Join us for a fascinating 2-day workshop exploring how two opposites (stability and falling) are part of being human
Stability and falling, seemingly opposite experiences in our life, are complementary actions that become one through self-preservation.
During the workshop we will experience Stability and Falling as complementary actions, and explore healthy self-preservation through increasing efficiency of action, using a delicate and safe learning process.
The instructor, Moti Nativ, comes direct from Israel to teach this workshop in Calgary.
This 2-day workshop is suitable to everyone – no need for previous experience in the Feldenkrais Method.
Dates: Nov 10 & 11, 2018
Location: Calgary Jewish Centre
This workshop gives you valuable ideas on how to increase your stability and reduce falling and injuries. The instructor, Moti Nativ, has studied these issues from many perspectives. This workshop has been offered in many locations around the world. Participants have been very satisfied with what they learned.
Those who are care providers will broaden their knowledge about stability and ways to maintain it and will learn valuable new ideas and tools.
Feldenkrais practitioners will experience the explorations of young Dr. Feldenkrais as a martial artist. Through his knowledge we’ll learn some of the Martial Arts principles that are foundational to the Feldenkrais Method.
Moti writes, "We practice the principles of the Feldenkrais Method of somatic education, explaining principles of efficient and effortless action. You will experience meaningful yet unfamiliar movements, practical yet challenging actions, in a dynamic and safe way. Learn to elicit rapid recruitment of more efficient movement patterns using Awareness Through Movement (ATM) lessons in a safe and interactive situation. Explore the use of gravity, momentum, timing, and direction of movement to develop abilities such as the dynamic management of balance and counterbalance, and effective interaction with the environment. This workshop will be engaging, transformational and fun for all! "
Why I am sponsoring Moti
A note from Rob Black.
I have known Moti for over 10 years, having participated in two workshops at the Annual Conference of the Feldenkrais Guild of North America, and having worked with him on international projects. It has been a dream of mine for people in Calgary (and practitioners at a distance) to experience the very special quality that makes this man.
Moti meets you as a human being; immediately upon meeting him, through his humanness, you also feel more capable, more aware. He embodies the Feldenkrais Method.
His workshops have been inspiring for me, for he takes very important aspects of being human, even some things that we fear, or avoid, and shows us how they can be more accessible, and through this, we can be more human. Of course, a lot of the workshops are about movements, and practicing on the floor before trying them upright. The way that he encapsulates the story of the movements gives the participants a very special sense of safety and support.
As a Feldenkrais practitioner, as I hear him speaking from this place of humanness, I see possibilities for how I can grow and develop. As I listen to the way he leads the class, I learn new ways of being a teacher.
Because of the special way Moti communicates, everybody learns, at many levels. Thus, professionals in movement sciences will discover new ideas for themselves and their patients/clients. Martial Artists will find that their practice deepens profoundly. Massage therapists will find they can have greater ease and effectiveness. Counsellors and Psychologists with interest in somatic aspects of therapy will discover a whole new space for exploration and understanding.
Come and enjoy this very special event.
Here is a recent 5-minute interview as he describes some aspects of a related workshop.
Moti Nativ, a retired Colonel from the Israeli Defense Force, is a certified Feldenkrais practitioner and master teacher of Bujinkan - Budo TaiJutsu. He holds a black belt in Judo and is a certified Krav Maga instructor. He served as past president of the Israeli Feldenkrais Guild.
"My life-long research into movement brings me deeper into the roots of Dr. Feldenkrais' work. I reveal his development as a martial artist and show the links between this process and the development of the Feldenkrais Method. Moshe’s book On Better Judo provides evidence of Feldenkrais' transformational process from a Judo Master to becoming the founder of the Feldenkrais Method.”
Read more in Moti’s article: http://bit.ly/betterjudo
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.
||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)
An octogenarian with thirty-nine year of military service, Max walked daily for one to two hours with Gael, his standard poodle. Post-retirement, he'd taken up golf, playing at a local course in a senior’s league where the minimum age was sixty.
Max suggested to his Feldenkrais practitioner to run a class for golfers from Jack Heggie’s CD set, Total Body Golf. He posted a few flyers with the silhouette of a man swinging a golf club beneath the title, "New Country for Old Men…Movement Lessons for Men over Fifty." Max showed up with a golf club in hand for the inaugural class. Two weeks later..
[Click to read how this Golf class became so much more]
Sarah Kowalski reflects on embodying resilience.
|To cultivate resilience, one must cultivate the visceral experience of resilience. She asks, "Unless the body experiences stability and support, is it possible to experience resilience?" click to read more
HOW MOSHE FELDENKRAIS REMINDS ME THAT LIFE IS AN ADVENTURE
|When Ilona Freid immersed herself in the method, she "began to understand that the way my entire self moved, from how I breathed to how I used my toes when walking, had contributed to my injury. The pain had been the result of what Dr. Feldenkrais called the poor “organization” of my system" Click to read more.
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
What was it like to be in Esalen in 1972 participating in a special workshop with the top persons in the burgeoning field of Human Potential, taught by Dr. Feldenkrais? Judith Stransky was there. In a rare interview with Larry Goldfarb she about her experiences with Dr. Feldenkrais, the classes, the individual sessions, and more. Fascinating! Click for more information and to listen.
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.
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)
|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.
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.
"Mr. Duffy lived a short distance from his body.” – James Joyce
Marsha Novak writes, "What I typically do, especially in individual sessions, is help folks of all ages and abilities with movement related problems. The key – and this brings us back to Mr. Duffy – is to help people truly live in their bodies.
How does Marsha do this? Click to read further.
Get the kinks out, feel more ready for life! The Tuesday evening class resumes April 3. We will find ways to increase comfort in joints - ankles, wrists, elbows, the jaw...
This continues the themes from earlier this year. 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.
Tuesday evenings, 7pm. starting April 3, at the Calgary Jewish Centre.
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
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.
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
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.