Endless stairs

I live in a hilly area.

So there are hills, and stairs.

Lots of them.

I call this a fun laboratory to explore easier and more pleasurable ways to ascend and descend the various hills and stairs.

While I may enjoy stairs, others may despise them.

This lack of enthusiasm for stairs is often accompanied by physical pain.

For many the pain is in the knee area, or the hip area, or even the back.

No matter where the pain, there is often no pleasure.

 

Fortunately I’ve been studying and practicing how to move about, around, and up and down for many years so that I can do so in a pleasurable and efficient manner.

So that life can be that much more fulfilling.

 

If you’d like to be able to go up and down stairs with more efficiency and less pain book your consultation today!

 

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Finding my way

This life is a journey without a destination. And along this journey there are challenges that pop up from time to time.

I think it’s the universes way of keeping us alert to our selves and our environment.

Because change is the only constant.

And our ability to adapt to change is a measure of our health. If the transition through life’s setbacks and rogue upsets throws us off enough, we perish.

This is why I am a big fan of life long learning

And my preferred means of learning is by paying attention to myself, so that I may learn from myself.

If I know what I’m doing, then I can do what I want….maybe now, maybe eventually, maybe never.

The journey is the important part.

Am I being kind to myself?

Am I having fun?

Am I loving those around me?

 

If you’d like to hone your exploration skills as you find your way, then get your consultation today!

 

Erik LaSeur

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Always growing, never growing up

“Maturity is not a state reached with age or experience. It is a process that goes on until death in all evolving and creative people.” Moshe Feldenkrais

Whew!  That takes the pressure off.

I can just go one step at a time. And enjoy each step.

With childlike curiosity I can continually play with and refine how I dance with gravity in my life and daily activities.

Sometimes I’ll play with just one area or part such as my foot, to see what different shapes I can make by finding support on different parts of the foot or toes. Finding for me what feels more supportive or less supportive for me overall in different orientations such as sitting and standing.

Options are nice to have as our environment changes around and under us.

So as we age it’s always wise to stay in a curious state about the world and about your own body.

The finish line is final.

 

Erik

 

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Inch by inch

Learning new habits, ways of moving, and being, is a lifelong dance. Move an inch here, move an inch there. Sometimes moving backwards or sideways. Sometimes at rest.

The transformational change shows up in spurts and over time.

Given how many years we’ve relied upon the existing habits to keep us alive and functional, change needs time to show results.

And what’s the hurry anyway?

The enjoyment of life at whatever stage you’re in is more important than putting off your life till some point in time.

As I recall a poem by Alan Watts ‘Life isn’t a journey, it’s a dance’:

 

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“Look at the people who live to retire; to put those savings away. And then when they’re 65 they don’t have any energy left. They’re more or less impotent. And they go and rot in some, old peoples, senior citizens community. Because we simply cheated ourselves the whole way down the line.

If we thought of life by analogy with a journey, with a pilgrimage, which had a serious purpose at that end, and the thing was to get to that thing at that end. Success, or whatever it is, or maybe heaven after you’re dead.

But we missed the point the whole way along.

It was a musical thing, and you were supposed to sing or to dance while the music was being played.”

 

If you’d like to enjoy the music more in your life book your Consultation Now!

 

Enjoying the dance,

Erik

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Training to be tenacious

 

Yesterday I ran my first 10k race in over 35 years.

Since I took up running again about 6 years ago I’ve run a bunch of 5ks and Half Marathons (21k).

So yesterday was a cross between the speed of a 5k, and the longevity of the Half Marathon.

Starting out back in the pack the first mile felt like I was in a herd of turtles; it gave me time to warm up without burning out.

After a while I was able to comfortably move forward through the pack and run at a surprisingly fast clip without worrying about running out of gas.

Other than the two water/fuel stations I didn’t stop to walk except for a brief moment in the last mile as I was pushing hard to finish strong and got a bit ahead of my breathing and needed that moment to get everything back in sync.

With the finish line in sight I turned on the afterburners and pulled away from anyone near me to fly through the finish. Usually I turn off the engines and coast when I see the finish line.

Afterwards I was feeling much gratitude for the fitness level I’ve achieved through my own tenacious training. Keeping to a consistent training regimen throughout the year no matter the weather has helped me to have the strength to go out and run more of my race than I’ve experienced so far in my racing history. And I managed to place second in my age group!

Most importantly is my regular practice of the Feldenkrais Method and how it helps me to run with the most efficiency possible, while using myself in a way that is sustainable over the long term.

If you’d like to find the joy in your running, or walking, or just your every day life,

schedule your consultation today!

 

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In the Feldenkrais community we’re getting excited about this years Conference being held in Seattle.

Seattle has a large (relative to the rest of the country) contingent of Feldenkrais practitioners, which is one of the main reasons we chose to have the conference in Seattle this summer.

While the conference is mostly geared towards practitioners and trainees, we also have public workshops scheduled every day.

And the keynote is for practitioners, students, and the public.

If you’re in Seattle this late August and would like to learn more about how the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education can enhance your life come to our conference being held at Seattle University, August 23 – 27th.

 

In health,

Erik

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We’re Connected

Everything is connected.

Our head to our toes.

The mind to the body.

And each of use to one another

 

I recently saw a woman who presented a few movement issues.

While the focus of the lesson was on how she could find the clearest support through her right foot and up through her hip,

the final result was that her right shoulder pain went away.

I didn’t work with nor did I even address her shoulder during the lesson.

But there it was, enjoying the lesson from a different part of the body.

 

Many times the pain isn’t the source, but merely a symptom.

Perhaps her shoulder was relieved of having to do so much work to hold itself up, when the foot was able to find better support from the floor.

 

Find how you can make your connections clearer and live a happier, pain-free life.

Schedule your consultation today.

 

peace,

Erik

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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

AlkiMoves

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