Move Better, Feel Better

Feldenkrais® Awareness Summit

2021

Free, Online

May 1 – May 10, 2021

Take self-care to a new level this year by putting you focus on the beautiful potential that resides within you. Then, discover how you can translate that beauty to the world around you.

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Are you ready to feel
good in your body again?

Be confident in your movement and
optimistic about your life?

Join us as more than 60 incredible teachers 
guide you to rediscovery. Make the most of
all the goodness available in the life you’re living.

FREE ONLINE EVENT
May 1 – May 10, 2021

Pop in for one movement lesson, one talk, or devote your week to absorbing everything we’re offering.

No matter how much you commit, you’re going to benefit from this experience.

It’s a free event, so there’s nothing to lose.

Rehab and Wellness Professionals also welcome. We have themes for you too.

What will YOU get by being a part of this online conference?

Explore the teachings of these masters…

Olena Nitefor ~ Mia Segal ~ Albert Wong ~ Natalie Goldberg ~ Zoran Kovich ~ Jeff Haller~ Carolyn Palmer~ Patrick McKowan ~ Stephen Nachmanovitch ~ Pat Ogden ~ Fariya Doctor ~ David Zemach-Bersin ~ Garet Newell

33 sessions organized into convenient themes:

Active Lifestyle ~ Original Breath ~ Healing Trauma ~ Embodied Anatomy ~ Move Your Brain! ~ Abilities: Dropping the “Dis” ~ Language Runs Deep ~ Play ~ Research

PLUS

A movement extravaganza like never before!

We are kicking off this event with an entire day (that’s right – 24 hours!) devoted to movement. This kick-off celebration will feature 22 live Awareness Through Movement® lessons with 22 different teachers from around the world. We’re also going to hear from Olena Nitefor, our keynote speaker who will help us prepare for the event. Then, we’re devoting an hour to your questions and answers.

Not prepared to pull an all-nighter? That’s okay! You don’t have to stay up for the full 24-hour event, the replays will be available so you can experience each unique lesson and the different teaching techniques  all of our Feldenkrais Practitioners bring to their classes. Break up the lessons, spread them out, and transform this summit into a customized journey into your own body’s potential. It’s going to be amazing!

A movement extravaganza like never before!

We are kicking off this event with an entire day (that’s right – 24 hours!) devoted to movement. This kick-off celebration will feature 22 live Awareness Through Movement® lessons with 22 different teachers from around the world. We’re also going to hear from Olena Nitefor, our keynote speaker who will help us prepare for the event. Then, we’re devoting an hour to your questions and answers.

Not prepared to pull an all-nighter? That’s okay! You don’t have to stay up for the full 24-hour event, the replays will be available so you can experience each unique lesson and the different teaching techniques  all of our Feldenkrais Practitioners bring to their classes. Break up the lessons, spread them out, and transform this summit into a customized journey into your own body’s potential. It’s going to be amazing!

As a SPECIAL BONUS for signing up for this FREE Move Better, Feel Better Summit, YOU WILL RECEIVE…

Inspirational Guidebook for the 2021 Move Better Feel Better

Our exclusive ebook:

2021 Move Better Inspirational Guidebook

We all need encouragement on this journey of wholeness. Let these experienced teachers give you that extra boost when you need it.

Each expert presenter from the summit was asked if they had one incredible tip to share, what would it be. We are thrilled with the incredible tips and lifehacks they shared with us. Of course, we’ve taken all of that useful information and pulled it together for you. 

Our Inspirational Guidebook is FREE just for signing up for the summit. Before you even hear each presenter speak, you’ll have their best tip for a Move Better, Feel Better approach to daily living. This e-book starts the ball rolling, it picks you up when you need it, and it runs aside you to the finish line.

What last year’s summit attendees are saying…

How amazing. Just a few moments before, I had the impulse to send you a poem about the body and then I went back to your interview with Gil Hedley - and you ask him to read one of his poems - and he reads that beautiful poem, Your Body.

What a chest of treasures are being shared through this Summit.
Lorraine Brown
Lorraine Brown
I have been positively overwhelmed by the range of speakers included in the summit this year and have actually been moved to tears by some of the presentations.

I am so grateful to you Cynthia for your beautiful interviews, your gentle approach and your 'calm' when things don't necessarily go to plan.
Hilary Hoye
Hillary Hoye

FEATURED Master Sessions

Each day will feature a new topic and three transformational sessions with master practitioners in their fields. You’ll have 48-hour access to these sessions, in case you are unable to view them live. But if you are available that day, make sure you stop back later for the live discussion about the day’s topic.

Don’t forget, there are all of those wonderful Awareness Through Movement® lessons from the first day that you can use throughout the summit to enhance your learning and enjoyment.

Click on each day to reveal  the speakers and talks.

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Register for the MBFB Summit and we’ll curate a personalized schedule just for you. You’re welcome to attend everything, but with so many options, you might want help deciding what to focus on. Right now, click through the Days 1-10 tabs to get an idea of what is in store. But then, sign up so we can get that detailed, customized schedule to you.

