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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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)

Dynamic Stability and the Art of Falling

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

  Click to  Register Now 

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
Rob BlackA 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.

    Click to  Register Now 

About Moti

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

 

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. 

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.

Parkinsons and Tango

 Parkinsons De-Tangled

Somehow, when a person with Parkinson's Disease begins to follow the rhythm in dance (such as the Tango), the shuffling gait smooths out and graceful, easy movements emerge. This video shows wonderful examples.

Pelvic Health

A new video with Dr. Deborah Bowes describes her CD series, Pelvic Health and Awareness,how the series helps a variety of urinary and related problems, including increased sexual function.

Click to order.

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