Weather Alert: If there are bad conditions on the roads, we will reschedule workshops. Call 704.527.5996 with questions or  concerns.



A movement program
based on the Feldenkrais method

AGING GRACEFULLY
Presented by Allyson Sipple, MS PT, GCFP

Sunday, September 17, 2017
Time: 2:00 – 5:00
Cost $55.00
Register by phone, 704-965-7804, or e-mail asipple@gmail.com
Sign up due by Friday, September 15

Are you feeling older? Maybe you aren’t as quick as you used to be. Perhaps pain or stiffness sometimes interfere with your ability to do activities you love. What level of confidence would you like to have in yourself, your body? Is it possible to move with ease and grace in your daily life…and to even find spontaneity, a willingness to play, try new things?

As we age we live with these questions. While we cannot change our chronological age, we can change how we age. In this program we consider how we move, listen to our bodies, and begin to discover effortless posture/aliveness. We play specifically with movement patterns we tend to lose as we age, anything from turning our necks freely to even jumping or skipping.

Come join us and gracefully move forward.

Nourish Yourself with Movement In Every Step You Take 
A Bones for Life/Walk for Life workshop
Workshop Guided by: Brenda Sorkin, GCFP


Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017
Time: 10 am - 1 pm
Investment: $65.00

Have you fed that kinesthetic part of yourself that frees your shoulders, supports a natural uprightness and full breath?  You can bring this to your walk in a way that balances through your ankles, knees and hips. Drawing from the Feldenkrais based work of Ruthy Alon’s Movement Intelligence programs Bones for Life and Walk for Life we will pay attention to all of these relationships and how they work together. There will be processes on the floor, sitting and standing.  We will then find support for our natural walk with walking poles.  If you do not have walking poles with straps let me know. You can purchase inexpensive ones at Walmart in the sports department (trekking poles) for around $20. Nourish your movement to nourish your life.



The Rhythm of the Gut Brain
Balancing our Mind and Body through Movement and the Sphincter System
Taught by Brenda Sorkin, GCFP, Bones for Life Senior Trainer


Dates: Friday, November 3 and Saturday November 4, 2017
Time: 9:30 am - 1:00 p.m.
Investment: $65 each workshop 
Taught by: Brenda Sorkin, GCFP, Bones for Life Senior Trainer
Prerequisite: Bones for Life experience or permission from teacher

This is a part of the 3 day Bones for Life Immersion and Certification Program.
For more information please click here for the Bones for Life Certification Program



Our gut brain, or enteric nervous system, contains over 100 million neurons -- more than the brain and spinal cord together. This highly evolved system holds many mysteries and there is obviously more to it than just elimination. More information travels from our gut to the brain than from our brain to our gut. We have all experienced that "gut" feeling, or butterflies in our stomach, as well as the physical discomfort associated with gastrointestinal turmoil. Did you realize the gut brain uses more than 30 neurotransmitters, and that our bowels are home to 95% of our serotonin? The nerves of our gut brain have a major impact on our emotions as well as our health in general.

Clinics and hospitals in Europe and Israel have used the whole sphincter system to successfully work with many serious issues such as: asthma, depression, tremors, varicose veins, speech impediments, breathing, skin issues, and tremors to name a few.

In these workshops, we will relate the power of upright posture to the pulsation of our inner tubal system.  Using the imagery of a jellyfish in water we will begin balancing this connection between our mind and our body, our movement patterns and our sphincters speaking the language of our gut brain.

Bones for Life -- it’s not just about bones health.  It’s about quality of life.


 


EMBODIED WRITING:

Breaking New Ground Through Movement

Exploration and Inspiration





Feldenkrais for Writers
a 3 Hour Seminar at: 

CHARLOTTE CENTER FOR LITERARY ARTS, INC.
1817 Central Avenue, #302 Charlotte, NC 28205

To register go to: CharlotteLit.org/workshops or
email Kathie Collins: Kathie@charlottelit.org or Paul@charlottelit.org

Imagine tapping into all of yourself when you write. Your body is part of your process. Discover the difference it makes to your work when you include subtle movements based on The Feldenkrais Method. Get past the chattering brain and into deeper mind. We’ll be sitting and standing, so wear comfortable clothes, and slip-on shoes if you wish. We’ll open by writing—with prompts or your own idea. By the time we return to writing at the end, you’ll experience the changes these subtle movements can bring to your thinking and writing.

