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 (and workshops) 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.

To become a member and benefit from all our activities and services JOIN US here.

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

These workshops are held at our Clubhouse in 1050 Ixelles/Brussels.

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

All BCT member courses:

  • require no specific fitness level or previous experience
  • for BCT members the first session is a free trial (unless specified)
  • places are limited so booking is essential

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!! NEW COURSE !! NORDIC WALKING

Starting the week of 9 January

Monday mornings/Thursday afternoons* @ Bois de la Cambre

Nordic Walking turns a walk into a workout for both mums (and, of course, dads!) with their babies and mums-(and dads)-to-be. It burns twice as many calories as ordinary walking and is ideal and gentle during and after pregnancy. It is low impact and gentle on joints, great for strengthening & toning the abdominals and the whole body and fantastic for improving and maintaining your cardiovascular fitness. Exercising outdoors (also in the winter months) is guaranteed to boost your emotional, mental and physical well-being. And, to top it all off, it’s sociable and fun too!

Nordic Walking assists with the changing centre of balance during pregnancy and is ideal for easing lower back pain during pregnancy.

It’s great for getting back into exercise after having a baby. There is no need to book a babysitter either – you can take your baby with you in a carrier or baby sling! You will enjoy plenty of fresh air and, while you get a good workout, your baby will love the rhythm of walking and sleep soundly throughout!

Four 60 minute sessions are recommended to learn the safe and effective Nordic Walking technique, with each session starting with a warm-up and ending with gentle stretching. Learning the correct technique with a qualified instructor makes all the difference and enables you get the most of this total body workout.

Note: As with any new exercise regime, please get approval from your doctor or midwife before starting Nordic Walking.

Equipment needed: A pair of trainers or flexible-soled walking shoes and comfortable seasonal clothing are all you need. Poles will be provided, if you do not have your own.

You don’t need any specialist baby equipment – just a normal baby carrier or a sling. It is advisable to practice carrying your baby in a sling or carrier prior to beginning Nordic Walking. When your baby is still small you will carry the baby in front. As soon as your baby can safely hold up his/her own head, you can carry the baby on your back, if preferred. This way you both have a better view; your baby can see a lot more of his/her surroundings and you will have unrestricted sight of the ground in front of your feet. Your baby will be able to enjoy sharing your body warmth. But as he/she is still a little too young to join in fully, his/her extremities will cool down rapidly, so wrapping up warm is of utmost importance, especially when it is cold outside.

Cost: for the 4 weeks beginners course is 54€ / bringing your own poles: 40€. (the first session is a free trial for BCT members)

*For more information or to register, please contact Sirka at ginsel.sirka@gmail.com or +49 176 34 51 61 25 before 2 January. Sirka will then decide on the day & time which best suits the members interested. Places are limited to 9, so booking is essential.

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NEW MUMS IN MOTION

Safe and soft postnatal gym classes @ the Clubhouse

11am-12pm : group A (early stage postnatal) 

For: Women who have just had a baby, as long as they have their gynaecologist’s consent to perform soft gym. We start with gentle exercises for the pelvic floor and muscle corset, combined with breathing, strengthening and stretching.

12:15 pm-1:15pm : group B (After postnatal - re-entry into postnatal fitness training) 

For: Women who have just had a baby, as long as they have their gynaecologist’s consent to perform soft gym. We start with exercises for the pelvic floor and muscle corset - a gentle but somewhat more demanding fitness training for the whole body.

Congratulations! You have just had a baby. What a life change, especially if it's your first baby. During early motherhood, doing some light physical and breathing exercises can help your body and mind in a positive way. It is not always easy to find time for yourself having a young baby but, together as a small group, we will find a way to meet everyone's needs - including yours!

How? We will do pelvic floor and light lower belly exercises - low impact and low-pressure fitness which, combined with breathing, do not put extra stress on your abdomen. We will also do muscle toning, light aerobic and strength exercises, working stability, flexibility & stretching, also for the hips, the pelvis, shoulders, back and legs.

Please bring your own exercise mat or a big towel, something to drink, comfortable clothes and also some “warm” clothes for afterwards and/or relaxation. Babies are very welcome.

BCT member Sirka Ginsel is a qualified and experienced sports and health scientist. Following her pregnancy, Sirka trained to teach prenatal & postnatal exercises.  In group classes, exercises will be adapted to each participant’s needs.

Cost: 15 € per session (the first session is a free trial for BCT members). Private classes are also available on request.

For more information or to register: Please contact Sirka at ginsel.sirka@gmail.com  or +49 176 34 51 61 25. Places are limited so booking is essential.

