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How to Release Shoulder Tension in Less Than Five Minutes

August 3, 2017

Have you noticed how your shoulders rise in direct proportion to the number of tasks you have to perform on any given day? Some of my clients tell me by the afternoon on a work day they feel like their neck has... [full story]

Foot Position Determines Body Tension

July 5, 2017

Experience Feldenkrais in Naramata

June 7, 2017

 with ROB BLACK, SANDRA BRADSHAW and BRENT KISILEVICH Summer will soon be here! We probably all need some R&R after a longer/colder than normal winter followed by excessive rain this spring.... [full story]

Sussin Shaler

May 3, 2017

It is with appreciation to announce Susinn Shaler will be joining me at my studio to offer sessions to clients. With my practice full, I am delighted to have more options available to my clients. We will announce our new... [full story]

Reversibility of Movement

May 2, 2017

Usually we move so fast that we’re carried by momentum; to stop a movement in process is often impossible. In a Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lesson movements are deliberately slowed down so that we can... [full story]

How Long is Your Neck?

May 2, 2017

  Silly question? …maybe not! When I ask clients this question inevitably they will point from the area just under the chin... [full story]

Water Runs Easily Downhill So Why Can’t We?

April 12, 2017

All the while you’re running or hiking up a steep grade you’re probably thinking how much better it’s going to get... [full story]

Living with Arthritis: Motion is Lotion

March 15, 2017

I have often heard people with arthritic conditions say that the worst time of the day is when they have to get moving in the morning; once they’re up things settle down and they have less discomfort. Why is this?... [full story]

Do It Hard or Do It Easy: How to take your shirt off when you have a limited range of motion

March 6, 2017

When we’ve always done something in a certain way, it never occurs to us there may be other options that are easier and perhaps even more efficient. Last week one of my clients complained she was having difficulty... [full story]

What to Do When Opening the Mouth Is Difficult

February 1, 2017

“Enjaw” Yourself with an Out-of-the-Box Strategy You open and close your mouth multiple times every day. It’s a simple action until you have restrictions in the jaw. Eating, talking, breathing,... [full story]

If You Can’t Bend Your Knees You’re Hooped

January 11, 2017

Our knee joints are among the most important joints of the body. If you can’t bend your knees or have difficulty bending your knees it precludes participation in almost every activity available to us humans. Winter... [full story]

Driving Tips: Shoulder Checking Made Easy

December 7, 2016

  Do you have difficulty shoulder checking while driving?   This month's video reveals why leaning back while driving restricts movement to look over your shoulder, and how one small change... [full story]

Embrace Feldenkrais to Re-train Your Brain

November 1, 2016

Why did I write my book? Or more to the point why should you read "Wake Up Your Body and Brain"? ... [full story]

Bones For Life Program

October 4, 2016

  The Bones for Life program is designed to increase bone strength safely and effectively. It... [full story]

How to Lift a Heavy Bag Without Straining Your Shoulder Using the Feldenkrais Method ®

August 30, 2016

 Do you strain your shoulder when you lift heavy bags and suitcases?  Travelling... [full story]

How to Lift a Heavy Suitcase into the Overhead Bin on an Airplane

July 20, 2016

There is nothing easy about lifting something heavy overhead. If you’re a frequent flier you may be doing this more often than you’d like when you put your luggage in the overhead bin. Most people... [full story]

Introduction to Feldenkrais - Recommendation

July 20, 2016

Sandra, I wanted to write to thank you for the time you took to introduce me to Feldenkrais. I have really gained from participating in the movements that you showed me and the additional audio lessons you provided... [full story]

10 Benefits of Nordic Pole Walking

June 6, 2016

 I first came across people using poles when I was hiking in the Rockies in Colorado 20 years ago. At the time I thought it was a great idea for keeping balance while hiking rocky terrain but never thought of it as... [full story]

Your Eyes Affect Your Stride

May 9, 2016

Improve Your Running and Walking Form: Your Eyes Affect Your Stride Did you know that where you look when you walk or run affects the length of your stride? It all has to do with foot/eye coordination. ... [full story]

Living a New Reality—Life After a Bereavement

April 11, 2016

  The other day I received a newsletter from a Feldenkrais practitioner who is recovering from a broken arm. As I read about her journey towards recovery, I realized there were a lot of similarities... [full story]

Living with Arthritis: Breathing Away Pain

March 15, 2016

    Breathe your pain from arthritis away. When you live with arthritis, one method to alleviate, or at least decrease, the pain from arthritis is to breathe it... [full story]

The Infinite Intelligence of Body Work By Paddy Kamen

February 24, 2016

Getting in touch with my body has been quite a journey. Who knew that my mind might have to turn off while I did it with Feldenkrais? ... [full story]

How to Relieve Tension in the Back While Standing

January 29, 2016

Don't let making pea soup cause tension in your back. When the forecast calls for snow, my feet lead me towards the kitchen where the aroma of hearty soups and stews do a lot to lift my spirit. Of course, I have... [full story]

Small Moves—Big Changes: The Mystery and Magic of the Feldenkrais Method

January 22, 2016

Small Moves—Big Changes by Madonna Hamel Last October I was in Kelowna moving the remains of the family home from a locker to my car, the dump, neighbors and thrift stores. The combination of heavy lifting... [full story]

Osteoporosis Facts and Tips

January 6, 2016

Osteoporosis is a bone disease in which the amount and quality of the bone is reduced. People often mistakenly think osteoarthritis is a similar condition but it is a disease of the joints and... [full story]

Strong Healthy Bones and Good Posture Go Together in Bones for Life

December 16, 2015

What is your reality? This....or this? ... [full story]

Multitasking Is Out! Focused Attention Is In!

