Fall 2012 Newsletter. Class Schedule, article, and bonus mobility drill.

Intention: As part of making my work available to a broad spectrum of people, I am continuing to offer classes and small group courses. Below is the list of classes I am offering this Fall. Some of these classes are offered on a donation basis and others are in a small group format which makes the cost very reasonable. Please pass this information onto anyone you may think would be interested.
Participatory Lecture Series:
(registration required)

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 23, 7-8:15

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, October 2nd, 7-8:15pm    
6 week class series to begin the following week. ***


"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 October 14th, 7-8:15pm

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 30th, 7-8:15pm

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. Monday, November 11th, 7-8:15pm. 


Beyond Eyesight: How other visual attributes affect performanceVision is the work of the BRAIN - eyesight is work of the eyes. Experience how vision affects performance and how vision skills are trainable.  Monday, December 2, 7-8:15pm.

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 18, 7-8:30pm.

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

Bonus: Vision Drills

Hold your thumbs about 2-3 feet apart at close to arms length. Keeping your head still, shift the eyes back and forth focusing on the thumbnail alternately right and left. Start with 30 seconds to a minute. To assess the affect on your nervous system do a range of motion evaluation (e.g., forward bend with feet together and knees locked or body rotation with the feet together) before and after the drill. If your range of motion improved, this drill can be used to improve performance in the body. If it worsened, slow down the shifting of the eyes so it will not create a threat to your nervous system as evidenced by an improved or no change in range of motion. Gradually the speed can then be increased.

Hold the thumb of one hand a comfortable distance from your face for the near object and choose another object in the distance for the far object. Keeping the head still, shift the focus of the eyes from the thumb to the far object for 30 seconds to a minute. Assess and reassess as indicated above for the saccades.


In this Newsletter:

Participatory Lecture Series 
Article: Vision
BONUS: Eye drills: Saccades & Near/Far



Call 510-832-5725 for your Body Tune-up 


“You can move through life seeing nothing as a miracle, or seeing everything as a miracle.”

Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Vision Is More Than 20/20

• “Eyesight is simply the ability to see something clearly, the so-called 20/20 eyesight (as measured in a standard eyeexamination with a Snellen chart). Vision goes beyond eyesight and can best be defined as the understanding of what is seen. Vision involves the ability to take incoming visual information, process that information and obtain meaning from it.”

• - Dr. Donald Getz, OD


Of the three major sensory inputs into the brain vision is at the top of the hierarchy. Since the brain is theorized to operate based on prediction with the fundamental goal being survival, having optimal visual capabilities is of utmost importance. Visual acuity is only one aspect of vision. There are 9 basic elements of "sports vision" (which includes the "sport of life" itself). These are: 

1. Dynamic Visual Acuity – This is the visual skill that allows you to see objects clearly while the object is in motion. In virtually every sport this means that you need to have exceptionally good vision at distances ranging from a few inches to 300 feet.

2. Eye Tracking – Refers to your ability to "keep your eyes on the ball," no matter how fast it is traveling.

3. Eye Focusing/Accommodation – The skill to change focus quickly and accurately from one distance to another.

4. Peripheral Vision – Allows you to see people and objects "out of the corner of your eye" while concentrating on a fixed point.

5. Vergence Flexibility and Stamina - The ability to keep both eyes working together in unison under high speed, physically stressful situations and differing environments.

6. Depth Perception – This skill allows you to quickly and accurately judge the distance and speed of objects moving toward and away from you.

7. Imagery – This skill allows you to picture events with your "mind's eye" and your “virtual proprioception”.

8. Sequencing – This refers to the ability to correctly see and “put in line” a series of stimuli. In other words, it refers to the ability to organize visual information which is a key skill to understanding and reacting to the events that occur in a sporting environment. Sequencing plays a role in virtually every sport.

9. Eye-Hand & Eye-Foot Coordination – These crucial interactions are the ultimate basis of athletic skill. The ability to take in correct and appropriate visual information and translate it into necessary body movements is the essence of this skill set. 

All of these attributes of vision are skills which means they are trainable. There does not exist evidence that the training will change the eye itself. However vision is not only eyesight but also the processing of the sensory input of the eye and therefore can change with training. Yes this is part of the plasticity of the brain. It's ability to adapt based on how it is used. So vision can change with training. Learn more at the class on December 2nd, "Beyond Eyesight", and experience how vision and vision training can affect the performance of the body's strength, flexibility, and power.

Gratitude: I am continually grateful for the support of you, my clients, for making it possible for me to continue offering my services to a wide range of people. Your referrals of friends, family, colleagues, and acquaintances maintains this flow of giving and receiving. Thank you!

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