For: Everyone.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. | November 18

Movement Instruction and Practice + Writing Exercises
Members $55; Non-members $65; Subscription Units = 1
Instructors: Brenda Sorkin, GCFP and Kathryn Schwille, MA

Clip Art by Fabuio 


What’s it all about:
Touching Your Toes
(Often known as: my hamstrings are tight; or my back hurts when I vacuum...garden...pick up weight)
Workshop Guided by: Brenda Sorkin, GCFP

Date: Saturday, December 2, 2017
Time: 10 am - 1 pm
Investment: $65.00


You can live your whole life without touching your toes. If it is difficult, how often have you heard it attributed to tight hamstrings? Have you known stretching your hamstrings to help?
     The ability to touch your toes has more to do with the movement through your spine rather than tight hamstrings. The restrictions in your spine contributes to your tight hamstrings. How you move determines your
ability to find comfort comfort in your daily tasks -- such as vacuuming, gardening, lifting weight from the floor.
     We will be examining all the components that allow freedom of movement through your spine. We will be sitting in chairs, lying on mats on the floor and standing. Come join us.

Photograph by Ben Smith

The following workshops will be taught again in the future.
Interested? Gather 8 of your friends and we can schedule this course according to your schedule.
Call Brenda at 704.527.5996 for more information.

Love Those Feet
Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Workshop
Guided by Brenda Sorkin, GCFP
Date:
Time: 10 am - 1 pm
Investment: $65

Did you know your feet are indicators of both your flexibility and your stability? Your feet offer clues to how you align yourself just by how your bring your weight over them with every step you take. Your feet were made for walking -- improve your walking -- show them some love -- and feel better all over.

The Basics: Introduction to Bones 1

Sitting, standing, walking, our posture -- we all have our individual ways of embodying depending on our structure, our experiences and acquired habits.  Expand your horizons as we create the opportunity for new possibilities that enhance our uprightness, and supports graceful, easy movement.  The workshop is for anyone wanting to review the basics from Segment 1 of Bones for Life or for anyone wanting to join the 20 hour Bones for Life Immersion and Certification Program June 3-5 (see below). 


Date:
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 p.m.
Investment: $65
Taught by: Brenda Sorkin, GCFP, MI Senior Trainer



There's No Pill for Posture
Balancing our Mind and Body through Movement

Workshops during the Bones for Life  Ceritification and Immersion Segment 1 


Dates: Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1, 2017
Time: 9:30 am - 1:00 p.m.
Investment: $65 per workshop -- each workshop is unique and open to the public
Guided by:
Brenda Sorkin, GCFP, Bones for Life Senior Trainer
and guest Bones for Life Teachers

Posture depends on the integration of every part of our body participating together. It’s about developing a harmonious relationship rather than trying to stretch or correct one part. We guide ourselves in new experiences to connect to our body’s innate wisdom.

Do you “try” to make yourself erect? Do you push your shoulders back? In this workshop we will explore the ease of alignment through the movement sequences from the Movement Intelligence program Bones for Life Segment 1 developed by Senior Feldenkrais Trainer Ruthy Alon, PhD.  Click here for more information about the program.

Come join us in our movement laboratory that supports our well-being and promotes our ability to stand erect and move more easily benefiting our mind, our bones and every organ in our bodies. Fight the cultural myth of no pain no gain.  No prior experience is necessary. 
To register:
Go to the registration tab at the top of the page and use Pay Pal;
or
 make your check out to Movement Dialogues and send to 4805 Park Road, Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28209   
Call Brenda at 704.527.5996 if you have any questions,or email: Brenda@movementdialogues.com


The Dance of Stability and Flexibility

Posture, balance, sitting, standing and walking are all supported by the dance between stability and flexibility throughout our body. The relationship between your hips and shoulders and position of your head impacts everything you do. Do you sit too long at your computer; ignore your discomfort; push yourself too hard, or forget to move? Feed that natural part of you that wants to move this spring. Come join us as we pay particular attention to these relationships. Find pleasure in moving.

