Sunday, December 27, 2009

Up from down

Up from down

So yesterday, we played with coming down to the floor, hands and feet on the floor, and then spiraling down by putting our knee between the opposite hand and foot.

Today we’ll play with spiraling up from the floor.

So please come down to the floor, maybe the way we played with and (maybe) learned yesterday.

Sit cross legged, so one leg is in front of the other. Notice which foot and leg is the one in front. Then take the other hand (if the left foot and leg is in front, take the right hand; if the right leg and foot is in front, take the left hand) and put that hand on the floor beside yourself and slightly to the side.
If it’s your left hand, to the left side and slightly behind. Right hand, the other way.

Then begin to move your head in a spiral toward your hand as if your nose is going down toward it, and as you do this, do three things: one, put weight on the hand you have down; two: rotate the front foot so it is pressed down and standing on the floor; rotate your bottom up to the sky.
From this position, one hand with weight, one foot coming to standing, keep spiraling toward the down hand, and keep your head low and spiral your bottom up in the same direction that everything is spiraling.

This may sound like nonsense or “too hard to figure out.”

It isn’t.

Go really slowly. It’s the reverse of spiraling down yesterday, so you can play with yesterday’s game/ learning to get clarity on this side.

You can learn this.

Do it.

And for the rest of the day, every time you get up and down from sitting to standing, do something like a spiral. And notice your head and pelvis all day. Again. Yes. Again

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Up to down, 4 points briefly

Touching the Earth, or at least, the floor

Stand somewhere, outside if the weather permits and invites in.

Touch the ground. Easily. Realize that if you kept your legs straight, you don’t have to. Bend your sweet knees and touch the ground with both hands and feel yourself in this primitive and “strange” feeling position.

Play around with lifting one at a time, a hand, and a foot.

Then see what pairs of hand-foot work best to lift.

Then rest.

Come down to this position (“four points”) again, and start to walk forward. As if crawling, but with knees not on the floor. Discover the two ways to go about this. Go back and forth between the two many times.


Now, back to this position. Get fancy: both feet up, both hands up, everything up. Rest.

Back again. Come down to the ground like this: take the right knee and place it between the left hand and the left foot and let the right leg come to the floor/ Earth. See how that rotates/ spirals you down. Come back up in the opposite spiral. Do this many times, just to this side.


Now do it the other side, left knee between right hand and right foot and spiral on down to the floor. Make this kind of fun.


Now go back and forth, once to the right and once to the left. Get a feeling for lifting your rear to come up from sitting the way this ends you up when you sit. Get a feeling for lowering your rear when you go down.

Notice head and pelvis and how they are both you throughout the day, feel the connection, enjoy. Wake to more.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

arch round breathe learning

Spine and breathing.

Sit on a firm and comfortable chair and don’t lean back. Sit near the front, feet flat on the ground. Begin to arch so that your belly comes forward and your sternum lifts and your pelvis tilts forward.

And then from there, round so your belly goes back and your stomach comes in and your head comes down and the front/ top of your pelvis rotates toward your head. (Sex toward you, or: pelvis tucking under).

Go back and forth, gently and with pleasure on this.


Now, begin to breathe in and fill your belly with air on the parts where you bring your belly forward and arch.

On the rounding part, pull your belly in and exhale.

Do this with pleasure and feel if something like “relaxation” happens for you.


Now, round and pull your belly in, but as you do this suck in the air, and fill your chest with air.

Then as you arch and push your belly out, push out your breathing, so you are exhaling, as if via your full belly.

Then round again, with belly in and breathing in, and arch again with belly out and breathing out.

Many times. Explore. Pleasure. Rest.

Then do the arching and rounding with three rounds of breath so that you breathe out when you arch and three rounds so that you breathe in when you arch. Back and forth. Get the hang of this.


Learn. Watch your breathing all day and switch it around between belly in for in breath and belly out for in breath.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Day 45: Moving Head and knees in side lying

Lie on your side again, knees and legs on top of each other. Knees in front of you with the thighs more or less straight out from your body. This is not, NOT, not about “doing it right.” This is about going slow and being present and getting easy feelings in you as well as the excitement of learning.

So, pillow again under your head.

Bring both knees toward your chest, sliding them along the floor. And then bring them back to the “neutral you started in.

Do this slowly and feel the backs of you involved in this, feel your stomach, feel your spine, feel yourself curling in.


Now, put your hands behind your head and elbow point roughly the same way your nose does. If this doesn’t work, put your bottom hand under your cheek. Here, bend and bring your head toward your knees, and back, many times, feeling chest, ribs, stomach, back.

