Ease in Your Joints

So many times around the calendar we feel the impulse for change, of growth, of new beginnings. In our daily lives we change all the time. We pivot. The place where we pivot around - is a joint. So this course is about finding ease in the joints - so we can pivot with ease.

We experience the impulse to change as we transition from one state (or season) to another. At the moment-to-moment scale, we transition from one position of stability to another through turning, whether it be when we are walking, or reaching in the cupboard, or turn around to see a bird. At this moments, these are intersections, the 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

My first love was maths and sciences, leading to systems analysis – human and also computer systems. This led to a Masters in Educational Measurement, followed soon after with training in biofeedback at the California Pain Control Centre in Long Beach, California.

These studies opened a thirst for broader study, from massage, Reiki, energy systems, yoga and Tai Chi. I was always deeply drawn to the practice of mind-body integration and found that training in the Feldenkrais Method® gave me the best grounding in this way of being in the world. I graduated from my four-year Feldenkrais training program in 1991 and have maintained a private practice since.

I love working collaboratively and have volunteered for many years. I enjoyed being President of the Feldenkrais Guild of North America and have also had the opportunity to contribute to the International Feldenkrais Federation (IFF).

My interest in all things digital have intertwined with my Feldenkrais interests. I was an early adopter and advocate of online teaching (even before the Covid-19 2020/21 pandemic. This has been an important combination of skills as co-organizer of the Kelowna Feldenkrais Teacher Training that began online in 2021.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
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