Exclusive for students and graduates of Instituto Feldenkrais
There is a popular saying: “Practice makes perfect”. At this advanced stage in your training process it can be very helpful to consolidate your knowledge and polish some aspects of your work, in order to make you more confident about giving successful FIs. That is why we want would like to offer you some extra supervision, in the form of guided practice of Functional Integration.
Kathryn Hume-Cook will join you to share her understanding of Functional Integration, her vision of the relationship between ATM and FI and her approach to the Feldenkrais Method.
As you have already experienced in your training segments, Kathryn will work with specific ATMs related to the FI in order to help you understand more deeply the pattern of action related to the specific topic of the lesson. She will demonstrate the full FI and then go back to clarify any parts you would like to go over. In the afternoon you will be guided through your own FI practice with a “client” or “practice buddy” at home. And of course there will also be time for group discussion and reflection.
This is a great opportunity to deepen your understanding of the art of Functional Integration.
The Refreshers will include:
- ATM Practice
- FI demos taught by Kathryn
- Analysis of the lesson: overview, background, questions and refinements
- Guided practice
- Discussion about the experience
"Arms and Legs Reaching into Spine" - 25th /26th Sept. 2021
This FI in supine position has a clear structure, exploring diagonal connections by pushing and pulling through arms and legs, reaching into the spine and connecting to the chest and the pelvis. You can use it to address your students ability to mobilize, stabilize and support themselves over a standing leg, thus freeing the opposite arm for reaching or the opposite leg for walking.
This is an FI that also includes active participation of your client and is thus a very accessible lesson in which the learning and understanding is often quite tangible.
"Kneeling Across The Table" - 4th/5th December 2021
This special FI constellation is worth having in your repetoire. It could be a useful option as an alternative to a lesson lying on the belly, enabling clients to experience the advantages of this orientation in a safe and supported way. It might become your first choice for adressing certain types of low back pain or asymmetries in the use of the pelvis and the spine.
Certainly, as ths position represents inverted sitting, we have a classic example of how framing a lesson within a different context can be a useful tool for inhibiting reflexive patterns and expectations. Lastly, the unique ways you can address relationships between the pevis and the shoulder girdle also apply to improving gait.