The Feldenkrais Method offers you a huge array of ways to explore how to move better, improve posture, reduce pain, or just simply to feel better. You may discover ways in which you limit yourself; or how increasing your self-awareness can change the way you think about yourself. Take a look at the upcoming workshops, invite a friend, and come and spend a rich afternoon to learn more and feel better. And don't forget the ginger tea and snacks, as well as a take-away manual!
"Release your Jaw - Expressive Face" on Sunday, November 16th, at 2:00pm.
We hold a lot of of tension in our jaw: no wonder, the mouth and jaw, like the hands, have a huge representation on our brains!
If you clench your jaw, have jaw pain or discomfort, this workshop is for you!
The jaw is where many people hold a lot of tension and stress. Long hours spent at the computer, overwork and sleepless nights don't help! In this gentle workshop you will discover ways of exploring the jaw, its structure and function, and how it affects many of the systems in your body. You will learn some easy, gentle and small movements you can do to release and prevent jaw tension, headaches, as well as neck and shoulder pain. You'll feel more relaxed and at home in your body and some useful tips you can work with on your own.
Sunday, November 16th, 2-5pm
Cost: $50 to include a mini manual and yummy refreshments
Location: 2814 38th Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20007
Do you have BACK PAIN?
Get Your Back Back Workshop on Sunday, November 23rd from 2-5pm.
Would you like to have a healthier, stronger and more powerful back? Would you like to get rid of that nagging pain in your back? Do you feel like you could use your back better? Have you tried everything else, and still the back pain persists?
In this workshop you'll learn gentle and effective movement sequences you can do at home or at the office. The movements are simple yet mentally challenging; learn how you limit your mobility when you overwork your joints by always moving in the same habitual way. By going more slowly, reducing unnecessary effort and listening to yourself, you will learn to use more of your back comfortably in everyday functions. By noticing your habits of movement as well as thought, you can begin to address the underlying causes of back pain and make your discomfort a thing of the past.
Back pain is often caused by poor use of self, poor posture and movement habits which were formed by faulty learning, sometimes beginning in childhood. Needless to say, some back pain is as a result of accident, illness or even stress, but the capacity to resolve this type of pain is directly related to one's ability to learn new patterns of movement with less efforting, and improving our self-awareness.
Please join me on Sunday, November 23rd from 2-5pm for an afternoon of playful and gentle movements designed to release back pain and improve your awareness of your back and its function. We'll also discuss how thoughts and emotions can exacerbate or reduce pain. We will do Awareness Through Movement® lessons, show some hands-on work, and have a discussion. And of course, refreshments and a take-away mini manual will be part of the deal!
Wear something comfortable and expect to feel much better!
Looking forward to seeing you on the floor!
"Change Your Age"
Every Wednesday at 12 noon
The Feldenkrais Method® might be the answer for you! Feldenkrais is a mental and physical improvement system based on discovering natural, easy, efficient and pleasurable ways of moving your mind and body. It is an advanced educational approach to well-being using your brain’s amazing capacity to reorganize yourself. It is based on the premise that all human beings have the potential to learn to do everything they do in easier, less effortful and more satisfying ways than is their habit.
The particular way a person is “organized” to sit, stand, walk, run or speak in public, etc., reflects that person’s inner state, or their self-image. Human beings have a tendency to acquire subtle and sometimes damaging physical and mental habits of functioning which can become deeply ingrained. Some habits are useful – many are not. The Feldenkrais Method® can facilitate change by creating the awareness you need to alter those habits which don’t serve you well.
The Feldenkrais Method® was founded by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, (Bio) an Israeli engineer, nuclear physicist and black belt in judo, who spent over 40 years researching the field of mind/body/environment integration. Using movement as a tool, he developed a step-by-step process involving hundreds of different lessons designed to improve our awareness and self-image. His method has been taught to a wide variety of people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, including teachers, musicians, artists, scientists, athletes and physical therapists.
Dr. Feldenkrais applied his extensive knowledge of anatomy, physiology, physics and engineering as well as his mastery of martial arts to restore his own functioning and that of countless others.
On its basic level, the Feldenkrais Method® improves posture, coordination, flexibility and suppleness. Moreover, it alleviates pain by minimizing physiological and psychological stress associated with restricted functions. Patterns of inefficiency, compromised self-expression, and forgotten ways of feeling can all be improved.
Feldenkrais can be experienced through:
GROUP CLASSES (Awareness Through Movement®): You are verbally guided through gentle movement sequences called Awareness Through Movement® (ATM) lessons. In these group classes, gentle exploratory movement sequences are designed to give each person more understanding of themselves. You learn to move with less pain and effort, and in such a way that changes occur in the brain patterns which organize control of your body. You will learn how to translate intention into action with ease, while getting rid of unnecessary interfering habits.
Lessons last approximately one hour. Most people take one class per week, though you will improve more rapidly if you take two classes. There are hundreds of ATMs to choose from in the Feldenkrais Method. The aim of these lessons is not necessarily relaxation, but rather healthy, powerful, easy, and pleasurable action.
INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS (Functional Integration®): This is "hands-on" Feldenkrais to meet your specific needs. The practitioner communicates, through gentle and non-invasive touch, the experience of comfort, pleasure and ease of movement, while the client learns how to reorganize their body and behavior in new and more effective ways. The practitioner's touch is instructive and informative, never corrective. Feldenkrais practitioners are trained to detect minute resistances in your movement patterns which often represent emotional, psychological as well as physical limitations. Using highly sensitive touch and gentle, exploratory movements, you will find freedom from compulsive, imprisoning patterns. It's often a huge relief! Functional Integration (FI) lessons are particularly suitable for people with specific problems such as back, neck, shoulder or other chronic pain, movement limitations or a need to improve any type of function.
Book an Individual Appointment
Mondays 10:00AM and 7:00PM - Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement®
Wednesdays 12:00PM - Change Your Age® Fridays 12:00PM - Vitality! (Bones for Life®, ATM® and Change Your Age®)
Sundays 11:00AM - Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement®
Location: 2814 38th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007
Cost: Series of 10 classes $150; Drop-in rate $20
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