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Featured Region: Southwest/ Rocky Mountain Region

By Sissel Svanoe Rhyme, GCFP, Regional Representative

Whether you are in the high plains, the desert or the Rocky Mountains, the Southwest/Rocky Mountain region inspires year-round joy with its sunshine and clear blue skies. Being under these vast skies with far horizons creates a strong sense of community with distant colleagues. Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Wyoming, Colorado and the western part of the state of Texas make up the Southwest/Rocky Mountain Region of the Feldenkrais Guild® of North America. With a square acreage of over 490,000 square miles, which contains nearly 150 practitioners, the region offers marvelous opportunities for learning for every interest group.

Centers of concentration of practitioners are in Phoenix, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Denver, and Salt Lake City. Especially in these areas, you will be sure to find a group class, called Awareness Through Movement® on any day of the week. Of course, Feldenkrais® teachers can be contacted to work individually with you at your convenience. To locate a teacher in your area, visit:

http://www.feldenkrais.com

Click on the Find a Practitioner (teacher) segment and type in your location. Using this site will assure you that you are working with a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner® who has had 800 hours of professional training.
The broad areas that Feldenkrais teachers work in are Performance, Care/Wellness and Self-Discovery/Potential. A sampling of some of the specialists in the SW region are:
Specialty                         
Dance                
Golf/Ballroom        
Horseback riding      
Ice dance (skating)   
Kayak                
Music                
Running            
Skiing              
Tennis              
Yoga                

Feldenkrais practitioners work at the following universities: 

University of Utah in child development and drama
University of Arizona with athletes
University of New Mexico in physical education
A number of Feldenkrais practitioners have specialized experience working in the areas of Care/Wellness, for example: post polio, amputees, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, brain injury recovery, and sleep disorders.

Currently there are two professional trainings in the region. Denver students will graduate in 2009, and Santa Fe 4, which is still open for enrollment, will begin on May 30, 2008. For more information about the opportunity to become a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Teacher®, go to:

http://www.feldenkrais.com/classes/become_a_practitioner/
In our Region, the largest concentration of Feldenkrais group classes and workshops will be offered to the public this summer—as part of the 2008 Feldenkrais Method Conference in Boulder, Colorado. For more information, see the Conference article in this issue.

Sissel Svanoe Rhyme, GCFP, is the Regional Representative for the SW/ Rocky Mountain Region of FGNA

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