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Better Movement for a Better Life Feldenkrais Method® changes how you live in your body

by Peggy Protz

Tired of a nagging sore neck, stiff hips, or a painful back? The Feldenkrais Method is a specialized approach that uses movement to improve physical comfort and enhance ease in living. Exploratory exercises are designed to improve flexibility, posture, and balance, leading to increased energy, faster recovery from injuries, and heightened athletic potential.

But what is it and how does it work? Developed by Israeli physicist and judo black belt Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984), the Method was first introduced in the United States in the early 1970s. Using principles of physics, biomechanics, experiential learning, and human development, it’s purpose is to awaken the body’s natural ability to move with efficiency, grace, and comfort. The exercises, often quite simple, have a profound effect on the way a person experiences their movement and their body. Through these experiences comes a clearer understanding of what a better way of moving actually feels like. This allows positive changes to take place on deeper and more permanent levels. Muscle aches and body pains become less of a problem as the person discovers a way of moving that is more free and less stressing to their whole system. And since being able to move better in any context is foundational, this technique can be applied to virtually any activity; sports and fitness routines, yard work, sitting at a desk, walking, running, dancing, playing a musical instrument, or any movement required for basic everyday life.

Peggy Protz, Feldenkrais practitioner, will be offering a series of three workshops starting October 8 at SAC. Peggy has worked with many types of clients, from teenagers to senior citizens, to golfers, cyclists, and kayakers, to people with injuries. “It’s great for people who are struggling with injuries. They may have stopped doing things because of the injury,” she says. “I’ve worked in a lot of fitness environments, and many people simply deal with neck or back pain, and just kind of assume that’s part of working out. But what if they could actually do their fitness routine without having discomfort both during it and afterward?”

 

In a Feldenkrais class or workshop, Peggy verbally leads students through movements in various positions, coaching everyone to work at their own pace and making modifications when needed. “You get so much more out of your body when you’re in tune with it,” says Peggy.

For more information about the Feldenkrais Method, watch this introductory video on YouTube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_i5QuIqcQo&feature=youtu.be

For more information about upcoming Feldenkrais workshops at SAC, contact Peggy at peggy@peggyprotz.com or Danielle Zack at dzack@sacdt.com.

New Class! Feldenkrais®: Improve Movement, Reduce Pain

 Friday morning, 9:15am-10:15am | Start date is June 24th

  • Reduce Muscle Aches
  • Increase Flexibility
  • Improve Posture and Balance
  • Recover from Injury
  • Enhance fitness
  • All levels welcome

The Feldenkrais Method® is based on principles of physics, biomechanics, and how the human nervous system adapts and develops. Specific exercises teach the body better ways to move, resulting in better posture, improved flexibility and balance, less pain, decreased stress, and an overall improved quality of life. This approach is highly complementary to any fitness program and is usually appropriate for all levels, ages, and abilities.

 

For more information about  Feldenkrais classes at the SAC, please contact our Group Fitness Director Anna Miller  at  amiller@sacdt.com or 206-443-1111 ext 259.

Spring Feldenkrais Workshop Series

With Peggy Protz, Feldenkrais® Practitioner

The Secret To Pain Free Knees

Saturday, May 14th |  2:00pm – 4:30pm

Significantly reduce knee pain by improving function in other parts of your body. Regardless of injury, surgery, or arthritis, specific “whole body” exercises will help you bend, twist, and walk without knee pain, and without further damage to your knees. Experience having pain free and flexible knees that won’t interfere with your quality of life.

About the Instructor:

Peggy Protz has studied and taught a wide range of movement and exercise techniques. She holds a BFA in dance, was a Pilates instructor for 15 years, trained in yoga and massage, and has been a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner since 2001. Using the Feldenkrais Method, in addition to aspects of dance, pilates, and other modalities, Peggy helps people discover more pain free and comfortable ways of being in their body.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Peggy at peggy@peggyprotz.com or Danielle Zack at dzack@sacdt.com.

Better Movement for a Better Life

Feldenkrais Method® changes how you live in your body

Tired of a nagging sore neck, stiff hips, or a painful back? The Feldenkrais Method is an innovative approach that offers a way out of physical discomfort. Exploratory exercises are designed to improve flexibility, posture, and balance, leading to increased physical comfort, faster recovery from injuries, and enhanced athletic potential.

But what is it and how does it work? Developed by Israeli physicist and judo black belt Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984), the Method was first introduced in the United States in the early 1970s. Using principles of physics, biomechanics, experiential learning, and human development, it’s purpose is to awaken the body’s natural ability to move with efficiency, grace, and comfort. The exercises, though often quite simple, have a profound effect on the way a person experiences their movement and their body. Through these experiences comes a clearer understanding of what a better way of moving actually feels like. This allows positive changes to take place on deeper and more permanent levels. Muscle aches and body pains become less of a problem as the person discovers a way of moving that is more free and less stressing to their whole system. And since being able to move better in any context is foundational, this technique can be applied to virtually any activity; sports and fitness routines, yard work, sitting at a desk, walking, running, dancing, playing a musical instrument, or any movement required for basic everyday life.

