Twin Cities Feldenkrais – Online, group, and private Feldenkrais study with Nick Strauss-Klein.
Nick and TCF were featured in Experience Life magazine, April 2017
Read about Feldenkrais for chronic pain in the New York Times , Oct. 30, 2017
What I’m after is to restore each person to their human dignity.”
Called Functional Integration (FI) lessons, these sessions are available with Nick by appointment.
Winter 2018 update: My FI studio is currently full, but click here for a list of many other study options (classes, at-home, and other practitioners).
Notes, Announcements, & Updates from Nick and TCF
Below you’ll find a much more legible and expanded text version of this whiteboard photo from Tuesday’s Chronic Pain workshop.
The number one question I get from website visitors is “Can you publish workshops as part of the free audio project?” I haven’t done much of this because the lessons I teach in my workshops are often not designed as standalone learning contexts. There’s usually some other lecture, discussion, or media content. This week I found myself using a whiteboard for the first time in about a decade (and my handwriting shows it, as you can see!).
I enjoy repackaging my thinking and presentation of Feldenkrais depending on the people present and the context, and I laid out some of our basics in a new way for people interested particularly in how Feldenkrais addresses chronic pain. I thought readers might enjoy my current take on an important topic.
It’s top level stuff, without a lot of discussion, so feel free to comment publicly below or contact me with questions. I’ll reply either way.
Notes and Principles for Feldenkrais for Chronic Pain workshop:
CURIOSITY, at the center of the photo above, was our “word of the day” (not pain or Feldenkrais). Notice how each of these four categories below relate to curiosity, and to each other. Read more »
Nick discusses some learning context for these new lessons
[When you’re ready to explore the lessons click here to go to my new Driving and Dynamic Sitting miniseries.]
I’ve been meaning to teach more explicitly about sitting and driving for a long time, since for so many people these everyday activities are frequently challenging and even painful. Over my years as a Feldenkrais teacher I’ve noticed that most people who come to me with concerns about discomfort in sitting have the idea — consciously or unconsciously — that if they could just find the “right” chair and the “right” way to sit in that chair they would be able to engage in sedentary activities for hours without moving much.
I used to believe this too. I discovered Feldenkrais as an injured concert pianist. My study and intended livelihood required me to sit on a piano bench for 3-5 hours a day. I was rarely comfortable for much of that time, but I did what we so often think we have to do: I hunkered down into the position I thought was best, accepted the pain, and got my practice hours in. Over the years the unnecessary efforts, pain, and inefficiency of my static sitting began to interfere with the freedom of my arms and fingers for playing the piano, and I developed repetitive strain injuries that traditional medical approaches couldn’t relieve. Luckily I discovered Feldenkrais, which helped almost instantly when I began to think about and support myself better as a whole, and far more dynamically. Read more »
Private studio currently full — January 18
Due to high demand for Functional Integration (FI) lessons, my one-to-one Feldenkrais practice is currently full.
Here are some other options for study, available right now!
- You are welcome to come explore Feldenkrais in my ongoing year-round group Awareness Through Movement (ATM) classes. As long as you can comfortably and safely get down to lie on a mat on the floor at the beginning of class and get back up again at the end, there are no other prerequisites, and you may drop-in to any class (here’s how). Newcomers are always welcome. Sign up for the mailing list (just click here) to know when new classes and one-day workshops are happening.
- Each spring and fall I teach monthly evening workshops on specific topics. See what’s coming up next.
- My extensive online collection of free streaming audio recordings of my ATM classes is available right here. They’re introduced by information to get you oriented to the process of safely and effectively studying Feldenkrais at home on your own.
- If you’d like a referral to another Feldenkrais Practitioner in the Twin Cities Metro, please visit this reference page to see other local and regional practitioners. You can also contact me and I will be glad to help you connect to one.