Neuroplasticity, Creativity and the Potent State Feldenkrais Workshop
A Weekend of Learning with Aliza Stewart
December 3-4, 2016, 1pm-6pm
Tree of Life Tai Chi, 11 Bow Street, Somerville, MA
Creativity is usually associated with the arts, technology, or science. But the source from which creativity springs is our first forays into solving the problems of moving in gravity and space. As babies, we have no teachers, and the success of this process relies on the ability of the brain to make new connections – it's neuroplasticity.
This kind of thinking is not done with words. It is done through sensations, and creates images of possibilities. These images then become part of our life.
The ability of adults to use this kind of non-verbal, creative thinking, is enhanced by movement. Some of the most exciting findings in Neuroscience research point in this direction. Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais discovered this ability while rehabilitating his own movement related injuries, and went on to create a vast library of movement experiments for other adults to do.
In this workshop, you will have a chance to feel and see how you can use Awareness Through Movement as a resource to bring creativity to all areas of life and to find new solutions to questions you've had for a long time – in your everyday life, in art, music or science.
Moshe Feldenkrais quotes:
“Only when in possession of the full range of functioning on each level or plane of action can we eliminate compulsion to the degree that our action becomes the expression of our spontaneous selves. All creative men and women know spells when they can act in this manner.”
“Learning to think in patterns of relationships, in sensations divorced from the fixity of words, allows us to find hidden resources and the ability to make new patterns, to carry over patterns of relationship from one discipline to another”
Cost for the weekend:
Early-bird by Nov 25: $220
Students and Early-bird with a friend by Nov 25 : $170
About Aliza Stewart
Aliza Stewart has been practicing the Feldenkrais Method since 1986. She is an internationally known Trainer, teaching new Feldenkrais teachers across the U.S., Europe, South America and Israel and is the Educational Director of the Boston Feldenkrais Training Program sponsored by Feldenkrais Education of New England.
She has given classes, workshops and presentations for many institutions and organizations including The Johns Hopkins applied Physics Laboratory, The Kennedy Krieger Institute, The Maryland Medical and Chirurgical Society, The University of Wisconsin in Madison and The University of Maryland Medical School.
Originally trained as a concert pianist, Aliza has a great affinity for the needs and problems of performers. She has taught Feldenkrais classes at the Peabody Conservatory and at the Mannes College of Music. She is in residence at the Marlboro Chamber Music Festival and the Yellow Barn Music Festival, and has taught workshops in for musicians in Berlin and Vienna.
Experiences of Aliza's teaching:
"I've tried many healing modalities besides allopathic medicine, but none have been as transformative as the Feldenkrais Method. Among Feldenkrais practitioners, Aliza Stewart is recognized as a master and it is no wonder. Her classes and private sessions are not only highly effective at reducing and eliminating pain, but they also foster an overall sense of vitality, power and expanded possibilities." – Hannah VoDinh, Guitarist
“I have been able to understand the work I do as a philosopher and educator, in a more dynamic and compelling way. I find myself thinking, not merely abstractly, but as a tangible experience. With the Feldenkrais Method, ideas become a creative act that emerge in the full physicality of the world”. – Chris Moffett, Philosopher and Educator
"At the Yellow Barn Music School and Festival Aliza Stewart is something of a phenomenon. Her deep knowledge of the Feldenkrais Method and her remarkable instincts for reading a musician's physical tendencies make her constantly in demand. A musician in her own right, she is not only a practitioner capable of preventing and healing pain, but a partner in a search for greater freedom in how one makes music." –Seth Knopp, the Peabody Trio; Director, Yellow Barn Music Festival