The Balance Master Series for Elder Citizens

Attention Feldenkrais Practitioners!  Purchase “The Balance Master Series for Elder Citizens” in a ring bound hard copy format.  How?  Via the Australian Feldenkrais Guild (AFG) (Inc) WA division committee.  Email Jenny Price, AFG (Inc) WA, at jendprice@hotmail.com with your order.  Cost – $85 plus postage.  Currently available as a hard copy, but the AFG WA div hopes to provide it in a digital format by 2020.  Weighing 800 grams it is not practical to post overseas.

Feldenkrais Practitioners Annie Cosgrove and Richard Yin created this program in 1999.   They used the lessons to research the effect of Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lessons on elderly citizens.  With 32 lessons this is a comprehensive program (see below).

Participants were independent, community living individuals aged 65 to 85.  While many had previous falls, some sustaining fractures of the wrist or ribs, none was using a walking aid.  They were randomly assigned to one of three groups for 16 weeks.  So they were given “no treatment”, Tai Chi or Feldenkrais.

Results of the clinical assessment showed the Feldenkrais group fared the best.  They had statistically significant improvements in functional activity indices and functional balance testing.   A subgroup of women fearful of falling were assessed.  This group had a significant decline in their fears.

Contact Jenny Price jendprice@hotmail.com for more information regarding ordering your copy.

Table of Contents for “The Balance Master Series For Elder Citizens”
Forward
Introduction to Participants 
Lesson 1 Transferring Weight Left and Right While Sitting 
Lesson 2 Turning in Sitting
Lesson 3 Sit to Stand #1 (incomplete)
Lesson 4 Sit to Stand #2
Lesson 5 Waking Up Your Balance Sensors  (Ankles & Their Relationships)
Lesson 6 Standing And Walking
Lesson 7 Hands To Feet (The Pantyhose Lesson)
Lesson 8 Coming to Kneeling
Lesson 9 Finding Your Feet #1
Lesson 10 A Lesson on Four Points
Lesson 11 Pelvic Clock #1
Lesson 12 Pelvic Clock #2 (With a Detour Via Rotation)
Lesson 13 Mostly Flexion
Lesson 14 More Clocks … (Via Arm Reach And Roll)
Lesson 15 Infinite Clocks (Not Taped)
Lesson 16 Picking Up Your Feet Through Side Bending
Lesson 17 More Side Bending, then Sit to Stand #3 
Lesson 18 Heads May Roll
Lesson 19 Folding Ankles, Beginning Stairs
Lesson 20 Stairs, Steps, Ups And Downs
Lesson 21 Lesson #1Feldenkrais® ATM For The Elder Citizen (Not Taped)
Lesson 22 Balancing With Your Pelvis
Lesson 23 Sideways Sliding 
Lesson 24 Knees Turning The Spine (Not Taped, Sketch Of Lesson Only)
Lesson 25 Friendly Chair and Friendly Floor
Lesson 26 Finding Your Feet #2
Lesson 27 Dancing With The Wall
Lesson 28 Dancing With The Wall #2 (Not Taped)
Lesson 29 Finding The Hips For Better Balance
Lesson 30 Dem Bones
Lesson 31 Side To Side
Lesson 32 Grand Finale
Appendix  page 227