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BUMPS IN MOTION

Safe and soft prenatal gym classes, adapted for each stage of pregnancy

Thursdays, time to be agreed by members interested

@ the Clubhouse

For:  Pregnant women in all trimesters as long as they have their gynaecologist’s consent to perform soft gym. In the group classes the exercises will be adapted to each participant’s needs.  Members will be asked to fill in a short questionnaire regarding your health, your pregnancy, possible problems, your aims, etc.

Why: Pregnancy is a beautiful but challenging time, especially physically. Pay yourself the attention you deserve and take an hour for yourself to become and stay strong, fit and healthy. If we are looking towards birth, then good body awareness, stamina and strength (physical and mental) are extremely important. Childbirth can be compared to climbing Mount Everest - an incredibly great experience that demands a lot and rewards even more. The fitter and more prepared you are, the better you can experience childbirth and actively influence it positively.

How: We will do exercises paying attention to low impact and low pressure fitness, giving the baby more space and supporting our baby and the belly in the best way possible.  We will do strength exercises and muscle toning, light aerobic exercises to work stability, flexibility & stretching; especially for the hips, the pelvis and the pelvic floor. We finish with relaxation (especially in contact with our belly baby and the upcoming birth).

Equipment required:  Please bring your own exercise mat or a big towel, something to drink, comfortable clothes and also some “warm” clothes for afterwards and/or relaxation.

BCT member, Sirka Ginsel, mother of a two year-old girl, is a sports and health scientist. She has worked in a rehabilitation hospital since 2011 and worked in a sports medicine department at  university during her PhD.  Following her pregnancy, Sirka trained in Germany and Switzerland to teach prenatal & postnatal exercise and hypnobirthing.

Cost: 15 € per session (the first session is a free trial for BCT members)  Private classes are also offered. For more information or to register: Please contact Sirka at ginsel.sirka@gmail.com  or +49 176 34 51 61 25. Places are limited so booking is essential.

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BABY MASSAGE

Starting date: January, Friday mornings (time to be confirmed) 

@ the Clubhouse

FOR: caregivers and infants - newborn to pre-crawling

Massage can help bonding, break down barriers, soothe the mind and body.

This course of 5 sessions of 60 minutes teaches you how to massage your baby.  The classes are fun and relaxed and are open to all caregivers. We will progress to massaging the whole baby.  It is a baby-led course - we respect the wishes of the baby. No massage the day of any vaccinations or if the baby has a fever.  If your baby is asleep then you can watch or use a doll, if you have one. If your baby does not wish to be massaged, then you can participate and learn the strokes to use later.

Practical info: Have a towel and a small bowl to put oil in (you will receive information about which oil to use)

Joanne Fraser is trained as an instructor of Infant Massage (International Association of Infant Massage 2004). Through her voluntary work at O.N.E. in Waterloo and private classes, she has seen the value of still hands and gentle touch with respect in the process of grief and healing. Joanne has practised in the UK, Switzerland and Belgium over the last 14 years and has a Facebook site babyinbelgium to promote respectful touch and infant massage.

Cost: 100€ for a course of 5 classes at the Clubhouse  (the first session is a free trial for BCT members)

Places are limited so booking is essential. To register, please contact Joanne at joannefraser_home@hotmail.com

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PILATES & more

Online via Zoom (until in-person classes can resume. Face-to-face sessions are possible for newcomers.)

Mondays, 10-11 am: Pilates + Low-Pressure Fitness (LPF)

Thursdays, 8-9 pm: Pilates + Legs, Bums & Tums + LPF

Fridays, 10-11 am: Pilates + Legs, Bums & Tums

Open to everyone - dads & postnatal mums are welcome.

Tailor-made classes: you will be corrected individually and class content is varied and fun.  Exercises are adapted to everyone's needs and morphology.

Do you wish to:

  • - Reduce stiffness on your joints?
  • - Enhance body awareness (flexion, extension & rotation);
  • - Improve your posture, balance & coordination;
  • - Avoid back-aches (upper, middle or lower back pain due to prolonged sitting or carrying your children);
  • - Work several muscle chains simultaneously;
  • - Feel relaxed & stretch after your workout;
  • - Start some physical activity with a tailor-made routine just for you?

If so, join Sandra for Pilates & More to see and feel the results!

You will learn how to:

  • - strengthen your perineum & pelvic floor,
  • - reduce your waistline, tone your muscles,
  • - improve your breathing and sleep,
  • - avoid hernias & decrease urinary incontinence & prolapse,
  • - detect and massage your trigger points to release tension
  • - gain 1 extra hour of energy.

Sandra Gomez Wilches is qualified Stott Pilates instructor, expert in matwork and reformer, with 5 years of experience teaching all age groups from rehabilitation to professional sports people. As Sandra strongly believes that the mind, the emotions and body are linked, she insists on the importance of breathing to create body awareness and positive thinking to achieve one's goals. Sandra has also followed training on trigger points (how to find tender areas on your body and releasing tension) as well as Low Pressure Fitness (a repertoire of postural & breathing exercises which decreases intra-abdominal pressure using apneas. Its benefits are: improves capacity of breathing, creating recuperative sleep, strengthening & restoration of pelvic floor & perineum muscles as well as reducing your waist perimeter).

