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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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2019 Workshop: Coordinating Balance

Stress and tension melt off you during this workshop

Feel more connected with your inner self

Feel more alive

Discover effortless movement

Learn balance and better movement...  Improve performance... Engage life with a sense of balance

Find the feeling of effortless movement and sense of balance arise when all our systems work in an integrated way.

2-day Feldenkrais Workshop, Nov 9 & 10 in Calgary.

Now Available as an online workshop!

Click to register.
 

Child's Play - Uneven Surfaces

It is all fun, whether you can stay on the wobbly bean, or get dumped off.
I particularly notice their attitude of fun and curiosity. So often adults have very different approaching attitudes. Some attitudes lead to tightening and loss of balance, even fear. How could we regain the fun of such activities? What would be the effect on other parts of our lives?
Click to watch the children playing (Facebook video)]

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)

Fall, 2018 Class at CJC

Tuesdays Evenings, Sept 25 - Dec 11, 2018

Get the kinks out, feel more ready for life! The Tuesday evening class starts September 25 with the theme of Ease and Comfort.

Fall is a time of new beginnings, new learnings. Whether you have cranky hips, stiff low back, grumbling shoulders, complaining jaws, touchy toes, you will find something in each class that eases your discomfort.

What is your way of increasing your sense of health and vitality? Come experience the Feldenkrais Method, which has helped so many to resolve back pain & enjoy life again. With or without back pain, you can benefit from this class. 

Fall, 2019 Class

Get the kinks out, feel more ready for life! The Tuesday evening class starts Sept 10.

Fall is a time of returning to learning, opportunity and change. As we move more into the Fall season, there is the dropping away of the bursts of energy and expansion so much apart of summer, and a turning inward, toward reflection.

Whether you have cranky hips, stiff low back, grumbling shoulders, complaining jaws, touchy toes, you will find something in each class that eases your discomfort and gives you a sense of optimism for the year.

What is your way of increasing your sense of health and vitality? Come experience the Feldenkrais Method, which has helped so many to resolve back pain & enjoy life again. With or without back pain, you can benefit from this class. 

In this class you will discover new ways for the possibilities of movement to begin to flow from your center, along your limbs, to your hands and feet.  Experience the possibility of moving with comfort and ease.

In order to be able to do this, you will do gentle movements under guided instruction and with awareness. These will be done while sitting, standing and lying on the floor.

All you need to attend this class is a desire to learn new ways of moving. All movements can be modified for individual needs.

The weekly series continues on Tuesday evenings,  starting Tuesday Sept 10 at 7 pm for 1 hour

 Calgary Jewish Centre, 1607 90 Avenue SW
(call 403-253-8600 to register)

Fee: the usual fees are: CJC Members: $168; non-members: $192. Drop-ins welcome. Drop-in Fee: $16. Register at the front desk.

Please plan to arrive five minutes before your first class to register.

Bring:a large towel.

What to Wear. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Sometimes the classroom can be cool, so socks are recommended.

At the beginning of class you will want to remove jewelry or earrings, belts with buckles and items from your pockets (e.g. keys) which may become uncomfortable. During the class you will remove your glasses. 

for Triathletes: Swim, Bike & Run More Efficiently

Feldenkrais Method for Triathletes: Swim, Bike & Run More Efficiently
A course at University of Texas, Austin, sounds very intriguing. They write, "Striving for improvement by working faster and harder can often result in injuries or other setbacks in athletes. The Feldenkrais Method® can help enhance your ability to act with precision, power and spontaneity by training your brain to be the driver behind each movement resulting in more awareness and reducing overall effort. (click to see course info)

Learn the Principles of Somatic Practice

Learn the Principles of Somatic Practice

Many helping disciplines are imbedding techniques for somatics in their practice because they have found to be so effective.

Through understanding the fundamental principles, a therapist can effectively modify protocols in many therapeutic techniques to benefit their clients.

