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The key to improving your sitting posture lies not in the position in which you sit, but in the way you move while you sit. This series of Awareness Through Movement lessons will teach you how.

We’ll learn to relax our shoulders and reach easily with our arms, and we’ll also learn a few movements inspired by Sounder Sleep® Day-Tamers® that specifically work to counter the stress most of us experience during our sitting times. Some of the lessons will be in sitting, and some will be mostly on the floor, sitting only at the beginning and end as reference points. We’ll even do some lessons with a table, which you can use with your desk at work.

Whether you sit to meditate, to work at a desk, or, as I do, to play a musical instrument, the quality of what you are doing is deeply affected by how well you sit. In this Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® workshop you will begin to discover a balanced and dynamic approach to sitting posture and learn some tools to practice and improve at home.

This class uses the unique process of Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement® to address issues of specific concern to musicians. We will cover a wide range of topics, from the anatomy and ergonomics of music-making to the more elusive areas of performance anxiety, stage presence, inspiration, and creativity.

“Just RELAX!”

How many times have you heard a teacher or coach say this? Maybe you’ve heard it so many times, you say it to yourself. Or maybe you’re a music teacher and have resorted to saying this yourself when you could see your students working against themselves.

And how do you (or your students) respond to this exhortation?

This series will draw on my years of study of Tai Chi and on the martial roots of the Feldenkrais Method to help you:

  • free the power of your breath
  • cultivate a sense of your physical and mental center so you can keep calm and grounded under performance pressure
  • develop soft, yet powerful arms, hands and fingers, while leaving your neck and head free and relaxed
  • refine the connection between slow, controlled practice and fast, agile execution

“Just RELAX!”

How many times have you heard a teacher or coach say this? Maybe you’ve heard it so many times, you say it to yourself. Or maybe you’re a music teacher and have resorted to saying this yourself when you could see your students working against themselves.

And how do you (or your students) respond to this exhortation?

When: Sundays,  2:30-4:30 pm July 12, 26, August 16, 30, 2015 Where: Cambridge Music Consortium 315 Broadway, Cambridge, MA Cost: $18 pre-registered, $20 at the door  Join me for this exciting experiment! Part Awareness Through Movement class, part masterclass – YOU set the agenda! What do you want to work on? What’s holding you back as a musician? At each meeting I will work with one or more musicians with related questions in an improvisatory, master-class format that will include the other students present. Do you all have versions of the same question? How does it come into play for you? I…

The relationship between movement and sound will be made explicit in this special Feldenkrais workshop for musicians. Through gentle Awareness Through Movement lessons you will learn to listen to your body and use what you have learned to improve on your own. We will spend some time working with participants playing their instruments or singing to see how the movements apply to performance.

This class uses the unique process of Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement® to address issues of specific concern to musicians. We will cover a wide range of topics, from the anatomy and ergonomics of music-making to the more elusive areas of performance anxiety, stage presence, inspiration, and creativity.

We all know that we carry around unnecessary tension.  It might be less apparent that we almost always approach a challenging task with more effort than necessary.  Have you ever noticed that we often meet any challenge – including mental and emotional challenges – with holding our breath? In today’s world of “24/7” and “giving 200 percent” we need, more than ever, to learn Moshe Feldenkrais’ lessons about the difference between trying our hardest and doing our best. In this class, we will learn to engage with the pervasive habit of meeting challenge with effort. Through the process of Awareness Through…


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