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Hello !!

Are you paying attention?

None of us can do it all the time, but when it comes to movement,
attention is key to improvement.

There are many reasons we don’t notice things:
• we shut off awareness to painful movement just to get through
• we think about something else and move automatically. Habits are crucial, of course, but without periodic check-ins, they may confirm patterns of effort that don’t serve us well.
• we lack the “vocabulary” and don’t really know how to make distinctions in sensation or effort that can enable change.
Below are some ideas to develop kinesthetic awareness -- or come to a class and I'll guide your learning.
Here's to an enjoyable summer of movement for you!


Developing Your Movement Intelligence

Try out some of the ideas we explore and practice in class :
1. Make comparisons.
• sitting or standing, compare the sensation of weight on each foot, or each sitting bone
• notice how far you see when turning to look to the right and to the left
• purposely change the hand you use for a simple task like putting away the dishes, or the foot you step with first when starting to walk
• notice differences lying on your right compared with your left side when you go to bed

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2. Expand your sensory or kinesthetic “vocabulary”. These are the signposts to differences. A few to get you started:
• Heavier or lighter
• Longer or shorter
• Volume: full, three-dimensional or flatter
• More or less contact on the surface: "floating" held up from the surface, "sinking" into the floor, "relaxed resting" on the floor or chair
• Smooth and even or stuttering and jerky
• Easy or requiring effort
• Breathing easily throughout or breath held/interrupted
Take the time to determine the specific differences you feel. Although we sometimes don’t have words, making the effort to find a description of a felt difference, even saying it aloud or in our minds will build our movement intelligence. Read More

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Increase your Ankle Flexibility

In a previous newsletter, I included a link to a short movement practice related to ankles, because we all lose some flexibility as we age. If you missed it, or want to do it again, it's on my website here.

Balance and Fall Prevention -- Awaken your Brain!

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We all experience balance challenges as we get older, but the good news is: we can do something about it! Even if you've taken this series in the past, you'll experience some new lessons to awaken your brain to improve your movement intelligence, alignment and balance.
• Experience your skeleton more clearly --try a new technique
• Expand flexibility and coordination
• Learn strategies to regain balance when needed
• Improve confidence and safety!

Chintimini Senior Center - 2601 NW Tyler

Tuesdays June 19 - July 17 -- 10:30 - 11:30 am $32 in-city discount; $40 non-city; $8 drop in if space. Classes tend to fill so sign up early at the center or online. You'll need to set up an account if you don't have one.

Can't get to the floor? A raised platform allows you to participate

Let me know if you want to use it!

Friends Meeting House - 3311 NW Polk

Tuesdays June 19 - July 17 -- 12:00 noon - 1 pm Register at first class please. $40 for series; $10 drop in/session. Bring mat or blanket for carpeted floor. Please do not park in front of neighboring homes.

What's the right class for you? Please contact me--details below

Mindful Movement with Parkinson's - Thursdays

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BOTH classes have available space!

1:15 - 2:15 pm -- Chair-based

2:30 - 3:30 pm -- Faster-paced - includes floor work

Location: Fitness Over Fifty: 6735 SW Country Club Dr Corvallis
Dates & Cost: Thursdays, June 14, 2 and 28. ($30);
Drop-in $12/class

July 5, 12, 19 and 26 ($40); Drop-in $12/class

August 2, 16, 23 and 30 ($40); Drop-in $12/class. (No class 8/9)

New students--first class session free!

Contact me in advance to determine right class for you

For More Information

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Contact me: or 541-286-4678

or check out: My Website

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