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Wake Up Your Body and Your Brain - Workshop

Three experienced **Feldenkrais** instructors teaching -- for a week!
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 wellbeing
* Reduce tension and discomfort
* Improve your posture
* Enhance the quality and range of your turning and bending
Don't miss out -- Click for more information.

 

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Take the Intentional Stance

Dan Dennett's "Three Levels of Analysis" helps us understand different approaches to help people resolving pain. The Feldenkrais Method focuses very much on the "systems" approach described in the third approach, whereas most others are in the first or second. What can make the article even more valuable is to reflect on how you use these three levels in your daily life. It is quite empowering to select a different level...
Click to read Todd Hargrove's summary.

 

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Practice Effectively

Practice Effectively

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)

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How the Feldenkrais Method Cultivates Resilience and Maturity

Resiliency

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

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Why Saying Is Believing — The Science Of Self-Talk

self TalkBody Image is a complex topic. Often we think it is limited to how we picture ourselves. Research with persons with eating disorders often have significantly inaccurate representations of the shape of their bodies. But what if we go a step further, to the statements we make about ourselves. For example, the bulimic person may say "I'm too fat".

Psychologist Ethan Kross of the University of Michigan studied the pronouns people use when they talk to themselves silently, inside their minds.

"What we find," Kross says, "is that a subtle linguistic shift — shifting from 'I' to your own name — can have really powerful self-regulatory effects." (click to read more)

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The Feldenkrais Journal 2016

 Many students look forward to finding the yearly Feldenkrais Journal in my waiting area. This year, there is a treat for you: It is available online  -- in two formats!

You have two options for reading the Journal online! Check it out using the online publisher ISSUU or download
the pdf
. Either option includes the entire print version of our 29th issue, "Aesthetic Experience," as well as bonus features! 

This issue contains articles by Sheryl Field, Franz Wurm, Ilona Fried, and more! Prepare to have your understanding of the Feldenkrais Method expanded.

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3-minute Online lessons

These new online lessons emerged as I thought about how my students in the evening classes might continue their learning throughout the week after the class. Follow this link to increase your comfort!

Ease your Neck, Increase Your Balance & Back Comfort when lying down

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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)

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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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Improve Yourself, Improve Your Life

When you know you need a change, but you’re not sure where to get started...

The Houstonia had a recent article about the Feldenkrais Method. "“No stretching, no pushing, no trying.” That’s the refrain of instructor MaryBeth Smith as she leads a half dozen students through the Feldenkrais Method in a drafty room inside the Jung Center. Smith speaks in a soft, even tone, offering just enough instruction to keep me focused and mindful."

"it’s like anti-yoga. And yet at the end of each series, Smith directs us to return to lying flat and feel how the pattern of pressure of our bodies against the floor has changed." Click to read how.

 

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Do You Know Where Your Fingers Are?

LaviniaLavinia Plonka writes, "The other day, I was teaching a lesson that put the hand into what some people call "backbend" position, a term which is unfamiliar for many. So I suggested that people place the hand on the floor with the fingers pointing toward the shoulder.
One woman had her fingers placed exactly right. However, she said, "That's impossible! I can't point my fingers toward my shoulders! They're pointed towards the wall!" (click to read what happened next!)

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Connecting Phenomenology and Anatomy

PhenomanatomicalMatt Zepellin writes, "approaching stillness in meditation can be greatly helped through the kind of anatomical-phenomenological practice methods..." and so in connecting Phenomenology and Anatomy, he coined the word, "Phenomanatomical", which opens the discussion of "the role of scientifically derived information and imagery in phenomenological practice." Zeppelin identifies certain paradoxes in direct experience of anatomy, including how one can be mindful when direct experience is not possible. Click to read more.

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Tiny Eye Movements Restored His Vision

David Webber

In this video on CBC, Dr. Doidge interviews David Webber, a man who lost his sight and then got it back with the Feldenkrais method, which uses the principles of brain plasticity. He now teaches others through his Seeing Clearly workshops. Click to watch this amazing video.

 

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Emotional Pain Affects the Body

Julia Breckenreid writes, "Back when I was 30, my life fell apart. My marriage collapsed, I sank into a depression, and I lost my home, money, and self-respect. I also blew out my knee. ... Long after I had put my life back together, my knee still hurt. I tried everything to fix it..."
"And then one day, about five years ago, I did a curious thing. I decided to try to really listen to my bad knee."
Click to discover what she heard that changed her.

 

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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)

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Benefits Of The Feldenkrais® Method For Flautists

learningCaryn Truppman was attracted to this system of exercise and guided movement by her own personal history of injury and recovery. She writes, "Flautists tend to concentrate attention on specific parts of their bodies, such as the hands or fingers and may be unaware of the rest of themselves. A Feldenkrais lesson is designed to shift attention between the body as a whole, and specific parts. For example, if a musician has pain in the back or shoulders when he/she raises the flute, we might extend awareness into the feet and explore balance. This lengthens the back, engages the abdominals, brings the weight forward and changes the habitual way of lifting the flute. Instead of continuing to recreate a pain pattern, one can create a new habit instead." Click to read her article ... and her example lesson.

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Sample Teaching in a Rolling Lesson

Rolling from back to side with arms in hoops -- with background thinking about how the movement can be facilitated.  - Click to view this video:

Teaching ATM

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When Evidence Says No, But Doctors Say Yes

graphic"Years after research contradicts common practices, patients continue to demand them and doctors continue to deliver. The result is an epidemic of unnecessary and unhelpful treatment." writes David Epstein in ProPublica, February 22, 2017. This extensive article identifies a number of common treatments that have questionable evidence. The dilemma further outlined in the article for the average person is, when these treatments are proposed, if we question them, some medical practitioners react strongly. This article opens the debate and confirms any scepticism you may have (click to read)

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