An Awareness Through Movement® - One Day Intensive
In this program we explore the function, comfort, and integration of the feet, for improved mobility, stability, and balance.
The Feldenkrais Method of movement and mindfulness is learning process that is physically therapeutic and calming for the nervous system. Awareness Through Movement® (ATM) is the name of one of the two primary learning processes that students of Feldenkrais learn, and which will be the focus of this program.
Lying quietly on a mat, you will follow a series of verbally guided* instructions to perform a series of simple movements. At the same time, you will be instructed to pay attention to how these movements resonate throughout your body. The process evokes a state of interconnected awareness between the mind and body. With continued practice, ATM can be an effective approach for improving body use and alleviating pain. Although considered an educational process, as opposed to a medical intervention, many who study regularly report the following kinds of results:
- Improvement in functional abilities, such as balancing, walking, turning and reaching—helpful to all clients, but especially those who experience limited function due to injury, or advanced age.
- Reduction in chronic pain resulting from maladaptive movement habits or past injury, and especially effective for those suffering from plantar fasciitis.
- Increased overall ability to sense and perceive the body in action, which is important for everyone, but especially beneficial to performing artists and elite athletes wishing to enhance performance.
WHAT TO EXPECT
ATM lesson are quiet and internally focused. The movement quality is gentle and should not cause you any discomfort. That being said, if you have an existing injury or pain issue, it can sometimes require a little extra patience to learn how to negotiate the experience in a comfortable way. In certain cases you may need to modify a position or movement in order to participate comfortably. Whatever your present situation, you should always model good self-care while doing ATM and never do anything that causes discomfort. It is advisable to speak with your doctor if you have any concerns about your ability to participate safely. You might also consider seeking out private study, if you feel that your needs will require more individualized attention.
THE ONE DAY FORMAT
Sometimes big and lasting changes require a period of complete immersion in lessons that are focused around a specific theme. This one-day intensive offers a more focused experience of Awareness Through Movement, and is best done on your day off. The schedule will include four 40-minute experiential modules with scheduled breaks to allow for processing and integrating. The breaks are an important part of the process. You are encouraged to take it easy during the breaks and for the rest of the day after the program concludes.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS CLASS
The lessons in this series require that you be able to lie on a mat, sit in a chair, and stand. For some of the lessons you will need a ball, approximately the size of a softball, although softer, more therapeutic exercise balls are the preferred choice. You should also have a quiet, comfortable space in which to work, where you will not be disturbed. Finally, you will need an internet enabled computer, tablet, or phone with a video and audio capability and Zoom Conferencing (a free conferencing application). The video** camera should be placed in such a way that the Educational Director can observe you during the class. In some cases this may require that you use a tripod. Please see further details on the technical requirements below.
[Please Note: The following times are based on Eastern (Boston, MA) Time.]
9:00 to 9:15 am: Tech Check. We will do a brief check-in to make sure that everyone is set up and ready to go, and understands how the technology functions.
10:00 amto 10:40 am: Session 1
10:40 am to 11:00 am: Break
11:00 am to 11:40 am: Session 2
11:40 am to 12:00 pm: Break
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm: Lunch Break
1:30 am to 2:10 pm: Session 3
2:10 pm to 2:30 pm: Break
2:30 pm to 3:10 pm: Session 4
Andrea Higgins; Director of Kinesthetic Edge.
$160 (Special Offer: 2 for the price of 1)
- You may invite a family member or friend to participate in this class with you from your private residence (2 for the price of 1). They must attend from your location. (In other words, they cannot register as your guest but call in from their own home.)
- Tuition is due in advance.
- Registration closes 24 hours before the program begins or when the class fills.
- Please be aware that all sales are final once registration closes 24 hours in advance of the first class. There will be no refund for missed classes. Tuition is not transferable to another person.
Zoom is the web conferencing platform we will use to connect with each other. Zoom offers high quality connections across the Windows, Mac, IOS, and Android platforms.
Before registering, please check that your computer or device meets Zoom's system requirements by visiting this link: (https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362023-System-Requirements-for-PC-and-Mac).
You will need to register for a free Zoom Account at https://zoom.us. You will be prompted to download the free Zoom App, and you must do this if you wish to participate. There are desktop, Apple App Store, and Android Google Play versions.
If you are considering registering for the program but are concerned about the conferencing technology, we invite you to email us and request a brief video conference meet and greet. We will spend a couple of minutes chatting to make sure that the sound levels work for you and that we can see you clearly.
*We welcome you from where ever you are, but be advised that the conference will be conducted in English.
**Please be advised that the conference's educational director and the other participants will be able to see you via video.