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FELDENKRAIS® - What is it?
FELDENKRAIS is a Method that shows you how to move through the field of gravity in ways that use it to your advantage. Most people have an adversarial relationship with gravity, but it can ground you if you know how to use it. This not only reduces wear and tear on joints, reducing pain; it also improves focus and learning. When you are comfortable in your body, learning is easy, inspiration is spontaneous and creativity abounds.
FELDENKRAIS expands your ability to focus. Clearly focus is key in this era of distraction, diversion and chaos!
It's just logical that in a world where information overload prevails and everyone seems to want something from you that there is a greater need to feel grounded, stable and focused. FELDENKRAIS gives you the tools to do that for yourself.
Weekly Feldenkrais awareness through movement Classes in Jacksonville, Oregon. Wednesdays 10-11:30 a.m. Please RSVP via text 541 777-0124
NEW DEVELOPMENTS: A FELDENKRAIS Workshop Series for Fiction Writers!
A Workshop Especially for WRiters: A NEW WAY TO tap into the MusE!
A new and innovative use of FELDENKRAIS takes advantage of additional benefits: the cultivation of calm, focus and inspiration! This workshop makes use of the class format of FELDENKRAIS, known as AWARENESS THROUGH MOVEMENT to give you the power invoke the Muse spontaneously. You know what you want to write about, you just need a method to intentionally tap into your best frame of mind for writing.
The Feldenkrais Creativity Workshop Topic #3 The Narrative Process
The stories we tell form the values we impart to our children. Stories are one of the main ways children come to understand the implication of context and the evocative power of language. Words build bridges between people both living and dead. Between the beginning and the end, everything is situated in time and place. What happens is the process of narrative. Like life itself, its core characteristic is change. A good beginning implies something is about to change. Narrative is a process of both motion and consumption, so that by the end, all the cards in the deck, as it were, are used up. And so, a good story is just over. It’s done. In this workshop, we focus on the aspect of craft that explores the narrative process itself.
Calm the body, and you free the mind. Learn how to access a deeper place to write from while at the same time addressing aspects of the Craft of Writing Fiction. For novelists, short story writers, or anyone interested in jump starting their creative juices.
"Experimenting with your process is a way to open yourself up to new possibilities," writes Grant Faulkner of NaNoWriMo, the month-long marathon of writing a novel in one go. If writing is about generating the atmosphere of a specific time and place, how do you do that? In this workshop, first engage in a short movement lesson that frees you of tension. It frees you of the preoccupation with responsibility and duty which blocks creativity, and then move into clarity about best practices that work for you with individual writing. For if we become what we do, then you have to start to engage deeply with what works, with what you really want to do!
JOIN US for The FELDENKRAIS Creativity Workshop for Writers Topic #3 The Narrative Process, Sat., March. 23 -2-5 pm at the Feldenkrais Studio, 235 W. Main St.Jacksonville OR
save the dates!
The Feldenkrais Creativity Workshop Series for Fiction Writers Schedule: Saturdays, Feb. 23, March 23, May 25 & June 1 - 2:00-5:00 pm
Topics include Process (finding yours!), Means of Perception (to reach every reader), The Narrative Process (innate in how humans are wired), and The Principle of Selectivity (what to leave in, what to leave out!) To ready yourself for these workshops in advance, read The Craft of Writing, by William Sloane.
Learn to access a deeper place to write from,
while you learn more about the craft of fiction.
Make it a Writer's Retreat: Come for the Day; Stay for the Weekend!
Online Tickets: $15 - Must purchase at least 10 hours BEFORE the event.
Tickets: $30 at the door - Please text beforehand to make sure there is space in the room. Thank you in advance for your RSVP. It helps with the room reservation.
The following brief radio interview on the Professional's Roundtable discusses how Gabrielle Pullen came to the use of the FELDENKRAIS Method to deliberately foster creativity…
Feldenkrais Lesson formats
But back to more conventional uses for the method. How is Feldenkrais taught? It is taught in two formats: as a private session, and as a class. There is not only one way to begin. It may be best to start with private sessions, if you have an injury. However, starting with classes may be best if you are simply curious about what it means to have more ease and comfort in your body, and how that might affect your learning, improve memory and augment cognition. To proceed rapidly, take a series of private sessions, as well as a class AND begin working with recordings at home. The beauty of the Method is that you can learn to work with yourself, so that you are in charge of your wellbeing. No longer do you have to depend on an “expert” to help you when you have pain in the middle of the night. Or, if you are sore from exercise, it's the perfect antidote. Using non-habitual movement, you are guided to embody much more of your innate potential as a human being. This is perfect, because you cannot rely on others to fix you. This is your life and you are in charge of your experience. Feldenkrais gives you the means to improve it continuously, for the duration of your life...When you move with ease and comfort, possibilities seem to expand. You regain stability, energy and the enjoyment of life you once knew as a child.
