Finding Balance

An Awareness Through Movement (ATM) workshop
for improving balance from the Feldenkrais Method
with Ravi Prabhakar

Saturday, Feb 9, 2019
9:30 AM – 2:30 P:M ET (1 hour lunch break 12:00-1:00 PM)

$65 per person (limited seats available so please register at the earliest).

 

When we think of balance, we think of acrobatics or gymnastics or even a circus high wire act. Yet all of us engage daily in activities that require a good sense of balance. Be it a yoga pose, or a golf/tennis swing or even more routinely, a walk up a flight of stairs or even across the room to pick up a book from the shelf.

For humans over the age of two, standing and walking are our primary vehicles for activity. But when we look more closely, we notice that we are balancing all the time, in every action or movement we make. Moving better means balancing better and vice versa.

As children, our sense of balance is very fluid. We are used to moving in rolling, spiraling movements that translate well into safe falling. However, as we age, we lose these three-dimensional movement pathways into and out of the floor, because we’re specializing in other movements. We get good at sitting still and become more afraid of falling. The fear of falling settles into us as tension in the legs, fixed segments of the spine, eyes and head lowered to the floor. We don’t know we’ve changed this way. It’s unconscious…

Through the Feldenkrais Method, we reverse this process as we engage the systems that govern our bodily sensations, improve their functioning, and include in our self-image, the subtle movements that are necessary for healthy balancing.

There are at least six ways the Feldenkrais Method helps improve balance:

1. Increased awareness
2. Smoother quality of movement
3. Improved skeletal support
4. Better Coordination
5. More nourishing breathing
6. Internalized change that occurs organically, “from the inside out”

In Awareness Through Movement classes, the practitioner guides you through a sequence of slow, gentle & non-strenuous movements. You explore different ways to perform the same movement. By slowing down and paying attention, you provide feedback and options to your nervous system, enhancing self-awareness and improving function.

A tool for self-exploration and self-improvement that can benefit everyone; from the seriously impaired to the accomplished athlete. Lessons are easy to do; the results can be immediate & profound.
Participants often experience improvements in posture, lightness in movement and freedom from chronic discomfort.
Whether carrying groceries, working at your desk, practicing Yoga, playing the piano or competing in a triathlon, everything becomes easier.

About Ravi Prabhakar:
Ravi is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Practitioner. He graduated as an Aeronautical Engineer and followed it with a Masters’ Degree in Business Administration. He has lived and worked in 7 countries in the past 18 years and currently resides in Decatur with his family. He finds endless joy and amazement in learning about the human body and uncovering its potential. Much like Feldenkrais himself, a nagging knee injury led Ravi to look for ways to improve his condition. After trying several forms of therapy, from the conventional to the esoteric, Ravi discovered the Feldenkrais Method, which he feels has been the most effective in addressing the root cause of the pain – an inability to sense oneself. Teaching Awareness Through Movement lessons is his way to explore the work of Moshe Feldenkrais.

Ravi Prabhakar

Ravi is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Practitioner. He graduated as an Aeronautical Engineer and followed it with a Masters’ Degree in Business Administration. He has lived and worked in 7 countries in the past 18 years and currently resides in Decatur with his family. He finds endless joy and amazement in learning about the human body and uncovering its potential. Much like Feldenkrais himself, a nagging knee injury led Ravi to look for ways to improve his condition. After trying several forms of therapy, from the conventional to the esoteric, Ravi discovered the Feldenkrais Method, which he feels has been the most effective in addressing the root cause of the pain – an inability to sense oneself. Teaching Awareness Through Movement lessons is his way to explore the work of Moshe Feldenkrais.