Yoga and Feldenkrais different & good together.

You can’t go more than 5 blocks in the central business district of Victoria without seeing a yoga class, massage or some type of bodywork offered.  What this means to me is we are living in a time and amongst a population of body savvy people.  Stats Canada have surveyed us and concurred that yes we are the healthiest lot of Canadians and “out health” our more eastern brothers and sisters.  Still we aren’t as far ahead as our California neighbors when it comes to “self awareness”.  I loved the reinvention of Meditation as written by Mary MacVean in a recent LA Times columnist article entitled “Meditation has peacefully settled in the mainstream.”

Combining body centered yoga and mindfulness is an increasing possibility here in Victoria and ViVi Therapy is planning on offering yoga classes at our store/studio before and after our opening hours.  We will be combining some Yoga classes in a mix with Feldenkrais classes for a body mind perspective that mainstream folks have not yet exposed themselves to.  With the recent publication of The Brain’s Way of Healing by Norman Doidge M. D. people are now realizing how what we do with our bodies has everything to do with the functions of our brains and vice versa. Neuroplasticity they call it and it is on the rise.

The concept is that learning is contextual and what we do habitually without thinking can often be our demise. Since the book “The Brain’s Way of Healing” was published, dedicating an entire chapter to the work of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais the founder of the Feldenkrais Method we Feldenkrais practitioners, Feldy’s (as we call ourselves) have been bumped up a few notches on the radar of “those who would try new things”. If you have been there and done that when it comes to Yoga, Pilates and Meditation you really need to have a go at the Feldenkrais Method.  Our group classes instruct you to do things with your body while teaching you to become aware of how you are doing it at the same time.  Sounds simple, but actually like simple meditation skills this type of self awareness takes focus and time to settle in and reconfigure old habits of moving as well as thinking. As we know old habits die hard!

When you do an Asana (yoga pose)  or a series of Sun Salutations in a flow format does it bring you immediately to a place of understanding how to sit better at a meeting, move while grocery shopping, surfing the net, watching a movie, moving the furniture, chopping vegetables, gardening, hugging a friend, even making love or cleaning the house?  These are the places of everyday living, the places where I have discovered treating clients who do yoga and exercise regularly have difficulty. Even when people are very body conscious and exercise savvy there are missing links in the brain map that correspond with certain parts of the body that are not available in motion or certain motions and even in stillness .  Feldenkrais brings these parts into the forefront of awareness and then into action.

Take your leg for example did you know it is connected to the line of your skeleton from your foot to your head and if you put your foot in a certain configuration you can actually work on that connection while lying on your back and paying attention.  While executing a series of movements designed to elevate your awareness about that specific thing (how you are connected through your skeleton). When you focus and pay attention to specific body movements then you actually can translate those connections to balance, skeletal strength and power. Doing so leads to less muscle tension and energy being used by the body to perform daily tasks.  This in turn leads to more graceful movement, better endurance and stamina to perform more intense athletic endeavors.  To this end we think that no matter what level your yoga practice it could benefit from the insights your Feldenkrais practice/teacher has to offer you.  Did you know it takes 4 years to become a Feldenkrais practitioner, long time eh?  Well not full time but two full months a year for 4 years. All the while rolling around on the floor discovering the connections that we can teach you (the connections that Doidge mentions in his book that heal people from strokes, neurological deficits in learning and movement, pain suffering and on goes the list).

Want to understand the body more and spend more time during your yoga or other workouts being mindful and noticing how your body and your brain is contributing to your pain or your better performance?

When people become older, strength and agility tend to decrease, knowing more about how your habitual mind to body or body to mind connection works while exercising is insurance for avoiding injury, strain and loss of mobility. Loss of range of motion or stiff joints affects your quality of life as does pain.  Your body has much to teach you and like meditation it requires you to slow down, listen and learn.

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Holly Oil vs Fractionated Coconut Oil

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Holly Oil

Many massage therapists still purchase Holly oil in large quantities for massage. They like the thin liquid feel of the product, finding it goes a long way and is more economical than other nut, seed or plant based oils.

