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Openness to Options

In News by Ira Feinstein

by Pamela Kihm, GCFP Many, many times during the 27 years of my Feldenkrais® practice, I’ve seen how people shred years while gaining comfort—when they learn it’s in their best interest to not constantly contract their abdominal muscles. Shortly after starting my Feldenkrais practice in 1991, a retired eighty-year-old oncologist became my student because of his debilitating back pain and balance …

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Hypermobility: Less is More

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by Rachel Hamstra, GCFP The term “hypermobility” covers a whole spectrum of excess joint mobility. It refers to everything from being able to bend your hand back towards your forearm to being a contortionist with the skill to control all that mobility. It also includes a client who I’ve been working with regularly for a few months. I’ll call her K. K …

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Locating Your Hip Joints and Why It Matters

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By Angela Alston, GCFP The Feldenkrais Method® has no set lesson plans. We don’t have a school board. There’s no one dictating to me what themes to choose when teaching. So, after six years of teaching, I follow my hunches when planning what to teach. I listen to my private clients, to students in my classes. I continue with my …

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Tripping on Injury Prevention

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by Paulette Dolin, GCFP One of my new students asked me how doing Feldenkrais® lessons would help in daily life. Among the benefits of doing Awareness Through Movement® lessons, injury prevention is high on my list. My first vivid experience of this was during my practitioner training. As I was going down some steps, I noticed rather calmly that I …

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Freeing the Jaw

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The upper jaw, part of the cranium, connects most intimately with the spine and back of the body. Every movement the upper jaw makes reverberates through the spine. But we will explore that a bit more in another lesson. The lower jaw (a.k.a. the mandible) connects most intimately with your body-core, rib basket, and sternum. Imagine this glorious network of …

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On the Practice of Being Well

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by Shannon Lynne Sullivan, GCFP Happiness and Well-Being are practically synonymous in my culture of middle-class Americana. In fact, the definition of well-being according to Merriam-Webster is “the state of being happy, healthy, or prosperous.” Thus, by definition, happiness is a subset of well-being—one of three potential avenues. (Interestingly, the Oxford English Dictionary has a slightly, yet profoundly, different definition: …

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We’re in the New York Times!

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Jane E. Brody recently wrote about her experience with the Feldenkrais Method for the New York Times. We’re so excited that she’s experienced firsthand the amazing benefits of this Method. For those of you curious about others’ experiences, check out the chronic pain-focused articles in our monthly public newsletter, SENSEABILITY. Better yet, experience the Feldenkrais Method firsthand yourself. Find a practitioner near you now to …

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The Neck Bones are Connected to the Head Bones

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by Margot Schaal, GCFP Allison* had been living with neck pain for ten years by the time she arrived for her first Functional Integration® lesson with me. Bright-eyed and astute, Allison knew that there was a direct correlation between her daily stress level and the amount of neck pain she experienced. She also declared that she held herself rigidly, a common …

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Musician’s “Magic Zone”

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by Erin Finkelstein, GCFP I was diagnosed with Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder while studying the clarinet during my sophomore year at the University of the Pacific, Conservatory of Music. I felt radiating pain whenever I played my instrument and feared that my future as a musician would be compromised. Wind instrumentalists, violinists, violists, and singers produce sound or hold their …

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Moving Beyond Limits: Children with Autism

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by Karen Toth, GCFP I have been teaching the Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education since February 2007. Initially, I had no intention of working with children. My background was in Pilates, aerobics, and weight lifting; I was interested in working with anti–aging and elite athletes. Little did I know, I would fall in love with working with youngsters during my training. Since …