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2017 April Articles

The Theme for our April/Spring Newsletter is listening

In all activities, whether walking, running, swimming, playing instruments, to increase proficiency, we need to increase our ability to listen to the body.


2017 May Articles


The Two Sides of Change
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Spring shows us the two sides of Change. One day we will see the grass greening and flowers emerging. Yet on the horizon are rain or show. The very next day we can have a good snowfall, suggesting winter has not left.
It is the same with personal change. One moment we feel the budding of new possibilities. And the next, a sense of regressing to previous states.
If this yo-yo shifting has happened for you, take hope in the understanding of spring -- That the weather does change and growth becomes abundant.
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Do It Hard or Do It Easy: Removing Your Shirt

How to take your shirt off when you have a limited range of motion
Sandra Bradshaw writes, "When we’ve always done something in a certain way, it never occurs to us there may be other options that are easier and perhaps even more efficient. Last week one of my clients complained she was having difficulty taking off her sweater..." (click to read her blog)

Somatic Awakening Workshop in Vernon (2017)

 

Fourteen people gathered in downtown Vernon at the Okanagan Feldenkrais™ Centre this past Easter weekend to explore how to feel more alive and confident in their bodies.

The three-day workshop titled “Somatic Awakenings” provided group sessions of Awareness Through Movement® classes along with personalized sessions in Functional Integration® for individuals to address their specific physical goals.

Certified Feldenkrais Practitioners Rob Black from Calgary and Brent Kisilevich from Vernon co-facilitated the three-day retreat.

“Somatics refers to a field of self-education that focuses on getting to know oneself more through sensing and feeling one’s own body rather than focusing on thinking about how to do things,” said Brent, “The Feldenkrais Method® for somatic learning really offers the best possible way for people to take control of how they learn with their bodies.”

“People discover they can awaken themselves to a better quality of life by discovering how it feels to move in new and gentler ways,” said Rob, “It’s about feeling more alive and ready to meet the world in your body.”

Vernon resident Bernadette O’Donnell was astonished by the differences she discovered for herself. “I realized that I didn’t need to think about the movements so much, but just feel them. I found that without even trying I was stand taller. My eyes now look up more toward the horizon rather than down at the floor. I feel lighter and more confident on my feet.”

Yves Langlois, a professional stuntman who works in Vancouver was looking for strategies to overcome the chronic pain he suffers. “I can’t believe the difference, I have found I can create pain free moments for myself just by learning to gently move in new ways. It is amazing.”

People came from throughout the Okanagan, Calgary, Vancouver and one participant, 82 year old Joan Ellis-Hill came all the way from Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia for the retreat. “I used to tell people that the reason I have arthritis in the neck is because I kept a stiff upper lip all my life and now I realize it was in fact true. I enjoyed rediscovering that I could roll around on the floor like I used to do when I was much younger,” smiled Ellis Hill.

Yoga instructor Amanda Ulmer was looking online for a weekend wellness retreat for herself to attend over the Easter break when she found the retreat , “My experience was revolutionary… I will definitely be using this method as a personal activity and with the people that I teach. I recommend it for anyone who wants to further their mind-body connection,” Ulmer said.

Coming Up

Rob Black and Brent Kisilevich will be joined by colleague Sandra Bradshaw of Kelowna to offer a five-day retreat “Wake Up Your Body and Brain: Move Better, Feel Younger” at the Naramata Centre this July. For more information, click here

Wake Up Your Body and Your Brain

 

Your body talks to you every day, all day. If you listen and support its needs, it will reward you with a vital, pain-free body. If you ignore it, it will send messages of discomfort and pain until you respond. Knowing how to communicate with your body is essential for a vibrant, youthful life.

Using the tools provided by the Feldenkrais Method, you will learn how to make lasting changes. You will boost your body’s level of health and well-being, reduce tension and discomfort, improve your posture, enhance the quality and range of your turning and bending.

MONDAY - FRIDAY , 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM AND 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM(no evening class on Friday)
$360 + $40 MATERIALS FEE 
FOR AGES  18 AND UP
WITH ROB BLACK, SANDRA BRADSHAW AND BRENT KISILEVICH

The Instructional Team
Rob Black Sandra Bradshaw Brent Kisilevich

Get in touch with your body in a new way.

This journey of self-discovery is an invitation to delve deeper into your sense of well-being, tapping into your innate capacity for learning and growth.

Learn resiliency, grace and grounded self confidence.

Learn to deeply listen to your body and respond to what it is telling you. You will move better, with greater awareness to improve your capacity for ease of movement. You will learn how to make choices in increasing your flexibility. And through the careful listening and learning, you will discover what to do when moving is painful.

You will find your confidence growing through the process.

 Each morning we will have three hours of movement lessons, then a long break, then we get together again for 90 minutes to integrate your learnings from the mornings.

Afternoon private sessions address deeper learning and personal needs (fee extra).

About Naramata Centre.Naramata Centre, located on the shore of beautiful Okanagan lake is a beautiful place for retreat, reflection and growth. For generations people have come to nurture faith, develop skills, and find inspiration to make a difference in the world. Naramata Centre is in the town of Naramata, 30 minutes from Penticton. The Naramata Bench region is famous for its wines.

Family Programs
While you are Waking Up Your Body and Brain, your family members can participate in a wide selection of programs: (for adults) Sipping and Savouring @ Naramata

For Children:

    Clay Times.A perennial favourite. ; Play(creativity). As the spirit moves.(Dance);
    Draw the circle wide.
(mixed-media art projects)

Onsite Accommodation is available  apartments (1, 2 & 3 bedrooms) as well as camping. (click here for details) Additional accommodation is available in the town.

To register for the course, or book accommodations, first create your account on Naramata's friendly self-serve system. (click here).

For general information about programs at Naramata, come to their programs page.

To view the location in a GoogleMap, click here.

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