How are you standing or sitting right now? Are your heels touching the ground? Are your knees soft or stiff? Are your ribs free and juicy? Are your eyes soft as plums or hard as hazelnuts? Are your lips tightly pursed or sensually soft? How do you notice your breathing? How is your mental state in this moment? Two new workshops are coming up - see details below: 

Finding Equanimity on Sunday, April 14th
Walk for Your Life on Sunday, April 21st

Please read, watch and and listen:

Read this Washington Post article about Falling
Watch this new movie called "Heal" on Netflix. Listen to this new episode of Freakonomics on NPR on THINKING LIKE A WINNER

Survey and Testimonials

Soon you will receive an invitation to participate in a survey about your experience as my student, and also an opportunity to write a testimonial if you wish. I'm working on my new website and would love feedback as I continue to tailor and shape how and what I teach.

Cheerio, and see you soon! Chrish

Finding Equanimity through the Feldenkrais Method®

"We act in accordance with our self-image." Moshe Feldenkrais

Sunday, April 14th 2 - 4:30pm

One of the astounding benefits of Feldenkrais is how we can become calmer and more at ease with ourselves by using the principles of the method. In Feldenkrais we use our attention and imagination to organize and improve movement. While moving outwardly, we orient our attention to sense and feel inwardly the aspects of ourselves involved in movement. In this process we are implicitly using an image of ourselves to both move and to localize our attention. As sensation is produced and consciously felt, we are able to clarify our self-image as we are in the processes of "acting". The process of identifying, differentiating and relating are key to improving the harmonious, functional integration of ourselves with our environment and situation.

Let's spend the afternoon looking at several ways we can find this feeling of equanimity and dignity within our very embodiment of ourselves.

Ginger tea and snacks will be on offer as usual! You'll also get a handout with useful reminders and tips.

Interested? Please contact me first to reserve your space.

Where: Chrish's Studio, 2814 38th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20007


Walk for Your Life Workshop with Nordic Poles


Sunday, April 21st 2 - 4:30pm

Using Nordic Walking Poles, you will learn how to improve your walking, balance, increase your power and propulsion, and rediscover the quadriped's organization of distributing the load and effort. If you don't have any poles yet, you can purchase them quite reasonably here. If you want to go a little higher end, you can get some Fit Life, REI or Leki poles.

We'll spend some time in the studio reviewing the fundamentals of efficient walking, using the support of your skeleton and the poles. And then hit the trail! And of course ginger tea and snacks will be on offer as usual. You'll also get a handout with useful reminders and tips. Please bring a water bottle and wear supportive shoes, not sandals.

Interested? Please contact me first to reserve your space.

Where: Chrish's Studio, 2814 38th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20007



CHRISH'S CLASS SCHEDULE
Mondays

10:00AM​ -​​ Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® ​
​7:00PM ​- ​Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement®
Wednesdays

12:15PM - Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement®
Fridays ​ 12:15PM - Vitality! (Bones for Life®, A​wareness ​T​hrough ​M​ovement​®)
Sundays
11:00AM - Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement®

Location: 2814 38th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007
Cost: Series of 10 classes $200; Drop-in rate $25


The following are registered service marks, trademarks, collective marks or certification marks of the Feldenkrais Guild of North America: Feldenkrais®, Feldenkrais Method®, Awareness Through Movement®, ATM®, Functional Integration®, FI®, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Teacher®, and The Feldenkrais Guild®.


ChrishThe Feldenkrais Method® offers you a huge array of ways to explore how to move better, improve posture, reduce pain, or just simply to feel better. You may discover ways in which you limit yourself or how increasing your self-awareness can change the way you think about yourself. Take a look at the schedule of upcoming workshops at the right, invite a friend, and come and spend a rich afternoon to learn more and feel better.

 

WOULD YOU LIKE TO FEEL,
MOVE, AND LOOK BETTER?

The Feldenkrais Method® might be the answer for you! Feldenkrais is a mental and physical improvement system based on discovering natural, easy, efficient and pleasurable ways of moving your mind and body. It is an advanced educational approach to well-being using your brain's amazing capacity to reorganize yourself.

It is based on the premise that all human beings have the potential to learn to do everything they do in easier, less effortful and more satisfying ways than is their habit. The particular way a person is "organized" to sit, stand, walk, run or speak in public, etc., reflects that person's inner state, or their self-image. Human beings have a tendency to acquire subtle and sometimes damaging physical and mental habits of functioning which can become deeply ingrained. Some habits are useful – many are not. The Feldenkrais Method® can facilitate change by creating the awareness you need to alter those habits which don't serve you well.

The Feldenkrais Method® was founded by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, (Bio) an Israeli engineer, nuclear physicist and black belt in judo, who spent over 40 years researching the field of mind/body/environment integration. Using movement as a tool, he developed a step-by-step process involving hundreds of different lessons designed to improve our awareness and self-image. His method has been taught to a wide variety of people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, including teachers, musicians, artists, scientists, athletes and physical therapists.

Moshe FeldenkraisDr. Feldenkrais applied his extensive knowledge of anatomy, physiology, physics and engineering as well as his mastery of martial arts to restore his own functioning and that of countless others.

On its basic level, the Feldenkrais Method® improves posture, coordination, flexibility and suppleness. Moreover, it alleviates pain by minimizing physiological and psychological stress associated with restricted functions. Patterns of inefficiency, compromised self-expression, and forgotten ways of feeling can all be improved.

Feldenkrais can be experienced through:

GROUP CLASSES (Awareness Through Movement®): You are verbally guided through gentle movement sequences called Awareness Through Movement® (ATM) lessons. In these group classes, gentle exploratory movement sequences are designed to give each person more understanding of themselves. You learn to move with less pain and effort, and in such a way that changes occur in the brain patterns which organize control of your body. You will learn how to translate intention into action with ease, while getting rid of unnecessary interfering habits.

Lessons last approximately one hour. Most people take one class per week, though you will improve more rapidly if you take two classes. There are hundreds of ATMs to choose from in the Feldenkrais Method. The aim of these lessons is not necessarily relaxation, but rather healthy, powerful, easy, and pleasurable action.

INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS
(Functional Integration®): This is "hands-on" Feldenkrais to meet your specific needs. The practitioner communicates, through gentle and non-invasive touch, the experience of comfort, pleasure and ease of movement, while the client learns how to reorganize their body and behavior in new and more effective ways. The practitioner's touch is instructive and informative, never corrective. Feldenkrais practitioners are trained to detect minute resistances in your movement patterns which often represent emotional, psychological as well as physical limitations. Using highly sensitive touch and gentle, exploratory movements, you will find freedom from compulsive, imprisoning patterns. It's often a huge relief! Functional Integration (FI) lessons are particularly suitable for people with specific problems such as back, neck, shoulder or other chronic pain, movement limitations or a need to improve any type of function.