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Session F - Pre-Conference Session
From Flexible Bodies to Flexible Minds
Presented by Julie Francis


Description: In the 1950s, scientist and engineer, Moshe Feldenkrais, unlocked a secret to learning how to learn. He showed that subtle changes in systemic organization could have profound functional effects. Using movement as his foundational platform, he developed his method of organic learning. Motor explorations that mimic the developmental strategy of infants give rise to improvements in posture, poise and flexibility as well as mental acumen. This experiential workshop will include lessons to reduce stress and offer strategies for moving better, feeling better and thinking better.

Target Audience: Anyone interested in learning profound new strategies for being more effective in their lives. Anyone seeking awareness in how to discover new choices. Anyone interested in finding greater ease in their life and in their work.

Organizational Issues: Understanding one's role within an organizational context begins with self-awareness. This session offers a first step in uncovering habitual patterns, those things we do so automatically that we don't even know we do them. Once we become aware, once we know what it is we are doing, we can choose to do things differently both as an individual and within an organization.

Provide an experience of learning that leads to easier, freer movement as well as a shift in patterns of "thinking."

Materials Needed: In preparation for this session, participants are asked to bring a mat and towel for practicing the exercises on the floor with Julie.

Date: Thursday, April 19th

Length: 3 hours (1:15-4:15pm)

Location: Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne - 6633 Canoga Avenue, Canoga Park

Cost: None

Handouts: Available for download after the Forum


Biography: Julie is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Teacher and Assistant Trainer of the Feldenkrais Method®. She came to the work in the early 1990s while searching for a way to help her disabled daughter unlock her potential. Julie maintains a private practice in the Chicago area. Her volunteer efforts include bringing Mindful Movement to adult participants at The Helping Hand Center in Countryside, IL. Julie received a B.S. in Environmental Engineering and an M.S. in Urban and Environmental Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Contact: Julie can be reached by e-mail at jhfrancis01@yahoo.com for additional information about this Pre-Conference session.

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