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    Conductive EducationFurther Information

    The National Institute of Conductive Education
    Cannon Hill House
    Russell Road
    Birmingham B13 3RD
    Tel: 0121 449 1589
    Fax: 0121 449 1611
    E-mail: [email protected]

    Lesley - My Experience

    I first did Conductive Education a year ago.

    When a friend heard that I going she said: "Oh, they really put you through all that". She imagined it was really tough. But it wasn't a case of being tough. I found there was an incredibly positive attitude.

    A lady doing conductive education

    I went to an open day at their centre in Birmingham and sat next to a conductor. When I crossed my leg, I lifted it with my hand, as I always did. The conductor said: "We can stop you from doing that".

    With Conductive Education the approach is: You can do this. They enable you to do things you thought you couldn't do any longer.

    I learned how to manoeuvre myself out of bed when my legs stiffened, enabling me to overcome the frustrating situation of having to shout for my husband or children.

    Now I can roll on to my side, bring my legs up and use my body as a lever to throw myself up. You learn how to use your body rather than it working against you. In some ways it is very simple and practical, but no one had told me how to do it before.

    Much of what I learned can easily be integrated into everyday life, such as maintaining control as you sit down, rather than flopping into a chair. I'll be in the kitchen making a cup of coffee and I'll hear the conductor's voice in my head. If I'm not having a good day, I can imagine her encouraging me: "You can do this."

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