Letters To The Editor

January 16, 2014

Letters to the Editor: Jan. 16, 2014

Feldenkrais Workshop

TO THE EDITOR: I would like to let your readers know of the Feldenkrais Workshop Series taking place at Paul Smith’s College beginning Jan. 25.

Topics for this session include Effortless Standing, and Lengthening the Hamstrings Without Stretching. Workshops will be led by Uwe Mester, a guild-certified Feldenkrais practitioner from Charlotte, VT.

Feldenkrais, a form of somatic education, uses gentle movement and directed attention to improve movement and enhance human functioning.

More than half the people who come to the therapy are hoping for relief from pain. Usually they have been in pain for a long time and have tried several other methods with little or no luck.

Through Feldenkrais, one can increase his/her ease and range of motion, improve flexibility and coordination and rediscover one’s innate capacity for graceful, efficient movement. The improvements tend to enhance functioning of other aspects of life, as well.

The method is beneficial for those experiencing chronic or acute pain of the back, neck, shoulders, hips, legs or knees, as well as for healthy individuals who wish to enhance self-image.

The Feldenkrais Method has been helpful for those who deal with central nervous system conditions such as multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and stroke. Many seniors benefit by retaining or regaining their ability to move without strain or discomfort. Truly, anyone (young or old, physically challenged or physically fit) can benefit from Feldenkrais.

Its originator was Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984) a Russian born physicist, judo expert, mechanical engineer and educator. Through his own knee injury and pain, Moshe took several years to learn how to heal himself and return to pre-injury activity levels. These very lessons will be presented in the workshops.

For more details, contact the college at 327-6097 or


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JCEO grateful

TO THE EDITOR: The Joint Council for Economic Opportunity would like to send out a huge, heartfelt thank you to all of the individuals and businesses that conducted food/personal care item drives and to those who provided monetary donations during this holiday season.

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