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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Life Changing Feldenkrais - But WHAT is it?

Re-Presenting the Miracle of Empowerment that Feldenkrais®
Awareness Through Movement® and Functional Integration® Actually Give You

By using focused attention and internal sensing, the Feldenkrais Method works directly upon the neuromuscular system in a way that no other modalities do. Whether young or old, athlete or couch potato, if you have physical limitations, injuries or just don't feel as good as you want to, you can optimize your movement and improve how you feel.

A profound reconnection happens between brain and body; you tap into the innate physical intelligence each of us has internally. You will develop appropriate, easy, comfortable movement; improved flexibility, stability and coordination occur. You begin to move with grace and ease as you learn to distribute movement throughout your whole body again, as you did intuitively as a child.

In these wonderful, short videos by the renowned Feldenkrais practitioner and teacher, Crish Kresge, you will hear and see what this might mean for you. Chrish will leave you with a clear sense of what regaining a deeper connection with your body might look and feel like. I hope you enjoy them both. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you want more information.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Learning a SEATED TROT

I know what a SEATED TROT is now!

I have listened to my Feldenkrais colleague Heather Beachum talk about the seated trot for sometime now.  I didn't realize until today that seated isn't a simple descriptive device.  Suddenly many things came together in my understand. And why?  Well I had never really experienced being seated before.  This is what I wrote about the experience, before I got what 'seated' meant.  

The real riding part of my riding lesson yesterday with Rebekka Rhodes was thrilling (again). I AM finding my seat in a bareback trot! Finding how to use my upper and legs and pelvis in a more controlled way - not just balance. It did come back and it got better. Rebekka didn't know, but i went and rode the little wooden rocking horse for a few minutes before starting, to find my back in riding back, and the movement of the hips. 
Then Rebekka helped me find the control of this seat, learning clearly today which part of my legs to use on the horse where, in what way so that I communicate gently and clearly with my horse, and how to follow and feel both of us in movement.
And just like Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement (ATM), as i discover this, working intuitively and with my attention and body, I really am able to learn new things, at a new level. I wish i could figure out how to fit a second weekly lesson in. Yesterday was terribly, fabulously wonderful!  Stay tuned for more revelatory Feldenkrais and horse related experiences.  At some point before too long, I plan to do some specifically equestrian Awareness Through Movement classes or workshops in Reno.  My ongoing schedule is still the same as it has been for over a year, and you will find it to the right, in the side bar.