Rest. And then combine the two: knees toward head and head toward knees and back to “neutral.” Rest again.

Now, bring your knees backward behind you, leaving your legs in the bended position. Feel the using of your back. And return back to “neutral.”


Now using head in your hands, bring your head back many times and return back to “neutral.” Rest.

Combine these last two: head and knees both back and keep returning back to “neutral.” Rest.

Now, do the curling in with head and pelvis forward and unfurling with head and pelvis back. Feel the all of you involved in this.


For the day, remember this in imagination and play with stomach in and using your back to round and arch yourself.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Lying on our side, learning the spine by moving our knee

Learning about the pelvis and spine

Lie on whichever side is most comfortable to you. Put a small pillow or rolled up blanket or sweater under your head to keep your neck comfortable. Put your knees on top of each other and bend them, as if you were sitting, more or less. So your thighs are out from your body, and then your knees bend and your lower legs are more or less parallel to the top part of you.

Begin to play with moving the top hip forward, and the top knee forward. “Forward” in all movement lessons means the way your torso is facing. Lying on your back, forward is toward the ceiling or sky. Lying on your belly forward is into the floor or ground. Or your side, it is the way your face and chest are pointed.

So, begin to take your top knee and hip forward, so the top knee goes ahead of the other knee as if it were going to look over a ledge. Do this a bring it back.

Now, here’s the fun, here’s the learning. Learning is noticing differences that make a difference.

Roll your hip as you bring your knee forward, so that you feel as if you hip and pelvis are simply swiveling to make this happen. Do this five or six times. And then rest.

Now bring your knee not only forward, but somewhat down, as if pointing to a place in front of your feet. As you do this push out your belly and arch your back a little bit. This can feel quite wonderful. Do this and return to the start position a number of times.

And then rest.

Now bring your knee forward and a bit up, as if pointing to a place in front of your chest. As you do this, pull your belly in a little bit and round your back as if your were going to curl into a ball. And then come back to the beginning position. Do this a number of times. Then rest. Now, do these three different ways one after another.

Throughout the day notice your pelvis and spine.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Lots happening at Life on Earth

Over at


Life on Earth


lots is happening

including short versions

of movement lessons

(here's a link to what's labelled as "movement lessons" over at that site)

and lots of waking up
practices / games / activities

this started Nov 1
and one activity gets added,
more or less,
each day

here's a listing from today of the possibilities
but if this link stops working,
just go to the site
and find the index about six or seven days into the

see you


((while I'm at it,
here's a link to what's labeled as movement lessons on this site)

Friday, October 23, 2009

Benefits, once again, always good to resay these

Improve awareness

Improve connection to the moment

Transforming back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, wrist pain and so on

Transforming and undoing "getting older" creakiness

Transforming accident, injuries, recovery and over-all vitality

Recovery from strokes.

Improve awareness

Improve mobility

Transforming mechanical behavior to freedom

Transforming and undoing stuck and boring patterns

Transforming your life

Recovery from all sorts of setbacks, real or imagined.

More flexible brain

Encouraging a sense that "Anything's possible"

Younger brain

Smarter brain
Healing of brain from accidents

Slowing down and maybe even reversing MS, Parkinson's, dementia

Learning how to learn

Feel better

Feel taller

Better love making

Reverse inflexibility and narrowing down of so-called "aging"

Transforming cerebral palsy, autism, MS, other neurological challenges

Increase sports abilities

Improve awareness

Feel younger

Feel lighter

Move, think and breathe better

Better posture

Better acture (ability to move gracefully in any direction)

Move, think and breathe better

Expanded horizons and abilities to embrace change in life

Transform unhappiness and depression

Avoid Surgery

Heal Much, Much more rapidly from Surgery

Improve/ transform anyone's back.

Move better than you ever have before

Increase creativity

Increase skills in teaching yoga, tennis, golf, any sport, music, singing and so on

Learn quicker and more enjoyably in golf lessons, tennis lessons, music lessons, equestrian lessons

Sing better

Public speaking



Improve inner connection

Improve/ transform "tennis elbow."

Improve/ transform " tai chi" knee.

Improve/ transform musician's elbow, hands, back.

All repetitive stain injuries transformed as the whole you gets
better and better at sensing, moving, being at ease, skill, pleasure (a new ESP)

Improve/ transform gardener's back.

Deepen abilities to "relax," release and de-stress

Transform and cure insomnia

Help tradespeople keep injury free as they get older

Increase abilities to be present

Deeper connection to yourself

Clarity of thinking

Better walk, limp transformation.