The trouble I find with Holly Oil is the name. It is misleading…

You would think that it was plant based but in fact Holly Oil contains over 90% liquid paraffin and at best the holly content is an essence or holly extract in minute quantity.The ingredients are often not included on the bottles purchased from distributors of this oil and I feel it unfair not to fully disclose ingredient listings on the bottles of product used on the skin. Massage Therapists know how much is absorbed through the skin after all and most people also know that paraffin is a petroleum derivative and therefore should be avoided for use on the skin.

When Googled just now, here is what two different sellers of massage supplies had to say about Holly Oil. Note the second one which does not fully disclose the ingredients on their labels and uses words like “holly oil is derived from a cold pressed process”. They avoid saying cold pressed from what? This is misleading. Holly oil is liquid paraffin. It also gives you the idea the oil is jojoba and vitamin e which again is less than 10% of the overall product.

Description 1: Holly Oil has long been a popular massage oil. It is extremely light to the point where sheets will not be stained. It also has a pleasant cooling effect. Nonetheless, this is offset by the mineral oil in the blend that blocks pores and limits the effects of a therapeutic massage.

Description 2: Holly Oil is derived from a cold press process. A water based Vitamin E, (Cyclo-Alocaine) is then added along with Jojoba as a therapeutic moisturizer and to add glide. This non nut-based oil is unscented and non-staining. Holly Oil has a 5-year shelf life and is the perfect carrier for essential oils.

Fractionated Coconut Oil

This oil is derived from coconuts. The difference is it stays liquid at room temperature where most other coconut oil is solid. For massage therapists the liquid oil is more convenient and more hygienic keeping the quality of the oil without repetitive heating to turn it liquid in our long winters.

I think it is a perfect replacement for holly oil.

A natural product that has had some refinement but is naturally based not petroleum based and it has almost the identical feel and slip.
It is water dispersible and does not stain sheets or linen if washed soon after use.

We have sold many therapists on the conversion to fractionated oil. We think it is a good move. Telling your clients they have coconut oil on them never hurts.

So what do they do to Fractionated Coconut Oil to keepit liquid? 

“Fractionated coconut oil” has had the lauric acid component removed. Lauric acid from coconut oil is known as a strong antimicrobial component, and therefore is used as a preservative in many commercial applications. Anytime you refine a product you take away some of the natural goodness. Here that is the microbial action of the original oil. The fractionated oil can be derived from different qualities of coconut oil so make sure you are purchasing from a trusted supplier.

You can test our fractionated coconut oil and organic coconut oil at the store and order online.

Like Lotion and crème better? Then try our new organic line. See our flyer for details and discount codes and view the products in our online store.

Enjoy the season and be symptom free with natural allergy relief

SPRING IS NO TIME FOR ALLERGIES –
ENJOY THE SEASON AND BE SYMPTOM FREE WITH NATURAL ALLERGY RELIEF SOLUTIONS!

causes_of_rhinitisSpring has sprung but along with the beautiful blossoms and flowers come the not so great allergies! Congestion, itchy, watery eyes, sneezing & coughing – If you have gone through it then you know that it really is not pleasant.
You could reach for the typical over the counter allergy relief products but if you would rather avoid antihistamines & corticosteroids then the more natural approach might appeal.
If you want a medication & symptom free Spring and Summer why not relieve your allergies with Acupuncture?

Treatments can focus on alleviating the symptoms experienced and often yield a very quick response. Patients will notice a decrease in their nose stuffiness, sneezes, and number of itching episodes around the eyes, as well as an increase in overall energy levels. Book an appointment now!

Some natural tips for easing any symptoms in the meantime are –

Drink plenty of water – When you are well hydrated the mucous membranes of essential oilsyour nose remain moist to expel allergens more easily.

Eat local raw honey – Eating a couple of tablespoons of local raw honey every day (which contains traces of pollen) desensitizes the body to local pollen, so that the pollen floating about in the air does not trigger allergic reactions in the body.