DAY 1 Keynote

Olena Nitefor

M.Ed., GCFP

The Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education: an introduction

An introduction to the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education, meant to help lay a foundation and conceptual background for your participation in the experiences of this Summit. You will hear about some of the underlying principles behind how Awareness Through Movement lessons work through attention to gentle movement. Movements, which can sometimes feel too insignificant to make a difference, but do. You will see a video clip of a client whose attention is guided in such a way that his pain diminishes even before a hands on Feldenkrais session is started. And you will have an opportunity to ask questions.

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24 hours of Around the World ATM

Coordinators

Erifily Nikolakopoulou

Frederick Schjang

Margaret Kaye

Alexandros Ioannou

Andrea Hennen

David Hall

Frederick Schjang

Georgi Laney

Gisella Warmenhoven

Helena Mena

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Jeff Haller

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Joe Webster

Joy Ackwonu

Julieta Mateo

Larry Goldfarb

Maggy Burrowes

Margaret Kaye

Melody Lin

Michael Landau

Nadia Chavka

Nick Strauss-Klein

Rhonda Ohlson

Rob Black

Ruth Frommer

Scott Fraser

DAY 2 Original Breath

James Nestor

Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art

The most surprising data point I learned while researching my book is that humans are the worst breathers in the animal kingdom, and that this affliction is new in our evolution. Our ancient ancestors shared in universally straight teeth, powerful jaws, wide nasal apertures, and much more expansive airways. And yet, so many people of today have some form of airway obstruction. We’ve become a culture of snorers, chokers, wheezers, coughers, panters, and generally miserable breathers. How did this happen? What caused it? And can it be fixed? These are the questions that inspired me to spend so many years digging through ancient burial sites, medical libraries, ancient scripts, dental records, and more. It was all so hard to believe when I first discovered it, but the proof is all over the place. And, in this talk, I will tell you what I discovered and why it matters.

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Patrick McKeown

MA, BBM

Functional Breathing for Functional Movement

Faulty breathing can result in lower back pain. Conversely, pain in the lower back and neck can affect the way the breathing muscles work, and tension in these areas often results in upper chest breathing by default. If your movement is impaired, either through injury, illness, or lifestyle, your breathing will suffer. Outside of such chronic conditions, poor posture is the major factor in biomechanical breathing dysfunction. Quite simply, if your breathing is abnormal, your movement will be abnormal, and vice versa.

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Fariya Doctor

B.Sc., RMT, GCFP, CertBBM

How Perception Affects Function in Breathing

How we breathe is affected by many factors. Aside from a variety of doctrines describing the best way to breathe, how we see ourselves and how we perceive our interior structures will influence our health and the overall quality of our respiratory movements. This session will explore these concepts, experience them through Awareness Through Movement, and compare the Buteyko Method with the Feldenkrais Method’s approach to breathing.

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DDS, MSD

Recessed Faces + Poor Breathing = Poor Body Posture

Our faces are substantially recessed from those of our ancestors, and we pay a huge price for this. As the jaws have fallen back our airways become compromised. We posture our heads forward and tip our foreheads back to open the airway. The muscles along our entire spine must compensate with symptoms often resulting. Crooked teeth often result and are intimately related to these compensations. The type of orthodontic treatment done can improve the airway or make it smaller with negative consequences.

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Panel Discussion

Join host 
CYNTHIA ALLEN and these experts

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Richard Corbeil

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Robert Sussuma

MMus, GCFP

DAY 3 Play

Stephen Nachmanovitch

Ph.D.

The Art of Is

We can learn to cultivate genuine and spontaneous interactions that respect the complexity of living systems. Every act of our ordinary life reflects our capacity to create, improvise, and co-evolve with others. Health, welfare, our relationship to the biological ecology in which we live, are all implicated in these simple acts of creativity.

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Paul Pui Wo Lee

Feldenkrais = Methodical Play = Ready to (Dance)!

If the concept of play could speak, it might utter, “Hm… what if?” This inviting attitude can help unglue us from our habitual right-wrong judgment so that the world around pops out as just options, and we can experience fun and safety in a more sophisticated lattice of possibilities. How can playing be a practical way to train a resourceful nervous system and mindset to evolve into everyday artists, and we can have fun with our “biological marketing?” And how would play give insight to the educational role of drag queens, and the connection between movement, sensuality, and empowerment?

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Joe Webster

Permission to be Playful

From an evolutionary perspective, play is an integral part of the learning process, it’s something that we see again and again in nature documentaries. Why then do we consider our own learning to be only effective when we are regimented, strict, disciplined? Can we learn to get back in contact with our inner playfulness, and find a way to put life back into the learning process?

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Panel Discussion

Join co-host 
LAVINIA PLONKA and these experts

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Alan Questel

GCFP/TCM*
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Jennifer Kayle

Associate Professor, Dept. of Dance, University of Iowa

DAY 4 Embodied Anatomy

John Sharkey

MSc Clinical Anatomist/Exercise Physiologist

Site Specific Fascia Tuning Pegs – Fascia anatomy informing Feldenkrais inspired conscious Movement.

