Category Archives: Feldenkrais Method

Testimonials

 

 

Principal Danny Garcia, Kohala Elementary School

Kohala Elementary School has partnered with Wellness Through Movement for over ten years.   Catherine Rosasco Mitchell has provided classes for students, teachers and community members to develop a stronger sense of awareness within them selves. We have incorporated the mindfulPrincipal Danny Garcia Kohala Elementaryness program into our daily culture here at KES calling them “PONO Breath” and “PONO Space” respectively. Our primary focus here at KES is to develop young children into young adults with a strong sense of self physically, mentally and emotionally.  Through the training both in movement and mindfulness with the WTM program, we have seen both individual students achieve success overcoming anxiety and other behavior issues, and improve in listening and communication. In addition there has been a school wide decrease in poor behaviors and referrals.

 

Our teachers use the “PONO Breath” with the students daily and our school counselor has incorporated the “Sensational Attention” video into her curriculum.  As the school leader, I personally believe in the WTM methodology and it’s importance in primary education.  I say, teach the body first than the mind will follow…we are spiritual creatures having a physical experience.

 

Mahalo Nui Loa,

Danny P. Garcia, Principal

Kohala Elementary School

 

 

 

Andy Russel, Health Coach, Video Tech

 

Andy Russel, Health CoachAfter documenting the Wellness Through Movement program at the Kohala eleme
ntary school it is obvious that the program positively affects cognitive performance and physical well being. What made the results from the Wellness Through Movement program unique was how each student developed personally and in the group; shy students became more expressive, boisterous students became more quietly engaged and the entire group benefitted from the improved dynamics. This allowed f

or more spontaneous involvement from all the students rather than the group developing a habitual hierarchy that would have benefitted some and stifled others. For this reason, I think the WTM program is distinct from and more beneficial than most physical education programs used in schools presently and has the potential to be used in an integrated way in any situation rather than only being used as a separate and isolated practice.

 

 

Andy Russell

Feldenkrais trainee, fitness and health coach

Testimonials

 

 

Principal Garcia, Kohala Elementary School

Principal Danny Garcia Kohala Elementary

Kohala Elementary School has partnered with Wellness Through Movement for over ten years.   Catherine Rosasco Mitchell has provided classes for students, teachers and community members to develop a stronger sense of awareness within them selves. We have incorporated the mindfulness program into our daily culture here at KES calling them “PONO Breath” and “PONO Space” respectively. Our primary focus here at KES is to develop young children into young adults with a strong sense of self physically, mentally and emotionally.  Through the training both in movement and mindfulness with the WTM program, we have seen both individual students achieve success overcoming anxiety and other behavior issues, and improve in listening and communication. In addition there has been a school wide decrease in poor behaviors and referrals.

Our teachers use the “PONO Breath” with the students daily and our school counselor has incorporated the “Sensational Attention” video into her curriculum.  As the school leader, I personally believe in the WTM methodology and it’s importance in primary education.  I say, teach the body first than the mind will follow…we are spiritual creatures having a physical experience.

Mahalo Nui Loa,

Danny P. Garcia, Principal

Kohala Elementary School

 

 

 

Andy Russel Health CoachAndy Russel, Health Coach

After documenting the Wellness Through Movement program at the Kohala elementary school it is obvious that the program positively affects cognitive performance and physical well being. What made the results from the Wellness Through Movement program unique was how each student developed personally and in the group; shy students became more expressive, boisterous students became more quietly engaged and the entire group bAndy Russel, Health Coachenefitted from the improved dynamics. This allowed for more spontaneous involvement from all the students rather than the group developing a habitual hierarchy that would have benefitted some and stifled others. For this reason, I think the WTM program is distinct from and more beneficial than most physical education programs used in schools presently and has the potential to be used in an integrated way in any situation rather than only being used as a separate and isolated practice.

