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Why Crawling Is So Important

Eliza Parker writes so clearly about this topic. She covers important topics such as brain development: the magic of crisscrossing; the spine learns about rotating (twisting); preparing the hip joints for standing and walking; and several other important aspects, including preparation for reading!

Makes you want to get down and crawl right now! Read the full article here

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Visual Persistence

Visual persistence leads to a class of illusions that allow the many marvels of video. This informs us a bit about one characteristic of the nervous system which can be observed in each of pour perceptual systems. Fortunately, these effects persist for only a number of seconds.

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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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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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What to Do When Opening the Mouth Is Difficult

Sandra Bradshaw brings us a new, simple approach to easing the discomfort with the jaw entitled, Enjaw” Yourself with an Out-of-the-Box Strategy

Release Jaw Tension

She writes, "You open and close your mouth multiple times every day. It’s a simple action until you have restrictions in the jaw. Eating, talking, breathing, moving in general are all affected by the ability to open and close the mouth." 

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7 Balance Exercises: Feldenkrais style

Using the Feldenkrais Method, Bones for Life and Integral Human Gait theory, Cynthia Allen provides seven easy tips for improving balance that you can do at home. Click to watch this intriguing Video.

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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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Balance-When we don't have it

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Balance. What we know…what others don’t know…and what we can do about it.

Alan Questel, a highly respected trainer of the Feldenkrais Method, recently wrote about the intriguing idea of Balance. He introduced the idea as, "Balance is fascinating...its up there with gravity...self-image...creativity...self-organization.... One of Feldenkrais’ biggest claims to fame was how he could make the abstract, concrete. By helping someone improve his or her balance we are making the abstract concrete. Our work is based in action. "

Questel asks "Is it about balance, or about feeling unbalanced?" and "How do we know we have balance..?" Click to read more.

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Active Sitting

natural Sitting

When you’re busy at your computer, reading, or watching TV, you may forget that you’re also sitting - until you get up, and feel pain or stiffness. As with all our activities, how we sit makes a big difference in how we will feel. Feldenkrais® lessons help you become aware of how you habitually sit, and what changes would contribute to greater comfort.(click to read more)

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Perspectives on Anxiety

Feldenkrais Trainer, Donna Ray, writes, "Anxiety shows itself in many ways. Not only does The Feldenkrais Method, help us overcome fear and anxiety it teaches us to focus on life's pleasures.

"Pleasant movement and intensification of the present time often go unappreciated. After participating in Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lessons people report feeling comfortable, alert, elegant and youthful during simple daily activities, like conversing with a friend, driving, walking, playing tennis or golf." Donna Ray is also a Licensed Individual Marriage & Family Therapist in Souther California with 30 years of experience.

Click to read more about the Feldenkrais Method approach to easing Anxiety.

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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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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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Without your balance, life feels downside-up

balanceA recent article in the Washington Post intrigued me. The byline was, "Ever wondered about how we stay on our feet?" 

they write, '"Most people would say you have five senses: touch, sight, hearing, smell and taste. Recently, scientists have expanded their view of what makes up a sense. For example, some would argue that hunger is a sense and that the abilities to feel pain and pressure are senses.

Without your sense of balance, you couldn’t stand or walk without falling on your face. Balance is the result of the brain processing information that comes from three systems: your eyes, your inner ear and something called proprioception."

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