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2 Introduction to the Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education Sharon Costianes, GCFP

3 Overview What is the Feldenkrais Method® (FM)? Why I chose this work Who was Moshé Feldenkrais? Two ways to do this work and why they are effective Practical applications for the FM

4 Felden-what?! The Feldenkrais Method® is a somatic educational system designed by Moshé Feldenkrais ( ). Utilizing non-invasive touch, movement, and verbal direction students learn to:

5 increase awareness improve movement repertoire expand and refine the use of the self reduce pain or limitations in movement promote general well-being

6 Who benefits from Feldenkrais work? Performing artists Athletes Children Elders Injury recovery Chronic usage injury Stroke Chonic or acute pain Many others!

7 Who am I? Sharon Costianes Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner™ bodysongcenter.com (607) Center for Movement and Music

8 Dr. Moshé Feldenkrais ( ) Jujitsu and Judo master Knee injury - soccer Physicist Engineer and inventor 1942 begins teaching in England 1954 Tel Aviv living solely by teaching his Method

9 How the Method works Human development Learning through touch, movement, and awareness Self-image

10 Functional Integration® Individual, hands-on sessions using non- invasive touch and gentle movements Focus on function and integration of new information into daily life Individual, hands-on sessions using non- invasive touch and gentle movements Focus on function and integration of new information into daily life

11 Awareness Through Movement® Group classes - use verbal instruction to increase awareness and explore prescribed movement patterns Organic learning environment Stochastic Process (trial and error) Creativity Exploration Group classes - use verbal instruction to increase awareness and explore prescribed movement patterns Organic learning environment Stochastic Process (trial and error) Creativity Exploration

12 Information Resources current class offerings, basic descriptive information Feldenkrais Guild of North America research findings,biographical information, articles, national practitioner search Feldenkrais, Moshe Awareness Through Movement

13 Making the Most of Your Moves: Awareness-based practice of ergonomics and improved body mechanics utilizing the Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education May 29, am – 5 pm Finger Lakes School of Massage $175 Student rate $150 Early Birds Save $50 before May 12 7 CE Hours NCBTMB Approved Provider bodysongcenter.com May 29, am – 5 pm Finger Lakes School of Massage $175 Student rate $150 Early Birds Save $50 before May 12 7 CE Hours NCBTMB Approved Provider bodysongcenter.com


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