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Falling With Purpose and Safety: Considerations when Teaching Up and Down from the Floor Lessons

In Art of Living, Flexibility, Healthy Aging, Members, Posture & Balance, Posture and Balance, Recovery by Mary Rudd

By: Mary Susan Chen, PT, GCFP Dominic attended Functional Integration® lessons to smooth out his violin playing. He had recently joined a trio and wanted to improve the quality of his performance.  During a summer trip to Cape Cod, he and his family dined in an old train car converted into a restaurant. He protected his daughter as they descended …

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Balancing Act

In Art of Living, Awareness Through Movement Lessons, Featured, Flexibility, Healthy Aging, News, Posture & Balance by Mary Rudd

Photo by Mark Williams on Unsplash By Dorothy Henning, GCFP, Havening Techniques® Practitioner As the lights dim darkening the circus tent, our chatter descends into a hush. The spotlights bolt on, illuminating the center ring where our eyes dash, riveted to the image of a plumber crouched under a sink. We watch in awe as the ribs on the right …

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Embodying Balance in Uncertain Times using the Feldenkrais Method®

In Art of Living, Featured, Healthy Aging, News, Posture & Balance by Mary Rudd

By LeeAnn Starovasnik, GCFP, NLP Practitioner Photo by Jonathan Pendleton on Unsplash It’s not uncommon to hear friends say they feel “off balance” when life throws them a curveball. Since March, however, the year 2020 has thrown us countless ones. We live in extraordinary times. We’ve changed how we shop, work, study, exercise and socialize. How do we attain and …

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Meeting Emotions with Empathy

In Art of Living, Members, News by Mary Rudd

By Margaret Rinaldi Photo by June Wong on Unsplash Two weeks after my Feldenkrais® training ended in August 2001, I taught my first public class on 9/11/2001. I was in Boulder, Colorado, with twelve earnest, freaked out people on my converted living room floor. I’d called around to cancel the class but people wanted to be there. What I saw …

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Anger, Aggression, Love and Learning

In Art of Living, Members, News by Mary Rudd

By Molly Tipping Photo by JR Korpa on Unsplash A number of years ago a client, Daniel, who I had been seeing for pain and anxiety following a car accident, asked me “What is the Feldenkrais® perspective on anger?” When we first spoke about anger, my response was general and not altogether different from what I might say on anxiety. ‘It is …

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How Do We Find Presence?

In Art of Living, News, Stress by Mary Rudd

Photo by Mostafa-Meraji on Unsplash By Lindy Ost Standing shoulder to shoulder in a crowded restaurant for an hour waiting for an open table takes its toll. There were five of us celebrating Matt, my middle son’s 21st birthday. As our wait time progressed, so did our edginess. Yes, it was hot and crowded, but we wanted to stay. It …

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Why Grow Young with your Dog?

In Animals, Art of Living, News by Mary Rudd

By Mary Debono Photo by Jay Wennington on Unsplash The white poodle didn’t seem to have much going for her. At 15 years of age, her vision and hearing were dim. This sweet dog, whose name was Buttons, also had extensive arthritis in her neck and back. But those limitations took a back seat to the most troubling concern. Ten …

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The Power Of Play

In Art of Living, Athletes, News by Mary Rudd

Shari Lee, MS, GCFP We played to learn. We learned through play; not only how to have fun, but to develop our sense of self, our relationship to others and the world around us. Playfulness stimulated our sense of curiosity, our development of strategies to access what caught our attention and interest.  It cultivated a sense of value within us …

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An Interview with Martha Eddy

In Art of Living by MaryBeth Smith

Dr. Martha Eddy is the Geraldine Ferraro Fellow for Social Justice and Movement at Marymount Manhattan College, where she also advises the Body Science and Motion studies for students in the Dance and Natural Science Departments. She was a speaker at the 2019 Feldenkrais® Summit, and is the author of “Mindful Movement: The Evolution of the Somatic Arts and Conscious …

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Feldenkrais Lessons for Pandemic Pastimes

In Art of Living, Featured, News, Recovery, Stress by MaryBeth Smith

by MaryBeth Smith, GCFP Is it just me, or are you also mildly annoyed with the steady stream of social media posts about people who have done amazing things with their spare time during coronavirus lockdown? For example, a woman in India has transformed her apartment balcony into a producing organic farm. I’ve seen so many pictures of perfectly formed …