Programme Leader for Yoga and Massage
Critical Education Studies (Auditor), EDPRFST, University of Auckland, NZ. Fascial Fitness (Robert Schleip and Divo Muller) – Cert Levels 1&2. Shin Somatics (Sondra Fraleigh) – Cert Levels 1&2. Master of Education, Unitec, New Zealand. EDUC427, Qualitative Research, University of Otago, NZ. Certificate of Proficiency. Ethics (Phil 102), University of Auckland, NZ. Graduate Diploma in Higher Education, Unitec, NZ. Diploma in Natural Therapies & Remedial Massage, Wellpark College, NZ. Certificate in Dance, Victorian College of Arts, Australia
Felicity is one of New Zealand’s most experienced yoga teachers. Combined with a long-term experience in programme development and clinical massage, she has become a key tertiary educator in natural therapies.
Felicity started her practice of yoga aged 16 studying with a French teacher at high school. As an aspiring professional dancer, she used yoga as a way of understanding flexibility and movement control. She continued practicing yoga throughout her performance career as an injury preventative and stress management strategy. Following a series of acute injuries she was introduced to Light on Yoga and alongside a broad focus on practice in relation to contemporary movement exploration, she completed a 3 year Iyengar yoga teacher training in 1990.
Her main teachers have included Mande White (NZ), John Leebold (Aus) Shandor Remete (Aus) and for the last 15 years she has developed as a teacher with Peter Thompson (Aus).
Felicity’s teaching is based on decades of practice, which has deepened her practical understanding of the living human body, and embodied knowledge. Through curriculum development at Unitec Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts (BPASA), she contributed to New Zealand’s earliest higher educational practices of somatics. Felicity she was one of the first students to study the Diploma in Therapeutic Massage and Remedial Therapies at Wellpark, and then went on to help develop the NZQA programme as-well as teach at Wellpark.
Her interest in programme development has led her to a Master in Education, focussing on the experiential language of dance in NZ Intermediate Schools curricula. Her doctoral thesis draws on somatic concepts of awareness as part of a unique methodology. Her research encompasses the issues of practice based education in the academy.
Felicity has been in the same Westmere clinical massage practice for over 15 years. Her speciality in treating individuals is about understanding through bodywork, the physiology of emotion and postural memory.