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Advanced Trainings 2018!

Oleana Nitefor

Ruthy Alon

Working Within a Subjective Middle

A Three-Day Advanced Training

With Olena Nitefor

March 9-11, 2018


3/9, Friday: Noon to 6:00 or 6:30 p.m.

3/10, Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

3/11, Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 or 4:30 p.m.

Cost: $425


Feldenkrais Institute of San Diego, 3680 6th Avenue, San Diego 92103

To register please call Deirdre at 800-765-1907.

How does your client construct and experience their moving world? Learn potent strategies for individualized sense-making in Functional Integration® through the lens of the “subjective middle.”

Olena's brilliance as a presenter is grounded in her knowledge of functional anatomy and her ability to integrate the anatomy into the teaching in an accessible and clear fashion.

As practitioners we often find ourselves comparing movement left to right. In supine we may roll the student’s head to uncover a preference to one direction. Lifting each shoulder, we are likely to note whether one shoulder lifts more, if the chest and pelvis roll more to the left or to right. Implicitly, we are orienting our questions and making observations from an idea of an “objective middle.” We use our own visual sense of middle to recognize deviations from it, looking to identify asymmetries with which we establish an understanding a person’s “pattern.” In developing an FI lesson, we may “go with” the perceived pattern first, but our objective is to diminish the asymmetry and expand the person’s functional capabilities.

What if we could suspend the idea of an “objective middle,” in relation to which we find asymmetries, and instead, identify and work with a person’s “subjective middle,” an orientation from which it is startlingly apparent that they are more at home and function more effectively. In meeting the person in their subjective orientation—rather than identifying how their orientation deviates from the objective—we address their self-image from a unique perspective, their own. Through it, we establish a link into the self-organization, which their system uses to orient everything from looking and listening, to reaching, turning, having a “standing leg” and walking.

Establishing a kinesthetic link with this subjective middle is a potent FI strategy, and we will apply it to a fully developed FI and also to work in sitting that can be used in a variety of situations. The Advanced Training will include ATM, Functional Integration and functional anatomy of the spine, of the "inner cylinder" specifically extending from the ring of the fist rib to the pelvic inlet, and of the shoulder girdle in relation to the pelvic girdle.

Olena Nitefor, M.ED. GCFP

Olena has 30 years' experience in the FELDENKRAIS METHOD. Starting her FELDENKRAIS training in 1984, Olena already had a rich background in movement, both as a teacher of functional anatomy and an M.Ed. in Dance from Temple University in Philadelphia, and performance with Zero Moving Dance Co. Her FELDENKRAIS training comprised the first two years of recordings from Amherst, so she received a full immersion in the brilliance of Moshe’s thinking and the breadth and depth of what he envisioned his method could bring to human beings. Graduating in 1987, she developed and has maintained an active private practice in Toronto where she works with a range of needs and wishes, from the neurological and pain related, to the development of creativity and well being.

Olena started teaching functional anatomy in trainings in 1988 and assisting in the U.S. and Europe 1995. With the broad background in anatomy, dance and kinesiology, she teaches experiential and conceptual anatomy in innovative ways. Her "Seeing and Sensing the Skeleton" video has been a useful tool for many practitioners. She has assisted through five full trainings and taught over 2,000 hours of advanced trainings, mostly in Europe. Since 2009 she has led an ongoing mentoring group, which meets in Toronto three times a year for five days each segment.

Olena’s creative drive is in developing existing practitioners’ breadth and depth. She has been called a clear and creative thinker, a supportive teacher and a forthright person. She realizes that practitioners need support in various aspects of the method: observation, handling, thinking, sensing, tracking and pacing learning on multiple levels. She has numerous ATM recordings posted and available, cost free, on OpenATM.org.

"Olena is a precise and clear communicator, able to illuminate Moshe's challenging AY lessons in a way that enables each participant in the workshop to fully explore what the lesson means for them. Her carefully constructed series facilitates enormous learning and post workshop review of the materials, which Olena so generously shares, brings continued growth and deeper understanding." -- Gayle Saunders, GCF, NYC

Movement Intelligence: Solutions for Optimal Mobility - Part Two

With Ruthy Alon

October 16-21, 2018


Feldenkrais Institute of San Diego, 3680 6th Avenue, San Diego 92103

To register please call Deirdre at 800-765-1907.

We are delighted to welcome back Senior Feldenkrais Trainer Ruthy Alon, PhD. She is returning to the Feldenkrais Institute of San Diego to share Part Two of her new Program series, Movement Intelligence Solutions for Optimal Mobility. This program is open to both Feldenkrais Practitioners and the public.

All participants welcome. Attendance in Part One is not required.

"Movement Intelligence: Solutions for Optimal Mobility, Part Two" guides participants in a wide range of innovative neuro-motor processes designed to address movement problems. 

Themes for Part Two

Posture: There is no pill for posture: Posture determines the quality of moving and vice versa

Hip joints:  Aligning the wheels: The traps of cultural human mistakes in walking

Equilibrium: The resourcefulness for re-generating balance—the unpredictable brain/body skill which simultaneously engages every cell and fiber of the brain/body.

Pelvic floor: The integrative anti-gravity lever of the sphincters: Awakening the power and resourcefulness which determines stamina.

Squatting: To and from the total body primal sitting: The answer to the very useful, deteriorating cultural function of sitting

Face: The Mask underneath: The reciprocal effect of feeling and tissues design

To each of these problems, Ruthy Alon will apply the Feldenkrais Method's  integrative approach to functioning; exploring the reciprocal relationship between the area of suffering and its network of roots throughout the entire body for functioning as nature intended.

Ruthy Alon's Movement Intelligence exercises will empower participants to awaken their own self-correcting intelligence, so that their organism is able to overcome its own functional failures with better options for efficiently coordinated action.

Who is this program intended for? * This Movement Intelligence Solutions workshop is open to both health professionals and the public.  * Anyone with a personal interest in learning how to address problems that limit their freedom of movement. * Graduates of other Movement Intelligence programs and Feldenkrais teachers who wish to deepen their level of comprehension and enrich their teaching toolkit with practical self-care solutions and sophisticated strategies for helping others to move with ease.  

In Ruthy’s words: “The Movement Solutions Program applies the Feldenkrais Method's® integrative approach to functioning; exploring the reciprocal relationship between the area of suffering and its network of roots throughout the entire body. The result will be restoration of harmonious cooperation, so that the body is able to work as nature intended. The Movement Intelligence exercises are all designed as self-care strategies so that participants will leave the program with tools they can use at home. Participants will be empowered to awaken their own, self-correcting intelligence, so that their organism is able to overcome its own functional failures with better options for efficient, coordinated action.”

Visit Ruthy's website:  www.movementintelligence.org

The Movement Intelligence Solutions Professional Track: This workshop will qualify as Part Two of Ruthy Alon's two-part Professional Training in the Solutions Module of the Movement Intelligence Program. Upon completion of Part One (consisting of 36 hours of study), participants will receive a Letter of Attendance. Upon completion of Movement Intelligence Solutions Part Two (the complete program totals 72 hours of study) and Didactic experiences (24 hours), participants will receive a Movement Intelligence Solutions Mentoring Certificate. Please refer to the Movement Intelligence website for further information.

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