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Monday, January 15, 2018

Going Up!!

Move better, feel better, be better in 2018 with the Feldenkrais Method

Increasing your body awareness can help update your “brain map” — so you’re more alert and connected. This really matters.      
If you’ve heard lately that increasing your body-awareness increases brain power, this article will tell you more about it.
Basically, awareness strengthens your neural pathways, and your nervous system updates your ​“brain map”​ — so you’re more alert and connected to yourself, brain and body.
Body-awareness means being in your body more intentionally: sensing where you are in space, how you move and feel, and being more present and mindful. This gives you amazing, wide-reaching results.
Studies actually show that you unlock​ creativity, increase​​ self-confidence, and boost productivity and wellbeing; you feel more relaxed and effective, and can communicate and relate better. All this starts to happen naturally when you pay more attention to your body, movement habits and patterns.
Here’s how to start the process,​ but remember — reading won’t ​change a thing​. You actually have to DO it to become more aware and get the benefits. So here you go!
​First, notice what you already know about yourself​ and ​your movement. If you’re not sure, make your best guess, then check it out:
  • Which foot do you start on when you walk?
  • Do you always use the same hand to open a door, scroll through your phone or use your mouse?
  • Do you feel your back or bottom when ​you ​sit ​down or ​drive?
  • Which leg/foot do you stand on more?
  • Whe​n you walk, do you look at the horizon,​ or toward​ ​the ground or sky?
​Intentionally noticing​ what you do with yourself is ​simple, fun and, hopefully, non-judgmental. Best of all, it activates body-awareness, and you can start right here, right now: you’ve already got everything you need — you don’t even have to buy special clothes!
The very cool part is as soon as you start noticing yourself like this, you turn your awareness switch ON! You’re paying attention to yourself in a new and different way; you’ve taken the first steps on an exciting and transformative path, no matter what your age or condition.
Throughout 2018, we’ll focus on something special every month to wake up the brain, improve movement, feel better in our bodies and help us to be more vital, creative and aware human BE-ings in everything we do. Have a great holiday! See you in the New Year!
Carole Bucher, BA, is a Guild-Certified Feldenkrais practitioner/teacher and owner of Reno Feldenkrais Integrative Movement. Visit to learn more.

David Zemach Bersin (Feldenkrais Institute in NYC) explains 'What is the Feldenkrais Method?'

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Happy New Year!! Feldenkrais classes start Tues. Jan. 2, 2018.

Dear Friends and Students,

I hope you had a meaningful holiday and are looking forward to the New Year with optimism!

In the spirit of co-creating optimism and inner quiet, wellbeing and strength, please know that my Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement classes start on Jan. 2, at Noon, 250 Bell St., followed by Jan. 4 at the Reno Buddhist Center, 6 pm, and then Jan. 6 at 250 Bell St., 10 am. We will undertake this study of unlocking and releasing our possibilities together, once again. 

The first lesson of the new year is called "Tossing the Limbs" which explores the subtle and important ways that we move, lift and lower various parts of our bodies, and the effect of this on the rest of our body. It will be as subtle as or jarring as the state of your nervous system, meaning that slowing down and truly sensing bodily response can be a whole new journey in itself. It is a new lesson from the Alexander Yanai material that I have been studying each day with other Feldenkrais practitioners around the world at 8 am. 

The chance to observe and feel/sense the effects of moving in different ways is a perfect way to begin the new year -- with self-awareness and a truly new perspective on our habits. If we don't know what we do with ourselves habitually, how can we possibly work effectively in a new direction?  We cannot. We simply get caught in an aggravating, endless circle of dissatisfaction and discomfort; no amount of physical effort produces any change. Only by accessing ourselves through our awareness and sensation, learning about our habits -- physically, mentally and emotionally, will we find real growth and lasting change. 

If you have any questions about classes or individual Functional Integration lessons, please contact me using the blogger contact form to the right of this post.

Warmest wishes, 


Carole Bucher, BA, GCFP
Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and Teacher 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Reminder - 2017 Feldenkrais classes end after December 16.

Holiday Schedule 2017 Feldenkrais Classes

2017 Feldenkrais classes will end for the year after class on Sat. Dec. 16; we will remain off track for 2 weeks and then start again on Jan. 2. 

Reno Buddhist Center, Thurs 6 pm
So get your classes NOW and let pain free and better physical, mental and creative organization and vitality carry you into the holidays. NOW is the right time. ♥.

Christine: Awakening Creativity in Mind and Body • The Feldenkrais Metho...

Thursday, November 23, 2017

What are the Principles of the Feldenkrais Method?

Reaching your potential at every age means self-awareness, fitness, connecting brain and body. 

