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SJ Somatic Pilates Southampton

My Story

Hello, I’m Shirley Jeffers

In the late 1990s, I had started my first serious job working for the Civil Service when I was involved in a car accident that left me with what I thought was mild whiplash. At the time I didn’t think it was serious and just carried on with life. However, the days turned into weeks and I found moving my neck was painful. I went to the doctor who examined my neck and diagnosed some soft tissue tightness that would get better in a couple of weeks and prescribed some painkillers – that didn’t happen.

I started to experience regular headaches on one side of my head (felt like a woodpecker hammering inside my head), I found my speech, concentration and thinking process was affected and I was constantly tired. I regularly went back to the doctors’ and was sent for X-rays only to be told that everything was normal. I gave up on the doctors’ and turned to complementary treatments in my desperation to get well, thinking that the solution laid there. You name it, I tried it and I did achieve some temporary relief, but the symptoms kept returning.

I have always been interested in health and wellness and Pilates had exploded on the scene at that time and I thought this might help me to get well. I was working part-time in the same job when I applied and was accepted by Alan Herdman to do the one-year comprehensive studio training course which I followed with the  Polestar mat course. This allowed me to set up a small business teaching classes to groups, private individuals and to business employees. I practised regularly and felt more in control of my symptoms, although they didn’t completely disappear. But I felt that something fundamental was missing from my practice but I didn’t know what it was.

Then I came across a book called “Making Connections’ by Peggy Hackney, on the experiential approach to movement, that was an Aha moment! and I knew this was the missing link of movement I had been searching for. I contacted her and found out that she was coming to Edinburgh to teach a course which I attended for 2 years which changed my teaching and made me realise that real change didn’t come from external learning/exercises but from connecting internally to yourself.

I decided to deepen my knowledge further and came across The Feldenkrais Method ( I know you are thinking, how do you pronounce it and what it is?). But this was the answer I had been searching for. The Feldenkrais Method works by learning new and more effective ways of moving through awareness, sensing, feeling and intention. This may be hard to accept, but by doing less and not pushing yourself to the limit your movement profoundly improves. And the great news is, you are not judged or in competition with anyone else, it’s about connecting to you!

In 2016 I was accepted on the 4 years Feldenkrais London Training. To be honest, I found the training tough on many levels both personally and within the group. But it has been transformational in feeling better about myself and how I can work with others. This will be my life path to help others to learn to move well to have a healthier body and mind – BE LIMITLESS!

 

 

 

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