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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 …

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Images from the 2019 FGNA Conference

In 2019 Conference, News by MaryBeth Smith

The 2019 Conference was a powerful community-building event with many of the volunteers, from CORR to Legacy, bringing material to share with Members. This deep level of communication and openness have yielded information and resources for all Members. Rolling on the floor together, dancing after days of ATMs (what a feeling!), discovering collegial connections, sharing meals and ideas reminded all …

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Keep Playing!

In Art of Living, Healthy Aging, Musicians, Neuroplasticity, News, Performers, Recordings by MaryBeth Smith

by Annette Weiss Paralysis-Agitans – sounds like a great name for my new band. Paralysis agitans is the Latin name for Parkinson’s Disease and it vividly describes what happens to professional keyboard players like me: when you want to move, you can’t, and when you want to be still, you move involuntarily! I was diagnosed with this movement disorder six …

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Finding A Voice

In Healthy Aging by MaryBeth Smith

As a classically-trained singing teacher and vocal coach, it has been my privilege to teach aspiring performers at all levels. I always think of developing the person first, believing that the voice inside will emerge. To me, voice is an almost sacred form of self-expression.  To help someone unleash that expression — or to find a self that has something …

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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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Violet Van Hees – The Importance of FEELING Safe

In 2019 Conference, Members by MaryBeth Smith

Violet Van Hees knows a lot about feeling scared. She is learning to surf. “When I get scared, my learning stops. I go back to old bracing patterns, my finesse tanks, and usually, I wipe out!” She noticed that when she is able to shift herself into feeling more safe, she surfs better. Violet also has decades of first aid …

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Where do you get your photos?

In Members by MaryBeth Smith

As more Feldenkrais® Practitioners create websites, e-newsletters, and social media profiles, it’s time to upgrade our community’s skills and adopt best practices. One recurring issue is the use of photographs on these platforms. Jay Lee, a prolific freelance photographer in Houston, Texas, is well acquainted with the issue. “I think it is important for people to know that a photograph …

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Report: 2019 IFF Assembly

In Members by MaryBeth Smith

May 22-26, 2019 Highlights from High Wycombe, UK by Candy Conino Every year the International Feldenkrais Federation invites its members to send representatives to an international meeting. The IFF members include 22 Guilds, as well as the four Training Accreditation Boards. Each IFF Assembly is hosted by a different member Guild, and this year The Feldenkrais Guild United Kingdom (FGUK) …

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The Radiant Actor with Connie Rotunda

In Actors by MaryBeth Smith

Connie Rotunda is a professional actor and theatre professor, as well as a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitionercm. In her ongoing research and exploration she discovered the acting technique formulated by Michael Chekhov, and bells of recognition began to go off in her brain. Michael Chekhov (1891 – 1955) was considered to be one of the most original actors of his …