The best health care is self care
feldenkrais teaches you how TO TAKE better CARE OF YOURSELF!
A Functional Integration lesson is a private Feldenkrais session with a practitioner. Functional Integration augments everything you do, because it is a refinement of the ability to sense yourself in space, and your potential to move your body as it was designed to move. It augments yoga, athletics, and life itself, especially if you are recovering from injury. Feldenkrais touch guides the student into neurological pathways of new possibility, beyond the limitations of current organization of body and action. The expertise of the practitioner is to expand your possibilities for new movement patterns, which are more comfortable, efficient, and useful, refining reflexes and dispersing compensation patterns. The lesson may proceed with the student lying down on a low, padded table, wider than a massage table, sitting, or standing, depending on the nature of the issues being addressed. The student is fully clothed as the interaction is not therapy, rather it's working with the consciousness and the nervous system to engage more of the person's awareness in the service of functional comfort and ease. The potency of the Feldenkrais Method is that it can inform the student with the ability to make certain movements easier, and to clarify a stability and flexibility that paradoxically must coexist to allow the full freedom of movement that makes being in a body an experience of presence, joy and grace. This ease also has the benefit of expanding comfort and enjoyment of emotions, mental cognition and life on all levels of experience, because it engages the entire person, without any separation between mind and body. In this understanding Moshe Feldenkrais was way ahead of his time...
AWARENESS THROUGH MOVEMENT®
Awareness Through Movement (ATM) is the class format of Feldenkrais lessons. It may look like a yoga class, yet the difference between Awareness Through Movement and every other kind of movement class is dramatic. It is, in fact, not the slow, mindful movement itself that is key in improving strength, flexibility, and integration new possibility and potency. It is in the learning of a way to proceed through life and space that is completely unique to the Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education: it's in how you attend to yourself that you learn. It's in how you improve your ability to differentiate between what works and what is not working that you move from the endless repetition of dysfunction into the realm of ease. The movements translate into functional ability in daily life, such as walking, lifting, and improved posture, but that is just icing. The real benefit is ephemeral. It's in the quality of the life you live. I's in your ability to function independently with grace and ease. It's in a continuously newfound sense of calm, presence, creative vitality and enjoyment which continues to grow as you learn the practice.
Classes last anywhere between 30 and 90 minutes. Lessons may be in walking, standing or sitting, but are usually done lying on the floor. This allows you to increase your awareness, because there is less to attend to. It allows you to release the postural muscles, so that you can begin to engage your muscles free of the demands of staying upright in the field of gravity. Students are verbally guided through a sequence of movements that form a question or a movement puzzle. You learn to have new priorities, such as how to pay attention to moving within a comfortable range, moving without pain, moving without effort. As you proceed through the lesson, you will find the quality of your movement gradually improving. You will find unnecessary muscular tensions throughout your body diminish as you lesson the work you do on a habitual basis without being aware of it. You may be aamazed at the changes you feel, and the clarity you experience, as the neuromuscular patterns of previous limitation are released into a new experience of ease, agility and stability: the very paradox inherent in the ideal organization of the human form.
FELDENKRAIS AWARENESS THROUGH MOVEMENT WEEKLY CLASS IN JACKSONVILLE, OREGON
Your ability to move defines what's possible for you.
Perhaps you remember a time when you could move unconstrained, when you could spontaneously stand up from the floor without any stiffness. As we become more and more sedentary, we loose the capacity for spontaneous mobility.
As we loose this capacity, our self image becomes one of limitation.
How does it feel to sense that you are becoming older, less able to do what you want? It doesn't have to be that way. In fact, if you learn this simple, amazing method for improving how you move and how you learn, you can prevent the common issues that happen to people as they near the end of their lifespan.
Why wait until you are eighty, when it's too late to bring yourself back online, to regain the sense of fluidity and competence of youth? Do it now. You owe it to yourself.