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"Interested in Dramatically Improving Your Own Running or Working With Others To Do So?"

"Do You (Or Your Students) Believe That Running Has To Be Painful Or Difficult?"

"Have They (Or You) Lost The Ease And Passion In Your Running?"

Join us for an online running conference and get ideas and strategies that you can put to use immediately and that actually work.

For many people, running is an activity that evokes a great deal of emotion. Many insist that running is bad for you or "bad for your joints" and that it has to be a painful activity. Others insist that with the right "technique" or by copying elite runners one can achieve better results.

And there are dozens - if not hundreds - of theories about effecting running and what it consists of and countless "schools of thought" on running and the best way to improve it.

For many runners, the body of contradictory theory and advice on running leads to a great deal of frustration. "Simple tips" and "effective strategies" seem to offer great promise but little in the way of long lasting results.

What if you've tried the tricks and techniques and your running has not improved?

Or worse, what if your distance, speed and time have improved, but has done so at the expense of your enjoyment or even your health?

Isn't there a better way?

Yes there is.

Runners who "stay the course" tend to have several things in common such as curiosity, attention to the details of their own running and improvement of their running dynamics. In addition, they have strategies for working with their motivation and thoughts about running.

This conference focuses on those elements and many other ones. The focus is on YOU and what you can control - your process as a runner and learner and how you can find the most effective way to improve and enjoy your running. And yes, despite what some people may have told you, you can dramatically improve your running without the stress of imitating others and forcing your body to do something that it doesn't want to do.

Read through the presentation descriptions below and join us when you are ready enroll. After you register, you will be given a link where you can download each presentation as well as the bonuses and link to the panel discussion. This conference is 100% online and available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, regardless of where you live and what time zone you are in.

Running Conference Presenters

Rediscovering Passion and Ease In Your Running

Sharon Starika
Sharon Starika
Sharon Starika began her "true" evolution as a runner and triathlete when she had a seemingly career ending accident that resulted in nine surgeries on her left side. Sharon's doctors told her she would never compete again and that she would never be able to run again.

But she proved them wrong.

Using the processes and ideas that you will learn in this presentation and accompanying workshop, Sharon not only recovered and returned to competition, but she also improved her marathon time by an astonishing 20 minutes. As a result of this incredible experience, Sharon became a Guild Feldenkrais Practitioner™ and began to develop her own theories and ideas about optimizing running using the Feldenkrais Method®.

In Sharon's presentation you will learn:

• Why curiosity it the most potent path to improving your running.

• Common myths that may be preventing you from reaching your peak.

• The importance of questioning what experts have told you is the "correct" way to run.

• How you can find your unique way of running that works perfectly for you.

• What do you do if your body has major asymmetries.

• The relationship between function, action and power

• The paradox of power: Less is more.

• Why improving your function releases power but with LESS effort.

You will also be able to download - at no additional cost - a complete running workshop taught by Sharon and recorded live in California.

Sharon Starika, Guild-Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, has taught in Feldenkrais training and workshops worldwide. She maintained a private practice in La Jolla, California for 17 years before moving her practice to Park City, Utah. She is known for her direct "no nonsense" and motivating teaching style and her ability to teach complex material and make it accessible for all.

Movement Capacities Every Runner Needs: A Feldenkrais-Based Running Model

Jae Gruenke
Jae Gruenke
Many running coaches and practitioners assume that running works the same as walking. They then bring that assumption to their work with clients who want to run better. Unfortunately, not only do the mechanics of running and walking differ a great deal - but there is very little agreement on how running does work.

The nature of running mechanics and the "right way" to run are the subject of heated debate in the running and scientific community. And - big surprise - there are heated debates about running in the Feldenkrais community and elsewhere. Complicating matters, the evolutionary importance of running to humans means we have a great deal of flexibility in how we are able to run, making it harder to come up with a definitive answer as to what way is "best."