December 2, 2015

  Multitasking is actually not possible. According to John Medina author of the book, Brain Rules,... [full story]

Pillow Talk

November 16, 2015

Finding the right pillow is a bit like finding the right doctor. You want a good fit and hope you'll never need a replacement. When it comes to pillows it can tricky because you have different requirements when you move... [full story]

Avid Readers and Bingo Players Have Something In Common

November 3, 2015

Never in my wildest imaginings would I have used the words reading and bingo in the same sentence but apparently they actually have... [full story]

When Bagging Leaves, Bend Without Injury

October 17, 2015

October is here and the trees are creating a display of rich golds and royal reds. We appreciate the beauty when the leaves are on the trees but inevitably those same leaves soon need to be raked, bagged and toted to the... [full story]

Relaxation Isn't Just for Weekends and Vacations

October 5, 2015

Relaxation isn't something to be put off until a convenient time. It's a skill... [full story]

Lean into Your Turns for More Comfortable Driving

September 16, 2015

How do you handle the curves in the road? Do you anticipate a turn and allow your body to move... [full story]

Why did you do Feldenkrais today?

September 8, 2015

The Dog Days of Summer are Upon Us!

August 11, 2015

The dog days of summer are upon us. It’s time to sit back with a cool drink, read a book or contemplate life. It’s also the perfect time to bring out one of my favorite doggy photo from a trip to Hawaii... [full story]

Effective Core Organization—Using Your Glutes

July 16, 2015

Effortless movement—what a concept! We see kids climb, run, kibitz and... [full story]

Mindful Eating

June 16, 2015

Physical Exercise and the Brain

May 28, 2015

Physical activity used to be a natural part of life and... [full story]

Hug Away Discomfort in the Shoulder Blades

May 12, 2015

Tension between the shoulder blades is even more common than I thought. Last week alone I had six clients tell me they had discomfort in that area. Having just finished my latest YouTube video (which... [full story]

How to be Comfortable Sitting at the Computer

April 14, 2015

Stiff neck, sore back, chronic tension—do you have a litany of chronic physical problems that you may be blaming on aging? Know it or not, many of them spring from the countless hours we spend at the computer. Since... [full story]

Belly Tension Impedes Your Ability to Move

March 22, 2015

If I took a poll, in all probability, you would be one of the 80 to 90% of the respondents who says that they are self conscious of their belly and that they make an effort to hold it in. We have this idea that to be healthy... [full story]

The Squat Song

March 14, 2015

 In light of my last post on learning how to squat, I thought this was a fun follow-up. Enjoy! ... [full story]

Squatting—Making Peace with Ground beneath Your Feet

March 3, 2015

 A few weeks ago one of my clients confessed that she while she could still bend over to pick something up from the floor she could no longer do a full squat. As a matter of fact she couldn't even remember how long... [full story]

Awareness Is the Key to Improvement

February 22, 2015

You have a dedicated weekly exercise program and yet, you feel like you are regressing; if you have less stamina, or your recovery time from sore, achy muscles is longer than it used to be, there is a reason for... [full story]

Experiencing Core Strength Using Out of the Box Strategies

February 4, 2015

 In order to prevent back injury we need to have a strong resiliant core--that's a given. However several recent studies on core stability have concluded the way we're going about developing core strength needs to... [full story]

Trust--A Key Component to Transformational Change

January 27, 2015

Have you ever participated in a trust circle? You stand in the middle of the circle with your body rigid like a board and allow yourself to fall backwards letting the people on the outside of the circle catch you before... [full story]

New Year's Resolutions—Improve Your Diet and Your Back

January 12, 2015

Improved diets and New Year's resolutions seem to go hand in glove. Healthy eating requires food preparation. Food preparation requires standing at the kitchen counter of extended periods of time. Standing at the counter... [full story]

What Do Eyes Have to Do with a Stiff Neck?

December 8, 2014

Neck tension is something that we all wrestle with from time to time. The question you might ask yourself is what am I doing to produce the tension that creates my stiff neck? Even if you know it’s the result of... [full story]

A Little Resistance Can Be a Good Thing

November 23, 2014

When your movement is restricted through misuse, accident or a condition such as arthritis, it can be both frustrating and exhausting. Trying to push through the block is generally fruitless however if you know how to... [full story]

Reaching Is Easy Until It’s Not!