Better circulation, lymph transformation.

Walk better, run better, sit better, sleep better

Transform dance, running, balance

Increase studying and learning abilities in children and adults

Decrease depression, anxiety, confusion

Increase life clarity

Transformation of dyslexia, reading abilities improved, math abilities, too

Undoing stress

Natural Vision Improvement

Transforming injury

Reverse carpal tunnel, repetitive strain

Learn to work at computers without wrecking ourselves

Improve scoliosis

Learn how to go about "problems" as glorious opportunities

Increase and enhance yoga, Pilates, martial arts

Return to youthfulness

Increase Learning

Improve breathing

Improve health

Improve balance

Increase confidence and curiosity

Become more Present

Friday, August 14, 2009

Moti Nativ interview, in Hebrew, Enlish subtitles

Moti was the one teacher
at the one Feldenkrais Guild conference
I went to
who got right into action
right into movement lessons
gave the lessons
with the same excitement and urgency
and umph
that Anat does

Here's an ">INTERVIEW

Thursday, August 13, 2009

This is my life

River near the house I'm staying in Gunnison, CO

This is my life in gravity, this is my life in…

This is my life right now.

This is today’s game/ exercise/ meditation/ activity. Throughout the day, say to yourself, aloud or not aloud, “This is my life.”

This moment, while you read or hear these words: This is your life. The moments on the toilet, in the shower, getting into your car, getting out of your car, “thinking” about what you are going to or “have to” do, this is your life.

The time spend worrying or arguing or regretting or planning or gossiping or talking mindlessly, or mindfully, on the phone or in the grocery store: this is your life.

At work, you are looking at a computer, talking to someone, pounding in a nail, lifting a rock, soothing a child: this is your life.

And let’s make it bigger and more concrete: as you say, over and over, “This is my life,” sense your skeleton, especially arms and legs and spine, in gravity. And sense your breathing in air. And notice sounds coming in your ears. And light coming in your eyes.

This is our life.


What is the tone of it, as we say this each time? Shock? Delight? Horror? Gratitude? Fear? Anger?

Those feelings are an indication of something, of a lot.

Don’t analyze them during the day but you might want to journal a bit about your discoveries as you go through the day saying, “This is my life.”


And what does this have to do with
the Waking up Feldenkrais Work
the Anat Baniel Method work,
the work
of being real humans
on this planet
humans in bodies
that can ride bikes
and create gardens
and clean up streams
and make love
and walk to our
neighbor's houses
and sit in a chair
and be happy in our bodies
"doing" nothing?

The question,
posed like that,
more or less answers itself,

Friday, August 07, 2009

this is also on

1. NOW
Breathing, sensing, 5 lines

As long as I am alive, I am breathing. Can I have the richness of life, where many times in the day, I know I am breathing, when I feel the sensation of my breath coming in and out.


This is the word for feeling myself physically. For you feeling yourself physically. Can you sense right now where your right arm is, and the shape of it and the feel of it from the inside and outside, the bones and muscles and skin and aliveness of your arm?


This is the way to wake up to now. To sense our breathing while we are breathing, to sense our body in its particular shape. Right now.

What is the shape and sensation of my arms and legs and spine?

What is the sweet feeling inside my spine that connects my two arms and two legs.
Can I sense the five lines of myself, two arms, two legs, and spine?
And follow my breathing while I do this?

There is more to being an awake human being, but this is a good start. Would you like to join me on this journey?

The journey will last 108 days. Each day will offer something small or large to follow in our awareness, in our waking up to now.

Today is one of sensing: two arms, two legs, our spine, our breathing? Can we do this while eating and working and reading and resting and even talking?

Even a minute or two of this can change our lives forever.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

the call of the heart, listened to, or not

Are we being real
to what and who
we really are
and really could be?

Sometimes yes.
Sometimes no.

Moshe has an amazing quote

"The great majority of people
live active and satisfactory enough lives
behind their masks
to enable them to stifle
more or less painlessly
any emptiness they may feel
whenever they stop
and listen to their heart."

Moshe Feldenkrais,
Awareness Through Movement, Preface

Thursday, July 02, 2009

the awkened life

what a fancy idea,
the awakened life?

and yet:
what is the alternative?
asleep life?
normal life?
staying out of trouble

then again,
life is
a brilliant gift,
and we double
"being there"
we go
as "it" goes
as time
which exists.
or doesn't exist
the day
as the sun
and sets

all is

when lived
in the almost awakened
the awakened


Wednesday, July 01, 2009

how to get smarter

R/L differences after a lesson

How to get smarter?

