Expand Your Ability: Embodiment, Somatics, and Feldenkrais

Jeffrey Schwinghammer

Hi, I'm Jeffrey and I am a Feldenkrais Method and Kinēsa practitioner. Feldenkrais and Kinesa are somatic practices that focus primarily on helping people become aware of the invisible, habitual choices they make. What we don't know we're doing is where the gold is. Through experimentation, you can find new and better choices. We use movement as the primary vehicle for exploration. But why movement? People are numb and disconnected from their bodies. Movement is connected with and influences thinking and emotional patterns. The ability to move well deeply affects the quality of a person's life. Learning through somatic movement processes is fun, mind-expanding, and always a new adventure. read less
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Awareness, Choice and Leadership
Mar 23 2024
Awareness, Choice and Leadership
On today's episode, we are examining the big picture, specifically focusing on awareness and choice, and how both are crucial for leadership. We inherit our physical bodies and patterns from our families and culture at large, as well as from our direct experiences. Until we become aware of our patterns, they simply appear familiar and normal to us. It is only when we develop awareness and begin to question them that we can initiate change. Until we question them, our lives remain a reflection of our past experiences.Becoming fully aware and understanding the impact we have on others, including ourselves, enables us to exercise choice. How do I want to be in this situation? What do I need to change about what I'm doing in this situation. With choice comes responsibility, and this is essential for effective leadership. Awareness practices can help us get closer to what is truly valuable to us—what we believe is good in this world. It's so easy to slip back into old habits, so we need to have an awareness practice. In this episode, I offer a simple awareness practice. They can help you understand how you are doing and give you a choice to shift your physical experience and thus, your mental and emotional experience. There is actually a skill to awareness. We can get better at catching our habits and changing our behavior to meet the situation in front of us and it's so important that we practice awareness and we practice bring it in to our daily lives.🎊🎊🎊🎊🎊🎊🎊🎊🎊This is Episode 50! Thank you so much for your support, everyone!🎊🎊🎊🎊🎊🎊🎊🎊🎊___________Hi, I’m Jeffrey. As a Feldenkrais and somatic movement practitioner I help you get in touch with your body so you can unravel old sticky patterns and make way for greater creativity, power and joyful play.Want to put the ideas in this podcast to work?You can book a free 20 minute consult call to find out if we’re a good fit for 1:1 coaching. Learn more here.Join the newsletterto be the first to hear about future opportunities to work with me.Download my free lesson: Effortless Freedom in MovingDownload my free guide: 9 Surprising Benefits of the Feldenkrais MethodGet Your Questions Answered!Submit your questions! I will answer them on a future episode of the podcast.I'm directing a documentary film about Feldenkrais. Check out the Teaser Trailer. Follow me on Instagram: @expandyourabilityConnect on LinkedInHad an Aha? Let me know: jeffrey@expandyourability.comStay connected and subscribe to the podcast.
Big Work Requires Big Support
Mar 13 2024
Big Work Requires Big Support
Today's episode is for you if you think you can do it alone, if you think you don't support, or you think being supported is a weakness.As my mentor Jesse Koren says, big work requires big support.  By big work, we're talking starting a business, fixing your relationship, and healing from old wounds just to name a few examples. We can't do it alone.This is one of those universal truths but our habits and unhealthy beliefs can blind us to this truth. The Feldenkrais Method of Awareness Through Movement is about uncovering these habits and beliefs that operate beneath the surface, but only if we ask the question. In Feldenkrais movement lessons we're always curious about our internal support (the skeleton in relation to the Earth and gravity) but it's important to take the question further. How am I supported socially? Do I even consider that a possibility?This episode is a must listen if you think you're better off going it alone. I have walked that path and it's a tough one.*****Thank you for listening, dear listener!I am wonder if you would keep your eyes out for me?I worked in Filmmaking and Video production for 10 years and had to step back and do less because of debilitating back pain. This was a main reason that sent me on my Feldenkrais and embodiment journey, and now my back is more capable than ever before AND I am directing the biggest film of my life. That's why I am committed to helping filmmakers and videographers with back pain to help them restore their backs so they can work more jobs and move and feel better than ever.I wonder if you know anyone in film or video suffering from a bad back.Does anyone come to mind? Let me know jeffrey@expandyourability.com*****Join the newsletter to be the first to hear about future opportunities to work with me.Download my free lesson: Effortless Freedom in MovingDownload my free guide: 9 Surprising Benefits of the Feldenkrais MethodGet Your Questions Answered!Submit your questions! I will answer them on a future episode of the podcast.I'm directing a documentary film about Feldenkrais. Check out the Teaser Trailer. Follow me on Instagram: @expandyourabilityHad an Aha? Let me know: jeffrey@expandyourability.comStay connected and subscribe to the podcast.
