~Pain Free Movement Class -Feldenkrais Method 2019 2019 Class Dates: Registration Button by each description / Each class $25.00 investment July 22nd 5:30-7pm Feldenkrais: Pain Free Movement for Pickleball and Tennis Players August 19th 5:30-7pm Feldenkrais: Pain Free Movement for Spinal Health Feldenkrais: Pain Free Movement for Pickleball and Tennis Players July 22nd 5:30-7pm How would you like to become incredibly coordinated in all movement essential to playing pickleball or tennis? What if you never tightened up on your strokes or felt it hard to bend your knees for those low shots? How about being able to consistently get the power of your whole body into every shot? Every time you walk on the court, you carry with you habitual efforts and tensions from your daily life. Habits that interfere with all of the movements you need to play your best game. Research cited by the chairman of the United States Tennis Association Sports Science Committee reports, “The factor in tennis that most limits players success is movement …in fact, about 70% of the errors that occur in skilled tennis strokes are not due to stroke mechanics per se but to movement.” Efficient movement in most strokes involves ground forces that are transferred through the legs, hips, trunk, and arms in a specific time and sequence. When one or more of these parts are left out, a subsequent body part must work harder in order to achieve the same result. Just imagine a forehand stroke hit with no trunk rotation. The arm have to will swing the racket very hard, using much more muscular effort than normal, to generate sufficient contact. This can not only cause unforced errors, but may lead to injury (e.g., tennis elbow or shoulder). Scott Borowiak, a respected USPTA tennis teacher in California, with over 30 years experience reports that “I have used numerous methods for off court training. If I had to choose the most effective, it would be The Feldenkrais Method”. Feldenkrais: Pain Free Movement for Spinal Health August 19th 5:30-7pm The neck is like a bottleneck between our brain and our torso, the pelvis (with the biggest muscles attached to it) is the powerhouse for efficient movement and helps your posture and the sacrum is literally the middle of a person, (like the keystone in a building) making it the originating point for the energy which travels through the spine. Most people think that they need to do strengthening or stretching exercises to ‘fix’ their back pain. While flexibility and good muscle tone are important, the latest pain science shows that the most effective approaches for lasting relief and back health are ones which improve the communication and connection between your brain and your body. Through carefully designed slow gentle guided movement sequences you can learn to release chronically tightened muscles, re-pattern your movements and regain efficient pain-free use of your spine. Feldenkrais lessons are a pleasurable way of deepening your capacity to sense accurately, to identify and reduce excessive effort, and to discover healthy safe ways of moving while expanding and refining your movement repertoire. They are also a very helpful complement to meditation practice, using mindfulness of body and sensation as a gateway to a more fully embodied presence. 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.