Neck and shoulder pain (and tension) is the top complaint I hear from people. Most of us have experienced at least a period of serious discomfort in our neck or shoulders. When I have pain or stiffness in my neck and shoulders, I don’t do stretches; I do Feldenkrais movement explorations. I find … Read more about 3-Minute Miracle for Your Neck and Shoulders
What Creates Strength? One of the most important things I’ve learned from the Feldenkrais Method is that strength has more to do with how you use yourself than with the size or strength of your muscles. How you organize and align your skeleton makes a huge difference in how much you can … Read more about Replace the Habits that Steal Your Strength
What's Causing My Pain? We have a deep need for things to make sense. Knowing what happens and why gives us a feeling of some control and order in the chaos of life. Research shows that humans are wired for pattern seeking and storytelling. “Everything in our brain is looking for the … Read more about When Trying to Make Sense of a Problem Doesn’t Make Sense
The Typical Response to Pain I’m always surprised how many students aren’t able to be on their hands and knees, even for a short time, due to knee pain or injury. I guess it’s not so astonishing—the knee is one of the most complicated and the most commonly injured joint in the body. Our … Read more about The #1 Mistake People with Knee Pain Make that Hinders Recovery
Repetitive Strain Injury Series — Part 1 If you spend time on a computer, tablet or smart phone, you’ve likely felt complaints from your neck and shoulders, or discomfort in your hands, wrists or arms. Or maybe you like to cook, knit, garden or do other activities that involve repetitive … Read more about What You Need to Know About Repetitive Strain and How to Prevent It
Could You Use a 5-Minute Miracle? Several years ago, I substitute taught an aerobics class. During the class I incorporated a short bit of Feldenkrais®. One woman, let’s call her Ellen, experienced such incredible improvement in her ability to turn that she began attending my weekly Awareness … Read more about Free Your Neck with This 5-Minute Miracle
As we enter month 10 of the COVID pandemic as well as the holidays, it seemed like the perfect time to repost this article I wrote a few years ago. Hit the Pause Button for Just 1 Minute I want to share with you an easy yet powerful practice I picked up while attending a seminar called “The … Read more about Ground, Sound, Breathe Your Way to Less Stress and More Ease
A Culture of More is Better “Less is more” is a saying most of us don’t really believe. Why would we when American culture is all about more—having more, doing more, being more! In the U.S., hard work garners great respect and struggle is praised. We’ve been conditioned by parents, teachers, … Read more about Is Less Really More?
Shoulders Down! Almost everyone's had a parent or teacher tell you to “sit/stand up straight” or “pull your shoulders down/back”. Rounded shoulders and slouching are typically viewed as a postural transgression. If you’re like most people, this may have led you to feel self-conscious about … Read more about 5 Myths Busted to Let Your Shoulders Hang Naturally
Awareness Has Many Benefits... Awareness is a word you hear a lot these days. Also commonly called mindfulness, it's a quality of paying attention to yourself (your sensations, thoughts, reactions, etc.) and your surroundings in the present moment. This kind of awareness has numerous … Read more about The Downside of Awareness Nobody Tells You About
In these strange and often stressful times, I’d like to share a simple exercise that can significantly boost your well being. "Take in the Good" is a practice created by Dr. Rick Hanson, a psychologist and Buddhist teacher, as a way to counteractive the negativity bias of our brain. Our Brain's … Read more about Soak in the Good to Better Your Brain and Body
"Parts" Thinking is Entrenched in Our Culture People frequently ask me questions like, “When is your next ‘neck’ class?” or “Do you ever teach a class for knee pain?” We’re accustomed to thinking of ourselves like a car, made up of various parts. We commonly say things like, “My 'back' went … Read more about Are You Greater than the Sum of Your Parts?