Consciousness is a fundamental aspect of all matter. Clinical Anatomist John Sharkey believes that understanding the hierarchy of specific fascia condensations will allow you to facilitate informed, local to global, conversations; resulting in immediately perceived therapeutic outcomes for you and your clients. Movement can be nutritious, while bringing awareness to local fascia dampening influences can encourage a new level of consciousness informed motion. Embracing collective behavior within a complex system of self-organization can lead to greater self-reference for restorative movement patterning.

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Roger Russell

MA, PT

The Weber-Fechner-Henneman Movement Optimization Cycle: Practicing smart instead of practicing hard.

Training practices emphasize increasing effort to improve strength and aerobic condition as the foundation of health. By the same token, it is assumed that improving coordination operates on the same principle of effort and repetitive practice. On the contrary, the neurology of the W-F-H Cycle clearly explains why doing exactly the opposite and reducing effort will always improve coordination. I will show how this neuro-muscular cycle is the foundation of the Feldenkrais Method; whereby our brains and our wisdom are the keys to refining coordination with astonishing ease.

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Carol A. Montgomery

PT, MSPT, GCFP

The Anatomy of Foot Pain and Foot Health

There’s nothing like foot pain to change how we move and invoke the feeling that “something’s not quite right, and what if this doesn’t get better.” The slow and insidious onset of foot pain erodes our balance and the loss of confidence to step over things on the floor. Before we know it, our enjoyment in moving and walking slip away. And gradually, we find ourselves disengaging from activities we love.

Come, listen in, and discover why conventional treatment approaches may relieve foot pain, but do they lead to foot health? Experience the nervous system’s secret principles that give us the power and a ladder to rise up, access our untapped and internal resources, and transform foot pain experience into foot health.

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Panel Discussion

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CYNTHIA ALLEN and these experts

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Jeff Haller

PhD, Feldenkrais Trainer
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Anastasi Siotas

GCFP, MS, M.Ed.

DAY 5 Active Lifestyle

Lea Kaufman

Creator of LK Movimiento Inteligente, Feldenkrais Assistant Trainer

Four Stages to Connect to Consciousness

It became inevitable for us, these days, to assume Responsibility and begin to look inward in order to create an outside world made of Consciousness and wellbeing. You aspire to Consciousness? Well, the good news is that Consciousness wants you too, and needs you, in order to gain understanding of itself, and allow, during the process, your most powerful self to emerge.

To do so, we first must understand what we are talking about when we use the term Consciousness, understand how we function, and then, use a reliable, practical, and modern way of embodying it in our lives.

In this talk, we will see how to use our body as a bridge to Consciousness in a 4-phase process that will allow us to live that connection.

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Daniel Gelblum

Improving Yoga, Meditation and other movement adventures

How can Feldenkrais make life and yoga better? Daniel Gelblum will share his interesting history that includes connections to Yoga and Moshe Feldenkrais. He’ll tell you how he wove that into his practice.

As a Yoga teacher and a therapist working with people suffering from Parkinson’s disease, MS, posture issues, etc., Daniel Gelblum introduced the Feldenkrais method and was impressed with how Yoga students and clients improved gently and powerfully. 

He went further and developed his own Yoga style based on Awareness Through Movement, which opens the door to bringing the Feldenkrais Method into the lives of a wider audience. It can also help individuals cope with all life throws at them. 

Prepare to experience a mini-lesson that’s designed to demonstrate how the benefits of Yoga can be embodied with Feldenkrais, without any injuries, and with multiple, profound benefits.

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Lisa Hueske

Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner®

Building a Movement Practice for Dancers, Athletes, Aspiring Movers

Using the Feldenkrais Method for maintenance, preparation, improving skills, injury prevention, injury recovery, increasing resilience, expanding movement vocabulary, and the creative process.

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Stewart Hamblin

The Fit Sit Revolution

As we age, how we move matters. The choices we make can make all the difference between a full and independent life or decades of misery. Gravity can be our friend, or it can be our enemy. The good news is that we all have the ability to change and improve our movement, provided we know-how. The Fit Sit program, based upon the Feldenkrais Method, is a chair-based series of lessons designed to keep your spines strong and flexible, and available for movement.

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Panel Discussion

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CYNTHIA ALLEN and these experts

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Sonja Johansson

Movement Education specializing in the Feldenkrais Method®
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Robert M. Valdez, Jr.

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DAY 6 Language Runs Deep

Natalie Goldberg

Three Simple Lines

The true test of a haiku is not five/seven/five syllables but a three-line poem that upon hearing one creates a small sensation of space, which Allen Ginsberg said, “Is nothing less than god.” Feldenkrais, too, is about sensing the space inside you. Haiku evokes the simplest of human experience. In an Awareness through Movement class, we feel the minute connection of mind with body. In this workshop, we will explore the path of haiku and its congruency with the bare attention, pure awareness, beyond logic of the path of Feldenkrais practice.