November 5, 2014

We take our ability to reach for granted until something happens and we can’t do it anymore. Whatever the cause, be it arthritis, frozen shoulder, surgery or injury, when reaching is no longer an option it’s... [full story]

Swing Your Hips and Save Your Knees

October 14, 2014

 With gravity on your side you’d think it would be easier to walk down stairs than up but that’s not the case. When descending the stairs you may be one of many people who experience intense discomfort... [full story]

Climb Stairs for Exercise without Stressing Your Knees

September 25, 2014

You want to exercise but don’t have the time? Solution, climb stairs! It’s one of the best forms of exercise and most people have steps available either at home or at the office. Seven minutes of stair climbing... [full story]

Climb a Ladder or Climb a Rock Face – Balance is the Key

September 10, 2014

 Fall is here and it’s time to finish outside chores before the cold weather sets in. In my world that includes cleaning out the gutters and washing the outside of the upstairs windows.... [full story]

Brain/Body Health Linked to Movement

August 16, 2014

If you’re convinced you can keep your brain healthy simply by playing Sudoku or the Lumosity games, you’re missing an important ingredient—movement. Research now shows physical exercise can ease depression,... [full story]

The Knees Take a Hit

July 30, 2014

Knees take a lot of abuse. It’s a well-known fact that knee injuries are one of the most common reasons people visit doctors.  You’ve probably had your fair share of cuts, scrapes or worse on that part... [full story]

Take a Stand Towards Effortless Movement!

July 10, 2014

You’ve been sitting for a while and you go to stand up. Simple…yes? Or maybe you struggle to get up off a chair (particularly if it’s a soft, low, enveloping one) and have to use momentum or... [full story]

Hip, Hip Hooray! Improve Mobility in Your Hips

June 18, 2014

 Cross one leg over the other and see how it feels (if you’ve recently had a hip replacement don’t do this movement). It’s such a common action you may be able to do it without giving it much thought.... [full story]

International Feldenkrais Week

May 6, 2014

 If Moshe Feldenkrais were still alive he would be 110 years old this week. Feldenkrais practitioners are celebrating his birthday and his legacy by inviting the students in their Awareness Through Movement classes... [full story]

Movement is Life

May 5, 2014

  Tips to relieve the stress of constant computer work and other activities. I'm pleased to be a guest on Pamela Lynch's Conscious Business Conversations internet radio show.  You... [full story]

Part II Hands-on Functional Integration Session for Scoliosis

April 30, 2014

  Feldenkrais Demonstration and Discussion on Scoliosis,     Part... [full story]

Thoughts on Clocks

March 10, 2014

I have always used the pelvic clock as one of the “bread and butter” lessons of the method... [full story]

How to Make “Exercise” Work for You in the Real World

February 25, 2014

You’ve been doing the same workout for years; squats, dead lifts, standing calf raises, leg raises, incline sit ups, etc. You’ve convinced that it’s necessary for your fitness but then you go out and... [full story]

Doing Nothing Accelerates Learning

February 16, 2014

"Believe me, my young friend, there is NOTHING—absolute nothing—half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats…In or out of 'em, it doesn't matter. Nothing seems really to matter, that's... [full story]

Unleash the Super Skier Within

January 26, 2014

Unleash the super-skier within, drop 10 strokes off your golf game, or run a faster... [full story]

Trust—Essential to Unplugging the Survival Mechanism

January 20, 2014

Have you ever participated in a trust circle? You stand in the middle of the circle with your body rigid like a board and allow yourself to fall backwards letting the people on the outside of the circle catch you before... [full story]

Seven Habits of Mindful Eating

January 6, 2014

Which of these two scenarios would you like to experience? You are on your way to a meeting, which starts in fifteen minutes. You're hungry and the McDonalds Golden Arches appears in the distance. The... [full story]

Moving Right Along

December 16, 2013

'tis the season to share tips on how to keep your body 'moving right... [full story]

'tis the season

December 10, 2013

It always surprises me when I find myself knee deep in winter with Christmas right around the corner. However, winter... [full story]

Imagining Movements: Increased Muscle Strength Experiment

November 14, 2013

  For years Feldenkrais practitioners have successfully used the kinesthetic imagination to help... [full story]

Snow Shovelling 101

November 5, 2013

As we wake up to the first snow fall, it is a blatant reminder that, if you aren’t already, you will soon be a reluctant participant... [full story]

The Straight Goods on Scoliosis

October 3, 2013

Several years ago, I flew down to... [full story]

Do you wrestle with a nagging pain in your low back?

