Ellen Soloway Feldenkrais® mentoring online

• Ellen’s tutorials continue with the 4:45pm Pacific time Tues/Thurs group
(a perfect time for Australia).

• In addition,  there has been interest in a second group at a time earlier in the day for those near the East coast of the USA, UK, Europe and beyond.

* If you are interested,
CONTACT (Katarina) let us know best times for you.

Inviting you if you wish to join us ~
• ELLEN’S VISION FOR THE SERIES  ”I’d like to help people transfer the AY ATM lessons into FI lessons — either by technique coaching or by applying basic principles of the method. I truly want the class to be set-up as a self-forming, self-selecting group.”

• ELLEN DESCRIBES THE PROCESS ”Part of my style is watching people attempt to do FI “moves”. Then I give lots of verbal cues that the practitioner follows until their technique improves. The “aha” moment is apparent to the person on the table, to the practitioner, and to observers. The benefit of this style is that the skills are transferable to other situations. Handling skills improve in an organic way and better than watching and imitating me after a demonstration.”

• Fees for attending Ellen’s online mentoring class

FEES APPLY ONLY TO GRADUATES OR THOSE IN TRAINING
A graduate of either a Feldenkrais® or an ABM training, as well as anyone currently enrolled in  a Feldenkrais training or an ABM Training, contributes to Ellen’s Soloway’s teaching fee and also an administrative fee to Katarina

PLEASE NOTE: NO FEE FOR THOSE WHO ARE NOT GRADUATES OR IN TRAINING
Anyone attending as a STUDENT RECEIVING A LESSON, and who is not a graduate of a training, is not an active practitioner, or is not a student enrolled in a training is not expected to contribute towards Ellen’s teaching fee or to send an administrative fee to Katarina.

Contributions for Ellen and Contributions for Katarina hosting tutorials
* Participants share Ellen’s fee of $165 per session:

— each according to how many of us sign up for a particular date
5 or 6 people attending send Ellen $35 each.
4 people attending send Ellen $45 each.
3 people attending send Ellen $65 each.
2 people attending send Ellen $85 each.

* A Quarterly minimum of $75 is requested for Katarina hosting tutorials
(Jan, Feb, Mr 2019 is the current quarter)

Guidelines for participation in Ellen’s tutorials
* Learning the Feldenkrais® Method occurs in successive approximations that foster learning and growth. When an improvement is apparent or necessary, a human nervous system learns from small variations and changes. Using this principle, we altered a few procedures so organizing Ellen’s tutorials is smoother. The current learning environment is better since these small changes.

* Each participant in Ellen’s tutorials is expected to attend on a regular basis and not on a “drop-in occasionally” basis. Everyone is welcome to sign up for two or three dates at a time. Please sign up at Ellen’s doodle at least a week in advance. When you are listed as Practitioner, please send your notes to Katarina at least a week in advance.

* Learning the Feldenkrais® Method occurs in successive approximations that foster learning and growth. When an improvement is apparent or necessary, a human nervous system learns from small variations and changes. Using this principle, we altered a few procedures so organizing Ellen’s tutorials becomes smoother. The current learning environment is better since these small changes.

ABOUT ELLEN SOLOWAY
Ellen graduated from the Amherst Feldenkrais® Training in 1983.  She is an Assistant Trainer and has worked at training programs around the world.  Ellen has a primary practice in New Orleans and regularly teaches mentoring classes in Atlanta, San Antonio, and Chicago and On-line Weekly.

Experiencing Dr. Feldenkrais’s thinking first-hand, Ellen developed an overview of functionally-based thinking and its relationship to learning.  She typed and edited the first drafts of the San Francisco Feldenkrais training program Years One and Three.

Ellen assimilated complex and subtle aspects of the method while editing the Alexander Yanai volumes.  Her next step was to engage in a “cohesive” Feldenkrais review; Ellen graduated Mia Segal’s basic training as well as Mia Segal’s supervisor’s course between 1999-2004.  Ellen is an assistant trainer at Jeff Haller’s innovative Feldenkrais training program starting in October 2018.

These combined experiences give Ellen a uniquely broad-based point of view, plus teaching skills, and creating curricula.  While mentoring, she helps practitioners develop their theoretical understanding as well as their technical skills. Growing up with a partially deaf and blind Mother has fine-tuned Ellen’s  interest in Feldenkrais-based solutions to physical challenges, including sight and hearing impairments.  She often works with adults & children using neurological developmental processes as a basic part of her functional integration lessons.