Date: TBA
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 p.m.
Investment: $65
Taught by: Brenda Sorkin, GCFP, MI Senior Trainer

Embodying Awareness
Bones for Life Workshops
In conjunction with the Bones for Life Immersion and Certification Program

Dates: Friday, July 14 and Saturday, July 15, 2017
Time: 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Investment: $65 or $130 for both
Guided by: Brenda Sorkin, GCFP Senior Trainer for BFL

As we age, we need to increase our awareness even more. Movement is the common denominator whether you desire to improve your posture, balance, relieve your aches and pains or restore your emotional well being and sense of vitality. Moving mindfully enhances brain function as we connect verbal guidance to physical movement. In these workshops we find harmonious relationships through a process of discovery rather than trying to stretch or use corrective measures. We guide ourselves in new experiences to connect to our body’s innate wisdom.

Each workshop is unique and open to the public.


Finding Your Roots
A Bones for Life Basics Workshop
Taught by: Brenda Sorkin, GCFP, MI Senior Trainer
Cell: 704.650.7252 or Brenda@movementdialogues.com

Date: Saturday TBA
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 p.m.
Investment: $65
Expand your horizons and create the opportunity for new possibilities as you enhance your posture and support your flexibility,  balance and stability. Our movement reflects our structure, our experiences and acquired habits. Do you struggle to keep your shoulders back; accept your discomfort; find your mind scattered, unable to focus; or experience low energy? Learn Feldenkrais-based mindful movement practices that benefit your mind,  your bones and every organ in your body.
Quietly experience the roots of your movement. Listen to your body.

This workshop is an introduction to the Feldenkrais-based courses of Bones for Life. There will be processes lying on the floor on a mat, sitting and standing. It is open to past participants as well as anyone wanting to experience this approach for the first time.

Bones for Life -- it's not just about bone health, it's about quality of life.





Less is More
A Bones for Life Workshop
Date:
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 p.m.
Investment: $65
Taught by: Brenda Sorkin, GCFP, MI Senior Trainer

Expand your horizons and create the opportunity for new possibilities as you enhance your posture and support both your flexibility as well as your balance and stability. Our movement reflects our structure, our experiences and acquired habits. Our habits are one thing we can truly change. Do you struggle to keep your shoulders back; accept your discomfort; find your mind scattered, unable to focus; experience low energy? Learn mindful movement practices that calm your mind as you cultivate your focus of attention and promote your ability to stand erect and move more easily benefiting your mind, your bones and every organ in your body. Fight the cultural myth of no pain no gain and discover less is more.


This workshop is an introduction to the Feldenkrais-based courses of Bones for Life. There will be processes lying on the floor on a mat, sitting and standing. It is open to past participants as well as anyone wanting to experience this approach for the first time.

Bones for Life -- it's not just about bone health. It's about quality of life.



Coming to our Senses

A Movement Intelligence Workshop
Taught by: Brenda Sorkin, GCFP, Senior Trainer for Movement Intelligence

Date: TBA
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Investment: $65.00

Have you ignored your discomfort? Do you rush through life rather than living life? Are you ingrained in habits that are no longer serving you?

Movement is the common denominator in all of our senses -- whether you want to improve your posture, balance, relieve your aches and pains or restore your emotional well being and sense of vitality. This fall there will be classes on Tuesdays providing a weekly reminder to embody the fullness of life and find comfort in your body. We will expand on these themes in the October workshop. Come free yourself.

To register make your check out to Movement Dialogues and send to 4805 Park Road, Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28209 or go to the registration tab at the top of the page and use Pay Pal.  Call Brenda at 704.527.5996 if you have any questions, or email: Brenda@movementdialogues.com


It is in our own body that we must search, not outside, but today everyone is convinced that it is outside.
Carl Jung, Modern Psychology, P
age 21.


How To Walk in High Heels

Mike Licht, www.flickr.com

Do you wince and wobble in heels?
Would you like to learn to have greater elegance and grace in heels?

We've been asked to teach this workshop ever since it was covered on Good Morning America. In our typical Feldenkrais manner, we would like you to find the optimal way to do what you would like to be doing.

Bring your heels (not over 3 inches to begin) and prepare for the upcoming holiday parties as you learn to have better balance and posture -- with or without heels!

Location: Movement Dialogues, 4805 Park Road, Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28209
Taught by: Brenda Sorkin, GCFP and/or Allyson Sipple, GCFP
Date: Saturday
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Investment: $65.00

To register make your check out to Movement Dialogues and send to 4805 Park Road, Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28209
OR
click on the registration and payament tab at the top of the page, scroll down to the end of the list of offerings and click on the arrows to find the 3 hour workshops price of $65.00 to use Pay Pal or credit card. 

