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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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The Sit to Stand Escalator

In Healthy Aging, Members, Posture & Balance, Posture and Balance, Recovery by Mary Rudd

By Jean Elvin, MFA, GCFP Sitting down or standing up from a chair – what could be a more common daily action? Unwittingly, many people have the erroneous internal image of standing straight up from the chair, without inclining their weight over their feet, omitting the sense of counter-balance between the hips, shoulders and head.  Clients may be aware that …

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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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Enhance the Awareness Through Movement® Experience for People Living with Parkinson’s Disease

In Awareness Through Movement Lessons, Healthy Aging, Members, Neuroplasticity by MaryBeth Smith

by Marg Bartosek, GCFP At least one million people in the U.S. live with Parkinson’s disease. One or more students in your Awareness Through Movement® classes may have this progressive neurodegenerative disease, and have not yet been diagnosed. Often, Parkinson’s disease (PD) is not easy to diagnose. In fact by the time of official diagnosis, the person has usually had …

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Keep Playing!

In Art of Living, Healthy Aging, Musicians, Neuroplasticity, News, Performers, Recordings by MaryBeth Smith

by Annette Weiss Paralysis-Agitans – sounds like a great name for my new band. Paralysis agitans is the Latin name for Parkinson’s Disease and it vividly describes what happens to professional keyboard players like me: when you want to move, you can’t, and when you want to be still, you move involuntarily! I was diagnosed with this movement disorder six …

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Finding A Voice

In Healthy Aging by MaryBeth Smith

As a classically-trained singing teacher and vocal coach, it has been my privilege to teach aspiring performers at all levels. I always think of developing the person first, believing that the voice inside will emerge. To me, voice is an almost sacred form of self-expression.  To help someone unleash that expression — or to find a self that has something …

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The Feldenkrais Method® and Parkinson’s Disease

In Healthy Aging, Posture & Balance, Walking by MaryBeth Smith

by Ernie Adams, GCFP For a person with Parkinson’s Disease (PD), the natural rhythm and flow of perception, feeling, and movement is disrupted. There is a disconnection between the intention to move and the ability to start or complete an action. Routine automatic behaviors, such as those involved in walking, speaking, breathing, swallowing, and facial expression, become difficult or unavailable. …