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From Stress-Out to Restored! Somatic Support for Actors

In Actors, Creativity, News, Performers, Stress, The Classroom by Mary Rudd

by Laura Bond Photo by Nadim Merrikh on Unsplash The belief that “great actors need to struggle and suffer for their art” is perpetuated throughout training programs and within the profession. I knew this all too well as an actor in pursuit of an MFA degree in acting/directing in my mid-twenties. Having a personality determined to get the most benefit …

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How Do We Find Presence?

In Art of Living, News, Stress by Mary Rudd

Photo by Mostafa-Meraji on Unsplash By Lindy Ost Standing shoulder to shoulder in a crowded restaurant for an hour waiting for an open table takes its toll. There were five of us celebrating Matt, my middle son’s 21st birthday. As our wait time progressed, so did our edginess. Yes, it was hot and crowded, but we wanted to stay. It …

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Opening and Closing: A Coronavirus Story

In News, Stress by Lavinia Plonka

By Mary Rudd, GCFP (In collaboration with Donna Ray, LMFT and Feldenkrais® Trainer) In March 2020, I became ill with COVID-19 while caring for my husband, Rick, who had been suffering from symptoms of the disease for five days. Earlier that month, we had returned home to Kentucky sooner than planned from a trip to California, following the advice of …

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A New Path Out of Anxiety

In Members, Stress by MaryBeth Smith

by Zoe Birch, MA GCFP I wrote this article a number of years ago, inspired by Moshe’s quote about aggression being a behavior, not an energy. In today’s challenging and reactive climate, it is worth revisiting this idea of aggression as a behavioral expression of helplessness, impotence, and anxiety. The antidote to impotence is the potent use of self from …

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Feldenkrais Lessons for Pandemic Pastimes

In Art of Living, Featured, News, Recovery, Stress by MaryBeth Smith

by MaryBeth Smith, GCFP Is it just me, or are you also mildly annoyed with the steady stream of social media posts about people who have done amazing things with their spare time during coronavirus lockdown? For example, a woman in India has transformed her apartment balcony into a producing organic farm. I’ve seen so many pictures of perfectly formed …

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Emotional Stress and Body Organization

In Featured, Recovery, Stress by MaryBeth Smith

by Ralph Strauch, Ph.D. GCFP This article is republished by permission from the Achieving Excellence blog. Feeling states and body organization are closely intertwined. Your body amplifies your emotions in the same way your stereo amplifier amplifies music. When an emotion arises you subconsciously organize your body to amplify that emotion, and what you actually “feel” is the changed organization. …

How do WE Deal With Holiday Stress?

In Members, Stress by MaryBeth Smith

The holidays are stressful for many of our clients. They take time to attend our classes despite over-packed schedules, overspent budgets; the demands of travel, decorating, and house guests; awkward conversations around the dinner table, and SO. MUCH. FESTIVITY. Sometimes we might imagine a subtle expectation to show that we “have it all together,” since we tout the benefits of …

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Loosening the Grip of Stress: How Heeding My Body’s Signals Provided Sweet Relief

In Chronic Pain, Featured, Stress by MaryBeth Smith

by Jennifer Nash Ostermann One of Moshe’s most beloved and frequently quoted sayings is: “Know what you are doing so that you can do what you want.” What is it that we are we doing when we are under stress? We can easily recognize some indicators of stress: increased irritability and raised voices, compulsive eating or drinking, escape into “screen …

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Does the Feldenkrais Method Help With Grief?

In Art of Living, News, Recovery, Stress by MaryBeth Smith

by Angela Alston, GCFP I was asked a few days ago, “Is Feldenkrais helping you grieve?” It’s not a trivial question. My first answer was, “I don’t know.” Sometimes it’s difficult for me to tease out what is Feldenkrais, what is meditation, and what is coming from other influences in my life. I’ve practiced both meditation and the Feldenkrais®  Method …