MOVE AWAY FROM BACK PROBLEMS in June's Workshop
Access your brain's capacity to unlearn habits and reset … REMIND
YOUR BODY !
Old & young, fit or creaky can enjoy and learn
from this Practical Movement
Workshop using The Feldenkrais Method® - effective, user friendly
Awareness Through Movement® exercises that engage the brain’s plasticity to
bring about improvements in the body’s comfort and function - and drawing on Ruthy Alon's Bones for Life programme,developed to improve bone strength. Both aim
to empower students (not patients).
Saturday 13 June
10.30 – 14.30
on door - £16 in advance (refund no, ‘exchange’ yes)
details Virginia Taylor PhD FG(UK) 0797 796 1563
For this last workshop before the ‘holiday’ I want us to feel we have a summer body –
supple, comfortable, warm, easy, full of lazy energy, a feeling of long school summer
holidays with no pressure, full of optimism ….
So let’s rewind the clock – or if of the digital generation,
return to an earlier system restore point. That actually is a lot more apt. (It’s
REALLY apt!) We’ll do two lovely lessons
which recapitulate key moments in the process by which we first learned to
move. We achieved this by experiment and play, not by struggling and working.
As infants we were experts on kinesthaetic feedback – we seek to recover that powerful skill by observation, attention, and repetition. By
doing Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement lessons, indeed.
Could I just remind us all that ‘Feldenkrais’ is not just
for [old] folk with major problems, or wanting exercise that isn’t! It is a powerful tool to improve function at
In this workshop we’ll also look at some of the practical
and useful ideas developed by Feldenkrais practitioner Ruthy Alon, in her Bones for Life programme. (That’s Ruthy in
the crawling picture). A lot of the people attending our workshops are women aged 50+ , and we are vulnerable to loss in bone density.
The ideas in Bones for Life are entirely compatible with medical advice – check
out https://www.nos.org.uk/ ( The National
Osteoporosis Society). There is no doubt
that bones strengthen with judicious
stress, and Bones for Life is a lot gentler and cleverer than the NOS’s apparent
advice … (to jog! ??? ). You can take these ideas away with you to do on a
daily basis and help yourself.
for Life offers an extraordinary experience of being upright and organized in
gravity, which is useful for ballet dancers, runners, and other people who use
their bodies to do amazing things.
The Balanced Runner
is brainchild of brilliant Feldenkrais colleague Jae Gruenke (currently based
in Edinburgh). She offers food for thought and practical support for serious
runners – use her website and pass it on. The ‘vestibular
reset’ Jae draws our attention to has much in common with Feldenkrais methods
and principles – check it out.
2. I wondered if I dared offer a ‘Core Mobility not Core
Stability’ workshop! This is somewhat controversial
so I decided to leave it to another time. Melinda Glenister goes for it! and offers
this Feldenkrais-based workshop:
You will see how adherence to a ‘stability
approach’ can inhibit your movement as well as performance. You will
discover alternative ways of moving and thinking about the centre and the spine
which give a real alternative to conventionally held views of exercise,
training, performance and rehabilitation. You will feel that a coordinated
and mobile centre gives balance and strength, as well as relief to back pain,
and that overly tensing muscles and preventing movement leads to less
performance, less grace, and less ability to avoid back pain.
None of us are saying
you don’t need to be strong but that you need to be discriminating. Feldenkrais offers you a great way to