We are amazing. As we grow, change, learn a new skill or are injured, our brain adapts our movement to our new body. Watch a baby on its back kick its feet and try to reach for them, slowly discovering that if s/he reaches with one hand a roll to that side begins. Go ahead and try it if you want, and don’t forget to smile. It is fun.
Small tiny movements like this stimulate the brain to learn. As we age, are injured, or diseased we often use old habitual movement patterns even though they may now be dysfunctional, cause pain, or limit our ability to go further in a new skill. Feldenkrais® ATM® classes lead you in exploring tiny painless movements which your brain uses to create a more functional, comfortable and elegant movement. Simple functions such as breathing, walking, bending, reaching, singing, running, playing an instrument or even sitting become less painful, easier, and finally even elegant. As the pain and tension used in maintaining a dysfunctional pattern decreases, relaxation and a sense of wellbeing often accompany the new ease of motion. We are dynamic systems, responding not just to internal stimuli but also to our environment. Think of how you respond to an uneven sidewalk, a car veering toward you, or a sudden noise.
Exploring the "Core" Sept 24, Oct 1, 8 & 15 = 5:45 - 6:45pm
We hear so much about strengthening the core, but all the strength in the world won't help a poorly organized set of core muscles. By becoming aware of our core musculature and how it supports us in our activities- walking, sitting, bending, reaching and yes, even breathing - we will become more comfortable in everything we do. Weight will move through our body in a balanced fashion decreasing strain on the hips, knees and feet. Most of those who come with pain will leave with a greater sense of comfort and significantly less pain.
Cost is $60 for the series of 4 classes and unless you have established credit, payment will be due in advance. The class is upstairs and there is no disabled access.
Bring a heavy towel or light mat and wear loose, comfortable clothing so you can move comfortably.
Vision, Balance and Stability
Wed Sept. 25, Oct 2,9,16 at 9:30AM
Do you want to see better without strain? Do you want better balance and stability?
If so, these lessons are for you.
One of our most powerful senses is that of vision. Just like much of our learning, we learn to see as children and never revisit learning to “see”. The eyes contain the physics of seeing. The rest is done with the brain. The brain takes the image, adds to it the input coming from the other senses, compares it with previous situations and images, then makes sense of it and finally tells us what we are “seeing”. When the brain can't make complete sense of it we are unstable, unbalanced, stressed.
Your eyes themselves change as you age, from use, misuse, from computer displays, nutrients and stress. Also your brain has new experiences and images which influence what you perceive, or think you see.
Is this image 2 faces or a vase?
Just learning how to relax your eyes is blissful.
Here you will not only work with strengthening and integrating the muscles of the eyes but sense the shape of the eyeball and lens & explore how you perceive your external environment but also experience how changes in perception effect your balance, stability, movement and even your mood.
Classes will be limited to 6 people. The cost is $60 for the 4 lessons
Prepayment is required for those who do not make other arrangements since a place will be held for you, preventing someone else from participating. For those of you who are new directions to the studio will be sent when you preregister.
In Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement Lessons (ATM®) you will be guided through movements in lying, standing or sitting. The patterns of movement allow the student first to differentiate how a specific part of the body is involved in a movement and then to integrate the movement throughout the body. Extraneous movements and tensions disappear and only those necessary to the completed functional movement remain. Tension is released as unnecessary muscle contraction melts away and there is a sense of relaxation, a byproduct of the lesson. Often movements previously painful become much less so, or even pain free as the learning progresses.
You will notice certain movements seem easier or more natural. Old, habitual movement patterns often disappear as newer, more functional alternatives are discovered. The subtle ATM® movements develop not only awareness, but also flexibility and coordination.
The insight you gain into how you can support yourself and move without unnecessary tension helps to relax the mind, emotions and body.
After ATM® lessons, people often feel taller and lighter, breathe more freely, and find that their discomfort and pain has eased. They experience relaxation and a sense of release. Best of all, the new way of learning becomes a part of everyday living.
In a Functional Integration Lesson® you will sit, lie or stand, fully clothed, as the practitioner uses touch and movement to bring awareness to different areas of the body. This allows you to experience how the movement is integrated thoughout the body. You will learn how to eliminate excess effort and move freely and easily.
Lessons may address a particular issue brought by the student, or may be global in scope. Although the technique does not specifically aim to eliminate pain or "cure" physical complaints, such issues may inform the lesson. Issues such as chronic muscle pain may resolve themselves as you learn a different approach to your physical experience—a more integrated, free, and easy way to move.
Often, at the conclusion of a lesson, a student will be given a short Awareness Though Motion activity to do on their own to help reinfroce what has just been learned.