Maintaining a healthy balance

Seeking a dynamic awareness that supports and resources us, exploring our deepest desires in order to express our authenticity, liberating us from any conditioning. Looking towards the future with each step being a new beginning.

Create order in your life

Modern meditation encourages the natural curiosity of our minds to explore how we respond to feeling.This internal process enables us to build inner strength, allowing the healing process to take place without having to do anything other than simply to be present.

Intensive summer retreats

Created to meet your individual needs. Nourish your body, mind and spirit with new experiences, and transform your stress, fatigue and pain into a balanced, healthy lifestyle.

Giorgina Pontet

“Liberation is considered the domain for all ordinary possibilities. Observing the responses to stimulus by somatically perceiving the reactions.”

Your journey starts here

The Alexander Technique teaches balance and co-ordination for body and mind. Becoming aware of the way we think and move in everyday activities, we can bring a clarity to our thinking and give us space to manage the stresses of daily life.

Offering the most popular and proven beneficial processes such as The Alexander Technique, Energy work, Systemic Constellation and Modern Meditation, we will help delve in to both the conscious and sub-conscious, improving self-awareness and in turn self-empowerment, initiating changes towards a new path.


The Alexander Technique The Alexander Technique is a method of re-education of the body and mind. It teaches balance and co-ordination through verbal instruction and the use of the practitioner’s hands. In daily life we place a high demand on our mind and body which results in over-contracted muscles and a distorted posture. Our aim is to become aware of the way we think and move in our everyday activities, and through this awareness, reduce or eliminate the causes of pain and tension.

Practising the Alexander Technique will help improve the use of the self. We sometimes accept our misuse as normal, not realising the extent to which we are contributing to our own physical discomfort and stress.

It brings a clarity to our thinking and gives us space to manage the stresses of daily life. The Alexander Technique has been taught for over a century and improves not only your breathing but also builds confidence as we re-align with our innate poise and movement. As the body transforms back to its natural posture, health and well-being are enhanced helping you discover a new balance by releasing all that is unnecessary.

 

If you would like to find out more about how the Alexander Technique can help you, please contact me to discuss further. BOOK HERE

Energy Work is a combination of modalities: Movement Shiatsu, Alexander Technique, Modern Meditation and Systemic Constellation. Through the gentle observation of how you feel as you express your concern in relation to your health, together we choose the best way forwards for your needs. Primarily we use Systemic Constellation, which is a process that enquires into the origin of our discomfort. This work is more verbal and dynamically engaging with our emotions and conditioning of the moment. Often repeated patterns of behaviour or illnesses belong to the history of our ancestral family, our social cultural and geographical field.

By engaging with all the elements or individuals, giving them a voice and a space in the system we help to see the full picture of what the situation requires in order to be released. The energetic movement of the inner or outer physical dynamic relationship in the field amongst those elements invites the quiet space necessary for allowing every voice to be heard, seen and honoured, giving directions to the system to move forwards and leave behind what no longer serves us, changing the quality of energy where healing is allowed to take place.

If you would like to find out more about how Energy Work can help you, please contact me to discuss further. BOOK HERE

Modern Meditation is an invitation to return to the subtle integrity of our organism, creating order. As the curiosity of our mind continuously wishes for answer to our life’s purpose we invite it to explore how we respond to feeling.

Learning that if we stay with the awakened sensation that the observation to feeling provides, we will build inner strength and the healing process will take place without having to do anything else except being present. As such, it is a more internal process which complements both The Alexander Technique and Healing Shiatsu. Sitting is simple and rewarding as the mind learns how to rest.

If you would like to find out more about how Modern Meditation can help you, please contact me to discuss things further. BOOK HERE

Healing

When we fall and the veil of composure drops away, grace can help us meet life as it comes with ease, equanimity and courage.

My aim is to help students achieve a state of being from which their body is able to heal itself, returning to a natural balance as quickly as possible: For minor aches and pains to disappear; to resolve the cause of persistent headaches; to become aware of habits leading to muscular pain and injury; to alleviate pain or distress from illness and disease.

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Supportive

Grace conveys the meaning of a mood without words , we establish silent communication using the minimum of movement and expression.

In addition to the physical aspects of our body-use, we must consider the balance and well-being of our mind. My work helps students to achieve an inner stillness, from which we learn to breathe and apply movement. This results in an overall harmony, unifying mind and body, giving us space to deal with the challenges life sets before us. We develop an openness to our inner voices, our feelings and movements in relationship to others, requiring only the willingness to listen and to experiment.

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Ethical

Allowing the other to be a legitimate other is the only emotion that expands intelligence.