You can explore Ellen Soloway Feldenkrais® Mentoring

We hope you enjoy the Testimonials for FI Mentoring online with Ellen Soloway
… and additional Testimonials from colleagues for Ellen’s teaching:

#1 “If Moshe’s teaching makes the impossible feasible, Ellen’s teachings makes it understandable.”
–– Cristina Salgado

#2 “Whether Ellen is teaching ATM®, FI®, or Mentoring she manages to break information into small concise groupings that are easy to follow and simple to learn from. “
––  Gika Rector

#3 “Usually I have many questions after experiencing an FI®, observing an FI®, or giving an FI® to my clients.  Ellen knows how to answer these questions as she weaves her teaching style into everything that is relevant.  She is very clear and direct in her presentation in our mentoring program.  I know that I am a better practitioner because of Ellen’s mentoring.”
–– Barbara Hartmann

#4 “Ellen placed her hands on my pelvis and suddenly the entire architecture of the hip became apparent.”
–– Jean Gottleib

#5 “As Ellen’s hands illuminate the pathways of the body, her words explain what she is feeling, knowing, and doing. Rarely will you be so generously invited into a master practitioner’s thought process while working.  Through her words Ellen connects you to the mastery of her predecessors, her teachers. What you learn from Ellen will transform your work.”
–– Annie Gottleib

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In the United States of America, the following are registered service marks, collective marks or certification marks of the Feldenkrais Guild of North America: Feldenkrais®, Feldenkrais Method®, Functional Integration® Awareness Through Movement®; Guild Certified Feldenkrais Teacher®; and The Feldenkrais Guild®. The following are trademarks, service marks or certification marks of the Feldenkrais Guild of North America: ATMSM, FISM, Guild Certified Feldenkrais PractitionerCM, and Feldenkrais™.

Ellen Soloway ~ Seeing beyond your limitations: an advanced training

Description of Ellen Soloway’s Advanced Training 

“Seeing and Perceiving Beyond your Expectations”

“The human nervous system is the least rigid of all structures.  It grows and forms itself while we undergo experience.  It is more affected by personal experience than the nervous system of any other animal.  Personal experience is the key to our “greatness” and to our misery.” 

– Moshe Feldenkrais, The Potent Self  page 103

Eyesight depends on more than just measurable acuity.  It is more than the test results from an optometrist’s office.  The ability to see or discern your environment is intricately connected to your movement patterns, your emotions, habits, and life history.  The process of developing visual skills begins at birth and becomes intertwined with the formation of other developmental movement skills.  Growing up with impaired eyesight, adjusting to a sudden loss of vision, or accommodating to a gradual vision loss are all life-challenging events. 

This advanced training is an introduction to the complex world of vision, perception, movement, and learning. The fundamental aim of the workshop is to improve the ability of the nervous system and brain to perceive the world.

  • Learn basic principles of vision and visual health by exploring Awareness Through Movement® lessons from the Alexander Yanai collection. 
  • These ATM® lessons will help you understand how to integrate eyes and vision into your Functional Integration® lessons.  
  • You will become proficient at including patterns of eye movements in an FI® lesson.  
  • Know how to plan ATM® and FI® lessons that consider a person’s eye movement patterns as part of the structure of the lesson. 
  • Sense how the mobility of your eyes affects the suppleness of your entire system. 
  • Investigate options within the Feldenkrais Method® that can alter habituated visual habits. 
  • Learn how your self-image changes when it is easier to move your eyes. 

Ellen Soloway graduated from the Amherst Feldenkrais Training in 1983.  She is an Assistant Trainer and has worked at training programs around the world.  Ellen has a vital practice in New Orleans and regularly teaches mentoring classes in Atlanta, San Antonio, and Chicago. 

Attending Amherst and experiencing Dr. Feldenkrais’s thinking first-hand only whetted her appetite for more information on the subject.  Ellen developed an overview of functionally-based thinking and its relationship to learning when she typed and edited the first drafts of the San Francisco Feldenkrais training program, Years one and three.  Ellen assimilated another buffet of information while editing the Alexander Yanai volumes.  Indulging her desire for a “cohesive” Feldenkrais review, Ellen graduated Mia Segal’s basic training as well as her supervisor’s course between 1999-2004.  Ellen will be an assistant trainer at Jeff Haller’s new, innovative Feldenkrais training program starting in October 2018. 

