Hello, I’m Beth!

Let me help you discover ways to move and think and feel better than you have for years.

As an experienced Feldenkrais® Practitioner, I can guide you so that you can discover your own strength and physical well being, and recognize the blindspots which hold you back from living the life you want. You will move better, function the way you want and will be on the path to finding your own personal good health and happiness.

This work has contributed to reigniting my passion for life.  This is what I’d love to share with you whether you have Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis or are simply a Baby Boomer who wants to feel revitalized.  Check out this informative article where I talk about how very beneficial the Feldenkrais Method is for those with MS: Can the Feldenkrais Method Help With Multiple Sclerosis?

I can help you move with grace and ease, feel stronger and more like yourself, and be able to do activities that you did 20 years ago.

More About Me
  • This snippet from the Feldenkrais Awareness Summit explores the importance of movement and awareness in taking charge even with multiple sclerosis (MS).


    The full interview and 25 other interviews are available at futurelifenow-online.com.

  • This was a great “Fear The Floor’ class I taught recently which I will be running as a Workshop this year. Find out more about how you can learn to move better.



Weekly Classes

I hold two weekly classes.
Tuesday’s classes are for those who want to explore deeper into themselves and how they move. Wednesday’s classes are for those with less experience with the Feldenkrais Method®, or who have problems with pain, balance, or who would like to begin an exploration into easier movement.

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Find out what is holding you back

 

Feel better, live with vitality

 

Do you hear yourself saying any of these things?

• “I can’t do that at my age.”
• “I have tight heel cords. I can’t squat.”
•  “I have bad balance. I’m getting older, I can’t jump or walk quickly”
• “I have bad knees. I can’t run, get on the floor, or garden.”
•  Do you work out without seeing results, without ever moving more easily?

Don’t let age or diagnosis keep you from being active.

For the past 25 years I’ve been helping people to feel better and live the life they want

The Feldenkrais Method® is a gentle, respectful way for people to learn – through movement – how to function in a more efficient and less painful way. I have been a Feldenrais Practitioner for 25 years.


The Benefits

Benefits of the Feldenkrais Method® include:


  • Increased flexibility and agility
  • Improved posture, coordination, and balance
  • Ease of chronic pain
  • Reduction of emotional and physical stress
  • The ability to overcome and avoid injuries
  • Refinement of skills for athletes, musicians and dancers
  • Improved energy efficiency and breathing
    Improved ability to learn
  • Increased self-confidence and quality of life
  • Attend to his/her whole self
  • Eliminate unnscessary, but familiar, holding and energy expenditure
  • Mobilize his/her intentions into actions

Feldenkrais is the most sophisticated and effective method I have seen for the prevention and reversal of deterioration of function. We’re condemning millions of people to a deteriorated old age that’s not necessary.”

– Margaret Mead

Classes and Training

Lessons are generally in a class setting or individually. Students explore movement sequences according to the verbal directions of the teacher/practitioner. As a student, you discover how you do the movements and notice the quality of changes in your body, your self. You learn to relax and to abandon habitual patterns. Through the subtle ATM movements, you learn to expand options for new ways of moving while increasing sensitivity and improving sensitivity.

More About My Weekly Classses

WEEKLY CLASSES
Awareness Through Movement® classes are ongoing in 6 week sessions. Attention to how you move can lead to increased activity and health.

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INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS
This is a one-on-one session to help your improve how you function daily.

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WORKSHOPS
My workshops help to engage your brain and body and maximize ease of movement and vitality.

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I am frequently asked about how to improve posture. This is a true story

‘Fixing’ Posture- Can it Be Done?

Every Friday I lead a “Walk in the Park with Beth” at my local Senior Center. We have about 5 regulars and others who join on occasion. One of our regulars is Dave. He’s an 80-something, very accomplished retired businessman. He is British and has worked all over the world. Upon retirement, he and his wife chose to live in beautiful Southern California, across the street from our beautiful park. His wife suffers from dementia, and he is his wife’s primary caregiver, but finds time to attend events and volunteer at our center. He is one of those vital, energetic Baby Boomers/ Seniors who I am often talking about.

Dave came on our walk one day with a splint on his wrist. He had tripped over a hose on the sidewalk and fractured his wrist. He also walked slowly last week because, he told me, his back had “gone out” lifting his wife. I am not on this walk to preach about how to lift the “Feldenkrais Way” so I gave a few quiet hints and suggested he have his wife’s physical therapist to teach him how to lift her.

Today as we walked, he was hunched a bit, back bent forward. I have been watching him do this since his fall. He knows about my classes and that I am quite accessible to those at the senior center.

Stage set? An aging man, afraid of falling, on the mend from back pain. I see myself as a guide, not there to preach, or to sell myself and my work. A very well meaning woman who was walking with us, stopped him mid walk and took his shoulders, pulled him upright, and said, “this is how you should walk.” I tried to be quiet but she would not stop her instruction and I interrupted and explained what was happening, why he was slouching, and that telling him what to do would not make a bit of difference.

