Group
Lessons:

"Feldenkrais has really loosened up the stiffness that has lingered since the initial pain from my injury subsided two years ago."

---57 year old administrative
assistant


Awareness Through Movement® is the group lesson form of the Feldenkrais Method in which students explore movement sequences according to the verbal directions of the teacher. These gentle, easy lessons help you to improve your balance, posture, range of motion and reduce pain. What was impossible to do becomes possible, easy and even pleasurable. Everyone benefits from these lessons. Try a lesson now.

"I got out walking very tall, very straight. I realized this is the stance I had been looking for. I feel wonderful."

--- Awareness Through Movement Class participant

Awareness Through Movement classes will be offered atTHE SUNNYVALE-CUPERTINO ACTIVE ADULTS PROGRAM in September and October 2012.
Please click here https://ace.fuhsd.org/node/13229 for more information.

 Improve balance. Increase flexibility. Reduce pain. Discover how using variation, differentiation, and quality of movement will help you towards greater ease and comfort in your daily activities. 
Please bring a mat or towel and wear loose, comfortable clothing. 
Instructor is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner.


Register for Movement Improvement - Click here!


Course Instructor: 
Beth Sidlow
Course Code: 
87100
Location: ACE
Room: 
15
Days: 
S
Number of Meetings: 
4
Start Date: 
2012-11-17
End Date: 
2012-12-15
Start Time: 
11:00 AM
End Time: 
12:00 PM
Registration Fee: 
$24.00
Total Fee: 
$24.00
      

Private lessons by appointment. Please call or email for more information. 650-867-8680 or bsidlow@sbcglobal.net

 

Before you do the lesson:

Welcome to the Awareness Through Movement!

These lessons are designed to help you learn how to move more comfortably, easily and pleasurably. Here are some suggestions to help you get the most out of your experience.

Feldenkrais Principles

1. Breathe
Pay attention to your breathing throughout the lessons. Notice if you can do the movements without interrupting the breathing. If you find yourself holding your breath, that may be an indication that you are using more effort than necessary.

2. Rest
Be sure to take frequent rests throughout the lessons. It is during the rest periods that the nervous system processes the new neurological information. Do not hesitate to rest when you feel like it, even if it is prior to the instructions asking you to rest.

3. Differentiate
You will find that it is not unusual for the instructions to ask you to do a movement where you differentiate one part of yourself from another. For example, you may be asked to move the eyes and the head in opposite directions.

4. Don't strain
Avoid using too much effort. Where as in some exercise programs you may hear the phrase "No pain, No gain," in Feldenkrais we simply say "No pain." As you do the movements, stay within the range of what is easy, comfortable and pleasurable to do.

5. Observe
Pay close attention to yourself as you do the lessons. Feel the way the body makes contact with the floor, the quality of your movements, the sense of ease and your feeling of comfort. The more you pay attention to what you feel, the more you will develop the powerful tool of awareness.

6. Feel
Use your ability to feel yourself from the inside out to help you gage how you do the movements. Look to do the movements in a way that feels comfortable and pleasurable for you. Feldenkrais can be thought of as a low tech Biofeedback system.

7. Make Small Movements
As you do these Awareness Through Movement lessons make small movements, staying within the range of what is truly comfortable and easy to do. Err on the side of doing less. Once the new patterns are established larger movements will become very easy to do.

8. Take it Easy
As you do these movements just stay within the range of what is easy and comfortable to do. Don't force. Don't strain. Don't use effort. Just look to see how can you move using a minimum of effort. As you insist on staying within this easy range of effort, the easy range will grow and grow.

9. Visualize
Use your thinking, your imagination, your ability to visualize the movement to help create the new neurological patterns of movement. It's always useful to think the movement through first. Especially if you have any kind of pain or discomfort, simply imagine the movement, visualize it first.

10. Reverse the movement
Look to do the movements in a reversible manner, so that you can move as easily in one direction as in the opposite direction.

And most of all... ENJOY!


Awareness Through Movement Lesson
Sitting - Turning

1. Sit at the front edge of your chair with both feet flat on the floor and notice how you feel.
2. Gently turn to the right and return many times. Turn the head, shoulders and eyes to look to the right as if you're looking to see what's behind you.
3. Turn to the right as far as you can comfortably and stay there. From this position turn just the eyes back to the left and then back to the right many times. Move the eyes slowly and gently.
4. Gently turn to the right again a few times and notice if there's any difference. Rest.
5. Turn to the right as far as you can comfortably and stay there. From this position turn just the head back to the left and then back to the right many times. Keep the eyes looking to the right the whole time as you move the head to the left. Come back to the middle and rest.
6. Turn to the right as far as you can comfortably and stay there. From this position turn just the shoulders back to the left and then back to the right many times. Keep the head and eyes looking to the right the whole time as you move the shoulders to the left. Come back to the middle and rest.
7. Gently turn to the right again and notice if there's any difference.
8. Try it on the other side.


Enjoy a Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement class...

Please call 650-867-8680 or email bsidlow@sbcglobal.net for current class information.

Looking forward to seeing you soon...