Call Brenda at 704.527.5996 if you have any questions, or email: Brenda@movementdialogues.com




Bones for Life Workshops

Come join us in our movement laboratory that supports our well-being and promotes our ability to stand erect and move more easily benefiting our bones and every organ in our bodies.  Fight the cultural myth of no pain no gain and discover less is MORE. This is a workshop that is available during the Bones for Life Immersion and Certification Program. We will be drawing from processes from the Bones for Life program, segment 1. For more information about this program, please click here.

Bones for Life -- it’s not just about bones health. It’s about quality of life.

Dates: Friday, TBA and Saturday, TBA
Time: 9:30 am - 1:00 p.m.
Investment: $65 each workshop 
Taught by: Brenda Sorkin, GCFP, Bones for Life Senior Trainer


Each workshop is unique and open to the public. Come join us!


The Rhythms of Life
Speaking to the Gut Brain
Balancing our Mind and Body through Movement and the Sphincter System

Workshops during the Bones for Life  Ceritification and Immersion Segment 3
Taught by Brenda Sorkin, GCFP, Bones for Life Senior Trainer


This is a part of the 3 day Bones for Life Immersion and Certification Program. For more information please click here for the Bones for Life Certification Program


Our gut brain, or enteric nervous system, contains over 100 million neurons -- more than the brain and spinal cord together. This highly evolved system holds many mysteries and there is obviously more to it than just elimination. More information travels from our gut to the brain than from our brain to our gut. We have all experienced that "gut" feeling, or butterflies in our stomach, as well as the physical discomfort associated with gastrointestinal turmoil. Did you realize the gut brain uses more than 30 neurotransmitters, and that our bowels are home to 95% of our serotonin? The nerves of our gut brain have a major impact on our emotions as well as our health in general.

Clinics and hospitals in Europe and Israel have used the whole sphincter system to successfully work with many serious issues such as: asthma, depression, tremors, varicose veins, speech impediments, breathing, skin issues, and tremors to name a few.

In these workshops, we will relate the power of upright posture to the pulsation of our inner tubal system.  Using the imagery of a jellyfish in water we will begin balancing this connection between our mind and our body, our movement patterns and our sphincters speaking the language of our gut brain.

Bones for Life -- it’s not just about bones health.  It’s about quality of life.

Dates: TBA
Time: 9:30 am - 1:00 p.m.
Investment: $65 each workshop 
Taught by: Brenda Sorkin, GCFP, Bones for Life Senior Trainer



A movement program
based on the Feldenkrais Method
Aging Gracefully
Presented by Alyson Sipple, MS PT, GCFP

Are you feeling older? Maybe you aren't as quick as you used to be. Perhaps pain or stiffness sometimes interfere with your ability to do activities you love. What level of confidence would you like to have in yourself, your body? Is it possible to move with ease and grace in your daily life...and to even find spontaneity, a willingness to play, try new things?

As we age we live with these questions. While we cannot change our chronological age, we can change how we age. In this program we consider how we move, listen to our bodies, and begin to discover effortless posture/aliveness. We play specifically with movement patterns we tend to lose as we age, anything from turning our necks freely to even jumping or skipping.

The Change your Age program may be just the right fit for you.  This new program engages both the brain and the body for true changes in the way we move.  If your brain gets it, your body does too.

 The Change your Age program was developed by Frank Wildman, long time Feldenkrais® trainer and teacher.  The movements in this program are based on human functioning and include those patterns we first lose as we age such as the ability to turn our necks freely.  As we learn to move in an easier way, our balance and coordination also improve.  In essence, we move as if we were younger!

Change your Age classes are generally a bit more active than a typical Feldenkrais class, however it still involves listening to yourself and moving at a comfortable pace and range. 

In Change your Age workshop new movement patterns are introduced.  This novelty coupled with awareness wakes up your nervous system to new ways to move.  By continuing to explore these patterns after the workshop, you are able to further strengthen and refine your brain/ body connection.

So why sit on the sidelines when you can be more active and involved with life!

Come join us and see how youthful and energized you can be.

Here’s a mobility survey you can complete to gauge where you are now:

https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/869780/a1e73738c44b

With Change your Age program we bet you’ll feel and move better!

