Feldenkrais Method classes and private sessions are a powerful way to find healthy aging with better posture, movement and less pain - in shoulders, back, knees, hips, legs, feet and more; improve balance, mobility and posture, recover from injury, illness, stroke, delay/avoid surgery and heal faster. You'll improve movement and comfort, arthritis, spinal disc degeneration, MS, scoliosis,..
Just a brief note to update you on classes and give you a little encouragement to be more proactive and playful with your health and wellbeing. The payoff is huge and you'll move better, reduce pain and regain vitality! Taking as few as 3-5 classes will give you a good sense of how you much better you feel after and how you can apply what you learn to all of your other favorite summer and sporting activities.
Being more alive and graceful (not to mention balanced and comfortable) are possibilities for everyone, at every age. And you don't have to go to Greece to find out how! (Please be sure to read the above cartoon if this doesn't make sense to you!) But its true, vitality and grace are two of the clear benefits of taking Feldenkrais classes.
Summer classes tend to be a bit smaller, a little more fun and relaxed than other times, with shorter somewhat different lessons. Summer is a good time to explore classes, especially if you are new or if you've been procrastinating about getting started on a new fitness program. Here is your chance to start sensibly. And you have nothing to lose!
More about our new location!
On the topic of comfort, our lovely and quiet new studio at the Gerber Medical Clinic, 1225 Westfield (for TUES and SAT classes) has a wonderful and very responsive AC system, a great relief during our hot Northern Nevada summers. The temperature is always comfortable, and the atmosphere is always conducive to learning and self discovery.
The new studio is located between Foster and California, just off Booth St. near Reno High School. Come up the stairs using the East entrance, or use the elevator from the West entrance.
The big bonus on SATURDAY is that you can walk over to the Farmers Market at the CVS shopping center after the 10 am class, and before you head home!
Our THURS our ongoing 5 pm Reno Buddhist Ctr. class continues as before.
The cost for classes remains the same: $15 drop-in, 10-class card for $120, or you may use the need-based sliding scale. The full schedule is at the top of this page.
And last, a special tip for riders:
The effects of your balance and body-awareness on your horse:
Lots of folks know this, but many do not. If you love your horse or horses in general and you ride, this is a really important concept to understand. Your body awareness is critical to their comfort and support. Horses will instinctively go to great lengths to balance you— but it is much kinder and better that you sense what’s going on in your own body, feel your skeleton and learn to balance yourself efficiently. Feldenkrais makes it easy to do this.
You become the stable, comfortable riding partner your horse wants and deserves, plugged in and safely organized. Your horse will certainly appreciate this extra support and help.
Our new class location, TUES 12:30 and SAT 10 am. Turn left and left at the top of the stairs and enter thru the red trimmed doors!
Please contact me if you want to talk about your situation privately, or want to learn more about Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement® classes and/or one-on-one Functional Integration sessions. Please visit my website for testimonials from students and clients about both of these. Wishing you a wonderful, warm and happy summer. I hope to see you soon.
Best regards, Carole
Carole Bucher, BA, is a Guild-Certified Feldenkrais practitioner/teacher and owner of Reno Feldenkrais Integrative Movement and teaching ongoing Feldenkrais classes in Reno and Northern NV, since 2009.
One more opportunity to take this particularly wonderful lesson! Come tomorrow (Saturday July 13) at 10 am, upstairs at the Gerber Medical Clinic, 1225 Westfield Ave., near Reno High School. Use the East entrance near Booth St.
This 'whole body' lesson is part of the 'Flexible Chest' series by San Francisco Feldy Arlyn Zones, who was, by the way, the Educational Director in my Feldenkrais training. the lesson is entitled 'Circles with the Knees'.
I chose the lesson because it is an excellent way to get all your parts moving in preparation for the wonderful wonderful 'walking backward' lesson that I will be teaching next week, TUES-SAT.
This week's lesson focuses on moving the feet, ankles, knees, and hips (and upper body as well) in sitting, and then doing something related and similar, but different, as you lie on your stomach. The overall effect is indeed a reorganization of the whole body.
I hope you can join us tomorrow. If you are coming to your first class, please contact me (use the contact form on this page) and come 15 minutes early. I will send you the class handout tonight.
We had such a delightful class this 4th of July weekend Saturday. The cool thing about Saturday is the large, adjacent farmers' market in the CVS Shopping Center off California and Booth. Very easy and agreeable to combine the two healthy events!
Because it was a holiday week, I experimented with a different concept. I gave 4 short lessons, oriented to improving range of movement and comfort in the hip, leg, knee, ankle and foot, including one squat exploration.
All lessons (true in every Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement class, of course) are accessible/appropriate to and for everyone, because everyone does only what they can easily do. This includes your decision to do it in your imagination, if that is what feels right to you.
