Mary McCutcheon to teach "Awareness Through Movement" classes
By Janene Lang
The Center for Spirituality & Healing will once again offer Feldenkrais Method classes starting in February. Mary McCutcheon will offer the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education’s “Awareness Through Movement” class on Friday evenings from 4:00-5:00 PM. The classes will operate similarly to yoga classes in that participants may drop in for $10 per class and participate without pr-registration. For those not familiar with the Feldenkrais Method®, the Center would like to introduce the method and its esteemed practitioner, Mary McCutcheon.
Feldenkrais is a method of teaching movement and body awareness that can increase and ease range of motion as well as improve flexibility and coordination. According to The Feldenkrais Method®’s official website, the method “is a form of somatic education that uses gentle movement and directed attention to improve movement and enhance human functioning…and is based on principles of physics, biomechanics and an empirical understanding of learning and human development.”
Feldenkrais also expands body-awareness. The organization’s pamphlet “Improve Movement, Improve Life” states that “By expanding the self-image through movement sequences that bring attention to the parts of the self that are out of awareness, the Method enables you to include more of yourself in your functioning movements. Students become more aware of their habitual neuromuscular patterns and rigidities and expand options for new ways of moving.”
Mary’s experience with Feldenkrais began when she finished her training in 1997 and has been a part of the Center since its inception. “I began teaching at a local health club. In 2000 I joined the yoga instructors and Michael Ketterhagen in the opening of the Fond du Lac Center for Spirituality and Healing teaching Feldenkrais and yoga."
According to Mary, “The Feldenkrais methods are based in yoga and the martial arts, specifically judo.” Mary started practicing yoga when she was 17. She eventually was drawn to the martial art of Judo. She received her black belt after 9 years of study in the discipline. While studying Judo, Mary was introduced to Feldenkrais. Her positive personal experience with it led her to become a practitioner. “I love teaching the [Feldenkrais] method and working with people with whatever needs they might have. I also love the work because of its gentle nature and amazing results."
Mary is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner with the Feldenkrais Guild of North America – Portland, OR and has a strong educational background beginning at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where she first graduated in 1975 with a B.S. Occupational Therapy, then again in 1985 with an M.S. Exercise Physiology/Cardiac Rehabilitation. Mary is also certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) and is licensed by the State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services Occupational Therapy Credentialing Board. Additionally, Mary is licensed by the Department of Public Instruction License in Occupational Therapy K-12.
When asked who might benefit from the new “Awareness Through Movement Class” at the Center, Mary responded, “I welcome people of all ages and experiences to see if learning awareness using the Feldenkrais Method will in any way impact them. I am available privately for individual lessons but will always encourage the “Awareness Through Movement” class experience first.
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Sources: The Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education @ http://www.feldenkrais.com/