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Making Every Moment Count when working with children with special needs

In News by Ira Feinstein

by: Carla Oswald Reed, PT, GCFP What do the children with special needs who receive Feldenkrais® lessons do for the rest of their day, week, month, and year? How much of a difference does it make when their parents are helped to be their children’s primary agents of change? How can children with special needs experience what their peers experience so that they …

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Empowered through TransFormAction

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by Barbara Jones, GCFP Pain can become a familiar friend, creating focus and meaning in lives. I have deep respect for pain as not so long ago it was my best buddy. It had taken months for Carol Ann Clouston to tempt me to attend her Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement® class. I lived in Cairo, Egypt at the time and was in so …

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

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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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How’s that Office Chair? Thinking about office work from a Feldenkrais® perspective

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by MaryBeth Smith, GCFP How’s your Chair? SO — how IS your office chair? Individuals and companies spend countless hours researching the best ergonomic chairs and desks to enhance “worker productivity.” It is possible to spend hundreds of dollars on a highly rated set-up and still find that you are uncomfortable. Why? I’ll tell you what I tell my clients. I …