with Eva Geueke

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The diaphragm is not just for breathing and eyes are not only important for seeing! Through easy and gentle movements as prescribed in the Feldenkrais Method, we can learn to recognize and eliminate many of the common habits that interfere with easy, effortless vision, deep breathing and good spinal organization. This workshop will focus on the diaphragm/lungs, neck, 7th cervical and eyes.  

The diaphragm moves, day in and day out, to move our lungs but it also has intimate relationship with the heart and the neck. The 7th cervical is a key vertebrae with many nerves going down the arms and the spine. Dr. Feldenkrais once said: “We would not have neck problems if our lungs would glide freely.”
The diaphragm is a large muscle in the center of our body that is badly understood and neglected. When it does not move well, the diaphragm not only hampers oxygen intake but also pulls on the chest and neck. The 7th cervical vertebrae needs to be able to communicate with the diaphragm for a free neck!

The movement of our eyes organizes the movements of our body, our vision impacts and interacts with every movement we make throughout our whole body, as well as how we feel and think. Vision is the primary sense through which we experience the world.  We can also learn new skills that transform the use of our eyes, helping us to see more clearly. As our thoughts move busily here and there, our eyes respond and move busily here and there. When our neck and posture is tight and tense, our eyes will be tight and tense. When our breathing is held or frozen, our eyes will be held and fixed and our neck tense.
This workshop will help you to reclaim your healthy spinal movement, breathing and use of your eyes.

Less is More: The Feldenkrais Method® and Smart Moves

Whenever we act or exercise with unnecessary effort and force, our neuromuscular system organizes defensively to protect us from potential danger and damage. In this way, over the course of our lives, we build up conflicting patterns of anxiety and strain throughout our body/mind and the muscles of our eyes, patterns that become habitual and unconscious. Try as we might, we cannot release this strain by force of will. We know for ourselves that with habits we want to change, the more we try to resist or change the habit, the less effective we feel and the stronger the habit becomes. We don’t know why, but somehow we feel tangled up in knots.

Through guided Smart Moves and Feldenkrais lessons, we learn that the secret to success is that the less effort we exert, the greater the change and improvement. As we become more discriminating and sensitive to our internal sensations, we can feel the knots as tangible resistance to effortless movement. We can then knowingly, and with great precision, chose to release otherwise inaccessible strain and tension. We learn how to untangle the tangle!

Eva Alewa Geueke

Students enjoy Eva’s sincere care for their health on every level. Eva Alewa Geueke has been a guild certified Feldenkrais® practitioner for almost 30 years. She came to the Feldenkrais Method® as a young professional dancer and it changed her understanding of brain, body, movement and therefore, herself forever. Since completing the 4-year Professional Feldenkrais Training in 1987 she has been teaching the Feldenkrais Method® internationally in thousands of private sessions, week long seminars, many hundreds of week-end workshops and evening classes.

Eva loves to share her knowledge and love for conscious movement to help people to improve and excel in all areas of their lives. Eva is also a teacher of Contemporary Dance, Qigong-Universal Tao of Mantak Chia, a IAO healer, a Capoeirista (Brazilian Martial Arts) and a choreographer. She also teaches Authentic Movement and Wave Continuum, a spin of Continuum Movement.



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