ROLLING: THE SKELETON AND THE FLOOR AT PLAY- A Feldenkrais Workshop with Cynthia Birney
Sunday, Jul 27 2014
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

A Feldenkrais Workshop in LA with Cynthia Birney

SUNDAY, JULY 27, 2014, 10AM- 3PM

Space is limited to 20 participants.
Cost: $75 for the full day
Full payment insures your place in the class:
Make checks to: Cynthia Birney
send to: Cynthia Birney ℅ Louise Steinman
2414 Earl Street  Los Angeles, CA 90039

Organizers: Charlotte Hildebrand and Louise Steinman

Learning different ways to roll activates parts of ourselves that have been dormant and evokes an awareness of playful and effective use of the skeleton.  It can allow our perceptions of pleasure and meaning to expand simply by engaging our whole selves in movements we knew as babies, with the attention and appreciation we have as adults.

10:00 –  11:30 Feldenkrais Morning Session  [recommended arrival: 9:45)

11:30 – 12:30 Continuing the lesson through play and dance

12:30 -1:30 lunch break (great tamale restaurant nearby)

1:30 – 3 PM Afternoon Feldenkrais Session

The Feldenkrais Method® is a remarkable muscular-skeletal reeducation that reduces or eliminates pain while creating a vibrant awareness of effective, pleasurable movement, sensing and thinking in our everyday lives.  The method uses gentle, highly precise movement explorations to cultivate this awareness, evoking these beneficial changes by accessing and harnessing the extraordinary repatterning power of the human central nervous system.  The method’s neurologically meaningful processes allows pain and stiffness to recede as optimal movement emerges and self awareness expands.

The Feldenkrais Method is grounded in a deep understanding of neurophysiology, brain plasticity, the principles of physics and bio-mechanics, empirical studies of learning and human development, and the importance of the student-teacher rapport.  Its applications, both from private and class lessons, go beyond reducing pain and improving movement to a deep well-being that comes from an enhancement of sensing, feeling and thinking in all areas of life.

The Feldenkrais Method is named after its originator, Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, D.Sc. (1904-1984), a Russian born physicist, judo expert, mechanical engineer and educator.”

About the Teacher:
Cynthia Birney is a movement specialist with extensive experience in trauma recovery and the body’s deeply intelligent contribution to that remarkable process. Her earliest passion, riding horses, led her to England where she studied with Robert Hall, one of Britain’s premier Olympic equestrian coaches.  Her 11 years of teaching riding were the foundation on which she was offered a 4 year advanced study of human movement through a Feldenkrais Method® Training Program, which certified her to be a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Teacher®.

Since graduating in 2002, Cynthia has combined a life long appreciation of movement patterns with her understanding of how our experiences, injuries, surgeries and emotions manifest in our bodies.  Her practice has included helping trauma survivors, people in chronic and acute pain, individuals suffering from neurological impairments, as well as with students simply wanting more fluidity in their bodies and peacefulness their lives.
Cynthia’s style is easy, gentle and practical.  With her devotion to body-mind integrity, she offers her students genuine healing, including novel and pleasurable ways of moving, valuable opportunities to create deeper awareness in sensing, feeling and thinking, and a profound understanding of how these options are richly life enhancing.

Cynthia’s practice, located in Portland, Oregon, includes public workshops to introduce groups to the benefits of the Feldenkrais Method and the Sounder Sleep System®.  A mother and grandmother, she is author of Moving with Grace: Essays on Grief, Healing and Hope.

Please park on the street.