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Become a Super Ager

suer Aging(From NYTimes, Dec 31, 2016) Think about the people in your life who are 65 or older. Some of them are experiencing the usual mental difficulties of old age, like forgetfulness or a dwindling attention span. Yet others somehow manage to remain mentally sharp. My father-in-law, a retired doctor, is 83 and he still edits books and runs several medical websites.

 Why do some older people remain mentally nimble while others decline? “Superagers” (a term coined by the neurologist Marsel Mesulam) are those whose memory and attention isn’t merely above average for their age, but is actually on par with healthy, active 25-year-olds.

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Improve the Flexibility in your Knees

Sandra Bradshaw writes,

If You Can’t Bend Your Knees You’re Hooped

Winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding, curling, ice skating and skiing all require soft knees. To walk safely on ice your also need soft knees to place your feet firmly on the ground. If you suffer from arthritis knees often take a hit as both standing and walking become laborious.

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It Matters Why it Works

Todd Hargrove asks, "Why exactly does someone feel better after massage? Or acupuncture? Or foam rolling? Or a chiropractic adjustment, or wearing K-tape, or doing mobility drills, or a hamstring stretch?"

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Through one movement, we change many things

Mia SegalMaster Feldenkrais teacher, Mia Segal, shares her teaching of a short lesson which provides delightful changes in only 11 minutes. This was taught to a group of people which allows you to see the varieties of ways that people interpreted the same directions.

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Predictive Coding-Expectation Matters

headsOur internal system predicts our feelings as much as the actual sensation. This is the perspective of the field of Predictive Coding.  Want to know more about why your pain seems different from the apparent injury? Todd Hargrove has done a delightful summary of this perspective, helping us understand a variety of sensory experiences, illusions (as at left) and pain experience. Click for more information.

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Musical Savant Can Play Any Song

.... In Any Style Despite His Disability

Holding on, When its time has passed

A recent commercial highlights how we hold on to things, and our difficulty in letting go: A skydiving woman holding a sewing machine. It is an outrageous thought. And yet we all hold on to things long past our need for them, even in situations where holding them is potentially risky. Further, it is also very difficult to even consider letting them go. A delightful video! Of course, there is an app that "makes it easy". Maybe in the real world, the Feldenkrais Method is the "app".

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Precision and Attention to Detail

Old Wood WorkerThis old man man making gorgeous boxes is absolutely sublime! 

He is a complete master at woodworking and marquetry. And the only things more incredible than watching his progress are his finished products.

Learn About the Method

ATM ClassFeldenkrais Trainer and Professional Training Program Director, David Zemach-Bersin, Teaches an Awareness Through Movement Lesson, includes an introduction preceding, and an explanation following. This lesson was given live at a recent Introductory Workshop held by the Feldenkrais Institute of New York and Feldenkrais Professional Training Programs. 

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So Much More than Movement

How We Move

Buffy Owens recently wrote, "I love how the ways we work with ourselves in class begin to reverberate throughout our lives. For many it means moving more slowly, doing less and sensing more! For most, this is something new."

"For others, it means moving more—

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Shoulder Check Made Easy

Shoulder CheckSandra Bradshaw, Feldenkrais Practitioner in Kelowna, BC, has a great idea in this video. She writes, Do you have difficulty shoulder checking while driving? 

Learn why leaning back while driving restricts movement to look over your shoulder, and how one small change can make shoulder checking easier. If you want to practice to make turning even easier, Sandra Bradshaw provides a short movement lesson. This Awareness Through Movement (ATM) lesson helps you to shoulder check safely and with ease. 

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Steps, from I wont to I did it

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Walking On Ice

People new to Oslo need advice on how to walk on ice. Here is a graphic that has been used. 

To read further, click here. To learn some ideas on finding your balance on your feet, try my short explorations of the 4 corners of the foot (click here)

Walk in Ice - Oslo

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Continuous Standing to lying clock

Standing to Lying clockThis video of six people forming a wheel or clock, slowly going from lying to standing and back to lying down \ is fascinating... and a bit hypnotic. Click to view (in facebook) 

 

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Principles for Difficult Times

power vision

 Cynthia Allen recently wrote, "...the Feldenkrais Method might get labeled as a physical movement modality, but it is really a way of evolving all human movement which includes emotion and thinking."

"To have choice one must be able to discern differences". Discerning differences  is important in the physical body, but, perhaps is even more important in our emotional and social lives. (click to read more)

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People with Multiple Sclerosis

MS and FeldenkraisBeth Rubenstein, a Feldenkrais practitioner and Physiotherapist, has a very personal connection with MS. "My family has been involved with the MS society for as long as I can remember." She taught a weekly Awareness Through Movement® (ATM®) class sponsored by the MS Society.

The Feldenkrais Method explores how the brain and our nervous system can change. ... Click to read more

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Snow Shovel Adaptor

The HeftI don't usually have comments about products, but a student recently wrote about her experience with the Heft, and I thought I would pass on her thoughts.

"...when we had that bit of snow I got (the Heft) out and attached it to my shovel.  This is a plastic handle that you attach to the shovel so that your left hand has an additional handle and you don't have to bend to lift or push the snow.  It really makes a difference. "

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