September 19, 2013

What We Do Is Intimately Connected to How We Feel 

(it’s not always about exercising) I’ve... [full story]

An Experiment: Running With Open Focus Attention

September 19, 2013

Here’s the thing; I hate running. I’ve avoided running most of my life except if I’m going to miss a bus or a train or if something nasty is chasing me. On the whole I prefer walking. So why would I subject... [full story]

Maintain inner clarity through body movement

September 13, 2013

Clarity with respect to one’s passion and goals can help make living that passion and realizing those goals much easier. Can body movement and a greater range of body motion help with finding and maintaining... [full story]

How My Journey into Feldenkrais Began

September 9, 2013

  “Feldenkrais®! What is that? And, why would you give up a safe, solid, financially viable profession like teaching to do something that no one has ever heard of?” Good questions like this... [full story]

Smooth Moves

September 3, 2013

It thrills me to watch as the students in my classes learn to move with ease and grace. The individual movements in an Awareness Through Movement lesson when put together add up to an exquisite, graceful dance. Fluid,... [full story]

Feldenkrais® Functional Integration® Video - dialogue with client after car accident

August 29, 2013

Although the Feldenkrais Method® is all about movement it is often on the level of feeling the muscles firing rather than executing large movements. For this reason viewing a Feldenkrais® Functional Integration®... [full story]

How to protect your back while gardening.

July 9, 2013

Summer is finally here. If there was any doubt, recent temperatures in Kelowna (35 C.) are enough to convince me of its arrival. Although sitting in the shade with a good book and a tall lemonade is a great way to get... [full story]

What is the difference between training and learning?

January 7, 2013

Training implies the transference of a skill from teacher to student through repetition. Learning, on the other hand is a more sophisticated process in which a skill is developed and then applied in a variety of situations.... [full story]

I’m Back!

December 13, 2012

Apparently I can only juggle two balls at a time these days which is why my blog has been lying fallow for the last six plus months. Apparently, writing a blog and a book while also trying to have a life was too much... [full story]

Mind over Matter: A Positive Spin on Mind Control

April 23, 2012

If there was ever any doubt that the brain controls movement, this new research study from Italy called The Light Hand Project, clearly indicates that that the brain gives the orders to the muscles.   The... [full story]

Bionics Come of Age

April 8, 2012

Hollywood has had a fascination with bionic super-humans for decades, from the 1970’s Six Million Dollar Man to the more recent Terminators and Cyborgs. However, what was once science fiction is now a reality.... [full story]

Innovative Choices: Wheelchairs May Soon Be a Thing of the Past

March 25, 2012

Most of us can walk, bend, stand and turn in countless ways without giving it another thought. But, what if, for the rest of your life, you lost the use of your legs and the only option was a wheelchair? The world would... [full story]

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome: Symptoms &Treatments

February 24, 2012

While I was smugly congratulating myself that I had no pain while my broken wrist was healing, there was another time bomb ticking away in the background. When the cast came off I was beset with an array of indicators... [full story]

Give Me a Break: Diary of a Broken Wrist Part V

January 17, 2012

Visual Image Therapy for a Broken Wrist Briefly, visual image therapy was first developed by neuroscientist, Vilayanur S. Ramachandran for people suffering from phantom limb pain and/or paralysis. This researcher... [full story]

Give Me a Break: Diary of a Broken Wrist Part IV

December 31, 2011

Pain Is an Opinion of the Brain I have had no pain since I broke my arm and even at the outset I wasn't on massive amounts of pain killers. As a matter of fact the strongest medication I took was Ibuprofen and... [full story]

Give Me a Break: Diary of a Broken Wrist Part III

December 11, 2011

One Handed Strategies in a Two Handed World   “Why do you have cling wrap around your cast?” Dr. Campbell was the 3rd person in as many minutes to query something that seemed logical to... [full story]

Give Me a Break: Diary of a Broken Wrist Part II

November 28, 2011

The Aftermath: Defusing the Trauma I was down, could hardly catch my breath, my wrist was lifeless and I was in trouble. As a Feldenkrais practitioner (functional movement specialist) I knew that what I did... [full story]

Give Me a Break; Diary of a Broken Wrist

November 21, 2011

An Ounce of Prevention… Long story short: on Thursday evening I broke my wrist when I slipped on an icy patch of sidewalk. In hindsight, I can totally relate to that old maxim, “An ounce of prevention... [full story]

Surrender Is Internal Yielding

November 13, 2011

Surrender is an internal yielding; that's what I continue to learn through my Feldenkrais work. Letting go of resistance in my body and feeling the flow is the trick. If I move into the flow I am available... [full story]

When the Heat’s Turned Up Slowly, It’s a Shock When You Find You’re Being Cooked!

October 29, 2011

 The story goes something like this. A frog is placed in a pot of cool water; while he swims around enjoying himself, the heat is turned up so gradually that he’s not aware of the change in temperature or that... [full story]

Gravity Baby!

