RENO FELDENKRAIS Integrative Movement and Health: Improved function, pain relief, grace and balance
Mindful Feldenkrais® movement classes and individual lessons provide a simple path to improve vitality and performance, reduce and manage chronic pain, movement limitations and stress - problems that arise from our activities or from injury, illness and surgery; or conditions like arthritis, cancer, CP, MS, scoliosis and stroke. Contact Carole Bucher, BA, GCFP/T, for life-changing Awareness Through Movement® & Functional Integration®. The only ongoing Feldenkrais classes in NV since 2009.
Year End ATM Classes - we had a 5th great year of Feldenkrais classes in Reno!
I hope this isn't too confusing! There are 5 schedule updates for Nov-Dec-Jan.
1) There will be no class on Thanksgiving, Nov. 27 at the Reno Buddhist Center (RBC).
2) There will be no class Thurs. Dec. 4 at the Reno Buddhist Center, AND
3) No class Saturday Dec. 6 at Midtown Fitness. I will be in the Bay Area Feldenkrais and Buddhist retreat during this time. (NOTE: The Tues 10 am class at Midtown Fitness will not be affected and will continue as usual.)
4) The last class of 2014 will be held at Midtown Fitness (MTF), Saturday 3 pm on December 20.
5) Classes will resume on Saturday Jan 3, 2015 at Midtown Fitness. The MTF Tues. 10 am and RBC Thurs 5:30 pm classes will begin the following week at their usual time and place. 2015 classes will be at the same times and places as 2014. Other than holiday idiosyncrasies, no changes.
If you have any questions, please email me at email@example.com or call me. I may offer make up classes next week for TG and the following week to replace the Dec. 4th class, so stay in touch.
Happy Thanksgiving and I look forward to seeing you soon!
Want to try an Awareness Through Movement class Noon tomorrow, Rm 223, OLLI Redfield?
Here is your chance!
I am teaching a free Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement class at Osher Lifelong Living Institute at the Redfield Campus off Mount Rose Highway, members only. It is upstairs in Room 223 and everyone is welcome. There will be demonstrations, lots of information, handouts and a Question/Answer period.
You can come and watch or you can participate in the class. Whatever makes you happy!
So if you've been wondering what a Feldenkrais ATM class is like, or if my teaching schedule of Tues. am, Thurs. pm, or Sat. afternoon hasn't worked for you, here is an opportunity to come and see what you think, first hand!
Bring a mat or a blanket if you want to participate. And don't be late! Hope to see you there,
Yes indeed, there WILL BE a Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement class on Saturday, August 30th, during the Labor Day weekend, at Midtown Fitness, 600 S. Center St., in Reno, NV at 3 pm.
Efficient movement, balance, comfort and health are needed more than ever during long weekends!
If you are coming to your first class, bring a blanket or comforter, water, please contact me, and come at least 15 minutes early to meet with me before class. Details are found on the right hand side bar of this blog.
Awareness Through Movement classes are fun, wonderful for your brain and body, and truly help you be more effective in all your daily activities, doing the things you love, living life more fully, optimizing everything you do. The only ongoing Feldenkrais classes in the state of Nevada, since 2009. Please join us for a class!
People around the world do this by learning to use the Feldenkrais method of movement education. You can learn to relieve your pain, align your skeleton and move in new ways that makes life joyfully livable again.
You don't have to put up with pain. And if this surprises you, then this is the personally empowering non-surgical, non-drug option you haven't tried yet.
Please contact me for more information about group classes and private lessons. If you are in pain, you owe it to yourself to explore this simple, affordable and accessible approach to movement improvement.
Note: this photo is believed to be a prototype for an album cover, 'Carcass - Surgical Steel.' Photographer unknown.
This week's Reno Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Class:
COORDINATING THE SIDE FLEXORS
Our focus this week is to improve your side-bending in various positions, working on the side flexors, improving your connection to, awareness of and range of movement in your ribs, shoulders, hips and spine. All our movement, of course, done in the mindful, attentive and slow language of Feldenkrais that your nervous system understands.