Being ethical matters to me. Fairness and neutrality of one’s thoughts and feelings are the most important elements. It does not matter who we are or where we come from or have been. We think about our planet as we think about our own bodies, our dreams, our families and our groups or community.

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Retreats

We hold intensive retreats during the summer from May to August, in private locations in UK and in Italy at the Joy centre in the val Pellice, north of Turin city. We create a programme that meet the needs of your organisation or your own persona.

 

You choose your dates and together we will create a stimulating and rejuvenating retreat where you will be invited to set an intention for transformation as you: immerse yourself, with time allowing space to think with clarity, nourish your body, mind and spirit with new experiences. Integrate hands-on Alexander Technique and Modern Meditation, clear patterns of behaviour that don’t serve you through observation of feelings with systemic constellation. Transform your stress, fatigue and pain into a balanced, healthy lifestyle.

We will awaken sensations through set forms of movements. The forms will encourage the physical body to open, connecting our inner feelings to our outer relationship with the environment, realigning our intentions and our actions: the thinking mind will respond to these forms of movement according to ingrained habitual patterns of reaction. This will bring attention to the present moment and allow our awareness to develop the use of directed orientation of movement. In this way we will challenge those habitual patterns and allow a new experience of freedom in movement to develop, freeing ourselves from patterns causing aches, pains and stress. When necessary we will observe responses to strong emotions and use Systemic Constellation to clear while honouring what no longer serve us. Our aim is to invite awareness, as the mind lets go of preconceived ideas of how to be, the body reawakens to the present moment. The mental health benefits from developing inner and outer integrity, changes how we functions as new neural pathways are created and a sense of harmony is experienced and the healing we seek naturally occurs. Our work deepens in substance as we connect to a greater sense of present stillness.Whether you are new or experienced in the world of Alexander’s principle, movement Shiatsu and Meditation, no matter where you are in your life, this process will be “meeting you where you are at,” and naturally guiding you to your full potential for expression. Your only need is to be open to time and to welcoming of the unknown. We will meet in a group, for a minimum of 4 to 6 hours each day, morning and late afternoon for a long week-end from Friday evening to Sunday or a full week starting on Thursday afternoon to Wednesday evening.

Giorgina, with you taking the class I noticed several positive changes in me and started to understand what it is all about.

You are a truly inspirational teacher and I thank you so very much.
John

I adored my recent experience on Alexander course. The five sessions managed to combine the practical (mainly) with the theoretical and  opened my eyes to some ideas that might change my life – they have already made me more mindful and self-aware. Giorgina’s example and her amazing hands-on work were just terrific and I would recommend this course to anyone concerned about an inability to relax, a general worry about posture, stress or who simply looks for a different way of looking at themselves.

Catrina

Any anxiety, worry or pain is gently melting away, while my focus and attention shifts to the energetic movement within my body, allowing the mind to reset and become more and more peaceful and quiet. I go deeper and deeper in myself… and smile!

Marie

I really enjoyed the meditation session today. When i first heard it was happening i thought it would be interesting to attend and appreciated what a unique opportunity to be able to experience this at work!

 

I was pleasantly surprised at how comprehensive the session was, covering so many activities and techniques/exercises, and was also mightily impressed at the high quality and expertise displayed by Giorgina.

Workshop at a Corporate event

I have suffered with my stooped posture for years. 17 years later, it is nearly gone, thanks to the work I have done with Giorgina.

Her strong emphasis of verbal direction and dynamic physical orientation was vital and I feel that I have a hugely better understanding of how my body works and how to do things thoughtfully and with more grace.

Amajat

GiorGina Pontet

The strength of her teaching was developed by her willingness to engage with the world at large, working with victims of war, addictions and mental health as well the chronic and terminally ill, artists and sportsmen, developing her compassionate heart with integrity.

“It is not what we study and who was the master that trained us, but how we use their teaching wisely in order to engage our inner master and how best we share and facilitate others’ transformation from discomfort to love.” From her ancestral roots high in the Italian alps, stillness always was and is embedded in her quality: a traveller at heart connecting through stillness broke all boundaries created by cultural and linguistic barriers in order to live and connect with life fully.

In her travels Giorgina often saw and felt the pain of the oppressed and disadvantaged in society; sights which made a profound impression upon her. “I was having difficulty expressing my concern for the inequalities to which I was bearing witness. It was then that an urge to work towards healing and empowering individuals regardless of cultural backgrounds, became my only way forward.”

