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MICHIGAN Feldenkrais Classes

January - March 2024 Themes


  • Attend classes either in-person or online
  • Drop-in on any class with a CLASS PACKAGE or
  • Register for a full series and receive all the audio recordings.
  • Details and links to register in the sidebar to the right.
  • Classes are often adaptable to meet each person where they are at on a particular day. That said, if you are dealing with any sigficant movement challenge it is best to contact the instructor prior to attending class. 

Rolling to Balance Your Body

Mondays
10:00 - 11:00 AM
Online or In-Person

This series meets 9 Mondays (1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 2/5, 2/12, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25)
No class on 1/29, 2/19 and 2/26.

Mondays will feature movement patterns that involve rolling and transitioning from one position to another. We'll start gently (it will be Monday after all!) and gradually ease into rolling. Rolling might take the form of:

  • Simply transitioning from lying on your back (supine) to lying on your side...as you would do in bed...but with more refinement.
  • Transitioning from supine to prone (lying on your stomach) and back to supine.
  • Transitioning from lying on your back to sitting and continuing to spiral up to stand.
  • Holding a foot (or two!) and playfully exploring movement options.

Feldenkrais was a Judo master and quite accomplished (I assume) at rolling before he developed a Method. Rolling around on the floor is a great way to balance your body. It is also a great way to refine your ability to transition from one position to another - something that becomes increasingly important to do with refinement as we get older or if we ever encounter an injury.

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Restore Your Knees

Tuesdays
9:00 - 10:00 AM
Online or In-Person

This series meets either 8 Tuesdays (1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 3/5, 3/12)
No class on 2/20 and 2/27.

**This class requires registration for the full series. You will receive audio recordings of all classes for home practice.

Tuesday morning series will feature movements to improve the organization of the knees. This class series will spend some time on each of the following:

  • Improving the organization of the hips and feet (so the knees can do what they do best and not try to compensate for hip and feet issues)
  • Balancing the function and use of the legs so that each leg is adept at each stage of the walking (gait) cycle.
  • Learning some simple things to reduce knee pain during a variety of different actions (walking, stairs, etc.)

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Hips and Core

Tuesdays
5:00 - 6:00 PM or

Wednesdays
12:30-1:30 PM

Online or In-Person

This series meets either... 
11 Tuesdays (1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26) or
11 Wednesdays (1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/28, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27).
No class on 2/20 or 2/21

Tuesday evening and Wednesday afternoon classes will feature movement patterns for the hips and core. This class series will spend some time on each of the following:

  • Bringing balance to the use of the hips and core. This will likely improve knees and feet, overall posture and overall balance.
  • Exploring some refined relationships between head/neck/jaw/tongue and pelvis. Uncover a feeling of lightness and ease in your legs.
  • Activating all of the gluteal muscles, balancing and strengthening the hip flexors, lengthening and strengthening the hamstrings

Please note that Wednesday classes (for the most part) will be an encore presentation of Tuesday classes. If you register for the series you get the recordings and may attend both Tuesday evening and Wednesday afternoon if you like.

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Head, Neck and Shoulders

Fridays
12:30 - 1:30 PM
Online Only

This series meets 9 FRIDAYS (1/12, 1/19, 2/2, 2/9, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29)
No class on 1/26, 2/16 and 2/23

Fridays will feature movement patterns to improve the organization of the head, neck and shoulders within the context of:

  • Improving the health and function of the shoulders and arms
  • Bringing ease and lightness to movements of the head
  • Improving overall posture
  • Bringing balance, efficiency and power to gait - whether that is walking or running (equally applicable to biking, swimming, dancing)

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Online and In-Person Class Details

 

Online classes: 

  • Purchase a class package or register for a series online
  • If you prefer to pay with check or cash, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I can let you know how to do that.
  • If you cannot afford to pay for class at this time, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we can make arrangements for you to join. I want to support everyone to the best of my ability during this time regardless of ability to pay.  
  • Once I receive your class package purchase I will send you the Zoom link and other pertinent information.
  • Online classes are offered via Zoom and you can join class via phone, tablet or computer. 
  • I will track your participation on your class package. I will let you know when you are due for a refill.
  • All classes are drop-in. No pre-registration for specific online classes is required. Join any class you like as you are able.
  • Class will begin at the scheduled time, however you can join up to 10 minutes early. I will be available for tech support during that time as well as just to chat. Join early if this is your first time using Zoom and I will get you set up!

Set Up a Place to do Feldenkrais:

  • You will need a spot on the floor with some cushioning. A yoga mat, exercise mat or carpeting will work fine.
  • Dress to stay comfortable - layers if you might get cold, perhaps a blanket nearby as well. 
  • You will need some head support - ideally a few folded towels. Mexican blankets work well also. Firm pillow if that is what you have.
  • Have an arms-length of space around you - above your head and out to the sides.

In Person Classes:

  • Purchase a class package or register for a series onlineYou can also pay at the time of your first class. Payment is via credit card.
  • If you prefer to pay with check or cash, feel free to do that when you attend class. You can indicate 'Pay Later' during registration.
  • If you cannot afford to pay for class at this time, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we can make arrangements for you to join. I want to support everyone to the best of my ability during this time regardless of ability to pay.  
  • In-person classes are at my studio, Harmony In Motion Studio, 1955 Pauline Blvd, Suite 100B, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
    • The studio has ample free parking
  • Wear comfortable clothing that does not restrict movement. Be prepared to lie on the floor most of the time. Yoga mats and other props are available. Occasionally classes take place in a chair or involve standing.

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Props for Feldenkrais Class

You don't need much of anything to practice Feldenkrais which is one of its many appeals for me. Two props, however, come in handy for Feldenkrais classes - a mat and some kind of head support. If you are just starting with Feldenkrais, there is absolutely no need to buy anything. 

Mat (free, basic)

A yoga mat can work in a pinch, but ultimately you'll need a surface that you can slide on. The combination of a yoga mat with a blanket on top provides cushioning while also allowing the possibility of sliding body parts. This is the basic mat setup I recommend. If you make it past this basic prop description I'll provide a fuller range of options.

If you are uncomfortable lying on the floor with these basic props you could add more layers (mats, blankets). If you are still uncomfortable, I am happy to help you find a setup that works.

Head Support (free, basic)

Folded towels work fine for head support. I suggest 1-2 folded towels for lying on your back, 2-3 for lying on your side. The amount varies by the dimensions and needs of your body. I can help you refine your arrangement in class.

Feel free to stop reading at this point if you are just getting started with Feldenkrais. If you have been doing Feldenkrais for a while and you're hooked, you may be interested in a more detailed description of prop options.

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    • Location

      1955 Pauline Blvd, Suite 100B
      Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103

      Coming from Stadium onto Pauline, 2nd brown building on the left. Plenty of free parking.

    • Other Locations

      Individual sessions can be arranged at your residence if you are unable to travel. There is an additional fee for this service.
    • Contact

      734.265.0262
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