 

essential_oils2Eat pineapple –  Pineapple is a rich source of bromelain, an enzyme with strong systemic anti-inflammatory effects, which helps decrease mucosal inflammation and nasal congestion.

Add turmeric to rice dishes, curries, soups etc – Turmeric contains curcumin, a phytochemical with powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions that are hay fevercomparable to steroidal and nonsteroidal drugs.

Essential oils can also be very helpful –

Peppermint – Dilute with a carrier oil and rub one drop onto your temples, lemon oilforehead or over the sinuses. You can also try a drop on the tip of your tongue, closing your mouth and then breathing it in to effectively open up the sinus cavity.

Lavender – Acts as an adaptogen and can assist the body when adapting to stress or imbalances. It can also help if you have difficulty sleeping due to congestion. Add a few drops to distilled water in a spray bottle and spritz your pillow to help rosemary oilyou drift off to sleep more easily.

Eucalyptus – Can open the respiratory system, reduce inflammation and allow better breathing.

Rosemary – Has a similar effect to Eucalyptus but is slightly milder so better for use by children.

eucalyptus oilLemon– Improves immunity, relieves respiratory issues, is antibacterial and relieves respiratory inflammation.

All the essential oils listed above (and more!) are available from the ViVi Therapy Massage Supply Store at 1976 Oak Bay Ave.

 

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Looking for ways to use your empty essential oil bottles?

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If like me you have loads of empty essential oil containers lying around and are wondering what to do with them then I just might have the answer!

However, remember that essential oils are just like any other oil and cling to the sides of the bottle they are in. This means that there is always a little bit left in there even when you think the bottle looks empty.

So as not to waste the residual oil clinging to the inside of the bottle check out the followings tips –

Run yourself a lovely relaxing warm bath and leave your empty uncapped bottles in the bottom while the water runs. The remnants of oil will get washed out with the warm water and fragrance it leaving you with a deliciously scented soak.

Keep the empty bottles somewhere safe and use them as aromatherapy tools. If you are having a bad day, have a headache or are feeling particularly emotional or stressed out, take one of your bottles, remove the top and breathe in the fragrance (for headaches eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender or spearmint work well).

Use carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil to fill up your empty bottles. This gently fragranced oil can then be used to moisturize dry hands, feet, elbows etc. The small size is great for throwing in your purse for moisturizing on the go! Alternatively tie some pretty twine or ribbon around the neck of the bottle, attach a tag and you have a great little gift. I know Christmas is a long way off yet but they can even be hung on the tree (remember this idea for the next one!)

Use good quality vodka or distilled water to fill your empty bottles. Shake well to incorporate then pour into a spray bottle. Use the finished product as an air freshener or linen spray.

ViVi Therapy stocks a large selection of organic essential oils. Check them out online or in our store

Feldenkrais & Contemporary Living

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Feldenkrais & Contemporary Living

Article from Psychology Today, Nov/Dec 2010

“Move Freely” – The Feldenkrais Method improves movement through awareness, by Virginia VanZanten

The Feldenkrais method may not have yoga’s ubiquity or Tai Chi’s foreign flare, but a loyal group of about 6,000 practitioners worldwide credit this system of somatic education with everything from increasing range of motion to easing stress.

Feldenkrais is a series of simple kinetic lessons and verbal directives that help students pay attention to their movements and, if necessary, modify them for maximum efficiency. Developed by Israeli physicist Moshe Feldenkrais in the 1950s, the approach has long been in the canon of mind-body medicine.

The goal of Feldenkrais is to retrain the muscles that slip into detrimental patterns, like tensing your shoulders when you’re frazzled, says Erin Ferguson, a practitioner in Boulder, Colorado. When you break the physical cycle, the theory goes, often the underlying emotional cycle-in this case, of stress-lessens, too.

Ferguson believes the method has remained relatively under-the-radar because of our society’s penchant for results rather than process. “People don’t want to slow down and become aware of what they’re doing,” she says. “They want quick fixes, which Feldenkrais is not.”

