Pain Free Movement Class -Feldenkrais Method 2018 2018 Class Dates: Registration Button by each description June 25th 5:30-7pm Lengthening tight hamstrings July 23rd 5:30-7pm Softening your shoulders to aid neck pain August 27th 5:30-7pm Feldenkrais for golfers/tennis players Lengthening tight hamstrings: June 25th With tight hamstrings a person is more prone to strains and tears. The tightness can also lead to chronic back pain. In Feldenkrais method you learn to break habitually tense movement patterns and integrate new neural connections. These movement patterns allow for more ability and flexibility. Learn how to lengthen, rather than stretch, the hamstrings. Discover how better integrated functioning in other areas of your body, such as the ribs, and other muscle groups can improve hamstring length and comfort. Do movement lessons using the hamstrings in different ways. You do not have to bring anything except your curiosity to learn new ways of moving. All movements can be modified for individual needs. The workshop is appropriate for people of all ages and abilities. JUNE 25TH : Softening your shoulders to aid neck pain: July 23rd The most common cause of shoulder and neck pain is injury to the soft tissues, including the muscles, tendons, and ligaments within these structures. This can occur from whiplash or other injury to these areas. Degenerative arthritis of the spine in the neck (cervical spine) can pinch nerves that can cause both neck and shoulder pain. Learn how to soften, rather than stretch these important muscles as well as the surrounding muscles that influence them. Discover how better integrated functioning in other areas of your body, such as the ribs, and other muscle groups can reduce neck and shoulder pain. You do not have to bring anything except your curiosity to learn new ways of moving. All movements can be modified for individual needs. The workshop is appropriate for people of all ages and abilities. JULY 23RD: Feldenkrais for golfers/tennis players: August 27th The average golf swing lasts about one second. That’s short enough to make the movements associated with it almost completely subconscious in nature. The way most people try to hit the ball hard in tennis actually causes your arm to decelerate, giving you less power. Holding the racket in a death grip causes muscle contraction and tension in your forearm that reduces your racket-head speed. Relaxing and swinging all the way through the ball will help you maintain your acceleration and hit more balls for winners. This workshop will promote the fluidity, balance, and strength necessary to conquer the physical aspects of both games. The expanded mental connection between body and mind helps to sharpen focus, level-headedness, and awareness for the more cerebral aspects of your game. AUGUST 27TH: Valerie C. Grant – Valerie has been teaching fitness and presenting at conferences internationally for over 25 years, and delights in seeing the “light bulb” moment in all of her students. Her professional experience includes working at prestigious clubs throughout the Philadelphia area, including her own studio, The Posture Coach. In 2010, she was awarded “Best Posture Coach” by Philadelphia Magazine. She specializes in taking the elusive tenets of The Feldenkrais Method to the fitness world and making them obvious by sharing practical tips for both group fitness and personal trainers to use in every class or session. An adjunct teacher at Delaware County Community College, Main Line Adult School, and Drexel University, her specialties include relating to students of all ages, turning perceived disabilities through mind-body. An instructor for American Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid CPR, Valerie also programs and leads mind-body retreats worldwide, supporting her charities of choice. In April of 2014 she and 3 partners opened Purenergy Studio in Paoli PA which brings the components of fitness, wellness and balance under one roof. Specialties: Pilates and Feldenkrais. Certifications: ACE (CPT), AFAA (GFI), Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) and Guild of Certified Feldenkrais Practitioners (GCFP), American Red Cross Authorized Instructor.