Weekly Feldenkrais® classes continue in January at The Wellspring School!
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.
January 8 – February 5
It is possible to influence the posture of your spine by changing the posture of your face. You have the power to reduce stress-related symptoms such as teeth clenching, jaw and neck tension, headaches, shallow breathing, and more. We’ll begin 2014 with a focus on softening facial expressions and increasing ease in your face, eyes, jaw, and throat to feel re-energized and revitalized. See better, speak better, and feel better.
Transitions: Getting Down & Up from the Floor
February 12 – March 12
Studies show that getting up and down from the floor easily is the single most important predictor of life long independence and well-being. Retain your agility, live independently, and take part in your life. Whether it’s getting on the floor with grandchildren, attending exercise class, or lying down to rest an aching back, there are many good reasons to be able to get on and off the floor. Get up and down with ease and do what you want to do!
Boosting Your Back Comfort
March 19 – April 16
Back pain is the 2nd most common reason for a visit to the doctor, outnumbered only by upper respiratory infections. Eighty percent of adults will experience back pain and spend 50 billion each year (Journal of American Medical Association, 2013). You can reduce and prevent many kinds of back discomfort. This series is comprised of soothing lessons to calm and restore healthy back function and prevent future problems. Teach yourself to take care of your own back.
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.