During a session, a practitioner asks patients to make a simple movement: walking, or raising an arm, while turning in to the mechanics. The practitioner then suggests subtle shifts to make the motion easier on the body, calling attention to, say, the way the heel hits the ground or how the ribs flex. By recognizing how their muscles and skeletons interact, Feldenkrais students can choose the most comfortable way to move.

In an American Journal of Pain Management study, patients with chronic pain reported huge gains in mobility an decreased pain after a six-week Feldenkrais course, with continued benefits on year later. Other research suggests the method boosts mobility and improves function in patients with brain trauma, autism, stroke, arthritis, and multiple sclerosis. Athletes, dancers, and musicians often turn to Feldenkrais to hone their movement.

“People are hooked by how much change they can create via paying attention to their movement,” Ferguson says. “The intelligence is indisputably affecting.”

Sample Exercise

1. While sitting, slowly turn your head and eyes together to the right, keeping your shoulders forward. Stop when you feel any strain and note that point. Return to center.

2. Turn your head and eyes to the same spot and then, keeping your head still, let only the eyes move to the left and then back to the right again. Repeat ten times, gently sliding your gaze to the left and back.

3. Move your head and eyes back to the center, and repeat all the steps on the left side.

4. Now test how far you can move on either side.

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Benefits Of Massage

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Benefits of Massage

 More people are realizing that massage therapy is one of the best therapeutic options to maintaining mobility and overall health throughout our lifetime. Whether you challenge yourself physically through training or you lack daily movement or fitness activities you need massage therapy to maintain your ability to function and perform optimally. At ViVi Therapy we provide preventative and therapeutic treatments for the following:

MOBILITY

Your well being and long term mobility is dependent upon the function of your musculoskeletal system and the central nervous system that governs your movement, posture and physical activities. Regular Massage Therapy has been scientifically proven to increase oxygenated blood supply to muscles, tendons, ligaments and indirectly the skeleton. Supple neck muscles for example do not inhibit the flow of circulation to your brain and eyes but tight muscles in the neck and cranium region can cause nausea and reduce your ability to think and function optimally and with a clear head. This can lead to chronic headache and even numbness and tingling in the arms and hands.

DEGENERATION/COMPRESSION

Erosion in nature from wind and water is not dissimilar to what our bodies experience over years of poor body mechanics, postural and work related stress and sluggish circulation. Degeneration in the joints often occurs slowly over time. Overly tight muscles compressing joint surfaces and discs and limiting blood flow to tendons and ligaments will create poor range of motion (decreased movement), stiffness and eventually loss of mobility.

WEAKNESS

Chronically tight muscles are no longer able to function optimally. Once your muscles are over contracted you lose your ability to fully contract them from their resting state and therefore you lose strength. When your bones are aligned and function in a symmetrical pattern supporting your weight and locomotion, your muscles work with minimal effort required to perform and function during your daily activities. You require less effort to move and consequently have more energy for other things.

FUNCTION

People function on different levels at different times and stages of their lives. One needs regular maintenance to function optimally especially when facing challenges to any of the bodies systems. Your Registered Massage Therapist knows many techniques to keep your musculoskeletal, arterial, venous, lymphatic, respiratory, craniosacral, nervous and digestive systems functioning optimally.

CIRCULATION

Massage Therapy assists circulation on all levels; arterial blood flow from the heart to your soft tissues, bones and organs, venous return to the lungs and heart, lymphatic flow to cleanse your body tissues and organs and enhance your immunity, and the circulation of your cerebral spinal fluid protecting your central nervous system (craniosacral system).

 

The History Of Massage Therapy & Acupuncture

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There is a history of massage linked to almost every civilization known to man.  Human touch is key to survival for our species and over the last two decades the evolution of massage therapy and the wellness industry globally has grown to include every generation and demographic. Discerning individuals have come to rely on the high quality and diverse care a Registered Massage Therapist can provide.

