Guidelines for a Feldenkrais®
Awareness Through Movement® Class

1.  Please turn off your cell phone.  Remove your glasses, watch, shoes, belt and large earrings, and empty your pockets of any matter, such as, for instance, papers, wallet, keys, or any other items.

2.  Please say, just temporarily, "good bye" to your friends and neighbors, so that you don’t interrupt each other during your Awareness Through Movement® process.

3.  Always move slowly.  You don’t need to move painstakingly slow.  However, please move slow enough that you feel relaxed.

4.  Please move well within your comfort range.  Always do what you need to do to maintain comfort for yourself.  For example, you may feel at certain times the need, for instance, to put some sort of cushioning under your head, knees, or maybe other body part.  In these instances, please do so.  Listen to your body’s comfort radar.

5.  Always pause for several moments after each movement that you do, before you once again re-initiate the movement.

6.  Occasionally, you may be a little puzzled as to my verbal instructions.  Of course, you can do whatever you want to do at this point.  However, I would suggest that, at those times when you are unsure, to please resist the temptation to look over at your other classmates to see what they are doing, or how they interpreted my instructions.  By doing this, it just unfortunately takes you out of your, what could be otherwise, Self-Learning Process.  If I feel that you are misinterpreting my instructions, I will gently attend to you.

7.  Please always take a full complete rest when a "rest" is called.  Rather than an “exercise and fitness” class, which can be very helpful in its own right, the original intention of this Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement® class is to further develop your body awareness.  In Feldenkrais®, less is more!  :-)

Thank you.  Have fun and enjoy!

James Speer, Injury Rehab Therapist
                       Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner®

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