We are amazing. As we grow, change, learn a new skill or are injured, our brain adapts our movement to our new body. Watch a baby on its back kick its feet and try to reach for them, slowly discovering that if s/he reaches with one hand a roll to that side begins. Go ahead and try it if you want, and don’t forget to smile. It is fun.
Small tiny movements like this stimulate the brain to learn. As we age, are injured, or diseased we often use old habitual movement patterns even though they may now be dysfunctional, cause pain, or limit our ability to go further in a new skill. Feldenkrais® ATM® classes lead you in exploring tiny painless movements which your brain uses to create a more functional, comfortable and elegant movement. Simple functions such as breathing, walking, bending, reaching, singing, running, playing an instrument or even sitting become less painful, easier, and finally even elegant. As the pain and tension used in maintaining a dysfunctional pattern decreases, relaxation and a sense of wellbeing often accompany the new ease of motion. We are dynamic systems, responding not just to internal stimuli but also to our environment. Think of how you respond to an uneven sidewalk, a car veering toward you, or a sudden noise.
Creating Posture with the Breath $60
Tuesdays Feb 4, 11,18,25 at the Life Source Community room on Commercial
Do you want to sit & stand with more comfort & less effort and breathe easier?
Learn to direct your breath into various areas of your body, relaxing and freeing neck, shoulders, upper and lower back and hips.
Did you know?
- Most of us inhibit our breath by muscle contraction patterns that are very dysfunctional?
- That your shoulders float on your ribs, and don’t need to be pulled back to be upright?
- That holding your stomach in all the time creates spasms in the low back? The abdominal muscles need to move freely to support the back.
- That anxiety can result from the muscle tension we use to hold ourselves upright when we don’t allow the breath to do it easily and comfortably
Cost is $60 for the series of 4 classes and unless you have established credit, payment will be due in advance.
Bring a heavy towel or light mat and wear loose, comfortable clothing so you can move comfortably.
Class size is limited to 12 participants. To preregister call 503-375-3600, or email
Vision, Balance and Stability
Wed February 5,12,19,26 9:30 - 10:30 AM at the Life Source Community Room on Commercial Free
Do you want to see better without strain? Do you want better balance and stability?
If so, these lessons are for you.
One of our most powerful senses is that of vision. Just like much of our learning, we learn to see as children and never revisit learning to “see”. The eyes contain the physics of seeing. The rest is done with the brain. The brain takes the image, adds to it the input coming from the other senses, compares it with previous situations and images, then makes sense of it and finally tells us what we are “seeing”. When the brain can't make complete sense of it we are unstable, unbalanced, stressed.
Your eyes themselves change as you age, from use, misuse, from computer displays, nutrients and stress. Also your brain has new experiences and images which influence what you perceive, or think you see.
Is this image 2 faces or a vase?
Just learning how to relax your eyes is blissful.
Here you will not only work with strengthening and integrating the muscles of the eyes but sense the shape of the eyeball and lens & explore how you perceive your external environment but also experience how changes in perception effect your balance, stability, movement and even your mood.
Classes will be limited to 12 people. These lessons are free
In Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement Lessons (ATM®) you will be guided through movements in lying, standing or sitting. The patterns of movement allow the student first to differentiate how a specific part of the body is involved in a movement and then to integrate the movement throughout the body. Extraneous movements and tensions disappear and only those necessary to the completed functional movement remain. Tension is released as unnecessary muscle contraction melts away and there is a sense of relaxation, a byproduct of the lesson. Often previously painful movements become much less so, or even pain free as the learning progresses.
You will notice certain movements seem easier or more natural. Old, habitual movement patterns often disappear as newer, more functional alternatives are discovered. The subtle ATM® movements develop not only awareness, but also flexibility and coordination.
The insight you gain into how you can support yourself and move without unnecessary tension helps to relax the mind, emotions and body.
After ATM® lessons, people often feel taller and lighter, breathe more freely, and find that their discomfort and pain has eased. They experience relaxation and a sense of release. Best of all, the new way of learning becomes a part of everyday living.
In a Functional Integration Lesson® you will sit, lie or stand, fully clothed, as the practitioner uses touch and movement to bring awareness to different areas of the body. This allows you to experience how the movement is integrated thoughout the body. You will learn how to eliminate excess effort and move freely and easily.
Lessons may address a particular issue brought by the student, or may be global in scope. Although the technique does not specifically aim to eliminate pain or "cure" physical complaints, such issues may inform the lesson. Issues such as chronic muscle pain may resolve themselves as you learn a different approach to your physical experience—a more integrated, free, and easy way to move.
Often, at the conclusion of a lesson, a student will be given a short Awareness Though Motion activity to do on their own to help reinfroce what has just been learned.