Pay attention to reality.

Look at what is out there.

Get interested. No words, just perceptions.

And then start to perceive differences:
if I look from this way,
and that,
what is the difference?

If it is morning or
what is the difference?

What is the difference in
if I am breathing in
breathing out?

How is the bird I am looking at
different than
that bird over there?

If I put my weight more
my right foot
than my left,
what could I learn about how I stand.

This easy life
is all about learning
and learning is all
about delight
in the little differences

Life is good;.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

balancing the latest Feldyforum tempest in a teapot

What if "balance" were to be seen
as what it is,
somewhat of a non-existent
approximation of
not falling over.

Then, would not Judo,
or physics,
or the study of infants learning to sit up,
or even raise their heads,
perhaps be useful to this
action of
not falling over.

We seem to have lucked into a "system"
developed be a man
who excelled in Judo,
was a physicist/ engineer,
and had a profound interest in how
babies move bodies into new
phases of learning.

What a pleasant state of affairs.

And then there is "learning,"
as in gifting another person
with a one sided lesson,
so they are "out of balance"
and get to rise to higher level
of organization.

In their somewhere,
the brain,
what Moshe called the most precious
material in the universe.


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

What's the difference?

Between what Moshe
to have taught and the
stuff that is going on in
the Feldyforum?

this question
i read the damn forum
which i rarely
and that i read it with a mind
to really deeply understanding
point of
i don't

what kind of answer
might i provide?

something like this:
moshe developed a system
to change, heal and transform
people by improving
their intelligence
and function

and what goes on
on Feldyforum
seems to stray from that often

is that bad?

life is good

life is really
really good

and usually,
i think
is a grand
waste of time

amusing though
and who am
i to say
how anyone
but me should spend
waste their time

time is all
we have
and in
the end
we die


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

taxes and death and other possibilities

garden park in spring. 5 years of work there, and maybe it'll last
endings have their own amazing sweetness, too


both good
in their own way

even better:
as a reminder:
we are alive

as i write
as you read

even better:
it's complicated to live in
a society
and this one
this whole civilization

fill in your story

let's just say this:

not geared around
or now
or nature
or love

oh, well

we get to point ourselves
wherever we want to

and sometimes that's a lot
of work
and with the ease
and learning of being

can be done

Thursday, March 26, 2009

How "the method" Works, Part One: Teamwork, part one


How many on the team? How many are coming to the party?

A party of one: not a real party.

A soccer or baseball team of one or two, again, not so great.

And one way of seeing this work is to think of it as reminding the various parts of us that they aren’t in this moving and living thing on their own.

Let’s explore this example.

Sit at a table or desk.

Put your right hand on the table and slowly move it out and away from you, thinking just of your hand. Go out and back slowly, just paying attention to the feel and sense of this.

Now rest.

Now, do the same back and forth movement, and think of your elbow and your hand moving forward and back.


Now, think of shoulder and elbow and hand. Go slowly and try to notice as much as you can and make the movement slightly new and interesting to you.


Now use the other hand to discover and feel where your right shoulder blade is. See if you can feel the top, the edges, the bottom. With your left hand still behind you and on the bottom of your shoulder blade if you can do this comfortably (or have someone else touch there lightly), move your hand and arm forward and back, feeling the involvement of your shoulder blade.

Go very slowly, and try to sense the movement, no matter how small in the shoulder blade.


Now do the same movement, but with your left hand on the ribs underneath the shoulder blade. See if you can feel some movement in them as the hand and arm and shoulder and shoulder blade come forward and back.

Rest. In all the rests, feel the difference right arm to left, and the greater awareness of that whole side of your body. Notice differences in your breathing and other areas in your right side.

Now. Leaving the hand alone, just move your right shoulder blade and ribs forward and back. And then go back to moving the hand and arm, the whole teams.


Now, leaving all the arm stuff alone, think about moving the right side of your pelvis forward, as if you are rotating your belly bottom to the left. Perhaps moving your right knee forward will get this going. Go slowly forward with your right hip, and then back, and feel perhaps what happens in your spine and ribs.

Rest, noticing as above.

Now, move hand, elbow, shoulder, shoulder blade, ribs, spine and right side of the pelvis in one cooperative movement, forward and back. See if the movement is clearer and easier and fuller with the “whole team” taking part.

Now let’s expand the party to include two people, to do this exploration with another person, or a special needs child. Have them sitting at a table or desk, and very easily move their hand forward and back along the desk or table.

Now, very very gently have your hand underneath their shoulder blade and more following along than guiding, and the other hand on their elbow, help the shoulder blade and the hand feel as if the are part of the “same team” of moving the hand forward and back.


