Low Fee Clinic – Feldenkrais for Special Needs Children

I just returned from the first segment in a year-long training on using the Feldenkrais Method to help children with special needs.  I’ll be going back three more times, and in the interims I will have additional study and research to do. I have been working with special needs children for the last five years, and when I see how much the method can help them, I am eager to do more.

My teacher, Jeremy Krauss, was a student at Dr. Feldenkrais’s Amherst training. He followed him to Israel where he lived with and worked very closely with him, translating much of his work from Hebrew into English. His understanding of the method is profound. He has done a great deal of work with special needs children, and I have found him to be clear and generous teacher. When he offered this training, I signed up immediately.

Soon, I will be offering a free, informational workshop designed to help parents and caregivers understand how the Feldenkrais Method can help their children reach a new level of functioning. Watch this blog for details.

Children who benefit from this work include those with Cerebral Palsy, developmental delays, autism, ADHD, sensory processing deficits, various birth trauma including torticollis, brachial plexus injuries, and many more conditions. In order to work with as many children as possible over the next year, I am offering lessons to special needs children for half of my regular fee.

If you have, or know of someone who has a special needs child under the age of 12, please be in touch!

For more information, contact me at 845-206-1081, or christine@woodstockfeldenkrais.com

Thank you!


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Hands on Anatomy Retreat and Training with Christine Becker and Denise Hopkins

Have you finished your yoga teacher training and yet still feel like you don’t really know how to use your hands?  Do you want to learn how to use your hands confidently in a supportive environment?  Practical Anatomy and hands on assists  are crucial for building your class size and facilitating healing in your students.

Hands-on Anatomy

Join Christine and Denise for the most exciting and practical clinic available. Hands-on Anatomy is the only clinic in country that combines assists with the anatomical knowledge to truly understand the movement you are creating.

This innovative class will combine academic anatomical study with clinical practicum in observation and hand-on assists.  Students will study different regions of the anatomy  and then observe individual variation and how each individual’s movement preferences form a coherent whole.  Students will develop an in-depth understanding of human structure and movement potential. You will enrich your skills as teachers and learn how to facilitate greater strength and flexibility gains in your students.   This class is exploratory, engaging and FUN!  This is offered exclusively at Chichester Yoga and only once in 2012 so sign up while there’s room.


•Bone, joints and muscles, the nervous system and other organ systems and how they all interact

• How the nervous system organizes movement

•Focus on gravity and breath

• Movement ‘habits’ and how to increase dynamic range through yoga and hands on assists


October 5-7th

Yoga Intensives with Denise Hopkins 9-11 daily

Break for bodywork and lunch 11-1

Practicum 1-6 with Denise and Chris

October 8th

Yoga 9-11 with Megan Leigh

Massage, Craniosacral, Hiking

Check out 3PM


When: October 5-7th Training,  (arrive October 4th, depart October 8th)

Cost: 650  ( housing October 4th-October 8th, 2 hour daily yoga practice October 5th-8th, training, transportation from Phoenicia.)

Commuter Cost: 400.00 (Includes yoga October 5th-7th and afternoon training.)

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Neuroscientist Michael Merzenich discusses the Feldenkrais Method

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Esalen Awareness Through Movement Lessons

IN 1972, Moshe Feldenkrais taught a workshop at Esalen which was attended by many of the luminaries of that time and place. In the course of the workshop he taught 43 Awareness Through Movement lessons that clearly presented his major thinking. We’ve been going through the lessons in my Thursday ATM classes,  more or less in order. There will be no class next Thursday, October 13th, but the following week,  the 2:00 class will be a modified version of Lesson 14, BreathAbdomen and Chest/Saika – Tanden (or Hara).At 3:30 I will be teaching Lesson 11Lengthening Hamstrings.

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The Feldenkrais Method is the most sophisticated and effective method I have seen for the prevention and reversal of deterioration of function. – Margaret Mead, Ph.D., Anthropologist

The Feldenkrais exercises are ingenious and simple. – Yehudi Menuhin, Concert Violinist

Feldenkrais is not just pushing muscles around, but changing things in the brain itself. – Karl Pribram, M.D., Neuroscientist, Georgetown University

As a neuroscientist interested in the development and plasticity of the nervous system, it is gratifying to see how the Feldenkrais Method demonstrates these principles. The Feldenkrais Method has also greatly improved my personal quality of life – physically and emotionally – by reducing the restrictions and limitations I thought were permanent due to multiple sclerosis. – Marla Luskin, Ph.D., Emory University Medical School

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