Hello !! Students in class this week commented that moving slowly allowed them now (after many weeks/months of ATM classes) to feel their lower back

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Photo courtesy of Feldenkrais Institute

Hello !!

Students in class this week commented that moving slowly allowed them now (after many weeks/months of ATM classes) to feel their lower back changing shape as they walked. But not if they walked at a more regular pace. Why? Walking is a highly complex action and teasing apart the details requires slow movement and careful attention. These are some of the insights of Moshe Feldenkrais discussed by neuroscientist and author Dr. Norman Doidge in a short interview below. Doidge also touches on the issue of why we often do movements in Awareness Through Movement® (ATM) classes for a long time only on one side of the body.

Have a listen and then come try it out yourself!


Norman Doidge on The Feldenkrais Method®


Dr Normal Doidge -- Stock Image - Deposit Photos

About a year ago, I wrote about Dr. Norman Doidge's new book: The Brain's Way of Healing. I was excited, in part, because two chapters focus on the Feldenkrais Method. Doidge's book has recently come out as a paperback, presumably dropping the pricetag and making it more accessible. I hope so, because it is a fascinating book that clearly describes a number of approaches to healing that use the changeable or "plastic" nature of the brain.

In this nine-minute interview, with Dr. Virginia Campbell of "The Brain Science Podcast", Dr. Doidge talks about Moshe Feldenkrais as a man way ahead of time, before brain plasticity was understood or accepted. After giving a very brief description of Feldenkrais' background, Doidge highlights a couple of Moshe's key insights:

* applying awareness to movement can change the movement and the involved connections in the brain
* moving slowly and gently allows us to observe the effect of the movement thereby opening the door of awareness.
We use these and other principles in our weekly classes.
Click here for the interview segment.

February Classes - Keep Balanced!

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Moving Younger: Finding Balance and Stability

One out of three adults 65+ falls each year. Don’t be the ONE!

We'll sit, stand and lie on the floor to:
• Expand flexibility and coordination in ankles, knees, hip joints, spine and ribs
• Learn strategies to regain balance when needed
• Add safe challenge to your balance exercise routine
Tuesdays Feb 9 - March 15 10:30 - 11:30 am
$24 resident; $30 out-of-city; $8 drop-in
Chintimini Senior Center - 2601 NW Tyler Ave, Corvallis

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Photo by Rosalie O'Connor

Awareness Through Movement®

Improve balance, coordination and flexibility
Enhance your comfort and ease in a variety of situations
Continued exploration of pelvic floor connections to larger movement

Register at first class for the six-week series
When: Tuesdays Feb 9 - March 15 Noon - 1 pm
Where: Corvallis Friends Meeting House,
3311 NW Polk Ave, Corvallis
6-week Series: $48 -- $10/class Drop-in

Parking available in front, and next to school yard playground across the street. Please bring a blanket or mat for use on the carpeted floor.

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Mindful Movement with Parkinson's -- More Music!

Ongoing Class - Wednesdays 11:30 am-12:30 pm Feb 2, 9, 16, & 23

Feb series: $10; Drop-in $12

A specialty class for People with Parkinson’s and their caregivers focused on movement issues important to health and safety. Participants will learn specific movement strategies to make daily activities easier and more enjoyable. We've added some of the music and moves from Dance ForParkinson's, which has enhanced the coordination and enjoyment of many people with Parkinson's all over the world.

New students--first class session free! Read More
Where: Fitness Over Fifty -- 6735 SW Country Club Drive Corvallis

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