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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Holiday Feldenkrais Class Schedules, Reno, NV

Dear students and friends!

The holidays are almost here, the year is drawing to a close! If you are still interested in vitality, brain and body health, and most of all more efficient, comfortable movement, here are the Nov/Dec class schedules for the Reno Buddhist Center (RBC) and for 600 S. Center St., the Cardio Kickfit (CKF) bldg.

The same classes are taught at both locations each week; you are welcome to attend 1, 2 or 3 classes, as it suits your needs.  Drop-in fee is still $12; lower cost 10-class card also available. Contact me if you have questions, and come 15 mins early to your first class.  Tis the season to be WELL!

TUES 10 am, 600 So. Center St. CKF:   
November 24
December 1
December 8
December 15 (last class of the year)

THURS 6 pm, RBC (Taylor at Plumas):
November 19
(No class Nov. 26, Thanksgiving)
December 3
December 10
December 17 (last class)

SAT 3 pm, CKF:                                 
November 21
November 28
December 5
December 12
December 19 (last class)

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Heads up - Tues. Nov. 3 Feldenkrais class in Reno will be canceled.

Hi everyone,

I will be in a training in Phoenix with Michelle Turner next week, so my Tuesday 10 am Awareness Through Movement (ATM) class at Cardio Kickfit, 600 S. Center St., Reno, will be canceled.

Cody Remaklus will substitute teach for me on Thursday night at the Reno Buddhist Center.

I will be back to teach my 3 pm Saturday class at Cardio Kickfit.

If you have questions or want more information, please contact me via email or use the contact form on this website.

You may also contact me via Reno Feldenkrais on facebook.

My best wishes as always,

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Improving range of movement and function in the shoulders, chest and hips

More comfortable shoulders, neck, ribs, chest and spine! And improved relationship to hips and low back. What more can you want?

This week's lesson (9-21 thru 9-27):
(Pictures from Tues. class at 600 S. Center St., Cardio Kickfit Bldg):

If you want to get your shoulders working well and comfortably again, this is a wonderful lesson for you.  It is easy, gentle, and effective. It also opens and lengthens the chest, ribs and spine, and improves the diagonalization of your walking movement. One half of this lesson is done mindfully standing against the wall; another portion is done on the floor and improves neck and hip function.  Please contact me via email or text and come 15 minutes early to your first class.  You can find all the information about classes on the right side bar, including what to bring, times, cost, etc.  I teach the same lesson in all 3 classes so that if you wish to take advantage of a particular lesson 2 or 3 times in one week, you may easily do that.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Feldenkrais for Equestrians Clinic Series

Feldenkrais for Equestrians, a new clinic sequence presented by Rebekka Rhodes and Carole Bucher, GCFP.
The July 26, Pelvic Clock and the Seat, is SOLD OUT.

Our first clinic, Sunday July 26, is a study of the rider's seat and the classic Feldenkrais pelvic clock work. We will explore this unique and powerful image initially on the ground in 3 different ways, and then take our experience and understanding from the unmounted work onto the horse to continue our investigation with our equine partner, with guidance from Rebekka and Carole.

Each of us brings our individual postures, habits, constraints and histories with us onto the backs of our horses. Not only is this hard on the horse, it means that one size does not fit all in terms of technique or teaching.  We each are called to participate in this learning in a more sensitive and self-aware way; to see what it is we do, and then to begin to sense better movement options based on our individual needs. 

Therein lies the true challenge.  To observe and feel, then grasp conceptually, and finally to bring all of this onto the dynamic, living, breathing, moving platform of the horses' back and connect with it fluidly and intelligently. We can only do this if we are fully present in ourselves and deeply connected to our horse. 

This clinic is for serious, dedicated riders who want a true basis for excellent, clear communication with your horse. 

We may offer a second session of this first and foundational clinic, due to the unmet demand, so watch for updates. Contact me for more information (see above right hand corner), or Rebekka Rhodes at

Feldenkrais Method for Actors and Performers

A special Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement class at the Reno Buddhist Center with Reno's own Merry War Theatre Group.  

