Feldenkrais®

Classes & Private Sessions @ Life Options Studio

So just what the heck is Feldenkrais®??

I like to call it lazy person’s exercise.  More akin to Mindfulness Meditation than anything you’d do at the gym, it’s a call to pay attention to what you are doing so you can identify habits and patterns that are keeping you from doing what you want – and then swap out those habits for actions that support you in achieving your goals and dreams.  The Feldenkrais Method® uses movement as its foundation, its “in” so to speak.  After all, if you’re going to attend you’ve got to attend to something.  Why not movement?

In Awareness Through Movement® classes, you spend a great deal of time rolling around on the floor just noticing what it is you are doing and how you are doing it.  Sometimes you do very complex movements but you do them slowly and in a way that makes the learning about what you do both pleasurable and comfortable.  We call all this lolling about “lessons” because each orchestrated sequence of movements teaches something about the harmonious function of your body.  These lessons also cause the brain to wake up, pay attention and make new connections aka “learn”.  Lessons start out simple, gradually building in complexity.  You never do more than you can easily do.  As you do, what you can do with ease changes and you begin to surprise yourself with your own ability.  How does that happen?  Simply, as you begin to pay attention, you quickly discover how much extra work you are doing,  When you let that go, amazing things begin to happen.  You breathe easier, stand taller, move more gracefully, feel less stressed.

In Functional Integration® sessions, you get to lie down (or sit up, or stand and with all your clothes on) while the teacher does the work of showing your body how it’s various elements are connected and how they can work together to support you instead of behaving like a bunch of renegades each with its own agenda.  Sometimes the teacher asks you to take the reins for a bit, allowing you to consciously sense what you are doing and how you can be in motion in a different way.  These more passive sessions are also lessons.  The precise touch used by the teacher sends your brain the message that something different is happening.  It tunes in and learns that it has other choices than auto pilot.

Classes

Awareness Through Movement® classes are a somatic approach to learning. More than just a movement practice, they are a way of learning how to learn. Gentle guided movements awaken the plasticity of the brain, allowing the body and the psyche to effortlessly overcome perceived limitations to find grace and ease.

Classes meet weekly on Tuesday mornings  from 9:30 – 10:30 am. Pay-as-you-go for $20 per lesson OR purchase a 6-class pass for $90.  Passes are good for 3 months from date of purchase. Please dress in loose, comfortable clothing suitable for rolling on the floor, and bring a mat and a towel with you. Drop-ins welcome.

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Private Sessions

Are you more comfortable with a one-on-one approach to change?  Together we’ll use movement, body awareness and learning strategies to explore how you can move through life a little bit easier.  Schedule a private session at my Glen Ellyn studio.

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