FELDENKRAIS Fall 2018 Please see ALL EVENTS Page.

The approach of using movement to train awareness of your body resides in the domain of “Somatic Education”. When we attend to ourselves in a context of learning, many old habits can be re-written in our sensory motor cortex. Effective improvements can be obtained for performance of all kinds (vocal, posture and work, dance, etc).

Through Feldenkrais, Christine developed a profound means of focusing her mind while addressing poor posture and injury. Use of awareness of moving, not only practice, has led to vocal ease and better mastery of her instruments. Her walking comfort improved and arm and neck issues resolved. Christine began to teach Feldenkrais as a means of helping others in 2002.

In Ottawa, she has taught at The School of Dance in the modern dance program, at Dovercourt, the Ottawa Circus school and Surround Circle Yoga Centre in Old Ottawa South. She is on the faculty of the Embodied School of Yoga Therapy. Her office and studio are now located at 35 Beechwood Ave. Christine will travel to visit groups requesting workshop visits.

From 2002-2005, Christine completed a training in The Feldenkrais ® Method of Somatic Education and became the sole charge therapist at the Ottawa Hospital Feldenkrais Clinic from 2009 to 2015. In the five years at TOH Christine, in conjunction with Dr Patricia Poulin, completed a pilot research effort and a randomized control group study with people experiencing chronic pain. Positive results (decreased pain ratings and increased function reported, as well as lowered levels of symptoms of depression) with group sessions were demonstrated in each project. In Christine’s clinical practice, helping clients to develop awareness using small movement with sensing, learning the physiology of chronic pain, and energy conservation, clients could begin to manage and live with pain.

Growing from her interest in rehabilitation and career as an occupational therapist, the approach of The Feldenkrais Method to retrain the brain was appealing and intuitive for Christine. Since then, neurorehabilitation is gaining interest as science begins to observe the brain as it is learning. Use of mindfulness for people facing chronic health issues has grown and is now an evidence-based approach. How pain manifests is better understood now, and so, better approaches to treatment such as use of Feldenkrais to improve awareness, play a larger role in improving people’s lives. Ultimately, functional activity and occupations of daily life can be improved with this approach.

Graves worked as an occupational therapist for over 20 years. She graduated from UBC originally with a BSc (OT). Her certification in The Feldenkrais Method required her to study a total of 1000 hours in a professional training in Michigan and now, she maintains competency with ongoing continuing education hours and practise. Working privately as a Feldenkrais teacher in Ottawa and in Eastern Ontario, Christine holds workshops and group classes in the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education. She continues to study yoga, Somatics, hoop dance and Tai Chi as well as other forms of hands-on helping approaches to healing and for artists.

Past themes include:
February 6th, 2016 1-5 p.m. NECK CARE 101- When shoulders and necks are not happy neither are we.

March 12th, 2016 1-5 p.m. FEET- Our contact with the ground; our means of moving forward.

Each workshop fee includes tea and snacks (fresh fruit and veggies). Cost $85. Space is limited.

Please note the 35 Beechwood space is scent free. The studio is located on the third floor. Please wear layers to accommodate for temperature comfort and bring your own towels. Some mats are available but bring one if you can. Some parking is available in the underground garage accessed at McKay St and there is plenty of street parking. OC Transpo bus routes #7, #5 and #1 stop at the entrance on Beechwood. Give yourself extra time to arrive in the space. Please call me if you have any further inquiries. 613-316-5357.

The Feldenkrais Method, ATM and FI are trademarks of the Feldenkrais Guild of North America. Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner is a certification mark of the Guild.