Actors and performers of all kinds (classical Shakespeare, improvisational, you name it) have long used the Feldenkrais Method to assist them in the development of greater internal sensitivity, opening of self (body and nervous system, emotions), reorganization of the body into better, more aligned physical movement, gestural nuance, and the like.  You can google Peter Brook and/or Andrew Dawson for some examples.

It was with great pleasure that I did class with a group of 15 talented and wonderful, spirited actors recently, at the Reno Buddhist Center, the Merry War Theatre Group, a group organized and lead by Chase McKenna (including Alex Slater, Lainey Henderson, Megan Fielder, Regina Powers, Sophie Moeller, Jon Lutz, Cameron M. Shirey, Cassandra Michelle Moore, Chadaeos Clarno, Owen Bryant, Bernadette Garcia).

Feldenkrais means that one can enter the magical realm of going beyond one's habitual movement patterns. Here one finds internal and external changes of many wonderful kinds:  clear, solid connection with one's skeleton, improved aligned, hugely different self awareness and feeling of openness and possibility -- new sensations that can lead to epiphanies, personal breakthroughs, change in one's relationship to self and to the world, and for actors, the critical capacity to neutralize one's own posture and allow the characteristics, movement and feeling of another being to be taken in and adopted authentically, thus presented to the world believably.

Here are a few pictures from our class, during and after. I am sorry I did not take more, but was very involved in the process of teaching and being with my class on my own deep level, an activity from which I derive enormous personal calm, centeredness, and meaningful connection. I went through the long training to become a Feldenkrais teacher because the work provides so many enriching elements to me personally, and helps me to feel infinitely better and more well organized in my body while developing more capacity as a human being.

If you would like more information about classes or private lessons, please contact me via the links in the upper right hand corner of this page, and see the class schedule below those links.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

No Feldenkrais class on Sat. July 4th.

Hi everyone,
Just to make it clear, I am canceling the July 4th class on Saturday 3 pm at Cardio Kickfit. Tuesday and Thursday classes will occur as normally scheduled.  Hoping you have a safe and fun Independence Day, and I'll see you Saturday the 11th.

Kind regards,

Monday, June 1, 2015

6:00 pm Thursday Feldenkrais Class at the Reno Buddhist Center

Time Change for Thursday Reno Buddhist Center (820 Plumas) Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Class: 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm, in perpetuity.

Hi Everyone!
Many people have said they have trouble making the 5:30 pm class because they work till 5 or 5:30. So after polling existing students and numerous others, I have changed the class start time to 6 pm.

If you need to bring a snack, that is fine! I'll also make sure we get started on time so that we end about the same time that we have been ending, i.e., around 7:15.

This is a permanent change.  And please note that because this is a Beginning Feldenkrais class, if you are coming to your first class, please be sure to contact me so that I can send you the class handout and plan on coming 15 minutes early to meet with me privately before class begins.

Looking forward to seeing you!


Thursday, May 28, 2015

Feldenkrais class tonight, May 28, at the Reno Buddhist Center

Students and friends, please remember that there is no Saturday Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement class at Cardio Kickfit this weekend (formerly Midtown fitness). I will be in Berkeley at an advanced training on Functional Integration with Elizabeth Beringer. 
Thus, if you want to pick up an additional class this week, tonight at the Reno Buddhist Center, 820 Plumas at Taylor streets, Thursday May 28, is your option.  Class starts at 5:30 pm, but I will soon be changing the time to 6:00 pm to accommodate more people who work till 5 or 5:30.  If you are planning on coming tonight for the first time, please contact me and come 15 minutes early.  Bring a blanket, mat or comforter.

The lesson we are doing this week (shown above from Tuesday's class at Cardio Kickfit, 600 S. Center St.) is part of the flexible chest series, by Arlyn Zones.  It is a side-bending, breathing, rib and spine moving hip integrator!!  And yes, that IS a lot, but that is why Feldenkrais works and helps so many people.  

