BCT Member Courses

These courses are provided by BCT members for BCT members. They are aimed at helping you discover and develop new skills and interests.

The teachers of the courses are certified instructors in their professional field. All BCT Member Courses start with one free class to give participants the possibility to test the course. While the trial sessions are open to non-BCT members, the BCT Member Courses are exclusively for BCT members.

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For further information about upcoming BCT Member Courses, check the events page in Small Talk magazine or see below.

These workshops are held at Imagine in Wezembeek-Oppem.

If you are a BCT member and would like to offer a course to other members, please read and fill in the BCT Member Course Guidelines and Form. (It is an editable PDF you can simply fill in and send to the address stated in the guidelines. You will need to be a member and be logged in to the website to open the PDF.)

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BCT Member Courses

PILATES

Imagine

Fridays, 1 – 2 pm

Pay-per-session autumn course, starting on 8 September with a FREE trial session for first-timers

Run by Pilates Instructor Marie Mackay, this is a popular, effective, fun and baby-friendly course (immobile babies are welcome) for all those that want to get back into – and maintain - shape quickly after having a baby. The benefits of Pilates classes are many. Designed specifically to target those problem areas that mothers face after pregnancy, these classes are conceived to firm-up + strengthen the body's core muscles in order to create a trimmer and sleeker silhouette. By creating a "girdle" around the middle you will have greater strength in the back + stomach muscles and will even increase arm strength to help cope with all the bending and lifting required with a new baby. Pilates will also help to improve posture, it can do wonders for overall conditioning as well as de-stressing and helping for relaxation.

Cost per session: EUR 15

Places limited so bookings essential. Please contact directly Marie.mackay.pilates@gmail.com, GSM: 0473 311911

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Postnatal ‘MUMMY-AND-ME’ YOGA

Holy Trinity, Rue Capitaine Crespel 29, 1050 Ixelles

Mondays, 10.30 – 11.30 am

Pay-per-session course, starting on 11 September with a FREE trial session

A simple way to connect both emotionally and physically with your baby and get back into exercise.

When can I start?

Recommended from 6+ weeks post partum (8+ weeks after a caesarean). Mums may bring their babies along until they can crawl.

What can I expect?

  •   · Relaxation, breathing techniques, stretching, connecting with the baby and birth preparation for mums-to-be.
  •   · Prenatal yoga further helps with the little pains of pregnancy (e.g. pelvic floor, rips, hips, lower back, sciatic nerve, cramps…).
  •   · It also connects mums-to-be with other mums-to-be all in a safe, friendly, homely environment.

This 5-session course is run by internationally certified yoga teacher, Johanna Roodt, who has been a Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher for adults and children since 2013 and a pre- and postnatal yoga teacher since May 2017.

Cost: EUR 55 (the course will continue after the initial 5 sessions if there is sufficient demand)

Booking is essential and open until Friday, 8 September. Please email Johanna directly yogafamilybelgium@gmail.com.

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Prenatal ‘MUMMY-TO-BE’ YOGA

Holy Trinity, Rue Capitaine Crespel 29, 1050 Ixelles

Saturdays, 2 – 3 pm on 16, 23, 30 September and 7, 14 October (first session = FREE trial)

When can I start?

Recommended from 14+ weeks of pregnancy until 40+ weeks.

What can I expect?

Postnatal yoga will give you an opportunity to nourish and care for your body through focused stretches and mindful breathing exercises, which is especially important after carrying a baby for nine months and then giving birth!

It stretches and strengthens your muscles. The gentle movements and mindful breathing that are integral to yoga boost abdominal strength and activate the pelvic floor muscles, which aids recovery from giving birth. Classic poses will help open up the shoulders and chest you rely on for all of the rocking and cradling you do in the first few months with your baby. It helps you and your new baby bond. Yoga is a healthy, playful activity you can enjoy together.

And for the babies?

