Students and teachers of the Feldenkrais Method will find opportunities for deeping their understanding and supporting their professional growth in these pages. Over two decades of experience as a Feldenkrais teacher allow me to offer you a wealth of knowledge and passion: for this elusively obvious pathway of learning to live your potential.
Kathryn Hume-Cook, Dedicated to excellence
Born 1968 in Melbourne, Australia, I have been a Feldenkrais teacher since 1999. Based in Hamburg, Germany, I teach full-time, both in my own practice as well as within Feldenkrais Professional Training Programs. I am passionate about learning and movement and this wonderful method never ceases to fascinate me as a means for growth and personal development.
One of the most beautiful ideas for me is freedom. We can find so many ways to explore freedom within ourselves. Which means autonomy, agency and authenticity. To be fully, wholly, beautifully, uniquely yourself. I love teaching Feldenkrais classes as a vehicle for exploring this attuntement with onesself... Empowering you to become your own best self, to embrace your shortcomings, live more of your potential, avow your dreams and harness your resources : this is what I hope to offer you in 2022.
Online: "Longitudinal functional Connections"
Using imagery of longitudinal pathways of connection as a tool for guiding attention can be useful in sensing how the whole length of the body distributes load elastically during well-organised movement. Thinking about systemic lines of force transmission can enhance awareness for observing changes in shape and allow your attention to encompass more relationships. In ATM & FI we will play with using imagery of connective tissue shortening and lengthening as appropriate, adapting to changing shape and circumstance, playing its own role in balance, timing and coordination. This Advanced workshop series is divided into individual segments held bi-monthly on weekends. New participants can enter any segment.
"Elastic Connections Diagonal"
Segment 6: 25th/26th June 2022
Online: "Feldenkrais 101" Teaching Competencies
"Make the movements small, slow and without effort"... These so important hints before or during the Feldenkrais lesson as to how our students might approach what we are offering, is often easier said than done. What exactly do we mean by "small"? How slow is "slow"? And how do we define "without effort"? In this workshop series we make such instructions as "taking a break" the focus of the lesson itself. By addressing some of the learning strategies that are used in every Feldenkrais lesson directly, you can deepen your understanding as to why these hints are so important, what is behind them and why they work. You will be able to bring your students into that learning space much more easily if you understand the fundamentals behind these so obvious, yet so elusive, details.
Mini-Workshop Series 2022
Once a month on Sundays
Online: Public Workshop "Broaden your Horizon"
One of the chief functions of the visual system is in organizing the body for movement. Smooth, well-coordinated use of the eyes is deeply connected with the calibration of muscular tonus in the movement itself. You can experience how leading with one or the other eye affects coordination, timing, distribution and quality of movement in fascinating ways. Paying attention to the use of your eyes can help you recalibrate for balance, coordination and effortlessness.
"Broaden your Horizon"
8th-10th July 2022
Hamburg: "Diagphragm, Breathing & Stability"
In this advanced workshop series for Feldenkrais pracitioner, we explore FI strategies and structures that are worth having in your repertoire. Structural and functional interactions between diaphragm, iliopsoas, quadratus lumborum, transversus abdominis and more make for a great potential in the centre of the body: a potential for disturbances... and a potential for relief. Directly and indirectly we can address essential connections between breathing, alignment, internal stability and support. A great control centre where impulses inevitably distribute and influence each other. This FI in side-lying is a wonderful "standard work". Taught in German wuth translation to English as needed.
"Diagphragm, Breathing & Stability"
11th-13th November 2022
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Madrid: "Your Carriage of the Head"
"Your Carriage of the Head" is a 4-Day Advanced Training for accredited Feldenkrais Teachers, including two Public Workshops on the weekend, led by Jaime Polanco, (Spain) and Kathryn Hume-Cook (Australia/Germany). Join two of your favourite teachers in this special event, where you get two-for-the-price-of-one... and can experience the complementary nature of our teaching and knowledge. We follow the underlying ideals of skeletal support, axial rotation, freedom of the breath, reversibilty of movement and organisation around the cylinder in order to find a sense of "neutral" for human movement.
"Your Carriage of the Head"
2nd-5th December 2022
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Hamburg: "Organisation around the Midline"
"The Organisation around the Midline" is a 5-Day Advanced Training for accredited Feldenkrais Teachers. I am delighted to host my colleague Jaime Polanco from the Instituto Feldenkrais, who is also the first Spanish Assistant Trainer, for this rare opportunity to experience his teaching live in Hamburg. The unique Functional Integration lesson he has developed reflects his deep understanding of our work and is both original and effective. Jaimes' background as a physiotherapist as well as his intense work in Feldenkrais Trainings allows him to teach with great clarity and a wealth of background knowledge.
"The Organisation around the Midline"
4th-8th January 2023
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Functional Integration for practitioners and students
No matter how many years we work as Feldenkrais practitioners ourselves, we remain human beings subject to all the ins and outs of life. Our journey continues with new discoveries and set backs. Just as for anyone, an FI lesson can help to gain new perspective, remind oursleves of our ability to self-regulate and re-find the elusive obvious. I will address your individual needs specifically and sensitively and use my competence and experience to offer the best possible framework for your lesson.
Wednesday afternoons: Individual "Intensives"
Wednesday afternoons are reserved for those who wish to book three-hour Intensives with me. Sometimes it can be useful to go deeply into a certain theme. In these cases we can round out your learning with background knowledge, resources, theory and homework, giving you a many-faceted experience to take home and implement in your life. This might be interesting if you are seldom in Hamburg and feel you could use a profound experience as a starting point for your own continued exploration, or for those who are highly motivated about working towards a specific performance goal.
My Training as a Feldenkrais teacher with Mia Segal (Ubbergen 6 1995-1999) and subsequent "Crossover Process" under Roger Russell was accreditied by the European Training Accreditation Board (Euro-TAB).
As a Feldenkrais Practitioner with more than 20 years of experience I have received life-long competency certification as a member of the German Feldenkrais Profession Feldenkrais-Verbandes Deutschland e.V.
In 2018 I received my qualification as a certified Assistant Trainer from the German accreditation board D-TAB which allows me to teach in Professional Training Programs world wide.
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