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Stephen Wallace and Kate Hilder Discuss Awareness Through Movement

Pictured: Amanda Clifford, Limerick Mental Health Awareness, Kate Hilder and Stephen Wallace for the Awareness Through Movement talk. Photo: Katie Glavin

In May the National Stigma Reduction Partnership has been rolling out a month-long national green ribbon campaign to get people talking openly about mental health. ABC for Mental Health is an organisation set up to promote a healthy and open attitude towards mental health. ABC for Mental Health has been organising free weekly lunchtime talks in The Hunt Museum. On Wednesday, May 31st from 1 pm to 2 pm Stephen Wallace and Kate Hilder discussed Awareness Through Movement.

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Stephen and Kate discussed Awareness Through Movement using The Feldenkrais Method. Stephen Wallace started the talk by discussing all the physiological and psychological benefits of the Feldenkrais Method and Kate then demonstrated this Awareness Through Movement using The Feldenkrais Method by guiding the crowd through gentle movements

The Feldenkrais Method is a form of somatic education.  It uses movement and self-awareness to effectively alter detrimental and/or limiting patterns of action, thought and feeling, and to improve the ability to move with freedom and ease in everyday life. The human brain and nervous system have the ability to organically learn and to change patterns of behaviour throughout life. The Feldenkrais Method encourages ease and freedom in everyday movement, improves posture, breathing and coordination and can alleviate muscular tension and pain.

Stephen and Kate teach classes every Monday at 6 pm until 7 pm and Tuesday from 10 am until 11 am. Awareness Through Movement classes are usually done in groups.  Each class consists of verbally guided movement sequences built around a specific theme.  Most lessons take place lying on the floor.  Moving at your own pace and range, in a relaxing environment, you explore how you habitually use your body, and how you can use it in a more integrated way.  This helps you to discover new possibilities of movement, leading to regained effortlessness and ease and reduced tension and pain.

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.