From conception, babies are massaged through their pregnant mother’s bellies. Pregnant mothers receive the therapeutic benefits of massage and they in turn pass on the benefits of touch to their little ones through infant massage. Children of all ages receive massage and care for their growing pains, postural and breathing problems to name a few. High School and University students under physical stress from studies and mental stress of exams find relief from regular back, neck and shoulder massage. Working parents and people suffering from headaches, back, neck and shoulder pain seek relief from a Registered Massage Therapist. Aging individuals with chronic symptoms of joint stiffness, musculoskeletal pain, arthritis and disc degeneration very commonly seek the services of a Registered Massage Therapist.

Baby boomers striving for better health and higher performance levels at work and at play need support and education to keep the well oiled machine running efficiently and optimally. Disease, injury, trauma and rehabilitation are many reasons why people of all ages seek the therapeutic results and support of a Registered Massage Therapist. As the population grows older palliative care and persons with mobility issues are being added to the list of individuals that benefit. Reliable professional care at home from a ViVi Therapist can extend quality of life and provide physical comfort unavailable elsewhere.

ViVi Therapy combines education and knowledge with therapeutic services for your benefit. We are the health care practitioners of the future.  Health maintenance, balanced lifestyles, wellness education and mobility are key components of what we offer our clients.  Every generation has specific needs that can be supported by the services of a Registered Massage Therapist.  You can now learn to massage your family and loved ones by taking one of our popular learn to massage lessons.  Book an appointment here today or contact us.

History of Acupuncture

acupunctureThe history of Acupuncture is a tough one to cover.  We like this source from a fellow named Jon Fishman.  Not the whole article but the highlights we hope will inform you in an unbiased way. The Chinese healing art of acupuncture is one that can be dated back at least two thousand years. Some authorities maintain that acupuncture has been practiced in China for even four thousand years. Though its exact age is vague, what is certain is that up until the recent twentieth century, much of the population of the world was uninformed about acupuncture, its origins, and its capacity to promote and maintain good health. Even today in relatively “advanced” nations such as ours there are many who hold acupuncture under the stereotype of a new or radical medicine, one which would almost always be a second choice after more familiar Western approaches to handling illness. Following a brief synopsis of the theory of acupuncture, the following text will, to a limited extent, highlight the vast history of this ancient medicine and assert that it is neither new nor radical.

THEORY

One of the most important concepts of Chinese medicine is that of natural balance. From this idea of balance arises the fundamental theory of yin and yang. According to this theory, life takes place in the alternating rhythm of yin and yang.

Day gives way to night, night to day; a time of light and activity (Yang) is followed by darkness and rest (Yin). Flowers open and close, the moon waxes and wanes, the tides come in and go out; we wake and sleep, breathe in, breathe out. Yin/Yang is a constant, continual flow through which everything is expressed on the one hand and recharged on the other. They are an inseparable couple. Their proper relationship is health; a disturbance in this relationship is disease.

The paradoxical nature of yin and yang is further illustrated in an excerpt from the Huang Di Nei Jing, or “The Yellow Emperor’s Canon of Internal Medicine,” which is considered to be the best known and earliest of Chinese medical texts:

Yang has its root in Yin
Yin has its root in Yang.
Without Yin, Yang cannot arise.
Without Yang, Yin cannot be born.
Yin alone cannot arise; Yang alone cannot grow.
Yin and Yang are divisible but inseparable. (Acupuncture, p. 58)

The well-known symbol of the yin-yang further demonstrates that nothing is pure Yin or pure Yang; black and white embrace and intertwine in perfect symmetry, each side containing a small seed of its opposite. The conclusion drawn from this theory is that good health entails the balance and harmony of all that is yin and all that is yang within the body.

When such a proper balance of forces exists, the body has achieved a healthy circulation of the life force qi (“chee”). In Chinese medicine it is theorized that the human body, as well as every other living thing, has a natural flow of qi throughout it. Qi is said to travel the body along channels called “meridians,” of which there are mainly fourteen. Qi flows constantly up and down these pathways, and when the flow of qi is insufficient, unbalanced, or interrupted, yin and yang become unbalanced, and illness may occur. An understanding of the relationship between the body, yin and yang, and qi is necessary to understand the utility of acupuncture.