These combined experiences give Ellen a unique broad-based point of view for the development of her teaching skills, interests, and curriculums.  When mentoring, she helps practitioners develop their theoretical understanding as well as their technical skills.  Growing up with a partially deaf and blind Mother developed her interest in finding Feldenkrais-based solutions to sight and hearing impairments.  She works with adults & children using neurological developmental processes as a basic part of her functional integration lessons.

 

Testimonials for Ellen Soloway:

#1 “If Moshe’s teaching makes the impossible feasible, Ellen’s teachings makes it understandable.”   – Cristina Salgado

 #2. “Whether Ellen is teaching ATM®, FI®, or Mentoring she manages to break information into small concise groupings that are easy to follow and simple to learn from. “ – Gika Rector

#3 “Usually I have many questions after experiencing a FI®, observing a FI®, or giving an FI® to my clients.  Ellen knows how to answer these questions as she weaves her teaching style into everything that is relevant.  She is very clear and direct in her presentation in our mentoring program.  I know that I am a better practitioner because of Ellen’s mentoring.” Barbara Hartmann

 #4 “Ellen placed her hands on my pelvis and suddenly the entire architecture of the hip became apparent.” – Jean Gottleib

#5  “As Ellen’s hands illuminate the pathways of the body, her words explain what she is feeling, knowing, and doing. Rarely will you be so generously invited into a master practitioner’s thought process while working.  Through her words Ellen connects you to the mastery of her predecessors, her teachers. What you learn from Ellen will transform your work.” – Annie Gottleib


In the United States of America, the following are registered service marks, collective marks or certification marks of the Feldenkrais Guild of North America: Feldenkrais®, Feldenkrais Method®, Functional Integration® Awareness Through Movement®; Guild Certified Feldenkrais Teacher®; and The Feldenkrais Guild®. The following are trademarks, service marks or certification marks of the Feldenkrais Guild of North America: ATMSM, FISM, Guild Certified Feldenkrais PractitionerCM, and Feldenkrais™.

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Ellen Soloway ~ Acture: Influences of your ribs, diaphragm, and spine: an advanced training

Description of Ellen Soloway’s Advanced Training 

Acture: Influences of Your Ribs, Diaphragm, and Spine

Each one of us speaks, moves, thinks, and feels in a different way, each according to the image of himself that he built up over the years.  In order to change our mode of action we must change the image of ourselves that we carry with us.
            –– M Feldenkrais, Awareness Though Movement, (Chapter:  The self-image) p. 10 

Explore complex relationships between the carriage of the head, ribs, diaphragm and spine

Your ribs serve many purposes.  In addition to protecting your vital organs, they provide a pliable structure that facilitates bending, folding, or extending in multiple dimensions.  The design and structure of the rib cage permits your front, sides, and back to move congruently.  Skeletal support, furnished by the rib cage and collarbones, allows the arms, shoulders, and shoulder blades to move fluidly.  The direction and force of motion from the pelvis transfers to the shoulder blades and arms via the ribs.  Children use these active relationships when they move forward on their hands and knees.  Gradually these learned connections integrate into adult walking patterns.  You will learn how the dynamics of the ribs, arms, and shoulders interface with the pelvis.

Minor shifts in the suppleness of the ribs affect your breathing because the diaphragm has muscular attachments on the ribs.  Breathing patterns and voice tone are clues to a person’s well-being and emotional health.  Listening for the visual and auditory cues that denote change in the functioning of the ribs or spine is an important skill for a practitioner to acquire. You will finish this training with a better understanding of how greater flexibility in the rib cage influences the breath and voice.

Variations in the mobility or position of the ribs produce significant changes in a person’s acture.  Functional knowledge of the rib cage is not limited merely to improving your own spinal mobility, posture, and breathing. The depth of your understanding directly impacts your skill level during FI and ATM lessons.

