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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 Meetup.com (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!
Carole


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Bringing Balance into the New Year

Looking for Balance?


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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!

Carole


Sunday, December 28, 2014

2015 Feldenkrais Classes in Reno Begin on Tues. Jan 6, at 10 am:

Happy New Year!!  Reno Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement classes will resume on Tuesday, Jan 6, not on Saturday Jan 10, as posted earlier. The corrected Holiday schedule is posted in the previous blog.

Thus the first class of 2015 will be held on Tuesday January 6 at Midtown Fitness, 10 am, followed by the resumption of Thursday 5:30 pm at the Reno Buddhist Center, and then the Saturday afternoon class on January 10, at Midtown Fitness at 3 pm.

We will begin a real energetic direction together for the New Year, continuing on our journey toward greater self awareness, health and wellbeing, effective, efficient, and comfortable movement, as we create better internal connections between our brains and our bodies.  These intentions improve our vitality, our feeling of self-worth and our relationship to the world around us. They open our hearts and minds and heal what needs healing.

Meanwhile, have a safe, comfortable, fun and happy New Year!

And please note, if you are on my email list, watch for my New Years message in a few days! It will contain information and Feldy tips you will want to know and use! Or you can sign up for the newsletter on this page.  In any case, I'll see you soon!

Best wishes and love,
Carole

Friday, November 21, 2014

Holiday Schedule for Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Classes

Year End ATM Classes - we had a 5th great year of Feldenkrais classes in Reno!

Hi everyone!
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 Tuesday Jan 6, 2015 at Midtown Fitness.  The Reno Buddhist Center Thurs 5:30 pm classes will begin January 8, and the Saturday 3 pm class will begin January 10 at Midtown Fitness. All 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 renofeldenkrais@aol.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!
Best wishes,
Carole

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Free Feldenkrais Class Noon MON. 9-15, OLLI Redfield Campus, South Reno

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,
Best wishes,
Carole

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Feldenkrais class 3 pm Sat. Aug. 30 at Midtown Fitness - YES!

HELPING YOU FEEL BETTER EVERY DAY!

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!