know it to see how the “average” person moves.  Since we are a product of our chair sitting, limited movement repertoire environment, it isn’t surprising that we have lost our “spiral”.  These classes lead you to discover your spiral for easier and more powerful movement.  Take this self-organisation into sport and don’t be surprised if things got easier, stronger, simpler.

Every one of your 24 vertebrae that make up your spine has the capacity to rotate a small amount.  Most of the joints of your limbs have a rotational nature to them: shoulders and hips more so, knees, elbows, ankles and wrists less so.  If you can learn to tap into this rotational potential you are able to move in an easier less one dimensional way.

Spiral movements are fun because you feel younger, more capable, more adventurous, less stuck.  We could all do with a bit more of that!

All that movement of the spine works better if it is supported by the rest of your middle.  The term “core” has become popular but I dislike the idea of focusing on a “core”.  From a Feldenkrais perspective I think more about the whole “cylinder” of your middle and how to generate strength and stability here.  That is the whole 3 dimensional area from the top, bottom, sides, back and front of your abdominal “cylinder”.

You will get to gently do some unfamiliar things with the shape of your abdomen, tied in with your breath.  You should feel for yourself how what you slowly learn makes you feel stronger from your centre.  

If the usual circuit of “core strengthening” exercises creates back pain then these classes could be one of the missing piece in the puzzle.

These are not exercise classes, they are opportunities to to learn about the how of what you do.  When you go off and exercise you can take this knowledge with you to move functionally better.

Feldenkrais class Mt Claremont

Feldenkrais Classes in Perth

Weekly Feldenkrais classes are held in Nedlands and Mt Claremont within the school term, presented in a 6 week block.  Book via the red button above.    Information about The Feldenkrais Method® can be found under the “ABOUT” tab 

Online Classes Available

Cant make the classes in person?  The next best thing is to have a recording of the “live” class emailed to you each Friday over the 6 weeks.  Feldenkrais movement classes can easily be done from home.  All you need is a bit of floor space with a soft mat or carpet on it.  They are amazing at calming the nervous system so doing them in the evening before bed can help with poor sleep.

What is an ATM Class?

Awareness Through Movement “ATM” classes are 1 hour group classes where you are verbally guided through an unusual movement sequence.  They are done slowly to give you time and space to notice what exactly you are doing.  This allows you to find a way to move with less resistance and more flow.  You can notice your unique little habits about holding unnecessary tension in your jaw, neck, chest, anywhere in fact.  You get to know yourself better, learning to become your own observer.  Noticing.  Adapting.  Improving.  Learning.  NAIL it.

The lessons are variably done lying, sitting and standing.  Floor lessons use a soft mat provided and towels for support.  Finding comfort is a priority.  In the exploration of a movement you are invited to pay attention to the different parts of you that are being included in the intended movement.  Using the floor for feedback and spreading your attention increases self awareness.  This leads to more efficient and easier movement patterns.  You may like to try one of my recorded audio lessons HERE.

For many people one hour a week immersed in a class is the ultimate “me time”, a way to hit the reset button to find calm and tranquility in a busy world. 

NEVER MISS A CLASS! – There is flexibility to shift between class times and audio recordings are emailed for missed classes.

Feldenkrais ATM® Classes


Nedlands Yoga studio

Level 3 Broadway Fair

Feldenkrais ATM® Classes

Mt Claremont

Mt Claremont Community Centre

107 Montgomery Avenue