September 26, 2011

After only a 9 month apprenticeship of relating to gravity, this little girl is amazing. You can see as you watch the video clip that her coordination and body awareness is exceptional and it’s no wonder that if... [full story]

Take Time to Savor Something Sweet

August 26, 2011

In the Okanagan Valley of southern British Columbia the summers are spectacular. As the intense heat sends residents and visitors alike, to the lake to cool off, the intense rays of the sun bless and sweeten the fruit... [full story]

Art that Moves Me: the Work of Angela Bonten

May 31, 2011

A painting by its very nature is the culmination of the physical and mental process of the artist frozen in time. As observers, we see the result of movement as it is recorded in the painting... [full story]

The Language of Movement Expressed in Dance

May 16, 2011

Moshe Feldenkrais once said that we don’t learn to move rather, we move to learn. Even before a child begins to identify objects in the environment she explores her body parts. Gradually she discovers her hands,... [full story]

Stretching Doesn’t Prevent Injury in Runners! Find Out What Does

May 2, 2011

Yes, you’ve got that right! I’ll say it again; stretching doesn’t prevent injury in runners. And, there is now a body of growing research to back that up. A study presented at the annual meeting of the... [full story]

Catching My Breath: Phase I of BarefootBootcamp.ca Is a Done Deal

April 23, 2011

Things change quickly when the intention is clear and the timing and circumstances are right! Four months ago two of my colleagues, Susinn Shaler, Brent Kisilevich and I had the audacity to think that we could create a... [full story]

More on Minimalist Running Shoes: What the Heck Are Pampooties?

April 6, 2011

Pampooties! What on earth was my brother going on about? I had been telling my sister-in-law Monika about Vibram Five Fingers and the trend towards minimalist running shoes when Larry piped up in the background, “Ask... [full story]

Know What You’re Doing: Connecting with Your Pelvis

March 30, 2011

The pelvis is composed of the largest and heaviest bones in the body. The pelvis is also the center of the body and coordinates and transfers the movement through the trunk, head and arms; that is, it should transfer movement... [full story]

Improved Alignment of the Feet Promotes Better Balance and Good Running Form

March 21, 2011

To move forward you’re feet have to be going in the right direction! “Of course,” you say, “my feet point forward or I wouldn’t be able to move.” Yes that’s true to a point but... [full story]

Knee Problem…? Alignment Problem…?

March 14, 2011

If you’re having knee issues it could be an alignment problem. Your ankles, knees and hips as supposed to act as shock absorbers as you walk and run; this can only happen if they are in alignment. If your knees aren’t... [full story]

Locked Knees Prevent Freedom of Movement

March 7, 2011

Do you stand with your knees locked? Did you know that your body’s response to locked knees is to inhibit movement in the rest of the body? If it was only a matter of releasing those muscles when you’re going... [full story]

Balance Is Crutial to Effortless Running

February 28, 2011

Did you know that one of our greatest fears as a human being is—the fear of falling? Yup, this is way up on the list even ahead of public speaking! Your nervous system, that silent faithful servant that makes life... [full story]

Effective Running Requires Awareness

February 20, 2011

We take our habits with us into everything we do including running. The wear and tear on the bottom of your shoes is a graphic example of habit. Notice that the wear patterns on each shoe are different; for example, you... [full story]

Why Barefoot Running? The Harvard Study

February 15, 2011

Did you know that research suggests running barefoot reduces the risk of injury? How can that be? How can anyone run without well-placed cushioned support to protect the body from the impact of striking against unforgiving... [full story]

You're as Old as You Feel

January 31, 2011

Chronological age and biological age are two distinct qualities. It’s what can make someone at thirty feel old and someone at eighty feel young. In other words once we’ve finished developing chronological age... [full story]

The Right to Be Wrong; The Only Way We Learn Is By Making Mistakes

January 24, 2011

When learning a skill the journey to mastery is ten thousand mistakes. In other words it takes a lot of learning to become skillful. In our culture we look at mistakes as something to avoid, something to be ashamed of.... [full story]

I Walked Through the Fear and When I Looked Back Nothing Was There

January 17, 2011

Que tal? by Sandra Bradshaw--mixed media diptych Feel the fear and do it anyway! Easy to say unless you’re faced with a blank canvas; it can turn the most courageous person into a quivering blob.... [full story]

Four Legged Friends Benefit from the Feldenkrais Method® and Tellington-TTouch®

January 10, 2011

Last spring one of my clients approached me about working with her dog. 12 year old Vincent had recently suffered a stroke and had lost his ability to stand, walk and hold his bladder. Initially the vet told the family... [full story]

Opening to New Possibilities: An Open-Focus Attention and Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement® Experiment

January 4, 2011

I love the changes that happen to me after Open-Focus attention training and after a Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lesson; so I asked myself what would happen if I did an experiment combining the two modalities?... [full story]

All I Want Is an Open Heart; My Final Open Focus Experience

December 27, 2010

It’s time for me to make some resolutions and to examine what I’ve done this year. Over the past 12 months I launched my website, recorded seven Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement® lessons to sell... [full story]

Blind Contour Drawing Experiment with Open Focus Seeing

December 14, 2010

Last week I started to read a book called The Open Focus Brain. The author, Les Fehmi maintains that the way we pay attention influences our attitudes, feelings and behavior. Fair enough but I like quantifiable... [full story]

Increase Your Brain Power With Open Focus Attention

December 6, 2010

“Focus, pay attention, concentrate.” became a mantra repeated over and over as I read the assigned course material, studied for exams or did research for essays. The pressure and stress those words caused me... [full story]

