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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 …

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Breathing to your Peak

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written by: Christine Germain, MFA, GCFP I have been a dancer and athlete since I was five years old. At the age of 25, after traveling the world and studying dances in their cultural context, I decided to enroll in a contemporary dance program. After suffering a severe injury by way of malpractice, my dance career was put on hold …

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Feldenkrais® Week 2018

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All across the US and Canada, Feldenkrais® practitioners are celebrating Moshe’s 114th birthday with free events, workshops, classes, and (if you’re lucky) cake! Who was Moshe Feldenkrais? Dr. Feldenkrais was a pioneer who was truly ahead of his time. What neuroimaging is discovering today about the plasticity of the mind, Feldenkrais hypothesized over fifty years ago. His legacy, the Feldenkrais Method®, is …

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The Significance of a Strong Neutral

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Anita Schnee, GCFP A person lies quietly on the floor. Slowly, gently, the person moves a little – and rests. Moves a little – and rests. Horse and rider walk in a circle. Gently, imperceptibly, the rider shifts her balance. The horse turns. The rider shifts back to neutral. The horse straightens. Neutral-shift-turn – return to neutral. Neutral-shift-turn – return …

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Core Strength is Not your Master

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by: Erin Ferguson, GCFP Prevailing cultural ideas refer to the abdomen as the core, and we talk about “core strength” as being beneficial. Consider a few Feldenkrais®-based ideas about strengthening the abdomen: Muscles must work in tandem Let’s talk about appropriate distribution of effort. If you can contract the abdominal muscles strongly, it doesn’t mean you can use them efficiently. Efficient …

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The Myth of the Core (free lesson included!)

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by Melinda Glenister We are bombarded with messages that we need to protect our backs and strengthen our ‘cores’. There are so many misconceptions and assumptions made about ‘core stability’ which have seeped into our culture. However, more and more people are waking up to the limitations of the approach and realizing that the premise needs to be deeply questioned. Even …

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Low Back Pain–It isn’t about Core Strength

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by Dr. Tim Sobie, PT, Ph.D., GCFP The statistics are daunting, if not downright depressing: 80% of adults experience low back pain at some point in their lives. The most common treatments include prescription medicines, chiropractic treatments, or physical therapy rehabilitation, typically with a focus on core stabilization. The theory behind core stabilization is that if you focus on strengthening …

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Do You Live a Short Distance from Your Body?

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by Marsha Novak, GCFP “Mr. Duffy lived a short distance from his body.” – James Joyce (From the short story “A Painful Case”) I just love this line. But what does early 20th-century Irish literature have to do with my work as a Feldenkrais® practitioner? WHAT I typically do, especially in individual sessions, is help folks of all ages and abilities …

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Tactile Defensiveness and the Feldenkrais Method®: A Conversation

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Tactile defensiveness is considered a sensory processing issue, where the individual’s neurological system is “hypersensitive” to touch sensations. As a result, the sensory system is overwhelmed by touch sensations that the average individual perceives as neutral. Touch is experienced as irritating, bothersome, and in some instances painful. The following conversation explores the collaborative process a student and I used to …