Techniques of Somatic Practice include:

* EMDR

* Tapping

* Relaxation techniques

* Breathing practices

* Anxiety protocols

* Trauma therapies

* Neurological re-education

* Somatic yoga

* Critical Alignment Therapy

* Pilates

* Many techniques in Physiotherapy

* Dance Therapy

* Play Therapy

* RET

* Hypnosis

* Somatic dance practices

 

 

The Feldenkrais Method provides a framework for understanding the fundamental principles that produce such effective results.

How to learn more:

A first step can be joining an ongoing Awareness Through Movement class. In the class you will begin the first steps of learning -- that is, attending to yourself.

Another excellent step is to have a series of Functional Integration lessons. In these one-on-one sessions, you will have more personalized attention to learning how you limit yourself, and learn how to find new pathways for ease.

Many people find a multi-day workshop deeply rewarding

Finally, to be able to learn the specifics and understand how to apply them, come to a Feldenkrais Professional Teacher Training

 

 

Learning & Training in the Feldenkrais World

In many of the writings and lectures of Dr. Feldenkrais, it appears that he was opposed to exercising. For example, while teaching the ATM lesson ”Rolling from sitting” (Amherst training, morning, 7/7/1980), Dr. Feldenkrais talked about exercising and learning. He asked and answered: “[Do] you know the difference between exercising and learning? [Exercising] means that you know the final result, what you want, and you keep on doing until you obtain it. And that is the most awkward inefficient way of achieving anything. Because it becomes a problem for life.... [learning] means that you have an action where you do not know the final outcome...”.

Moti Nativ has observed that "[Dr.] Feldenkrais dedicated his method to learning. He was mostly concerned about people who are not aware that they repeat a movement that they have already performed many times in the past instead of learning another way, maybe a better way, of executing the movement."

In an article titled, "Exercise VS Learning", Moti continues, "Feldenkrais used two terms: learning and exercising." Moti, with his background in various martial arts suggests there is a third part, training. and he defined them as:

  • Learning – Teaching the technique to the level that the trainee knows how to perform the technique. The trainee is taught a technique until he/she has learned to perform it correctly.

  • Exercising –Repeating the learned technique until the trainee can perform it competently with confidence, accuracy, and speed. Exercising ascertains that we are able to repeat what we have learned even though conditions, such as varying the speed at which the technique is performed, may be changed.

  • Training – Performing the technique in demanding conditions, in a more challenging and stressful environment (threats, darkness, bad surface). Soldiers should train in an environment similar to the battle field. A simple example from daily life is, after we have learned an alternative way of using our pelvis and hip joints through an ATM or FI lesson, changing our body organization as we walk in the world. Now, when walking on our modern “battlefield” (crossing streets, sidewalks, and avoiding unforeseen obstacles) the quality of our movements and interaction with our environment keeps us safe and more likely to survive.

Moti wrote this article for FeldenkraisZeit, the Journal of the German Feldenkrais Guild. Click to read more.

 

Low Back Ease- Online Lesson

Low Back Ease, Increase Your Balance, and more

I recorded a new free lesson for finding low back ease which I call "The Stork". It is available on my website.

Stand at your counter, workbench, or table and find ways for your discomfort to melt away. 
Although the initial recording is 25 minutes, you will quickly find ways to do mini-versions during the day. For example, while chopping vegetables, if you find you back is getting stiff, you can stop for just a moment and do a small part of it. 
Or, after an intense hour on the computer, you may find your neck becoming stiff -- you can stand beside your computer desk (or better yet, someplace even more pleasant), and do a few of the movements.

Follow this link to listen to the lesson

 

Move with Grace & Ease

A beautiful video created in Italy is available worldwide for our appreciation. Francesco Fabiano of Genova, Italy has produced a masterful experience, with the timing and colours of a renaissance masterpiece! There is no dialogue, only sparse phrases (in Italian) so everyone can enjoy. [Click to view]v.

