May 22, 6:45 pm - 9:15 pm
A Feldenkrais Method Awareness Through Movement (ATM) workshop with Nick Strauss-Klein at The Marsh, in Minnetonka, MN, just off I-494
“Movement is life. Life is a process. Improve the quality of the process and you improve the quality of life itself.”
– Moshe Feldenkrais, D. Sci., 1904-1984
As kids, many of us frequently heard “Stand up straight” or “Don’t slouch!” Many people still say these words to themselves as adults, often not very nicely. We know that good posture is essential to good health, but we may have difficulties finding and maintaining comfortable uprightness for more than brief periods.
Rather than imposing good posture on ourselves with self-talk, willpower, and muscular effort, what if a healthy upright posture simply felt good, and we spontaneously preferred it to compressing our height and size? What if good posture could mean ease and lightness in standing, dynamic and enlivened sitting, and a long, free spine?
This workshop uses exploratory movement and guided attention to help students discover the ease and efficiency of improved posture. Feldenkrais basics will be briefly discussed and demonstrated. These simple principles of biomechanics and neuromuscular reeducation will give students a basic toolkit for learning how to effectively and effortlessly change postural habits.
All Nick’s workshops include a follow-up email for participants with notes and principles from the workshop, and text and audio resources to continue your learning at home.
WEST METRO VENUE: The Marsh, in Minnetonka just off I-494
- Tuesday, May 22, 6:45-9:15 PM
- $45 ($39 for members of The Marsh)
- Mark your calendars for these upcoming workshops, Tuesdays, 6:45 p.m.:
- February 27 – Feldenkrais for Chronic Pain
- March 13 – Fundamentals of a Healthy Back
- April 24 – Free Your Hips
- May 22 – Dynamic Posture
- Call 952-935-2202 to register.
- Map and address below.
- ATM class guide: what is ATM and how to do it
- View-and-share Facebook event page
- Print-and-share flier [coming soon]
Open to the public, ages 16+. No experience necessary. The only prerequisites are being able to safely get down to lie on a mat on the floor and get back up again, and fluency in aural English (group Feldenkrais is taught verbally, not with visual modeling; instead of copying the instructor you learn to move in the best way for you). Movement explorations are done gently and reflectively, usually while lying on a mat in various positions.
If your habitual ways of moving are working against you, to the point that you are breaking down more than you are able to restore yourself, then this is the class for you. But it is also for any person, of any movement skill level, who wants to learn how to attend more deeply to how they create, initiate, and engage in movement. These lessons are highly integrative in helping you move with the quality and ease you want for your life.
A few of the typical benefits of regular Feldenkrais study:
- Reduce pain, tension, and fatigue as you move with more skill and greater freedom
- Improve your posture and enjoy movement more
- Move and exercise with a greater sense of integrated, whole body coordination
- Develop better, more balanced, and more flexible ways of supporting yourself
Nick Strauss-Klein is a full-time Guild Certified Feldenkrais Teacher and 2006 graduate of the New York Feldenkrais Method Professional Training Program. In addition to his one-to-one Functional Integration practice, Nick has taught thousands of hours of group Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement classes and workshops. His acclaimed online audio lesson project delivers free Feldenkrais lessons to hundreds of students each month all around the world.
Questions? Contact Liz Anema at 952-930-8528 or the instructor, Nick Strauss-Klein, at 612-412-8060, or email Nick.
A recent student in Nick’s Feldenkrais classes at The Marsh, Amanda Straka, 38, RYT, CPT, Thai Massage Therapist, says
I found Nick’s course valuable and eye opening. I am a instructor of movement myself, and this was my first experience with the Feldenkrais Method. It was a holistic and enlightening way to engage body/mind/breath connection. Nick is incredibly knowledgeable about his material, clear and concise in his direction, and truly passionate about what he teaches. No matter what your moving and/or healing path is, try his class, it open a whole new awareness for you.