I deliver a variety of integrative and mindful movement sessions. My classes integrate and are inspired by Qigong (tai chi for wellbeing), yoga, Pilates, and somatic movement along with elements from different alternative therapies and energy medicine.

Regular group exercise classes:

Day Start time End time  Class Location
Monday 12.15 13.00 Qigong (Chi Kung) Tai chi for the well-being Newport Centre. 1 Kingsway, Kingsway Centre, Newport NP20 1UH

Bookable via Newport Live App.

Tuesday 12.15 13.00  Pilates Newport Centre. 1 Kingsway, Kingsway Centre, Newport NP20 1UH

Bookable via Newport Live App.

Wednesday 11.15

12.15

12.00

13.00

Mature Movers

Qigong (Chi Kung) Tai chi for the well-being

Newport Centre. 1 Kingsway, Kingsway Centre, Newport NP20 1UH

Bookable via Newport Live App.

Friday 10.15

11.15

12.15

11.00

12.00

13.00

Pilates

Pilates

Qigong (Chi Kung) Tai chi for the well-being

Newport Centre. 1 Kingsway, Kingsway Centre, Newport NP20 1UH.

Bookable via Newport Live App.

 Saturday Online

6-week course(s)

10.00

 

10.45

 

Qigong (Chi Kung) Tai chi for the well-being

 

Online class.

To book – please contact debbiellawrence1@btinternet.com

Sunday Online

6-week course(s)

 10.00

 

10.45

 

Qigong (Chi Kung) Tai chi for well-being

 

Online class.

To book – please contact pauline@absoluteyogaandpilates.co.uk

Sunday Online

1st Sunday of each month.

Equipment needed (Please see below)

 

12.00

 

 

 

 

14.00

 

 

 

Somatic self-care

NB: It is recommended that you have completed a 1-to1 session prior to joining a group session.

 

Online class.

To book – please contact debbiellawrence1@btinternet.com

 

Please note

If you are feeling unwell, please delay exercise until you feel better.

If you have any injuries, health conditions or health concerns, please seek advice from your GP or a health professional before starting any exercise programme. You may be required to obtain medical clearance, prior to participation.

If you are unsure, please read and complete the 2018 PAR-Q + which provides guidance and recommendations. http://eparmedx.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/January2018PARQPlus.pdf

Online class safety

When attending an online class, you need to be responsible for the safety of yourself and others in the environment in which you are moving.

Some guidance:
  • Make sure you have space around you to move.
  • Check the floor is not slippery and make sure the area is ventilated.
  • Wear appropriate clothing and non-slip footwear (see guidance below for specific sessions)
  • Children and animals are best kept out of the way.
  • Position your camera so I can see your whole body clearly. I cannot make corrections if you have your camera switched off; if your room is dark or if I cannot see your whole body.

If you have any questions, please contact me.

Thank you!

Debbie

Qigong (Chi Kung) Tai chi for wellbeing

I teach the Shibashi and other Qigong sequences.

Roughly translated, the term Qigong or Chi Kung means ‘energy work’.

  • The term ‘Qi’ or ‘Chi’ means ‘energy’ (which in yoga is referred to as ‘prana’).
  • The term ‘gong’ or ‘Kung’ means ‘work’.

Tai Chi Qigong Shibashi is a short and gentle sequence of 18 movements influenced by the Yang style of Tai Chi Chuan practised in China since the 1800s.

The sequences combine gentle, flowing, moving postures with breathwork and meditation to support mental and physical wellbeing and spiritual development. They can be described as a mindful, moving meditation.

Some benefits of the practice include:

  • Reduced physical and mental tension.
  • Improved somatic awareness.
  • Improved awareness of the flow and movement of internal energy.
  • Relaxation and focus on the mind.
  • Relief from stress.
  • Greater connection to the body.
  • Improved mobility and balance.
  • Improved breathing.
  • Improved energy.
  • Supportive of physical and mental ‘flow’.

