Feldenkrais Fundamentals For Functional Focused Treatments
These Feldenkrais workshops helps to inspire your proactive clients to become more self aware, based on the fundamental teachings of the Feldenkrais Method.
Feldenkrais focuses on whole body awareness and movement from the core to improve stability, balance, muscle memory, and ease of movement. It teaches individuals to include (and differentiate) parts of their skeletal structure, and breathing consciously while moving. Patients of all ages and abilities benefit, from athletes to seniors.
Roxanne Derkson teaches this unique series of workshops to offer a more comprehensive understanding of how to integrate movement assessments and evaluations, into massage therapy or other professional hands-on practice. RMTs learn how to follow up their assessments with functional hands on manipulations and guidance. This gives clients a greater understanding of their dysfunctional movement habits or patterns contributing to their need for relief from chronic symptoms and pain. Learn how to apply specific, calibrated skeletal forces to convey information—unique to the Feldenkrais Method—of functional integration.
Neuroplasticity is the bodywork buzz word today, The Feldenkrais Method hit the world stage in this domain since the publications of Norman Doidge M.D.’s books The Brain that Changes Itself and The Brain that Heals Itself.
In Roxanne’s opinion, the body-to-mind connection has no greater method than Feldenkrais and the founder Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais was a pioneer ahead of his time.
What you will learn in Functional Fundamentals (based on the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education):
Introduction to Functional Fundamentals (4 hours of practical learning)
Learn how to change your assessment skills in the clinical setting, from range of motion dysfunction, postural assessments and dynamic assessments. Dynamic assessments reveals a clear understanding of the body’s diagonal, linear and rotational relationships, movement patterns and motor control. This includes evaluating issues that lead to repetitive injury, accidents, poor balance and chronic pain. Help your clients move beyond musculoskeletal symptoms that can lead to osteoarthritis and other degenerative disease processes.
Learn a new way of thinking and observing your patients, from when they enter the waiting room until they leave. As a movement coach, you can grow your capacity to facilitate their changes with a different focus. Using initial assessments and final evaluations, you can highlight improvements and keep your clients focused on integrated function.
Functional Fundamentals for Head, Neck, Eyes and Thorax (10 hours of practical learning)
This Feldenkrais workshop will combine lecture and movement lessons (Awareness Through Movement) that you will learn and can teach your patients (while on your table), as well as hands-on practical work that you can integrate into your treatment protocols in order to facilitate change in chronic pain, poor posture, repetitive strain in the shoulders, elbows, hands and wrists. This workshop is taught in a format that is common to Feldenkrais Practitioners – one that uses self-awareness to teach others the same. The hands-on techniques have been developed with a new style of palpation and connection with the musculoskeletal system that focuses on efficient skeletal motion to improve function and movement. We will work on concepts like reaching, turning, bending and how the junction of the C7 and T1 is a key element to better motion in the entire spine and how it connects with the head. Thoracic outlet syndrome, carpal tunnel, headaches, cervical osteoarthritis, rotator cuff and adhesive capsulitis type shoulder symptoms can all benefit from the content taught in this workshop.
Functional Fundamentals for the Pelvic Girdle, Lower Thoracic and Lower Extremities (14 hours of practical Learning)
This 2 day workshop will combine lecture, movement lessons (awareness through movement) that you will learn and can teach your patients (while on your table) as well as hands on practical work that you can integrate into your treatment protocols. We all have compliant and non compliant patients. You can use these techniques to transition less compliant patients to better functioning and introduce self awareness as a process of feeling better.
The pelvis acts as the gateway to spinal and head motion, how we can use this to help our clients is the theme of this workshop. In a world of over sitting knowing how to move from the pelvis while it is seated is a key element to treating postural related problems. We will focus on how spinal curves and segments are effected by motion of the pelvis through the lower extremities and breathing. We will use classic Feldenkrais (awareness through movement) lessons for the pelvis as a starting point for learning and exploration. Students can discover a better functioning pelvis leads to better head and upper body support, less sacroiliac joint dysfunction, help for chronic lumbar spondylolisthesis or retro vertebral segments, osteoarthritis and disc degeneration from poor pelvic stability, long term over use, injury and poor movement habits. We will explore the linear and diagonal relationships in the body that connect the pelvis to the shoulder girdle and head. Although this workshop does not focus exclusively on walking and running the content can be used to enhance performance for those individuals with knee, ankle and hip problems. After a Feldenkrais lesson people most often describe their experience as feeling taller, longer, grounded and lighter to name the common adjectives. The reason they say this is most people do not usually feel this way before the lesson. We can help our clients by giving them movement routines rather than stretches to facilitate neuroplasticity and better function.
See the workshop schedule here.
Register for Level 1 here.
Register for Level 2 here.
These workshops are not a substitute for becoming a Feldenkrais Practitioner (4 year training program with 800 practical hours) or use the name in promotional material prior to becoming a fully trained and certified practitioner. However, one can develop a new way of treating clients that allows your practice to develop in a new and very interesting direction.
If you have any questions, please contact us