Connecting Gut, Brain and Psoas

Elinor's Secrets Revealed!

March 11th and 12th, 2017
in Arlington, VA
10am - 4:30pm each day

Elinor Silverstein in DC for a rare opportunity!

Sign up today to take advantage of the Earlybird discount! 
In this 2-day workshop Saturday March 11th and Sunday March 12th, taught by Elinor Silverstein, Guild Certified Feldenkrais® practitioner, you will learn all about the extraordinary connection between your gut and your brain, and the powerful role that the psoas muscle plays in this connection. 

For Feldenkrais  and other Somatic Practitioners and Students alike - open to everyone!

Elinor will teach us about the gut-brain connection so that we can get a better and clearer feeling for what we are doing when we work with ourselves and our clients in this "organic" way. The organs, with the enteric nervous system (sometimes called the "second brain") relate to the central nervous system and both are intricately connected with the psoas. It adds a whole new way of thinking about how our systems are all so connected.
Through improved awareness of how the psoas muscle is part of our fight and flight system, we can talk about vagal tone and how it plays an important part in our achy back problems or groin pain, as well as stress and anxiety. Working with the system in this way, you will improve your capacity for uprightness, better breathing, and general freedom of movement - as well as increased vitality!
You will learn how the vagal nerve, enteric and central nervous systems play important roles in healthy vagal tone, and are critical to the functioning of the huge psoas muscle.

Throughout the 2-day workshop we will be using soft and gentle touch as we learn, via the location, placement and relationship of the organs, how to access the area of the psoas and how to feel for its tightness, pliability and higher functioning in relation to vagal tone. We will also incorporate several Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® lessons, so you can feel what happens in yourself, and understand how this gentle work can be so profound in its way of listening and doing.

For non-practitioners, you will get a chance to have a hands-on experience from a Feldenkrais practitioner, as we learn and practice these new techniques. Practitioners will get a unique opportunity to practice what you learn right away! 

Elinor Silverstein holds degrees in Biology and Zoology and she brings in the sciences of nutrition and food to her teaching of the gut-brain connection. She has helped hundreds of people with nervous system difficulties, gut ailments, and even seizure issues using the Feldenkrais Method® way of thinking, feeling, and touching.

Please let me know as soon as possible whether you are interested in joining us and signing up. This 2 day workshop is filling fast, so why not Please register here now! and secure your spot. 
It's going to be a GREAT weekend - guaranteed!

Cost for the 2-day Workshop
For FGNA members: $200 before February 19th
For non-members: $250 before February 19th

Radisson Hotel National Airport, 2020 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202

Date and Hours
10am- 4:30pm Saturday, March 11th and Sunday, March 12th

Warm wishes from my gut and brain!

PS This workshop is sponsored by the Feldenkrais Guild of North America, Eastern Region.

PPS See you there!


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The Brain's Way of Healing - Norman Doidge's new movie of his best-selling book!

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Anatomy for Beginners - but not for the squeamish!



Overcoming Spine Paralysis in Monkeys from NYT - helping an injured monkey to walk again.



Read this arfticle
in by Normal Doidge about an amazing healing using the The Feldenkrais Method®. Also, listen to a podcast interview with Doidge here. Use your mouse to advance the slider about 4 minutes into the interview.
ChrishThe 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 schedule of upcoming workshops at the right, invite a friend, and come and spend a rich afternoon to learn more and feel better.


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.

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Moshe FeldenkraisThe 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.

(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.