Sound like a lot? It is! And it is important. We use side bending in all of our rotation, for example, turning to look behind us walking or sitting, while driving our car, while riding horses. Rotation is critical in our being comfortable while we sit at our desks, in a movie, even at dinner. With better side flexion, we can recover and maintain a healthy, powerful pelvis to support our important daily activities and the wonderful things we love to do -- from long, leisurely summer evening walks, to hiking, kayaking, equestrian activities, GOLF, or tennis -- just about everything you do.
If you have questions about Awareness Through Movement® or Functional Integration® or classes and private lessons, please contact me using the form in the upper right hand corner of this blog. Be sure scroll down the page and watch the youtube video clips about the Feldenkrais Method® on the right side bar if you haven't seen them before.
Classes are held every week in Reno on Tues mornings 10 am, Thurs. evening, 5:30, and Saturday afternoons at 3 pm. See my schedule on the right side bar for details. Comfortable, efficient movement is within your reach!
Just a reminder that there will be no Saturday 3 pm class at Midtown Fitness on the July 4-5th weekend. See you next Saturday, July 12. When coming to your first class, contact me and come 15 mins early. Happy, safe 4th of July!
Hi everyone! Here is a re-post of the short peripheral vision exercise from my recent newsletter (that focused on why Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lessons may improve brain function).
After an injury, surgery or when we are afraid of falling for any reason, people of all ages will begin leaning forward and bending their necks to watch what is in front of them on their path in an effort to avoid anything that might cause them to mis-step and fall. The irony is that the very way we attempt to protect ourselves from falling actually increases the likelihood that we will, by introducing instability into our posture and movement. Here is a solution to work with that will create more skeletal stability and empowerment in your walking.
Improve Peripheral Vision
Instead of looking down to avoid falling, we can practice directing our vision outward toward the horizon and consciously include/expand our peripheral vision to include a greater field. This prevents you from taking the head and neck forward, a movement that ironically predisposes the body to move into a falling position! Thus by bending the neck downward, you are more likely to be create the outcome you are trying to avoid.
This exercise will also assist in relaxing your neck and diminishing tension associated with eye strain or spending too much time in front of the computer. To sign up for my newsletter, come to classes and to find out more about learning to use the Feldenkrais Method to improve all your activities, please contact me directly through the contact form in the upper right hand corner of this web page.
Learn to expand your visual field (consciously using your eyes) while relaxing your neck:
1. Look straight ahead and notice your visual field and what you see comfortably.
2. Turn your head slowly from side to side a few times and notice the range and the quality of the movement.
3. Now allow your visual field to increase so that you have more peripheral vision. Notice that your visual field has expanded and you can see more with less effort.
4. Continue to keep this expanded visual field and turn your head slowly from side to side noticing how this changes the range and ease of the movement.
5. Consciously practice expanding the visual field whenever you feel tension in the neck and eyes.
Students often ask me what is the mechanism that makes the Feldenkrais Method such an important vehicle in improving our physical functioning--and sometimes even more important--in the functioning of our brain? Today the answers are found in neuroscience.
We have confirmed the observations that Dr. Feldenkrais made nearly 70 years ago as he saw his students, clients, and patients respond to the modalities known today as Functional Integration (FI) and Awareness Through Movement (ATM). We have the technology to measure and track activity in the brain and can see which activities enhance our brain function. We can verify that working mindfully with attention while doing non-habitual movement produces specific reactions in the brain, reactions that are good for us in every way - not only in our movement.
To explain this a little further, below is an interesting article from the Feldenkrais Journal. It explains more about brain function and why doing ATM lessons produces the kind of response in the brain that we want -- for better movement, cognition, vitality and life. At the very end of the article, you will also find a micro-ATM that lets you explore your peripheral vision and discover how our mindful attention can even expand what we see. It's pretty cool.
I hope to see you soon! Happy Spring and Summer! Carole
FLEXIBLE BRAIN - by Fiona Morris Upward, GCFP.
Flexibility in the brain can be described as the ability to find new pathways that interconnect, so that a change can be observed. How can we view this change in the brain function? Neuroscientists have been able to apply modern technology to discover which parts of the brain are ‘lighting up’ with information: either efferent nerve function (messages going outwards), or afferent nerve function (messages coming into the brain) with new signals registering on the cerebral cortex. Awareness Through Movement® lessons can deliver both improved flexibility for our bodies and also the stretching of the mind to sense, feel, discover and apply the new idea of learning with ease and attention to detail.
