Monday, April 25, 2011

Alki Moves, rolling along

After months of playing with new logo ideas...

It's growing on me.

Awaken your senses,
bring your curiosity to the forefront.

Become aware of what you're doing, How do I do that?

Become renewed by the resiliency you've developed in your playful discovery.

What's your dream?


Alki Feldenkrais

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The sweet life

"Without learning to know ourselves as intimately as we possibly can, we limit our choices. Life is not very sweet without the freedom of choice.”
~Moshe Feldenkrais

With Valentine's Day coming up tomorrow we celebrate the sweethearts in our lives.
It also has me thinking of how do I (we) celebrate the inner sweetheart?
Taking care of the one we know best.

The curation of ourselves is a multi-faceted event that touches on the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of who we are.

A great tool on this trip through life I've found is the Feldenkrais Method.
The simple, slow movements, and the fostering of attention to the movements has helped me grow as a human being more than anything else alone.

So how intimately do you know yourself?

Give yourself the Valentine's Day gift that keeps giving.

Erik LaSeur GCFP
Alki Feldenkrais

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Alki Moves makin the 'Blog' (WSB)

2011 has gotten off to an accelerated start:

the West Seattle community Feldenkrais clinic is roaring ahead into it's 6th month at the West Seattle Senior Center .
This is Seattle's only low-cost Feldenkrais clinic and a great (cheap) way to experience this method.

Group classes at Crysalis Center in Downtown Seattle are taking off, where I also now offer individual Functional Integration lessons too.

Along with my regular networking gigs at BNI and the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce, and other speaking engagements, I've increased my visibility in West Seattle by becoming an advertiser on the West Seattle Blog.

Now at least 10,000 a day get to see the word 'Feldenkrais' when they read 'the blog'.

It may take awhile, but the tide is turning

what's your dream?

Erik LaSeur GCFP

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Hackin away

I've been on an artisty bend lately, singing, dancing, hacking up black bamboo...

The bamboo part came in because I'm massively ramping up my local marketing efforts, and one of the missing ingredients is a visible sign outside my studio.

I have an A-board on the porch, but that's it.

Many have commented on why I don't have a big flashing sign or something.
This is a neighborhood. I do wish to respect my neighbors.

I wanted a tasteful sign that went with the house and the surroundings.


I have lots of it growing at Alki Feldenkrais.


improve your movement
improve your life

Sunday, January 2, 2011

West Seattle community Feldenkrais clinic: Get up! Stand up!

West Seattle community Feldenkrais clinic: Get up! Stand up!:
This Tuesday January 4th, 2011 we'll have the first West Seattle community Feldenkrais clinic of the new year.

This week we'll start out at 12:30 with the classic lesson that got Moshé started on this fascinating work.
What is Good Posture?
"Any posture is acceptable in itself as long as it does not conflict with the law of nature,which is that the skeletal structure should counteract te pull of gravity, leaving the muscles free for movement."

Moshé Feldenkrais 'Awareness through Movement' pg 68

This statement is at the beginning of the first lesson in this book. It's all about going from sitting to standing, and how to do it without undue pressure upon the knees.

This was necessary for Moshé to learn because he had two really messed up knees.

Personally, I've done this lesson and pieces of it at least 100 times.

There is a lot to learn here.

As we get older, or are injured, or weak, this lesson becomes more important because our ability to use our muscles (old bad habits) to carry out this action are compromised.

If you're looking for a new, vibrant way to get up for 2011, come to the West Seattle Senior Center this Tuesday for a unique outlook on what good posture is.

Erik LaSeur

improve your movement
improve your life

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Make it light, simple, and without force

As I welcome in the new year I like to have a guiding principle to keep me on track with my work and life.
I'll borrow from Moshé Feldenkrais:

"Make it light, simple, and without force."

The greatest learning comes from those words, whether it's how to move more elegantly, or how to focus on running the shop.
As a Norswegian I was brought up to do it the hard complex way, and bang the shit outta it to make it work.
My Feldenkrais training had me learning new ways, the simple ways that we all are capable of.

As I strategize for the coming year, how can I do it with lightness?
Laying the plans for success by being gentle with myself.
How can I keep it simple?
Our work as Feldenkrais teachers really is simple, one of creating connections within and without.
And working without forcing...
Be like water...
May your new year be one of lightness, simplicity, and gentleness.