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How to Release Shoulder Tension in Less Than Five Minutes

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Sandra Bradshaw, GCFP Have you noticed how your shoulders rise in direct proportion to the number of tasks–especially office tasks– you have to perform on any given day?Some of my clients tell me by the afternoon on a workday they feel like their neck has disappeared and that their shoulders have migrated up to their ears. When I do hands-on …

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Neck Pain Relief with the Feldenkrais Method®

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by Eveline Wu, GCFP Clients often enter my office after they have already worked with other practitioners for their neck pain. Maybe they have tried massage, physical therapy, chiropractic, or acupuncture, and found some relief. Yet when clients find themselves easily re-injured by everyday activities at work, they may still be seeking a way to create more lasting change. A Feldenkrais® practitioner’s …

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How’s that Office Chair? Thinking about office work from a Feldenkrais® perspective

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by MaryBeth Smith, GCFP How’s your Chair? SO — how IS your office chair? Individuals and companies spend countless hours researching the best ergonomic chairs and desks to enhance “worker productivity.” It is possible to spend hundreds of dollars on a highly rated set-up and still find that you are uncomfortable. Why? I’ll tell you what I tell my clients. I …

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Breathing is Life, and Life is Breathing

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by Tyler James Wall Inhale. Exhale. Repeat for the course of your life. Sounds easy, simple…right? Well, our bodies tell us differently. How we hold ourselves in varied positions and postures throughout the day paints a picture of our physical stories. When we’re stressed, we often end up using accessory breathing muscles that are attached to the rib cage. These …

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What’s the right way to breathe? A different take on breathing exercises

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by Josh Schreiber Shalem, GCFP What’s the best way to breathe? Through the mouth or the nose? More in the belly, or in the chest? Is it always better to breathe deeply? Some techniques teach the expansion of the abdomen as you breathe in, others as you breathe out. Which is better? Here is what Moshe Feldenkrais had to say …

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Breathing to your Peak

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written by: Christine Germain, MFA, GCFP I have been a dancer and athlete since I was five years old. At the age of 25, after traveling the world and studying dances in their cultural context, I decided to enroll in a contemporary dance program. After suffering a severe injury by way of malpractice, my dance career was put on hold …

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The Feldenkrais Method & Parkinson’s Disease

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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. …

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Feldenkrais® Week 2018

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All across the US and Canada, Feldenkrais® practitioners are celebrating Moshe’s 114th birthday with free events, workshops, classes, and (if you’re lucky) cake! Who was Moshe Feldenkrais? Dr. Feldenkrais was a pioneer who was truly ahead of his time. What neuroimaging is discovering today about the plasticity of the mind, Feldenkrais hypothesized over fifty years ago. His legacy, the Feldenkrais Method®, is …

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The Significance of a Strong Neutral

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Anita Schnee, GCFP A person lies quietly on the floor. Slowly, gently, the person moves a little – and rests. Moves a little – and rests. Horse and rider walk in a circle. Gently, imperceptibly, the rider shifts her balance. The horse turns. The rider shifts back to neutral. The horse straightens. Neutral-shift-turn – return to neutral. Neutral-shift-turn – return …