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Public Seminar

The Making of Your Back (3-day online seminar)

with Dr. Shelagh O'Neill

At birth, we can’t lift the head. By 9 – 12 months of age, we can balance, take steps, even begin to walk alone.

How did we develop that rich movement palette of turning, bending, extending and twisting?

We’ll never trace those steps again in the same way, but this workshop gives us the chance to relearn some of the intricate differentiations and subtle distinctions that we discovered as infants. Attention and awareness still have the same power, and as adults we can rehabilitate movements that may have been lost, and enjoy ones we know in a new way.

So just for people with bad backs then? Absolutely not! There are many daily improvements that come alongside a well-functioning back, from easier walking, standing up, sitting at work to faster running times, improvement in playing a musical instrument – the list goes on.

The unique perspective of the developmental path is a remarkably fruitful way to discover how you use your back, and where you can improve. Everyone’s back can work better.

This is a practical workshop, using Awareness Through Movement lessons to investigate key developmental stages. Find how these movements will bring change throughout your life. Bring your mat and lie down!


This webinar will take place live via the online conference software "Zoom". It includes lessons in Awareness through Movement (so-called "ATMs"). Please make sure that you have a mat or blanket available for the exercises when the class begins. A flat pillow (for example a towel) is also advisable, just make sure it is not too thick or too soft.

You can participate in the webinar using a computer, tablet or smartphone, your camera and microphone do not need to be turned on to participate.
Please register for the webinar by clicking the "REGISTER NOW" button.

Once you have paid the registration fee, you will receive a confirmation email with your personal link for attending the webinar. Please save this link and do not share it with others.

If you are using Zoom for the first time, you will be asked to install the Zoom software or app. This is advisable for a smooth running of the session. Please allow 10 to 15 minutes for the installation of the Zoom software/ app.