Spring Into Your Life

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.



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.


If you get all Twisted in the Holiday Season...

Some of us get a little twisted out of shape at this time of year. Emotional knots; rushing; extra hopes and expectations. And all this gets translated into the body, viscerally and physically.
There is nothing like a Feldenkrais class or Individual Session to help us feel our inner rhythm so we can be more in tune with our true selves.

In this short newsletter you can discover the upcoming classes, and availability for individual (FI) sessions. Further, as always, some links to fascinating ideas and experiences.




Rare Video of Dr Feldenkrais

Curious about how Dr. Feldenkrais taught classes?

In this video hear Dr. Feldenkrais instruct about some ideas on improving turning. He introduces it with some "silly" rules:

"Do what you can, and don't do it correctly; don't do it nicely" and the lesson unfolds. Click to watch. (it is on Facebook)


The FELDENKRAIS Method: Healing

Many people find the following video compelling and reflecting their experience with the Feldenkrais Method.

The video was produced by Brush Fire Films and was broadcast as part of a series on healing in 2007 called "The Genesis of Healing". This video does not appear as part of their collection.


Crooked-Outwitting the Back Pain Industry

"A must read for everyone who works with people with back pain, or has back pain" writes Dr. Deborah Bowes. She continues, "It's well researched and emphasizes that each person needs to take responsibility for their improvement, and the necessary role of awareness with movement. She has an interesting and alarming history of the back pain industry worldwide."

In a radio interview recently in San Francisco, she endorsed the Feldenkrais Method as a fantastic way for learning how to change your movement habits.

Available at Chapters/Indigo for $23.42 (online) and a Kobo edition is $18.(click to go there)

The author, Cathryn Jakobson Ramin, was interviewed on CBC's The Current recently. Click for the transcript.


Dizziness and Vestibular Disorders

S. called me today saying she had to cancel our appointment. "I was so looking forward to our appointment, but now I am so dizzy I cannot even get up." S has a vestibular disorder which has emerged from a "mild" brain injury that occurred in a very minor car accident. The Feldenkrais Method helps, and she has days when there are no problems, but there are other days when she can only lie in a darkened room...

If dizziness is so severe the world swims around you, visit the website of the Vestibular Disorders Association-click here


Some Distance from Your Body

"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 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]


Turn into the New Year

Get the kinks out, feel more ready for life! The Tuesday evening class resumes January 9, 2018 with a new theme of twisting and turning.

This continues the themes from earlier. 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.
Click for class information.


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)]


Running Hints - that really work

Jae Gruenke aims to make you feel like you’re flying next time you lace up those training shoes.

Grunke has a delightful website, and shares her observations often weekly. Recent topics have been on popular topics such as, shoulder tension, lower back pain, runners Knee and IT Bands. In a recent blog she summarized some special ideas:

"I firmly believe there is no such thing as a new way of running. No one is going to invent a method that works better than the way our species overall spontaneously runs.

So a running technique teacher such as myself has the job, not of inventing new things, but..." (click to read further)

 Click to view other topics in her blog area.




Parkinsons: How a Watch Helped Emma Write Again

At 33, Emma Lawton is one of the 2% of people with Parkinson’s before they are 40. Emma had been an illustrator, but her tremors made it impossible to draw, even write her name.

After she put on the device called "Emmas Watch" she gained control again in writing and drawing. Microsoft's Emma Watch, still in prototype form, uses vibrating motors – similar to those found in mobile phones – "to distract the brain into focusing on something other than trying to control the patient’s limbs". Click here to read more. 


Avoid Crippling Falls After Age 50

Although falls increase with age, they are not an inevitable part of aging. A variety of steps can be taken to avoid falls, beginning with balance exercises. “I feel more balanced, confident and strong,” says Nicholson, who takes classes at Future Life Now, a health and learning center in Cincinnati that focuses on holistic health practices.

Read the full article here


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.


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.


A More Physical Form of Mindfulness

Interview with  Guy Claxton, cognitive scientist and professor emeritus at the University of Winchester, where he founded the Centre for Real-World Learning. Author of the new book, “Intelligence in the Flesh: Why Your Mind Needs Your Body Much More Than It Thinks.” Also author of “The Wayward Mind” and “Hare Brain, Tortoise Mind.” (@GuyClaxton)

Claxton describes himself: I'm a sort-of-retired academic - a cognitive scientist - specialising in  well-founded ways of enhancing human intelligence.  I'm interested in and contribute to the research, but I am even more interested in its practical applications - in schools, in businesses, and in therapeutic and spiritual contexts.

 In a recent book, "A More Physical Form of Mindfulness", Claxton argues that we suffer, personally and as a society, by identifying intelligence exclusively with abstract and rational thinking, and that the science of 'embodied cognition' tells us that we have to count the body as intelligent too. Thinking is essentially visceral as well as cerebral.

 If you would like to get more of a flavour of the book, you can download the introductory chapter here

Or, listen to the interview: 



Why a M.D. Became a Feldenkrais Practitioner

Lori Malkoff was a successful doctor in Encinitas, near San Diego. Yet she decided to take the Feldenkrais training. Why? She outlined her reasons in a recent article on her website. Dr. Malkoff is a physically active woman, surfing, golfing, running and even playing basketball. She writes, "It all started in 1993 on a surfboard. I was doing a drop knee cut back on a longer board, and I felt a pop in my left knee." The pain kept appearing; she went to many specialists and finally accepted surgery. "This was useless. Nothing helped, even one year after surgery."

Then she met a Feldenkrais practitioner, Mark Reese. Little did she know that he was one of the top practitioners and trainers world-wide. After a few individual sessions and some group classes, not only was there no more pain, she felt younger and more vibrant.

She thought about the training for some time, then decided, "I'm going to be 4 years older in 4 years, whether I take the training or not. I might as well be 4 years smarter with a certification and new level of expertise!!"

 Since then, she has continued with her athletic pursuits, even to the point of tearing ligaments in her knee. With her Feldenkrais approach she is able to continue all her activities. Click to read her article.