Any Feldenkrais practitioner working with runners will certainly be able to help the average runner improve their performance, reduce discomfort, and recover better from injury. Stand-alone Feldenkrais lessons help students learn to use their skeletons better and reduce asymmetries in their gait. However, if you wish to go farther and specifically relate the lessons you give to running, create workshops for runners, and cultivate a specialty of working with the running community, you will need a working model of how running works and a willingness to continually develop and revise it. This workshop and the associated panel discussion will give you the model that you need.

In Jae's presentation you'll learn:

• A Feldenkrais-based template for thinking about the movement capacities necessary for running

• A strategy for further study and development of your own expertise

• Defining elements of running that are generally agreed upon

• Current popular models for how running works

You will also receive a bibliography, list of recommended Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Lessons (ATM's), and the ATM recording, "Loosening Up to Run."

Jae Gruenke, Guild-Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, The Balanced Runner®

Jae Gruenke has applied Feldenkrais Method® to the needs of runners for nearly 10 years, working with both novice and competitive runners on issues such as reducing aches and pains, recovering from serious injury, learning basic running mechanics, preventing injury, and improving efficiency and speed.

She also runs public workshops for runners, and has taught private workshops sponsored by the Nike Central Park Track Club, the New York Flyers and a dozen other well-known organizations. A runner herself, she holds a position as Assistant Clinical Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at SUNY Downstate Medical center, where she is involved in research on running economy. She is an ACE-Certified personal trainer, has taught at the Melody Fairchild Running Camp and is currently working with Coach Terrence Mahon and the Mammoth Track Club.

Jae was fitness columnist for New York Spirit Magazine from 1999-2002 and her writing on movement and physicality has also appeared in the Village Voice, American Dance, The Park Slope Reader, and on the Motion Channel of IndiePlanet.com.

Running Powerfully is Natural, Unless You Make it Otherwise.

Edward Yu, Runner
Edward Yu
The major difference between the average runner and the professional is that the amateur has not learned to use his or her body efficiently. Instead of working in unison, the amateur unconsciously works against running by enacting unnecessary muscular contractions that pull the body every direction but the one desired. Therefore, rather than enhancing performance, much of the effort goes toward sabotaging it. Not only does running suffer as effort increases, but also undue stress is put in the joints, which often leads to pain and injury.

Unfortunately, most expert advice does not take into account these "parasitic" contractions that in prevent the average runner from wasting even more energy. While it is true that our average runner may indeed run faster when heeding the "advice," it will be at the cost of quickly exhausting the body and possibly overstraining certain muscles in the process. Those that persevere in this process will often begin to associate running with its main saboteurs: excessive effort and willpower. In other words, their running becomes stressful and painful.

But why isn't it this way for everybody?

How do elite runners run so efficiently and most importantly: How can you "turn pro" and coordinate every part of your body to propel yourself with maximum efficiency and least effort? Learn how your different parts can work together, reduce and eliminate unnecessary movements that burden others. Find your stride that is smooth, graceful and powerful, thereby requiring much less effort for an even greater amount of propulsion.

Looking at running in the way that Edward Yu presents, you could say that improvement is a result of learning how to stop contradicting yourself and let go of unnecessary tension. Improvement from this perspective requires less effort, not more.

During Edward’s presentation you may be surprised to discover

• Why following “simple” instructions laid out by the experts rarely works.

• Why imitating good runners is rife with pitfalls (and therefore rarely works).

• Why it helps to slow down if you want to speed up.

• Why running efficiently has more to do with coordination than willpower.

• Why learning does not normally happen on the track or in the classroom (or, for that matter, any arena influenced by our dominant culture).

• Why the primary difference between Olympic runners and their average counterparts is not that the former are genetically superior, more “talented” or try harder.

• Why natural ability, which we normally attribute to talent, could be considered learned ability acquired through curiosity, exploration and wonder.

• Why biomechanical efficiency is inextricably linked to your sense-ability—that is, your ability to sense and feel what it is you are doing (and not doing).

• Why avoiding uncertainty, which is the modus operandi of our educational system (and which has spilled out into athletics and coaching), tends to blocks learning.

