Feldenkrais & Tuning Forks For Stroke or Brain-Injured: “Make a Map” for Movement

TFS_MV_sidebarWhen someone’s brain has suffered damage from stroke or injury, it’s difficult to assess what parts of their internal mapping system were affected.  Speech and memory may be scrambled, one side of the body may be numb, paralyzed or tingling.

With my work using the Feldenkrais Method®, I use touch to make a very clear skeletal framework to restore my client’s sense of their internal map for movement.  I often begin on their more functional side of their body.  I touch their ones with slow and clear pressure with the intention of building neurological connections  along their skeletal pathways.  My touch stimulates their nerves and their entire system with sensations to re-member or perhaps create their map for movement, speech and overall function.  I find if I use a delicate vibrational tool, like a tuning fork, to touch their bone, my client can feel and perhaps even sense the musical tone and vibration through their bones and whole skeletal system.  (Do not use a massage vibrator since the vibration is too strong and rough and could have a confusing or traumatizing effect to their nervous system.)
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How does the Feldenkrais Method® work? 3 Principles behind the magic

Annie Thoe with ClientMy clients often remark about the “magical” results they feel after their Feldenkrais® lesson.  I frequently hear comments like this:
My body feels lighter, more fluid.  The pain is gone!  What happened?  What did you do that?  You barely touched me, and I feel completely different.  I can’t explain to people how this works– I just tell my friends they have to try it.  

Below a brief explanation on how this “Magic” of the Feldenkrais Method® works: Continue reading

Grounding Lesson: Heel, Ankle and Knee Alignment for Walking

Here’s a quick  5-minute video lesson to improve ankle and knee tracking for better walking, running and hiking.  Great for grounding your nervous system to get calm really quickly as well.  If you have foot pain in your arch or bunions, this sensory lesson can help reduce pain and align your ankle, knee and hip joints for healing.   This  lesson can clear up many types of plantar fasciitis– however, if you have severe heel pain or bone spurs on your heel, this lesson is not recommended since some of the  movements may irritate those areas. Continue reading

Ankle Stability for Walking and Running (Lesson 1, Part 2)

imagesWhen your feet have a solid connection to the ground, there is a clear sense of support.  Your chest, arms and entire upper body can relax when with solid footing.  This support calms your nervous system and can help reduce emotional anxiety.

Ankle support builds confidence on uneven terrain in walking, hiking, running and is necessary for fluid footwork for dance and sports.  The following video lesson, based on the Feldenkrais Method®, works with a tennis ball placed directly in front of the heel bone on the arch of the foot–  It’s important the tennis ball is directly under the ankle bones (malleoli) and not placed in the center of the arch. Continue reading

April/May Class Video: “Energize Vision – Energize Life”

Energize Your EyesVision can make or break us.  When stressed, we tend to see narrower and with less focus.  When relaxed, vision is clearer, wider and sharper.  Since the head and eyes sit on top of the entire body, the whole body supports this activity of seeing.  If you improve movement to the body, the eyes benefit.  If you improve the movement of your eyes, the rest of your body benefits! Click on this short video introduction of my new Vision Series and there’s just a little more in this short article…. Continue reading

Feldenkrais Store Now Open! – Six Feldenkrais MP3 CDs Released

Our Website Store is now open with samples to listen with each CD!  Special offers  for our grand opening.  Please tell your friends and colleagues!
Six Feldenkrais MP3 CDs by Annie Thoe, GCFP  


Sensing Vitality Feldenkrais MP3 Series

Each CD is MP3 formatted with 6-8 hours of guided movement instruction to help improve how you move, balance, breathe, see and align yourself to live a more active life.

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Thanks for all the support and encouragement to produce these CDs.  It’s been a project in the making for many years!



PS– I’ll have more samples in my store very soon!  There will be samples of each CD:  Liberate Your Back, Free Your Shoulders, Energize Your Vision, Expand Your Breathing, Balance Your Head, Align for Balance.


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Feldenkrais CD Release Parties!


Six Feldenkrais MP3 CDs by Annie Thoe, GCFP

CD Release Party!!!
Sensing Vitality MP3 Series

Friday 6 -9 PM Sept 20th on Whidbey Island at Sojourn Studio (5603 Bayview Rd., upstairs)
Friday 6-9 PM Oct. 4th in Seattle at M’Illumino (70th & Roosevelt Way NE)

Come eat, drink and celebrate the fruits of the six new CDs of the Sensing Vitality Series with Annie Thoe.  Each CD is MP3 formatted with 6-8 hours of guided movement instruction to help improve how you move, balance, breathe, see and align yourself to live a more active life.