Sundays
Date: TBA
Time: 2-5pm
Investment: $65 cash or check, (made out to Allyson Sipple) ; $55 if preregistered

Checks can be mailed to Movement Dialogues, Change your Age, 4805 Park Rd., Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28209


A Walk for Life Workshop
Taught by Brenda Sorkin GCFP, MI Trainer

Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Investment: $65

Come learn to create a harmonious coordination that engages a quality walk and efficient alignment whether you are looking to improve your posture, lose weight or heighten your walking pleasure. Learning to increase your flexibility, strength and stamina in this way improves many of our other bodily functions too including breathing, digesting and sleeping.

We will engage in movement processes on the floor, in sitting and at the wall before making use of trekking poles in a way very different than Nordic Walking. Walking poles can generate greater mobilization potency when used in this way. Weather permitting we will end our workshop in the park.

Click here to view last year's research of the Walk for Life program that shows how 46 women improved their lives.

Please bring your walking poles if you already have them. If you are purchasing new trekking poles, make sure they have a strap and come with rubber tips. Wal Mart carries them for about $20 per set. I have a limited number of extras in the office.

Call to reserve your space now. It's time to get moving!



The Hidden Side of Hera:
A Mythological Journey from a Feminine Perspective

Guided by Brenda Sorkin, GCFP
Date: Saturday, March 21, 2015
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Investment: $65.00
Scholarships available.
Please call 704.527.596 or email Brenda at BMountjoySorkin@aol.com to reserve your space

Whether a woman seeking to find balance in this action packed world, or a man exploring his feminine side, we journey into the inner duality from the viewpoint of the feminine in this story. Whether we are relating to an actual spouse, or an inner relationship the myth of Hera allows us to enter these themes without restriction.

Guided by image, the telling of the story and simple movement explorations we will use our imaginations to engage our feminine side.

Joseph Campbell introduced a generation to the power of the myth particularly through the lens of the masculine and the hero journey. Remnants of the feminine journey have been influenced by the patriarchal viewpoint yet have been particularly preserved in some of the older matriarchal sites as on Samos, Greece. Here we have the myth of Hera in a difference form, elsewhere Hera gets a bum rap. The fullness of her journey into balancing the masculine and the feminine has been limited in her depictions as guardian of the sacred marriage with apparent vengeance,  punishing and jealous. Yet, of all the Greek goddesses Hera is the expression of the feminine who enters the full labor of love as she seeks fulfillment in marriage. On Samos the solitary aspects that enables the feminine to enter the sacred marriage are highlighted. One of her secret myths shows her enthroned with a pomegranate in her left hand. This representation of her connection to the depths is vital to her being. The summons to the sacred marriage is the eternal maiden.

Open to women and men. No prior knowledge of myths nor of Feldenkrais is necessary.


Bringing the Feminine to Light:

The Myth of Hera
and her Journey to Wholeness



Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: 10 am - 1 pm
Investment: $60
Guided by: Brenda Sorkin, GCFP

    Myths are the ancestors of the psyche. Through these stories we relate to the issues of our nature that are ever with us. The myth of Hera reflects a feminine approach to the sacred union of the opposites in marriage as her path to wholeness. Whether bridging the masculine/feminine duality in yourself or in the mirror of relationship, we will bring to light this journey of the feminine.        

    Guided by the myth, image and simple movement explorations to embody our insights we will reflect and journal on how this particular myth speaks to us today. Wear comfortable clothes for this experience; paper will be available or bring your favorite journal.

Open to women and men.
No prior knowledge of myths nor of Feldenkrais movement is necessary.


Joseph Campbell introduced a generation to the power of the myth particularly through the lens of the masculine and the hero journey. Remnants of Hera’s feminine journey have been influenced by the patriarchal viewpoint in depictions of guardian of the sacred marriage with jealousy, punishment and apparent vengeance. In some of the older sites, as on Samos, Greece we have the myth of Hera in a difference form. Of all the Greek goddesses Hera is the expression of the feminine who enters the full labor of love as she seeks fulfillment in the sacred marriage without losing herself. Her process speaks to Being in the feminine and her struggle for balance.

Brenda Sorkin is a Feldenkrais Practitioner and Senior Trainer for Movement Intelligence. She has had a practice in movement education for over 30 years working individually with clients and teaching classes open to the public as well as training programs. She is a long time student of mythology and periodically offers experiential mythological seminars. She has a long association with her teacher and mentor, mythologist Betty Smith whom she met through the Charlotte Friends of Jung in 1988. She has traveled twice to Greece with Betty on mythological seminars.