Why Movement? Your Habits Hinge on Movement
Mar 5 2024
Why Movement? Your Habits Hinge on Movement
On today's episode, we're exploring why movement is such a big deal according to Moshe Feldenkrais. We dive into his book, "Awareness Through Movement," and explore the ninth and final reason why movement is at the core of personal growth and self-awareness.(You can find the previous 8 reasons in previous episodes.)The Feldenkrais Method is about becoming aware of your habitual patterns in order to open up new possibilities.  Movement, according to Feldenkrais, lies at the heart of this process. He says that the habit patterns of thinking, feeling and sensing all hinge on movement. If you change the movement, the changes will cascade to how you think and feel. This is an essential idea, using movement to free your mind, if you find yourself asking how can I get make lasting change in my life?About the PodcastHi, I’m Jeffrey. As a Feldenkrais and somatic movement practitioner I help you get in touch with your body so you can unravel old sticky patterns and make way for greater creativity, power and joyful play.Want to put the ideas in this podcast to work?You can book a free 30 minute call to find out if we’re a good fit for 1:1 coaching. Learn more here.Join the newsletter to be the first to hear about future opportunities to work with me.Download my free lesson: Effortless Freedom in MovingDownload my free guide: 9 Surprising Benefits of the Feldenkrais MethodGet Your Questions Answered!Submit your questions! I will answer them on a future episode of the podcast.I'm directing a documentary film about Feldenkrais. Check out the Teaser Trailer. Follow me on Instagram: @expandyourabilityHad an Aha? Let me know: jeffrey@expandyourability.comStay connected and subscribe to the podcast.
Laura Bond - Exploring the Emotional Body
Feb 26 2024
Laura Bond - Exploring the Emotional Body
"We are all emotional beings."I'm going to be a vulnerable here...even though I am feeling better overall than I have ever felt before, I have had a difficult history with my emotions. My frame before was that emotions happen to me. They drove the bus. What I have learned since is two primary things, 1) that emotions are information (not truth) and 2) we can influence our emotions through movement. Thankfully, I have a lot more say over my emotions today thanks to working with Laura Bond and her approach. We can choose how we feel to a greater degree than we think.My guest today is Laura Bond, the creator of the Emotional Body Method. Her work has helped me to understand my emotions through a curious, compassionate and play approach that is a perfect complement to Feldenkrais and other embodiment work.The Emotional Body Method aims to help people understand their emotions, be more comfortable with themselves, and improve their expression and presentation skills. Insecurities and old habits can interfere with how we express ourselves. In fact, we often operate in a mix of emotions. When we don't have clear expressions of emotions, other people don't understand us as well, they get mixed messages or confused, and we can feel powerless.The method focuses on the 6 primary emotional patterns that we all are born with. The patterns are explored on all levels: posture, facial expression, breathing and vocalization. Through mixing within this simple palette of 6 comes the rich rainbow of all human expression. Another thing I really like about the Emotional Body Method is that it doesn't go into difficult stories or psychological concepts. Instead it's physical explorations. In this episode expect to hear:The scientific origins of the Emotional Body.What are the 6 emotional patterns.What is emotional regulation and the importance of calming the nervous system.On unlearning old habits through repetition and variation.Why is does the Emotional Body use a letter and number system? (1a,1b,2a,2b,3a,3b)The 7th pattern, zero, and it's use for finding emotional neutrality.How Feldenkrais Method inspired the Emotional Body.Entanglements with our emotions, where two or more emotions are unconsciously mixed.About Laura BondLaura Bond is an internationally recognized master instructor and teacher trainer in the emotional effector patterns, and the Emotional Body® courses. She is a master teacher of Alba Emoting™, having studied an intensive teacher-training path in Chile with its founder, Susana Bloch. Laura is a full professor at the University of North Carolina Asheville and a certified master teacher of the Estill Voice™ technique. She teaches physical emotion regulation methods in university classes, private lessons, and through national and international workshops. She is the author of two books: TEAM for Actors: A Holistic Approach to Embodied Acting, and The Emotional Body: A Method for Physical Self-Regulation.www.emotionalbodymethod.comAuthor Page on AmazonRoutledge Press Book Chapter Contribution: "The Emotional Body: A Somatic and Trauma-Informed Practice for Cultivating Expressive Capabilities for the Actor and the Individual," in a new book titled, Trauma and Embodied Healing in Dramatherapy, Theatre and Performance published by Routledge Press. Available for pre-order Feb 19th and shipping by March 11th!About the PodcastHi, I’m Jeffrey. As a Feldenkrais and somatic movement practitioner I help you get in touch with your body so you can unravel old sticky patterns and make way for greater creativity, power and joyful play.Want to put the ideas in this podcast to work?You can book a free 30 minute call to find out if we’re a good fit for 1:1 coaching. Learn more here.Join the newsletter to be the first to hear about future opportunities to work with me.Download my free lesson: Effortless Freedom in MovingDownload my free guide: 9 Surprising Benefits of the Feldenkrais MethodGet Your Questions Answered!Submit your questions! I will answer them on a future episode of the podcast.I'm directing a documentary film about Feldenkrais. Check out the Teaser Trailer. Follow me on Instagram: @expandyourabilityHad an Aha? Let me know: jeffrey@expandyourability.comStay connected and subscribe to the podcast.
