Group awareness through movement: A Feldenkrais® class with Andrew Dawson
In the 1950s, Moshe Feldenkrais identified a concept that is currently in vogue: neuroplasticity - the brain’s ability to continually adapt and develop new neural pathways throughout our lives. And in recent years, leading thinkers are realizing what Moshe Feldenkrais observed in his work - that our intelligence and creativity is directly linked to our relationship to movement.*
Are you experiencing your full expression? Maybe you have decreased mobility from pain, or from poor balance. Maybe you experience neurological difficulties, or you are looking to bring more spontaneity and creativity into your life.
What is good movement like? You have a sense of ease and lightness, you can adapt to change, you feel elegant and comfortable .
How can we develop these qualities? Learning to move with gentleness allows us to notice the difference between using effort and will, or skill. Over millions of years, our skeleton evolved to cope with gravity. Do we use it the best way to support us? Or do our habitual ways of moving weaken its effectiveness? Ask yourself: How clearly do I sense support from whatever surface I am on? Am I working harder than I have to as I move?
Feldenkrais does not try to fix particular pains or problems. As Moshe Feldenkrais said, “lf you continue to treat a problem, then you will have a problem for life.”
The beauty of our nervous system is that it’s always looking for what is easier. This learning isn’t based on the intellect, but on a more instinctive, intuitive sense – the way we learnt to move as a baby. If these considerations speak to you, I invite you to come to an Awareness Through Movement class in the Feldenkrais Method®, or to have an individual lesson, called Functional Integration. My practice is in Edmonton, Alberta.
An excellent book with a few chapters on the Feldenkrais method is The Brain’s Way of Healing by Norman Doidge, M.D.
*Guy Claxton, Intelligence in the Flesh
All ages and fitness levels can enjoy The Feldenkrais Method®. The growth is in the whole person – body, mind, and heart.
Group awareness through movement: A Feldenkrais® class with Andrew Dawson
Andrew Dawson - awareness through movement
Andrew Dawson explains how the practice of Feldenkrais leads to self-awareness in movement and in life by demonstrating a simple but effective hand exercise that you can try at home.
Discover new ways of moving and relating to yourself - come to a series of Awareness Through Movement classes. Throughout the classes, you are encouraged to find “your own movement” and to move at your own pace.
I am taking a break from teaching weekly and enjoying the freedom to engage my curiosity in Awareness Through Movement.
In an individual session, I look for pointers showing where I can guide you to become better organized in your daily movements and find a clearer sense of support. We talk, and I observe you walking and doing some simple movements.
Usually, you then lie on a low table that is wider than a massage table. I slowly move different bones and limbs in a series of specific movements individual to you. These gentle movements energize your nervous system and help you to notice your patterns of moving. As the ways that you are used to moving become clearer, I introduce new movement patterns. At the end of a session, I return to the simple movements we started with, and you have an opportunity to notice any differences in how you move. Noticing helps you to bring these new movement patterns into your daily life. The beauty of the nervous system is that it’s always looking for what is easier. As you begin moving in ways that are easier you will be better able to engage in your life. You can expect pain to ease, to feel brighter, happier, to carry less tension, and to become lighter on your feet. Individual sessions last one hour. I work out of my home in the West End.
One Session $100
Series of four $340
Tim Rose has been practicing Feldenkrais since 2001. He completed a four-year Feldenkrais Professional Training in November 2015, which included 800 hours of teaching and 600 hours of practicum. He has been teaching Awareness Through Movement classes since January 2013 and giving individual sessions since November 2015. Tim graduated from an 18-month advanced Feldenkrais training program, Ideal Organization - Profound Strength, with Jeff Haller (Seattle) in February 2018.
“A friend once remarked that I walk as if I’m on a holiday. Life is certainly not always sunshine and beaches, but I can say that a decade of practicing Feldenkrais has brought brightness to my life, including to my work and my marriage. I see that my work with students is an extension of my individual Feldenkrais experience. I like to bring gentleness, humour, and knowledge to my classes. The beauty of Feldenkrais is that there is always more to learn.”
Moshe Feldenkrais was born in the Ukraine in 1904, spent time in Palestine, and later studied in Paris. He became a research assistant with renowned scientist Frédéric Joliot-Curie and earned a doctorate in engineering and physics from the Sorbonne. While in Paris in 1933, he met Jigoro Kano, the founder of Judo. Moshe Feldenkrais was seminal in establishing Judo in Europe. Then, a turning point: critical injuries to both of his knees motivated Feldenkrais to devote his knowledge of Judo and physics to heal himself. Out of this knowledge and passion, The Feldenkrais Method® was born. A detailed bio at www.feldenkrais.com.
"I was diagnosed with Leukemia 5 years ago and have been through a long healing process. When I came out of hospital my legs were very weak, I had nerve damage in my feet from the chemo and my balance was very, very poor. I walked slowly with a cane. I began walking more to regain my strength and experienced issues in my shoulders and neck from walking with a cane – I was tense and scared of falling.
Then I heard about the Feldenkrais method and started classes with Tim Rose. It was amazing; after just a few classes my balance started to get better and the tension in my shoulders eased. Today I walk without a cane most of the time. It is as if my body has come back together in a completely new way thanks to the Feldenkrais method. Tim is such a good teacher; he teaches in a quiet and gentle way and is very supportive of peoples' different levels of ability to move. I wholeheartedly recommend him as a teacher."
"Feldenkrais is a fascinating exploration of movement. I have been amazed to discover so many different ways of moving. What is even more amazing is how much better my body functions after each and every class. Aches and pains seem to either vanish completely or at the very least, significantly. Flexibility is improved and at no time during the class am I asked to do anything that creates pain. In fact very simple Feldenkrais movements have very profound effects.
Tim is a “guiding light” kind of instructor; he is encouraging and with calm clear verbal instruction nudges me very gently into each and every movement. The environment in the class is safe, and supportive no matter the ability of the participants. In fact the class is such that everyone can benefit regardless of individual levels of fitness."
"As a student of the Feldenkrais Method for almost twenty years and a former Feldenkrais practitioner and having experienced Tim's Functional Integration (F.I.) lessons, I can say that he is a skilled practitioner. He approaches the F.I. with humility, sensitivity, precision, and curiosity. He understands that the purpose of the F.I. is to explore with the student possibilities in movement which can open a window into our thoughts, feelings and sensations. His connection with you is guided by what your nervous system will allow, not by what he thinks should happen. He has captured the essence and beauty of the Feldenkrais Method."