High Heels: We Love Them But…

November 30, 2010

How can 6 inches transform how your feel about yourself and your place in the world; the answer? Stiletto heels—sexy and elegant! They tighten the calf muscles to slim the legs and give you a sexy walk. They not... [full story]

Our Moods Are Infectious

November 15, 2010

Last week I was feeling out of sorts; nothing special just an overall feeling of the blahs. As I went through my week I kept running into friends and acquaintances that also had felt down. Was it simply a coincidence that... [full story]

Saga of a Shoulder Injury Con't: The Final Chapter

November 8, 2010

“I’ve figured it out!” Alice (not her real name) came into the office grinning from ear to ear. We’d been working with her shoulder for a few months and along with great progress in the recovery... [full story]

Saga of a Shoulder Injury, Con't: How Do You Increase Range of Motion When Your Arm Won’t Budge?

November 1, 2010

Saga of a Shoulder Injury, Continued: How Do You Increase Range of Motion When Your Arm Won’t Budge? According to the physiotherapist you’re on your way to a full recovery. There’s no longer any... [full story]

The Saga of a Shoulder Injury: The Law of Little Things

October 25, 2010

It takes time and retraining to heal an injury and to learn and integrate movements that are both functional and effortless. Often after an injury we develop habits that interfere with this learning and we don’t... [full story]

The Saga of a Shoulder Injury Con't: Moving Away from Pain

October 18, 2010

This is the third in a series of postings on Frozen Shoulder. When the pain of your frozen shoulder begins to subside it is time to “think” about more normal use of the arm. Think being the operative... [full story]

The Saga of a Shoulder Injury Continued—Recalibrating the Muscle Firings

October 11, 2010

What started out as a minor injury gradually morphed into a classic case of frozen shoulder! According to Wikipedia, “Frozen shoulder is a disorder in which the connective tissue surrounding the shoulder capsule... [full story]

Dealing With a Shoulder Injury

October 4, 2010

It was one of those events that feel like it’s happening in slow motion; when my feet slipped out from under me I remember having the time to make a decision to either hold on to the railing or let go and wham my... [full story]

Sound and Silence; a TED Talk by Julian Treasure

September 27, 2010

Have you ever been bombarded with sounds that make you react on a visceral level; for example, the deep base thump that emanates from a surround sound stereo system? That kind of sound makes me crazy. I’m not usually... [full story]

Core Strength—A Different Approach for an Aching Back Part 2

September 20, 2010

In my last post we explored the idea of contracting the gluteous muscles; for some of you it was perhaps an eye opener to realize that you had no idea how to consciously engage that muscle group and had to spend time locating... [full story]

Core Strength—A Different Approach Back Relief

September 17, 2010

Effortless movement; what a concept! We see kids climb, run, kibitz and contort in a million different ways; their bodies are transparent and even when they hurt themselves it’s no time before they’re up and... [full story]

The Voice of an Angel

September 13, 2010

There aren’t words to describe what I’ve just witnessed or how it touched my soul. It reinforces my belief that there are angels among us; beings that grace the rest of us with their presence on earth and infuse... [full story]

Reflections Sitting By the Hearth

September 12, 2010

It’s morning and I’m still in Roberts Creek in the little cabin along the shore of Georgia Strait. It’s so luscious to sit in front of the hearth warming my feet by the fire.   As... [full story]

Holidays and Healing at Carefree Manor

September 5, 2010

The sea air clears my head, the sound of the waves sooth my soul, the sun blankets me in warmth, the grass invites me to rest; resistance is impossible. I lie down on the gentle slope in front of our cottage and immediately... [full story]

Belly Tension vs. Tone

September 1, 2010

For those of you who haven’t subscribed to my newsletter ,I thought I’d give you a taste of what you’re missing. The... [full story]

Dance That

August 28, 2010

Why an internationally renowned dance company would want to name themselves after a a genus of fungi that grows on horse dung is any body’s guess? The only thing that Pilobolus has in common with the pilobolus spore is... [full story]

The Benefits of Bare Feet

August 24, 2010

How things have changed! When I was a child the most important part of the summer was being allowed to go barefoot. Once school ended we would take off our shoes and they wouldn’t go back on until fall. Ah, country... [full story]

Hands that Dance and Sing

August 20, 2010

I believe we make choices about what we learn and how much we learn. Most of us are content to become “good enough” at the skills we need to get through life but there are a few individuals that make the decision... [full story]

Hands Beautiful Hands

August 16, 2010

Hands are interesting things. They are what make us human and stand us apart from our mammalian cousins. Our hands have allowed us to become tool makers and artists; our hands support our creativity through their sensitivity... [full story]

Vibram Five Fingers Update

August 10, 2010

In the 4 months since I invested in my Vibram Five Fingers toe shoes they certainly have caused a stir. The reactions as I walk down the street are predictable and polarized. Either, people look at my shoes and then quickly... [full story]

Joy of Delicious Movement

August 6, 2010

“I don’t want to stop! Just a few more times, please?” That’s kids for you—self-indulgent pleasure seekers, hedonists. But wait, I’m hearing that from people who have just reached the... [full story]

