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Last spring, in a blog post on “the risks of freedom,” I wrote of the challenges and rewards of leaving behind the tried-and-true and moving beyond the limitations of our own self-image. I hinted at the time rather broadly that I would be taking some risks with my professional self image, and that you should expect some changes in the sorts of programs I offer.

Well, it’s taking somewhat longer than I expected, but the pieces are finally (I hope!) coming together. In January, I took a big step outside my comfort zone by letting go of what had been the center of my practice: my weekly drop-in classes at The Arlington Center. The Center has been a wonderful place for me to explore the breadth of this work, as I offered classes on topics as diverse as walking, infant development patterns, or the role of the eyes in movement. But the setting and the drop-in format were never quite right for me to build the practice I had always thought I would build — the one that goes back to the reason I first began studying this wonderful method and still occupies a great deal of attention in my cultivation of my own movement quality. I’m talking, of course, of the application of the Feldenkrais Method to the particular needs of musicians.

If you’re a musician, whether professional, or one who just loves to make music with friends, I hope you’ll join me on this adventure. In particular, join the class starting up in Watertown! (details below).

If you know musicians who might be interested, please send them my way.

And if you’re not a musician? Well, keep reading…

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“What if I’m not a musician?”

I’m so glad you asked!

While I’m shifting my marketing and programming focus to working with musicians, I’m still happy to work with anyone who wants to work with me. Hurt your back shoveling? I’ll be happy to schedule a lesson, even if you don’t have gigs coming up 🙂

Experienced students are also welcome in the musicians’ classes. Talk to me if you’re interested.

“Really? No Feldenkrais at the Arlington Center?”

Not to fear! If you’ve been hoping for an Awareness Through Movement fix on a Wednesday evening or Tuesday noon, I have left my classes in the capable hands of Deborah Lotus, who will also be teaching Bones For Life at the Center.

I am also planning to show up now and then, either to teach one of my classic workshops or to introduce my new workshop: JUST RELAX! 3 keys to reducing tension for musicians and other students of refined movement – as valuable for yogis and other humans as it is for musicians! Stay tuned for details.

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Keep in touch!

I’ll be blogging a lot about embodied musicianship on my new website (coming soon!), and I’m really excited about what I have to share. So be sure to  click here* and choose “Moving Musicians” if you want to see all the great new posts!

I will continue writing occasional posts of general interest at discover-yourself.com, and will be sharing both those writings and movement opportunities with my whole list.

Of course, you can always take yourself off my list completely if you decide you’re no longer interested in what I do (though be careful not to remove yourself from, say, theSeven Times Salt list by accident!)

* note: subscribing to the newsletter is more reliable right now than RSS because I’ll be switching sites soon

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What’s new:

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New class!

YOUR MUSIC UNBOUND
Introduction this coming Tuesday, 2/17 at 6pm
6 week series begins March 3
At the Watertown Center for Healing Arts
$90. Find out more and register here!

New locations!

I am currently seeing private students in Arlington on Wednesdays, and will soon begin teaching in Central Square, Cambridge on Thursdays. Just email me or call if you’d like to schedule a lesson.

New website coming soon!

For the time being, I’m still blogging and posting my events at discover-yourself.com. But you can go ahead and put a bookmark on TheMovingMusician.com, where I will soon have a beautiful new website.

Enjoy interesting curated content, from select posts from colleagues doing similar work to mine, to interesting research and tips for moving musicians from other disciplines and perspectives.

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