Bones for Life®
Bone Strength and Weight Bearing Posture
Immersion and Certification
Open to the public for anyone desiring to improve their health as well as Certification for learning to teach the course
Bones for Life Training Dates:
BFL I July 19–21, 2019 • BFL I Sep 13–15
BFL II Oct 25–27 • BFL II Jan 24–26, 2020
BFL III Mar 20–22, 2020 CANCELLED, to be rescheduled
• BFL III May 15–17
“Didactic” Teacher Training Dates TBA
CEU's avaialbe for Massage Therapist and Bodyworkers
NCBTMB Approved Provider
ISMETA Approved Provider
For More Information:
Call Brenda Sorkin at 704.527.5996
or email Brenda@movementdialogues.com
Registration is required one month prior to the program or by permission of the Instructor
See below for cancellation and refund policies.
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Coursework: 120 hours
Didactic Teacher Training: 30 hours
Practice Teaching: 36 hours
Mentoring: 24 hours
Your skeleton is key:
It is the structure for alignment, injury prevention and dynamic locomotion.
Your skeleton is the central intersection where total body interactions are expressed. Awaken your sensory guide to authentic somatic learning by:
- Organizing your body's alignment to absorb and manage the transmission of force using a domino-like system of support;
- Deepening your inherent strength while discovering organization as opposed to effort;
- Aligning and finding safe movement through the joints and vertebrae in weight-bearing dynamic movement;
- Increasing your resourcefulness in adjusting to equilibrium demands quickly;
- Cultivating your inner focus and expanding access to your innate creativity;
- Upgrading the ergonomics of your daily habits.
Bones for Life (BFL) is open to anyone looking for a safe, autonomous way to improve the quality of their movement and revitalize their bones and posture, as well as for people interested in becoming profession BFL Teachers.
The course is typically taught in Charlotte onsite at Movement Dialogues in a 7 weekend format of Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. All program courses are 20 hours except for the Didactic Teacher Training which is 30 hours. 10 of the 30 hours can be done either on site or online depending on the class. Currently the program is being taught on Zoom. We will meet on site when the pandemic permits.
The investment is: Part 1 of 3 segments $525; Part 2 of 3 segments: $525; Part 3 of 3 segments: $525; 30 hour Didactic: $785
Payment plans are available.
Training manuals are offered in printed or digital form.
The course is taught by: Senior Movement Intelligence Trainer Brenda Sorkin, GCFP, CTP, and special guest Bones for Life Teachers.
Please see below for the course description and a link to download the requirements.
Hours: Friday and Saturday: 10:00 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.
Other formats can be tailored to a group upon demand.
At this time Bones for Life is on Zoom.
Workshops for the public and past participants are available on Friday and Saturday.
*See cancellation policy below
Bones for Life is a Foundation for Movement Intelligence program developed by Ruthy Alon, Ph.D. based on the work of Moshe Feldenkrais, PhD.
ISMETA Certified Bones for Life Program
The Movement Intelligence Programs of Bones for Life and Movement Solutions for Optimal Health combined offer a 500 hour course that is approved by ISMETA. The course can be taught in a 10 week 3-day weekend format. Other formats are available.
Teacher Certification: 240 hrs.
Course: 170 hours
Didactic: 30 hours
Public Teaching: 10 hours
Mentoring: 30 hours
Trainer Certification: 280 hours: 240 hours + 40 hours
200 documented teaching hours
Trainer Training: 40 hours
Why Bones for Life?
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, Ph.D. 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.
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 on 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.
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.
Certification Program per 20 hour Course Segment - $525 each
30 hour Didactic: $785
Didactic Part 1, 20 hours: $525
Didactic, Part 2, 10 hours: $260
Ruthy Alon & Brenda Sorkin
Cancellation and Refund Policy for the Certification Program
For cancellations 30 days prior to 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 airfare, hotel, or any other fees you may incur.
- Become familiar with the dynamic style of springy pressure needed for stimulating bone strength
- Practice effective interaction with gravity while moving in the vertical plane
- Organize body alignment to withstand transmission of force in a “Domino Effect” trajectory
- Refine the skill of moving in the pattern of Wave (proportional flexibility), and in the pattern of Axis (one unit of alignment in antigravity activities)
- Train in the harmonious management of movement coordination for the strength-demanding functions of pushing, pulling, and moving against a controlled resistance
- Practice challenges of anti-gravity movements in bouncing on the heels, standing up from sitting and from lying, walking up and down steps/slopes, and jumping
- Integrate ways of lifting weights with proportional engagement of the entire body
- Improve the quality of coordination through a variety of natural evolutionary modes of locomotion that propel movement, including patterns of creeping, crawling on all fours, and primal swimming
- Learn strategies to secure personal safety, and options for coping with vulnerable joints, while applying a relevant balance between stabilization and enhancing freedom of movement
- Cultivate the capacity to recover equilibrium, and empower self confidence in coping with the fear of falling, and practicing uninjured falling
- Tone up the sphincter network
- Upgrade the ergonomics of one’s daily habits
- Inspire the urge to move, and to enjoy the “Biological Optimism” that comes from having a reliable skeleton
- Align and Find Safe Movement through the Joints and Vertebrae in Weight-Bearing Dynamic Movement
Didactic Teacher Training
Encourage students to move into teaching by upgrading self-confidence to acknowledge what they know and be ready to share it with others. Deepening the knowledge of the material:
a. Classification of program by functional themes of common movement failures
b. Clarification of Strategies, Concepts, Safety
c. Discussion of problems and needs of people and how to succeed to solve them.
d. Sharing experience, to enrich and be enriched by group
e. Introduction of 10 pt. Analysis of Processes: Analyzing 1 Process together in full group. f. Introduction of Small Group Teaching Practicum based on the 10 pt. Analysis:
g. Setting up Mentoring/Study groups and meet times for Out of Class Learning
h. Feedback Review of Mentoring/Study groups 24 Analyzed Process Presentations. Summation of Main Process Maneuver Classification.
Mentoring Options and Expectations
Mentoring is a relationship between the Teacher in Training and one or more Certified Trainers. Through mentoring, a Teacher in Training can work on the specific aspects of their learning that need support: clarification, comprehension, teaching guidance and empowerment from a Trainer.
Because this is a very individual process there are many roads to the completion of the 24 mentoring hours. This mentoring relationship can open up the creative resourcefulness of both the Trainer and the Teacher in Training. Options for use of the mentoring hours are:
a. clarification about any of the 90 program processes
b. feedback on practice teaching
c. dialogue about theory and philosophy of the method
d. consultation about adapting processes to meet students physical limitations.
10 Point Analysis of 24 Processes for ISMETA
a. Analysis of 24 Processes and Presentation/Teaching to Study Group followed by discussion with constructive and empowering feedback.
b. Written Analysis submitted to teacher and group.
a. Practice Teaching, public and/or individual
b. Assisting Trainer or Trainer presence for personal mentoring during practice teaching