A “Good-Bye Letter”

A “Good-Bye Letter”

Discover Yourself with the Feldenkrais Method®

The following letter was written by a doctor who experienced a hereditary spine condition. He was a client of Carol Siddiqi, a trained practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method of Movement®. Carol worked with him for more than 8 years in the private Feldenkrais lessons called Functional Integration®. These lessons were tailored to his learning needs as Carol guided his movements through gentle non-invasive touching and words. The learning process was carried out without the use of any invasive or forceful procedure as he laid on a table or sat on a chair fully clothed. Over the many years working with Carol, his knowledge went far beyond the anatomy of his body. Read the following to hear his gratitude and the improvement of his physical condition.

Hi Carol,

This is a difficult note to write, but I’ve decided to discontinue our lessons. I find saying “good-bye” to you difficult because I deeply appreciate what you’ve taught me. You have inspired me and I respect and admire the person you are. Before I met you, I only knew I had ribs, shoulder blades, and a pelvis because I attended anatomy lab. Now, I can feel them and have techniques to free them up, not like you can, but I can “play” and make progress.

Some of the things I learned and am experiencing:
• I understand movement and walking so much better
• I can feel the unity of the body and the connectedness of the parts
• I’m always amazed how you work in one area and then I feel a softening and movement in another area
• I’m more confident walking
• Your stories of others striving to overcome disabilities, and seeing how you’ve responded to injuries has been inspirational

I’m so glad Dr. Feldenkrais devoted his life to developing these lessons, glad you found him and glad I found you. I feel the weight of responsibility to keep striving, playing, and working. I will keep you fresh in my mind as I do so.

I wish you the very best of health and satisfaction and trust you know what a wonderful difference you’ve made in my life and, I have no doubt, in the lives of countless others. For me, you’ll always be the woman who can make floors and tables soft.

Thank you, Carol

Charles

The Feldenkrais Method® is a form of somatic education that uses gentle movement and directed attention to improve movement and enhance human functioning. With this Method, you can increase your range of motion, improve your flexibility and coordination, and rediscover your innate capacity for graceful, efficient movement.

By expanding the self-image through movement sequences, the Method enables you to include more of yourself in your movements. Students become aware of their habitual neuromuscular patterns and rigidities, and learn to move in new ways.

The Feldenkrais Method® helps those experiencing:

  • chronic or acute pain of the back, neck, shoulders, hips, legs, or knees
  • central nervous system conditions such as multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and stroke
  • musicians, actors, and artist can extend their abilities and enhance their creativity
  • seniors enjoy using it to retain or regain their ability to move without strain or discomfort
  • healthy bodies, but wish to enhance their movement abilities

Group classes are called Awareness Through Movement® where the Feldenkrais teacher verbally leads students through a sequence of movements in basic positions. These precisely structured movement explorations involve thinking, sensing, moving, feeling and imagining.  By increasing awareness, the student learns to abandon habitual patters of movement and develop new alternatives, resulting in improved flexibility and coordination.

“Make the impossible, possible; the possible easy; and the easy, elegant.”       – Moshe Feldenkrais, D.Sc.

Awareness Through Movement® classes: Mondays 5:45 – 6:45 pm

Feldenkrais Method of Movement® private sessions: 

Call Carol Siddiqi, BS, GCFP, RYT

610-618-0467 or carolsiddiqi@hotmail.com

Healing Emotionally & Physically with Therapeutic YogaVoice®

By Matthew Asti, CYVT

Janine is a 30 year old woman exhibiting shyness, body tightness, and severe difficulty speaking up for herself at the workplace where she feels she is being wronged while doing her best to be a great employee.

These symptoms cause emotional and physical difficulties in her life so she sought out YogaVoice® to gain…

  • strength
  • peace
  • clarity

She has never done any yoga, but has always wanted to sing and does so recreationally.

A LESSON BEGINS

with Janine describing what situation, symptom and even the other person that is          causing her to feel upset.

The certified YogaVoice® teacher listening to her is trained to hear which energetic             center (chakra) this difficulty is coming from by picking up on vocal cues and body          language while attuning to her energetic system.

The teacher then asks her to pinpoint any parts of the body that ache (throat, left leg,            knee, stomach and so on) and verbally draws a connection to the chakra. The          YogaVoice® methodology is then taught so she understands what is happening as the         session proceeds.

When the specific or multiple chakras are identified, the certified teacher gently guides Janine into yoga poses, at her ability level, designed to gently cleanse the chakras that need assistance. While she is in a pose, she and the instructor both sing the designated mantras and sounds that activate this chakra energy. The skilled instructor and her singing together create a resonance that brings Janine’s energy in sync. She begins to experience sorrow when painful buried feelings arise, but she continues singing with her instructor.

Janine’s body powerfully expels the energy through singing and holding the yoga pose. Her voice gets clearer and more pronounced each passing moment until balance is restored in only minutes.

When all settles, she and the instructor dialogue about

  • what happened
  • what can be learned from this challenging energetic difficulty that shewalked in with
  • how to work with the energy to prevent it from recurring
  • handling it in a wholesome way if it would ever arise again

THE RESULTS

Janine feels her emotions improved immediately and hears new power in her speaking voice.  Before she leaves the session, she receives unique vocal + yoga exercises to strengthen her body/voice energy so that if any difficulties arise, she is ready.          

            The aches in her body gradually release over a day or two.

Call 484-868-0005 today to

Experience your own Therapeutic YogaVoice® session with

MATTHEW ASTI, BAHons Music, CYT, CYVT,

Yoga, YogaVoice®, Reiki, Musician

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