Category Archives: Writings & Reflections

The Feldenkrais Method® and Neuroplasticity

When I first began exploring Feldenkrais work 30 years ago, I had no idea about the impact it would have on my body and mind…and brain. Having an interest in psychology and the bodymind connection, the changes I began to experience in my body and self image truly impressed me. I felt I was beginning to understand something about the relationship of movement, sensing, feeling and thinking from the “inside”. Feldenkrais work was using “movement” to re-program my brain and doing so in such an interesting and enjoyable way!  The brain loves novelty–loves to learn.  And Moshe Feldenkrais knew how to speak directly to the brain through movement.  He was way ahead of his time in understanding the bodymind relationship, and the plasticity of the brain. Neuroplasticity means that the brain cells and nerves are very malleable–can change and grow in all sorts of novel ways to meet new needs and recover from illness and injury.

I am so grateful, as I am growing older, that I have this wonderful resource to draw from, a way to continually feed my brain new information to keep my body and mind stimulated and pleasantly challenged.  And I am excited to be offering workshops with my colleague, Jane Burdick, on AGING COMFORTABLY.  Please join us in Portland Me. for our next workshop on Feb. 24th.

Life Direction and Purpose

The New Year brings us face to face with ourselves–our intentions, our resolutions.  It gives us a fresh opportunity to evaluate the direction of our life–to feel into what is truly calling us.  Sometimes callings are clear and bold.  Other times they are subtle or hidden–we know something is up, for we feel a sense of… Continue Reading

What’s Going to Happen to the Tides?

What’s going to happen to the tides? I asked this question twenty years ago in a dream, where I witnessed the disturbing sight of the moon cracking and burning up–disappearing from its dependable place in the night sky. Our moon, our one natural satellite, has a great gravitational pull on the earth. At predictable times each day the large swells of water summoned up by this force create the rhythmical cycle of high and low tides. The wonder of this undulating rhythm is mirrored in our bodies, our emotions. Continue Reading