Bentleigh East, VIC Australia

(SE Melbourne)

Working in small groups of 5 allows for individual attention and group exploration of the Alexnder Technique.
While physical distancing restrictions are in place, all classes will be conducted online, and you will set up your own personal space while still enjoying many of the benefits of participating with others.

learn to unwind


Every night we sleep. Some people sleep reliably well every night. For others, it’s more of a crapshoot – you either will, or you won’t, and you don’t feel you have much say in the matter.

In these weekly evening classes, you’ll begin to discover how to truly unwind your body and mind to nourish and restore your whole system in preparation for a good night’s sleep by practising Restorative Rest.

What Is Restorative Rest

The practice of Restorative Rest is a technique that involves your whole self in a unique learning and restorative activity. Lying in a semi-supine position, it’s an opportunity to allow the musculoskeletal system to naturally lengthen out, for the mind to calm and settle, and for the breath to become more buoyant and free.

This popular group class runs over the course of 5 weeks. In each weekly 1-hour class, we’ll explore a new technique or concept about the “mind-body” and restorative rest.

You’ll spend the following week practising what we’ve covered, and integrating what you are learning into your own wellbeing routine.

When is the best time to practice restorative rest? The answer is really any time. You may like to take 10-20 minutes:

  • as you begin your day (see our Recalibrate classes!)
  • to restore after a workout, bike ride, swim or run
  • to calm any niggles or grumbles in your body or in your mind
  • before playing your instrument
  • before or after performing or presenting
  • to calm the system and clear the mind – any time!
  • to return your breathing to a calmer more natural wave
  • or simply anytime, because it’s just so good to do!

Course Outline

  • Week 1 : How to lie in semi-supine

    Bringing mindful consciousness to how we approach movement, including moving from standing to lying on the floor. Once on the floor, what is the optimal way to lie, and why. How to get up off the floor in an easy, coordinated way.

  • Week 2 : The vestibular planes

    With our growing use of devices with flat screens - odd as it may sound - we sometimes lose awareness that we are a 3-dimensional being living in a 3-dimensional world. We'll explore a simple technique to locate ourselves in the centre of 3 powerful coordinates, and how to bring that into our everyday activities.

  • Week 3 : The sides of the body

    While we are a whole being, we are not symmetrical. Becoming more aware of the parts that make up the whole of you allows for a more inclusive body map of ourselves and a greater sense of wholeness.

  • Week 4 : The breath

    As we build greater awareness of the breathing mechanism, we discover the natural wave-like flow of the breath. As you continue to observe your own breath, you discover more about how it supports and nurtures the mind and body, and how it can create calm in your whole system.

  • Week 5 : Your choice, or my plan

    In our last class of this series, you will have the opportunity to ask for a revisit to any of the topics covered in the first 4 classes that you'd like to explore further. Or, we can do my plan. Your choice.

  • On Completion

    All participants who complete this series will receive a 10% discount code for the next series, Spatially Aware, where we'll explore how to move with greater balance, poise and grace.

If you have questions about the class, get in touch by email, or call Helene on 0412 589 584.

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Online Class

  • 11:00 am Australian Eastern Daylight Time
  • 1:00 pm NZDT (New Zealand)
  • Term 1, 2021
    8 Feb – 5 Apr (9 weeks)

Online Class

  • 9:30 am Australian Eastern Daylight Time
  • 5:30 pm Tuesday before (ET, USA)
  • Term 1, 2021
    10 Feb – 7 Apr (9 weeks)
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