Tag Archives: Awareness through Movement


The Robins call brought my attention to the Birch Tree outside my window almost a year ago.  This week he began his 2017 mating call while I reflected on how during this past year his Birch Tree has been integrated into our lifestyles. From gathering the leaves, twigs, buds, and bark last summer and fall to create teas, medicinal tinctures and oils for use during the fall, winter until new growth begins in the spring.  Last week tapping the Birch to try its watery sap by drinking it fresh, adding to teas, waters or making syrup!  This Robin started a journey of learning and experiencing this magnificent Birch and how it can contribute to our health and well-being.   For more information, read more about the ways to use your neighborhood Birch.

Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, of the Feldenkrais® Method of Somatic Education, was someone who had many interests himself, which he integrated into his method of enhancing functional movement.  Feldenkrais taps into ones own curious nature and I am thankful that it connected with my need for exploring and being adventuresome.  This quality has increased my inquisitiveness in my communication interactions, movement patterns and lifestyle.  It gave me back the permission to ask questions that drove my mother crazy when I was a child!

  • Surprising Physical Changes: missing moles & surprising weight loss

This past year there are a few plants that I have integrated into my daily routine that somewhere along the way made considerable changes while I wasn’t paying attention.  A large mole on my arm and two large moles on my cheek by my ear disappeared.  When I discovered this I started to pay attention to a dark patch on my back.  It has changed color from black to soft brown and the texture has diminished.  It is slowly fading away. The plants I used as oil on my skin are Mullein, Shasta Daisy, Yellow Dock and Rose.  The oil was from olives.  In the creams I used beeswax and coconut oil.  In bath infusions I used Mullein, Birch Tree and recently Bamboo. In the soap I used mainly Mullein and Olive Oil.  All the plant materials are from my own immediate garden or neighborhood.  Either grown or picked by myself and created into a fresh product that has had no other hands, chemicals, travel time or shelf life added to the products.   Along with the bonus of blemishes and age spots disappearing my skin feels amazing.   I have an experience of  differentiation between store-bought natural and chemical based products with living products.  There is a significant difference in comparison of the sensation on my skin.  I would hesitate before going back to store-bought products now.  Saving money is not the only bonus! I am discovering natures pharmacy right outside my door!  Some of you may remember that nine years ago I began a huge promotion for getting out the door and discovering your neighborhoods through Walk Victoria.  This can now include getting to know your own neighborhoods flora and fauna and how you can introduce them into your lifestyle.

Another shift that occurred naturally when introducing edible plants and trees into teas, flavored waters, salads and recipes is the lessening of hunger and urge to eat and snack all day long.  The combination of the plant qualities reduced my appetite and I have l dropped 6 sizes without dieting.  Something new since giving birth 24 years ago is that I can have a 12 to 15 hour break between eating now that with kids was not possible. They created a habit of snacking morning until night that I happily participated in.  The types of foods I enjoy has shifted organically over this  time too.  These plants have encouraged a healthier diet that is far more exciting than previous junk foods and I believe it is a lifestyle change versus a diet of desperation and fear to lose weight.  I am thoroughly enjoying the differences!  There was one blip in the year that reminded me of the dangers of being a know it all, in a power over position directing someone’s health care by fear and threats.  I am thankful to Marshall Rosenberg and the time I spent with him learning and practicing Nonviolent Communication for which this behavior was immediately evident.  Right after experiencing this treatment myself one of my clients had the same experience.  One who was vulnerable and susceptible.   Read more

An added dimension to saving money, creating great recipes and amazing skin products is that the landscape has more meaning simply walking in and out to the car and there is a strong feeling of groundedness.  There is a lot more connection and appreciation.

I believe spending time and engaging in nature can be the social change that would support, mental, emotional and physical well-being.  I encourage others to consider how they spend time outdoors and be inquisitive  how they could integrate more of it into their daily diet and personal care products.  In these times raising one’s consciousness is the new wave of activism.  It is taking our power back moment by moment!

