Free Your Back to Improve Your Core Movements!
Feldenkrais – Awareness Through Movement
Friday mornings in January starting 1.6.17 from 10:30am – 11:30am
with Susan Marshall
“I am happy to be teaching another series of Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement® classes at The Wellspring School for Healing Arts this January. This series of four classes will focus on freeing your back to improve your core movements, and is a great way to start the New Year!
I have been teaching Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement classes for the last four years. It never gets old. In fact it is a way to stay or become young again. The variety of the lessons keeps our brains active, our minds alert and our bodies mobile.
Feldenkrais lessons are meant to enable us to function more efficiently in the world—to do whatever we want, but better! Although many people enjoy it as a physical activity in and of itself, Dr. Feldenkrais meant it to increase our functionality and enjoyment in the rest of our lives.
Goals could include things like:
- I want to pick up my granddaughter without injuring my back.
- I want to sleep better.
- I want to be able to sit easier in a meditation posture.
- I want to carry my massage table without hurting myself.
- I want my frozen shoulder to improve.
What is your goal? Join me to find out how Feldenkrais classes can help you!”
Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais was a physicist in the 20th Century, and was very interested in how people increase their ability to be healthy. He defined health as a dynamic ability to recover from shock, trauma, accident, and illness. Dr. Feldenkrais applied his vast knowledge of physics to the human body, cataloguing over 20,000 distinct possible movements! He also developed over 1,200 45-minute long “lessons” to perfect those movements; these lessons are still used to assist us in maximizing our potential for movement.
By involving our brains and nervous systems in movement of the bones and muscles, we are engaged in “applied neuroscience!” Through slow, gentle and incremental movements, our nervous systems respond to new ways of moving. We learn by experiencing and developing our sense of awareness, as the gateway to changing movement habits in the body – even habits that we thought we would have forever!
The effect of sensing and experiencing movement in the moment is so liberating and exhilarating. To be able to approach movement as if we were babies experiencing them for the very first time, or to be able to move safely and with less pain is SUCH a relief, and the main goal of Feldenkrais practice.
“If you don’t know what you are doing, you can’t do what you want.”
– Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais
Blog post contributed by Susan Marshall, Feldenkrais Center of Portland