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New Country for Old Men: Effortless Golf, Tennis, & other Sports

In News by Ira Feinstein

written by John E. Franklin, DVM, GCFP “Look, if we don’t know it already, chances are we aren’t interested in learning it.” The Milagro Bean Field War (movie) An octogenarian with thirty-nine years of military service, Max maintained his own home and lawn. He walked daily for one to two hours with Gael, his standard poodle. Post-retirement, he’d taken up golf, playing at …

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The Ball, the Bowl, and the Slinky How the head, pelvis, and spine work together to move us powerfully through life

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by Barbara Young, GCFP My journey exploring the connection between my head, pelvis, and spine—or the ball, the bowl, and the slinky as I like to imagine them–began with my own personal journey in the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador, spending time with an indigenous tribe. As our bus rumbled down the Avenue of the Volcanoes toward the edge of the …

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Tango: The Art of Listening, Feeling, and Relationship

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by Donna Gianell “Dance is the one expression involving the faculties on all levels: spiritual, intellectual and physical.” – Plato “When you take a step, rise, and fall like in breathing. “Lengthen when you step out, and soften the knees and lower the body when the feet come together. You do the same thing when stepping to the side, and then …

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Body Awareness, Musical Performance, & Artistic Rejuvenation

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by Alan Fraser, GCFP Physical gesture sculpts sound The body is the actor’s or dancer’s instrument. A dancer’s art lies in the gestures; an actor’s body language is as important to his art as is his speech. The Feldenkrais Method® refines their art by refining the gesture. Musicians, by contrast, use physical gesture to bring sound out of their instrument: the “shape” of …

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How to Release Shoulder Tension in Less Than Five Minutes

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Sandra Bradshaw, GCFP Have you noticed how your shoulders rise in direct proportion to the number of tasks–especially office tasks– you have to perform on any given day?Some of my clients tell me by the afternoon on a workday they feel like their neck has disappeared and that their shoulders have migrated up to their ears. When I do hands-on …

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Neck Pain Relief with the Feldenkrais Method®

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by Eveline Wu, GCFP Clients often enter my office after they have already worked with other practitioners for their neck pain. Maybe they have tried massage, physical therapy, chiropractic, or acupuncture, and found some relief. Yet when clients find themselves easily re-injured by everyday activities at work, they may still be seeking a way to create more lasting change. A Feldenkrais® practitioner’s …

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Breathing is Life, and Life is Breathing

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by Tyler James Wall Inhale. Exhale. Repeat for the course of your life. Sounds easy, simple…right? Well, our bodies tell us differently. How we hold ourselves in varied positions and postures throughout the day paints a picture of our physical stories. When we’re stressed, we often end up using accessory breathing muscles that are attached to the rib cage. These …

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What’s the right way to breathe? A different take on breathing exercises

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by Josh Schreiber Shalem, GCFP What’s the best way to breathe? Through the mouth or the nose? More in the belly, or in the chest? Is it always better to breathe deeply? Some techniques teach the expansion of the abdomen as you breathe in, others as you breathe out. Which is better? Here is what Moshe Feldenkrais had to say …