Now, with one hand on their elbow, and one very very lightly on the ribs under the shoulder blade, again, more just going along for the ride, help them feel the ribs and shoulder blade and elbow as all part of one “team” moving the hand forward and back.

Don’t push.

Don’t demand.

Just explore and help them explore how their team works together at this moment in their lives. The better this feels for them, and you, the more the learning and ease-ing and increasing of awareness and ease and skill.

There is nothing to do “right.”

There are tons of little details and sensations to learn and explore, for both the people in this dance.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Strength out of gyms and into Life

check the links before,
people knowing how fitness
can be built in real ways,

all that's missing is working with
sledge hammer
wrecking bar
and other fun stuff:

real work, too for real strength

Here's the links:

Man in Nature, swim run jump happy fitness

another man in woods, getting cool and strong

And one more link
the article in Men's Health
(a really weird/ interesting sociological/ psychological document)
that started it all off:

Fitness in the Wild


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

flexible hearts

non grudge holder

a few weeks back
I did one of those things I
do every once in a while

which is to say,
I send out some communication,
this time an email,
this presents me in the "I am right" mode
which as always,
has the unfortunate, "you are wrong" mode
tagging along

I made a mistake.
I realized it.

I felt bad.
I apologized.

And the other side didn't
for anything but

that's their business.

Wasn't so terrible what I
just a bit insensitive,
and now they want to hang

that's their life.

If I go into "I'm right, they're wrong"
they should forgive,
I'm right back where I started.

But, one thing,
that I've come to realize,
is that any areas in my life,
where I'm holding onto a grudge
or a demand
that the other person
'shape up'/ change/ see things my way
and so on
is a place of
mental and emotional inflexibility
that I have to/ get to work on.

And, as in our bodies, so
in our minds and hearts,
when we go past (when I go past)
the inflexible to the flexible....
it/ I feel so much better.


Making the inflexible flexible
Making the flexible varied
Making the varied delightful

Monday, March 16, 2009

Special Needs Children and Learning Challenges

Update from a posting of October 17, 2006:


Sometimes children need help in their learning.

They may have been born with a neurological issue,
such as cerebral palsy or a stroke, or brachial plexus.
There can be complications in utero or at birth.
Hospital procedures can go awry.
All sorts of traumas can occur.

For these neurological issues,
as well as children with "ordinary" learning challenges
(as in reading and math and social adjustment and co-ordination)
(invented by Israeli physicist, judo master and child development expert, Moshe Feldenkrais, 1904-1984)
and even more especially the method as refined
in the Anat Baniel Method for Children,
(see Overview, Anat Baniel Method for Children)
is the supreme way on this Earth of helping these children.

This is because in these methods,
we recreate the natural pathways of learning
and wake up the brain to its possibilities of
change and learning and improvement
in a way that no amount of physical therapy or surgery ever can do.

Think of a child learning to crawl.
She or he sees no one crawling,
gets no crawling lessons,
isn't pressured to learn,
doesn't even think about learning to crawl.
He or she just moves this way and that
and learns hundreds of ways to understand
and move
and sense
and coordinate themselves.

A huge amount of learning
involves pushing down
and raising this and that
part of themselves against
the ongoing pull of

And then one day,
wanting to get across the room
or yard
the child "miraculously" pulls together the twenty things
they need
and crawl.

This is organic learning.

This is learning based on function.

This is learning where the brain, the body,
discovery, intention, and action all
merge to create an
upgraded human being.

This is why this method is so amazingly effective.

For a summary
and continued explanation
see Amazing One on One Lessons

You might be excited to
experience the amazing videos
working with three children.
Watching the progress of these
three children over a period of time
you can see the almost miraculous changes.
Try this:
  • Grace, Isabel and Carter Transform and Heal.

  • This work, for a child with learning difficulties,
    is the fresh drink they have been desperate for all their lives.
    They are not pushed, or prodded, or force to "do it right."
    They are not "fixed," or moved in ungentle ways.

    They are given small pieces of real and immediately felt learning
    (inner and organic "learning,"
    not the imposed kind that gives "learning" a bad sound to many children, and adults)
    and they begin to renew and change almost before our eyes.

