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Checklist of Best Practices: Options as You Move Forward

In Members by MaryBeth Smith

While we can’t cover everything here, we hope these pointers will get you started as you shift to a “new normal” in your practice. In this article you will learn how to communicate with your clients, investigate Zoom and the basics of online teaching, and how to communicate with your venues — so you can continue to practice, maintain your …

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Business Essentials: Headshot and Bio Basics

In Members by MaryBeth Smith

by MaryBeth Smith, MM, GCFP As you and your work in the Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education become better known in your local community and beyond, the day may come when you are invited to do something outside of your office or studio. Imagine that you are invited to: Give a presentation about the Feldenkrais Method to a club, community …

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Feldenkrais® Practice for Winter Doldrums

In Members by MaryBeth Smith

by Robin RogerTrainee Awareness Through Movement Teacher® Winter in Toronto is not only bone-chillingly cold, (minus 23 C/-9 F with the wind chill yesterday), snowy (15 cm/5 inches of snow on Saturday) and slippery (The Toronto Rehabilitation Institute has the WinterLab, devoted to research on preventing falls under winter conditions) it is also grey. This week (as I write, it’s …

The Feldenkrais Method® of Somatic Education, Whole Body Focusing, and Emotions: an Intersection

In Members by MaryBeth Smith

How is emotional experience included in the practice of the Feldenkrais Method? How might Feldenkrais® teachers develop fluency and ease in managing their own emotions, both in their personal lives, and with clients? The search for answers to these questions has motivated Donna Blank since the Amherst training. She has practiced Whole Body Focusing, the work of Kevin McEvinue, for …

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Feldenkrais Method® of Somatic Education as a Tool for Developing Emotional Expression and Portrayal with Actors (and non-actors, too)

In Creativity, Members by MaryBeth Smith

Theatrical artistic director and teacher Odette Guimond uses the Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education and The Emotional Body® to help actors to refine their craft as expressive artists. We asked Odette to share her experience with our community in In Touch IT: How has the Feldenkrais Method influenced your work with actors and emotional expression? OG: I have always been …

Five Tips to Start Your Year as a Feldenkrais Teacher

In Members by MaryBeth Smith

January is a good time to: Get better organized. Catch up on fling, organize your office supplies, bring order to your desk drawers and storage shelves, wash your towels (again), clear out items you no longer use, dust, mop, vacuum – whatever is needed so that YOU KNOW everything is clean and welcoming. For some clients, clutter can be such …

The Power of Video to Promote Your Practice

In Members by MaryBeth Smith

People love video! Most of us have a pretty good video camera with us most of the day, in our smartphones. Yet few in our community have taken advantage of this tool to promote their practices.  What are the benefits of creating short videos? Be more visible. In order for you, your practice, or the Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education …

New Beginnings: The Evolution of FeldyForum and the Transition to Feldenkrais® Community Forum

In Members, News by MaryBeth Smith

From 1994 to 2019, Ralph Strauch hosted, initiated, and moderated lively online conversations about the Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education. Our community pioneer in the digital world, Ralph’s motivation was simple and direct. He just wanted to find a way to get us talking to each other. The result, after a few iterations, was the Yahoo group known as Feldy …

How do you welcome beginners and newcomers to your classes?

In Members, News by MaryBeth Smith

Any successful enterprise needs a steady stream of new clients to be sustainable. Your Feldenkrais® practice is no different. We were curious about how successful colleagues create this pipeline stream for themselves, and so wondered about how they foster and nurture those relationships. After all, the old adage says “You never have a second chance to make a first impression.” …