If you’re wondering what Bones for Life® is, you’ve come to the perfect place to learn more and, if you’re so inclined, to grab ahold of that knowledge and use it to improve your life. Bones for Life was created by Ruthy Alon and is based on Moshe Feldenkrais’ approach to somatic learning. More confused than before? Let’s break it down.
Who is Moshe Feldenkrais?
Moshe Feldenkrais spent the majority of his life developing a method of movement and awareness that has been termed the Feldenkrais Method®. He taught classes around the world on his Awareness Through Movement® classes which focus on very slow and gentle movements that require deep attention to the process. The goal is to use this intentional movement to retrain the brain to change movement habits.
Who is Ruthy Alon?
Ruthy Alon began attending classes taught by Dr. Feldenkrais in Tel Aviv in 1959 and became one of the original teachers of his method, receiving direct training from him. After Dr. Feldenkrais passed away, Ruthy continued teaching and expanded on his work with her own life’s work, the Bones for Life program.
What is Bones for Life?
The Bones for Life program is designed to provide a movement answer to the problem of bone deterioration. The learning principles behind the Feldenkrais Method are interpreted in a different way so they engage and stimulate the bones to function in a counter-gravity way. She challenged her classes to move in new ways and to learn how to autocorrect.
Future Life Now and Bones for Life
Here at Future Life Now, we take the teachings of Ruthy and use them in our Bones for Life courses. We firmly believe that everybody and every single body can learn to move better, feel better, and live better. We offer several different ways to become more active in improving your life and body and experiencing what Your Learning Body is capable of. This community of people comes together to learn and be inspired and, often to share their own stories.
Cynthia Allen has been working in holistic practices and healthcare for more than 35 years. In 2001 she became a Certified Feldenkrais® practitioner and in 2003 a Bones for Life Teacher. She later traveled to Israel to continue her studies with Ruthy Alon to become a Senior Trainer in Movement Intelligence. Allen’s own personal experience with Bones for Life dramatically improved her posture and gait. She found the exercises to be extremely valuable for clients of all ages but particularly for senior adults seeking improvement in balance and walking as well as help with back, hip, or knee pain.
How Bones for Life Can Help You
Bones for Life is designed to help anyone, and everyone, use natural movements to promote bone health and possibly prevent osteoporosis. It uses unique weight-bearing patterns to teach you how to safely transfer force through your skeleton without causing stress. You’ll learn how to put forward an upright posture that prevents spinal compression. Focus will be put on taking lessons of stability and transferring them to your everyday life and all weight-bearing activities. At the same time, you’ll work to support your joint flexibility which can make your bones more resilient. Through optimal biomechanics, you relearn how to align, distribute weight, and move your body in a way that supports skeletal health. Eventually, the very weight of your own body will help you to build bone strength and healthy bones for life.
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