This range of possibility and exploration are SELF-discovery -- this updates your brain map with real-time data and it establishes the pathway to your self-awareness and movement improvement. AND it also opens doors to physical, mental and emotional flow and freedom, creativity and better relationship with the world around you.
Everyone is welcome in any class. You don't need to be a Gerber patient on TUES and SAT, nor do you need to be a member of the Buddhist community on Thurs. Just kindly contact me first to connect and talk, if you wish, and to get the class handout.
You can use the contact form on my website most easily.
MOVING BEYOND MEDIOCRE ~ Developing your power from the inside out
Healthy Beginnings Magazine BY CAROLE BUCHER, BA, GCFP, RENO FELDENKRAIS INTEGRATIVE MOVEMENT
How body awareness and movement can improve your life.
Our bodies are amazingly intelligent, strong and resilient — almost certainly the most complex and extraordinary device that we’ll ever own. Yet most people are unconscious of the body’s remarkable qualities and don’t know how to access or develop them. Being disconnected from innate bodily strengths can interfere with fulfilling one’s potential and can affect the choices one makes in life. So how can we turn this dilemma around?
Photo by Paul Pui Wo Lee, Feldenkrais Practitioner and Dancer
In his most famous book about movement and human development, Awareness Through Movement1, Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais describes how one’s development can be stymied by, “coercive and repressive educational practices” that can undermine our individuality and motivation. People learn, at least in the short term, to be satisfied with external approval and stop moving toward their personal dreams and desires. Uninspired effort can become the acceptable norm in relationships, business, and education. Add to this being disconnected from our physical selves — meaning we live in our heads and not our bodies — and the recipe for modern existential angst appears. We don’t question our perceptions; we lose self-confidence and spontaneity, and the natural human sense of freedom and joy begins to disappear.
“If we feel awkward, dull, or somehow shameful, we will behave in an awkward, dull and shamed manner. Feeling free and uninhibited, we will behave spontaneously.”
When the demands of life get harder or more complicated, stress, self-doubt and physical, mental, and emotional overload can result. We become more fearful and lose the ability to function effectively in high-pressure situations. Employers everywhere have to deal with this by finding ways to motivate and empower their employees to higher levels of confidence, creativity, and performance. And this is exactly the place where one’s physical body, the skeleton in particular, comes strongly into play as our best resource.
With 206 living bones that perform some surprising and crucial life-support tasks, the healthy adult skeleton is the foundation of our health. These tasks include:
The structure and support of bodily movement;
Protecting key organs in the skull, chest, and pelvis;
Assisting metabolic functions via pH balance;
Storage and release of various essential fatty acids, minerals and hormones;
Absorbing and storing toxins and heavy metals from the blood (detoxifying).
When the skeleton is well-aligned it does two other really important things: A) It provides bodily support with virtually no energy expenditure. Imagine how well-stacked blocks resist the force of gravity. When bones are aligned, they support in the same way, with almost no muscular effort. When you stand with knees straight, the femur stacked above the tibia, the downward force of gravity is counteracted with minimal muscular effort, like the blocks. Should the knee bend… a great effort by the thigh muscles must be applied to prevent falling.
B) It transfers upward and downward forces through the body, creating directional force and power. Think about lifting carry-on luggage into the overhead compartment in an airplane. Your feet and legs generate power from below: the lower legs extend and push into the femurs, which push the pelvis up into the spine and shoulders, and move and lift the arms upward and under your luggage, powering it into the compartment.
This reorganizational support of skeletal work and power is very different than laboring to build stronger muscles or lose weight to change one’s shape to some subjective ideal.
At the deepest level, the skeleton plays a central role in our health and wellbeing by generating a sense of grounded support and optimum, dependable functioning in the whole system. We are able to tap into the strength of our bony structure, where a higher level of performance (thinking, feeling, moving, and acting) can take root and flourish. When body- and self-awareness improve, one’s movement and actions become stronger, more efficient, and comfortable too.
This linkage creates a deep sense of safety and self-confidence at the core of our being, unlike anything else. It improves our posture and our moods and can liberate our mind, heart, body, and spirit.
For information about The Feldenkrais Method®, Awareness Through Movement® classes and Functional Integration® lessons, please visit and use the contact form at Renofeldenkrais.blogspot.com.
--Feldenkrais, Moshe, Ed.D., Awareness Through Movement, Harper San Francisco, 1972. --Verin, Layna. The Teachings of Moshe Feldenkrais: Seeing Movement as the Embodiment of Intention. The Graduate Review, Section II, Body/Mind. Berkeley, June 1978. --medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320444.php, BONES: All you need to know. Jan. 11, 2018. --Hargrove, Todd, GCFP, PT. A Guide to Better Movement: The Science and Practice of Moving with More Skill and Less Pain, 2015. [Feldenkrais Method]
Our new home for TUES 12:30 pm and SAT 10 am classes, 1225 Westfield Ave., near Reno High. Come early to avoid construction traffic.
