Spring is a time of change, of growth, of new beginnings, hence transitions. The theme in this series is Intersections/Transitions -- as we transition from one state (or season) to another, there are intersections, that very place where we feel change is imminent. At those moments (or spaces, or locations), how can we feel the change is effortless?

Change and movement. The body is not a static, unmoving object -- of course it constantly moves. Our minds are constantly moving, as are our emotions.

Movement requires a transition of energy, whether in the brain (neurons firing), in the gut (e.g. peristalsis), the beating of the heart, or breathing, or moving the limbs, or bending the spine.

There are places in our body where it is clear that a transition happens, for a force changes direction. For example, in the foot, the weight of the body travels down the two lower bones ( the Tibia – the shin bone, and Fibula, on the outside) and then it gets distributed across the foot, to the heel, to the front across 5 toes, and the ball of the foot.

Where there is a transition, a joint, while there is movement, there is also a chance for errors, or other non-intended happenings, such as calcium build-up, bone spurs, etc.

Thinking about the phrase, "To go from the Impossible... to the Possible, from the Possible to the Easy, and from the Easy to the Elegant", all of these represent experiences of transition. That is, "It is impossible to bend my leg", or "My wrist bends a bit, but hurts while doing it", or "I can turn my head, but not smoothly"... All these experiences correspond to functions of the transition points, usually joints.

In this series we will use the Feldenkrais Method to most directly increase our awareness of how these transitions can be more free, more comfortable. Fluid, powerful, graceful.

Your Instructor

Robert Black
Robert Black

Rob has been providing Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education to the Calgary region since he graduated from a Feldenkrais Professional Training program 1991.

Rob took the Feldenkrais training as it appealed to his sense of respect for the human condition: we are complex individuals living our lives to the best of our abilities. The Method continues to appeal to Rob for it has great depth and wisdom.

Rob has provided classes 40+ weeks a year since about 1995, as well as many workshops, since then. He is available for individual sessions on a appointment basis (see his website).

Rob began recording his classes at the request of a systems engineer in 1999, and continues recording to this day. Every few years he upgrades the technology of recording, storing and distributing the lessons. This is the latest tool for sharing classes.

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