Photo credit: Giulio Cesare Procaccini,  The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles


SLEEP LIKE A BABY 

Solutions for Sounder Sleep and the Stress of Life

Taught by Brenda Sorkin, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner

Any new mother will tell you most newborns do not sleep 8 or 9 hours. What are your expectations for sleep? How much sleep do you need to feel refreshed? How does our modern culture contribute to our inability to get the sleep we need? Sleep is a basic human function essential to our well being yet over 20% of Americans suffer from insomnia each year. American doctors wrote over 56 million sleeping pill prescriptions in 2008 alone.

Small, slow, repeated physical movements can shift us from the active, waking state to one of profound physical and mental calm. In that tranquil state, if we need sleep we will fall asleep.

Participants will learn simple, practical ways to enhance a more tranquil state relaxing your body and calming your mind, impacting the quality of daytime life as well as promoting a good night's sleep. This course is based on the Feldenkrais Method and the innovative work of Feldenkrais Practitioner Michael Krugman, author of The Insomnia Solution: The Natural, Drug-Free Way to a Good Night's Sleep, and developer of the Sounder Sleep System ®.

Each class workshop draws from the variety of gentle, synchronized movements and breathing tailored to individual needs geared to help with insomnia and the daily stress of life. we can have significant control over states of mind through voluntary motor centers.

Come join us!



Bones for Life Workshops
Dates To be Announced
9:30 - 1:00
Investment: $65 for each workshop; $130 for both
See Bones for Life Certification Program on Home Page

Can you imagine the strength that comes from being kind to yourself? Can you extend that image to your physical movements? Do you realize you can improve the strength of your bones through gentle, exploratory movements?

These benefits do not stop at your bones -- engaging your mind with the focused attention we guide you to learn in this course is 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.

Reduce your stress; enjoy finding fluidity in your movement; improve your balance and posture as you strengthen your bones; bring your body into your mindfulness practice to find peace and calmness in body and mind.

There will be a limited number of workshop spaces available during the upcoming Bones for Life Immersion and Certification Program.  If you would like to be on the waiting list please let us know.  Click here to find out more about the  Bones for Life Certification Program.


Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement

Opening the Heart,
Moving with Heart
Workshop

Taught by: Brenda Sorkin, GCFP


Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Investment: $65
Ceramic Sculpture by: Betsy Birkner
Photograph by: Mitchell Kearney

Our heart is protected by our ribcage and is the seat of our joy. It is the area of our body we can restrict the most -- whether sitting and compromising our posture; through shallow breathing or restricting our voice . We can sense when our words come from that heartfelt place or when we are over or under protecting ourselves. Local artist Betsy Birkner's sculpture pictured here is entitled "I Should Be Healthy". It's a beautiful image for this workshop as we burst out of our armor and find our heart  through movement. In this workshop we will explore freeing our ribcage, our breath, supporting our circulation  and aligning ourselves so our heart feels we are loved.  No prior experience of Feldenkrais is necessary.

Listen to your heart.



Bones for Life Workshops
A  Movement Intelligence Program 
Taught by Brenda Sorkin, GCFP,
Senior Trainer for Movement Intelligence

Workshops during the Bones for Life Certification Program and Immersion
Bones Segment 2
Use Your Brain for a Change

In our human development we come to function on 2 legs – an incredible feat that requires many adaptations in our structure. Modern society has no task allowing optimal development of this major transition. In this workshop we will immerse into processes that focus on how we find our stability in our upright posture by connecting the movement with our mind rather than using the limited effects of stretching. Use your brains for a change. Come join us.


From the Movement Intelligence programs of Bones for Life

Embodying The Power of Now Series
Taught by Brenda Sorkin, GCFP, Senior Trainer for Movement Intelligence

How do we embody NOW? Movement Intelligence tools in the Bones for Life programs provide an experiential opportunity to be present to the moment. In using our minds to focus on various movement sequences we strengthen bones and muscles, improve posture, balance and alignment without stretching or strain as we bring relationship between our mind and body.  We feed the brain and nurture the body.

In the book The Brain that Changes Itself, Norman Doidge says  “We rarely engage in tasks in which we must focus our attention as closely as we did when we were younger, trying to learn a new vocabulary or master new skills. Such activities as reading the newspaper, practicing a profession of many years, and speaking our own language are mostly the replay of mastered skills, not learning.…The same concept applies to mobility. Just doing the dances you learned years ago won’t help your brain’s motor cortex stay in shape. To keep the mind alive requires learning something truly new with intense focus.”