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Zoran Kovich

MSc, CFT

Words and Experience in Awareness Through Movement

Awareness Through Movement® offers us an opportunity to witness vividly the threads of experience that constitute the fabric of who we are as animate, embodied, feeling, thinking, beings. Whilst Awareness Through Movement is vocally directed, the perpetual invitation is to think/perceive/distinguish in terms of patterns of sensations divorced from the abstracted, fixity of words. Learning this ability enables us to tap into hidden resources, think originally, and create different ways of enacting what we already know — a quintessential trait for flourishing in an ever-changing body, life, and world.

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Bernadette Pleasant

Movement and Sound to Nourish the Weary Soul

Racial, political, and personal stressors impact our mind and body. Now more than ever, the need to use movement as a resource for healing.

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Panel Discussion

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LAVINIA PLONKA and these experts

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Garet Newell

MA
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Daniel Banks

Ph.D.

DAY 7 Abilities – Dropping the Dis

Paul Linden

PhD

Even martial arts/somatics practitioners grow old

After 51 years of somatic practice, what can I say that will help? I recently turned 75, and I’ve had Parkinson’s for 18 years. This is the first time I’ve grown old, but I believe the practice has made a real difference. Intentional movement, an open body, and the somatic integration of power and love are the keys. This interview will include a couple of basic exercises to give you experience of this.

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Jacki Katzman

GCFP®, MBA, Boston Healing Tao Associate Teacher, Usui Reiki Practitioner - Level 3

Nate Hansen

Program Director ASPNC, CARSS 1, NRP

Awareness Through Movement®: Adaptive Athlete Edition

When coronavirus created havoc for Adaptive Sports Partners of the North County (ASPNC), Nate Hansen, the ASPNC programming director, accepted Jacki Katzman’s, GCFP, offer to teach online ATM classes for diversely-abled athletes. Adaptive athletes are naturals for the Feldenkrais Method®: they are curious, creative, and open to new ways to excel. Three seasons into the program, Jacki and Nate share what they’ve learned about adapting ATM lessons for athletes of multiple abilities, and how they are building skills and community through Awareness Through Movement®.

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Anne-Elizabeth Straub

LCSW

What Disability and Feldenkrais Have Taught Me

Lavinia Plonka and Anne-Elizabeth Straub were classmates during professional training in the Feldenkrais Method®. Their life paths and experiences diverged but each used what she learned to develop a practice carrying her “own fingerprint”.  

During today’s conversation, Lavinia will ask Anne-Elizabeth how her experiences as a person with a chronic illness and disability, Feldenkrais lessons, and training have influenced each other and her current practice in psychotherapy and clinical social work.

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Panel Discussion

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LAVINIA PLONKA and these experts

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Cornelia Sachs

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Lou Coleman

MA, FGUK (Feldenkrais Guild UK)

DAY 8 Healing Trauma

Albert Wong

PhD

Healing Trauma: From Fragmentation to Embodiment

Trauma can stay with us long after a threat is gone. Trauma can fragment the continuity of our experience and embed itself into our bodies and our minds. Even after years of talk therapy and medication, the effects of trauma sometimes still linger. In this presentation, Dr. Albert Wong will share how to heal trauma from a somatic perspective, including tools we can use with our clients, ourselves, and those we love.

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Pat Ogden

PhD, Founder Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

Early in her career as a psychotherapist, Pat Ogden noticed that posture and movement had a tremendous amount to do with recovery from trauma and growth in the emotional realm. She trained in yoga and with Ida Rolf in Structural Integration. Tune in as Pat reveals her collaboration with Hakomi founder, Ron Kurtz and the unfolding science around emotions and the felt body that molded her thinking, therapy practice and the founding of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.

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Molly Tipping

Molly Tipping, BA(Dance), Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner

Trauma and Its Effects on Posture, Balance, and Self-Expression

Traumatic events affect our self-expression, self-assertion, and recuperative abilities (self-care). But they also leave their mark on our posture and can interfere with our balance, and proprioception (sense of body in space).

In this talk I will share how The Feldenkrais Method® can support individuals recovering from recent traumatic events, as well as help individuals move beyond the constraints of past trauma.

I will also include somatic explorations to help make clear how you can find more embodied and functional ways to find your way through trauma.

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CYNTHIA ALLEN and these experts

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Alice Friedman

MA GCFP, SEP
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Buffy Owens

GCFP, FMCHC

DAY 9 Move Your Brain!

Cynthia Benjamin

CEO

Jennifer Lee

GCFP, Senior MT Instructor

MOVING Together for Memory Loss

Do you know someone affected by memory loss? Do you wonder how to support people living with cognitive decline?

MOVING Together (MT) is an online, live-streaming, group movement program designed for people living with memory loss and their caregivers. Capitalizing on recent discoveries in neuroscience, integrative health and behavioral psychology, MT effectively targets multiple domains including muscle memory through functional movement, stress reduction through mindful self-awareness, and emotional well-being through social connection and music.

Join us to experience the MT program, learn about the MT principles and supporting research, and discover how to become an MT instructor!