Embodying the Voice
Feb 19 2024
Embodying the Voice
Feldenkrais Practitioner, musician and storyteller David Kaetz says that many of us get disembodied from our voice from a young age. It's common and normal for kids to make sounds as they explore and play, until they get the message that they should be quiet. Is this a message you've internalized? How playful with your voice are youOne of my main motivators in exploring Feldenkrais and the bodymind connection comes from my own pain and tension surrounding my voice. I could tell it was related to self-use and anxiety and it was clearly manifesting as a physical issue. My voice troubles started in my teen years and followed me into my twenties. While I'm doing better than ever, I am still learning. I am learning how to be more expressive, more relaxed, and more full-bodied when I speak. On today's episode I reflect on my recent learnings around embodying the voice. I've had two profound mentors: One is a man named Nicholas that I met at the Minnesota Men's Conference. He helped me playful with singing. The other was David Kaetz and his Listening with the Whole Body workshop that I attended this past weekend.Learn more about the Minnesota Men's Conference here.Learn more about David Kaetz here.Hi, I’m Jeffrey. As a Feldenkrais and somatic movement practitioner I help you get in touch with your body so you can unravel old sticky patterns and make way for greater creativity, power and joyful play.Want to put the ideas in this podcast to work?You can book a free 20 minute consult call to find out if we’re a good fit for 1:1 coaching. Learn more here.Join the newsletterto be the first to hear about future opportunities to work with me.Download my free lesson: Effortless Freedom in MovingDownload my free guide: 9 Surprising Benefits of the Feldenkrais MethodGet Your Questions Answered!Submit your questions! I will answer them on a future episode of the podcast.I'm directing a documentary film about Feldenkrais. Check out the Teaser Trailer. Follow me on Instagram: @expandyourabilityHad an Aha? Let me know: jeffrey@expandyourability.comStay connected and subscribe to the podcast.
Respect Your Body Like Your Mind
Feb 12 2024
Respect Your Body Like Your Mind
On today's episode, I take a question from a long time listener and student. She asks, Is it possible to have as much respect and concern for my body as I do for my mind? This is a great question. Does it resonate with you? Are you intellectually gifted or cognitively centered? It's hard not to have an emphasis on the mind over the body in our culture. Is your body a second class citizen in your thinking? Here's the thing, your body is the basis for your mind. A truly strong and sensitive body is a strong and sensitive mind too.In order to get more connected to our embodied experience, we need to get in touch to shift our habits and build new practices. In this episode I offer a possible reframe for the body/mind, we talk about what it means and looks like to be more respectful of your body, and we explore a short, easy somatic exploration to embody respect for ourselves.Hi, I’m Jeffrey. As a Feldenkrais and somatic movement practitioner I help you get in touch with your body so you can unravel old sticky patterns and make way for greater creativity, power and joyful play.Join the newsletterto be the first to hear about future opportunities to work with me.Download my free lesson: Effortless Freedom in MovingDownload my free guide: 9 Surprising Benefits of the Feldenkrais MethodGet Your Questions Answered!Submit your questions! I will answer them on a future episode of the podcast.I'm directing a documentary film about Feldenkrais. Check out the Teaser Trailer. Follow me on Instagram: @expandyourabilityHad an Aha? Let me know: jeffrey@expandyourability.comStay connected and subscribe to the podcast.
