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You are invited to JOIN a UNIQUE 8 session Psychotherapy/Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement ©
Group Series

Starting date: Ongoing
Groups meet Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 PM

Facilitator: Abigail Natenshon, MA, LCSW, GCFP
Eating disorder specialist and Feldenkrais Practitioner

Fee: $50 per session
For further information contact: 847-432-1795
Groups will offer a unique opportunity to heal through combining traditional psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral group therapy techniques with a novel, experiential approach to self-awareness, learning, and change (The Feldenkrais Method, Awareness Through Movement); each hour-long talk-therapy group experience will be accompanied by approximately one half hour of Feldenkrais body movement. Participants are required to come comfortably attired and to bring a floor mat for personal use.

“We act according to our self image.” 
- Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais

“I feel so empowered! If I can make these (bodily) changes happen, why would I not be able to make changes happen in so many other areas of my life?” 
-A group participant who has struggled with an eating disorder and addiction to substances for more than a decade 

About the Feldenkrais Method

By upgrading the function of brain and nervous system, the Feldenkrais technique brings individuals in “emotional exile” back to themselves, and to their loved ones.

The development of the self is grounded in kinesthetic experience; our movement, interwoven into the fabric of our self image from the beginning of our lives, plays an extensive role in how the nervous system coordinates a coherent sense of self through the life span. 

By teaching students to experience the interrelationships between moving, thinking, feeling and sensing, the Feldenkrais Method offers entrance to the “ground floor” of our sense of self. For individuals whose eating disorder recoveries typically average from seven to ten years in length, or who have suffered for decades with the intractable symptoms of disease, the Method offers a tangible, palpable, in some instances immediate sense of a developing, empowered self through the teaching, and learning, of well-honed attunement and attention to the self within the confines of a single 45 minute “lesson.” Embedded in the movement lessons are general strategies for what Moshe Feldenkrais calls “learning how to learn.”

The Feldenkrais work expands the discovery of unrecognized feelings, of different options for taking action, and of alternative thinking that leads to more creative and effective problem-solving. Through this technique, “black-and-white” thinkers begin to recognize shades of gray. Anxiety held in contracted muscles melts away, as do harmful compulsive and habitual behaviors and attitudes, to be replaced by “can do” feelings of empowerment. Hard-to-treat patients who have suffered from eating disorders, body image disturbances and mood disturbances for decades report relief from compulsivity in behaviors and thought, diminished depression, and a new-found capacity for self-determination and self-control. Through gentle movements that reorganize the skeleton while accessing brain connections and the nervous system, patients who had no previous self-awareness or self-control prior to or during a binge/purge episode report a new-found sense of awareness, leading to self control, and self-determination; along with that, comes access to new solutions to old problems. 

For further information, you can read:
The Therapeutic Effects of the Feldenkrais Method "Awareness Through Movement" in Patients with Eating Disorders by Laumer U, Bauer M, Fichter M, Milz H University at Regensburg.
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Eating disorder group therapy is available to individuals seeking the integrative, experiential mind/body work of Anat Baniel Method© / Feldenkrais Method©. This form of somatic education, when used as adjunct treatment in combination with more traditional approaches, by providing integrative movement with attention, enables autonomous shifting out of old habits and into useful new ones. It facilitates learning “from the inside out;” enhancing sensory-awareness and re-integrating neurological function that goes far to re-create a core sense of self. (Read Abbie’s article, The Feldenkrais Method © and Anat Baniel Method © in the Treatment of Eating Disorders, published in the Feldenkrais Educational Foundation of North America SenseAbility Newsletter.

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