 

Ellen Soloway graduated from the Moshe Feldenkrais Amherst Training and has a private practice in New Orleans.  She is an Assistant Trainer & the editor of the Alexander Yanai Volumes.  Ellen regularly gives Functional Integration® lessons in Atlanta and San Antonio.  When mentoring, she helps practitioners develop their theoretical understanding as well as their technical skills, especially those necessary for children with special needs.  Observers, watching Ellen work with adults & children, learn how neurological developmental processes are integral to the Feldenkrais Method®.

 

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Summary of Ellen’s Advanced Trainings, June, August, November, 2018 & April 2019.

Summary of Ellen’s Advanced Trainings, June, August, November, 2018 & April 2019..

#1 Ann Arbor Michigan is the town — Detroit (DFW) is the airport.
Topic:  The midline and the importance of crossing it.
Dates: either June  21-24, 2018 (Thursday-Sunday)
FI’s available on the day before the advanced
Contact: Dale Jensen. <dale@mindbodymove.com>

#2 Raleigh-Durham area (Durham is the town — airport is Raleigh-Durham).
Topic: The spine, the head and face.
Dates: August 9-12, 2018 (Thursday – Sunday)
FI’s available on the Wednesday before the advanced.
Contact:  Ellen Soloway <ellen@soloway-feldenkrais.com>

#3 Washington DC area.
Topic: Seeing beyond your limitations.
Dates:  Nov. 3 & 4, 2018 (Saturday & Sunday)
Contact:  Ellen Soloway <ellen@soloway-feldenkrais.com>

#4 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Topic:   
Dates:  Thursday April 25- Sunday April 28 (4 days)
Contact: Kiera Garner <kieragarner@gmail.com>

Attendance is usually limited to 20-24 people.
Ellen seldom allows more than 12 Feldenkrais tables to be active during FI practice.

 

Testimonials for FI Mentoring with Ellen Soloway

 

Testimonials for FI Mentoring with Ellen Soloway 

 

Ellen’s FI mentoring brings such additional depth and understanding to one’s practice whether you are a novice or an experienced practitioner.  I have watched her hone the skills and explain the nuances of a particular touch to experienced practitioners; and has made me feel as if I can be successful in my endeavors in beginning my journey in FI. Most sessions end with the practitioners exclaiming:  “That was amazing, Ellen.  Thank you.”

— Jacquelyn Herzig,  Feldenkrais® Practitioner, Beverly Hills, California, USA 

 

Mentoring with Ellen Soloway has helped my Feldenkrais® practice immeasurably. Ellen has a superb ability to watch me doing FI and see the most subtle ways that it can be enhanced with a small direction. I feel and see far more successful results in my FI sessions. Ellen maintains a high standard of being true to the Feldenkrais method. I appreciate her commitment to helping her students get results and stick to Moshe’s principles. The real gold in Ellen’s teachings and mentoring is the vast amount of knowledge she has gained from studying with many senior Feldenkrais practitioners. I appreciate this incredible opportunity to round out my Feldenkrais training and experience with the finesse of Ellen’s teaching.

— Susinn Shaler
GCFP, Feldenkrais® Practitioner; ABM-Neuromovement Practitioner, Kelowna, BC, Canada

 

I find Ellen’s way of working is very down to earth and accessible for me. I appreciate her extensive knowledge and pragmatic ways of imparting that to us.

I can see her in my mind’s eye, I can see the moves she has guided the practitioner in working with the client, and I can remember the moves when I need it in the middle of an FI when I am back on my own. It is true that I am still myself in the lessons that I am giving, but I am more than I usually am when participating in a lesson. I feel that I have Ellen on my shoulder reminding me that I can hold in a better way, and transfer the line of movement more clearly.

— Lynne Bedbrook, Feldenkrais® Practitioner, Wakefield, Quebec, Canada, Graduated with Yvan Joly, Carl Ginsberg, Montreal, 1996, www.lynnebedbrook.com

 

Ellen’s instructions on how to use our body as a practitioner are helpful. I can imagine times when I might become stuck and mistreat myself throughout my day of giving FI lessons. It is great to observe Ellen tutoring and see alternatives which I can apply to my own self-organization!

Also, when I am teaching ATM, Ellen’s instructions come to my aid. For example I noticed that my students were bending their elbows and using their arms instead of making a clear connection through their torso and entire self. My use of Ellen’s instructions brought these students more integration, ease and joy of discovery during the rest of the lesson.

I look forward to developing these observations from Ellen’s tutoring into my FI practice and ATM teaching.