A Compelling Case for Goofing Off

August 3, 2010

Last night as I was messing about on the Internet, I came across a TED Talk that corroborates my contention that goofing off is a legitimate way to spend time. Let me clarify that; it’s not so much about doing nothing... [full story]

The Elusive Obvious--How to Turn With Ease

July 27, 2010

This past week I’ve been learning to operate my new Canon Power Shot camera. It soon became apparent that there was something that just wasn’t coming together in my learning. I continued to struggle for the... [full story]

Plain Ordinary Folk Can Move Extraordinarily Well

July 23, 2010

The thing about participating in Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® lessons is that amazing movement becomes available to plain old ordinary folk who can’t imagine they have the ability to move extraordinarily... [full story]

Humans Who Can Move Like Snakes—It’s All About Undulation

July 22, 2010

There are a few well known yoga teachers whose approach is decidedly different than the norm. Angela Farmer is one of those extraordinary people. Her style is organic and her movement is fluid. Watch this short video clip... [full story]

Yoga—Make Extension Easier With a Feldenkrais® Flexion Lesson

July 16, 2010

There are few yoga postures that address flexion in the spine. Cat stretch and the hare are two that actively flex the whole spine but are often done as warm ups and aren’t considered "hard-core" yoga poses... [full story]

The History and Mystery of Movement

July 13, 2010

We as human beings hold the history of movement in our bodies. Most of us learn to move well enough to get our needs met but never go further to discover the depth of our capabilities. My Feldenkrais® trainer, Frank... [full story]

The Joy of Effortless Movement!

July 6, 2010

"Yeah right!” you say as you groan and try to shift to a more comfortable position. When you’re in the throes of such things as acute back pain or a chronic shoulder problem it is hard to imagine the transparency... [full story]

Why muscles “burn” and how to put out the fire

July 3, 2010

Chronically contracted muscle continues to burn energy causing a buildup of lactic acid. The more acid there is in the muscle tissue, the more the muscle’s sensory cells become irritated.  A 10% buildup of lactic... [full story]

A Strategy for Soothing Aching Inflamed Muscle Tissue

June 29, 2010

Do you have an area in your body that is chronically achy and inflamed? Perhaps you’ve tried everything to reduce the discomfort but nothing seems to work. Years ago when I was starting my Feldenkrais practice I... [full story]

Dancing Away Cancer--Ananda Shankar Jayant

June 21, 2010

Last week I wrote about celebrated American choreographer and dance Anna Halprin and her triumph over cancer. Today I’m writing about another courageous woman who also used dance to focus on healing. Ananda Shankar... [full story]

Growing Up to Your Full Potential--Boy With a Ball

June 19, 2010

The old nature or nurture argument came to mind when I looked at this video of seven year old Madin Koroghli, a little boy who loves soccer and “can do anything with a ball.” We call children gifted when the... [full story]

Dance Is the Breath Made Visible—Anna Halprin

June 16, 2010

“Healing is an inner journey and as individuals we have to personally engage in that process.” When dancer and choreographer, Anna Halprin spoke those words at the 2001 Feldenkrais Conference her words reinforced... [full story]

Stick Figures—The Reveal!

June 12, 2010

I’ve been holding back for months but I’m finally ready to come clean; come out of the closet as it were! I admit it, I’m a visual artist—a painter! My relationship to my art has been sketchy (no... [full story]

Living with Arthritis: Releasing Tension from the Fingers

June 4, 2010

Are your fingers so stiff and sore that you have difficulty accomplishing even the basic necessities without pain? If that’s your reality then this Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement® sequence may... [full story]

Reconnect with Delicious Movement--Do Less and Gain More

May 31, 2010

The other day, one of my clients came in suffering from a tight back brought on by too much gardening. She began to explain how uncomfortable she felt and then went on to demonstrate her strategy to alleviate the problem.... [full story]

Living With Arthritis: Helpful Hints to Reconnect with Delicious Movement

May 25, 2010

Satin Sheets! You heard me. I said, “Satin sheets”. I know, you’re asking what satin sheets have to do with learning to live with arthritis? It’s actually not an indulgence it’s a very practical... [full story]

12 Steps to Alleviate Arthritis

May 20, 2010

We Feldenkrais practitioners have an egroup that has a wealth of information contributed by its members. One of these people, a long time Feldenkrais practitioner  and naturopathic doctor, ... [full story]

Body Movements Can Influence Problem Solving

May 18, 2010

Without formal instruction or direction young children learn to walk, acquire sophisticated language skills and become pretty self sufficient all before the age of five. However, something curious happens when formal learning... [full story]

Seniors Making a Difference, Andrea Gunderson, Artist

May 14, 2010

A fellow traveler on the road to adventure is my friend and inspiration, ... [full story]

Seniors Making a Difference: Dr. Sondra Fields

May 10, 2010

You can only acquire wisdom through life experience that has been tempered by self reflection and a willingness to be scrupulously honest. Women who have taken this journey are our greatest unrecognized treasures in a... [full story]

