Sunday, May 4, 2014

Feldenkrais® for Dancing

         


Greetings Health Enthusiast ...  and Dancer!!

Happy May to you!  When you think of the month of May, you may think of ... sunshine ... the outdoors ... or spring time.

What else do you think of?  You possibly think of ...  beauty ... getting outside and having fun, doing what you like to do.  You possibly associate May with the month of having the ideal temperature.  That is, without actually breaking too deep of a sweat, it feels like just the right amount of warmth or heat.

After shivering and quivering during the nightly Jack Frost from winter, with the arrival of the beautiful month of May, you possibly think of moving, blooming, blossoming, coming of age, a new life, a new season, coming alive!

It stands to reason that the month of May was named for the Greek goddess, Maia, who was identified with the Roman era goddess of fertility, Bona Dea, whose festival was held in May.

For the partiers among us, as every bar and club owner is grateful for, we all look forward to having fun, a.k.a. "Goin' nuts!", on Cinco de Mayo.

This leads to ... when you think of May, you think of parties, coming to life ... indoors as well as outdoors ... in someone's living room, an auditorium, or on the beach, or in the woods.  ...  You think of dancing!  ...  by yourself, or in a group circle.

For all you dancers, that's everyone of us ... from the beginner ballet student ... to the night club socialite ... to the solitary, closed-bedroom-door dancer  ...  to the professional dancer, you are maybe aware of how Feldenkrais can improve your dancing mobility.  Its enhanced coordination development, Feldenkrais Movement Education has even helped to prolong the life of professional dancers' careers.

It's always a pleasure to see how Feldenkrais can wonderfully, gently soften or open up a dancer's hips, as well as give them a greater sense of refined, quality movement within their dancing repertoire.
 
Feldenkrais's merits for injury prevention are well known within the dance world.  In addition to consistently being mentioned within Dance Magazine for the last 35 years, just take a look at a fraction of the total Research that has been done, below, which references the benefits of Feldenkrais for improving dancing, some even being Peer-Reviewed.
Batson, Glenna. Revisiting Overuse Injuries in Dance in View of Motor Learning and Somatic Models of Distributed Practice. Journal of Dance Medicine & Science 2007, Vol. 11 Issue 3, p70 6p. Peer Reviewed.
Ryding C. Rudebeck CE. Mattsson B. Body awareness in movement and language: concordance and disparity. [Journal Article: Research] Advances in Physiotherapy. 2004; 6(4): 158-65. (18 ref). Peer Reviewed

Bruce, F.M. Making sense in movement : the dynamics of self-learning and self-change. [Microform Thesis or Dissertation] Kinesiology Publications, University of Oregon Eugene, OR, 2004, 3 microfiche (234 fr.)

Nordin, Sanna M., Cumming, Jennifer. The Development of Imagery in Dance. Journal of Dance Medicine & Science 2006, Vol. 10 Issue 1/2, p21 7p. Peer Reviewed.

Phillips-Silver, Jessica. On the Meaning of Movement in Music, Development and the Brain. Contemporary Music Review, 2009, Vol. 28(3): 293-314.




If you are interested in how I, as an Injury Rehab Therapist as well as hands-on Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, can give your body the sensory-motor experience of being able to dance more gracefully and efficiently, please call me at tel. 310-395-1952.
I look forward to meeting and working with you.

"Health is all that Matters!"  The best in health to you!

Happy May!

James



Guan Yin Acupuncture & Feldenkrais® Center
Dr. Lin Cheng Speer, LAc, OMD, PhD
James Speer, Injury Rehab Therapist
Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner®
1003 Wilshire Blvd. Suites #203, #208
Santa Monica, CA 90401
tel. 310-395-1952
www.drlinspeer.com www.feldenkraisjamesspeer.com
"Health Is All that Matters!"

To see what I do as a Feldenkrais Practitioner, go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtNi-ilCJ30

For a video of me demonstrating the wonderful "'2-Minute Feldenkrais® Miracle' to Free Up Your Stiff Neck", go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9p7_XPK6lM