Bones for Life
A Movement Intelligence Program developed by Ruthy Alon, Ph.D. based on The Feldenkrais Method
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Organizing for Bones for Life Segment 1 March 2019 now

CEU's avaialbe for Massage Therapist and Bodyworkers
  NCBTMB Approved Provider

For More Information:
Call Brenda Sorkin at 704.527.5996
or email

Registration is required one month prior to the program or by permission of the Instructor
See below for cancellation and refund policies.

Dates will be set at Segment 1 for Segment 2 and 3.

All program courses are 20 hours. The investment is $580 for the Basic Certification Program; $480 for the Advanced Program. Payment plans are available.  The course is taught by: Senior Movement Intelligence Trainer Brenda Sorkin, GCFP, CTP, and special guest Bones for Life Teachers
Hours: Friday and Saturday: 9:30 am - 6:30 pm; Sunday: 9 am - 4:00 pm; Lunch breaks are generally from 1-2:30 on Friday & Saturday and
from 12-1:00 on Sunday.
Workshops for the public available on Friday and Saturday.
*See cancellation policy below

Bones for Life is a Movement Intelligence program. For the national website click here. 

We are living in a culture that encourages extreme activities, stretching, holding postures not relevant to our natural vocabulary and ignoring the obvious vitality of our fundamental movement patterns that serve our quality of  life.

Can you imagine  strength that comes from engaging your mind and moving in a manner that is pleasurable?  Do you realize you can improve the strength of your bones, find better alignment, posture, balance, and reduce your stress levels through the process of discovering gentle movements that include just the right amount of pressure for you?

Strengthening our bones is rarely studied in our society in terms of movement. This program approaches the problems of osteoporosis and other maladies in terms of functional failure. Whether there is a lack of moving, little dynamic impact when moving,  overexertion in an unnatural style of moving, improper use of the sphincter system – each ignores the quality of optimal coordination and relationship which challenges us to be at their best. Our bones respond. And the good news is, what's good for our overall physical and mental health is good for our bones.

Studies have shown you can actually lose bone mass with some types of prolonged exercise. In Japanese studies, bone density increased in mice who jumped 40 times a week. Many people have too many issues around ankles, knees, hips or backs to ever jump in safety and those who can jump, if it is too jarring and alignment is not considered any benefits can be negated. Fortunately, there is a way that benefits can be achieved more subtly.

The Bones for Life program uses the Feldenkrais tools of awareness and focused attention to bring beneficial, long-term change. Developed by Ruthy Alon, the program uses mindful exploration, rhythm, gentle pressure, and vibration to stimulate bone health and promote strength through organization and alignment. When Ruthy taught her program during one semester at the University of Tel Aviv every woman in the course increased her bone density. My own first year of study with Ruthy improved my bone density scores and reversed my osteoporosis.

This 3 day program is presently being taught in 3 segments: Bones 1, 2 and 3 in the spring,  summer and fall. There are 90 processes in the program in which we experience the pleasure of our movement and relate it to walking, lifting weight, balance and exploring how to fall in safety as we work in  our own personal range of comfort
. We use the image of the African woman who has learned from childhood to carry weight on her head which has brought her movement efficiency and a low risk of fracturing bones.  As adults, we will never be able to carry weight o our heads in the same manner, but we can use the principles to promote efficient movement and core strength.

The segments are being taught as a Certification Program and Immersion. It is open to anyone looking for a safe way to improve the quality of their movement and revitalize their bones and posture, as well as for people interested in becoming professional Bones for Life Teachers. After taking the 3 segments of the program, the 30 hour Teaching Didactic provides an opportunity to integrate the processes and cultivate a deeper understanding of the work for those wanting to teach the work. There are also times when there is a workshop option, please see the hours under the workshops section.

Engaging your mind with a guided focused attention to movement processes offers a defense in our busy world and promotes the reality of unifying body and mind. Intensives give us the opportunity to go deeply into this experience. Come join us.

Cancellation and Refund Policy for the Certification Program

For cancellations 30 days prior to the the Bones for Life Certification Program full refunds are available. Afterwards, up until 15 days of the program, a $75 processing fee will be deducted from any refund issued provided your written notice is received. 15 days prior to the program if you cancel we regret there will be no refunds available, but your payment will be credited to a future program minus the $75 processing fee.

In the unusual event Movement Dialogues needs to cancel a program, you will be given a full tuition refund. We are not responsible for any other fees you may incur.

Ruthy Alon and Brenda Sorkin

Brief Description of Bones 1, Bones 2 and Bones 3

Bones for Life® Certification Program

Segment 1, Bones 1 

Bones 1 particularly explores the connection to our skeleton, explorations of gait, relating to breath and movement as well as introducing the work with vibration.

Bones for Life® Certification Program

    Segment 2, Bones 2

Building on the foundation of Bones 1, in this second segment of Bones we continue to explore movement processes that help us find both our stability and flexibility. We bring the principles we experience on the floor into activities coming up from the floor and in standing. The safe use of weights is explored  as we continue to enhance the ability to get the most out of every step we take. 

Bones for Life® Certification Program

    Segment 3, Bones 3

In Bones 3 we explore both the most subtle movements of the program as well as the largest movements. We bring our focus into subtle movements by coming into relationship with our gut brain and entire sphincter system. We develop our spiral into the ability to fall in safety. We continue to explore the processes that encourage the transmission of  pressure from our feet to our head
bringing a  spring to our walk and supporting our bones, organs and mental health.

Bones for Life® Certification Program for Teacher Trainees

    The Didactic

The 30 hour Didactic is for those preparing for their Teacher Certificate to examine the program as a whole.  Sequencing, concepts and principles, learning and safety strategies and a variety of teaching strategies are explored.  This segment consists of a 20 hour weekend on site at an investment of $480. The investment for the  following 10 hours is $240. and can be completed on site or optionally by webinar on Zoom depending on group preference.

Click here for Bones for Life® Certification Program Requirements

Click here for link to Continuing Education Requirements for Physical Therapists