 

 

Andy Russell

Feldenkrais trainee, fitness and health coach

Board & Hui

Board Members

Pat Linton: Secretary/Treasurer Former CEO North Kohala Community Hospital

William Prothero: Vice President Former Professor at University California Santa Barbara

Catherine Rosasco Mitchell: President Feldenkrais Practitioner 

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Hui  of Educators, Professionals, Parents Advisors 

Susie Jones M.A: Physical Education Instructor/Administrator Hawaii Preparatory Academy
Esther Hughes M. Ed.: CSSS RT Comprehensive Student Support System Resource Teacher, Hawaii Department of Education
Jody Lubrecht Ph.D.: Consulting Clinical Psychologist
Doug Connors: Grant Writer, Laupahoehoe Train Museum
Catherine Rosasco Mitchell: Feldenkrais Practitioner, Feldenkrais Interest
Donna Rohr M.A.: Drama and Physical Education Instructor/ Parker Elementary School


Pigeon Toed Children

 

Solution Other the Casts

By Catherine Rosasco-Mitchell

 

Internal Tibia Rotation     Toe walking, knock-knees, and pigeon toed conditions are the most common orthopedic (muscular-skeletal) challenges in toddlers today. Many children grow out of these conditions as they learn to walk. Signs of improvement are visible by the age of six months by trained professionals. If there are no signs of improvement then drastic measures that are quite painful are often presented as the only option.

 

“Braces, casts and surgeries are not the only options for orthopedic conditions,” says Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais who is the world-renowned physicist and professor in the fields of neurology, development and movement. This Nobel Prize assistant created a method called “Functional Integration® (FI) that is a sensory motor movement that changes orthopedic conditions. Other colleagues agree development is based on sensory perception inside the body and is a key to healthy functioning (See Society of Research for Child Develop, Teaching Institute 2015 Blog: http://wellnessthroughmovement.com/srcd-teaching-institute-presentation-philadelphia/ Pigeon toed children do not feel their sensory body.

 

FI uses the sensation of motion and touch to build receptive impulses of necessary information for healthy alignment and development. The sequence of sensations in developmental movement is key to how information is processed and incorporated from-the-body-to-the-brain. Sensations of motion in sessions integrate muscular and skeletal function between parts to correct alignment and balance. Results are seen as early as after one session if there are no bone deformations.

 

How does it work? Sessions introduce missing sensory-motor development. Correction of condition demands not just the mechanical function but also neurological intelligence (Goddard, 1957). The sensory level integrates life changes in psychological and emotional well-being and relieves pain and suffering. Does this sound too good to be true? Leading physical therapists are training with Feldenkrais work because of its amazingly quick and long lasting results. FI sessions take the suffering off the table. Instead gentle movement clarifies and utilizes the intelligence of the natural development through the skeleton to the muscles and their alignment, posture and position.

 

When children with pigeon toe (or flat foot) conditions correct them selves it is because movement stages were developed correctly. Each stage of developmental movement creates the next stage forming building blocks for healthy function (S. Randolph and M. Heiniger, 1998). If any stage is missing the condition will not correct itself. The FI session introduces corrects missing stages.

 

For example with in-toeing (pigeon toes) sensory impulses rotated bones of the tibia in a torsion affecting the whole leg, pelvis and even spine. Sensory motor reeducation gives the system the sensation of how parts work together. This is how nature corrects conditions if addressed in the first year of life.

 

 

 

The Feldenkrais® Method is also foundational to the success of hundreds of children in the Wellness Through Movement programs (See www. WellnessThroughMovement.com). More information about the Feldenkrais® Method can be views at: www.FeldenkraisInterest.com.

References

  • Bower, TGR (1941); The primer of infant development
  • Feldenkrais, Moshe (1972); Awareness through movement; Harper and Row, San Francisco CA
  • Goddard, Sally (1957); Reflex, learning, and behavior; Fern Ridge Press, Eugene, OR.
  • Randolph, Shirley and Heiniger, Margot (1994); Kids learn from inside out; Legendary Publishing Company, Boise ID
  • Ratey, John (2001); A user’s guide to the brain; Vintage Books, Random House, New York, NY