2015 Fall Newsletter
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Happy Autumn!
Your Well-Being

                           Paul Ciske, Ph.D.   

The last quarter of the year is closing in upon us. I really noticed how dark it was when heading out to my early morning appointment. Well it is time to offer my last series of classes for the year. Come and join us and bring a friend or just send a friend. All are welcome. Blessings, Paul
Fall 2015 Mini-Workshop Series: (registration required)

Saturday SEPTEMBER 19TH SPECIAL WORKSHOP: THE BALANCE GYM. See "Featured Class" in the second column.

Self Care using Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT). 
Got tightness? Stretching is not always the answer. Learn a whole new way to work with tightness in the body based on how the nervous system operates.  Monday, September 21st, 7:30-8:45pm

Z-Health Introduction – Your Body: Tuning In and Tuning UpTransform your movement and posture by learning in this session the 6 "high pay-off" mobility drills along with the principles of Z-Health®  and Muscle Activation Techniques® (MAT) to train both the body and the brain. Wednesday, September 30th, 7:30 - 8:45 pm    
*Class series begins the following week if enough interest. *


Beyond Eyesight: How other visual attributes affect performance in life, work, and sport. Vision is the work of the BRAIN - eyesight is work of the eyes. Experience how vision affects performance and how vision skills are trainable.  Monday, October 12th, 7:30 - 8:45pm.

Posture - A Somatics Intelligence Approach. 
Use your intuition and the felt sense of the body to transform your posture and how you present to the world. Wednesday, October 21st, 7:30 - 8:45pm

"Core" and Spinal Stabilization - The Truths and Myths
Walk away with a 5 step approach for engaging the muscles of the trunk and methods for challenging their strength and endurance. Monday, November 2nd, 7:30 - 8:45pm

Breathing: Techniques for Improving the 22,000 breaths you take each day. Hyperventalation is epidemic and can mask itself with a wide variety of symptoms including pain. This also affects carbon dioxide levels which greatly impacts acidity and therefore every system in the body. Improve your health by improving the quality of each breathing rep you perform throughout your life. Wednesday, November 11th, 7:30 - 8:45pm

Balance: The Inner Ear Vestibular System. The second in the hierarchy of sensory input to the brain which is critical for balance. Learn how this system works and how to train it for better balance. Monday, November 30th, 7:30-8:45.

Transforming Stress – An Introduction to the work of Conscious Embodiment. Develop greater capacity to relate to whatever arises, especially when under pressure, from a centered state which accesses “presence, confidence and compassion”. Wednesday, December 9th, 7:30 - 9pm.

Seating limited. Call 510-832-5725 to reserve a space. Classes are offered on a donation basis. See for further details on lectures.
In this Newsletter:

Participatory Lecture Series
Article: Featured Class: The Balance Gym
BONUS: Inner Ear/Vestibular drill 

Call 510-832-5725 for your Body Tune-up
Life is a Balance
of Holding On
and Letting Go


September 19 at
The Club at the Claremont
$25 Members 
$35 Non-Members

Beyond better balance, you will love the other quality of life benefits you receive from investing time and specific training to your vestibular, visual, and body movement systems, all of which have significant influences on your balance. Improved movement, muscle tone, resistance to stress, strength, speed, flexibility, sports performance, and decreased muscle tension, fatigue and pain are just a few of the benefits.

This will be a participatory workshop where you will learn and experience the tools for improving the functioning of the visual, inner ear/vestibular, and proprioceptive/body awareness systems all of which are necessary for us to balance. Handouts will be provided for you to set up your own training program after the completion of the workshop.

REGISTRATION: by contacting
Inner Ear/Vestibular Drill
Before starting the drill assess a range of motion in the body to determine your baseline. Common ones are: forward bend with knees locked, torso rotation with keeping the feet flat, raising the arm forward, or turning the head. After doing the drill below you will re-assess to get a read on whether your nervous system liked the drill. If motion increased, generally the nervous system liked it. If the motion became smaller, then the drill may have been a stress to the system and you will need to find a way to make the drill less threatening. Generally you can make the drill less threatening will be by making the motions in the drill smaller or slower or taking a more supported body position.

Now for the drill. Pick a target to keep your eyes fixed upon. You can vary the distance of the target from close to far. Then start rotating your head slowly from side to side about 5-10 times. Then re-check your range of motion. To make it more challenging you can increase the speed or take a stance that is more challenging (i.e., feet closer together, standing on a line, standing on one leg). You can vary the drill by doing different head motions like: up and down, tilting the head side to side or moving on the two diagonals. Remember to re-assess after each variation to check whether the nervous system liked it or was threatened by it.
GRATITUDE: I am continually grateful to all of my clients that support my work. I am also grateful for your generosity in paying in accordance to a relative value for healing based on your means which allows me to offer my services to a wide range of people with a diverse array of socio-economic status. Thank you! 
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