Cost: 90€ for 5 classes (18€ per class) or 160€ for 10 classes (16€ per class) or 18 € for 1 class - The first session is a free trial for BCT members. Personal training & duos are also available on request.

Places are limited so booking is essential. Please contact Sandra at gomezwilchessandra@gmail.com or 0485 94 15 89.

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WORKSHOP: Discovering your creative side through painting

Mondays, November  8, 22, 29, 7-9 pm

next course:  January 31, February 14 & 21

@ the Clubhouse 

This course is to offer hard-working parents the opportunity to explore their creative side while learning basic painting techniques, creating different paintings, in a relaxing, creative atmosphere.

First class: introduction to oil painting

Learning the basic concepts of oil painting, materials used and the difference between oil paints and acrylic paints. Participants will also create a small oil painting on canvas to bring home

Second class: introduction to acrylic painting

Learning the basic concepts of acrylic painting and about the colour wheel. Participants will also create a small acrylic painting to bring home

Third class: introduction to knife painting technique

Introduction to knife painting technique and perspective concepts. Participants will also create a small painting to take home, using the knife painting technique.

BCT member Chérine Nasri took her first oil painting class when she was 8 years old and the world of arts quickly became her passion. Growing up she worked in many different camps and children's activities, usually in charge of the arts programme. Later she divided her studies between Special Needs Education and Arts, to finally graduate university with a Visual Arts teaching degree. Before moving to Belgium, she taught art to various groups of people in different community environments, ranging from pre-school to high school students, adult groups in community centres or hospital settings, and to children and adults with special needs. Arriving in Belgium, she helped set up an art/knitting class for adults of all ages with newcomers to Belgium to help break the boundaries of communication and to help integration in the community.

Chérine also focuses on her own art by participating in several art shows in Europe. She loves teaching art to all ages to share her passion with others.

Equipment required:

The instructor will provide the table easels, painting canvas, paints (acrylics or oils), paint brushes and all painting tools, table cloths to protect the tables and rags/paper towels. Participants need to bring a painting smock or wear clothes they do not mind getting dirty

Cost of a course: 90 euros for a course of 3 two-hour sessions or 30 euros per class. Members may observe a class as a free trial (as there is a cost for providing materials to use).

To register, please contact cherinena@hotmail.com

or GSM: 0489 79 16 62.

Minimum number of participants per class: 4

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WORKSHOP: PARENTING WITH POSITIVE DISCIPLINE

Fridays, January 14, 21, February 11, 18, 25 & March 11, 7-9 pm

@ online via Zoom

Parenting with Positive Discipline helps children develop self-discipline and problem-solving skills, become more responsible and co-operative and have greater respect for themselves and others. The teachings of Positive Discipline are filled with non-punitive and non-permissive methods that will build relationships and keep the lines of communication open.

This course of 6 two-hour sessions is designed for families with children up to the age of 10. It allows parents and caregivers to go through the process of changing how they look at misbehaviour and their role as parents. Parents learn many of the Positive Discipline tools through experiential learning experiences.

These are just some underlying principles of Positive Discipline:

Be Kind and Firm; Connection before Correction; Encouragement; There is a belief behind behavior; A misbehaving child is a discouraged child.

You will learn how to:

Get into your child’s world; Connect with your child; Have fewer power struggles; Invite cooperation; Choose your battles; Encourage, encourage, encourage; Use discipline to teach; Be firm and kind; Feel more confident and peaceful in your parenting; Take care of yourself; Let the message of love get through;

You will learn by:

Actively participating in the class (more helpful than passive learning); Practising new skills through role-playing; Practising new skills with your own child(ren) during the week; Getting encouraging feedback as you learn how difficult it can be to change old habits.

Cost of a course of 6 two - hour classes: 140 euros (240 euros for a couple). The first session is a free trial for BCT members.

The cost includes:

6 interactive classes; Weekly practice assignments; electronic version of “The Positive Discipline Workbook”; electronic version of “Positive Discipline Parenting Tools”

The cost does NOT include: a book which you are advised to read (although not compulsory)

Reimbursement might be possible through some insurance providers.

Facilitator: Aiste Grubliauskiene is a Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator. She is also a Psychologist, graduated from Vilnius University, Lithuania, and with a Doctor’s degree from Leuven University, Belgium.  Aiste consults children and adults in Tervuren.

Places are limited so booking is essential. To register for the course, please contact Aiste at aiste@happyduckling.org or +32474065006.

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