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A Three-Day Class for Practitioners in San Diego at the Feldenkrais Institute


Interrupting the Body Pattern of Anxiety and Restoring Neurological Harmony With the Feldenkrais Method

At the Feldenkrais Institute of San Diego, 3680 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103

May 23 - 25, 2014

5/23: Friday, 12:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

5/24: Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

5/25: Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

We now know that our brain evolved to rapidly integrate negative experiences. In Body and Mature Behavior, Moshe Feldenkrais makes a brilliant connection between our reaction to the fear of falling, the withdrawal of an organism from a strong stimulus, and the body pattern of anxiety. When we adapt or habituate to fear and anxiety, a particular neuromuscular and skeletal pattern is formed, and our involuntary nervous system becomes sympathetic dominant, creating a state of internal stress.

Simultaneously, there is an inhibition of the antigravity muscles, and this chronic muscular contraction influences the sensation behind every movement, creating a pervasive feeling of difficulty and effort. Our everyday "in the moment" experience is effected; emotionally, psychically, physiologically and cognitively.

This adaptive pattern of anxiety and fear is ubiquitous, embodied to one degree or another in nearly everyone. This workshop will demonstrate how both Awareness Through Movement and Functional Integration are uniquely situated to be effective tools in the amelioration of anxiety and for changing the deeply rooted neuromuscular patterns linked to anxiety. We will look closely at the current understanding of "anxiety" in both neuroscience and physiology, and see how this knowledge can impact the practice of the Feldenkrais Method. You will learn how Dr. Feldenkrais used primitive synergistic muscular relationships to restore the nervous system to an optimal state of parasympathetic dominance, thus creating a more balanced internal organization and establishing a state of inner and neuromuscular harmony in which breathing becomes slow and full, movement becomes easier and more pleasurable, and acture spontaneously finds a new, healthier equilibrium.

David Zemach-Bersin is one of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais’s original American students and studied closely with Dr. Feldenkrais from 1973-1984 in the U.S., Europe, and at the Feldenkrais Institute in Israel. He has been involved with the practice and development of the Feldenkrais Method for more than 30 years, and is one of the world’s foremost Feldenkrais Teachers and Trainers. In 2005, David co-founded The Feldenkrais Institute of New York. In 2007, he also co-founded The Feldenkrais Research Foundation, a nonprofit devoted to initiating and supporting scientific research on The Feldenkrais Method. David is the long-time educational director of the New York City, and Washington, D.C./Baltimore Feldenkrais Method Training Programs. David has taught in Feldenkrais Training programs throughout the U.S. and Europe, and teaches popular postgraduate courses for Feldenkrais practitioners. Since 1977, David has maintained an ongoing and varied private practice working with a diverse population including those with severe movement limitations, neurological problems, children, seniors, world-class musicians, dancers, actors, and those in chronic pain.

Registration and Tuition

$375 - Full Tuition

$325 - EARLY BIRD - Register by April 30th

Please make all checks payable to Feldenkrais Institute of San Diego. We accept Visa, MC, Amex and checks. Cancellations/Refunds: Refunds are available less a $50 administrative fee.

To register, please call Deirdre O’Shea at 800-765-1907. You can also email Deirdre with your name, address, phone number, and email address, as well as your method of payment at office@feldenkraisresources.com.

What Feldenkrais Practitioners Say About this Advanced Training....

"I loved your workshop on 'Interrupting the Body Pattern of Anxiety.' It has been a while since I have been touched by such a clear approach to the very core of our work. I especially appreciate your clarity of setting out for us the sympathetic and parasympathetic aspects of being human...." --Olena Nitefor, Assistant Trainer

"'Interrupting the Body Pattern of Anxiety,' was clear, concise, and thorough. It inspired me, and immediately enriched my practice." --Christine Becker, Feldenkrais Practitioner

"Feldenkrais's insights and your remarkably effective teaching about the link between postural, neuromuscular and autonomic interactions is having a huge effect, both personally and neuroscientifically. Your teaching is transformative." --Sascha du Lac, Ph.D., Neuroscientist, Johns Hopkins University and Feldenkrais Practitioner

"Your preparation, scope, intentions, as well as teaching, were wonderful and so relevant. The atmosphere of ease and enjoyment in learning was palpable, uplifting, as well as clear and informative..." --Donna Blank, Feldenkrais Trainer

"I want to thank you for the magnificent advanced training. The learning was so profound and I have been able to bring it into my practice immediately. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and gifts learned from Dr. Feldenkrais." --Peggi Honig, Feldenkrais Practitioner

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Many practitioners take advantage of ongoing training programs to fulfill their CEUs with the Feldenkrais Guild of North America, invigorate their practices and skills, and connect with the Feldenkrais community. Visit our list of training programs under Professional Training.

To see Elizabeth Beringer's teaching schedule, where you may also attend a training, a public workshop or an Advanced Training, visit the link under our Practitioner Area.

The cost of attending a training program will vary. Please check with each program individually about the price if you'd like to visit. At training programs held at the Feldenkrais Institute of San Diego, practitioners may attend one day a year for free. Each day beyond that is $50 per day. Contact Deirdre O'Shea at 619-220-8776 (800-765-1907) or office@feldenkraisresources.com to RSVP. We look forward to sharing learning with you.

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