In these Feldenkrais based workshops we provide structure for physical wellness and the novelty to train your brain. NOW is the time.

These workshops are a great way to amplify your practice or experience the Bones for Life material for the first time.
Come join us.






Finding Our Uprightness
Bones for Life Workshops
Trees exemplify rootedness and uprightness. They need the wind to become upright. Too much wind will push the tree over. In an environment of no wind, a tree would topple over without supports. 

We too need something to come up against to find our natural posture. A task too hard will only create tension. Doing nothing brings collapse.

Come join us as we explore movement tasks that supports our well-being and promotes our ability to stand erect and move easily. This impacts our breathing as well as every organ in our bodies.  We will be drawing from processes from the Bones for Life program, segment 2.

Bones for Life -- it’s not just about bones strength. It’s about quality of life.

Based on the work of Moshe Feldenkrais, PhD 

Taught by Brenda Sorkin, GCFP
Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner and
Bones for Life Trainer


Free Lecture
Series:
Bones and Nutrition

Free Introduction with
Brenda Sorkin, GCFP, Bones for Life Trainer &
Nelsa Andersson Ciapponi, MD

Time: 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Date:  Thursday, May 16, 2013
Place: Movement Dialogues

Improve movement, improve life. Better lifestyle, better life.

Movement and nutrition fit together like
the glove on your hand. Join us as we welcome Dr.
Ciapponi back to Movement Dialogues and introduce you to ways to enhance your vitality and quality of life. Illness is not a normal part of aging.

About the Presenters:
Dr. Nelsa Ciapponi is board certified in Family Medicine and Integrative and Holistic Medicine. She has practiced family medicine for over 22 years and has a long standing interest in holistic medicine which she actively combines with conventional medicine in her practice. She has advanced her studies in Functional Medicine, nutrition and bio-identical hormone replacement therapy and has special interest in utilizing evidence based methods to treat illness and to promote wellness.
Brenda Sorkin has enjoyed a career in movement education for nearly 30 years. Specializing in the Feldenkrais Method and Feldenkrais programs such as Bones for Life as well as The Trager Approach, she knows first hand how improving movement sustains quality of life and optimizes health. She reversed her osteoporosis wit the Bones for Life program and that of her 81 years old mother. She has taught the program in Charlotte since 2002 with many participants increasing their bone strength as only one of the many benefits of this program.

Bones for Life® Workshop
Exploring Movement, Enhancing Beneficial Posture and Balance as you
Strengthen your Bones and Improve your Walk
Based on the work of Moshe Feldenkrais, PhD Taught by Brenda Sorkin, GCFP,
Bones for Life Trainer

Each workshop focuses on different themes of the Bones for Life program. You may take one or both, space permitting. To register please call 704.527.5996 or email BMountjoySorkin@aol.com


Researchers are baffled about how to strengthen the body’s bones. New studies show you can actually lose bone mass with some types of prolonged exercise. But 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. Fortunately, the same effects 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 workshop is for anyone interested in improving posture, strengthening bones and learning movements that benefit the whole body and mind. People who’ve already taken a Bones class will find new material among the familiar movements.


FREE Public Lecture in the Exploring Bone Health Series

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Introducing Bones for Life
Using mindful movement for health.
The natural way to promote alignment, balance, bone strength and more!
Brenda Sorkin, GCFP, Bones for Life Trainer
and
continuing our community collaboration with guest lecturer
Acupuncturist and Teacher Abbie Mercurio, L.Ac
Supporting Bone Health the 5 Element Way


We welcome Abbie Mercurio, L.Ac to Movement Dialogues to talk with us about the 5 Element approach as well as herbal and nutritional aspects of bone health. We will begin the evening with a brief introduction to the Bones for Life program and then continue with Abbie's lecture as we explore all aspects of bone health in our series. This is an informal talk with opportunities for questions.

Certificates of Attendance are available for  CEUs for participants in the Bones for Life Certification Program.
Certification program starts January 20, 2012. See Bones for Life Certification Program sidebar for more information.



Seeing:  A Feldenkrais Vision Quest:  Exploring Movement and Vision
Taught by Brenda Sorkin, GCFP
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Investment:  $65
Call 704.527.5996 to register or e-mail BMountjoySorkin@aol.com

Movement and vision are intimate partners. At a very basic level, the turning of the head and the movement through the skeleton impacts our self image and our relationship with the world. We become aware of sensation, feeling, a mood or an action when there is an action in the periphery nervous system. Emotion brings movement in its name itself, e-motion.

