Exercise is oft publicised as one of the most influential factors in combatting stress and anxiety yet most instructors have experienced how certain exercises or breath patterns can set off a clients anxiety. Very often we also have a client present with an injury only for it to became clear that their mental-emotional wellbeing is in greater need of support. Being able to help a client with stress and anxiety requires a little understanding of the nervous system, the common bodily expressions of anxiety and how to de-excite someones stress response. In this course we will consider our own anxiety patterns as a starting point to understand the physiological manifestations of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system and how they affect brain activity, sensitivity, metabolism, posture and movement bias’. We will dissect breath patterns, exercises and movement rhythms to learn how to quieten the nervous system, build vagal tone, ‘wake up’ the sympathetic, or provoke anxiety. And we will consider the recovery process of injuries to understand how anxiety can interfere with someones ability to recover and what you can do within a movement session to combat it. This workshop is deeply informative on a personal level and will provide you with insight to manage your own anxiety at work (and at home) and will also help you feel more confident to meet your clients mental-emotional concerns more sensitively. If you are fascinated by the body-mind continuum this workshop is for you.
Presenter Molly Tipping is a Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, Pilates Instructor and has a Bachelor of Arts in Dance. In the last decade Molly began to specialise in anxiety; studying Moshe Feldenkrais’ texts and practices extensively and seeking out the wisdom of modern practitioners like Stephen Porges, Bessel Van De Kolk, Peter Levine and Gabor Mate. Molly currently runs a private practice in West Perth where she specialises in body-based anxiety interventions working with general and performance anxiety, and specialising in complex cases where panic attacks, vomiting, OCD and PTSD are present. Her greatest joy is watching individuals emerge from their entrapment to discover confidence and lightness simply through using touch, breath and movement (and not having to ’talk through’ awful memories). Her background in dance is instrumental in her creative, generous and buoyant teaching style and she ensures laughter is present in every session. Molly is an adjunct lecturer at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) teaching Performance Anxiety, Alignment and Kinesiology in the dance, voice and performance departments. She is also co-producer of the audio series Move Over Anxiety and has taught publicly and professionally in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne.
Time: 2pm - 6pm
Venue: Evolved Pilates, Lvl 1, 324 Darebin Road, Fairfield VIC