— Susan Conant
Las Cruces, New Mexico

 

Ellen’s knowledge and eye for detail are remarkable. Her tutoring is delicate and precise. Mentoring with Ellen contributes greatly to my ATM teaching and giving FI lessons. One of Ellen’s most significant contributions to my learning is her modelling of kindness. Ellen demonstrates the importance of being kind and considerate of anyone engaged in a learning process: students, observers, and practitioners in the Feldenkrais® community. 

— Katarina Halm,  Feldenkrais® Practitioner Vancouver, BC, Canada, Graduated with Jeff Haller, Jerry Karzen, 2007, www.thinkinginmovement.ca

 

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Another variation for Ellen’s on-line mentor class

Another variation for the on-line mentor class:

Several members are not able to bring clients to the class.  Others actually prefer to observe rather than have active live coaching.  I imagine a few of the observers might want a more active role in their learning.  AS a result I decided to offer an alternative to active live coaching. If this variation is not workable when we actually try using it — we can discard it.

Here is the outline of an additional way to participate:

1.  Choose a video tape from a session you attended.  

2.  Make a list of questions, observations, alternative ways to adapt the lesson, etc.

3.  The group will watch the video together via the Zoom screen share feature. 

4.  The designated “practitioner for the evening” gets to ask questions first

5.  “The peanut gallery of observers” can ask their questions about the video of the evening whenever it seems appropriate.

Please let Katarina and myself know if this variation is of interest and if you want to try using it.

About continuing to take the class:

Please tell both Katarina and myself if you want to continue this class. Other people are waiting to join and we do not know if there are openings available.

Thank you for attending and wanting to learn.

All the best,

Ellen

 

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Midline and the Importance of Crossing It ~ Advanced Training with Ellen Soloway

A Feldenkrais® Advanced Training

Taught by

Ellen Soloway

Ann Arbor, Michigan • Thursday June 21 2018 – Sunday June 24, 2018

 Midline and the Importance of Crossing It

Midline serves as a valuable baseline for early infant learning and developmental movement.  While interacting with gravity, an infant begins shifting away from the midline and later returns to it, returning “home.”  Over time, movement along the midline helps differentiate the spinal column and helps the eyes develop the ability to focus and converge.  Infants learn to roll onto their side or back due to slight alterations in position or changes in weight placement.  A sense of midline is essential for understanding balance, for learning to be on the hands and knees, for crawling, and for maintaining an upright balanced posture on two feet.

Eventually, after its’ strength and coordination improve, a child crosses the midline.  Crossing midline literally means meeting the “other side of yourself.”  The act of crossing midline fleshes out the self-image and makes higher levels of coordination available.  It adds a sense of dimensionality to a person’s self-image.  It allows for the development of contralateral movement.  It enables a child to direct powerful movements from its’ central core, to perform a greater variety of actions than before.

This advanced training will expand your ability to recognize your personal midline, as well as your ability to cross it.  You will leave with a greater sense of how upright balance is developed and maintained.  FI practice will teach you how changes in spinal mobility affects a client’s capacity to focus their eyes accurately.  Refine your understanding of midline and enhance your ability to teach others to access their internal strength, power and agility.

Ellen Soloway trained under Dr. Feldenkrais at Amherst and has a private practice in New Orleans.  Ellen is an Assistant Trainer and the editor of the Alexander Yanai Volumes.  She offers Functional Integration® lessons and mentoring in Atlanta, New Orleans, and San Antonio.  Ellen’s teaching style allows practitioners to increase their theoretical understanding as well as improve their technical skills. A person learns how neurological developmental processes provide a foundation for growth and change while observing Ellen practice the Feldenkrais Method®.

FI lessons with Ellen may be scheduled in advance for Wednesday, June 20, 2018.

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Dates:   Thursday June 21, 2018 – Sunday June 24, 2018

Costs:   •Registration before May 18th is $500. • Registration after May 18th, is $560. •

Location:  Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor, High School, 2230 Pontiac Trail, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

For More Information:  Dale Jensen at 734-646-9368 or <dale@michiganfeldenkrais.com>

On-line Registration  & Payment Link:  <https://www.payit2.com/e/ellena2midline>


Without learning to know ourselves as intimately as we possibly can, we limit our choices.

Life is not very sweet without freedom of choice.

Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais (source unknown)

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