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 MEMBER COURSE : BUMPS IN MOTION   Safe and soft prenatal gym classes, adapted for each stage of pregnancy

Tuesdays, June 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13 

10 -11 am @ at the Bois de la Cambre - next to the Woodpecker kiosk: https://goo.gl/maps/JPqDneDou6sSwx2v6

(or via Zoom, if bad weather)   

An additional class on Saturdays at 11 am may be offered - if you are interested, please contact sirka.ginsel@gmx.de

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: 10 € 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 sirka.ginsel@gmx.de or +49 176 34 51 61 25. Places are limited so booking is essential.

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BABY MASSAGE

Online via Zoom (until the Clubhouse can reopen)

Next course:  June & July (if @ Clubhouse, 1 session per week) (please refer to our weekly agenda newsletter and www.bctbelgium.org)

FOR: caregivers and infants - newborn to pre-crawling

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

This online course of 4 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: 80€ for online course of 4 classes or 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 and to receive the Zoom link, please contact Joanne at joannefraser_home@hotmail.com

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TODDLER YOGA - for children 2-5 years of age

Monthly class: June & July @ the Clubhouse/garden (for date please refer to our weekly agenda newsletter and www.bctbelgium.org)

A great way for young children to practise mindful movement, learn useful breathing techniques and have lots of fun! This class lets young children (and their parents) move in healthy and fun ways to encourage stress reduction and focus, and to practise stillness and ease.

Emily Gold is a yoga therapist and teacher, doula and public health specialist, who has been practicing yoga since 2003. After completing her university degree in 2006 she travelled to Thailand where she first discovered the joys of meditation. Faced with seizures from a benign brain tumor in 2008, Emily first learned of the healing power of yoga, turning to her regular practice as a relief for the physical and mental pain she was experiencing. This healing path led her to pursue yoga teacher training, and later she became a yoga therapist. Emily is trained in a variety of yogic modalities including Hatha, Yin, Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga and Womb Yoga. She weaves these modalities to create practices and teachings that are gentle and accessible, focusing on acceptance, growth and healing. Her website is: www.EmilyGoldYoga.com

Cost: 15€ per class (including the first session)

To register and to receive the link, please contact Emily@EmilyGoldYoga.com or GSM: 0483 390549

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PILATES

Online via Zoom (until in-person classes can resume)

Mondays @ 10-11 am, Thursdays, 8-9 pm & Fridays, @ 10:30 -11:30 am

Open level, including postnatal, dads welcome

Pilates offers one of the best ways to get back into – and maintain - shape quickly after having a baby. 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, as well as helping relaxation.

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).

Class content: 40 mins Stott Pilates (Contemporary Approach of Joseph Pilates) & Low Pressure fitness, plus 15 mins Stretching

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 (1 to 1 session) & duos are also available upon request.

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

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PRENATAL & POSTNATAL YOGA

Online via Zoom  (until the Clubhouse can reopen) - SUSPENDED

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ONLINE MIDWEEK RELAXING BEDTIME YOGA

A ZOOM session to de-stress, stretch and sleep well

Online via Zoom

Wednesdays @ 9.20 - 10 pm via Zoom

Join Johanna for Zoom bedtime yoga every Wednesday from 9.20-10pm.

Put your kids to bed and then put on comfortable clothes or even your pyjamas (cameras can be on or off - as you like :)) and find a quiet space (maybe in your bedroom?) for 30 minutes of relaxing stretching, breathing and soft yoga poses, followed by 10 minutes of guided relaxation. When the class is done, you'll be happy, calm and relaxed and ready for a good night's sleep.

Suitable for all levels - beginners welcome. Dads or teens also welcome :)

Johanna is a yoga teacher specialised in yoga for relaxation, anxiety and stress management. She also holds qualifications in pre- and postnatal yoga, baby massage and kids & teens yoga.

Cost: 10€ per session (first time = free trial). Participants always sign up for 4 weeks at once = 40€.

To register: please contact Johanna at johanna.tilly89@gmail.com

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Discovering your creative side through painting

7-9 pm @ the Clubhouse when it reopens!

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. 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/Maximum number of participants per class: 4/7.

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