Caroline Ritter - Knowledge Generation, Changing Habits and Animal Training
Jan 29 2024
Caroline Ritter - Knowledge Generation, Changing Habits and Animal Training
We are deeply formed by our experiences and those experiences create the lens in which we view the world. How well do we really know ourselves? My guest Caroline Ritter talks with me today about how can gather useful and practical knowledge about ourselves. How we can be like scientists studying ourselves. She emphasizes that we need to be curious and to cultivate a relationship with our selves and our knowledge. What we tend to and maintain can continue to grow. Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement offers a unique opportunity for us to learn about ourselves in ways in a multi-sensory way.Caroline and I talk about positive reinforcement, the self-image, noun versus verb thinking, how to change behavior, the power our social and physical context to influence our behavior, and being in the gradient between labels (or how words limit our experience).It's a rich conversation. Please enjoy. Caroline Ritter studied behavioral economics, philosophy and cognitive science. She is now in her 3rd year of the Feldenkrais education program with educational director Donna Ray in Vienna.Caroline is an animal trainer and animal training also brought her in contact with the Feldenkrais method. You can see what Caroline does here:www.discocavallo.comCaroline lives in Vienna, Austria and started to teach Feldenkrais in person and online. You can find her at:www.feldenkrais.wieninstagram: @florafauna_feldenkraisAbout the ShowHi, I’m Jeffrey. As a Feldenkrais and somatic movement practitioner I help you get in touch with your body so you can unravel old sticky patterns and make way for greater creativity, power and joyful play.Want to put the ideas in this podcast to work?You can book a free 20 minute consult call to find out if we’re a good fit for 1:1 coaching. Learn more here.Join the newsletterto be the first to hear about future opportunities to work with me.Download my free lesson: Effortless Freedom in MovingDownload my free guide: 9 Surprising Benefits of the Feldenkrais MethodGet Your Questions Answered!Submit your questions! I will answer them on a future episode of the podcast.I'm directing a documentary film about Feldenkrais. Check out the Teaser Trailer. Follow me on Instagram: @expandyourabilityHad an Aha? Let me know: jeffrey@expandyourability.comStay connected and subscribe to the podcast.
Why Movement? Your Breath is Movement
Jan 23 2024
Why Movement? Your Breath is Movement
We breathe every every minute. Breath is essential to life.​How you breathe, whether through your nose or through your mouth, the volume of air that you take in, the shape of your breath in your body, where you breathe in your body the air goes, the temp and rhythm, reflects you.​Your breath reflects how you think, how you feel, what's going on beneath the hood.And how you choose to breathe can feed back into your system, changing your mood and your thoughts.Your breath is you.We'll explore some of Feldenkrais' thoughts on breathing today. We go back to his 1972 book, Awareness Through Movement.​​In this book, he gives some reasons as for why movement as a way to understand yourself, to learn about yourself, and to improve your abilities. This is reason number eight out of nine.(It's okay to start with this episode. You can listen out of order. :) )You can find the previous episodes in this series Why Movement: 5, 9, 13, 18, 24, 30, 36. They all have Why Movement? in the title.Hi, I’m Jeffrey. As a Feldenkrais and somatic movement practitioner I help you get in touch with your body so you can unravel old sticky patterns and make way for greater creativity, power and joyful play.Want to put the ideas in this podcast to work?You can book a free 20 minute consult call to find out if we’re a good fit for 1:1 coaching. Learn more here.Join the newsletter to be the first to hear about future opportunities to work with me.Download my free lesson: Effortless Freedom in MovingDownload my free guide: 9 Surprising Benefits of the Feldenkrais MethodGet Your Questions Answered!Submit your questions! I will answer them on a future episode of the podcast.I'm directing a documentary film about Feldenkrais. Check out the Teaser Trailer. Follow me on Instagram: @expandyourabilityHad an Aha? Let me know: jeffrey@expandyourability.comStay connected and subscribe to the podcast.
