Feldenkrais movement classes starting soon

Let your hands lead your eyes – Active Learning Through Movement Part 2

The first series of Feldenkrais® classes at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, led by Bill Fehlner, GCFP, is now complete.  Over 30 people met for five weeks, exploring options to improve balance and learning to move with less effort.  A typical response from participants was “Found the course enjoyable and enlightening!”.  This five week series will be repeated beginning on Tuesday, April 30, and two new series are being offered.  These include an exciting new program, “Seeing Clearly”, as well as a follow up to the introductory balance series that is focused on balance in standing and walking.

Weeks 1 to 5 of “Seeing Clearly” series – Wednesdays: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. starting on May 1
The objective of this series is to see, once again, the way we did as children. When an environment is created in which our eyes can do their job without strain, it is possible for the nervous system to see clearly.  This process is all about discovery, experimentation, and exploration.  Through much of this series, the movements are done lying on a mat.  No previous experience with the Feldenkrais method is necessary for this program.

Weeks 1 to 5 of Balance series – Tuesdays: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. starting on April 30
This introductory program focuses on improving balance and function and preventing falls. It also enables older people to undertake more physical activity.  This session, done primarily in a sitting position, activates several key areas central to balance:   the pelvis, the spine, the ankles, and the feet.

Weeks 6 to 10 of Balance series – Tuesdays: 11 a.m. to 12 noon starting on April 30
This program takes the basic skills learned in weeks 1 to 5 and works with them in standing and walking.  This session explores: shifting weight while walking, using the breath to reorganize standing, developing dynamic stability, and a stronger sense of the feet in contact with the ground.

The fee for each five-week session is $50. If you would like to register for one or more of these sessions, please email Sue Evans, coordinator at cfcl@stpaulsalmonte.ca., to indicate which one(s) you are interested in.

The Feldenkrais Method® is for anyone who wants to reconnect with their natural abilities to move, think, and feel.  Because the Feldenkrais Method focuses on the relationship between movement and thought, increased mental awareness and creativity accompany physical improvements.  Additional information about the Feldenkrais Method can be found at https://feldenkrais.com/

Before retirement, Bill was an educator for 40 years, at several universities and in the private sector. He has taught both university students and adult learners.  Bill is a member of the Feldenkrais Guild of North America.  In 2009, he graduated from a four year training program that provides extensive practical experience and in-depth training in all aspects of the Feldenkrais Method.

Feldenkrais and Feldenkrais Method are registered trademarks in Canada of the Feldenkrais Guild®