Feldenkrais

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.
 

We have invited a a special teacher from New York to share with Calgarians a unique way of understanding ourselves which increases our ability to be balanced in life. Anastasi Siotas, is highly recognized world-wide for his teaching and depth of knowledge in many areas. He seamlessly blends his background in dance and marine biology with his curiosity with 21-century anatomy. 

Being in Anastasi's classroom is a unique experience, not to be missed. His vast exposure to the Feldenkrais world and his deep understanding of the human body anatomy come together to "light the mat" with situations and information that enrich our somatic education." -- Eric Ferron

Anastasi’s teaching provides a wonderfully kind and gentle environment for learning. His understanding of the human anatomy combined with his mastery of the feldenkrais material helps students to further their self-exploration in an informed and assured way. -- Alex Cohen

He writes,

The ability to remain balanced in our ever-changing world requires a coordination that is in a state of refinement over our lifetime. The Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education provides precise tools for such continuous self-study and leads to ever broader skills that bring more balance to life. The practical movement explorations called Awareness Through Movement® reveal something innate in all human beings; the ability to learn ever more efficient ways of going about any activity of daily life.

Feldenkrais lessons mine the richness of evolutionary and developmental modes of locomotion and unlock their potential for improving ones ability to find ones feet well-grounded while standing tall and moving.

The feeling of effortless movement and sense of balance arises when all our systems; muscular, skeletal and fascial work in an integrated way with our neurology and emotions. No part of our system works more than necessary thus freeing disproportionate tensions that hinder our comfort. Feldenkrais lessons explore the “how” of finding this state of ease and support Biotensegrity: a 21st-century anatomical concept that views all organisms as a complex integration of cellular subsystems. The connection of all of ourselves in everything we do is a principle of the Feldenkrais Method.

 

This workshop is for you if:

• You are curious about how to improve your sense of ease in life

• You like to learn new useful things

• You want to experience and learn new ways to improve performance (athletics, performing arts, arts, etc.)

• You want to further your understanding of being human

• You would like to be part of a profession that truly helps others achieve

• You are considering a Feldenkrais training and becoming a Feldenkrais Practitioner

 

Come and join Anastasi, one of the teaching staff of the upcoming Kelowna Feldenkrais Training and discover how you can move into a more balanced and easeful life using the Feldenkrais Method.

About Anastasi Siotas

Anastasi is a Greek-Australian well known for his expertise in structural anatomy gained through studies and teaching in diverse fields such as marine cell biology, modern dance, and biotensegrity. Anastasi completed his Feldenkrais training in Sydney, Australia. In 1997 he moved to New York City where he studied NLP and at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, where he currently teaches Kinesthetic Anatomy. Anastasi has been assisting in the training of new Feldenkrais practitioners in NYC continuously since 1998, as well as working as a visiting assistant trainer for programs in Boston, Baltimore, Vienna/Austria, Tokyo/Japan, Dalian/China, and Greece.  


 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch other videos of Anastasi teaching:

 

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.

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)

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.

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

 

Mindfulness

  'Mindfulness' is everywhere these days and often associated with a sitting meditation practice. Another avenues for exploring mindfulness is the Feldenkrais Method®. Marsha Novak gives an overview of the mindful practices in the Feldenkrais Method. 

In the same issue, Seth Dellinger writes about how "creativity is one of the central components of the experience of being human".

Margot Schaal writes that the essential aspect of being human is the ability to make decisions. Whether it be when to turn the head, or which path to take to work, or larger life decisions.

Click to see all the articles

Moshe at Esalen (1972)

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.

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.

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