Candia Raquel - Choosing Pleasure: Maturity, Boundaries, and Sensuality
Jan 15 2024
Candia Raquel - Choosing Pleasure: Maturity, Boundaries, and Sensuality
Sensuality is our birthright, says my guest Candia Raquel. Sensuality is pleasure derived from our sensation, free from inhibition and full of self-expression. To be with the sensuous is to be connected to the present. Our modern culture numbs us from our bodies. Pleasure is sold as a product (go get something nice at Starbucks). We're encouraged to hustle, work hard, and sacrifice. and defer the pleasures of life till retiring on the beach.Being numb is a big problem, because it disconnects us from what makes us really us. Instead of choosing what's good for us, we comply with society or fall back into autopilot. If we have been numb, pursuing pleasure becomes dramatic. We need over-the-top experiences like big vacations, transformative ceremonies, or go bungee jumping to feel pleasure. Through connecting with our felt-sense, and what's pleasurable helps us become more authentic, to mature, make better decisions and to better assert our boundaries. Expect to hear about:the relationship between pain and pleasure.how our culture numbs us and commodifies pleasure. people pleasing and internal authority.know thyself is more than having a story about ourselves.how compulsion is not sexy.how our vital animal state is alive and ready to act while also at rest.Candia Raquel is a Mexican sensualist, scientist, artist and woman that hosts The Sensual Sessions podcast and Founded Centro De Poder®, who enjoys contemplating trees and drinking tea. Dedicated to helping workaholics overcome numbness and embody sensuality through somatic movement.https://www.instagram.com/candiaraquel/https://www.centrodepoder.com/Hi, I’m Jeffrey. As a Feldenkrais and somatic movement practitioner I help you get in touch with your body so you can unravel old sticky patterns and make way for greater creativity, power and joyful play.Want to put the ideas in this podcast to work?You can book a free 20 minute consult call to find out if we’re a good fit for 1:1 coaching. Learn more here.Join the newsletter to be the first to hear about future opportunities to work with me.Download my free lesson: Effortless Freedom in MovingDownload my free guide: 9 Surprising Benefits of the Feldenkrais MethodGet Your Questions Answered!Submit your questions! I will answer them on a future episode of the podcast.I'm directing a documentary film about Feldenkrais. Check out the Teaser Trailer. Follow me on Instagram: @expandyourabilityHad an Aha? Let me know: jeffrey@expandyourability.comStay connected and subscribe to the podcast.
(Re)Introducing Jeffrey and the Podcast
Jan 13 2024
(Re)Introducing Jeffrey and the Podcast
Welcome to the Expand Your Ability podcast!This show is about how we can empower ourselves through movement, curiosity, play and awareness. I've done a lot of continued study in the past year and so I thought I would (re)introduce myself. If you're new here, welcome! We will get you caught up to speed on what this show is about. If you've been a long time listener, this episode will tie some threads together and introduce some new ones. On this episode, you can expect to hear:- a brief version of my story.- the 3 somatic movements modalities that I am based in (Feldenkrais, Kinesa, Emotional Body).- the topic of attachment theory.- the upcoming Feldenkrais Documentary.- ways to work with me.Hi, I’m Jeffrey. As a Feldenkrais and somatic movement practitioner I help you get in touch with your body so you can unravel old sticky patterns and make way for greater creativity, power and joyful play.Want to put the ideas in this podcast to work?You can book a free 30 minute consult call to find out if we’re a good fit for 1:1 coaching. Learn more here.Join the newsletter to be the first to hear about future opportunities to work with me.Download my free lesson: Effortless Freedom in MovingDownload my free guide: 9 Surprising Benefits of the Feldenkrais MethodGet Your Questions Answered!Submit your questions! I will answer them on a future episode of the podcast.I'm directing a documentary film about Feldenkrais. Check out the Teaser Trailer. Follow me on Instagram: @expandyourabilityHad an Aha? Let me know: jeffrey@expandyourability.comStay connected and subscribe to the podcast.
