" I suffered a major stroke in November 2015 which severely effected my right side . I was discharged home from hospital in January 2016 able to mobilise short distances inside with a stick and ankle /foot orthosis. I was unaware of my right side and my balance was poor.
Since January I have worked with Steve Cheslett weekly and I believe this work has been instrumental in the improvements I have made so far.
Steve has been very positive and motivational and I feel this has been a major help in my recovery.
I no longer need my ankle splint to walk and only use my stick outside for confidence on rough ground. I can now walk 1/2 mile outside by myself.
My stance and gait pattern are much more natural now and I am much more aware of my right side . Sensation is returning to my right leg an my balance and confidence are much improved. My mood and motivation are much better now .
I believe these major improvements would not have been possible without my sessions with Steve and I would strongly recommend him without reservation" D.D . Kendal July 2016
" I no longer wake up during the night needing to change position due to aching hips. In fact I can even fall asleep on my back , which have never been able to do before"
" The session this evening has really helped. Couldn`t believe I managed get so much movement in my right shoulder a the class progressed"
S.R Kendal November 2015
"Just wanted to thank you again for a wonderful day yesterday introducing us to Feldenkrais.
It was lovely to be able to spend a day becoming immersed in it and to feel the deeply profound effect that it has on all aspects of being human. I was so happy to feel the tension (created over the last few years, due to us as a family having to cope with my mum and Alzheimer’s whilst still looking after each other) easing away from my abdomen. Despite that tension not manifesting as physical pain, I have been very aware of it and not able to let it go. Yesterday was quite a breakthrough, making me feel both happy, relieved and tearful at the prospect that I can actually let it go and not always carry it around with me. I felt amazing and still do. I did feel some aches last night around my sacrum which have all gone now, leaving me with the ability to move much more freely and feel the connection from head to toe".
T.C Windermere November 2017
"Steve’s one day workshop at the Storey in Lancaster is a fantastic introduction to the Feldenkrais Method. I learned a lot about the mind-body connection and over the course of the day gained a huge amount of awareness of how the brain controls and perceives the body and every movement it performs. Highly recommended for everyone no matter what your background and abilities".
Rowan Lancaster April 2018
"Thank you so much for a wonderful workshop, my introduction to The Feldenkrais Method. It was a most satisfying and enjoyable day. Your skills of communication and generosity of spirit made it very special. I loved the constant flow of information and direction during each lesson. I am now looking forward to learning more at your weekly sessions.
Thank you again and warmest wishes"
Theresa Morecambe April 2018
"The Feldenkrais Fundamentals workshop which I attended yesterday provided a great insight into Feldenkrais and Steve's work. I thoroughly enjoyed the day and the company of the other attendees. I am definitely interested in attending future events".
S B Carlisle March 2018
"Just taking a moment to let you know how much the workshop had an effect on me.
While doing the workshop I became much more aware of the movement of different aspects of my body and how they relate to each other.
Since the workshop I have tried to implement techniques which have been of benefit. The pelvic clock works to reduce the pain in my lower back and I've become acutely aware of how I hold my shoulders and the tension it creates.
Thank you for providing me with some tools and techniques to use in my daily life.
Thank you" Neil Lancaster 2018
"A good teacher is a facilitator who opens doors to enable the student to learn. Steve Cheslett guides in such a way.
A few months ago I first read about Moshe Feldenkrais and his practice of awareness through movement. On making enquiries I learnt to my amazement that we had our own practitioner of this method in Kendal and area and this was Steve.
As a pupil of Steve’s for ten sessions I have learned from him to become more aware of the musculoskeletal relationships of the body and how to work towards reducing the pain in my left arm and shoulder and to slowly increase the flexibility of quite severe limitations of movement with that arm to near full usage. The verdict of the National Health was that it would take either manipulation under anaesthetic followed by possible slow and painful recovery, or without treatment a chance of return of full movement in that arm in one or several years time.
Steve inspired the confidence and courage to experiment by exploring new movements or ones I thought to have been impossible. In pursuing the limits of current movement he would gently and expertly guide yet with sensitivity of any early discomfort.
His experience as a practicing physiotherapist gives confidence with assurance of his knowledge of anatomy and physiology and also neurology and the understanding of the brain’s plasticity through his training in the Feldenkrais Method. With this method the previously imagined impossible may become possible through the breaking of habits by retraining the brain. The teaching involves the whole body and demonstrates that the articulation of different parts of the body are all linked.
When I first went to Steve my arm was too painful to use and I was very protective of it. I was not able to drive because no way could I manoeuvre the gears. Pain prevented a night’s sleep in bed. I needed someone to fasten my shoelaces. Dressing, cooking, eating, hanging out clothes could only be achieved using just my right hand and then the whole upper body felt heavy and tired.
Within three months of sessions with Steve every two or three weeks, the constant pain went away and painkillers were no longer required, and with his teaching, guidance and encouragement I gradually developed the freedom of movement to lead a normal life again and even the ability to drive the car once more.
I now feel I should be able to continue what I have learnt with Steve on my own to re-build the muscle strength and further extend the arm movements to full capacity. I would now like to learn more with Steve in his group sessions held in Kendal." R. M . Kendal October 2015.