Kind Movement

Kind Movement helps you learn to increase your body awareness and your personal movement habits.  We hurt when we move driven by our unconscious habits.  Changing our habits starts with our awareness.

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Upcoming Kind Movement Workshops:

Give Your Body a Break  –  Kind Movement Delivered to Your Screen.

You will get:

  1. Awareness of habits that lead to strain and pain.
  2. Ways to improve your working posture and movement.
  3. Increased ability to listen to your body – know when to take a break.
  4. Ways to decrease soreness/stiffness at the end of day.

When: Mondays: 12:15 – 12:50 pm  (MST) Jan 13, 20, 27, Feb 3, 10

How it works: Each session is 40 minutes of guided movement.

You will:

  • Sit on a chair in front of your computer.
  • Join an online call.
  • You will need a computer with a camera, speakers and microphone or a Smart phone or tablet.
  • Wear clothing you can move in.
  • Learn ways to care for yourself through movement

I will:

  • Give you verbal guidance to do movement.
  • Watch your movements and offer suggestions to support your learning.

Who is this for?

This Kind Movement series is for people who:

  1. Cope with repetitive stress conditions but can’t take time away from work to heal.
  2. Are interested in learning how to take care of themselves while they get their job done.
  3. Want a body break when it is too cold to go outside at lunch.
  4. Have a computer hangover at the end of the day.

Sign Up:

Register for the Series (5 sessions) $63 (with GST).

Register: https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=16538138&appointmentType=11317807

  • What is it worth to you to know you can work without straining your wrists, neck, eyes?
  • What would it be like to get through your busy season at work without feeling physically wrecked?

You will get access to recordings of each session until Feb 10.

I want to know more!  In Kind Movement we explore:

  • How do I move myself?
  • Am I aware of my habits of movement?
  • Am I ignoring signals from my body in how I use my computer mouse?  From my eyes in reading on-screen?  My neck and shoulders in how I support my head?
  • Do I feel tired or numb at the end of the work day?
  • Do I cope with headaches or tight and tired hands?
  • Do I approach my work as a wounded work-a-holic?

Kind Movement is a learning process inspired by the approach created by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais.  Using non-habitual movements, this learning process guides learners to move.  Within an ongoing practice, people learn what they have the potential to do, regardless of the body and the self they bring to their practice.

In a Kind Movement lesson, I will give you verbal guidance and suggestions to empower you to know yourself differently than you have before, to guide your curiosity, to discover what you can do.

In this series all lessons will be done sitting on a chair or standing.  You will be asked to  explore options in movements and notice differences in yourself.  While you are moving parts of you, I will also guide you to move your attention, to activate your natural capacity to learn.  Lessons will be 30-40 minutes.  I anchor each lesson in a daily activity so you can learn how you can move more freely, more easily, and in ways that can reduce pain.  In processing your experience, we will talk about ways to integrate your learning into your daily life. Through your kind attention, you can develop your capacity to use yourself better – better quality movement, more purposeful living and more possibilities for you.

Here is a short (5 minute) video by Andrew Dawson produced by the Feldenkrais Guild (UK) showing what you can experience in a class. The lessons shown here take place with learners on mats.  Lessons can also be completed sitting or standing.  https://vimeo.com/39833095

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About Cheryl

I am drawn to be a Feldenkrais practitioner because I love learning.  I completed my teaching practicum in August 2019.  I worked for many years in the education system, always drawn to learning methods that empower and transform the learner. And I know all about long hours working at the computer.  I find extraordinary purpose in working with people who believe that they can’t, learn how they can.

As a Feldenkrais practitioner trainee, I have

  • given Kind Movement lessons to a woman that allowed her to regain her ability to train in a sport she loves and avoid repetitive injuries.
  • taught a woman to find greater mobility and less pain after a shoulder injury.
  • taught a woman to find greater stability and mobility as she prepares for a hip replacement; she recently avoided a fall and is finding ways to move with less pain.

I have a deep personal interest in learning to age well, to feel well enough to continue doing what I love and to keep learning and growing.

As someone who has lived with sciatica in my right hip, created by working longer than was healthy for me, I experienced for years stiffness, pain and limited mobility after long car rides or marathon report writing sessions. In my own Feldenkrais practice, I no longer live with the limits of a stiff, painful hip.  I have learned how to move in more flexible, freer ways.  In my last drive back from Feldenkrais training – 15 hours from Seattle to Edmonton –  I had so much less stiffness and pain that I kind of forgot about how road trips have been for me for years. I am not cured but I am finding ways to use myself better, so I move better and suffer less.

What my clients have said about working with me.

I am working through a medical diagnosis for a chronic condition.  I feel uplifted and hopeful after talking with Cheryl.  She has this way of offering possible paths of relief, while accepting my physical reality.  Using a wine metaphor, I’d describe Cheryl as “hopeful with an aftertaste of pragmatism”.  She respects my need to be in charge of my life and my abilities to handle my situation.  Together we explore what might be possible.  This is really helpful to me – it is easy to feel powerless, to believe my condition may only get worse.  I may have what I have, but I feel like it doesn’t get to have me.  (Sharon)

Last winter, I fell on the same shoulder twice. I had done physiotherapy for 2 months when I started working with Cheryl.  At the time I found it difficult to walk my dog, to carry groceries and to go to my Pilates class.  After the first online lesson, I found I had more range of motion and less pain in my shoulder. I learned how tension and pain in my neck were a source of constrained movement. I found that working with my movement habits (that create that tension) with Cheryl, and continuing physiotherapy,  I recovered enough to go back to my Pilates class and stay active.  (Allison)

I had stopped going to aikido because of pain in my both wrist joints near my thumbs.  The surgeon said my thumbs were partly out of socket which I assumed were a result of the pulling in practice; arthritis had formed causing pain.  Because of my love for aikido, I investigated other ways of healing other than the possible surgery.  A highly skilled physical therapist had worked extensively with my shoulders and arms which greatly helped.  The work with Cheryl (as part of her trainee practice) then helped me learn to move in a more conscious way with my arms and other parts of my body.  Both facilitated my return to aikido, and I have found the Feldenkreis work with Cheryl to have continued impact on my practice.   It has allowed more awareness of movement, and I experience more flow and groundedness in practice.  I am grateful for the work. (Pamela)

Need support to decide?  Contact Cheryl at cheryl@kindpower.ca or 780.903.5519.  She can help you decide if Kind Movement is good for you.

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