A passionate student of equanimity, she searches for inner freedom with equilibrium and developed her own modality to re-educate individuals in need. Journeying with authenticity she uses our three best friends: gravity, space and breath. Her passion for evolution in her understanding of life continues to grow, deepening her personal development. Her wish is to facilitate movement with global integrity.

Events for 2019

Weekly Meditation
Class

Location

The Treatment Room
Charles Harry Pharmacy
366 Richmond Road TW1 2DX

Dates

Every Monday morning starting 14th January

Time

11am - 12.30pm

Weekly Alexander Technique and Meditation Class

Location

Pilates Plus Studio
117 St Margaret Road
TW1 2LH

Dates

Every Wednesday evening
starting 9th January

Time

7.30pm - 9pm
This is a small group of maximum 7 students, early booking is recommended.

Monthly Themed Saturday Afternoon Group

Location

Pilates Plus Studio
117 St Margaret Road
TW1 2DX

Dates

Saturday 18th May
Saturday 22nd June
Saturday 20th July

Time

1.30 - 4.30pm

Questions Answered

FAQS

Where will the learning and healing process take place?
As well as the immediate care provided in each lesson, I will help the individual to develop their own tools for learning through the experience of improved use and functioning of the body.
By practising these techniques in every day life, the healing and changes necessary will take place in their own time and without force.
The importance of this work lies in developing an awareness of one’s body and the way in which one is using it.
What format do lessons take?
Lessons are taught one-to-one, are tailored to the student, and last between 40 and 60 minutes, depending on the treatment required or needs of the individual. Some clients find that a 40 minute session suits their needs or their schedule, others require a 60 minute session to benefit fully. Small group classes are available by prior arrangement. These can sometimes be useful, for instance, as an introduction to the various therapies. Please contact me to discuss your requirements.
How many lessons will I need?
The number of Alexander Technique lessons or Shiatsu treatments will vary in accordance with your purpose, which we will discuss in your first lesson.  It is fair to say that you will get out what you put in, so a level of commitment is helpful. Whilst benefits may be felt from that very first lesson, to get a basic foundation of either work we need to allow some time; the body takes time to develop bad habits, and so it takes time to unravel those habits. In the case of injury or illness, again the body must be trained to counter the effects of the malady.
Although the student is free to stop at any time, I usually suggest a minimum of 5 lessons in order to develop a basic understanding of the re-education needed and how the main difficulties should be addressed. At times we are inclined to stop lessons or treatment once the pain disappears, and this can sometimes happen in the first few sessions. To keep it from returning, however, you will probably need more sessions. For best results, a course of regular sessions each week over a period of 6 months will successfully give you a good background in how the use of our body affects its functioning and how you can work on and improve yourself. With frequent intervention it becomes easier to realign the body’s relationship with gravity, and the learning will improve greatly.
What is the purpose of lying down?
Lying down gives the pupil an opportunity to experience a new alignment and integration of mind and body, allowing stillness to guide perception.
Why is stillness necessary?
Stillness creates space for feeling, sensing and experiencing, for knowing and awareness.
Stillness is not a sensory experience, it is an awareness, a centredness.
Stillness allows us to breathe.
What do you mean by “allows us to breathe”?
Breath changes the chemistry of the body. At a cellular level, we re-charge ourselves each and every time we draw breath.
Our breath is often interfered with by the social circumstances surrounding us, though: We breathe too shallowly if we are concentrated at a desk, we gasp, snatch at our breath or hyper-ventilate if we are anxious or under pressure.
These are the moments when stillness and attentive breathing can help us most, but instead we lose the natural flow of our breath – breath must have orientation of movement, which comes from direction. Once our breath has direction, deeper breathing and a re-energising of the organism result.
Without direction, the mechanism of our body has less potential, decreasing our vitality and resulting in fatigue, listlessness and indecision or panic and anxiety.
The importance of this work lies in developing an awareness of one’s body and the way in which one is using it.
What are my professional qualifications and accreditations?
I adhere to the codes of ethical and professional standards as published by the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT)
My professional development is continuous…
I hold full indemnity insurance and a current, clean CRB check.
What Back to Yourself stands as and for…
Back to yourself has grown over 28 years of service in the field of health and education both within social structure and the corporate world.   
Continually redefining and transforming its services.  Working with Back To Yourself means focusing on a community feeling born of enthusiasm, passion, clarity and progress. Giorgina see her clients and their organization as a whole being with an emotional, psychological and a physical structure that manifests itself in every gesture.
Each programme is structured to reflect the client’s needs, circumstances and timeframes. At the end of each session a review takes place to assess and evaluate the outcomes against the initial time of arrival in order to leave with greater sensory awareness that will guide the client till the following session.