Evolution of Movement: From Early Development to Locomotion: Western

Date: Jan 7, 2014 - Feb 18, 2014
Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Online bookings are not available for this class, please see registration info below.

Michael Alicia & Julia Pak
Class One: Jan. 7th, 3-5pm
Class Two: Jan. 21st, 1-5pm
Class Three: Feb. 4th, 1-5pm
Class Four: Feb. 18th, 1-5pm
14 CE hour NCBTMB / NYS-certified


We will explore first-hand through our own experience the essential movements of the
spine that provide the underlying structure of any skillful human movement. Our
exploration will follow the evolution of movement from the most basic elements of
movement like weight shifting, turning, lifting of the head, and crawling to the more
advanced movement patterns like getting off the ground, standing, walking, jumping and
running. This series of classes is based on and inspired by the teachings of
Moshe Feldenkrais, the founder of the Feldenkrais Method; Sheryl Field, a Feldenkrais
teacher of many years who devoted her work to children with special needs; and the many
clients we have worked with in our practices over the years.


We will focus on improving our observational skills for a better assessment and
understanding of what the root of any neuromuscular difficulty might be.

We will learn and experience what it feels like to improve our own movement
so that we can better help others improve theirs.

We will engage in a series of movement awareness exercises that will enable us
to develop a deeper understanding of the work and concepts that we will be using with our clients.

1. EARLY DEVELOPMENT: Essential movement of the spine. Lateral bending, flexion, extension
and Twisting.

2. GETTING OFF THE GROUND: From lying to sitting. From sitting to standing.

3. LOCOMOTION: From walking to running.

juliaJulia Pak, MBA, GCFP, is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitionercm specializing in helping athletes perform at high levels and helping those with chronic pain, injury, and other neuromuscular difficulties return to functioning. Born and raised in Russia, Julia came to the Feldenkrais Method with a background in track, mountaineering, skiing, and rock climbing. As a runner, her current focus is marathons.

Julia currently holds a position as Assistant Clinical Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, where she is involved in research on running economy. In addition to her work with adult athletes, Julia has a special interest in working with children. She is pursuing advanced study and practicing Feldenkrais® method for children with special needs at the Field Center for Children’s Integrated Development. She also teaches weekly classes at the Feldenkrais Learning Center.

Prior to becoming a Feldenkrais Practitioner, Julia worked as a financial systems analyst for Fortune 500 companies. Studying and teaching the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education appealed to her love of movement, her analytical background, and her intuitive sense that one must work with the whole rather than only individual parts.

Michael Alicia, LMT is the founder and director of CATA NYC, Inc., formerly Massage Space NYC. He has been a licensed massage therapist since 1992 with a thriving practice in Manhattan. Michael has been a teacher of Swedish massage, Shiatsu and Thai massage at the venerable Swedish Institute since 1994. He is also a visiting faculty member at the Therapeutic Massage Training Institute in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the author of The Stretching Process DVD and The Massage Therapist’s Handbook: A Practical Guide to the Business of Massage.

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