FELDENKRAIS® AWARENESS THROUGH MOVEMENT® WORKSHOP
This is the year for you to reconnect with your innate ability to improve:
Physically, mentally, socially.
Wouldn’t it be great to be able to do all the things you want to this year?
Well the first step is becoming aware of what you are already doing. How does your body respond to situations?
Type of Event
Sunday January 17th
1:00 - 2:30 pm
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The Feldenkrais Method was created in the 1940’s by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrias, , a distinguished scientist, physicist, engineer, and Judo instructor, who was driven by a personal crippling injury to become concentrated on the exploration of the relationships between movement, thinking, feeling, learning and healing. Dr. Feldenkrais merged his insights from physics, motor development, bio-mechanics, psychology, and martial arts to develop a practice of quiet and exploratory movement awareness directed by the process rather than a goal. This lack of goal orientation allowed his nervous system to learn variations in movement patterns that, though he may have touched on in his development, he had not accessed for years. By introducing variety into his movement repertoire, Moshe’s nervous system was able to discern more efficient ways of action for all movement situations. Moshe found that increased choice equaled increased freedom from compulsion and thus less pain and more efficient movement.
Through his studies, Moshe formulated a method that not only helped him overcome his own injury but which also could be applied to every human who functioned with a nervous system (which is every human that I have ever come across!).
Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement® lessons consist of structured movement lessons in which students are verbally guided through the exploration of their personal body relationships in a specific pattern of functional movement action (for example: crawling or turning). In these lessons, essential human functions are broken down into their smallest components and looked at with relation to gravity. They are presented in a way in which the student is encouraged to be both investigative and observational while at the same time self-limiting; taking time, and taking in all variations of movement for their nervous system to discern, integrate and later have available for selection. These lessons are meant to be a conscious conversation between the student and their nervous system. With the combination of guided attention, and pleasant, purposeful movement in these Awareness Through Movement® lessons, sensory learning is emphasized. The student learns how they can reduce unnecessary muscular effort and find themselves in a state where their movement and functioning as a whole could become more efficient, coordinated, precise and spontaneous – a state where full dynamic living and health are possibilities. Students may realize the potential for simpler movement in a wider variety of situations in their life. Importantly, the student will gain increased awareness of their whole self in action – a concept that we rarely visit.
Evan VanDyk, , LMT, is a guild-certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and Awareness Through Movement Teacher. She studied the Feldenkrais Method in a 4-year Practitioner Training Program with DaviEvan VanDyke picd Zemach-Bersin, one of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais’ original American students, and a team of renowned practitioners from around the world, at the Feldenkrais Institute of NY in Manhattan from 2011-2015.
After graduating top of her class and earning her applied science degree in Massage Therapy from Morrisville State College in 2010, Evan found her place among her peers at a small business where she refined her massage techniques and learned from her experienced coworkers over five years. In 2011, Evan began her Feldenkrais training as the youngest of 72 trainees in the NYC 5 Feldenkrais Practitioner Training Program. Her amazing classmates ranged from bodyworkers and PT’s to dancers, musicians, writers, editors, translators and artists. They came from across the United States and Canada as well as from as far away as Hong Kong and Peru. As Evan progressed through her training, the theory behind Feldenkrais Method began to become valid in every aspect of her life and work. Every thought and action was now somehow The same. Or to be more specific, more apparently the same. Her outlook changed, her curiosity grew. Her satisfaction with ‘reality’, and amazement at what was possible were totally uprooted. Everything in her life became more interesting.
In December 2015, Evan founded her own business, Saratoga Awareness, a place where she could serve purely and pursue her passion for sharing this incredible work.
Evan believes in the resiliency of bodies and has faith in their inherent ability to heal themselves. Her clients often come to her for acute or chronic pain relief or to improve their limited range of motion but they return as they are empowered to become interested in their body’s’ functioning and overall health. They find that her work provides a full body functional improvement and feel like with it, they can ignite the change they wish to see in their bodies and their lives. Evan provides a safe space where clients may explore their potential and learn to do what they want with grace, ease and precision.
As Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, founder of the Feldenkrais Method, said: “If you know what you’re doing, you can do what you want.”
Evan loves sharing her skills and building real human connections. In her work, she uses the principles of the Feldenkrais Method as well as her training in Massage Therapy to see her clients as whole beings, with incredible potential to improve and become more comfortable in their miraculous Body.
Evan offers Feldenkrais Functional Integration sessions as well as all traditional massage sessions at 2 Franklin Square.