Saturday, May 23, 2015

No Saturday May 30th Feldenkrais Class

Please note that on May 30th I will be in Berkeley at an advanced training with Elizabeth Beringer on using the element of surprise in our Feldenkrais work.  This means that my regular Saturday 3 pm Awareness Through Movement class at Cardio Kickfit (formerly Midtown Fitness, 600 S. Center St.) will be canceled on that day, and will resume June 6.

I hope this does not pose any inconvenience, and I look forward to seeing you tomorrow, May 23rd at 3 pm at 600 S. Center St. in Reno, or on June 6 and beyond.

Thanks! And I hope you have a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend this weekend!

Carole Bucher
Reno Feldenkrais Integrative Movement

Monday, May 11, 2015

May 16 Feldenkrais class at 3 pm will held at the Reno Buddhist Center

Hi everyone,

As a temporary accommodation for new construction, our kind friends at the Reno Buddhist Center will host my 3 pm Awareness Through Movement class in the Hiroma Hall downstairs. It is the same location in which the Thursday 5:30 pm class is held.

Parking will be available for us off the alley to the north end of the parking lot behind the brick apt. building, near the bushes and trees, not the apt building.  There are several small commercial businesses who front on Forest and who don't use their premises on the weekend, thus do not use their parking lot. This is official Buddhist Center overflow parking, so no problem.

If you have any questions or are confused by any of this, please email me.  This is the only reminder I will send about the May 16 change, so please note your calendars.  I will post a reminder on on, and on facebook too.

Thank you and see you Saturday!  Remember, if you are coming to your first class, please contact me and plan to come 15 minutes early.

The SOLD OUT second session of the Feldenkrais workshop on May 17, "Freeing the Neck and Shoulders," will be held as planned at Midtown Fitness, 600 S. Center St.

See everyone soon!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

If you have neck, shoulder, or upper back issues...

This new Reno Feldenkrais workshop will help you find more comfort, better range of movement and efficiency in your cervical spine, shoulders and upper torso, including kyphosis. On Sunday, May 17, at 11:30 am - 2:30 pm; 15 people only. Preregister, prepayment required.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

The Feldenkrais Method and Autism Spectrum Disorders

Some general information about the methodological 'what and how' of a somatic approach to Autism Spectrum Disorder:

Carole Bucher, BA, GCFP/T, March 7, 2015

The Feldenkrais Method and its derivative methodologies, i.e., the Anat Baniel Method, The Field Center for Children's Integrated Development, Michelle Turner's Movement Lesson, Chava Shelhav's Child Space, Russell and Linda Delman's The Feldenkrais Method for Children and Youth, and others, have a proven track record for dramatically improving a wide range autism spectrum disorder conditions and symptoms. 

To some extent, all ASD symptoms/behaviors/conditions occur because of a child's lack of ability to perceive and differentiate sufficiently, meaning "...create new connections in the brain that would lead to integration of new skills and a healthy process of development -- physical, cognitive, social and emotional" (Anat Baniel).  This lack of healthy development and processing is seen in physical movement delays from early infancy onward.

In these physical and mental realms, a lack of clear self-image means a lack of grounded, connected movement in children, particularly in their ability to organize and initiate movement from the core area of the pelvis and low spine. The perpetuation of this condition exacerbates a child's emotional and physical sense of disconnectedness, impotence and disorganization. 

Feldenkrais lessons have a powerful impact on infants, toddlers, children and adults, as they learn to feel themselves differently, and develop a clearer sense of their skeletal systems, and the support it provides to their bodies from the inside out. They become physically grounded. Their organization, balance and alignment change, a feeling of empowerment takes hold because they feel better, move better and connect with themselves more deeply.  

These results have been well documented in clinical studies and observations on numerous websites, and via thousands of anecdotal testimonies on youtube, with a general premise that the more work, the better, as early as possible. 

Friday, March 6, 2015

Improve walking, integrate your upper and lower torso

Differentiating movement of the chest, pelvis and legs = more connected and powerful movement through your whole body!

Feel and move great again!

