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Movewell Livewell® is focused on improving individuals’ health and well-being through introducing and educating individuals and organisations on the benefit and application of the Feldenkrais Method®.

The Feldenkrais Method® can be applied across a wide range of activities including:

  • Daily living activities
  • Workplace activities
  • Sports & athletic performance
  • Combating age-related issues
  • Professional work performance, e.g. singing
  • Assisting individuals with brain-related disabilities, e.g. Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy
  • Plus much more

Movewell Livewell® comprises myself, Alan Cameron, a Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner, along with Gillian Cameron, as Business Manager. Both of us have personally experienced the benefits of the Feldenkrais Method® in our own lives. To learn more about our own stories read all about Alan Cameron or view Gillian’s story.

Over the years Movewell Livewell® has expanded the services it offers through Alan’s practice. It now includes not only individual sessions and group classes but also regular workshops and workplace programmes.

Individual sessions address the client’s individual needs. Classes usually follow a theme for the term such as flexibility of the back. Workshops are focused on common issues that people have, such as balance, hips and shoulders. Workplace programmes are tailored to the needs of the business and its staff.

Individual sessions, workshops, and group classes are held in Karori. In addition, the customised workplace programmes are held on site at the respective business premises.

Movewell Livewell® has been delivering its services for over 8 years, and along the way has helped many individuals to improve their health and well-being.

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Alan Cameron

Alan Cameron
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Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner
Wellington

Gillian Cameron – Co-owner of Movewell Livewell

Her story of how Feldenkrais® has changed her life…

Feldenkrais® has taught me to listen to my body. By ‘body’ I mean the whole body – including the brain and nervous system.

The Art of Walking Upright 

Some years ago I managed to crash into a concrete bridge. Thankfully we all survived but I sustained a serious injury to my right foot. The surgeon at Wellington hospital described my right heel bone as looking like a smashed meringue. I am grateful for the work he did in reconstructing the bone and so saving my foot. However, post op it was painful for me to stand or walk for any length of time without my foot swelling. It was especially so when I first got up in the morning and started moving.

It was during a Feldenkrais® class that I had a light bulb moment. I suddenly saw that the way I was walking was all wrong. Instead of pushing off with my weight over the mid-point between my right big toe and the one adjacent, I was pushing off up over the 3rd and 4th toes. The light bulb came on because the floor exercise enabled me to feel that there was a heck of a lot less propulsion when I went over the 3rd and 4th toes than when I pushed up over the area between my right big toe and the 2nd toe. Try it sometime!

Clearly my body was trying to protect the part that was injured but in doing so it had made it worse for me!

This was the beginning of my journey of re-learning how to walk and with greater bio-mechanical efficiency. Within a very short time and by bringing my conscious awareness to how I was walking, I was able to go from under an hour standing / walking without pain to over 3-4 hours.

Sitting Pretty 

At one stage I did a lot computer work over a couple of weeks and started to wake several times in the middle of the night with tingling pain in my left arm. After a year of this, I was referred to a rheumatologist who diagnosed OOS, gave me a cortisone injection and told me to do some exercises over the next 3 months, while the cortisone dampened the pain. I started doing weekly Feldenkrais® classes. Within 3 months the night tingling had for the most part gone and I was sleeping well, and after a year it was completely gone. I put it done to the fact that the classes provided me with the opportunity to completely relax – especially around neck, shoulders and arms.

Since that time, I have learnt the art of good sitting – sitting in way that properly supports all parts of my body – and I can work many hours now at a computer with no ill effects. As Dr Feldenkrais used to say: “If you know what you are doing, you can do what you want.”

The Eyes Have It

It was at a time when I was experiencing a lot of eye strain that I discovered some Feldenkrais® eye relaxation exercises. They were incredibly simple to do and only took only 5 minutes but they enabled me to continue with my work which involves a lot of reading and writing.

Until then I hadn’t realized the number of muscles surrounding the eye (front, side and back) that enable the eyes to focus and increase/decrease the width of the pupil.

Once I had the strangest experience. Once morning, as Alan was driving me to work, I was fighting to keep my eyes open, they felt so tired. So I started doing my eye exercises, releasing the tension, and by the time I arrived at work 15 minutes later, I was wide awake and rearing to go!

Just a Hop, Skip and Jump Away!

When Ruthy Alon, an internationally recognized Feldenkrais® trainer said that we would all be hopping, skipping, jumping by the end of her workshop, I thought Yeah, right! I knew with my bung right foot I for one wouldn’t be! Three days later I was totally gob-smacked to find myself skipping, running and even hopping. Using Ruthy’s fabric ‘harness’, I was able to align my whole body properly and feel perfectly safe doing what had earlier seemed impossible. Proof of Dr Feldenkrais’ maxim: “The only thing permanent about our behaviour patterns is our belief that it is so.”

And More Flexible Than Ever

I have now done Feldenkrais® classes for 15 years, although only on a regular weekly basis since 2009 when Alan qualified and I started going to his classes. What I have noticed over that time is continuing gradual improvement. Which is why Feldenkrais® can sometimes feel like watching paint dry! Yes, there can be spectacular changes (as there was with my lightbulb moment), but for the most part the change is gradual.

So, for example, at 63 I’m much more flexible now than I was 10 years ago: I can get up and down from the floor easily, use a dustpan and brush to pick up kitchen crumbs without effort, and more. Now when I get up in the morning I walk about without pain. Over the last year I’ve even noticed my stride has lengthened.

Over the years my brain has changed – yes, truly!1 Most importantly I know if I’m feeling pain, I’m doing it all wrong. So then I slow down, observe what I’m doing and start experimenting, try this or that strategy, see how it feels … and within a few minutes the pain goes.

1 Only in the last 10 years is science beginning to catch up with what Dr Feldenkrais fully understood. Canadian neuroscientist Dr Lara Boyd researches what makes for successful versus unsuccessful rehabilitation. In her TED talk she identifies the big difference is learning which leads to structural changes in the brain. Not just repetitive exercise but focused learning which can be effective at any age.

Gillian Cameron
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Business Manager
Wellington

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