Somatic Visioning for 2024
Jan 1 2024
Somatic Visioning for 2024
Welcome to 2024! 🎉On this episode, we will be looking at what value you want to cultivate and embody this year through a somatic movement proces. By value, what do I mean? Could be courage, humility, honesty, whatever you choose. By doing this through a somatic movement process, we access the rich world on sensation and non-verbal thinking with in us. From there we can find new creativity. It is in our body(the Soma in Somatic) that we can move in to wholeness.(If you feel like you need to know which value right now, don't worry, I will guide you in the process.)This is exploration that's meant to be explored, embodied, its learning through doing. All you needs is some floor space, a journal and a pen. So please take a listen to when you have some undistracted time.Hi, I’m Jeffrey. As a Feldenkrais and somatic movement practitioner I help you get in touch with your body so you can unravel old sticky patterns and make way for greater creativity, power and joyful play.Want to put the ideas in this podcast to work?You can book a free 20 minute consult call to find out if we’re a good fit for 1:1 coaching. Learn more here.Join the newsletterto be the first to hear about future opportunities to work with me.Download my free lesson: Effortless Freedom in MovingDownload my free guide: 9 Surprising Benefits of the Feldenkrais MethodGet Your Questions Answered!Submit your questions! I will answer them on a future episode of the podcast.I'm directing a documentary film about Feldenkrais. Check out the Teaser Trailer. Follow me on Instagram: @expandyourabilityHad an Aha? Let me know: jeffrey@expandyourability.comStay connected and subscribe to the podcast.
Marlene Finds Her Power Again
Dec 18 2023
Marlene Finds Her Power Again
Marlene came to class with a big celebration.She reported that after our previous Feldenkrais class, she found a sense of embodied empowerment she hadn't felt since she was a vibrant cheerleader at the age of 19 - six decades ago! She described rediscovering this power as akin to finding the life restoration of Lazerous. At 19, she had surgery for appendicitis that wasn't incorrectly completed. The surgeon incorrectly sowed parts of her abdomen to her diaphragm. Bad news. Even after a corrective surgery in her 30's to fix the problems from the first surgery, she still felts the effects of the compensations her body had made. She finds our Feldenkrais classes help her bring her mind and body back into sync. Marlene's story is a great example that when we have the right process that guides us with curiosity into our own experience, we can become skilled at healing our compensations. When the compensations diminish and we feel more at home in our body, the vitality and power flow back in.____ Hi, I’m Jeffrey. As a Feldenkrais and somatic movement practitioner I help you get in touch with your body so you can unravel old sticky patterns and make way for greater creativity, power and joyful play.Want to put the ideas in this podcast to work?You can book a free 20 minute consult call to find out if we’re a good fit for 1:1 coaching. Learn more here.Join the newsletter to be the first to hear about future opportunities to work with me.Download my free lesson: Effortless Freedom in MovingDownload my free guide: 9 Surprising Benefits of the Feldenkrais MethodGet Your Questions Answered!Submit your questions! I will answer them on a future episode of the podcast.I'm directing a documentary film about Feldenkrais. Check out the Teaser Trailer. Follow me on Instagram: @expandyourabilityHad an Aha? Let me know: jeffrey@expandyourability.comStay connected and subscribe to the podcast.
Why Movement? Movement is the basis of awareness
Dec 11 2023
Why Movement? Movement is the basis of awareness
We go back to the book, Awareness Through Movement, to continue this series on Why Movement? Why did Feldenkrais choose movement to focus his method around?Awareness Through Movement was written in 1972 by Moshe Feldenkrais. The first half of the book is a great introduction his thinking on society, the human being, the nature of habits and compulsion and what we can do about it. We first explore the importance of awareness. Why are we so interested in awareness? Feldenkrais did name the group classes and his book Awareness Through Movement. Becoming aware of ourselves is necessary and good for us to grow, evolve and mature.Then we explore how movement is the basis of awareness. We humans are funny. We can act and behave and not have a clear understanding of what we do. We are mystery to ourselves. Understanding what we do is essential if we want to make lasting change. The primary way we get information about ourselves is through movement, through change in our muscles and skin, through change in posture, attitude and expression. With greater refinement, we can catch our behavior as it is elicited by our environment (people, nature, situations). We have more choice available to us if we know how to find it.You can find the previous episodes in this series Why Movement: 5, 9, 13, 18, 24, 30. They all have Why Movement? in the title. Hi, I’m Jeffrey. As a Feldenkrais and somatic movement practitioner I help you get in touch with your body so you can unravel old sticky patterns and make way for greater creativity, power and joyful play.Want to put the ideas in this podcast to work?You can book a free 20 minute consult call to find out if we’re a good fit for 1:1 coaching. Learn more here.Join the newsletterto be the first to hear about future opportunities to work with me.Download my free lesson: Effortless Freedom in MovingDownload my free guide: 9 Surprising Benefits of the Feldenkrais MethodGet Your Questions Answered!Submit your questions! I will answer them on a future episode of the podcast.I'm directing a documentary film about Feldenkrais. Check out the Teaser Trailer. Follow me on Instagram: @expandyourabilityHad an Aha? Let me know: jeffrey@expandyourability.comStay connected and subscribe to the podcast.