The key is in attention to the details; and the brain can sort quite a lot of signals in an orderly way when we are relaxed, happy, and not under the pressure to perform or to do more or to be better. Awareness through Movement lessons support each individual’s functional ability for improvement inviting a relaxed, sensing brain that is more apt to be open to change.
Dr. Feldenkrais was curious about how we as human beings can learn and change and so demonstrate higher function. In his Method, each person in an Awareness Through Movement lesson is given verbal guidance to explore this idea of change.
In his book, The Master Moves, Dr. Feldenkrais poses the question: ‘What sort of learning is important? You find an incredible thing. Once you look at it very closely you find that the learning that enables you to do the thing you know in another way, and one more way, and then three more ways, is the learning that is important. And when you see learning in that light, you find that a whole world of important things is open to us.’
In an Awareness Through Movement lesson each person learns to attend to him/herself in a new way and this ‘attention’ may be the link that triggers the brain to become more flexible.
Daniel J. Siegel writes: ‘The dorsolateral prefrontal cortex is thought to play a major role in working memory…and the focusing of conscious attention…The middle prefrontal regions are part of a ‘team’ that work together as a functional whole to link widely separated areas to one another. They have important integrative functions that help coordinate and balance cortical activity of thought and feeling with the lower limbic, brainstem, and bodily areas’ functions.’ Awareness Through Movement lessons are designed to promote flexibility in these integrative functions and thereby allow improved functional ability. This is why Dr. Feldenkrais emphasizes that openness to learn is of such paramount importance. There is the possibility that as one improves one’s awareness and learning through movement, the brain’s flexibility will also improve.
Moshe Feldenkrais, The Master Moves, Meta Publications, 1984, p 19.
Daniel J. Siegel, The Developing Mind: How Relationships and the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are The Guildford Press, NY, 2012, Second Edition pp 18-19.
UPDATE: The 6 wk Pelvic Floor Class Starts this Thursday, April 24, at 4 pm.
We improvised and came up with this new start date that worked for more people, me included. If you still want to sign up, just come at 3:45 this Thursday and that will be fine.
The nature of this class is that you get a really good understanding of what and how to do the lessons, so that you can do them at home successfully at the end of the 6 weeks. The effort may be life-long, but the work can be done at home, in your car, in the grocery line, in a movie and so on! Success means renewed capacity, and you will get that from this class.
Doing the work will help the usual issues, plus low back pain, spinal conditions, scoliosis, hip joint pain, pre or post hip replacement, etc. I will also teach you how to sit comfortably and update your self use! If you have questions, contact me via the upper right hand corner contact form, or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hi Everyone! The 6 wk PELVIC FLOOR CLASS begins again - great work for balance, breathing, scoliosis, low back pain, riding, walking/hiking and vital energy (and, of course, all the more well-known pelvic organ conditions).
The pelvic floor class starts next Thursday April 10 at the Reno Buddhist Center, 4 pm. We will decide together about scheduling into the future, days and times, etc. so contact me NOW to sign up. Be sure to be there if you want to be in on the scheduling process. Minimum sign up 7 students, maximum 15. If you are new, plan to at arrive no later than 3:40. See you soon!
The class is highly recommended for people who have issues with pelvic organ function, pelvic structure concerns, SCOLIOSIS and lower back pain, problems with balance or breathing.
Specifically pelvic floor work can dramatically improve incontinence, ED, constipation/IBS, many urogenital issues and can be critical in recovery from certain pelvic surgeries. But for best results the work should be begun prior to surgery.
Generally, working with the pelvic floor introduces a groundedness and balance to the whole skeleton system, which when combined with Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement sequences, reestablishes function throughout the system that will help you regain and sustain a higher level of functioning system-wide.
Because it is so helpful, I prefer that everyone attend 1 or more regular Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® classes before beginning the Pelvic floor class. You must contact me and arrange to meet with me 20 mins early for preparation prior to your first class.
Bring water, a towel, blanket/comforter and wear layers. You may contact me via email if you have other questions.