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Post-graduate workshops

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.

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C7 as it relates to the rest of the neck and the chest mobility…
Advanced-training for Feldenkrais practitioners

Nürnberg : August 29th – September 2nd, 2015

During this advanced training, François Combeau will focus on verticality as it relates to the dynamic interaction between the head, neck and the 7th cervical vertebrae with gravitation. He will explore that very important part of our spine, C7/T1, as it relates to the upper cervical spine, atlas , axis and the head. When true verticality returns, the head, which bears the sensory organs, recovers total freedom of movement, broader visual and auditory fields and the perception of contrast.It swivels on the seventh cervical vertebra, which provides the « unstable stability » for it to remain upright without having to be held up by the neck muscles.

Through different explorations, we will also discover how much that vertebrae area (C7/T1) is one of the key for a good and functional larynx freedom and a real « bones resonance » for our voice.



The Joints in the Arm (Shoulder, Elbow and Wrist): Freedom, Mobility, Neutrality

Helsinki: 12-13 Septembre 2015

The human being’s skeleton, as well as the brain, is conceived and organized for movement, whether this involves the handling of a dynamic equilibrium, displacements and spatial orientation, the use of the arms and hands to take, receive, and act, the mobility of the neck to allow the sense organs to move, or the fluidity of opening the mouth.
If the bones determine the solidity of the skeleton, the joints, through their configuration and degree of mobility, define the « potential for movement » in three dimensions. They also permit a better distribution of effort and the gearing down of force (like pulleys in a mechanical system).

Habits and traumatisms, along with the tendency to isolate the different parts of the skeleton in their functioning, have reduced the mobility of these joints and thus limited our movements, often increasing the effort needed to act while reducing comfort, fluidity, and efficiency.



Advanced-training for Feldenkrais practitioners
“The Head, a periscope to sense the outside world”
Keeping head and neck free and mobile

Stockholm : 2 – 6 avril 2016

When true verticality returns, the head, the bearer of the sensory functions, recovers total freedom of movement.

When man discovered true verticality, he considerably expanded his field of observation and action. This new orientation relative to gravity led to the development of the front of the brain and gave access to the higher functions of the central nervous system.

The head, which bears the sensory organs, has acquired total freedom of movement, broader visual and auditory fields and the perception of contrasts. It swivels on the seventh cervical vertebra, which provides the "unstable stability" for it to remain upright without having to be held up by the neck muscles.

When the larynx dropped under the effect of gravity, its suspenders developed while the voice widened its range, became more mobile, and the pharyngeal crossroads opened. The tongue moved back, making room for increasingly differentiated language in terms of phonetics as well as colors (movements of the soft palate, pharynx …) and intonations etc.
In other words all these functions depend on the balance of the head and the freedom of each cervical vertebra.


Ou « La capacité de sentir, ressentir, imaginer, penser et agir en 3 dimensions »

Paris : 16 – 20 avril 2016

Pendant cette formation continue sur le thème «Une Tête mobile, un Visage vivant, expressif et détendu», François Combeau proposera toute une série de mises en situations (PCM’s) très progressives et structurées. Il guidera les praticiennes et praticiens dans une pratique de l’Intégration Fonctionnelle toujours plus claire, détaillée et précise.

En trouvant la véritable verticalité, l’être humain a considérablement développé son champ d’observation et d’action. Le nouvel équilibre de la tête et sa grande liberté de mouvement ont permis un développement considérable des fonctions sensorielles et de nombreuses mobilités du visage qui lui permettent une riche palette d’expression.

Nous développerons la fluidité et l’efficacité des mouvements de la tête dans l’espace lui permettant d’assurer pleinement son rôle de véritable périscope à l’écoute du monde, et, par ailleurs, des différents mouvements du visage, le débarrassant des rictus et masques d’habitudes liés à notre histoire, des déformations d’une articulation parfois laborieuse… pour qu’il puisse exprimer le jeu subtil de nos émotions, redevienne le miroir de nos dynamismes profonds et l’instrument d’un dialogue authentique.



+ Upcoming workshops and trainings given by François Combeau in France