Adam Lane Smith - What Do Secure Relationships Look Like?
Dec 4 2023
Adam Lane Smith - What Do Secure Relationships Look Like?
If you have lived with insecurity, it can be challenge to imagine what a good relationship could be like. A good relationship can be so foreign, you might even reject it.It's so important to understand what secure bonds look and feel because that can give us the perspective to turn around what's not working and to strengthen what is working.That's the topic of my conversation with relationship expert Adam Lane Smith:What does secure behavior look like?What behavior leads to mutually fulfilling relationships that are sustainable, and enjoyable?Adam Lane Smith is The Attachment Specialist with over 450,000 followers across his social media platforms. He consults internationally with CEOs, investors, entrepreneurs, executives, military veterans, and engineers to solve their attachment issues and improve their relationships. He also has appeared on numerous podcasts discussing generational attachment issues, recovering from trauma, and raising global awareness of attachment. Expect to hear in this episode:The importance of bodywork to do mental health work.We attract what we expect.How insecurity pushes away healthy peopleOur perception doesn't make things realThe straightforward clarity of secure communication: "How would a 5year phrase this?"The Exchanging of Needs to fulfill each needs.Why secure people work toward  mutually fulfilling relationships.Clarify and Collaborate. You need to clarify in order to work with others.Hi, I’m Jeffrey. As a Feldenkrais and somatic movement practitioner I help you get in touch with your body so you can unravel old sticky patterns and make way for greater creativity, power and joyful play.Want to put the ideas in this podcast to work?You can book a free 20 minute consult call to find out if we’re a good fit for 1:1 coaching. Learn more here.Join the newsletter to be the first to hear about future opportunities to work with me.Download my free lesson: Effortless Freedom in MovingDownload my free guide: 9 Surprising Benefits of the Feldenkrais MethodGet Your Questions Answered!Submit your questions! I will answer them on a future episode of the podcast.I'm directing a documentary film about Feldenkrais.Check out the Teaser Trailer. Follow me on Instagram: @expandyourabilityHad an Aha? Let me know: jeffrey@expandyourability.comStay connected and subscribe to the podcast.
Are You Learning Or Coping?
Nov 27 2023
Are You Learning Or Coping?
Do you use read blogs, stay up with the news , youtube podcasts ? (I know you listen to at least one podcast and thank you for being here 😄)  I know you're learning something valuable, right? Yes, you're 'learning' and is there a little compulsion in there too? IIn the previous episode,  I discussed the importance of sharing what you learn with others. Doing so is a creative act and helps deepen our learning. In this episode, we look at the another angle, learning as intellectual stimulation to deal with insecurity. I tell a bit of my story. I wonder if it's true for you too... do you seek out knowledge as a way of self-soothing?Hi, I’m Jeffrey. As a Feldenkrais and somatic movement practitioner I help you get in touch with your body so you can unravel old sticky patterns and make way for greater creativity, power and joyful play.Want to put the ideas in this podcast to work?You can book a free 20 minute consult call to find out if we’re a good fit for 1:1 coaching. Learn more here.Join the newsletterto be the first to hear about future opportunities to work with me.Download my free lesson: Effortless Freedom in MovingDownload my free guide: 9 Surprising Benefits of the Feldenkrais MethodGet Your Questions Answered!Submit your questions! I will answer them on a future episode of the podcast.I'm directing a documentary film about Feldenkrais. Check out the Teaser Trailer. Follow me on Instagram: @expandyourabilityHad an Aha? Let me know: jeffrey@expandyourability.comStay connected and subscribe to the podcast.
