Hello !! As you may have heard, “Feldenkrais” was one of the two final words in the recent Scripps National Spelling Bee. Excitement within the commu

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Hello !!
As you may have heard, “Feldenkrais” was one of the two final words in the recent Scripps National Spelling Bee. Excitement within the community of Feldenkrais Practitioners, at least those with an on-line presence, ran high. Perhaps, just maybe, after all this time . . . we were becoming more of a household word, a term people had at least heard of or had a vague sense about! Searches for “Feldenkrais” on Wikipedia jumped way up to 7634 after the spelling bee. The daily average is 408. Hmmm, I wonder how many will actually come try it out.

You can though -- click on the picture below for a short lesson or come to a class.


Awakening the Upper Back to Improve Posture

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Click on image for 12 min. audio lesson

Here's short excerpt from the last lesson in the Posture and Alignment series that bridges nicely to the next topic. We send gentle pressure through the upper back, that often-stubborn area between the shoulder blades. This is an unfamiliar, non-habitual way for the spine to experience force and therefore engages the brain in learning. Pushing is done with only 20% effort. You may push the wall with either the palm of the hand (fingers pointed downward) or with a fist, padding the hand with a small towel if needed for comfort.

This is a lesson from Bones for Life®, developed by Master Feldenkrais Trainer, Ruthy Alon. It's useful for upright alignment as well as re-organizing the upper back to support the arms in action.

What's Next? -- Class Topics I mean

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Is there a topic you'd like to explore, or re-visit? An area of movement or aspect of your life you'd like to improve, or at least better understand? Now's the time to suggest topics for 2016-17! I have ideas, of course, but I'd sure like to hear from you. Here's what's scheduled so far:

June-July: Improving the Use of your Arms and Hands
August: "Magic Blanket" Lessons -- flexibility & coordination for back, hips, ribs and neck helped by a rolled blanket. Good for posture, relaxation, comfort when traveling. . .
Sept: Your Adaptable Back

Send me your requests and thoughts by June 21 so I can incorporate them!

Please use the contact info at the end of this newsletter -- and Thank you!

Play an instrument, craft, garden, use a keyboard?

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Do you feel discomfort during or after doing so?

These lessons are for you!

Through precise movement explorations and focused attention:
• Find greater comfort in daily movements
• Coordinate arms, spine and ribs
• Increase accuracy and delicacy in small movements
• Feel ease and strength in larger movements

Moving Younger: Improved Use of your Hands and Arms

Tuesdays June 21 - July 26 10:30 - 11:30 am

Where: Chintimini Senior Center - 2601 NW Tyler Ave

$30 resident; $37.50 out-of-city; $8 drop-in

Hands & Arms in Fine and Large Movements

Tuesdays June 21 - July 26 Noon - 1 pm

Where: Friends Meeting House, 3311 NW Polk Ave, Corvallis

$48 for series. $10 drop-in Register at first class for the six-week series

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.

Parkinson's Class on THURSDAY afternoons

Mindful Movement with Parkinson's

Thursdays 2:00 - 3:00 pm

June 23 & 30 (no class on 16th)
July 7, 14, 21 & 28
August 4, 11, 18 & 25-- $40 for monthly series; Drop-in $12/class

A specialty class for People with Parkinson’s and their caregivers

Come and learn PWR!Moves -- Parkinson's Wellness Recovery exercise program that has slowed Parkinson's progression and made daily activities easier and more enjoyable. We've added some of the music and moves from Dance For Parkinson'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

For More Information

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