Archive for February, 2009

To See A Lady About A Horse

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

When doctors could no longer do anything to change the dynamic and the fear of having to consider putting this wonderful horse down, a plea was sent out for help.   This is a wonderful true account of how one Feldenkrais (R) practitioner held the space for a creature in need, assisting Baron to learn more about his organization and how to find his balance and ability to move freely again.  To read more about Baron’s story read here.

National Institute of Health, Yoga and Awareness

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

I had the pleasure to be part of CORE week at NIH this month introducing the Feldenkrais Method (R), Awareness Through Movement (R) lessons free to the public and employees of NIH. This was done to raise awareness of how better to attend to our health. CORE week represents coordination and relaxation.

NIH will continue to present offerings to the public throughout the year to raise consciousness on how we can better attend to our health and well being. In August there will be dance week and September they will offer Yoga week with free classes to any that care to partake. Feldenkrais will be present at all of these venues to share how this wonderful approach to learning and movement re-education can enhance anything you do from dance to yoga, golf, tennis, running…

To learn more about NIH’s offering contact Dr. Rachel Permuth-Levine at levinerac@mail.nih.gov

Change Your Life, Change Your Brain

Friday, February 20th, 2009

This gets right to the point! The power is in our thoughts to make the changes and create our own success whatever they may be. This is the work I get to do and isn’t it interesting that we all need reminders of how to stay on track! A wonderfully empowering read! To learn more about Change Your Life Hacks by ADMIN read here.

StretchAlicious – What’s that?

Monday, February 16th, 2009

I came across this “socially conscience boutique that fights causes one Petal at a time”. They are committed to improving  the causes of Breast Cancer, Autism, Alzheimer’s, Domestic Violence and the Environment and will work towards identifying new causes to support as they grow.  They have committed to donate a portion of their proceeds from sales throughout the year to these causes.  What a wonderful idea!  To learn more about StretchAlicious read here.

Stretching, the Truth

Monday, February 16th, 2009

This article by Gretchen Reynolds in The New York Times reiterates the abc of stretching. What’s good and what’s not so good that creates more injury instead of flexibility. The Feldenkrais Method(R) has been sharing this insight for more than six decades. There is a video within the article by Mark Kovacs, manager of sports science for the US Tennis Association in Boca Raton, Florida with a grouping of dynamic stretches versus the old and now understood to be harmful static stretches. To learn more about this read here.

When is Deep Too Deep?

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

One of the standard protocols of massage is Deep Tissue and all too often a client will come in saying you can go deeper, really press in, harder!  As a therapist I cringe every time I hear this.  What are we doing that we are so tense, tight, locked up that it takes a vis to crack us open perpetually asking for deeper?  My question is why is this a chronic condition and what are we not leaning here?  In order to effectively apply Deep Tissue the tissues welcome the therapist in.  If not, both client and therapist pay for it in trauma to tissues and structure.  All too often a therapist wanting to please their client destroy their own body by not listening to what and how they do massage.  Think about quicksand, and how it pulls you in.  Well, appropriate Deep Tissue massage is the same, as the nervous system begins to settle and the client relax, their muscles will begin to soften and allow the therapist to sink in deeper, and it shouldn’t hurt!  I’ve had clients say, “you can go deeper” only for me to respond, “can you feel this?  It’s your bones, I can’t go any deeper.”  They are stunned and surprised that it doesn’t hurt and how supple and relaxed they feel.  This is something they can learn.  How to settle down, breath and allow, instead of being pummeled against.  Resistance begets resistance!  If I push you, you’ll push back against me.  Better to allow the resistance to subside and all of you becomes more welcoming, relaxed and the massage has a much better change of integrating into your nervous system.

When massage is applied on a regular basis then a client doesn’t find themselves feeling overwhelmed, tight, constricted and needing to be tenderized as you would like a piece of tough meat!  Rather their tissues remain more pliable, hydrated and resilient.  Make massage a regular part of your life!  If you want to get better at something would you do it only once in a while as a special treat or would you attend to the learning and listening so that you can enjoy and get to do what you want!

For The Love of Animals

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

If you love animals and care about their well being, to help those homeless or abused please do your part and click daily to help feed a homeless animal. They need our help and all you need to do is go to The Animal Rescue Site, click on the purple button and feed an animal in need.  There’s no cost, only a moment of your time.  Do this daily and pass this on to others too!

To click on their site go here!

How You Can Improve Your Singing or Musical Expression

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

This is a wonderful article that shares the experience of a singer, the pianist that accompanies the performances and the audience and how all were transformed from the before to after performance with the added awareness brought to all by the singers Feldenkrais (R) Functional Integration (R) lesson.

“This session demonstrates several important aspects of the Feldenkrais Method in working with musicians and non-musicians alike. For example how a person’s “middle” as seen from the outside can be experienced very differently as perceived by the person from the “inside.” Furthermore, it shows that someone who has only been taught to strive for a position that they do not know through their own senses and how that position relates to other parts of their body will have difficulty both in finding that position, and from the errors in their attempts to “correct” the position.”

To learn more about how John Tarr, Feldenkrais practitioner, assistant trainer and muscian in Basil, Switzerland enabled musicians and audience to share in a richer learning experience of improved human functioning, read here.

AARP & Feldenkrais (R)

Friday, February 13th, 2009

Times are changing and a good thing, especially for people dealing with chronic pain – it’s not all in their heads! This is a wonderful article that shares how many noninvasive approaches can improve and often reverse the dilemma that too many people today experience living in pain. Move out of pain and regain your life, being an active team member in your healing! To learn more about AARP and Feldenkrais with other complimentary alternative options read here.

Little Things Mean A Lot, Dealing with Fibromyalgia

Friday, February 13th, 2009

A wonderful article explaining how The Feldenkrais ® Method can improve the quality of life for people suffering from Fibromyalgia.  Mary Beth Smith, a Houston, Texas based Feldenkrais practitioner writes of her experiences working with people suffering from this chronic condition.  This empowers all suffering from this puzzling and depleting condition of pain and fatigue to learn how they, with a teacher can move into comfort and reorganize themselves to do what they want, feeling more ease and freedom in motion.  Take a few moments to read the article here.