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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 …

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How A Fall Begins

In Posture & Balance by MaryBeth Smith

by Cynthia Allen, GCFPThis article originally appeared on the FutureLifeNow blog. Warning: I am about to surprise you. You are thinking, “I know how it began, I was walking down a step and missed it.” Or, “I turned too quickly and I was down.” But I say, if you are over 50, that fall you just had likely began 20-30 …

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Finding Your Balance

In Posture & Balance by MaryBeth Smith

by Taro Iwamoto, GCFPThis article originally appeared on the Trans4Move blog. Are you afraid of falling? Perhaps you have noticed a change in your ability to balance recently. Perhaps you think that these changes are just a natural part of aging, or because of a recent injury or diagnosis. Here’s the typical scenario: As people’s balance declines, they start to …

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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. …

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Posture or Acture?

In News, Posture & Balance by Ira Feinstein

by Scott Forrester, GCFP The idea of posture as good vertical standing is familiar to most everyone. The word “posture” originates from words that mean position or station and may be used to imply a static position. Although vertical posture is an important concept, Moshe Feldenkrais did not feel that the word was the best description of human function. He coined …

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Stand like Never Before: Interview with Stacy Barrows, PT, GCFP

In News, Posture & Balance, Posture and Balance by Ira Feinstein

Standing vs Sitting Ira Feinstein: There has been a movement over the last decade to encourage people to stop sitting at work and start standing. From a Feldenkrais® perspective, is standing really the silver bullet we’ve been told it is? Stacy Barrows: We have a tendency in our culture to fear monger. A researcher will discover the horrible effects of “X,” and …