‘Knitting People Together’: Working with Hypermobility

Date(s) - Sat, 30th Mar 2019
11:00 AM till 4:30 PM

Alexander Technique Centre

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The morning session is also open to friends, family and pupils who are interested in learning more about hypermobility (please contact Julie Barber [07986 837074] if interested).

In the morning we will refresh and update our understanding and recognition of hypermobility and briefly explain terms such as hEDS, HSD and PoTS. The afternoon session will explore practical ways to enable hypermobile pupils ‘to knit together’, reduce pain and discover their inner spring.

Julie Barber has been researching and leading workshops on Hypermobility since her daughter was diagnosed with Hypermobility Syndrome in 2011. Carolyn Nicholls (Director of Brighton Alexander Technique College) is hypermobile herself, has both taught and trained hypermobile students and is particularly interested in exploring how AT can help with chronic pain.

Julie: ‘Many of your pupils may be hypermobile and the condition can affect much more than simply their joints. We’ll look at what causes hypermobility, how to recognise it , how it may change proprioception, lead to frequent soft tissue injuries and digestive problems, and how someone can be both ‘too tight’ and yet ‘too loose’ at the same time.’
Carolyn: ‘‘Adapt the lesson to the person, not the person to the lesson’. Working with chronic pain is a skill Carolyn has explored and developed over many years and is keen to share. Many students with hypermobility have chronic pain and this can lead to a significant reduction in accurate sensory awareness. Working quietly and embracing a non end-gaining attitude allows us to adapt our work to the individual student in a way that enables improved use and greater awareness.’

Time: 11.00 – 4.30pm
Venue: Constructive Teaching Centre
Cost: £90 for full day (£45 for third year students).



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Julie Barber

Julie Barber

JULIE BARBER qualified with Walter and Dilys Carrington in 1993. She has taught both at CTC and at LCATT, and now teaches privately in North London. Since her daughter was diagnosed with HSD in 2011, Julie has been researching, attending and giving workshops on Hypermobility and HSD for AT teachers. She published Hypermobility Syndrome in STATNews January 2012 and Too Loose yet too Tight, working with Hypermobility in The Congress Papers 2015. She is a professional member of the Hypermobility Syndromes Association (HMSA), EDS-UK and the South East Hypermobility Group at University College London.

Carolyn Nicholls

Carolyn Nicholls

CAROLYN NICHOLLS trained with Walter and Dilys Carrington, graduating in 1982. She runs the Brighton Alexander Technique College and holds an MA in Alexander Technique Teacher Training and another in Creative Writing! She is the AT consultant to the Low Back Pain Trials run by The Southampton University medical research team headed by Professor Paul Little.

Carolyn is hypermobile herself and has both taught and trained hypermobile students over a number of years.