In this workshop we will be using Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement explorations that include movements of the eyes. Benefits can be wide ranging due to individual differences and needs and include greater physical comfort, mental clarity, stability in our emotional connections as well as being restorative to the eyes.
Maybe you wear glasses, you're at the computer all day or just want to improve your posture, your clarity of mind, or be more comfortable in your body. Our eyes, which sit right on our brains, are integral to how we organize ourselves.  Using the principles of soft focus and relaxation to include the eyes in easy movements  benefit the whole body and mind.

In my Feldenkrais training when my ability to move improved I was able to lower the prescription of my glasses. Last year, I worked with a Feldenkrais practitioner who had restored his sight after being declared legally blind from optic nerve damage with no hope of improvement after joining a Feldenkrais training program. He now teaches workshops and classes internationally. To coin a phrase from the founder of this approach, Moshe Feldenkrais, he made the impossible possible.

An important aspect of this work is finding satisfaction in the process. We use pleasure as a guide. Bring your curiosity and join us!



Feldenkrais Workshop:

The Inner Labyrinth

Webster's definition of a labyrinth is a structure containing an intricate network of winding passages hard to follow without losing one's way.  Socrates noted it's difficult to follow such a path without a thread. In myth, Ariadne holds the thread that allows Theseus to navigate the labyrinth in order to slay the minotaur and, more important, triumphantly return.


With Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement processes, we will use the thread of our experience as we take an inner journey that will enrich our outer experience. Using a wholistic approach relating our inner tubal system through our sphincters to our outer movement we reach back to our earliest developmental movement and contact with the world. Initiating movement through our sphincters brings an internal listening that has been known to be restorative all along the "channel" from our mouth and intestines to our pelvic floor with wide ranging benefits.

Bringing our mindful awareness into our body not only quiets the mind and helps us function in our busy world it can also help increase our physical comfort and health. You might experience relief from lower back pain, depression, asthma, incontinence, intestinal discomfort or headaches, among other symptoms. You may also find that sexual functioning is enhanced, and you could even find it easier to stop smoking.

When functioning properly, our inner physiological network is enlivened with every breath and every step we take. This internal listening brings our mind into our body not only affecting our vitality but our ability to think and more fully experience ourselves emotionally. Join us as we attend to our inner labyrinth and relate our internal well-being to our external movements and how we approach our world.



FREE Public Lecture:

Exploring Bone Health Series

with Nelsa Andersson Ciapponi, MD

 
We welcome Dr. Ciapponi to Movement Dialogues to talk with us about integrative approaches and nutritional aspects of bone health. This is an informal talk with opportunities for questions.

Please see the following link to view her Fall newsletter on osteoporosis: Optimal Health Newsletter

Certificates of Attendance are available for 1 CEU for participants in the Bones for Life Certification Program


Finding your Spiral:         
The Feldenkrais Way
Or how to get down on the floor  
and back up
  

  
Taught by: Allyson Sipple, GCFP
 
We can look at this workshop in 2 ways: beauty and function. In our spiraling movement there are beautiful parallels in nature - shells, flowers, ferns, - the vastness of the galaxies, and our own minute, yet powerful DNA. As we move in our own spiral we may feel connected into the organic wisdom of our bodies - in tune with nature, our own dance.
 
Then looking at function, we often find as we get older and spend more time sitting in chairs, that we lose the ability to easily get up and down off the floor. Maybe, you wish to get down on the floor to play with grandkids or want to feel ease as you move from standing to floor poses in yoga or other forms of exercise. Even just reaching to the floor to pick up something can improve in the workshop.
 
Using spirals to guide movement, you can feel an assuredness and move more freely up and down from the floor. Come join us as we learn and play.
 
The Feldenkrais method focuses onawareness using gentle, pleasurable, and often novel movement sequences. These verbally guided sequences, called lessons, are framed to allow and encourage exploration. Participants often notice they are moving more gracefully with less effort.


 Tending Your Garden
A Feldenkrais Focus for Life in the Garden

Taught by Brenda Sorkin, GCFP

In this workshop we explore how we move in our gardens: lifting, shoveling, pulling weeds, the whole gamut, drawing from Moshe Feldenkrais' Awareness Through Movement lessons. We will linger with the question of how we can tend to ourselves as we tend to our gardens to enjoy the fullness of nature.



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