Ways you can raise your consciousness and take your power back moment by moment is participating or engaging  in learning opportunities like these:

Feldenkrais Method® of Somatic Movement Education

Recent Comment:  Thank you for the amazing session which helped me to better understand the pain and anxiety issues I’ve been dealing with. Very insightful experience. I felt way more relaxed Friday evening and I’m monitoring myself to help ensure I’m releasing tension and breathing properly. Am impressed by it and by your skills. D

Transitioning from Language of Conflict into Language of Connection (based on Nonviolent Communication)

Recent Comment:  I love your cogent analysis of emotions = energy + story. So, emotions – story = energy freed. Yeh! thx, pat zzz
Recent Comment: Thanks very much for your wonderful classes and the way you teach us. I really appreciate that you have given the class a bit of extra time at the end to allow everyone to have their turn. I look forward to truly learning this technique of communicating and experiencing richer relations with people. R
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Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Jaw Release Program since 2007, Authored  Achieving your Goals  31 Day Program, Sleep Sweet Sleep, Kid’s Peace Bus Calendar of Values  Educational Program & InTouch with Your Values Self-Actualization Program.  Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000, Labyrinths of Victoria since 2012, #yyj Peace Week Grassroots Calendar Founder, Vice-Chair of World Children

I have to share this!!!

Yesterday at my Awareness through Movement® class on Balance a participant mentioned that when she went to her Doctor, his solution for her was to say,   “Just, stop falling!”

Read more on Balance 

Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Value-Based Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000, Founder of Greater Victoria Peace & Intercultural Celebrations since 2010 & Greater Victoria Labyrinths since 2012, #yyj Peace Week Calendar Founder – 2014 & 2015

Re-attaching Heads in Jaw Release Level 2

Re-attaching Head to Whole Movement

Triangle of Head, Shoulders & Arms by Renee LIndstromFigure 1 – Triangles of Head, Neck, Shoulders, Arms & Hands


Level two Of Jaw Release begins immediately on floor mats with a guided check-in to connect and focus on personal sensing.   In re-attaching ones head to core movements the Jaw Release Awareness through Movement® lessons are designed to draw ones attention to the rotation triangles of  the head, arms and shoulders.  It starts with the farthest point from the body – ones hands!  Quite interesting to think about how one’s hands are connected to one’s jaw.  In particular when during one’s lifetime the focus is on isolating ones mouth with attention only on the placement of  teeth!

This would be a great workshops for your Dentist office employees!

Below is a description to the  three parts to the workshop:   Re-attaching Head for Whole Movement in Jaw Release.

  • First Movement Focus in Re-attaching Head for Jaw Release

Attention is first drawn to the movement in ones extremities,  the farthest parts from the  body core.  It begins with the joints in one’s thumb and fingers, before moving closer inward to ones shoulder and spine to sense and notice movement in ones palms, hands, wrists, elbows and shoulders.fingers-to-thumb by Renee Lindstrom

Figure 2 – Thumb and Finger Tips Together

  • Second Movement Focus in Re-attaching Head for Jaw Release

Movement then shifts into ones shoulders, ribs , spine, neck and head beginning with sensing and noticing regular up and down motions of ones breathing pattern.   The integration of further patterns creates ease in rolling ones head left and right that includes a short introduction to synchronizing movements in rolling ones head forward and back in time with ones pelvis.body-bending-rotation by Renee Lindstrom

Figure 3 – Body Bending & Rotation

  • Third Movement Focus in Re-attaching Head for Jaw Release

The first two parts of the Jaw Release Workshop is designed to increase one’s sensing skills so  that in the third part the movement patterns one begins to sense the differences within ones mouth and how the jaw  and neck moves in time with one’s tongue!Jaw & Tongue by Renee Lindstrom

Figure 4 – Tongue & Jaw Movements in Rotation

This program is suitable for all ages in all situations.  These movement patterns can be restorative or for learning to improve your functions.  Can be taken into the office  and schools for increasing brain function and reducing distractions.  It is the natural next step to mindfulness training however, it is based on the real function of one’s senses so opens a new one to a new experience.  An experience of being present in action; walking, talking, thinking, being!

Excellent for improving ones abilities and experiences such as for those chronic sufferers of TMJ or to:

  • reduce neck, jaw, shoulder pain
  • neck and shoulder release
  • clear nasal passages and open air ways
  • reduce fear
  • reduce anxiety
  • increase whole movement connection
  • increase breathing
  • increase creativity
  • increase brain function
  • improve fine motor skills
  • breathe easier
  • improve speech & sound

Interested in becoming more fully present in how you walk and act in your day-to-day activities.  Consider Feldenkrais® as it is the next level to your mindfulness or yoga training to become more fully aware of your spontaneous movement patterns versus holding  a pattern.

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Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Jaw Release Program since 2007, Authored  Achieving your Goals  31 Day Program, Sleep Sweet Sleep, Kid’s Peace Bus Calendar of Values  Educational Program & InTouch with Your Values Self-Actualization Program.  Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000, Labyrinths of Victoria since 2012, #yyj Peace Week Grassroots Calendar Founder, Vice-Chair of World Children’s Summit on Peace & Nature in 2015