  •   · Yoga helps develop motor and sensory skills. The simple stretches and poses can help your baby gain self and environmental awareness. Experts believe that early activity can help your little one develop voluntary movements, which can build a strong foundation for sports, dance and exercise later on in adulthood.
  •   · Yoga further aids in digestion. Apanasana, or knees-to-chest pose, has been shown to alleviate constipation, gas pains and colic (which is often caused by gas).
  •   · Finally it promotes better sleep.

This course is run by internationally certified yoga teacher, Johanna Roodt, who has been a Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher for adults and children since 2013 and a pre- and postnatal yoga teacher since May 2017.

Cost per session: EUR 11

Booking is essential and open until Friday, 8 September. Please email Johanna directly yogafamilybelgium@gmail.com.

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PARENTING SKILLS

Imagine

12, 19, 26 October, 10, 17, 23, 30 November (first session is a FREE trial), 7 - 9 pm

It is sometimes said that for children love is enough. Just love your children, and they will be great. However, it is important how to express this love to a child. Parenting skills could help parents show their love and cope with arising difficulties regarding children.

The course is designed for parents raising children of 2.5 - 10 years and is partly based on a best-selling book “How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk” by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish.

In the course, parents will learn how to:

  •   · Help a child develop a realistic and positive self-image
  •   · Set limits while maintaining goodwill
  •   · Cope with the child’s negative feelings
  •   · Express anger without hurting
  •   · Engage the child’s willing cooperation
  •   · Resolve conflicts peacefully
  •   · Create a family atmosphere of love and respect

This Parenting Skills Course consists of 7 classes on the following topics:

  •   · Session 1: Dealing with Children’s Feelings (FREE TRIAL) 
  •   · Session 2: Engaging Cooperation
  •   · Session 3: Alternatives to Punishment
  •   · Session 4: Encouraging Autonomy
  •   · Session 5: New Ways to Praise
  •   · Session 6: Freeing Children from Playing Roles
  •   · Session 7: A Final Meeting for Remaining Questions 

The course is being facilitated by Psychologist Aiste Grubliauskiene who holds a Doctor’s degree from Leuven University, Belgium. Aiste has explored and conducted experimental studies on the topic of human self-control and she has participated in a Gestalt psychotherapy training on work with couples and with children.

Cost of the course of 7 two-hour classes: EUR 150. Depending of the insurance, reimbursement is possible.

Places are limited so booking is essential. To register for the group, please contact Aiste at aiste.grubliauskiene@gmail.com or +32 474 06 50 06.

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Parenting calmly

Imagine

Tuesday 17, 24 October and 7, 21, 28 November and 5 December (first session = FREE trial), 9.30 – 11.30 am

Parents know the best way to treat their children. However, during a moment of heated emotions or tiredness, it is easy to forget all our knowledge and to start behaving in a reactive way - to shout at a child. We probably all shout at our children from time to time, the problem is when this type of communication becomes more regular.

This course is designed for parents who want to break a bad habit concerning their behavior with a child. It is for parents who would like to stop shouting at their child and instead start communicating in a different way; for parents who make fun of or spank their child and who want to stop; for parents with other habits that they wish to change into more positive behaviour.

As can be seen from the description above, the topic is quite precise. The seminars will involve working with your own feelings and reactions, both in the group and outside of it, sharing the experience with others and getting support from the group. By tackling the specific issue and by improving the behavior during heated emotions parents will learn to show more respect to their children.

Aiste Grubliauskiene is a Psychologist, graduated from Vilnius University, Lithuania, and with a Doctor’s degree from Leuven University, Belgium. Aiste consults children and their parents in Brussels.

Cost of a series of 6 two-hour seminars: EUR 180. Depending on the insurance, reimbursement is possible. The size of the group: 4 - 6 participants.

Places are limited so booking is essential. To register for the group, please contact Aiste at aiste.grubliauskiene@gmail.com or +32 474 06 50 06.

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