The following is from Andrew Gibbon's Body of Knowledge:

1) Good posture is the ability to move in any direction without hesitation or preparation, and it's based on the specific contact we find with the surfaces we’re on.* (Jeff Haller's addendum in italics).
2) Clear Skeletal Support: the bones below move to support the bones above. 
3) Evenly distributed muscular effort/tone (proportional work: the big muscles do the big work, small muscles small work)
4) Every movement is generated through an equal and opposite force delivered to/received from the ground. 
5) Force must travel up and through the skeleton (longitudinally), not across it. Avoid shearing forces.
6) Head and eyes are free in the activity.
7) Breathing is free in the activity.
8) Reversibility: the ability to organize for the action and it's suspension or reversal at any moment.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

No Feldenkrais Class at RBC on Thanksgiving Nov. 23, 2017

Just a reminder, I will not be teaching a Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement (ATM) class on Thanksgiving eve at the Reno Buddhist Center. Thursday classes will resume for 2 more weeks in 2017 before the holiday vacation which starts after Dec. 16. 
Tuesday and Saturday classes at 250 Bell St., continue next week and also for 2 more weeks as well, ending after Dec. 16.
All classes begin again in 2018 the week of Tuesday Jan 2, at 250 Bell St. and the Reno Buddhist Center. 
If you have any questions, use the contact form to the right on my web page and I'll get back to you quickly. 
See you on the floor soon!
Hope you have a great turkey or tofurkey day!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

FUN lesson: Walking on all fours :-) | Feldenkrais with Alfons

An interesting example of a Feldenkrais lesson (Awareness Through Movement). Please do not try this if you have back, spine or hip issues, or do not have knowledge of the Feldenkrais Method of Movement. For information, please contact me via the form at the upper right of this website.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Holiday Schedule 2017 Feldenkrais Classes

2017 Feldenkrais classes will end for the year after class on Sat. Dec. 16; we will remain off track for 2 weeks and then start again on Jan. 2. 

Reno Buddhist Center, Thurs 6 pm
So get your classes NOW and let pain free and better physical, mental and creative organization and vitality carry you into the holidays. NOW is the right time. ♥.

Classes are at noon TUES and 10 am SAT at 250 Bell; THURS 6 pm at the Reno Buddhist Ctr. If you are coming to your first class, please contact me and plan to come 15 minutes early. Bring a blanket, a medium sized towel and water. Drop-in fee is $15. 

Over the 2 week holiday, I may offer a special Feldenkrais clinic/workshop, and will continue to see people privately for Functional Integration session. 

250 Bell St., Tues noon and Sat 10 am. 

Monday, October 30, 2017

The New York Times' Jane Brody describes the Feldenkrais Method.

After two hourlong sessions focused first on body awareness and then on movement retraining at the Feldenkrais Institute of New York, I understood what it meant to experience an incredible lightness of being. Having, temporarily at least, released the muscle tension that aggravates my back and hip pain, I felt like I was walking on air.
I had long refrained from writing about this method of countering pain because I thought it was some sort of New Age gobbledygook with no scientific basis. Boy, was I wrong!
The Feldenkrais method is one of several increasingly popular movement techniques, similar to the Alexander technique, that attempt to better integrate the connections between mind and body. By becoming aware of how one’s body interacts with its surroundings and learning how to behave in less stressful ways, it becomes possible to relinquish habitual movement patterns that cause or contribute to chronic pain.
The method was developed by Moshe Feldenkrais, an Israeli physicist, mechanical engineer and expert in martial arts, after a knee injury threatened to leave him unable to walk. Relying on his expert knowledge of gravity and the mechanics of motion, he developed exercises to help teach the body easier, more efficient ways to move.
I went to the institute at the urging of Cathryn Jakobson Ramin, author of the recently published book “Crooked” that details the nature and results of virtually every current approach to treating back pain, a problem that has plagued me on and off (now mostly on) for decades. Having benefited from Feldenkrais lessons herself, Ms. Ramin had good reason to believe they would help me.
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In her book, she recounts the experience of Courtney King, who first experienced crippling back spasms in her late 20s. Ms. King was taking several dance classes a week and practicing yoga, and she thought the stress of these activities might be causing the pain in her tight, inflexible back. But after a number of Feldenkrais sessions, she told Ms. Ramin, “I realized that the pain had more to do with the way I carried myself every day.”
Even after just one session, I understood what she meant. When I make a point of walking upright and fluid, sitting straight, even cooking relaxed and unhurried, I have no pain. The slow, gentle, repetitive movements I practiced in a Feldenkrais group class helped foster an awareness of how I use my body in relation to my environment, and awareness is the first step to changing one’s behavior.
One common problem of which I’m often guilty is using small muscles to accomplish tasks meant for large, heavy-duty ones, resulting in undue fatigue and pain.
The group class, called Awareness Through Movement, was followed by an individual session called Functional Integration with a therapist that helped to free tight muscles and joints that were limiting my motion and increasing my discomfort. Using gentle manipulation and passive movements, the therapist individualized his approach to my particular needs.
The ultimate goal of both sessions is, in effect, to retrain the brain – to establish new neural pathways that result in easy, simple movements that are physiologically effective and comfortable. Although the Feldenkrais method was developed in the mid-20th century, neurophysiologists have since demonstrated the plasticity of the brain, its ability to form new cells, reorganize itself and, in effect, learn new ways to do things.