We all know that upright posture is a good idea. I have written about this before. The primary benefits are:

– decreased stress on muscles, joints and bones

– improved breathing ability because your lungs are not compressed

– improved digestion and circulation by allowing your internal organs to function

– confidence shown to the world

– increased energy

We all want to have good posture, and most of us don’t realize that we are starting to round our backs and bend forward. We can’t just change someone’s posture by telling them “straighten up” or by forcing them to be what we deem as “correct.”

Why are people hunched, or flexed forward as they walk? There are so many reasons. Are they afraid of falling? Are their hip muscles shortened? Does their back hurt? Do they have changes to their spine, like arthritis, or fracture of a vertebrae? These are a few reasons. The bottom line is, we don’t know the reason. After 40 years in the health and wellness field, I can take an educated guess. Most often, the person slouching doesn’t know why. Not everyone thinks alike, has the same spine or muscles, or feels the same way. We can’t insinuate our judgments or feelings onto others about their physical posture any more than we would their religion or politics.

If one wants to change his posture, first he must know or feel that he is not upright. He must have a way to compare the difference. He must “learn” what is happening, what he is doing. Then he must figure out how to do it differently. There are so many options of how to stand up. Look around. See how many different ways people stand. Nobody notices their posture if it is not a problem. Changing posture, or anything, must come from within. Nobody can change anybody else.

That’s what my work is all about. What are you doing? What do you want to do? What are your options? I create a place where you can ask questions through movement, and ask the questions that make a difference. You can learn the difference and you can make a choice about how to stand, or sit, or do anything you wish to do. That’s why it’s called Awareness Through Movement.®

You are the expert on you.

See you out there walking.

Beth
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I am frequently asked about how to improve posture. This is a true story

‘Fixing’ Posture- Can it Be Done?

Every Friday I lead a “Walk in the Park with Beth” at my local Senior Center. We have about 5 regulars and others who join on occasion.  One of our regulars is Dave. He’s an 80-something, very accomplished retired businessman. He is British and has worked all over the world. Upon retirement, he and his wife chose to live in beautiful Southern California, across the street from our beautiful park. His wife suffers from dementia, and he is his wife’s primary caregiver, but finds time to attend events and volunteer at our center. He is one of those vital, energetic Baby Boomers/ Seniors who I am often talking about.

Dave came on our walk one day with a splint on his wrist. He had tripped over a hose on the sidewalk and fractured his wrist. He also walked slowly last week because, he told me, his back had “gone out” lifting his wife. I am not on this walk to preach about how to lift the “Feldenkrais Way” so I gave a few quiet hints and suggested he have his wife’s physical therapist to teach him how to lift her.

Today as we walked, he was hunched a bit, back bent forward. I have been watching him do this since his fall.  He knows about my classes and that I am quite accessible to those at the senior center.

Stage set? An aging man, afraid of falling, on the mend from back pain. I see myself as a guide, not there to preach, or to sell myself and my work.  A very well meaning woman who was walking with us, stopped him mid walk and took his shoulders, pulled him upright, and said, “this is how you should walk.”  I tried to be quiet but she would not stop her instruction and I interrupted and explained what was happening, why he was slouching, and that telling him what to do would not make a bit of difference.

We all know that upright posture is a good idea. I have written about this before. The primary benefits are:

– decreased stress on muscles, joints and bones

– improved breathing ability because your lungs are not compressed

– improved digestion and circulation by allowing your internal organs to function

– confidence shown to the world

– increased energy  

We all want to have good posture, and most of us don’t realize that we are starting to round our backs and bend forward.  We can’t just change someone’s posture by telling them “straighten up” or by forcing them to be what we deem as  “correct.”  

Why are people hunched, or flexed forward as they walk?  There are so many reasons.  Are they afraid of falling? Are their hip muscles shortened? Does their back hurt? Do they have changes to their spine, like arthritis, or fracture of a vertebrae? These are a few reasons. The bottom line is, we don’t know the reason. After 40 years in the health and wellness field, I can take an educated guess.  Most often, the person slouching doesn’t know why.  Not everyone thinks alike, has the same spine or muscles, or feels the same way. We can’t insinuate our judgments or feelings onto others about their physical posture any more than we would their religion or politics.

If one wants to change his posture, first he must know or feel that he is not upright. He must have a way to compare the difference. He must “learn” what is happening, what he is doing. Then he must figure out how to do it differently. There are so many options of how to stand up.  Look around. See how many different ways people stand.  Nobody notices their posture if it is not a problem.  Changing posture, or anything, must come from within.  Nobody can change anybody else.

That’s what my work is all about. What are you doing? What do you want to do? What are your options?  I create a place where you can ask questions through movement, and ask the questions that make a difference. You can learn the difference and you can make a choice about how to stand, or sit, or do anything you wish to do. That’s why it’s called Awareness Through Movement.®

You are the expert on you.

See you out there walking.

Beth

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Love it! I hope he asks for your help. As a caregiver now as well I know how much conscious awareness it takes to make the effort to also care for the self

Great info! Thanks.

Great post!

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Beth Rubenstein, (M.S., P.T.)
7906 Isis Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Tel: 424 277 0675




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