    For lessons,
    a free initial phone consultation,
    Chris Elms
    at 707-721-6835

    Friday, March 13, 2009

    gravity, learning, dance, life, fun, yes

    in the feldie
    the better we understand
    our relationship
    to gravity

    the better we can function

    this cat
    has mastered
    a four legged way
    of relating to gravity:


    and here's someone who learned
    it as art
    not necessity,

    note the differences

    Tuesday, March 03, 2009

    The Feldenkrais Method®

    right now,
    for those of us who are practitioners
    and can stand it,
    there is a ridiculous
    tempest in a teacup
    battle raging:

    Is there a Feldenkrais Method?
    Is there anything that Feldenkrais practitioners
    find in common?
    Are we burdened with the name Feldenkrais,
    or given an anchor that keeps us on track?

    And so on.

    first off,
    third question:
    I love describing the method
    as coming from someone
    way good at judo
    a real discover and experiment scientist
    a physicist interesting in the engineering miracle of the human body
    a student of learning fascinated with how babies organically learn so much
    so fast

    The three PhD bigshots
    who never ask questions
    and always answer have weighed in:
    nah, no method,
    no common set of practices.

    La, la.

    So be it.
    Their opinion and two bucks will get them
    a bus ride across town.
    My opinion and two bucks with get
    a bus ride across town.

    And, here's a kicker:
    if you really want to remember what the
    Feldenkrais Method is,
    delve into the
    Anat Baniel Method.

    A book is coming out soon;
    by Anat Baniel,
    making very clear
    nine essentials of
    vitality and learning:
    1. movement with attention
    2. slow ( the brain can't learn new if it's going at normal speed)
    3. turn on the learning switch
    4. subtlety
    5. flexible relationship to goals
    6. variation
    7. imagination and dreams
    8. enthusiasm
    9. awareness

    we could also posit these as fundamentals of the Feldenkrais Method:

    we are two legged beings
    we live in gravity
    we were engineered for maximum mobility
    we have a rib cage that gets in the way of things
    we have small feet with many toes
    we have a pelvis around which big muscles have most power
    we have a spine composed of many vertebrae,
    this spine holds up our head and shoulders and arms
    good use of the spine seems pretty useful

    learning based on function
    has a lot more bang per buck
    that learning based on structure
    or this is right
    or how to use the muscles

    learning based on action
    in the real world
    leads to a better life in the real world

    almost anything can be learned
    if broken down into smaller chunks
    even better if this chunks shake
    up established patterns
    and orientations

    reversible motion is good motion
    motion that comes from or increases our lengthen is a good thing

    doing things one or two ways is stucks-ville

    real learning is fun

    sensing ourselves
    --brings us into reality
    --creates conditions for amazing change
    --gives us back the real world underneath all the words

    more could be said,
    but that word statement kind
    of gives me the stop now


    Wednesday, February 18, 2009

    Dancers, Musicians, Actors: a fine opportunity in Tucson this week

    DANCERS: dance better.
    MUSICIANS: play better.
    ACTORS: use your voice and body more easily.
    My name is Chris Elms and I am in Tuscon this week,
    until the 25th of February.
    This I realize is a short time
    I am curious what if anything I can contribute to any of the
    faculty or students in the dance, music and theater departments in that time

    My work
    which I call Neurological Upgrading,
    is from the Feldenkrais® Method (,
    of which I am a practitioner after a 4 year training,
    and the
    Anat Baniel Method,
    in which I have taken the Mastery Training to work with
    High Performers. (

    This work, by using our brain,
    literally creatine new neurological pathways,
    can help improvement at all levels:
    • injuries become irrelevant to heightened and easeful movement
    • chronic stuck points become the leaping off point for expansion of
    movement, awareness and thinking capabilities
    • high performers, Olympic athletes, world class musicians,
    gain that extra ten percent that put them to the next
    level, whatever
    that might be for them.

    I can give demonstrations of the brain/ body/ learning
    connection to groups.

    The most rapid upgrading,
    however is in individual lessons,
    which are slow, gentle,
    hands on,
    with the client fully clothed, lying or
    sitting on a low and firm table,
    and discovering inside connections
    and ease
    that she/ he might not have known
    since they were a child.

    Or maybe never.

    Please fill free to call or email.

    With enough interested clients
    I would be happy to schedule regular
    two or three week visits to Tucson,
    as the lessons are most powerful in 6 or more
    per two week concentrations,
    since the brain,
    though it loves to learn,
    also love to slip back to the way
    it has always done things.

    A concentrated group of lessons
    allows the change to integrate and become the
    new you.

    Thanks for reading and considering this.

    P.S. The starting picture, on my business card,
    is something I learned to do recently, at 63 year old.
    Not by huffing and puffing and "trying harder"
    but by applying the go slow, learn faster principles
    of this work.