This week's Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lesson, is a Mark Reese lesson called 'Rolling the Pelvis.' It focuses on several elements of walking and synchronized movement in the torso and legs.  

All of these together have an enormous effect on the fluidity and power of your movement, and the rotation of your upper and lower torso -- in walking, running, skiing, riding, golf and tennis. Of course this improvement applies to moving through your day comfortably and effectively -- getting in and out of the car, driving, walking the dog, working in the kitchen, gardening, etc.

Every Feldenkrais class helps you discover a new and more comfortable, flexible, and vital self again.   For over 70 years around the world people have used the Feldenkrais Method to:

  •        Reduce physical and mental stress and pain
  •        Improve skeletal alignment and grace
  •        Distribute movement through the whole body
  •        Improve balance, posture, stability, flexibility and range of motion
  •        Increase capacity, self-confidence and effectiveness in all your activities. 

Hope to see you soon! Contact me or join classes through (in the upper right hand corner of this website).

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Using Your Feet Well, Comfortably

Balance, movement and foot comfort.

This week's Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lesson will teach you to use your feet more effectively to support ankles, knees and hips.

The connections between your feet and legs, torso, will be improved and more accessible to you. How your feet can and do affect the rest of your body is our realm of exploration.  This is a fun and useful class.

Please contact me and plan to come 15 minutes early if this is your first class.

The Feldenkrais Method applies to all parts of the body, meaning you will reconnect to yourself in ways that help to bring new joy back into movement and living. Rediscover and recover moving as you did as a child.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

An Important Feldenkrais Pelvic Clock class this week (Jan. 29 and 31)

Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Class this week:  

Equestrians, people with balance and stability concerns, or if you have SI joint issues, low back pain, hip pain or, conversely, are a dancer, performer or athlete who wants to improve your competitive edge -- this class is for you.

The PELVIC CLOCK concept and movements are a unique discovery of Dr. Feldenkrais. Doing these carefully structured movement sequences reorganizes the connections between the spine, pelvis, hips and legs. This means that movement and communication between these parts are improved greatly.  Our natural timing, refinement of movement and all the complex aspects that play into comfortable, efficient and graceful use of our bodies are more well aligned and functionally better, in every day activities and in all the things we love to do.

The lesson begins and ends in standing; we incorporate sensing and tracking the movement of chest and pelvis in various movements by placing our hands on these bony landmarks and getting a doubly powerful input from our self sensing.  We move mindfully and slowly around the clock in special order and directions, noticing where such movement is clear and easy, and where it is not.

Remaining pelvic clock classes this week are 5:30 pm on Thurs. Jan 29 at the Reno Buddhist Center, (820 Plumas St. at Taylor in Reno) and 3 pm on Saturday Jan. 31 at Midtown Fitness (600 S. Center St., Reno).  Contact me and plan to come at least 15 mins. early to your first class.
Hope to see you!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Sat 3 pm Feldenkrais class, Jan 17, will be held at Reno Buddhist Center

Hi everyone!

Just a short update to make sure people are aware of this temporary change -- for one week only, on January 17,  my usual 3:00 pm Midtown Fitness Awareness Through Movement class will be held at the Reno Buddhist Center (820 Plumas St. at Taylor) instead. There is a special activity taking place at MTF on this day.

Next week, on January 24, the Saturday 3 pm class will be back at Midtown Fitness as usual.  If you have any questions, please contact me!

Thanks and have a great week!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Bringing Balance into the New Year

Looking for Balance?

Attribution of photograph unknown.
The Feldenkrais Method lets you find balance deeply, at the level of your skeletal and nervous systems.  It goes far beyond the well-known results of pain relief and improved movement.

Feldenkrais brings vitality, creativity and harmony into our lives in unexpected ways, for people of all ages - from infants to people in their 90s.  What we learn in classes and individual lessons is applicable to all your activities. Greater self-awareness, alignment, balance, feeling and moving well are the elements that bring meaning and joy back into our lives, whatever we do.

Classes have begun for the 2015 schedule.  Please join us and find out what a little more balance in your life can mean for you.  Best wishes and Happy New Year!