awareness through movement®

 
It is not that I’m so smart. It’s that I stay with the questions much longer.
— Albert Einstein
 

 

drop-in schedule

Tuesday, 10:00am
Friday, 11:00am

classes are about 50 minutes

No drop-ins at the office the last week of the month:  
Tuesday, October 30th and Friday, November 2nd
Tuesday, November 20th and Friday, November 23rd
(Thanksgiving week - I will teach the last week of November.)
Tuesday, December 25th and Friday, December 28th

Erin offers profound insight in new possibilities for movement, as well as gentle guidance and wisdom. The learning never ends, and I feel hope to age with grace.
— Doris, Louisville, CO
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monthly themes


October is for integrating the legs:
discover optimal functioning of the hips, knees, and ankles as they relate to the spine

November is for freeing the shoulders:
Find out how to disentangle your neck, shoulders, and upper back—restoring ease and gentleness to this chronically tense area.

cost

9-class punch card $108 ($14/class)  |  Drop-in to one class: $20
Pay with card, check, or cash in the studio.


The Feldenkrais Method is the most extraordinary way of enhancing human abilities I have encountered. Skilled practitioners are able to effect remarkable improvement in a wide range of neuromuscular conditions from cerebral palsy, brain injury, and stroke to back, neck, and shoulder pain. Yet the Feldenkrais method is not a therapy, but rather activates a way of learning that involves the brain and the entire self.
— Dr. Walter Witryol, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
 

Saturday classes

 

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  • Time: Saturdays from 1:00-3:00pm. Different lessons each class. You do not have to attend the first one to come to the second.

  • Cost: Two punches on your punch card or $39 each. You can pay with check, cash, or card at the studio.

  • Refunds and cancellations: Full refund up to one week before the class, otherwise you will be charged. Thank you for understanding.

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location

Marine Street Wellness Center
2825 Marine Street, Suite 103
Boulder, CO 80303

 
 
 

 

New student?

No worries, and no experience necessary. 
You discover new possibilities for movement at your own pace.
If you are a new student, please read:

Foundations of Feldenkrais by Erin Ferguson 
How to approach these lessons

How to Learn by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais
A ten-point exposition about what it's about

Erin's Feldenkrais Commitments
How to achieve maximum benefit

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about awareness through movement®

The Feldenkrais Method is designed to make changes where it counts—in your brain. When more natural movement patterns are internalized, your attention is free and your movements are spontaneous. You’ll be amazed at how chronic tensions resolve themselves without force.

In these lessons you are directed through a series of gentle, non-invasive movements that grow increasingly complex. At the same time you are asked to pay attention to specific sensory feedback. Often the lessons are like puzzles in which you figure out how to move around fixed constraints. This puzzle-like situation prompts the nervous system to activate a different muscle pattern than you usually use.

All lessons are designed to be non-judgmental, non-competitive, and self-directed so that you progress at your own pace. Give yourself time to feel what happens. Often we forget that we have spent years acquiring our quick-fire habitual responses. By giving yourself permission to feel and notice what happens as you move you will start to learn, and learning only happens when you are kind to yourself.

 
 

why does being curious help?

 
 

Simple: your nervous system doesn't learn if you are mean to it. Your attitude of curiosity and exploration can bring about a major change in your habitual movement and experience. Forcing movement will only reinforce your habit.

Imagine the ribs folded forward, as if you are slouching. Now imagine bringing the arms forward and up without moving the ribs. If we pull and stretch without moving the ribs, we are working against ourselves, creating patterns of co-contraction that lead to pain and injury.

Children learn to move and develop by exploring their environment, but as adults we have forgotten how to be curious. We are not going to learn something new by telling ourselves to "sit up straight!", "quit hunching!", or "pull your shoulders back!", or, "hold your head up!" Compulsive correction diminishes our freedom. Learning happens when we move from habit into choice.

Often we forget that we have spent years acquiring our quick-fire habitual responses. It is only when we slow down long enough to notice them that we can effect real change.

With awareness and directed attention, you can eliminate compulsive, dysfunctional strain and gain self-knowledge, choice, and spontaneity.

No experience necessary. Bring your curiosity and open awareness.