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Dan Clurman

Aging with Grace: Combining the Feldenkrais Method® and Somatic Inquiry

Physical habits that no longer serve us well as we age can be changed through simple, yet profound, Feldenkrais movement lessons. Far from requiring strenuous effort, the method uses gentle movements to develop greater ease, comfort, and harmony throughout the body. This session will demonstrate how these movement patterns can enhance connections between parts of the body so that actions become more coordinated and efficient over time. Going further, we’ll apply somatic inquiry: asking questions and directly sensing inner resources to address specific needs. When paired with the Feldenkrais Method®, this experiential exploration can help us discover and use the body’s natural abilities to promote well-being.

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Jill Van Note

PCC, GCFP

Living the Good Life: Health, Wellness and Feldenkrais

What constitutes a good life?
We know that proper hydration, nutrition, exercise, sleep, connecting with others, and mindfulness are key components of living and aging well.

Then, if we know, why don’t we practice these things consistently?
How does self-compassion, adaptation, and resilience come into play as we age?
What do you need to truly thrive and live your good life?

Join us as we explore these questions and how Awareness through Movement® as a consistent practice supports graceful living and aging.

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Linda Flanders

RUNNING…for an Elected Leadership Position

If yoIu feel you have something to offer in a leadership position, how can the Feldenkrais Method® help you? Can we take some of the basic principles of the Method and apply them to other areas we think are unrelated? Are they really unrelated? Learn how some basic principles can be applied to running a campaign, how to challenge your brain to do more, not less, as you age and how the Method can help you recover more quickly.

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Panel Discussion

Join host 
LAVINIA PLONKA and these experts

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Bonnie Kissam

M.A., Feldenkrais Practitioner®
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Sue Seto

M.C.A.

DAY 10 Research

Tim Sobie

PT, Ph.D. , Feldenkrais Practitioner

Reframing Body Schema in Chronic Pain through Feldenkrais as an Augmented Reality – Evidence from Low Back Pain Research

Chronic back problems continue to be a leading cause for disability in all of medicine and for seeking other alternative therapies. The Feldenkrais Method® is one approach that seeks to clarify new functional interrelationships towards an improved neuroplasticity-based change in the cognitive construct of one’s own background body schema; with shared understanding that improved body perception and augmented sensory discrimination via movement are more closely associated with recovery from chronic pain – especially LBP – as compared to usual muscular training.  

As a test of comparative efficacy, An RCT study design was Implemented to compare a Feldenkrais Method® based body schema / sensory augmentation /movement approach to the more common standard of outpatient PT practice, i.e.  Motor Control Exercises with Core Stabilization.

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Carolyn F. Palmer

Ph.D., GCFP, Child'Space Practitioner

Putting Feldenkrais to the Test with Older Adults

This session discusses what supports positive development in later years, and an application of those concepts in a published study of the Moving Forward Feldenkrais Method lesson series for older adults (Palmer, 2017).

Older adults who participated in FM lessons improved their balance while reaching and reported improved experience in everyday activities. High quality Feldenkrais research is emerging, and it is labor-intensive, requiring funding and institutional connections. Feldenkrais professionals and clientele benefit from following, funding, and sharing high quality research demonstrating the Feldenkrais Method’s effectiveness.

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Helga Bost

Feldenkrais Practitioner

Discovering the Unexpected – fascinating research for spinal cord injury

My Feldenkrais work with spinal cord injured people has led me into a fascinating 30-year research process I have documented with more than 400 hours of videos that show how perception and movement can re-emerge where it was partially or completely lost. ”People can see and understand it” (Carl Ginsburg): Evolutionary central pattern movements (rhythmic crawling, walking…) are initiated without descending information from the cortex. The trains of movement (possibly along Myofascial Trains) are so strong that people learn to decode them. This leaves traces in the body maps of the brain (neural plasticity). A new self-image can develop.

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Panel Discussion

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CYNTHIA ALLEN and these experts

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David Zemach-Bersin

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Diane Hannemann

PhD

We can all use a little “more” in our lives….

Our Wish for You: 2021 Move Better 

Who doesn’t want a little more? More movement, more enjoyment, more peace, and serenity. The trick is that “a little” can be the key to more – a lot more.

Diving deep into who you are begins with an introduction to yourself and the willingness to accept and embrace. That’s where the journey begins, and where it goes from there is up to you.

Through the Feldenkrais Method, you constantly get that magnificent re-introduction to self that prompts new learning, expanded understanding, and unlimited growth. Come see what it’s all about.

This summit is sponsored by:

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Host

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Cynthia Allen launched the first Feldenkrais® Awareness Summit in 2018. She is the creator of the online Your Learning Body program, a published researcher on the effects of the Bones for Life® approach in the elderly and co-creator of Integral Human Gait™ theory. She sees clients in Cincinnati, Ohio, at Future Life Now, LLC.

Co-Host

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Lavinia Plonka is a Feldenkrais Method® Assistant Trainer and Emotional Body® instructor. Lavinia’s many books and audio programs have introduced thousands of people to Awareness Through Movement®. She is a faculty member of The Shift Network, has a private practice in Asheville, North Carolina, and teaches workshops both online and internationally.