Best wishes and love, Carole
Carole Bucher, BA, is a Guild-Certified Feldenkrais practitioner/teacher and owner of Reno Feldenkrais Integrative Movement and teaching ongoing Feldenkrais classes in Reno and Northern NV, since 2009. Please visit renofeldenkrais.blogspot.com to learn more about classes and private sessions, or to use the contact form.
I hope there is no confusion. Tomorrow is our last class at 250 Bell St., the Cathexes Building. After tomorrow, all Tues and Saturday classes will be held at the Gerber Medical Ctr., at 1225 Westfield Ave., near Booth and just south of Reno High School.
If you are coming to your first class tomorrow, please contact me for the class handout and come 15 minutes early.
Below is a clip from one of my recent Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement® classes at the Reno Buddhist Center. It will give you a good taste of what classes are often like. Some are more active than this, but every class includes practicing body/self-awareness before the class begins, and a little bit of work assessing and improving walking. I do this because walking well is an essential element of exercise, comfort and freedom in our lives. I invite you to experience a classes for yourself. This is the only way you'll find out if they are right for you. And while you will experience a difference with only 1 class, it is most usual and productive to plan on 3-5 classes. I use a sliding scale for people who need it. You may use the contact form above to reach me easily or call me to discuss your situation or interest. I will send you the class handout once you do that.
And below is a recent testimonial by a long term student of mine, Kane Dutt. It too will help you get a taste of why you might wish to explore these for some people, amazing and life changing classes.
WHY I DO FELDENKRAIS LONG TERM:
I highly recommend Awareness thru Movement (ATM) for anyone with chronic pain, inoperable conditions, or who are experiencing decreased mobility, range of motion or other constraints negatively affecting their quality of life.
Between a congenital spine condition and trauma, I lived with nearly constant and often debilitating pain for decades prior to discovering Feldenkrais. I find the Feldenkrais ATM classes to be enjoyable, educational, and most of all, effective.
Since adopting ATM classes a part of my lifestyle, I now can direct my own healing, enjoy substantial improvements in my overall health and well being and a dramatic decrease in pain levels.
This week's lesson will focus on discovering and exploring our existing range of movement in the two major joints of the body, our shoulder and hip joints. Slowly and gently, we will introduce more appropriate movement as we learn which directions are easy, which are challenging, and will find new accessible movement options. This will improve your comfort in all four joints, as you bring your body/brain map up to date using your attention and sensation.
The cool part of this is it is also really good for the brain, balance and stability of your limbs relative to the torso.
Use the contact form above if you are coming to your first class and I'll send you the class handout and answer any questions. Also please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before class starts so we can meet.
Class tomorrow at noon, 250 Bell St., the Cathexes Bldg., park in the rear lot and come in the back door.
Thurs class is at 5 pm at the Reno Buddhist Center, 820 Plumas at Taylor St. Please enter via the Taylor St. side and come all the way to the back.
Saturday class is 10 am, 250 Bell St.
Drop-in is $15, also 10-class card for $120, or need-based sliding scale. Full time K-12 teachers may attend for $5. Dress warmly in layers even though the weather is warmer, bring a blanket/comforter, medium towel and water.
We are doing a great side-lying lesson this week, with lengthening and side-bending through the ribs, spine and hips. It also includes mindful work on side-flexors, hips, legs and pelvis.
It is one of those lessons that most people really feel a really positive after. And it improves breathing.
It is wonderful for scoliosis and shoulder issues. You'll feel a new relationship between the shoulders and hips/legs. Of course everyone works at their own level and pace, so there is no stress or strain. We do it the Feldenkrais way.
Please contact me using my contact form above if you have questions or want more information. I'll send you the class handout.
The next classes are Thurs. 5 pm at the Reno Buddhist Center, and 10 am Saturday at 250 Bell St. Please join us and plan on coming 15 minutes early to your first class.
Class this week -- a 50 sec. video of class at the Reno Buddhist Center. A really lovely lesson that opens the chest, expands your shoulders and ribs, as it lengthens neck, spine and torso. These movements reduce stress, improve breathing, as they integrate and coordinate the movement of the whole body, from feet to pelvis to head.
We are doing the lesson again on Saturday at 10 am, at 250 Bell St. Park and enter in the front of the Cathexes Building.
Please contact me (using the form on this website, Renofeldenkrais.blogspot.com) if you are coming to your first class or if you have questions. I will write you back and send you the class handout.