Next Classes- Live Online

 Classes will resume in September.

I am teaching in other venues during July and occasionally in August. Write to me for information.

For pre-recorded lessons, please visit my online courses at Teach:able (click here).

 

We use Zoom Conferencing technology which has proven to be very easy to install and is very stable.

When you sign-up you will receive directions on how to install and use Zoom.

 

Feeling down, isolated, anxious? Or just a little flat, or low energy?

Or, feeling a need to connect with your self?

These times with all the uncertainty from the COVID pandemic leads to a depth of uncertainty that is new for many of us, leading to feelings of anxiety, uncertainty, and so on.

Classes in the Feldenkrais Method help ease these feelings so that you feel more energy, physically and mentally to handle life's events.


Whether you have cranky hips, stiff low back, grumbling shoulders, complaining jaws, touchy toes, you will find something in each class that eases your discomfort and gives you a sense of optimism.

In this class you will discover new ways for the possibilities of movement to begin to flow from your center, along your limbs, to your hands and feet. Experience the possibility of moving with comfort and ease.
There is also the option of receiving the recording from the class for an additional small fee.
Again, pre-register at left.

What to Wear. whatever you like!

Ensure you have layers of clothes -- during the class your temperature may drop a bit, and you can feel cooler.

Have something to lie on. Not so comfortable that you will fall asleep - avoid your bed.

Have Pillows or Towels handy. It is often helpful to have supports under the neck, arms or legs, according to your needs -- so you are not distracted by pain or discomfort.

 

Practice Effectively

Practice Effectively

This short (4-minute) video identifies how to become 

more proficient at what we want to do. It also answers the age-old question, "How does practice or repetition affect the inner working of our brains?" (click to view)

Spring, 2019 Class

Get the kinks out, feel more ready for life! The Tuesday evening class starts April 2.

Spring is a time of opening reflection, hope and change. Whether you have cranky hips, stiff low back, grumbling shoulders, complaining jaws, touchy toes, you will find something in each class that eases your discomfort and gives you a sense of optimism for the year.

What is your way of increasing your sense of health and vitality? Come experience the Feldenkrais Method, which has helped so many to resolve back pain & enjoy life again. With or without back pain, you can benefit from this class. 

Standing & Low Back Comfort

Need to stand for long periods... and have low back pain? Try this 4-minute standing Awareness Through Movement  activity to regain balance and reduce back discomfort.

Stand beside a counter, chair or table and unobtrusively find ways for your discomfort to melt away.

The Lightness of Being

The Lightness of Being, The Joy of Learning

This is a unique opportunity to study with a top professional, an internationally recognized teacher who comes to us from Australia.
In each location, the workshop has two topics, one for each day.

Day One – Through sensing the support of your skeleton, how does this change your sense of yourself and your possibilities moving and acting in the world? ……In other words, find your ‘lightness of being’!
Day Two – Learning to Learn – we are all learning beings throughout our lives, and our ability to understand the HOW of learning can greatly influence our quality of acting and interacting in the world. 

Come along and:

  • explore ways of ‘finding’ your skeleton, and find the lightness, ease and possibilities that come as a result.
  • find ways to enrich and enhance your life and discover the wonder of becoming a lifelong learner.

The workshop will be co-led with Rob Black.

Details

Dates: March 14 & 15; 9:30 - 4:30

Location: Westgate Community Hall 
        4943 - 8 Avenue Southwest

Fees: $170 (until Feb 23; after: $190)

Single-day fee: $100

About Julie

Julie Peck, Author, Trainer, internationally acclaimed teacher, is highly recognized the world-over. Julie comes from Perth, Australia as part of a cross-Canada tour promoting the Kelowna Feldenkrais Teacher Training.

Julie is recognized for creating deeply enriching experiences which will enhance your thinking, how your move and how you interact with your world.

Julie is a master teacher. All who participate in her workshops and trainings leave with a deeper sense of self-trust and new ideas to explore in their development.

