Exercise is highly researched and publicised as one of the most influential factors in combatting stress and anxiety. Yet most Instructors have a story of when a certain exercise or breath pattern set off a clients anxiety, or when a client presented with an injury and it became clear their mental wellbeing was in greater need of support. Being able to support a client experiencing stress or anxiety requires a little understanding of the nervous system and the common bodily expressions of anxiety. In this course we will consider our own and our colleagues anxiety patterns as a staring point to understanding our clients. We will discuss the physiological manifestations of how the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system affect posture, movement bias’ and ‘movement personalities’. And we will dissect breath patterns, exercises and rhythms that quieten the nervous system, build vagal tone, ‘wake up’ the sympathetic, or provoke anxiety. This workshop will be deeply informative on a personal level but will also help you to feel confident to meet your clients mental-emotional concerns more sensitively. We will also look at the types of exercises you can be used to create unique stress melting group classes. 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 or 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 anxiety and performance anxiety but also 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 a state of hope and lightness. Her background in dance is instrumental in her creative, generous and buoyant teaching style and she ensures laughter is as present in every session. Molly is an adjunct lecturer at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) teaching Performance Anxiety and Somatic Optimisation. She is also co-produced the audio series Move Over Anxiety and has taught public and professional workshops in Perth, Margaret River, Sydney and Melbourne.
Time: 2pm - 6pm
Venue: Revolution Pilates, 419 Oxford Street, Mt Hawthorn WA 6016