classes & group programs
Group Classes that are grounded in movement, mindfulness, and self-discovery.
My classes and group programs are designed to meet you where you are. And because I know that your needs vary, from the amount of support you need to your current budget, I offer several ways to commune with others as you learn. But no matter the program you choose, you'll develop your ability to tap into neuroplasticity and discover new ways to move through life with greater ease. And all of my group offerings explore...
It’s safe to say that most of us have reduced the amount we move as we have aged— limiting the variety of movements that we do on a day-to-day basis and rarely engage in novel (new) movements. These unconscious constraints have gradually limited our basic movement repertoire. And over time, our movements - and/or lack of them - shape who we are and how we move, think, sense, and feel.
Emotions are a part of our evolution as humans. Emotions are inherited, habituated and learned. We create and influence our emotions, sometimes involuntarily and other times voluntarily, through how we move or restrain ourselves. Once we start to understand how our emotions and movements relate to and impact one another, we begin to develop a better sense of resiliency and emotional well-being.
Engaging the senses is a powerful way to help regulate your nervous system and find a sense of flow in your movement. For those who have struggled with chronic pain, learning how to intentionally engage the senses can be a powerful practice for shifting pain — both neurologically and experientially. And consciously using our senses to relate to the environment can be a strong ally in helping us to self-regulate.
Thinking is more than a brain thing. In fact, some believe that thinking is done with the whole body. And, part of what we are up to in this work is learning how to tap into the power and genius that comes along with thinking with the whole self. To do so, we must begin to clarify our self-image. In the context of this work, that means ensuring that what we 'think' we are doing (our action) aligns with what we are actually doing (how we're moving).
My first class took me into a deeply meditative state & awareness unlike anything I’ve ever experienced.
Awareness Through Movement®
Our physical experiences, lifestyle, personality and reactions to stress contribute to learned muscular patterns that are unique to each of us. Unfortunately, sometimes our habitual ways of moving, thinking, sensing and feeling can limit our self-expression or cause discomfort and even damage. And by exploring Awareness Through Movement classes you re-discover natural, efficient full-body movement patterns and develop the capacity to tap into the mind-body continuum.
You see, our ability to learn and automate movement patterns is commonly referred to as muscle memory. Muscle memory is extremely beneficial in our daily lives, allowing us to act and move quickly without conscious thought. Unfortunately, we can easily develop learned movement patterns which do damage to our bodies. Just as our increased level of muscle tension feels normal, these damaging patterns feel natural and automatic.
Over time these habitual responses shift our image of ourselves and how we move through space. Our proprioception (how we sense our body in space) adjusts so that these patterns feel normal. For example, a person who has slowly developed rounded posture over the years actually feels like they are standing fairly straight because their proprioception has adjusted.
In Awareness Through Movement lessons, we utilize gentle movements to retrain proprioception and expand your muscle memory so that you can accurately sense your movement and eliminate compulsive, dysfunctional strain.
CLASSES & GROUP PROGRAMS
$12-$20 per class
I offer a few Awareness Through Movement 6-week series a year. Each series explores a specific theme and geared towards meeting the needs and interests of the students.
In general, classes are often grounded in development patterns, while others are subtle investigations into everyday functions like walking, sitting, standing, reaching, and more.
Each class offers you an opportunity to learn more about your habits of moving, thinking, sensing, and feeling. Through the process of self-inquiry and mindful movement, these classes utilize the power of neuroplasticity to improve the way you move through life.
The Conscious Movements On Demand membership is designed to support you in developing a home practice and nourishing lifestyle.
With the CM On Demand Membership, you can move through Awareness Through Movement® lessons and Mindfulness Practices on your own schedule in the comfort of your home ...or on the road. Heck, you can even grab a friend or loved one and move together!
Over time, I'll also be adding other basic programs designed to help you to develop the habits that are crucial for nourishing your nervous system, reducing pain, and improving your overall well-begin.
The Group Programs are currently being designed and refined to best support those who have been suffering with Chronic Pain. Each program will bring together the best of movement, mindfulness, and the almighty menu to nourish your nervous system for lasting change.
With each program merging the best of the Feldenkrais Method and Health & Wellness Coaching, you’ll receive the support you need to create lasting and permanent change. More information will be available early 2018.