In Search of Buried Treasure

In Members by MaryBeth Smith

by Lavinia Plonka Imagine a world without the Alexander Yanai lessons, or the FI® videos of Moshe Feldenkrais. These precious resources became available because volunteers from all over the world selected, translated, proofread, and helped digitize this extraordinary material. IFF has revealed another trove from the archives and is inviting members to be part of a team that goes through …

Protect Yourself from Online Scams

In Members by MaryBeth Smith

by MaryBeth Smith Recently, many members of our community have received suspicious emails, known as “phishing.” In one, the sender purported to be in search of a Feldenkrais® teacher to teach two Functional Integration® lessons a week to a celebrity client over an eight-week period. The friendly email concluded with a request for more information about you and your qualifications, …

Cathryn Jakobson Ramin Has Advice for Feldenkrais® Practitioners

In Members, The Back by MaryBeth Smith

In our recent visit with Cathryn Jakobson Ramin, she shared her insights about chronic pain from her own experience, and from her contact with thousands of readers who have shared their stories with her since the 2017 publication of her book, Crooked: Outwitting the Back Pain Industry and Getting on the Road to Recovery. She continues to seek out Feldenkrais® …

Remembrances of Chloe Scott

In Members by MaryBeth Smith

FGNA Life Member Chloe Scott died September 9, 2019, in Oswego, OR, at age 93. Chloe’s long-time friend, Janet Loops, has written a poignant tribute to her mentor, colleague, and dancing buddy. “I met Chloe when I started taking dance lessons with her in the early 1970’s. I was asked to join her dance troupe, called “The Dymaxion Moving Company”. …

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How to Create a “Balance” Workshop With Your Clients In Mind: An Interview with Lisa Walker, GCFP

In Members, News, Posture & Balance by MaryBeth Smith

IT: Lisa, what do you like most about your private practice? LW: The cool thing for me is the variety, and the zest for life I see in each individual.  When I first started practicing, I had friends in the marketing world who told me to focus on a particular segment or population.  Pick my market, they said. Somehow that …

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Balance and Falls Prevention: An Interview with Alan Questel, GCFT

In Members, News, Posture & Balance by MaryBeth Smith

IT:  In your experience working with people through the years as a Feldenkrais® teacher and trainer, have you observed some commonalities among students who have a history of falls?  AQ: A few things show up typically. and I think we can break it down into a few different approximations. One is a person who falls periodically, and it’s a surprise …

A Mindful Approach to Teaching Online

In Art of Living, Members by MaryBeth Smith

One of the benefits of the Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education is its ability to improve so many aspects of people’s lives – even a meditation practice. At a time when more and more people are turning inward, the Feldenkrais Method can offer a “way in” for those who find stillness too daunting. In Touch recently sat down with Fariya …

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Learn More About Parkinson’s Disease

In Members by MaryBeth Smith

Suggested resources compiled by Marg Bartosek Finding services and resources for People with Parkinson’s (PwP) is easy using Google search. Most states have an organization that provides information and referral, training, and other support to People with Parkinson’s and their Care Partners.  Search for Parkinson’s Support Organizations in (fill in the name of your state). Many offer listings of movement …

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Start a Conversation About Parkinson’s Disease

In Members by MaryBeth Smith

Share online articles and videos of interest with your students and prospects to start a conversation about THEIR interests, goals, and dreams. Listen and provide resources more than you talk about yourself, or “sell” the Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education. If you send an e-newsletter or post regularly to social media, Here are some resources we found that will establish …

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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 …