Dynamic Stability and the Art of Falling

November 19, 2018


Moti Nativ’s two day workshop, Dynamic Stability and the Art of Falling was amazing. Through Moti’s explanations I was able to see more clearly the connection between the Feldenkrais Method and judo.

Moti’s workshop

From L to R Susinn Shaler, Brent Kisilevich, Sandra Bradshaw, Moti Nativ
The three of us made the trip to Calgary from the Okanagan to participate in Moti’s workshop.
Using Awareness Through Movement® lessons we learned how to feel gravity by letting go of control and then to find stability by feeling the support of the ground with our hands, feet, hip, etc. Learning to improve my use of gravity and stability in a functional way I was able to transition from lying to sitting, sitting to standing and back down to the floor again more fluidly than I had ever experienced before. Once we were able to feel the trajectories and pathways that made movement seamless we then worked with a partner to use this information functionally in judo moves. Although I don’t have aspirations to learn judo I can see many applications that will help me as I work with my clients.
From the perspective of another participant:
Moti's workshop was immense fun. None of this falling asleep during an ATM! We learned to regard falling as an option rather than a threat. We rolled off a chair onto the floor and we rolled back up onto the chair and then we rolled off a chair and back up onto our partners lap! Sitting became a dynamic process and unexpected fun. Gradually rolling from lying on the floor, from sitting on a chair evolved into rolling to stand and then working with our friend gravity to roll back onto the ground. Did I say it was fun? It was also challenging and meeting those challenges is so very satisfying.
~ Oliver Reimer, GCFP and Canadian Regional Rep for the Feldenkrais Guild
The New Feldenkrais Professional Training Program in Canada

This is the official announcement regarding the new Canadian Feldenkrais Training program. If you know other people who might be interested please spread the news. The link in the announcement will take you to a form you can fill out to get on the official mailing list. We intend to keep people posted as things develop. We will be interviewing four candidates for the position of Educational Director in early December. It’s no longer just a dream, it is actually happening. As one of the organizers I can tell you I’m over the moon with this new development, particularly because the training will be here in Kelowna.
You may be interested in a Feldenkrais® Professional Training program in Canada. We wish to let you know that a committee has been formed to explore this possibility. Our intention is to offer a training in Western Canada (Kelowna, BC) as soon as reasonably possible. We are gathering the necessary data for Provincial registration and we intend to apply for accreditation through the North American Training Accreditation Board. We will keep you informed of our progress and hope you will spread the word. 
If you wish to stay informed, sign-up on the mailing list here. We will send further information as it arises as well as information on upcoming workshops.
Thanks in advance for your support, the committee:
Sandra Bradshaw, Rob Black, Alice Friedman and Gisele St Hilaire
Feldenkrais-LogoDisclaimer: Please note that in certain states, or countries, professional practice may be subject to licensing laws limiting their professional practice unless the graduate has (a) certain license(s) and that accreditation of this program by the Feldenkrais Guild of North America (FGNA) does not indicate that this program meets local or state laws for post-secondary or vocational training. Further, neither ATM® nor FI® may be practiced professionally until the person has graduated from an accredited training.          
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Wake Up Your Body and Brain by Sandra Bradshaw

Wake Up Your Body and Brain is not meant as a “cure all”. It is a place to start a process for physical and mental improvement and give you a taste of what’s possible. It’s now your job to pursue this work and embrace it as part of your daily routine. The Feldenkrais lexicon contains thousands of Awareness Through Movement® lessons addressing every conceivable aspect of movement and improvement. Many of these lessons are available via the internet as on-line classes or prerecorded audio and video lessons. I invite you to explore and experience the possibilities. You will be glad you did! Buy your copy of "Wake Up Your Body and Brain" from Amazon, or download it today.

Sandra Bradshaw, Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner Functional Movement Specialist will help you to boost your capacity to move effortlessly. With a background in special education, yoga, functional movement, and music, Sandra integrates this knowledge with the latest brain research to help you find solutions to your personal needs that are effective and long lasting. If you are interested in more information or would like to make an appointment, call Sandra today at 250 862 8489. 

The Feldenkrais Method® created by physicist Moshe Feldenkrais, PhD., combines precisely structured movement sequences with the latest advances in brain research; it will help you recover from specific areas of injury such as the neck and shoulders or to improve fluidity and ease in sports, recreational activities or life. Join the ranks of such notables as actress Whoopi Goldberg, cellist YoYo Ma and the members of the Canadian Men’s Alpine Ski Team.

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