Olena Nitefor

Olena came to the Feldenkrais Method® with a background in functional anatomy and dance. Graduating from accredited training in 1987, she has been teaching anatomy in Feldenkrais Professional Training Programs since the early ’90s. She has two published video advanced pieces of training: “Seeing and Sensing the Skeleton” and “Subjective Middle,” which have been useful learning tools for many practitioners. She maintains an active private practice in Toronto, Canada, and continues teaching internationally. A highly creative thinker, a clear and supportive teacher, she has been developing and teaching advanced training curricula in Europe and North America for 20 years.

Erifily Nikola

Erifily Nikola is a Feldenkrais Practitioner from Athens, Greece. 

She is also a Kripalu yoga teacher, an anatomy enthusiast, and an apprentice clown.

In her classes, online and off, she offers people space and time to unfold themselves.

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Frederick Schjang

Frederick Schjang is a nationally recognized fitness educator and innovator who specializes in the Feldenkrais Method®. Schjang coordinates the Feldenkrais Festival Online Membership Program which features daily classes highlighting himself and sought-after teachers from around the country. He maintains a private practice and mentors other instructors in the field. His annual Feldenkrais Festival has become a must-attend event for fitness and Feldenkrais enthusiasts alike.

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Margaret Kaye

Margaret is a Feldenkrais® Practitioner, Assistant Trainer, and a Bones for Life teacher.

Due to an occupational overuse injury, Margaret was unable to work for several years. She now specializes in this area. She works with performers in the Body Awareness for Musicians class at the Australian Institute of Music, and for actors at the National Institute for Dramatic Arts (NIDA). She developed corporate programs for the prevention of work-related injuries and workplace assessments through the Smart Sitting© program. She improves running ability and efficiency through the Running Easy program.

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Alexandros Ioannou

I am a physiotherapist working mainly with the neurological patient and people with motor difficulties. I came across Feldenkrais as a junior PT student as early as 1995 and concluded my FM studies in 2015 in Athens Greece. I have taught for over 15 years at the University in Athens and cherish the Feldenkrais Method as an excellent pedagogical tool. I support first-person/experiential perspectives in education and have vigorously advocated their broader implementation. I currently teach online both in Greek and English languages and enjoy exploring movement from various perspectives (sports, martial arts, dance).

Andrea Hennen

Born 1965 in Losheim am See, Germany, Andrea Hennen is a teacher of the Feldenkrais Method and has been since 1996. From 2017 to 2020 she continued her studies with Anat Baniel and is now also an Anat Baniel – ®️NeuroMovement®️ Practitioner for Children and adults.

Andrea travels the world to work with children with special needs and gives parenting workshops while maintaining her busy practice in Germany.

Together with two other Practitioners, she created “The Moving Center“, a Teamwork Project to help parents and children around the world with online coaching workshops and in-person visits, as soon as traveling is possible again.

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David Hall

David Hall is a Feldenkrais Practitioner, Assistant Trainer, Alexander Teacher, Dancer, and speaker who has been a somatic adventurer for over 30 years. His online classes are attended by people from all over the world. He lives in Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

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Georgi Laney

Georgi Laney, founder of Move To Vitality, has a passion for empowering people to express themselves with confidence. She saw her love of the Feldenkrais Method and her dedication as an amateur musician as perfect ways to enhance her work as a Speech Pathologist.

Georgi loves facilitating learning and growth in groups and workshop environments and has delivered many workshops to musicians, teachers and health care professionals. She had a vision to facilitate living a life of connection, confidence and vitality with people of Newcastle, Australia. She and her team now share this vision globally.

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Gisella Warmenhoven

Gisella Warmenhoven is a certified Feldenkrais Practitioner since 2010 and an Assistant Trainer since 2020. She has a special interest in helping people improve what they already love doing.

Her own passions include edible gardening, performing arts, languages, and meditation. She practices in Tauranga, New Zealand.

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Helena Mena

Since I was very young I have been very interested in learning about how we move and different ways of improving when we have dysfunction. This led me to study massage therapy and Osteopathy in Spain, and my adventurous self combined traveling around the globe with learning from different disciplines that have always broadened my approach.

But it was when I started learning about The Feldenkrais Method, when I found this piece that I was missing, not only in my work but also in my personal journey. It has become a big part of my work since for me it brings a whole new world of possibilities and alternatives to our function and life experience.

Sharing this passion with my clients and students in my studio in Berlin is one of my biggest honors.

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Jeff Haller

Jeff Haller, Ph.D., Feldenkrais Trainer, regards the Feldenkrais Method® as a pathway to the inner composure necessary for living a creative life in a challenging world. He studied directly with Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, the founder of the Feldenkrais Method. In 1983, Jeff graduated from his own professional training program in Amherst, Massachusetts. From 1984–1991 his studio offered classes in Feldenkrais, Aikido, Yoga, Tai Chi, and meditation. Since 1993, Jeff’s primary focus has been to train Feldenkrais Method teachers and sustain an extensive private practice in Bellevue, WA.

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Joe Webster

Joe began his study of Martial Arts and Meditation when he was only 18 – 20 years ago.

