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Connecting with the Vagal Nerve: Enliven Digestion & So Much More

Ready to learn simple techniques to help improve vagus nerve function? Join us for this two-day workshop with instructor Elinor Silverstein, GCFP.

Vagus nerve vector illustration. Labeled anatomical structure scheme and location diagram of human body longest nerve. Infographic with isolated ganglion, branches and plexus. Inner biological ANS.This long-branching nerve begins in the base of the brain. It travels all the way down to the bottom of your belly, touching and communicating with almost every organ on its way down.

Proper vagus nerve functioning is strongly implicated in physical wellness, emotional well-being, rest, and sleep. It’s essential for regulating your digestion and immune system, as well as controlling blood pressure and heart health functioning.

Did we talk about memory, short and long term? Yes, it is part of this, too.

WHEN: Saturday, January 25, 2020: 10 am-5 pm
Sunday, January 26: 10 am-4 pm

COST: Early Bird $225 (thru Dec. 8); Regular $275 (thru Jan. 2); Late $295 (after Jan. 2).
Register here on Brown Paper Tickets. Or send a check made out to “Dallas Feldenkrais” to: 3515 Cedar Springs Rd., Dallas TX 75219.

Email angela at dallasfeldenkrais dot com to request group rates for your staff.

WHO WILL BENEFIT?

This workshop is for:

  • Functional medicine and integrative medicine professionals
  • Feldenkrais practitioners
  • Osteopaths
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physical therapists
  • Massage therapists
  • Yoga therapists
  • Other somatic practitioners, including those who offer Structural Integration, Bowen technique, Body-Mind centering
  • Other interested health professionals who’d like to enrich their practice with these simple, potent techniques

WHAT TO EXPECT

You’ll engage in Feldenkrais Method® movement lessons and simple hands-on techniques. And you’ll learn the science behind it to teach you what you can do for yourself and to help your clients promote and sustain wellness.

Snacks included. Catered lunch optional.

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Head shot of Elinor Silverstein

Elinor Silverstein, GCFP

Elinor Silverstein, an internationally recognized Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner , holds degrees in Biology and Zoology. In addition, she integrates the sciences of nutrition and movement biology into her teaching of the Gut-Brain Connection and Vagus Nerve System Health. Elinor has over 35 years of experience using the Feldenkrais Method® to assist people with their healing process as they deal with serious nervous system disorders—both diagnosed and undiagnosed. She teaches her Gut-Brain, and Vagus Nerve connection programs to medical professionals, Feldenkrais practitioners, and the general public throughout the world, while maintaining a private practice in Orange County, California.

Presented by Dallas Feldenkrais/ Dallas Movement Lab in partnership with Westside Wellness Dallas and SimplyAware.

Move Your Shoulders Like Wheels

What’s Happening in May & June

The next Feldenkrais® series are just around the corner, and they’ll be shorter than usual: four and five weeks.

At the end of June, I’m going to the annual Feldenkrais conference for five days. Count on my coming back with a bunch of new ideas we’ll play with in class, as I’ll be training with my mentor Jeff Haller, as well as several other deeply experienced teachers. The theme this year is “Discover Ease: Finding What Already Exists.”

Interested? The conference has workshops open to the public. These include:

  • Your Vagal Nerve System, Why the Feldenkrais Method Is So Important, with Elinor Silverstein
  • Two Masters and One Nerd, with Moti Nativ, Jeff Haller, and Roger Russell
  • Jump Forever Rhymes with Young Forever, with Moti Nativ

Human skeleton dancing DAB, perform dabbing move gesture, posing on white background.The conference is in Boulder, CO, which has been on my bucket list for years, so I’m taking some additional time to explore and perhaps do a short retreat in July. Classes will likely begin again the second or third week of July.

The focus in my May and June classes will be shoulders, arms, and hands. Most of us have injured our shoulders, or dealt with Carpel Tunnel or another repetitive-motion issue. We all benefit from understanding more clearly how to mobilize this area. (How often do you find your shoulders up by your ears?)

More about Your Shoulder Girdle

“Nearly every bone in the trunk, from occiput to pelvis, furnishes surfaces for the attachments of muscles which are also attached to some portion of the shoulder apparatus. . .”—Mabel Elsworth Todd, The Thinking Body: A Study of the Balancing Forces of Dynamic Man.

Classic Awareness Through Movement lesson.Todd points out that our shoulder and arm muscles have a wheel-like distribution. She writes, “The muscle power must be applied so as to operate through as many arcs as the range and direction of movements require. This is accomplished by a wheel-like design whereby muscles attached through great distances over many surfaces of the skeletal framework converge about the shoulder joint. . . . It is this wheel-like arrangement of lines of muscle force through all planes which gives such enormous power to the arms and hands, not alone in doing heavy work. . . but also in the control of delicately centered movements of the hands and fingers.” (Ibid)

We’ll be rolling those wheels in June: register here.

Sunday Classes

Russ Mitchell, fresh from the latest segment of his Feldenkrais training, will teach five classic lessons on Sundays. You can bet I’ll be there! Register for his series here.

Saturday Classes

Do Saturday mornings work best for you? Consider coming to Patterns Lab, 11:30 am-1:30 pm. Prerequiste: at least one series of classes or package of private lessons with me, or previous experience with the Feldenkrais Method®. Please email me if you’re interested in joining.