On the most basic of levels, acupuncture can be described as the insertion of very fine needles (sometimes in combination with electrical stimulus or with heat produced by burning specific herbs, called Moxibustion) into the skin at specific acupuncture points in order to influence the functioning of the body. Traditionally, there are 365 acupoints on the body, most of which have a specific energetic function. Some are the meeting of meridian pathways while others are junctions with an internal pathway of the meridian. Some points tend to move qi towards the interior of the body while others bring energy to the surface. The choice of acupuncture points varies from patient to patient and from treatment to treatment and relies on very careful diagnoses of different kinds. Diagnosis entails the observation of the body through looking, touching, smelling and listening. One of the primary and fundamental diagnostic methods of traditional Chinese medicine is pulse taking, which is far more intricate than pulse taking in the West. It has been said to take upwards of fifteen years to master this diagnostic art.

Acupuncture helps to balance the body’s energy, control pain and prevent disease. The basis of an acupuncture treatment is to balance “Qi” or Chi it is sometimes called.  Qi is the energy that flows in and around the body through the channels called meridians. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) believes that acupuncture can help Qi flow smoothly through the meridians and effects changes in the internal organs and musculoskeletal system to improve the quality of health. It can even relieve allergies as well as pain.

Acupuncture at ViVi Therapy is performed by a Registered Acupuncturist. Book today and enjoy the benefits of a balanced Qi!

Moshe Feldenkrais – Inventor of the Feldenkrais Method

Moshe Feldenkrais was born on May 6, 1904, in Slavuta, in the present-day Ukrainian Republic. When he was a small boy his family moved to the nearby town of Korets. By 1912 his family moved to Baranovich, in what is today, Belarus. While Baranovich endured many World War I battles, Feldenkrais received his Bar Mitzvah, completed two years of high school, and received an education in the Hebrew language and Zionist philosophy. In 1918 Feldenkrais left by himself on a six-month journey to Palestine.

After arriving in 1919, Feldenkrais worked as a laborer until 1923 when he returned to high school to earn a diploma. While attending school he made a living by tutoring. After graduating in 1925, he worked for the British survey office as a cartographer. Feldenkrais was involved in Jewish self-defense groups, and after learning Jujitsu he devised his own self-defense techniques. He hurt his left knee in a soccer match in 1929. While convalescing he wrote Autosuggestion (1930), a translation from English to Hebrew of Charles Brooks’ work on Coué‘s system of autosuggestion, together with two chapters that he wrote himself. He next published Jujitsu (1931), a book on self-defense.

In 1930 Feldenkrais went to Paris and enrolled in an engineering college, the Ecole des Travaux Publics des Paris. He graduated in 1933 with specialties in mechanical and electrical engineering. In 1933 after meeting Jigaro Kano, Judo’s founder, Feldenkrais began teaching Jujitsu again, and started his training in Judo. In 1933 he began working as a research assistant under Frederic Joliot-Curie at the Radium Institute, while studying for his Ingeniur-Docteur degree at the Sorbonne. From 1935-1937 he worked at the Arcueil-Cachan laboratories building a Van de Graaf generator, which was used for atomic fission experiments. In 1935 he published a revised, French edition of his Hebrew jujitsu book called, La Défense du Faible Contre L’Agresseur, and in 1938 published ABC du Judo. He received his Judo black belt in 1936, and 2nd degree rank in 1938. Feldenkrais married Yona Rubenstein in 1938. From 1939-1940 he worked under Paul Langevin doing research on magnetics and ultra-sound.

Feldenkrais escaped to England in 1940, just as the Germans arrived in Paris. As a scientific officer in the British Admiralty, he conducted anti-submarine research in Scotland from 1940-1945. While there he taught Judo and self-defense classes. In 1942 he published a self-defense manual, Practical Unarmed Combat, and Judo. Feldenkrais began working with himself to deal with knee troubles that had recurred during his escape from France, and while walking on submarine decks. Feldenkrais gave a series of lectures about his new ideas, began to teach experimental classes, and work privately with some colleagues.