He was lucky to train under a Taiji Grand Master and lineage holder in both Chan (Zen) and Tibetan Buddhism. After many years of study, he gained some insight into mental and physical health from an Eastern perspective, he was unfortunately also experiencing severe pain in his knees every time he practiced. It was bad enough to make him think he would have to give up altogether.

It was during that time that he realized his approach to practice was too heavy-handed, and he needed to find a lighter more playful approach to self-improvement. This led him to look for new avenues, and it was during this time he was advised to read ‘The Potent Self’ by Moshe Feldenkrais. The ideas in that book had a profound effect on him and resonated deeply with his developing views on self-compassion. So much so, that he decided to undertake the 4-year professional training a few years later.

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Joy Ackwonu

Joy Ackwonu is a Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and Assistant Trainer. Since 2012, she has been teaching groups and individual lessons in her own practice. In 2016 she became a full partner in the Feldenkrais Institut Wien OG.

With her background and studies in contemporary stage dance and social sciences, Joy enjoys working with different people of diverse origins and ages.

Through many years of learning and working with David Webber, Joy Ackwonu has specialized on the topic of eyes and seeing clearly within the Feldenkrais Method.

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Julieta Mateo

From Argentina via Spain she is passionate about life, and in constant exploration towards effortless movement. She is a qualified Yoga Teacher with more than 15 years of experience in teaching from a Somatic approach.

ATM Feldenkrais certified Practitioner. Julieta has Trained in Classical &Vinyasa Yoga, and certified as a physical Theater Improviser. Recently moved to Australia leading workshops around the world combining Yoga, Improv Theatre, and Feldenkrais techniques to enrich her collective and private classes with spontaneity and connection with the present moment.

Her passion is to share and explore these new perspectives of thinking, sensing, and moving, embracing the natural instinct that lives in everyone, allowing access to a better quality of life.

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Larry Goldfarb

Feldenkrais teacher and trainer, movement scientist, and multimedia author, Larry Goldfarb, CFT, Ph.D., has been practicing Moshe’s method for 43 years, teaching it for 38, and training others for 28. Engaging and intellectually rigorous, Larry is simultaneously a fun, straightforward, and collegial teacher who enjoys nothing more than building confidence, fostering competence, and creating community. He is known and appreciated for his ability to make neurophysical learning understandable, relevant, and accessible.

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Maggy Burrowes

Maggy began teaching Awareness Through Movement classes in 1989, graduated in 1990, in London, and she has been teaching, both privately, and in colleges, universities, and adult education centers, in the UK and abroad, ever since. She is still involved in UK training programmes as an experienced practitioner, giving individual lessons to trainee teachers for Garet Newell’s Sussex-based training programmes. Maggy’s Feldenkrais-based Potent Voice system is the culmination of her years of teaching experience, her ongoing research into state-of-the-art voice training science, and the development and expansion of her own vocal performance abilities.

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Dr. Melody Lin

Melody Lin (DMA) enjoys a versatile career as flautist, pedagogue, and certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner. She graduated from the New Zealand Feldenkrais Training Programme in 2019 and has been combining her insight and knowledge as a performing artist with the Feldenkrais® Method to help people of all ages to play their instruments with ease, improve their sound quality, and deepen their creativity. She has given Feldenkrais lessons at the University of Auckland School of Music, Pettman National Junior Academy of Music, and other music schools around Auckland. Melody runs a busy private practice in Auckland teaching both flute and the Feldenkrais Method.

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Michael Landau

After 30 years as a professional pianist and university teacher, I felt it was time for a change, and decided to teach Feldenkrais full-time, turning this wonderful method from a faithful sidekick to my main occupation. As a first-time entrepreneur, I quickly found out that I had no idea how to manage my time and had to deep-dive into the art of habit creation. As a consequence, I’ve created online programs of short, daily, conscious movement sequences that help my students settle into the habit of taking a break, looking within, and practicing awareness to create improvement, well-being, and growth.

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Nadia Chavka

Hello, my name is Nadia and, as many others, I have a composite biography that does not follow a single-story line. I have been involved in professional sports (swimming and academic learning – journalism) prior to my professional Feldenkrais training. I love plants and gardening and that has been part of my career, as well as aviation, for nearly a decade. I had a difficult start in life, resulting in post-natal trauma (broken rib and time in NICU) and developed physical asymmetries that have affected the quality of my life to the point that it became important to me to face the situation. The underlying feeling at that point in my life being the realization that I`m prone to physical trauma (that was in my early 30-ies) and that I had to rely on determination and effort more than I wished in order to achieve. There was background anxiety that kept on creeping in. I became a fully qualified practitioner in 2015 and since have worked with many with special abilities. The focus of my practice is improving the function-driven motor-sensory skills in the context of opposing gravity and reaching, developing, and re-integrating developmental and transitional milestones. It has been interesting to engage with individuals immersed in the creative fields, as I can offer the necessary functional expertise out of the context of a habitual syntax and format, for the ones that are prepared to approach their skill set from a more humanistic point of view. I hope we can enjoy our time spent together.