 

 

Newsletter, Feb 10

 

 

Mark your calendar the wonderful workshop with Julie Peck on March 14 & 15.

Julie is a delightful Feldenkrais teacher. She is warm, thoughtful, with a systemic understanding of learning. All participants will discover many new ways of being in this workshop.

 

 

Get to know Julie through this Free lesson

At the beginning of this gentle lesson, Julie invites us to observe the outline of our body, and then to observe the places that touch the floor. At the end of the lesson Julie brings us back to these images to allow us to compare what has changed, has become refined. In between, Julie invites us to move in increasingly effortless ways; and she also gives us suggestions on how we can think about what we are doing.

Julie called it A Beginner's Lesson. Click to listen or download.

 

Our Self Image

Dr. Feldenkrais wrote, "Each person has an impression of his own manner of speaking, walking, and carriage which seems personal and immutable-- the only possible way..."

More importantly, "he identifies himself with this image."

And so the self image is more than a passive "impression", it is somehow intertwined with each of our sense of ourselves.

Dr. Feldenkrais proposes a process to learn more about what is happening: "... so that one may actually feel the conditions and possibilities I am describing."

He advises the reader,

"Lie down on your back; mentally and methodically scan your entire body.

You will discover that you can concentrate on certain parts more easily than others,... you usually will not have consciousness of these other parts during an action."

The critical observation is that "In fact, certain parts almost never figure in the self-image during action." When parts are not included in the self-image, then disfunction is the outcome. Click to read more about the Self Image

I am delighted to be assisting Julie Peck in teaching a two-day workshop in Calgary.

Julie lives in Perth, Australia. She is making a cross-Canada tour promoting the Kelowna Feldenkrais Training which starts in June of this year.

Julie creates deeply enriching learning experiences. Each day of the workshop is a different topic - accommodating single-day registrations. However, we encourage you to come for both to really integrate the learning.

The "Early Bird" fee is only $170 so don't delay.** [Click for more information.

The workshop will be at the Westgate Community Hall in a pleasant residential area ([4943-8 Ave SW Calgary, click for GoogleMap).

I anticipate that we will have the building to ourselves. There is a kitchen with refrigerator space, and lots of open space, outside. Restaurants are within 5 minutes (driving).

Winter, 2020 Class

Get the kinks out, feel more ready for life! The Tuesday evening class starts January 7.

The New Year is a time of change, returning to learning. As we move more into winter, there is the dropping away of the bursts of energy and expansion so much apart of summer, and a turning inward, toward reflection.

Whether you have cranky hips, stiff low back, grumbling shoulders, complaining jaws, touchy toes, you will find something in each class that eases your discomfort and gives you a sense of optimism for the year.

What is your way of increasing your sense of health and vitality? Come experience the Feldenkrais Method, which has helped so many to resolve back pain & enjoy life again. With or without back pain, you can benefit from this class. 

In this class you will discover new ways for the possibilities of movement to begin to flow from your center, along your limbs, to your hands and feet.  Experience the possibility of moving with comfort and ease.

In order to be able to do this, you will do gentle movements under guided instruction and with awareness. These will be done while sitting, standing and lying on the floor.

All you need to attend this class is a desire to learn new ways of moving. All movements can be modified for individual needs.

The weekly series continues on Tuesday evenings,  starting Tuesday January 7 at 7 pm for 1 hour

 Calgary Jewish Centre, 1607 90 Avenue SW
(call 403-253-8600 to register)

Fee: the usual fees are: CJC Members: $140; non-members: $160. Drop-ins welcome. Drop-in Fee: $16. Register at the front desk.

Please plan to arrive five minutes before your first class to register.

Bring:a large towel.

What to Wear. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Sometimes the classroom can be cool, so socks are recommended.

At the beginning of class you will want to remove jewelry or earrings, belts with buckles and items from your pockets (e.g. keys) which may become uncomfortable. During the class you will remove your glasses. 

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