Moving for Better Sleep: A Feldenkrais Workshop

with Fritha Pengelly

April 8, 2018   1-3pm
at Serenity Yoga Studio in South Hadley

“Attention [is to] the process of adjustment, rather than any one particular adjustment…” – Moshe Feldenkrais, from ‘Body and Mature Behavior’

Do you have difficulty sleeping? Do you often wake up stiff and sore and wonder if you’re doing something while you are sleeping to cause your stiffness?
 
We all know sleep is essential to good health, and feeling rested and rejuvenated after a good night’s sleep helps us be more energized and engaged in our daily activities.

In this workshop we will explore the ways in which we may be maintaining our habitual movement patterns, even while we sleep. Workshop will include exploration of two Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lessons and will include time for discussion and questions. We will explore lessons that encourage ease of breath and relaxation that help calm the nervous system to prepare you for sleep, as well as help you learn about your movement habits and how to use awareness to reduce tension.

No experience necessary – all are welcome!

For more information and to register, click HERE.


Anti-Fragile Walking, Step by Step

with Andrew Gibbons

April 21-22, 2018   9:30am – 4:30pm

at Studio Helix, Downtown Northampton

The secrets of healthy walking are hidden in plain sight. Most of us walk with deeply grooved habits, repeating the moments that lead to pain and stiffness. If we study these moments, we can create a new stability and integrity in our walk. With practice, we can clarify and ennoble an action we’ve done unconsciously our entire lives. Our walking can become a path to health—it can be our zen, our gym, and our joy.

During this workshop, you’ll raise your walking from an unconscious habit to an informed practice. You’ll emerge with a clearer perspective on how walking works and the art of transferring your weight elegantly from leg to leg. You’ll learn what, why and how to practice with greater specificity.

The course focuses on three crucial moments in the walking step. These moments will be our laboratory to test our skeletal support, muscular efficiency, and balance.

As a participant in this workshop, you will learn:

  • How walking is learned, and how learning is walked.
  • Why your soft tissue cannot survive a disorganized skeleton.
  • To see and sense the shearing forces that poor walking creates, and learn how to move better by choice.
  • The key relationships in the foot, ankle and knee that every good walk maintains.
  • “Do-anywhere” practices that help you tune your walking balance and maintain it throughout the day.
  • How to use your observational skills so you can improve by observing other people and yourself.
  • Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® practices that deepen your self-image and skill.

Participants will receive a set of six audio Awareness Through Movement lessons from Andrew’s workshop,Walking with the Ground.

Andrew Gibbons is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Teacher in New York City who has spent many years uncovering the moments in walking that tell us the most about our posture and self-organization. In his private practice, he helps the humans of New York learn to organize themselves better for the second half of their life than they did for the first. He has been a Feldenkrais Teacher since 2003, and is on the staff of Jeff Haller’s IOPS Academy, a graduate program for Feldenkrais teachers. Andrew is also an accomplished classical pianist who has taught Feldenkrais to world class musicians, professional athletes, medical professionals and as an ergonomic consultant for The New York Times. More about Andrew.

To register for Anti-Fragile Walking Workshop, Click HERE.

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