The sequences can be practised both standing and seated, so are accessible for most people.

What to wear/bring:

  • Loose and comfortable clothing to support comfort and the flow of energy (ideally no tight clothing or waistbands).
  • Bare feet, yoga socks or supportive trainers, according to needs and support required. Regular socks only may not be appropriate if moving on a slippery surface.
  • No mat needed
  • Water to drink.

Pilates

I teach an integrative method which includes exercises from modern and contemporary approaches of the Pilates method.

Pilates evolves from the work of Joseph Pilates (1883-1967) who developed a movement programme of 34 exercises which he originally named ‘Contrology’.

‘Contrology develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit’.

Joseph Pilates – ‘Return to Life’ through Contrology

 

Pilates will help to support improved:

  • Alignment – awareness towards a symmetrical and balanced posture
  • Breathing – connection to deeper, slower, and regular breathing
  • Centring – engagement of the core muscles (spine, pelvis and shoulder girdle) to support stabilisation

Some benefits include:

  • Improved somatic awareness
  • Improved joint mobility and stability
  • Improved posture and alignment
  • Improved balance, coordination, and flexibility
  • Improved muscle tone and strength
  • Improved breathing patterns
  • Improved stress management
  • Improved relaxation
  • Reduced risk of back pain
  • Reduced neck and shoulder tension
  • Improved well-being

What to wear/bring:

  • Loose and comfortable clothing.
  • Bare feet or yoga socks.
  • A mat is needed.
  • A small towel (folded) or cushion to support your head and provide support for your head (if needed).
  • Water to drink.

Somatic self-care (Online courses only!)

Somatic movement and self-myofascial release therapy (SMFRT) address the body holistically and build sensory awareness to support the release of tension (that is often held in the body unconsciously). When practised, they create a feeling of spaciousness within the body.

You will notice the difference after one session and the benefits of regular practice include:

  • increased body awareness
  • reduced tension
  • enhanced mobility, stability, flexibility
  • alleviation of stress and anxiety
  • restoration physical and mental balance.

Somatic movement: The exercises and techniques are mat-based (lying on the floor). The movements are super-slow, controlled and very relaxing; the focus is on raising awareness of inner body sensations (interoception) and moving with minimal effort (no forcing or pushing).

Self-myofascial release therapy (SMFRT): This uses a range of techniques and massage tools (softball, foam roller and peanut) to care for the whole body and help to restore pain-free active

movement. It is an ideal complement when practised alongside other functional movement therapies such as Pilates or Yoga.

What to wear/bring:

  • Loose and comfortable clothing.
  • Bare feet or yoga socks.
  • A yoga mat.
  • A small towel (folded) or cushion or pillow to support your head and provide support for your head (if needed).
  • Water to drink.
  • A soft-ball, foam roller and/or peanut massage tool.

Please note:

For online sessions, it is essential to have your camera on so that your movements can be observed.

Equipment:

  • I have small balls available – £5 including postage and package (you will need a pin pump to inflate the ball).
  • Peanut massage tools and foam rollers are available from a range of outlets. Please contact me if you need further information.

 

Private Sessions

If you would like a more personalised and bespoke program to meet specific needs and goals, then a 1-to-1 session or a small group session shared with one or four friends may be ideal.

I am happy to work with newcomers and those who are less confident. I have worked with clients with a variety of health conditions, including:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Low back pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Post-cancer
  • Post-stroke
  • Post- MI
  • Parkinson’s
  • COPD
  • High blood pressure
Prices:

1-to-1 and small group training (currently online)

1-to-1 – £50 (55-minute session) 1-to-2 – £70 (55-minute session) 1-to-3 – £90 (55-minute session)

1-to-4 – £100 (55-minute session)

Concessions are available for those on low incomes – please contact me to ask for information.

GIFT: Refer a friend and receive a £10 voucher when they book their first private session. (This only applies to online 1-to-1 and small group training