Save the knees

The question I’m asked the most when people find out I run is: What about your knees?

My knees are great.

But that wasn’t the case 30 years ago, when I gave up running.

A combination of not so ideal running form and an injury while playing flag football in college had contributed to my fragile knees.

I went the route of strengthening by bicycling and weight training.

But it didn’t help with the fear or pain of using it for running.

 

My studies and application of the Feldenkrais Method towards safe use of the knees, and efficiency of movement finally got me back into running 7 years ago.

 

One of the best benefits of being able to run regularly is having the stamina and agility to babysit my grandson.

He’s got me on the run, rolling on the floor, and staying in a creative playful state.

All thanks to what I’ve learned from Feldenkrais.

 

If you’d like to move past your knee fragility and enjoy life more

Schedule your consultation today!

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Gratitude for spring and health

Today I ran a nice, slow 10k.

As I’d just raced a half marathon two days ago, the need for an easy day was present.

It’s also the first day I’ve run since Spring began yesterday.

 

So I have a dual gratitude in this post.

 

The first is for Spring. Yay!

Warmer, maybe drier days ahead.

And much more daylight.

 

The second gratitude is for my health, and my ability to go out and race a half marathon this past weekend.

This was the 5th Half marathon I’ve run since the first one in October 2015.

It was a very hilly course with almost constant water views, as we ran the perimeter of Mercer Island in a clockwise manner.

 

Today on my slower, shorter run I was feeling grateful for how well I felt.

To have the resilience in place to resume living after great effort.

 

Now that Spring is here it’s a good time for getting outside and enjoying the warmer (and hopefully) drier weather.

If you’d like to do so with more pleasure and less pain, now is a great time to begin.

 

Erik LaSeur

Guild certified Feldenkrais Teacher

Alki Moves

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Keep it simple

Ed Whitlock passed away this week at age 86.

Last year at age 85 he broke a world age record for the marathon by over 28 minutes by running under 4 hours.

At age 72 he set the world age record for the marathon by running under 3 hours.

He set these and many other records throughout his long running career by keeping it simple.

Whitlock defied convention, especially for older runners, in his approach to non-running activities, in that he did no stretching,

strength training, or cross training. When he was injured, he simply stopped running until he felt able to resume his high-volume

training. He followed no special diet, other than to eat enough to keep his weight up. Whitlock mostly ran in old shoes he’d won at

races or had otherwise received; he said the racing flats he wore to break 4:00 at Toronto were 15 years old.

 

Running is a simple activity,

and when done with knowledge and awareness of Ideal Organization

can be done joyfully and injury free.

 

If you’re thinking you’re too old to get out and run, or you’ll never be able to do it because of pain or injuries…but you still have that question. The lingering question of “Can I?”

Make the impossible possible at

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Spring Ahead!

Remember to set your clocks ahead this Sunday, March 12th!

With Spring coming the thoughts of warmer weather and outdoor activities come to mind.

 

Will I have the ability to get out and garden this year?

Do I have the stamina to go on a hike up in the mountains after the snow melts?

Will I look good in a swimsuit at the beach?

 

This is one of the reasons why I run.

It gets and keeps me in shape for whatever fun life throws before me.

 

While I keep consistent with my running throughout the year (I’ll be racing the Mercer Island Half Marathon next weekend), for others it can be a warmer months activity.

When starting up an activity again after being dormant for a period it’s necessary to prepare yourself for action, to minimize injuries and to finding more pleasurable ways in moving.

The Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education is a perfect avenue to learn how to run with pleasure while minimizing stress to your body.

To find out more about how Feldenkrais can enhance your spring time activities including running

Contact Erik LaSeur GCFT (Guild certified Feldenkrais Teacher)

erik@alkimoves.com

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Preparing for action in 2017

 

With the new year sometimes comes the rush to get into shape.
This can often be accompanied by injuries for the unprepared muscles, ligaments, and tendons
that do the bulk of the work.
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My favorite warm up routines involve some awareness using a handful of Feldenkrais movements, so I can wake up my nervous system to be ready for intense work over the next 1 to 2 hours.
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Animals instinctively know how to wake up their systems to be ready for action. Resting when they need to, taking some time to slowly engage their muscles, and then springing into action.
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Whether your new year has you walking more, or even taking up running, doing so in the most efficient, pain-free manner is important for your enjoyment and longevity.
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My new class in West Seattle

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I’m so excited!

Beginning Thursday December 1st 2016 I’ll be teaching a regular weekly Awareness through Movement (Feldenkrais) class in West Seattle at the BendnMove studio.

Thursdays Noon – 1pm

I’ll be bringing 11 years of professional experience as a Guild certified Feldenkrais Teacher.  In these classes we explore how we move and use that as a means to refine our movements, so that life becomes easier and more enjoyable. Whether you’re an athlete looking to improve your performance or a senior looking to regain your balance and control of your life, these classes are for you.

The BendnMove studio is located at 3270 California Avenue SW in the Admiral district of West Seattle

Individual classes are $18

Individual and package plans are available from the BendnMove site.

Hope to see you there,

Erik LaSeur

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Vashon classes on the move!

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For a couple years at least I’ve taught my weekly Awareness through Movement (Feldenkrais) class at the tiny space in the Village Green complex in Downtown Vashon. Often we’d be rolling into each other in the space, perhaps wondering what a fuller expression of the movement could feel like.

In search of a larger, more flexible space nearby, I found out about the Vashon Cohousing space. It’s only a half mile from the current location, much more room to roll, and in a beautiful rustic setting.

Beginning Thursday April 16th we’ll be meeting weekly for the 10:30am class at:

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If you’d like to attend this class or know someone on Vashon/Maury Islands that may

contact me (Erik) at:

206-406-8154

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Get down Get up

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erik@alkimoves.com

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Peeling away the layers on the path of growth

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Lately as students have been telling me their stories as they unfold through our weekly classes, I’ve been looking at my own stories.

My own path of learning and awakening.

I recall a time in the late 90’s, when my late wife Yvonne, who had recently started her 4 year Feldenkrais Professional teacher training:

She was learning interesting stuff, I didn’t know or really care what it was.

You could say I was a bit skeptical.

And in my quest to get healthy would be lying on the living room floor, hoisting dumbells.

Or doing endless situps.

Straining through pushups.

And stretching, stretching, stretching.

She would occasionally walk by and ask “why are you doing that?”

Me: “To get stronger, and healthier!”

Fast forward 15 years (12 years since I started my own Feldenkrais training), and her mysterious question makes sense to me now.

My understanding didn’t come instantly.

I saw glimmers of it when I first started my training.

A decade of playing with these ideas have peeled away many layers of clouded thinking.

Tomorrow I shall work on peeling away another.

Life is a journey.

Let’s enjoy it together.

Erik

 

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Back pain relief – rolling the pelvis

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Setting aside my perfectionist streak I decided to shoot a new video with minimal outtakes.

I did well. 2 hours of set-up and shooting. One day of editing, and a new ‘trial’ version of Camtasia 8.

I have many more versions of back pain relief, and general balance and wellness video topics in idea stage, and soon to be reality.

thanks,

Erik

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