You will receive a free audio Feldenkrais session from Edward, including a written transcript and photos of the session and a sample from his book: Art of Slowing Down: A Sense-Able Approach to Running Faster

Edward Yu, GCFP teaches Bagua, Taichi, Radically Transformative Fitness, Art of Slowing Down to Speed Up (running classes where you don’t run) and Feldenkrais® classes in Los Angeles. He is the author of the newly published Art of Slowing Down: A Sense-Able Approach to Running Faster. In addition to teaching classes, Edward works in rehabilitation and prevention, borrowing concepts from Feldenkrais®, internal martial arts and V.S. Ramachandran. In his free time, Edward likes to roll around on the floor, walk in circles and stare into space.

Common Challenges In Running: And How To Deal With Them Effectively

Julia Pak
Is it true that there is such a thing as "optimal running form" and running mechanics? Is running "bad for you" and "bad for your joints"? What is running and what is the most efficient way to do it?

In this cutting edge presentation from expert Feldenkrais practitioner and running coach, Julia Pak, you will get answers to the above questions and more. You will explore the most relevant movement relationships that are crucial to efficient running as well as the most common mistakes runners make and how to avoid them.

Including:

• Movements to clarify sensations of running in yourself so you can begin finding how running works more efficiently (both in yourself and others)

• The most common running related injuries and possible causes from the point of view of running efficiency

• How running efficiency relates to your own unique running habits.

• The importance of gently and continuously improving your running mechanics

• How everyday activities affect your running

• A series of crucial movement relationships that you can work on such as spinal-trunk counter rotation.

• How to work with your "core" movements

• How to stop ideas of "good posture" from interfering with your optimal running mechanics.

• How to sense and change "cross motivation" where one muscle group fights against the other.

Julia Pak, GCFP, is a an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, where she is involved in research on running economy. In her Feldenkrais practice, she specializes in helping athletes perform at high levels and helping those with chronic pain, injury, and other neuromuscular difficulties return to functioning.

Born and raised in Russia, Julia came to the Feldenkrais Method with a background in track, mountaineering, skiing, and rock climbing. As a runner, her current focus is marathons.

Running Panel Discussion

In a one-hour discussion, our panel answered questions on a wide variety of topics related to running.

A few of the topics discussed:

• Typical neuromuscular habits that lead to running injuries.

• How "hidden" habits can be damaging long term and what you can do to avoid them

• Important questions to ask yourself as a runner such as: "Why did I even have this injury to begin with? Could it and future
injuries be prevented?"

• Understanding the limitations and benefits of "imitating" others.

• Inviting yourself and others into the world of "pain free" running - even if you do not think it is possible.

• Barefoot running: When does it make sense? When should it be avoided?

• How to structure Feldenkrais Functional Integration sessions when working with runners

• And many others....

And Some Free Bonuses - Just for Enrolling

We want to make sure that you not only have the fantastic material in the conference presentations and panel discussion but also some practice material that you can use to experience The Feldenkrais Method® of Somatic Education and the specific strategies that our conference presenters teach.

For this reason, we are including some free downloads for you. Each bonus is a power-packed audio or written download from three of our presenters:

Sharon Starika's complete Feldenkrais running workshop recorded live in California. It includes six Feldenkrais, Awareness Through Movement lessons, including:

• Elbows and Knees Touching 35 minutes
• Touching Floor with Hands 37 minutes
• Lifting Back with Knees 21 minutes
• Rotational Use of the Arms 37 minutes
• Freeing the Hip Joints 46 minutes
•Spiraling Legs From Stomach 40 minutes

Each session works with a specific movement pattern related to increasing your running power and efficiency.

• Jae Gruenke's bibliography of recommended books and list of Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Lessons (ATM’s) for running. (A fantastic resource for both Feldenkrais Practitioners and runners)

• Jae's Feldenkrais Awareness Through movement session “Loosening Up to Run.”

• Edward Yu's recorded Awareness Through movement session "Throwing a Ball in Side Lying", from his new book, The Art of Slowing Down

• The Prologue of Edward Yu's book, The Art of Slowing Down as well as the transcript of the lesson above: Throwing the Ball 2: Discovering Power in Your Hips in Sidelying

Nearly 6 hours of Feldenkrais sessions that you can put to use immediately! Just download and listen!

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