In 1946 Feldenkrais left the Admiralty, moved to London, and worked as an inventor and consultant in private industry. He took Judo classes at the London Budokwai, sat on the international Judo committee, and scientifically analyzed Judo principles. He published his first book on his method, Body and Mature Behavior, in 1949, and his last book on Judo, Higher Judo, in 1952. During his London period he studied the work of George Gurdjieff, F. M. Alexander, and William Bates, and went to Switzerland to study with Heinrich Jacoby.

Feldenkrais returned to Israel to direct the Israeli Army Department of Electronics, 1951-1953. Around 1954 he moved permanently to Tel Aviv and, for the first time, made his living solely by teaching his method. He worked sporadically on the manuscript of The Potent Self, which he had begun in London. Around 1955 he permanently located his Awareness through Movement® classes to a studio on Alexander Yanai Street. He gave Functional Integration lessons in the apartment where his mother and brother lived. In early 1957 Feldenkrais began giving lessons to Israeli Prime Minister, David ben Gurion.

In the late 1950’s Feldenkrais presented his work in Europe and the United States. In the mid 1960s he published Mind and Body and Bodily Expression. In 1967, he published Improving the Ability to Perform (titled Awareness Through Movement in its 1972 English language edition). In 1968, near his family’s apartment, he made a studio at 49 Nachmani Street as the permanent site for his Functional Integration practice, and location for his first teacher-training program, 1969-1971, given to 12 students.

After giving month-long courses internationally, he taught a 65-student, teacher-training program in San Francisco over four summers, 1975-1978. He published The Case of Nora in 1977, and The Elusive Obvious in 1981. He began the 235-student Amherst training in 1980, but was only able to teach the first two summers of the four-year program. After becoming ill in the fall 1981, he stopped teaching publicly. He died on July 1, 1984, but continues to inspire generations to seek health through Feldenkrais today.

From Babes to Aged We Take Care

As 2014 is ending this month I reflect on some of the interesting and rewarding clinical experiences I have had this year.  Over my career it seems like I have been there done that when it comes to bodywork.  But I did have a period of time when treating pregnant women and their babies was something that I was not attracting into my practice as much as lifestyle, injury and orthopedic clients.  Recently that has changed and we are now seeing a few pregnant women again and as you can see here a brand new baby.  He was born with a hematoma on his head and his mom was worried about it.  So, we did some cranial work and it seemed to be the gentle nudge he needed to reabsorb the subcutaneous fluid and balance his cranial vault.  Later that day I had another bruise only this one was not from birth pressure but from a fall. 

Baby cranial workThis client said it was OK to talk about his injury on my blog and post this severe picture of his bruise.  Here is evidence of a very harsh impact and the subsequent bruising that happened.  This was our 2nd treatment and the bruise had spread to a larger area than the first visit.  This person has had a THA or total hip arthroplasty on the left the side with the majority of the hematoma. I think because of the metal in the hip there was more severe subcutaneous damage to capillaries and blood vessels but at the same time the pain was not that bad.  Ice therapy was used during and after treatment. Specific lymph drainage was applied to the nearest lymphatic junction in the left inguinal (groin) region. 

I always recommend that clients use a dry brush and show them how to dissipate the subdermal congestion of blood to the nearest lymph junction themselves between sessions.  Ice really helped and the most painful area was at the epicenter of the bruise where the impact of the fall was greatest.  Treatment for this condition was gentle with mild passive range of  motion first time and progressed to slightly deeper to move the congestion away from the injury site and increase movement and maintain mobility while healing.  This has gone well and he is back driving the car and feeling more comfortable with each passing day.  Imagine if this person did not have a regular therapist to go to, we have put a fast forward on the healing process here just by implementing some ice, lymph drainage and movement.  RMT’s are so valuable and regular visits contribute to better overall health care.

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