Share Your Learning To Learn More
Nov 20 2023
Share Your Learning To Learn More
If you've been listening to this show for a while you will notice that at the end of each episode I encourage you to share the ideas you hear here with a friend. I say that doing so helps us deepen our learning. In this episode I will give more of an explanation of why.I draw on Moshe Feldenkrais' teachings from his training program in Amherst Massachusetts. He encouraged his students to not focus on writing down movement directions about to be curious and invested in their own experience. Taking notes would distract them from the richness of their experience. Then, after class, go and share your experience with another person. Doing so helps you make new connections. Conversations are a creative act.Don't be a passive learner. Share your learning so you can learn more.Hi, I’m Jeffrey. As a Feldenkrais and somatic movement practitioner I help you get in touch with your body so you can unravel old sticky patterns and make way for greater creativity, power and joyful play.Want to put the ideas in this podcast to work?You can book a free 30 minute consult call to find out if we’re a good fit for 1:1 coaching. Learn more here.Join the newsletter to be the first to hear about future opportunities to work with me.Download my free lesson: Effortless Freedom in MovingDownload my free guide: 9 Surprising Benefits of the Feldenkrais MethodGet Your Questions Answered!Submit your questions! I will answer them on a future episode of the podcast.I'm directing a documentary film about Feldenkrais. Check out the Teaser Trailer. Follow me on Instagram: @expandyourabilityHad an Aha? Let me know: jeffrey@expandyourability.comStay connected and subscribe to the podcast.
No Strain... and Yet Gain?? (Includes a Feldenkrais Lesson)
Nov 13 2023
No Strain... and Yet Gain?? (Includes a Feldenkrais Lesson)
You can hear the gym teacher yelling:Feel the stretch! Feel the burn! Work it! work it! Strain, working hard, efforting, stretching... that's all necessary to make gains, right? Right?Ok, really, how much strain is necessary for improvement?Don't get me wrong, I'm not going to tell you to not use your muscles and your power and develop strength (you're free to do as you choose, of course!) What I would like to do is guide you to freer movement without using these old ways of exercising.We will make gains not by working harder, but by working smarter.It's possible for you in your body, right here, right now. This episode features a simple Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement lessons that you can experience a new world of less effort and more freedom.You can access the longer lesson here.Hi, I’m Jeffrey. As a Feldenkrais and somatic movement practitioner I help you get in touch with your body so you can unravel old sticky patterns and make way for greater creativity, power and joyful play.Want to put the ideas in this podcast to work?You can book a free 20 minute consult call to find out if we’re a good fit for 1:1 coaching. Learn more here.Join the newsletter to be the first to hear about future opportunities.Download my free lesson: Freedom in Turning Without EffortDownload my free guide: 9 Surprising Benefits of the Feldenkrais MethodGet Your Questions Answered!Submit your questions! I will answer them on a future episode of the podcast.I'm directing a documentary film about Feldenkrais. Check out the Teaser Trailer. Follow me on Instagram: @expandyourabilityHad an Aha? Let me know: jeffrey@expandyourability.comStay connected and subscribe to the podcast.
Your Insecurities Are Predictable, So Question Them
Nov 6 2023
Your Insecurities Are Predictable, So Question Them
Your Insecurity is predictable. Insecure thinking isn't unique to you and so I think you should question it.On this episode, we explore how insecurity plays out in our thinking. Have you had these thoughts?They are so amazing. Why would they want to be with me anyway?I'll be better off on my own.Ugh, they are so needy! It's pathetic.I've ruined everything.If you said yes to any of the above,  listen to this episode it's got some important ideas here for you.On this episode I introduce ideas from Attachment Theory. Attachment theory refers to how people give and receive love and support, how they act when they are emotionally close, or not, with others. I describe the 3 primary styles or strategies in attachment and give examples of how insecure people think based on the book Attached. by Amir Levine.When I read the common thoughts offered by the book, I knew I could question every single one of them. I didn't need to believe them anymore.These insecure thoughts are not true to who you really are. I believe it's your responsibility to become aware of insecure thinking and behavior, and to question them.The Feldenkrais Method®'s Awareness through Movement lessons help you become a highly tuned insecurity detector by reducing tension and cultivating efficient movement. Attachment Theory ResourcesAttached. by Amir LevineWired for Love by Stan TatkinAdam Lane Smith's extensive YouTube library+++++Hi, I’m Jeffrey. As a Feldenkrais and somatic movement practitioner I help you get in touch with your body so you can unravel old sticky patterns and make way for greater creativity, power and joyful play.Want to put the ideas in this podcast to work?You can book a free 20 minute consult call to find out if we’re a good fit for 1:1 coaching. Learn more here.Join the newsletter to be the first to hear about future opportunities.Download my free guide: 9 Surprising Benefits of the Feldenkrais MethodGet Your Questions Answered!Submit your questions! I will answer them on a future episode of the podcast.I'm directing a documentary film about Feldenkrais. Check out the Teaser Trailer. Follow me on Instagram: @expandyourabilityHad an Aha? Let me know: jeffrey@expandyourability.comStay connected and subscribe to the podcast.