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What are some qualities that  clients would experience in your private sessions that they would remember?

Four qualities that come to mind are:  support, fairness,  patience and empathy.  Whether a movement, empathy or personal coaching  the sessions are grounded upon empathetic listening  and honest expression, (even if hard to hear messages).  Focus is upon the clients, not the practitioner, therefore a direct opportunity for the client can be for a deeper self connection.  In sessions the clients are guided through their experience replacing the teaching model (being talked at)  that culturally we have come to rely upon.  Being told, fixed or having the person we are paying teach us through their experience is so unsatisfactory.  It is the qualities of willingness and courage  that inspire change.  An atmosphere encouraging safe reflection achieves quicker and easier transitions with the least amount of effort!

In Relationships:

Whether sessions include both parties or not, space is held to consider the cause and effect for both sides.  This can deepen conscious understanding of  the root causes of the current experiences.  This process is based upon  empathy to transition out of  right or wrong judgments  for clarity and to regain composure, balance and free will for making difficult choices.  Life changing choices resulting from reaction can create bigger issues, resentment and regret.     Therefore these session need honesty, patience  and empathy to support a smoother transition forward.

In Movement

Once again this process focuses on empathetic listening except now it is focused upon what the body is demonstrating.  Unknown to most in our culture is that our bodies tell our story!  Through observation and felt touch in a safe environment the physical, mental,  emotional and belief aspects of oneself can open to patterns that are no longer working.  It is the awareness of old habits and this new experience that shifts outcomes.  These sessions need honesty, patience and empathy to support clients inner felt sense needs for safety to be met to let go of resistance to go beyond into a new experience in how they feel themselves.


Clients who are either motivated for change or with chronic conditions will have home or office visits to increase support for life change through their environment.  Like ones body posture the home or office tells a story of one’s experience, yet not one of a personal self-image story.  This is a story of where ones attention is focused in life and how the relationships are  in community that shares the space.  These visits need honesty, patience and empathy to support each member in the process in a way that change can happen.

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Renee Lindstrom
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication Coach since 2004, Art of Placement since 2000, Vice-Chair of World Children’s Summit on Peace & Nature – May 2015


Breathing with Spine Support

PrintExplore Feldenkrais in 2 ways:
  1. Group Glasses & Workshops called:  Awareness through Movement or ATM (Classes below)
  2. Individual Sessions called:  Functional Integration (for increasing available movement for conditions, injuries, athletes, musicians, dancers and development

Cultivating Awareness through ATM focused upon Breathing

‘Breathing with Spine Support’

If you haven’t already take a moment and follow the gentle guidance in ‘Getting yourself ready to notice your breathing’.  This simple lesson will prepare you for deepening your attention in the present moment in order to shift your focus into present perception.

“Remember to slow down, pause between movements and only do 20% of your full movement ability”

In sitting on a firm surface begin to notice how you are sitting on your sit bones.

  •  Can you feel your sit bones?  If not place your right hand under the weight of your right buttock and notice if you feel a sharp bone poking into it.  Now switch sides and check out your left sit bone.
  • With this felt sense awareness of your two sit bones, now notice what side your are holding your upper body weight in sitting.  Right side?, or left?
  • Shift your weight gently from side to side a few times, 3 or 4, and pause between each movement.  Notice where you are supporting your weight now.
  • Come back shifting your weight from side to side and notice your feet on the floor.  How do you sense the weight in your feet as you softly shift your upper body weight.

Pause and notice yourself in sitting now.  Notice if you have stopped breathing to focus on the movement.  

  • Come back now and begin to gently shift your weight on your sit bones forward and back a few times.  Notice if this is easier or more difficult than shifting from side to side.   Pause between each movement pattern.
  • Sense your upper body in the same way as before.  Moving side to side you noticed if your weight shifted to the right and left.  Now begin to notice how your upper body responds with shifting your weight forward and back on your sit bones.
  • As you take your go back on your sit bones begin to let your belly relax and expand.  Keep it soft as you go back on your sit bones, yet pay attention to letting it completely go as you go backward on your sit bones.

Pause and notice yourself in sitting now.  Where is your attention going.    

  • Come back and gently begin to shift your weight forward and back on your sit bones and begin to alternate your breathing pattern.
  • As you go forward breathe in and as you go back release your breathe.
  • Remember to keep your belly soft and let it go as you go back on your sit bones.
  • Repeat 3 or 4 times and pause for a few breathes and begin again 3 or 4 times.

Pause and notice yourself in sitting now.

  • Once again come back alternating forward and back with your breath letting your upper posture soften and relax into the this movement.
  • Now as you go back begin to let your your upper body slouch slightly as you exhale letting your spine round.
  • As you come forward inhale and let your upper body arch forward slightly as you inhale.
  • Alternate 3 or 4 times, pause and notice yourself now.
  • Come back once and again alternating forward and back while noticing the position of your head.
  • Begin to let your chin drop forward slight and look down as you exhale and as you inhale take your chin up and look towards the ceiling.  Remember little movements! If you are unable to unlock your neck and head to tilt slightly forward and back go to next step and then come back and notice any changes.
Pause and notice yourself now in sitting.  Where is your attention going?
  • Come back and alternate going forward and back now and notice any differences.  Continue to soften your head position unlocking it.  
  • As you shift your weight back on your sit bones you breathe out letting your upper body round softening your belly and letting it expand.  Now as you breathe out with the smallest of movements begin to separate your shoulder blades.  Letting them go on an in breathe.
  • Continue to focus this movement following your out breathe  3 or 4 times.  Exhale, round and separate your shoulder blades away from each other.
  • Pause and notice yourself now.  Come back and begin to bring your shoulders together slightly on an in breathe.  As you take your weight forward on your sit bones arch slightly, breathe in and bring your shoulder blades slightly together.  Repeat 3 or 4 times with a focus upon breathing in. 
  • Pause and notice yourself for a few breathes.  Come back and now alternate between the two 3 or 4 times.

Stop, keep it simple and notice yourself  now.  Notice your chest as you breathe.  Where do you sense any movement that could be different from before you started.  NOTICE the quality of sitting now.

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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