Pay attention to what you do, sense and feel and you begin to identify patterns and habits. You also awaken your brain to the possibility of real change. You set in motion the dynamics of learning.
Take a look at any child. Watch her at play and you quickly realize that something much deeper is going on. Seemingly random actions, repeated and modified over time develop into real skills. Children instinctively know that play is the foundations of learning. Yet this wisdom is often lost as we transition into adulthood.
You can swap your existing habits and patterns for new ones. You have the ability to take actions that support you in achieving your goals and dreams. All it takes is remembering what you knew as kid.
I’m Julie Francis and for more than 25 years I have been teaching people how to find ease and lightness in their bodies and their lives.
I teach weekly Awareness Through Movement® classes at my Glen Ellyn studio. I offer workshops throughout the Chicago area, and speak nationally on learning how to learn and how to de-stress.
I have developed a revolutionary program – Calm Your Nerves – that uses ridiculously simple movements to calm anxiety and stress.
I custom design presentations and workshops for groups and organizations interested in bringing ease into the workplace and into daily life.
I also work one-on-one with people wanting to move and live more comfortably.
About 40 percent of your daily actions are habits – things you do without really thinking. Sometimes your habits serve you well. Other times they get in the way of doing what you want. You’ve heard that change is hard. It doesn’t have to be.
What you experience as stress and anxiety are normal physiological responses to either real or perceived threats. They are your body’s way of preparing you for action. In an ideal world, you take action and the uncomfortable physical sensations resolve. Unfortunately, modern life with its constant demands and limited ability to act can leave you feeling tense. You can learn to use your body’s signals as guides to appropriate action. Or, when action isn’t possible, you can release yourself from anxiety’s clutches by learning and putting into practice incredibly simple body-based approaches to calming your nerves.
Move with Ease
Your body and your mind are part and parcel of a single system. Learning to move with ease does more than increase physical comfort. Changing how you move opens new neural pathways that allow you to process information differently. As your movements change so does your thinking. From flexible bodies come flexible minds.
A while ago I was interviewed for the local paper. The reporter caught me off guard by asking next to nothing about what I did. Instead she asked about my favorite book – “The Phantom Tollbooth”; movie – Bread and Tulips, and other bits and bobs about my interests. I’m an architecture junkie with an eye for color and design who once got her fix by volunteering as a docent for the Chicago Architecture Foundation.
The nuts and bolts of my past include degrees in Environmental Engineering and Urban and Environmental Studies, programs in Interior Design and Personal Coaching, stints on the east coast and Europe, and a panoply of adventures too numerous to mention.
The Feldenkrais Method® popped into my life in the early 1990s while I was searching for a way to help my daughter who has Cerebral Palsy. Though I came to the Method to help her, I stayed because of all the positive changes it effected in me. Though many know the Method for it’s physical effects, I’m intrigued by the power of the Method to affect positive change in all areas of life. Since 1992, I’ve been guiding others in discovering their potential for positive change – from learning to let go of habitual patterns, to reducing anxiety, to creating the life they want – hidden within themselves.
Life Options is the culmination of my love of color, architecture and design, science and puzzles – all married to my deep curiosity and knowledge of how the body works and how we learn. Together we can wake up your innate potential to bring more ease, more joy, more play into your life.