Peggy Protz, Feldenkrais practitioner, will be offering a series of three workshops starting in March at the SAC. Peggy has worked with many types of clients, from teenagers to senior citizens, to golfers, cyclists, and kayakers, to people with injuries. “It’s great for people who are struggling with injuries. They may have stopped doing things because of the injury,” she says. “I’ve worked in a lot of fitness environments, and many people simply deal with neck or back pain and just kind of assume that’s part of working out. But what if they could actually do their fitness routine without having discomfort both during it and afterward?”

 

In a Feldenkrais class or workshop, Peggy verbally leads students through movements in various positions, coaching everyone to work at their own pace and making modifications when needed. “You get so much more out of your body when you’re in tune with it,” says Peggy.

Copyright © 2016  Peggy Protz

For more information about the Feldenkrais Method, watch this introductory video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_i5QuIqcQo&feature=youtu.be

  • Mind-Body Studio | SAC Members $40, Guests $60

For more information about upcoming Feldenkrais workshops at the SAC, contact our Pilates Director Danielle Zack at dzack@sacdt.com.

Inspirational Member of the Month: Dr. Anthony Back

If you have ever spent any time with the morning crowd here at the club than you probably know Anthony Back, also known as, Dr. Tony.  To put it into simple terms, Dr. Tony is an amazing human being in every way.

He’s the guy you see doing everything.  Doing everything consistently and doing it with a smile on his lips and a twinkle in his eyes. He is involved with everything from training to Pilates, he’s in the pool & he explores Feldenkrais too! All of this is done mostly at 6 am, with a few exceptions for worldwide travel in service to humanity which we will get to.

One of the things (of which there are many) I love most about Dr. Tony is his ceaseless curiosity. He has the wonder of a 6 year old child about all things! Dr. Tony never ceases to ask questions, questions that inevitably lead to more questions which creates a deep and often profound search for answers. He is never bothered if an answer does not readily present itself- the answer is in the journey itself and he always seems satisfied with simply exploring.

For such a profoundly accomplished man, he carries himself in a genuinely humble manner. An unsuspected hero of sorts. See, Dr. Tony is intimately involved with the process of dying. He travels the world training doctors, health care providers and hospice workers on subject. He delivers hard news to patients and families with the presence of the Grand Canyon. He is an advocate for all of us as we transition into the inevitable stages of the end of life.

Dr. Tony recently created an app that will help Doctors remain present, open, and patient with clients as they have difficult conversations. He maintains a clinical practice at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance as an oncologist who specializes in the gastrointestinal system & travels the world incessantly to serve as a patient’s advocate, writing papers and publishing books for the medical community about how to cultivate good communication skills. Dr. Tony is also a professor at the UW & Fred Hutchinson and co-directs the UW Center for Excellence in Palliative Care with Dr. Randy Curtis. He also serves as a light for remote societies around the globe, helping to educate communities about the stigma surrounding illness and death. He is truly a Master in having “difficult conversations”.

Dr. Tony shares his exuberance of  life, and it is infectious. I am in awe of his deep spiritual studies and commitment to the betterment of human kind. For so many reasons, Dr. Tony, I bow to you!

 

Improving Balance – Not Just Standing on One Leg

Peggy Protz, Feldenkrais® Practitioner

What comes to mind when you think of balance? Perhaps it’s your ability to stand on one leg for a length of time, or the fact you don’t trip or fall when stepping off a curb or running to catch the bus. Actually, the simple fact you don’t fall over when just standing still is testament to the fact that the balance system in your body is working. It’s when you ask your body to do more intensive activities – various sports, dance, or yoga – that your balance is challenged. By taking the time to enhance your body’s balance system, even in the simplest of activities, you’ll be able to perform the more intensive ones with a lot more ease and skill, and a whole lot less effort.

The Feldenkrais approach to balance is unique in that it takes what you do when you are upright and moving around and works with it while you are lying down. In this situation there is no danger of falling over (you’re already lying down so there is no where to fall to) and habitual tensions that help you stand upright, many of which you aren’t even aware of, have a better chance of letting go. From here we can introduce and explore various innovative movements designed to stimulate your balance system. When you stand up afterward your body’s in a different place and you have a different experience of how to balance yourself. Often, this new experience, in itself, is all it takes for your balance to improve. As we consciously apply the new experience to simple activities, however, like walking and yes, even the feat of standing on one leg, the learning is further enhanced. Then, the next time you go to play your favorite sport, or go dancing, or run to catch the bus, your balance system will be working well in the background, so YOU can be paying attention to other things.