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Join us for the Move Better, Feel Better online conference starting May 1 for 10 days.

Each day there will be

2 Awareness Through Movement® lessons,

3 speakers, and 

a panel discussion.

Did I mention it is FREE?

Not only does the Move Better, Feel Better: Feldenkrais Awareness Summit include incredibly diverse topics, it is FREE for the first 48 hours after each talk.

 

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.
 

9 Themes

The 2020 Awareness Summit has nine themes.

One of the tracks that grabs my attention is Sports. There are three potent speakers in this track, sharing their knowledge about swimming, weight training, and Horse Riding, followed by a panel discussion. All are top athletes, and so I am intrigued to hear how they find the Feldenkrais Method adds to their work.

If this track isn’t your cup of tea, there are eight others:

  • Grace while Aging
  • Embodied Anatomy
    * Fitness
    * Physical Challenges
    * Essential Feldenkrais
    * Physiology meets Spirituality
    * Emotional Intelligence
    * Somatics at Large

For details, come to: https://feldenkraissummit.com/

I recommend this free conference because it connects like-minded people around the world in quality learning.

Seeing them all, sequentially is a big job. Many of us would like to watch them at your leisure. Thus, there will be an option to upgrade for an All Access Pass.
Full disclosure: If you do upgrade at some point in the future, I may receive compensation for that upgrade. But that isn’t why I recommend it. I recommend it because it is truly some of the best free learning you can get.


I hope you will be one of thousands that register and tune in.

 

Concepts are not Reality

  Can you find the Figures?

Sometimes I think of my Feldenkrais practice as looking between the obvious structures.

Can we say that the figures are not there just because there is no solid object?

It is a bit the same as our talking about the Nervous System, and systems thinking, in general. (click to read a bit more)

Crooked - A Great Book to read, to gift/re-gift

Fariya Doctor, a practitioner in St. Catherines, ON, writes,

"Caroline came to me after reading the book “Crooked". Like the author, Caroline had suffered on and off with back pain for decades. Reading this book was a real revelation for Caroline." Read more about Caroline's remarkable discoveries with Fariya.

The inspiration for Crooked emerged from the personal experience of Cathryn Jakobson Ramin. She writes, "I’d struggled with backache and sciatica for years. Like millions of other back pain sufferers, I was overwhelmed with ill-defined options for treatment. Which would work?"

What is great is she gives the Feldenkrais Method a thumbs up! Read the summary in the New York Times.

Crooked - A Great Book!

The inspiration for Crooked emerged from the personal experience of Cathryn Jakobson Ramin. She writes, "I’d struggled with backache and sciatica for years. Like millions of other back pain sufferers, I was overwhelmed with ill-defined options for treatment. Which would work?"

What is great is she gives the Feldenkrais Method a thumbs up! Read the summary in the New York Times.

Discomfort, Grief and COVID

Feeling fatigued? Loss of motivation? Anxiety? Maybe what you are feeling is Anticipatory Grief. A recent article in Harvard Business Review really hits it on the head (click here
They state, “There’s denial, which we say a lot of early on: This virus won’t affect us. There’s anger: You’re making me stay home and taking away my activities. There’s bargaining: Okay, if I social distance for two weeks everything will be better, right? There’s sadness: I don’t know when this will end. And finally there’s acceptance. This is happening; I have to figure out how to proceed.”

The article outlines the stages of grief and has suggestions for how we can handle them. For example, “Our goal is not to ignore those images or to try to make them go away — your mind won’t let you do that and it can be painful to try and force it. The goal is to find balance in the things you’re thinking.” — Balance here is not the kind of balance of precarious balance - standing on tippy toes at a cliff edge — just the opposite — instead finding internal support, finding our skeleton, and how it supports us, and through that, our balance returns. A good way to find balance is to take a Feldenkrais class.

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)

Get a New Swing

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]

Hands On Demo

Stephanie Menase, a practitioner in Paris, has created a delightful 15-minute summary of an individual Feldenkrais lesson, which we call Functional Integration. She used a doll to highlight a lesson with a 55-year old man. the changes that the man experiences are highlighted by the use of the doll. (click to read more)

Health Benefits

 

Click to Learn about the Training in Kelowna

 

Life is a somatic journey. A journey of thoughts and feelings, memories, actions, reflections. From birth to death, this somatic aspect of ourselves unfolds. 

Make a difference

  • becoming aware of the journey and recognizing the space
  • developing intentionality
  • becoming able to intentionally be in a space.

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.

 

Life as Adventure

Moshe Feldenkrais

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.
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