By Lee Perlman
For the Hollywood Star News, June, 2010
On the third Sunday of each month, six local Feldenkrais practitioners gather at Hipbone Studio, 1847 E. Burnside St., and offer affordable lessons ($15–25) in how to correctly sit, stand, lie, run, garden, drive, walk and so on. Started in February, these clinics have served 36 members of the public so far, most of whom had never experienced what is called Functional Integration, the hands-on modality of the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education.
The Feldenkrais Method is a learning model that can be applied to any aspect of life. A gardener can garden more comfortably. A runner can run with less overuse and misuse. A writer can increase her productive time at the computer. The most compelling aspect is that anyone can become his or her own teacher and prevent the injuries and aches and pains that cause the feeling of being older than one’s years, all by learning the Feldenkrais Method approach to attention and awareness.
Kim Cottrell, Feldenkrais practitioner and co-founder and mentor of the Vital Human clinic, reports that the majority of people who find their way to the Feldenkrais Method have been through many traditional treatments trying to correct or fix persistent problems. Feldenkrais practitioners don’t claim to fix or correct problems, but they do claim to help their students find ways to live an easier life. She says a very frequent comment she hears is, “Why didn’t I find you sooner?”
To schedule a session or learn more about this unique educational method, visit vitalhuman.org. You will find instructions on how to schedule a lesson, a list of local practitioners, and class information for the Vital Human practitioners. To learn more about the Feldenkrais Method, go to feldenkrais.com.