Tracey graduated as a Practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method in 1997
Iyengar Yoga Teacher Certification 1999.
Graduate Diploma Yoga Therapy 2013, and works principally with adults suffering Chronic Pain conditions, back pain, recovering from injury and illness, people who would like to improve their overall posture, movement and use of self and those curious to explore the joy of movement.
Professional memberships include: Australian Feldenkrais Guild
BKS Iyengar Yoga Association of Australia
Australian Association of Yoga Therapists
Tracey maintains her Professional Certification studying with both Senior Feldenkrais Trainers and Iyengar Yoga Teachers in Australia and internationally.
Is an approach to human movement, learning and change developed by Moshe Feldenkrais. The method is based on principals of physics, neurology and physiology, and the conditions under which the nervous system learns best.
Feldenkrais Method is recognised for the strategies it employs to improve posture, flexibility, coordination, athletic and artistic ability and to help those with restricted movement, chronic pain and tension (including back pain and other common ailments), as well as neurological and developmental problems.
Through our personal history (culture, upbringing, injuries, illness, etc) we each adopt habitual patterns of movement and behaviour that are deeply embedded in our nervous system and often become outmoded or dysfunctional, creating unnecessary limitations. The Feldenkrais Method uses a process of organic learning, movement, and sensing to free you from habitual patterns and allow for new patterns of thinking, moving and feeling to emerge.
Feldenkrais Method is taught in two complimentary formats:
Functional Integration (FI)
Awareness Through Movement (ATM)
Refers to one-to-one lessons. Learning, change and improvement are achieved through the use of specific skilled manipulation, passive movements and where relevant verbal direction tailored to the clients specific needs.
Functional Integration is gentle, subtle and effective for addressing both minor aches and pains and more serious musculoskeletal and neurological problems and chronic tension.
Awareness Through Movement:
Refers to structured movement lessons often taught in a group. Using a combination of guided attention and purposeful movement each lesson guides you through the essential dynamic relationships in a particular pattern of movement and action.The aim is to teach you to reduce unnecessary effort and improve your awareness of your whole self in action. The emphasis on sensory learning results in movements that are more flexible, pleasurable and vital.
ATM was developed by Dr Feldenkrais as a means to re-engage the nervous system in the kind of learning we all do as infants, but later usually abandon. The composition and structure of the lessons creates a conversation of sensing, feeling, resting and moving that engages your whole system in a process of organic learning where old patterns can be replaced by new awareness and skill.
Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984)
The Feldenkrais Method was developed by Moshe Feldenkrais, D.Sc, who synthesised the insights of physics, motor development, biomechanics, psychology and martial arts to develop a powerful, effective and practical application, that reconnects learning with human health and function.
Dr Feldenkrais was a distinguished, physicist and engineer, he earned his doctorate in physics from the Sorbonne, and was a close associate of Nobel Prize Laureate Frederic Joliot-Curie at the Curie Institute in Paris where they conducted research together. He was also a respected Judo instructor and author of many books on the subject. Living in England in the 1940’s, Feldenkrais found himself unable to walk after a serious injury. He began an intensive exploration into the relationship between bodily movement, healing, feeling, thinking and learning. As a result he restored his ability to walk and made revolutionary discovery’s, culminating in the development of the method that now bears his name.
His insights contributed to the new field of somatic education and continue to influence disciplines such as the arts, education, psychology, child development, physical and occupational therapy, sports enhancement and gerontology. Today there are over 6000 Feldenkrais Practitioners around the globe.
Refers to the practice of yoga according to the teachings of Mr BKS Iyengar. Iyengar yoga emphasises correct alignment of the body within each yoga asana (pose). This precision builds strength, stamina, balance and flexibility and a sense of well being. Achieving meditation in action, students learn to exist fully and vibrantly in the present moment.
Mr Iyengar is widely credited with pioneering the use of props – now common to many yoga studios of all styles. Iyengar yoga teachers modify yoga asanas to the specific needs of the student using verbal instructions, physical adjustments and props (the use of walls, chairs, blankets, blocks straps etc) to make yoga safe and accessible for every student regardless of their personal challenges, no-one is too old stiff or tired.
BKS Iyengar (1914-2014)
A brief biography.
Bellur Krishnamachar Sundaraja Iyengar was considered one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world. He was the author of many books on yoga practice and philosophy including Light on Yoga, Light on Pranayama, Light on the the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and Light on Life. Iyengar was one of the earliest students of Tirumalai Krishnamacharya who is often referred to as the father of modern yoga.
Mr Iyengar taught yoga in Pune, India from 1936 until his death aged 95. His daughter Greta S. Iyengar, son Prashant Iyengar (also leading authors on the art and science of yoga) and granddaughter Abhijata Iyengar continue the tradition.