Thursday, June 25, 2015

July News

Lots of stuff!


#1 I will be on summer break July 2nd-July 5th
# 2 I will be teaching a private intensive in Rhinebeck, NY July 6th-July 8th
#3 I will be teaching at a private retreat in Rhinebeck, NY July 17th- July 19th and July 24th- 26th
#4 Ms. Dana Florin-Weiss will be teaching a core series at my place July 7th- 28th (more info:
#5 My room is available for sublet when I'm out of town + 1 day on either side.

Phew! A little more about the stuff.

I'll be staying at a lovely house in Rhinebeck debuting a service that custom delivers a total movement overhaul. I'll be covering neuromuscular re-education, mind/body practice, and "everyday ergonomics."  There may be a couple sessions open to the public. It's a pilot program, so I'm sure there will be adjustments. I will let you know if those become available. Otherwise, if you're out in the Hudson Valley, come visit anyway. I have the evenings off!  House is close to many Rhinebeck attractions.

My weekly schedule between Monday evenings and Thursday mornings will remain largely unchanged.

Dana will be teaching a regular Core Integration class on Tuesdays at 5PM. Please do not be shy about asking for private sessions, duets, or trios.

Thanks so much. Happy summer!

Thursday, June 25th
Teaching Practicum 6:00PM-7:30PM (Teachers @ 5PM)

Friday, June 26th

Monday, June 29th
6PM @ Tribeca

Wednesday, July 1st
10:45AM @ Greenpoint Tattoo

July 2nd-8th
Out of town

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Summer Series with Dana Florin-Weiss

Dana is guest teaching at my place this summer. This series looks amazing. I think I'll have to drop in on this one.

If the weather is exceptional, the roof deck is an option...

Exploring Core Integration

How do we identify the physical core of our bodies? How can the strength of the core resonate through the body as a whole? In this four class series, through guided and personal investigation, we will bring awareness to the innate intelligence of our anatomical design. Combining Pilates exercises with movement/release work, we will work to find strength, ease and balance. The goal is to awaken every corner of the body from head to toe!

6 spots only -- Come with questions/areas of interest!
July 7, 14, 21, 28 -- Tuesdays 5pm-6pm
(Drop ins welcome if space allows)

A dance artist with a passion for anatomy, biomechanics, and touch therapy, Dana works to integrate strengthening, stretch and movement into her mat class. Believing that a balanced body begins with a strong and vital core, Dana's class will challenge individuals to build greater physical awareness and develop supple, coordinated strength to support the moving body. Dana has studied with Jennifer Nace and Kelly Kane receiving her certification from the Kane School of Core Integration. Dana continues to dance, create, share and teach in Brooklyn and beyond.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Practicum Notes 6/19

So, that was a bit of a whirlwind. I like that teachers got to get their hands on people and work with a specific exercise for a good long time. I like that students also got to move right away. For this particular group of people this ended up being okay. And the students felt great afterwards, so well done teachers!

But, in my attempt to make sure everybody got moving and working, we lost focus on the discs! I don't want students to feel like they're hanging out while we're talking and setting up our intentions, focus, etc. So, for the next one, I'm going to have teachers meet early, to set up the topic we'll be working on.

Next topic is, "the diagnosis." What are some tools we can use to begin the investigation of why our clients feel the way they do. When they come to see you, they are usually there to answer questions as profound as, "where are my panic attacks coming from?" or as mundane as, "why is my ass so flabby?"  The diagnosis is so important because that will be the foundation of how you design that person's "course of treatment." Ya dig? Alright.

Moving forward:

Just want to reiterate that this is YOUR practicum to use as much, as little, as creatively as you desire. Please use me as a resource. I have a lot to give at the moment. Use the space as your lab. This is not about me administering a curriculum for you to get proficient at. It's about teachers taking responsibility for and addressing their needs and getting them met.  Confused about shoulders? Please propose a shoulder practicum. You want to practice integrating a new skill in a supportive environment? Book the space, and let's get students. Let's get specific. Let's get weird.

For "bodies" who want to keep participating:
You can propose topics too. What interests you? What kinds of challenges are you working with? The more diverse, the better. We're all here to learn. Thanks for your awesomeness yesterday. So lovely. Everyone. xxC

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Interdisciplinary Teaching Practicum (ITP)

Interdisciplinary Teaching Practicum (ITP)

I’ve had the great fortune of mentoring a couple of teachers who are committed to developing their work in clinical, interdisciplinary approaches to movement.  We’ve spent hours in conversation, recommended readings, observations, etc.

It’s time for them to get some hands on experience.

At this point in time ITP is:

·      A project and experiment that brings teachers and students together. 

·      An affordable laboratory for certified teachers in multiple disciplines, medical students, holistic care givers etc., to synthesize and define a wide array of skills and interests. 

·      An affordable place for students who are open to alternative movement practice to explore and deepen their body work.

·     A place for practitioners to get supportive and challenging feedback. 

·      A forum for peers.

We are going to schedule a few workshops this summer, and if all goes well, do something more structured in the fall.

If you’re interested in mentorship or participating in an interdisciplinary movement workshop
Please contact: 

Upcoming workshops:
June 18th 2:00PM-3:30PM Healthy Discs/Vertebral Disc Injury

June 25th 6:00PM-7:30PM Pilates applications for neck, shoulder, upper back tension, if we have time we'll touch upon the subtle body and psoas.

*Mentoring Philosophy*

Certification programs are great for immersing yourself in a particular discipline, but they don't necessarily build teachers. Therefore a "teaching certification" is a bit of a misnomer (an expensive one). The best teachers are artists. You can't teach someone their worldview, aesthetic, or expressive sensibility. You can only guide and support their process, and keep them honest, so that their artistry has some depth and integrity. I'm interested in teachers who want to challenge what they think they know about the body/mind, and are ready to blow the doors off any limits to the applications of movement. 

I want to keep the process organic, spontaneous, and rigorous...the "old-fashioned" way:

1) Apprentice with a mentor and practice.
2) When you're ready, teach.
3) If you have trouble acquiring and maintaining clientele, you might not be ready.
4) Repeat step 1.

Everyone is welcome. Let's throw this puppy against the wall and see if it sticks!