I am a somatic (body) educator. I use movement to create greater self awareness, thus improving movement improves life itself. I specialize in running form and also in working with the Baby Boomer generation which I believe have special needs and a special calling
My work is based largely on the work of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais. I use Awareness Through Movement (R) Lessons which are group lessons taught mostly verbally and Transcendent Running lessons (tm) that can be taught either verbally or as one-on-one hands on work. The object in either mode is for the client to have a learning experience that will garner new options for movement, new ways of doing things or new ways of coordinating movement. Most of the lessons are taught lying on the floor, but some are taught in side lying, kneeling, standing, walking, walking or in other positions. The learning is individual with no "correct" way of doing it but on an emphasis of how you it with your own structure and current body.
There are well over a1000 lessons to draw from. Unlike physical therapy which may prescribe isolated exercises to "correct" imbalances, Transcendent Running deals directly with functional movement and coordination of movement patterns. You learn right away how to improve the doing of something rather than hope that exercises will eventually help. The lessons are ususally conducted in a low stress way, lying on the floor using it for support. Moving gently and slowly increases sensitivity and makes the lessons appropriate for all age groups.
I have lived enough decades to have experienced most running injuries and know how to deal with them and also how to heal with a very minimum of down time. In my twenties I had a tibial stress fracture and now know that it was in my running form that caused it. I have experienced and have firsthand knowledge of working with IT band syndrome, knee problems, plantar faciitis and neck problems. I have completed races of 5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon and and 50k distance. I also enjoy fast-packing.
A Mind/Body is a Terrible Thing To Waste!
What is Transcendent Running and why do we talk about awareness? What is awareness anyway? How can it improve my running? Awareness is simply being cognizant of something. But wait! That is just using a synonym to define something. We might say that awareness is our ability to observe ourselves, to become an observer, a gatherer of information. Is awareness a general quality that we develop or is it used to develop skills in the Transcendent Running (tm) program?
The answer to both questions is yes. Awareness is a general quality that we can develop. Learning to observe ourselves is a skill that can be used to further our aims or find improvement in any area of life that is important to us. A favorite quote is " If you know what you are doing you can do what you want. (M. Feldenkrais) How do we know the details of what we are doing besides observing them? In other words paying attention to what we need to know, relying on the greatest computer and the greatest feed back system in the world, the mind/body brain. So we are aware of what we are doing and that is self-awareness.
WE also have another link in the learning cycle, the environment. What we know, think and sense are all linked to it. That means many things. One of them is that our relationship to gravity is a great teacher. We learn all movement in the field of gravity.
Transcendent Running (tm) can take you on an exploration of the valueof generalizing the process of awareness, so that your explorations can include all areas of training and form. Transcendent Running (tm) guides you through the process of expanding your running awareness and increasing your concentration skills. It will introduce you to and guide you through lessons that will based on the Transcendent Running learning cycle which looks like this...
Lessons will be helpful in improving breathing, posture/acture, pelvic rotation and coordination of the running movement through the spine and good alignment and transmission of forces from the ground upwards through the whole kinetic chain of motion.
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