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.
Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement Workshop
Friday May 23rd 6 – 9 PM and Saturday May 24th 10 AM to 4 PM
Would you like to move, sit, lie, or stand comfortably and pleasurably?
Would you like to have more pain free flexibility in the neck, back, hips and knees?
Do you remember the look on a baby’s face as it learns to roll over? Would you like to feel that good when you move?
In this workshop we will explore how we learn to move. Our brain controls what muscles initiate movement and what muscles inhibit movement. When these muscles work at cross purposes movement can become painful and difficult, requiring strength and effort. By giving our brain options it can create functional movements which are less painful or even pain free and flow with less effort.
Some folks work hard at strengthening core muscles, doing crunches, bridges etc. They develop strong muscles but functional movements remain effortful. Others with weaker muscles move powerfully and effortlessly, seeming to glide through a movement.
Questions we will address are:
How do we learn to relax while moving?
What are the images and experiences that create pain?
What can we do to change how we react to stressful situations?
How can we learn to incorporate this into our daily life?
The workshop will be held at the Life Source Community Room and limited to 12 people.
Wear flexible clothing & bring a mat or large towel to lie on the floor
The cost is $75. Payment is required at the time of the first lesson for those who do not make other arrangements since a place will be held for you, perhaps preventing someone else from participating.
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 previously painful movements 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.