(originally written Nov 2016) How Much Do You Push Yourself?Recently, one of my Feldenkrais® students shared how she’s been applying principles from my class to other areas of her life. Specifically, she’s taken the idea of staying within a comfortable, easy range instead of pushing to the limit … Read more about Which is More Valuable: Being or Doing?
Last month I talked about ways we unknowingly keep ourselves stuck. In this post, I share useful strategies to get moving again and ultimately enjoy more of what you want! Simple Strategies for Un-Sticking Yourself The experience of being stuck isn’t pleasant. People tend to disengage with and … Read more about 6 Strategies to Get Moving When You’re Stuck
It's the End of 2018: Are You Where You Want to Be?As 2018 draws to a close, I find myself taking stock of things I’d planned to do this year but haven’t and places I feel stuck. The transition into the new year is a time many of us reflect on where we are and where we’d like to … Read more about 6 Ways You May Be Keeping Yourself Stuck
Sit Up Straight!One of the most consistent complaints I hear from students is that their neck, shoulders or back hurt from sitting. Many then say, “It’s my bad posture. I need to stop hunching and sit up straight.”Our cultural idea of sitting “properly” is pulling our shoulders back and … Read more about Dare to Sit on the Edge: How Giving Up the Chair’s Back May Improve Yours
The Search for What's Causing Your PainWhen we experience pain, most of us look for one simple source to attribute it to. If we can find the cause, it can be fixed, hopefully with a straightforward solution. Alas, pain sources and solutions are rarely as neat and tidy as we want to … Read more about What Causes Pain? The Things You Didn’t Know Growing Up
Are You Aware How Much Tension Your Hold in Your Jaw?Raise your dental night guard* if you hold excess tension in your jaw! (* mouth piece worn to help protect one's teeth from grinding when sleeping)Some of us are all too aware we hold tension in our jaws—jaw pain, stiffness, difficulty … Read more about Start Unraveling Your Jaw Tension in Just 3 Minutes
My students often ask: Where are my hip joints? Are they in front, just below my waist? Or here, at the sides of my pelvis? Do You Know Where Your Hip Joints Are?Take a moment right now and put your fingers where you think they are. Did you place your fingers in front, on the sides or in … Read more about How to Avoid Making the #1 Mistake with Your Back
Do You Like to Travel But Get Stiff and Sore from All the Sitting?This week a student asked if I could give her some tips and movements to make her upcoming plane trip more comfortable. Since summer is travel season, I decided to write this post so everyone can benefit from her … Read more about Planes, Trains & Automobiles: How to Stay Comfortable When You Travel
We breathe about 20,000 times each day. But whether it’s allergies, stress, pain or just habit, most of us don’t breathe fully or easily. The "Correct" Way to Breathe—There Isn't One! Feldenkrais® is unique among modalities in that it doesn’t prescribe a “correct” way to breathe. Instead, … Read more about Let Your Nervous System Breathe You
People often ask me, “How did you get interested in Feldenkrais®?” Like many people, I stumbled upon it when I was looking for a way out of pain. In my previous career as a web designer I developed tendonitis in my elbows and wrists.Tools to Reduce Pain and Tension Trump Quick FixesWhile … Read more about How to Use Your Hands to Unravel Chronic Tension
Instead of an article, this month I'd like to share a 6-minute audio I recorded to help calm your body and mind. It can be done sitting in a chair or lying on the floor or in bed—whatever's most comfortable for you.So the next time you're feeling stressed, anxious or just want to treat yourself … Read more about Melt Away Your Stress in an Easy 6 Minutes
When was the last time you thought about your ribs? Unless you’ve had an injury or surgery in this area, you probably can’t remember.But what if I told you that lack of movement in your ribs may cause or contribute to your neck, shoulder and/or back pain? This shouldn't necessarily be … Read more about Are You Straining Your Neck and Shoulders by Doing This?