Seniors Making a Difference: A Gift from My Mother

May 6, 2010

For many years there were never any conversations in my dreams. I don’t think I was mute, I just never expressed anything—opinions, feelings, nothing. This is interesting to me because I had already been on... [full story]

Seniors That Are Making a Difference

May 2, 2010

What do older folk have to share with the world? This is a question that I never bothered to ask before because I never considered myself to be an “oldster”. Although I am embracing my age and stage, it was... [full story]

More on Barefoot Running

April 29, 2010

My friend Susinn, the barefoot runner sent me an update which I thought would be of interest to those of you who were following the postings on barefoot running.   Susinn wrote: I am running... [full story]

Grey is the New Blonde

April 26, 2010

Like it or not the years are accumulating and I’ve now entered a new stage of life. It’s not that I mind getting older it’s learning to do it with grace and ease that’s the challenge. Take hair... [full story]

Wake Up Your Brain and Your Body with This Morning Exercise

April 23, 2010

“Once I’m up and moving I’m okay—it’s starting to move that’s the hard part,” is something I hear often in my practice. So why is this? Well, the joints are lubricated with synovial... [full story]

Neurobics™ Will Help to Stimulate Your Brain

April 21, 2010

As a Feldenkrais® practitioner I help... [full story]

Physical Exercise and the Brain

April 19, 2010

Exercise used to be a natural part of life and necessary for survival. When we lived in an agricultural society growing fruit and vegetables and raising livestock, physical activity was embedded into every aspect of life.... [full story]

Reading and Bingo Keep the Brain Sharp

April 16, 2010

Never in my wildest imaginings did I think I would use the words reading and bingo in the same sentence but here they are, snug little bedfellows that apparently they have something in common. According to Dr. Amir... [full story]

Use It of Lose It--The Care and Feeding of the Brain

April 11, 2010

My mother thought that she had figured out how to stay young and not let the process of aging get in the way of living. I still remember when she turned 60 she sold her house, moved to an apartment and started a new life.... [full story]

Your Never to Old to Be Clowning Around

April 8, 2010

Someone asked me the other day if I was having trouble thinking of things to write in my blog. Actually I have the opposite problem. There are so many things I want to write about it’s difficult to choose out of... [full story]

Moving Forward

April 4, 2010

A Facebook friend suggested that I might want to invest in the Vibram Five Fingers ladies’ dress shoes. I did have a... [full story]

The Last Word on Barefoot Running

April 2, 2010

  A self portrait of me in my VFFs. I just read an article in the ... [full story]

More Thoughts on Running Downhill

March 30, 2010

Today we’re going to explore the idea of your legs acting as shock absorbers when running or hiking downhill. If you’ve ever watched mogul skiing you’ll know what I mean. In that activity the skier assumes... [full story]

More Info on Barefoot Running

March 25, 2010

Barefoot Running with a Difference

March 21, 2010

Thoughts on the Nature of Bird Calls or Do I Hear a Tweet?

March 16, 2010

There was a time when a tweet was simply a bird calling to its mate but not any more. It’s now a human activity and it's changing the face of social interaction. Just thinking about what’s happening with technology... [full story]

Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli—“It’s about taking the bad and making it good”

March 14, 2010

Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli was a featured guest artist in the entertainment section of the Opening Ceremonies... [full story]

A Dancer With a Difference

March 11, 2010

This morning while I was looking through my sources for interesting bits of information I came across an article in the NY Times about 31-year-old actor, Gregg Mozgala who has recently added dance to his repertoire. I... [full story]

Turning Stumbling Blocks Into Stepping Stones

March 9, 2010

  To... [full story]

Elephant Songs

March 6, 2010

The other night I came across a podcast that got me pondering on the role of speech in communication. As a Feldenkrais® practitioner I’m always thinking about how I can improve my verbal skills so when I direct... [full story]

Search for Common Ground—Soap Operas for Social Change

March 3, 2010

Why does one have to be up at 5 a.m. to hear the great and wonderful things that are happening in the world—the people and ideas that are generating social change and bringing the possibilities of peace where there... [full story]

Russell Delman Explains the Feldenkrais Method®

March 2, 2010

Now that I’ve told my own story and my reasons for becoming a Feldenkrais® practitioner it’s time to hear from someone that can explain how this incredible work is supported by the latest neuroscience research.... [full story]

A New Beginning

February 28, 2010

Photo: Boulder Colorado Feldenkrais Professional Training Program 1999   To commit close to a year's salary and 8 months of your life to something on the strength of a 30 minute instructional video... [full story]

The Saga Continues as Interest Morphs into Passion

February 26, 2010

  It’s one thing to have a mild interest in something and quite another to develop an all consuming passion. When I ordered the Feldenkrais videos I was excited to finally be able to experience a series... [full story]

I'm Having a Party

February 23, 2010

  I love a party so join me today as I celebrate the start of my blog AND my new website! There really is cause to celebrate as the website has been in process for almost 11 months.... [full story]

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