Private studio currently full

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.

Local artist Anita White’s artwork added to website header rotation

You may have noticed a new bit of fun art shows up as my website header every 10 clicks or so. I’m so happy I finally scanned it and can now share it with you with the artist’s permission!

Below is the un-cropped full version of what local Twin Cities artist Anita White made for me after attending a class I taught. I love the relaxed, perhaps slightly spacey “somanauts” in the photo. Doesn’t it capture beautifully that lovely feeling of diving deep into the inner world of an Awareness Through Movement lesson?

Art after an ATM

And thanks for the beautiful art, Anita!

– Nick

Added new free lesson, The Hip Joints: Moving Proximal Around Distal

Construction noise has quieted down at the JCC and I captured a good recording of yesterday’s class. I’m so pleased to offer you this new free streaming audio lesson, the first I’ve been able to record in a while. Have a pillow or two nearby, and please enjoy The Hip Joints: Moving Proximal Around Distal.

Remember to join the mailing list, spread the word, and consider donating to support making high quality Feldenkrais study available to all, easily and freely!

Recording update: JCC is under construction

I haven’t been recording for the last few months because my class venue building is under construction and there’s been a lot of background noise. As soon as I get the chance, I’ll be hoping to dive back into my takes on Moshe Feldenkrais’s Esalen lessons, and hopefully continue work on Series 3 (lessons from the Feldenkrais’s classic Awareness Through Movement book).

Thanks for your patience everyone, and your ongoing support in the form of spreading the word about my free online ATM resource and donations (Why donate?).

Mean while I have over 30 hours of free lessons to explore!

New York Times Article: Feldenkrais for Chronic Pain

I had long refrained from writing about this method of countering pain because I thought it was some sort of New Age gobbledygook with no scientific basis. Boy, was I wrong!

–  Jane Brody, New York Times personal health columnist

This week the New York Times published an article in print and online called Trying the Feldenkrais Method for Chronic Pain, by Jane Brody. Brody has been writing about personal health for the Times for over 40 years, and it’s fantastic news for our community that she’s taken an interest in Feldenkrais and benefitted so much. She acknowledges her misconceptions (above) as she begins; let’s hope her article will help other people understand it better!

The article is a quick read and does a nice job summarizing the method and her experience as a new student.

Want to help get the word out about Feldenkrais? Leave a comment at the bottom of the Times article. It really makes a difference for exposure for the article and the method!

 

Added Spine Like a Chain, Freeing the Shoulder Girdle

I’ve been deep-diving into classic Spine Like a Chain lessons this summer because I’m finding them very helpful for my own personal learning and for my students. I love the way this one in particular relates to posture and the anxiety pattern. Enjoy Spine Like a Chain, Freeing the Shoulder Girdle.

For now I’m trying it out as part of Series 2: Freeing the Spine, Chest, Shoulders, and Neck.

Free ATM project flyer for practitioners

ATM project flyer for Feldenkrais practitionersDear colleagues,

I created an informational flyer for Feldenkrais Practitioners attending the Feldenkrais Guild of North America conference, August 23-27, 2017 in Seattle.

This is a great way to tell professional Feldies about my extensive free resource, including suggestions about lesson planning for class, studying ATM pedagogy, “homework” for FI students, and a few testimonials.

Click here to check it out. Visiting a study or mentoring group soon? Kindly print a few copies to share with our colleagues!

I am able to continue this free lesson project because of the growing user base and the generous individuals who donate. Thanks for helping me spread the word!

Nick

Nationally recognized walking workshops presented again this fall!

Two page flyerThe Marsh put together some beautiful publicity for my fall workshop series, including some excerpts from the Experience Life magazine articles.

Click here to have a peek at the flyer and please spread the word!

Click the titles for full info on each 6:45-9:15 PM Tuesday evening event:

Sept. 12: Walking with Your Whole Self

Oct. 17: Walking with Grace and Ease

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

An overseas student comes back to Feldenkrais basics

Ever wrestle with an ATM lesson that seemed impossible, only to later discover something new and wonderful? I enjoyed an email exchange with Maria Noel from Uruguay, who was struggling with one of my more challenging audio lessons, Legs Crossed, Freeing the Spine and Chest Part 1. She gave me permission to share our thread.

Notice I initially gave her a firm nudge toward simply not doing the lesson (safety first!) but she persisted in a beautiful, sensitive-to-herself way, and reaped the benefits. Too long, can’t read? Just skip to the bolded sentences below.

For all of us doing ATM lessons I find these kinds of study stories to be a helpful reminder of the value of going back to the Feldenkrais basics. Look what can happen when we explore from a place of kindness and curiosity towards ourselves!

Maria: Very difficult for me to tilt the legs while they are crossed and I do not improve although I have been doing it for a very long time. And impossible to leave them tilted to one side. Continue reading