    Saturday, February 14, 2009

    why not be happy?

    heidi's house
    a house in Tucson
    my temporary abode

    why not be happy?

    other people
    are like this:

    they like us
    they don't like us
    they are too busy to care one way or another


    why not be happy?

    we are tired
    we are perky
    we are up
    we are down


    why not be happy?

    without the story


    looking out into the sweet world:
    what else is there

    but this current
    of delight

    in being alive?????

    Wednesday, February 11, 2009

    learning and the sweetness of life

    learning is one thing
    that can always make a life
    head toward an even better life

    and if it is real learning
    it is always sweet

    real learning comes from
    our own discovery
    our own exploration
    our own putting together of
    new ingredients
    new ideas
    new ways of going about the
    and the ideas

    that's the sweetness of
    reall learning

    not crammed down your throat

    "learn what I (the Big One, the Teacher, the Boss)
    want you to learn"

    kind of learning

    we've all had

    of that

    Wednesday, February 04, 2009

    new Wednesday life is good

    in a new place, Berkeley
    full of bookstores
    and coffee shops
    and people on bicycles
    new sights
    and sounds

    new impressions
    feed the mind

    new ways of moving
    feed the brain

    new ways of moving
    when we actually know
    what we are doing

    as in
    have our awareness right
    with the two arms
    and two legs
    and one spine
    of possibilities


    you know that

    if we just take anything we
    do a lot
    and discover two or three optional
    of doing
    and experiencing
    and sequencing
    and tempo making
    and being
    it differently

    we begin to unshackle ourselves
    from the bondage

    Wednesday, January 28, 2009

    Something like a resumé

    Neurological Upgrading Lessons ,

    by Chris Elms, M.A.


    • EASE in your own body

    • BALANCE and coordination

    •OVERCOMING LIMITATIONS, Special Needs children, Stroke, Accident recovery

    • IMPROVING SKILLS AND ABILITIES such as yoga, sports, problem solving, delight in learning, enjoyment of life, patience, self love

    • INCREASE PLEASURE in being Who you Are

    • ENHANCE YOUR LIFE and your pleasure of being in the Present

    Training and background:

    M.A. Psychology, Lone Mountain College

    B.A., Humanities, Stanford

    Trainings in Gestalt therapy, Ericksonian hypnosis, Permaculture Design, The Work of Byron Katie, The Feldenkrais Method®, and the Anat Baniel Method.

    Trainings in Gestalt therapy, Ericksonian hypnosis, family therapy, Permaculture Design, The Work of Byron Katie, Ananda Yoga, The Feldenkrais Method®, and the Anat Baniel Method.

    15 years as Designer/ Builder, and Designer/ Landscaper.
    Designed and spearheaded the creation of the 5 acre: Sonoma Garden Park, in Sonoma, California.

    12 year student of Tai Chi. Developer of Essential/ 4 Brain Tai Chi.

    8 year student of yoga (started in my fifties). Certified Yoga Instructor. Developer of Essential/ 4 Brain Yoga.

    Designed and spearheaded the creation of the 5 acre: Sonoma Garden Park, in Sonoma, California.

    Feldenkrais Method: Completed four year training in 2005, and am now a certified practitioner.

    Anat Baniel: Completed Mastery Training for working with

    Special Needs Children in 2006

    Completed Mastery Training for working with Vitality and Anti-Aging, 2008

    Completed Mastery Training, High Performers, 2008

    Completed 10 of 10 segments of the Basic Training, 2009.

    30 minute lessons.

    Single lesson: $60-120.

    12 lessons in one month
    money back guarantee


    Email Me

    or call


    Availability in Tucson, Arizona: Feb 10-25

    Availability in Atlanta, Georgia: February 26- March 26

    Availability in Arcata, California (north in Humbolt county): April 15- May 14

    Availability in Orcas Island, Washington: May 15- June 15

    Hours: 11 AM, 11:45 AM, 12:30 PM

    3 PM, 3:45 PM, 4:30 PM, 5;15 PM

    Highly beneficial to have lessons on two, three, four or five consecutive days.

    Website possibilities:

    Almost Enlightenment An 108 page, 108 activity E-book to improve moving, emotional well being, thinking and “soul” poems and thoughts on living an awakened, happy and useful life

    Wake Up Feldenkrais

    (Especially: Neurological Upgrading Lessons )

    Travel Heal Do this Work Blog

    19262 Carriger Road, Sonoma, Ca. 95476
    after Feb. 9:
    2749 E. 4th ST., Tucson, AZ 85716
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    3088 Marne Dr., Atlanta, GA 30305

    Tuesday, January 27, 2009

    Why I became a Feldie

    when i was in my mid thirties
    i was happily engaged in a career that allowed
    me to use my body and my brain
    and my creativity
    and be outside
    and add super bonus,
    if I was really ON that day,
    meditate in the present
    as I worked.

