What is Conductive Education (CE)? As the word education indicates, CE involves learning. It involves learning or relearning motor skills and encouraging the brain and body to work together. It is based on detailed movement analysis from which strategies to deal with specialised conditions are developed. The teacher is known as a conductor and leads participants on a pathway to achievement and enjoyment.
Not a therapy or a cure
CE is neither a therapy nor a cure, it cannot reverse neurological damage, but it can help control the physical manifestations by offering practical techniques designed to overcome everyday problems. By working to build skills, the participant is able to develop new ways to tackle their physical challenges.
So what would you be letting yourself in for if you came to the class? Each class lasts for 2 hours. The first hour involves lying on a mat on the floor (bring your own cushion for your head) waving our arms and legs around in a co-ordinated way, as directed by Maria, our Conductor. After this is a short break for and refreshments before we move on to finger and hand exercises. We conclude the class with balance and walking exercises.
The session ends with Maria gently wishing us well and saying, “I hope you are not too tired today?” Our answer is, “Of course not!” which loosely translated means, “We are absolutely shattered but glad to have been here.”
Conductive Education Classes in Hemel Hempstead
Where: Sportspace, Park Road, Hemel Hempstead HP1 1JS. There is a car park.
When: Classes are held on the 3rd Tuesday in the month from 11am – 1pm.
Dates for 2017: January 24, February 21, March 21, April 18, May 16, June 20, July 18, August 15, September 19, October 17, November 21, December 19
Conductive Education Classes in St Albans
Where: The Seventh Day Adventist Church, Harpenden Road, St Albans, AL1 3EL. (this is at the junction of Carlisle Avenue and Harpenden Road near Devdas (better known as the Cricketers). There is a small car park opposite accessed from Townsend Avenue, beside St Albans High School for Girls.
When: Classes are held on the 4th Thursday in the month from 11am – 1pm.
Dates for 2017: January 26, February 23, March 23, April 27, May 25, June 22, July 27, August 24, September 28, October 26, November 23 (December: no class)
£7 per session, pay on the door.
Booking a place
To book a place on one of the classes, or to find out more, contact Ros Aldridge for the Hemel Hempstead class (01442 257919 or firstname.lastname@example.org ) or David Stanfield for the St Albans class (01727 837295 or email@example.com)