Hello !! I've been reading the new book that includes two chapters on the Feldenkrais Method: The Brain's Way of Healing by Norman Doidge, MD. Chapte

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Hello !!

I've been reading the new book that includes two chapters on the Feldenkrais Method: The Brain's Way of Healing by Norman Doidge, MD. Chapter 5 recounts the story of Moshe Feldenkrais and is an exciting read, including accounts of his walk at age 14 from Belarus to Palestine and his escape from Paris prior to the Nazi invasion while taking nuclear secrets to the British. I was struck at the many challenges Moshe faced in life (discrimination, physical challenges) and yet he developed a way of thinking and moving that has helped so many people. It's heartening to realize that today's brain science is "catching up" and corroborating his approach.

It's in the Corvallis Library, but I understand there's a waiting list...


NEWS FLASH: Excerpt from Doidge's Book published on Salon.com

I've just learned that on Sunday, March 1 around 7:30PM EST, salon.com, a website that has over nine million viewers a month, will be publishing an excerpt from Dr. Doidge's book that focuses on the Feldenkrais Method. Click HERE if you'd like to read a well-written description of Moshe Feldenkrais and the Feldenkrais Method.

We're Improving Movement and Learning . . . . . But What about a Flat Belly?

I presented some Strategies for Moving Younger at the Linn-Benton Senior Resource Network last week. Participants had a chance to experience a bit of slow, attentive movement, within a comfortable range and with less effort, like we do in class every week. I pointed out that these hallmarks of our approach are consistent with increased neuroplasticity in the brain, the ability to change and improve -- even in the face of serious injury. As discussed in Dr. Doidge's new book, this approach increases learning, improves movement and even helps relieve pain.

Someone asked about getting a flatter belly and it got me thinking. Apart from the broader health implications of extra weight that must be addressed:
* we sometimes get focused on a flat belly and may tend to hold our belly in. This is extra muscle effort that is not carried into movement and which often impedes our breathing, leading to other less-than-good outcomes.
* sometimes our way of standing contributes to more of a "belly". Using our bones for support and utilizing the full length of our spine in a well-aligned skeleton may result in our being taller and carrying our weight in a different way. The Feldenkrais Method can help with that.

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Although the Feldenkrais Method is not about burning calories, when we know what we're doing, we're able to move faster and harder with less risk of injury. This does have implications for weight loss and a flatter belly.
* as we develop greater awareness, more flexibility and ease some of our aches and pains through the Feldenkrais Method, we may be more ready to walk, swim, bike, hike or take a more traditional exercise class. This may be a place to start for those who have had injuries or illness.
* walking with poles allows us to get more active movement and can burn more calories than walking without. Walk for Life® is an application of Feldenkrais principles to walking that encourages whole-body use and more upright alignment. People with movement and balance challenges often find this a satisfying and safe way of getting exercise.

If you'd like to take a Walking with Poles workshop, let me know here!


Class Schedules - Moving Mindfully

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


Change your Age -- Awareness Through Movement®

• Engage your brain to update movement habits
• Improve walking, posture, coordination and balance
• “Move younger” with less pain, stiffness and effort

Smaller class allows individual attention - drop-in spots available

Yoga Center of Corvallis -- Tuesdays through March 17

Noon-12:45 pm

NEXT SESSION: March 31- June 6 (no class May 5)

Free Your Neck and Shoulders

Move with less pain, stiffness and effort
Improve the coordination of your neck, shoulders and ribs
Enjoy improved posture, balance and ease

Chintimini Senior Center - 2601 NW Tyler Ave

Tuesdays through March 17 10:30 - 11:30 am

Drop-in spots available!


NEXT SESSION: Effortless Gardening --not for just gardeners

Easier movements in low back and hip joints
Discover support for your arms
Find easier ways to work near the ground

March 31 - April 28

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Mindful Movement with Parkinson's

Ongoing Class

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.

New students--first class session free! Read More

Fitness Over Fifty -- 6735 SW Country Club Drive Corvallis

Wednesdays 11:30 am-12:30 pm

For More Information

Contact me: margbartosek@gmail.com or 541-286-4678

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