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Post-graduate workshops for certified Feldenkrais®practitioners

The interactive work proposed by François Combeau during these post-graduate workshops allows each participant to develop the capacities necessary for an efficient and creative practice of the Feldenkrais Method®, (ATM and IF), easily adaptable to the individual needs of their students.

Independently of specific themes, the work is based around “how does one sense, imagine, propose, invite and accomplish” rather than “what does one do”. From the many workshops given outside of France, this approach has proved extremely satisfactory for many practitioners.

If you like more informations about those advanced-trainings, please contact directly the organizer for each of them.

 

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Advanced-training for Feldenkrais practitioners

« To live in freedom, breathe in freedom »

 

Nürnberg (Germany) : September 3 – 7, 2022
Teaching will be in English

 

« Breathing is a universal, dynamic process in which man is included. It manifests itself in us through respiration, apparent as inhalation and exhalation. This is indeed a two-way flow between the inner and outer worlds, a gateway to All.

This dynamic process does not belong to us. It is a cycle triggered without any intervention of the mind and sustained beyond our control.

Yet we can intervene through voluntary muscles which shrink or expand spaces and impose shapes.

Deep breathing is not confined to the chest or diaphragm movements. It involves the entire body. Unicity and balance are the features of healthy breathing.

For all parts of the body to live and breathe fully, the chest must be stripped of its armour, the face must allow the passages (nostrils, pharynx, glottis…) to loosen, and the spine must recover its wholeness and flexibility, so as to track the wave of breath as it wells up from the abdomen, travels right through the body and unfurls across the face.

By embodying universal breath in us, breathing indeed provides a two-way flow between the inner and outer worlds.

Consequently, if nothing is there to impede this dynamic process, it can remain free and adapt to the reality of both worlds while meeting our needs, intentions, activities, emotional states and relationships. It faithfully shadows our physical life as well as the subtlechanges in our emotional life.

 

Informations and applications please contact directly Christine Eibert

feldenkrais.ceibert@web.de

 

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Advanced-training for Feldenkrais practitioners

« Walking with a light, balanced step »

 

Zurich (Switzerland) : February 3 – 6, 2023
Teaching will be in English

 

Walking means going forward, leaving a state of equilibrium to start moving.

In this advanced-training, we shall explore how to anchor each step in order to remain stable while at the same time pushing off from the ground in order to go forward; how  to equalize the bending of the leg in order to lighten the step and protect the joints; how to feel the foot solidly anchored while being able to make the subtle adjustments necessary to adapt to the surface of the ground below.

From head to foot, what kinds of mobility and availability do we need from our joints so as to keep our balance at every moment while walking or running?

How can we develop and equalize the bending of the leg joints (hip, knees, ankle) in order to improve the extension of the leg, make our movements lighter, and preserve the health of our joints?

Why is it important to be able to move the pelvis in all three dimensions when we walk?

How does the “push” of the feet against the ground get transmitted throughout the entire skeleton and notably along the spinal column?What is the role of the mobility of the ankle and the many foot joints in the search for equilibrium and adaptation to all the surfaces and inclinations of the ground we walk on?

What differentiations are necessary so that the head, eyes, and arms remain free when we walk?

When walking becomes lighter and more balanced and requires less effort, it not only allows us to move but becomes an energizing, regenerating physical activity accessible to everyone. 

 

For informations and applications, please contact directly Katja Schicht

katja.schicht@bluewin.ch

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International Advanced-training for Feldenkrais practitioners in Paris :

Quality, Ease and Efficiency in our daily movements and actions

 

Paris (France): October  22 – 26, 2022

 

Teaching will be in English

 

This “international” Advanced-Training will take place in Paris and will again bring together participants coming from different groups François Combeau has worked with over the years. Groups from Detroit (USA), Nürnberg (Germany), Stockholm (Sweden), Zurich (Switzerland) and Paris (France).  

This advanced training will be a wonderful and fruitful opportunity to share, to enrich each one’s experience and their professional practice through different cultural sensibilities, educational backgrounds and ways of practicing.

The surest way to avoid fatigue, states of physical and psychological tension, wear and tear of joints, loss of enthusiasm, dynamism and curiosity to act, is to develop the quality, ease and efficiency of each and every movement, action and relationship in our daily lives.

The path to this is through the development of self-awareness and giving differentiated attention to what we do during each of our actions.

In this manner we’re able to precisely sense how we act and thus vary our gests and habits so as to accommodate ourselves to our necessities, whether they are related to the environment in which our actions takes place, or our accompanying emotions.

Learning as such about our own individual functioning and self-use allows us to once again find pleasure, efficiency and precision in our daily actions, sporting or artistic activities.

 

For informations and applications, please contact directly François Combeau

espacedutempspresent@sfr.fr

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Advanced-training for Feldenkrais practitioners

« Moving forward … « 

 

Malmö (Sweden) : April 6 – 10, 2022

 

Teaching will be in English

 

The world in which we live, as well as our inner world, are in perpetual movement and evolution, full of unforeseen, full of unexpected, but also an opportunity to be seized.

To follow the movement, to be the movement, we must move forward, confident in our ability to find our place and balance at every moment.

Resilient from past experiences, and the solutions we disovered, we are enriched by these memories recorded during our life experiences. We must go forward , taking the risk to leave behind habits that we became and are more confortable with.

Evolution can not be limited by trading one habit for a more satisfactory habit than the previous one.

It requires us to move on, to develop dynamic ways of being present, to reinvent ourselves, to be able to rebound to life’s ups and downs, to question our balance, support, and interactions with the world around us. Going forward means to take the risk of imbalance, of the unknown, the questioning, the risk of being surprised, sometimes even destabilized.

This is only possible if we feel solide and mobile at the same time, fully confident in our ability to change support, find balance, adjust and adapt to whatever confronts, or even compels us. This process can be easier if we can fully perceive the sensible environment in which we evolve.

But moving forward is above all being the life and dynamism that animates and nourishes us, and pushes us to grow and develop ourselves, inviting us to create a richer, more beautiful, lively tomorrow.

 

Informations and applications directly by Anna Lisa Valentini

valentini.annalisa5@gmail.com

 

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