    I did landscape,
    and installation.

    It was fun,
    it was challenging,
    I loved being outside
    and working real work
    and see real results and beauty.

    And sometimes I'd do too much.
    And since I was in the Bay Area,
    I already knew about these classes where
    you rolled around on the floor,
    well, not always rolling,
    but always moving in a bunch of easy
    and engaging and interesting ways.

    And after these classes,
    I'd always feel a huge amount better.

    They were called Feldenkrais classes,
    for the man, Moshe Feldenkrais,
    who invented them.

    And sometimes, in my thirties and
    I'd go to these classes, not from being wrecked
    and in pain and wanting to get out,
    but from the pure joy and
    and happiness at being a live
    in an aware body.

    I felt good after these classes.

    I remember being in awe of the teacher
    after one class and thinking:
    one group of people gets worm out and tight
    as they work
    and another group
    gets paid to help these people out of that.

    But, it wasn't for me.
    Or so it seemed.

    I always told other people: go see a Feldenkrais person,
    go to a Feldenkrais class
    when they'd complain about back pain
    or shoulder pain.
    I knew how easy it could be dissolved.

    Then in my fifties,
    I took up yoga,
    almost on a whim
    (someone asked if I wanted to go to a class.
    I said yes.).
    And wasn't very good at it.
    But feel in love
    with a yoga teacher and
    had a sweet eight years
    from that.

    One day, the yoga teacher and
    I heard about an invitation to do
    a weekend of this "Feldenkrais" stuff.

    What the heck.
    I'd been telling so many other people
    to "try" it, maybe time for me
    to give it another fling.

    So we went.
    Three movement adventures,
    called Awareness Through Movement
    each day.
    Three lessons a day instead of
    one a week.
    For two days.

    I felt like I was ten years old again.
    I couldn't believe the waking up
    and shift
    and ease
    and plain old fashioned giddy happiness
    I felt in my body.


    And the leader
    "just happened"
    for have a training program
    coming up in a couple of months.
    (a four year training,
    seeming always like "too much"
    until I'd had this
    ten year old feeling).

    I couldn't wait to join.
    Now I could become one of the ones
    who helped
    the others out of the tension and pain
    and tightness of working too hard,
    too fast, too.....

    I didn't know what.

    I just knew,
    I wanted to feel this good all the time.

    I wanted to be part of the solution.

    Wednesday, January 21, 2009

    travel, heal, learn, love, contribute


    i've got a new
    mini blog
    that tells of my adventure;

    on the road
    month at a time in
    various sweet spots of the world

    living with family of:
    special needs child
    stroke or accident or surgery recovered
    someone wishing to way upgrade an already high performance


    living with other Feldenkrais
    Anat Baniel people

    mutually upgrading
    getting more clients
    have sweet learning fun
    upgrading love
    and being

    and gardens,

    here's the other blog:

    Travel Learn Love Heal

    contact me
    if this could be great for you

    Wednesday, January 14, 2009

    why move with awaeness and learning?

    suk party
    Why move with awareness and learning?

    I started to write: why the Feldenkrais work
    why the Anat Baniel.

    Decided instead to write: why move with awareness
    and learning?

    Because to be present
    is to be happy
    or to be very close to the possibility of ongoing happiness.

    Because to move with attention requires us to be preesent.

    Because to move with learning requires us to do
    something besides what we always do.

    Because life is a lot of fun when we learn.

    Because there is a lot of suffering in the world,
    some from greed and structural injustices,
    and lots in the have too much world
    comes from being stuck in a life
    that seems like life,
    but is really a lot closer to being a robot.

    Say it again:
    to move with attention and awareness and learning:

    wakes us up to being alive
    gives us a grand chance at ongoing happiness
    will create conditions under which we can be

    to ourselves
    the Earth
    and each other

    and here's an anat baniel class
    where one can
    systematically do
    this kind of delightful
    anat baniel class


    An online ebook
    is now finished.
    First 12 pages =
    12 activities/ meditations/ learning games
    is free if you email
    and ask.

    Check out
    Almost Enlightenment

    if you wish.

    Thursday, January 08, 2009

    "tucking the pelvis under"

    rain stuff
    "tucking the tailbone under"

    in Tai Chi

    in Yoga

    in whatever

    lots of people
    recommend this

    I don't

    unless you are coiling into
    to expand/ punch/ push
    outward afterward