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Nick Strauss-Klein

Nick Strauss-Klein is the creator and voice of FeldenkraisProject.com, an acclaimed, donor-supported source of free, high-quality, public class recordings that serves thousands of monthly online visitors from around the world. Nick has studied and taught the Feldenkrais Method in Israel, New York, and now Minnesota, and has led weekly classes and workshops at premier health clubs and fitness centers in Manhattan and the Twin Cities. He brings to his teaching the unique background of a Master of Music Pedagogy degree from The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University and over 25 years of individual and class teaching experience.

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Rhonda Ohlson

For the past 35 years, Rhonda Ohlson has been on a quest to free her body and voice so she could stand up and speak out for herself.

She is an Assistant Trainer in the Feldenkrais Method, a Bones For Life Trainer, a Body Psychotherapist, a grandmother, a singer, and a dancer.

Her passion is working with women over 50 who want to share their wisdom and experience and shine brightly but who lack the confidence to be seen and heard because they are held back by shadows of the past.

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Robert Black

Rob found that his early interests in maths and physical sciences and in the essence of being human and fully aware were brought together in his studies of the Feldenkrais Method. Rob graduated from his Feldenkrais training program in 1991 and found the approach profoundly impacted his work as a Counsellor at a college. Has maintained a private practice plus contributed significantly to the profession in North America as the President of FGNA and internationally to the International Feldenkrais Federation (IFF) and the IFF’s Feldenkrais Materials programs. Rob maintains a private practice in Calgary, Canada.

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Ruth Frommer

Ruth Frommer is a Feldenkrais Assistant Trainer who lives in Melbourne Australia. Ruth is also an Aikido Black Belt 6th Dan and an NLP Trainer. Ruth has a busy Feldenkrais practice which includes a number of online Feldenkrais classes and courses. Ruth sees people for individual Feldenkrais sessions and works at Feldenkrais Professional Training Programs as an Assistant Trainer. Ruth runs an Aikido Dojo in metropolitan Melbourne

Scott Fraser

Scott Fraser, a GCFP since 1996, is known for making the method relevant and meaningful to a wide variety of people. Scott’s performing background in classical music uniquely qualifies him to understand and effectively respond to the needs of his many performing arts clients. He has worked extensively with dancers from the NYC Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Stephen Petronio Company, performers from the group Steely Dan and Broadway musicals such as Hamilton, In The Heights, and Frozen. Scott also develops self-care programs, offering creative solutions to chronic pain and injury prevention at such venues as D.E. Shaw and the N.Y.U. Tisch School of Dance.

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James Nestor

James Nestor is an author and journalist who has written for Scientific American, Outside, The New York Times, The Atlantic, and more. His latest book, Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art, was released May 26, 2020, by Riverhead/Penguin Random House. Breath was an instant New York Times and London Sunday Times bestseller and will be translated into more than 30 languages in 2021. Nestor’s first book, Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves, was published in 2014 and was a finalist for the 2014 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing, an Amazon Best Science Book of 2014, and more. Nestor has presented his work at Stanford Medical School, the United Nations, Global Classroom (World Health Organization+UNICEF), as well as more than 60 radio and television shows, including Fresh Air with Terry Gross, the Joe Rogan Show, ABC’s Nightline, CBS Morning News, and dozens of NPR programs. He lives and breathes in San Francisco. More at mrjamesnestor.com.

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Patrick McKeown

The Breathing Cure (2021), Patrick’s newest book, is a deep dive into the science of breathing. It explores functional breathing for a wide range of health conditions, and breathing exercises suitable for adults, children, and teens. These unique exercises improve quality of life with better sleep, health, and performance. Patrick’s 2015 book, The Oxygen Advantage is available in fourteen languages and retains high review ratings on Amazon.

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Fariya Doctor

Fariya Doctor graduated in 2004 from Feldenkrais Practitioner Training and her life has never been the same since. Coming from a science background with a focus on anatomy and biology, the Method brought meaning to how we can adapt to change.

The journey has brought great insights into her life and her passion for understanding the complexity of human health and the potential power of our neuroplastic brains.

Her other lifetime curiosity involves the breath, how it is altered, destabilized, and brought back to efficiency and comfort.

Fariya is a self-professed (or maybe obsessed?) “movement detective” and “Intelligent Breath Coach”.

She provides care online and onsite in St. Catharines, ON, Canada.

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William M. Hang

William M. Hang, DDS, MSD has been a pioneer working in the airway/sleep arena for over 25 years. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry for his work on optimizing airways in all patients. Patients travel from at least 28 states and a number of foreign countries seeking reversal of their previous orthodontics, elimination of their TMJ/pain, and relief from OSA/sleep/breathing symptoms. Dr. Hang is an innovative, forward-thinking visionary who has dedicated his career to improving how dentistry and orthodontics are practiced around the world.

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Richard Corbeil

Richard Corbeil has been forming new practitioners within professional Feldenkrais training in more than 10 countries over 3 continents since 1996.

With an extensive background in music performance, education, and clinical rehabilitation, he has been contributing his unique understanding of the method as well as its application in the related fields of personal development, health, and the performing arts.

His teaching combines simplicity and depth, presented in a clear, inspiring, and empowering style.

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