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Welcome to TCF, Twin Cities Feldenkrais

Group and private Feldenkrais study with Nick Strauss-Klein

“What I’m after isn’t flexible bodies but flexible brains.
What I’m after is to restore each person to their human dignity.”

– Moshe Feldenkrais, D. Sci., 1904-1984
FREE STREAMING AUDIO: Study at home with live recordings of Nick’s classes. Click here!
 

Notes, Announcements, & Updates from Nick and TCF

Fall Workshop Preview

I’m pleased to announce I’ll be returning to giving workshops this fall with regular monthly evening events at The Marsh. See below for a list. I’m starting with some of my most popular and requested workshops. More details are coming, but mark your calendar now!

And in response to questions I’ve been receiving from many TCF streaming audio lesson listeners out there: yes, I’ll be hoping to record and distribute whatever I can from these workshops!

Each event is a Monday evening, 6:45-9:15 PM. Save the dates!

Sept. 19: Walking with Your Whole Self

Oct. 17: Walking with Grace and Ease

Nov. 14: Organizing Your Feet for Balance, Posture, and Power

Dec. 12: Breathe Easy

New baby at home!

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We’ve got a wonderful healthy baby and mom at home, and three adoring older siblings! We’re so proud and so blessed, and wanted to share with you! I’m slowly returning to working more fully, though TCF’s new streaming audio lessons and updates will be a little slower through the summer….

Our fourth child, Eve Elizabeth, was born May 3rd (Jen’s birthday!), 8:54 PM, 7 lbs 8 oz, 19 inches, a vigorous baby and a great nurser. Jen was amazing and is feeling pretty good, all things considered. We are so blessed with a healthy mom and baby, and loving, curious siblings for this little girl.

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Should You "Move Your DNA" in Virtual Reality?

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Facebook’s Oculus Rift

I want virtual reality to be healthy to use and useful for the world, but I’m skeptical.

Today is launch day for the first premium consumer electronic virtual reality device, the Facebook-owned Oculus Rift. The New York Times and Los Angeles Times have already weighed in this morning. In this “year of virtual reality” I’ve got plans to follow this new consumer tech industry closely, explore virtual reality myself, and report back to you. As a Feldenkrais practitioner and paleo/primal movement enthusiast, I think I’ll make a pretty unique guinea pig for virtual reality. If I lost you with any (or perhaps most) of the nouns in that sentence, let me explain.

There’s a unique cultural tension brewing right now, and I’m not talking about politics. On one side we have a rapidly growing movement in the alternative health and wellness community toward a paleo/primal view of human improvement. Wellness professionals, backed up by more and more scientific studies, are claiming that living our lives more in accordance with how we evolved serves our health in a myriad of ways. Here’s the short version as I see it: we’re finally noticing that while modern history has created the reality we live in (let’s be broad and say the last 10,000 years), our evolution over millions of years created a species that is, through our very DNA, best adapted to prehistoric reality. Increasingly dieticians and movement professionals (myself included) would like to see us behave a bit more like…well, cavemen.
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