Feldenkrais Classes at The Wellspring School
This is a guest post contributed by Michael Wesson and Kim Cottrell, who will be renting space from The Wellspring School to offer Feldenkrais classes this fall.
The Feldenkrais Method® is for anyone who wants to reconnect with their natural abilities to move, think and feel. Whether you want to be more comfortable sitting at your computer, playing on the floor with your children and grandchildren, or performing a favorite pastime, these lessons can improve your overall wellbeing. Because the Feldenkrais Method focuses on the relationship between movement and thought, increased mental awareness and creativity accompany physical improvements.
We improve our well being when we learn to fully use ourselves. Our intelligence depends upon the opportunity we take to experience and learn on our own. This self-learning leads to full, dynamic living.
The three, 5-week series described below will be co-taught by Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practiionerscm Michael Wesson and Kim Cottrell. Michael and Kim will take turns teaching each weekly lesson at Wellspring School on Wednesdays and a nearby location on Fridays. See Michael’s webpage for more details and logistics, including registration. Click here for the course flyer.
Turning and Reaching: Maximizing Your Wing Span
September 4 – October 2
Many of us struggle with pain in our neck and shoulders, sometimes for years. In this series, we’ll focus on strategies to reduce that tension when turning the head or reaching, functions we perform every day over and over. You will gain length in your “wingspan,” allowing full access and use of your arms and shoulders. This longer wingspan will aid you in turning and reaching more easily and fluidly. You’ll leave feeling the relief of reduced strain in your every move.
October 9 – November 6
Have you ever heard yourself saying, “I don’t have the balance I once did.”? Balance isn’t something you have, it is something you do. In this series, you’ll learn the many, small muscular adjustments that you probably already do but may not notice. We will practice and highlight these balance moves so you can take away simple and comfortable responses in your everyday actions that require balance–even those you’ve been avoiding, such as skating, bowling, and cycling, or just getting up and down off the floor.
Rolling Toward a New Year
November 13 – December 18
Have you ever watched a baby grab a foot and roll to the side? Or, roll up to sitting? It is through these early explorations that babies learn the most enjoyable and efficient way to move their bodies. Guess what…adults can learn this way, too! Join us, and roll and laugh your way into more flexibility and greater resilience as we head toward the New Year.
Meet Michael and Kim
Michael Wesson, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitionercm (2005), was a computer programmer for 15 years before using the Feldenkrais Method to recover from debilitating chronic pain. Passionate about education, he taught high school math in traditional classrooms and now enjoys teaching adults and seniors good posture for recovery and prevention of pain and repetitive stress.
An educator and Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitionercm (1996), Kim Cottrell has helped countless men and women live more comfortably by improving resilience, posture, and self-image. Kim teaches classes and workshops in Portland and the Northwest, writes regularly for WalkAbout Magazine, and blogs on A Healthy Stepmother and Feldenkrais Notes.