Author: Sandi

Sandi Goldring is a Feldenkrais® Practitioner and physical therapist. Additionally, he is a lecturer and author and has advanced training in functional anatomy, and many manual modalities, including neuromuscular therapy, craniosacral therapy, and sports massage. His interest in rehabilitation led him to study the Feldenkrais Method as a means of helping people achieve their full human potential. He has conducted Feldenkrais classes since 1995, and he currently directs Advanced Movement Training.

Does This Make Me Look Fat?

fat cartoon-bear-see-sawHow many times do you suppose this question gets asked every single day? For me, it wasn’t only an issue of vanity, that is, whether or not I appeared ironically out of shape in my technical gear, or just looked older because of a protruding belly and rounder face.

For years, doctors and nutritionists had urged me to lose twenty pounds for all the well-ed health reasons. So, because it sounded like a good idea, without any genuine enthusiasm I would follow  their suggested meal plans for a while.  Then I’d stop because I felt fine, my clothes fit me well enough, and my extra fat kept me warm in the winter. Like most people who perceive no immediate danger, I regularly opted for second helpings and dessert instead of responding concretely to the abstract, eventual threat to my well-being.

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We Choose To Go To The Moon…

Moonshot for blog“… not because [it’s] easy, but because [it’s] hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills … (President John F. Kennedy, 1962, Rice University)

As a physical therapist and Feldenkrais® movement teacher, I am in the business of asking people to go through a process of significant and sometimes difficult change.  Even when people want badly to improve, because they have gotten used to feeling and moving in certain ways, they often unconsciously hold onto their habits and thus impede their own progress.  So as a matter of fairness, I supposed that engaging in my own journey through difficult change would make me more empathetic to what my clients were experiencing.

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A Journey of a Thousand Miles

Great_wall_of_china-mutianyu_3Chinese proverb: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Metaphorically, this can be said of any significant endeavor. The problem is, after the excitement of taking the first step wears off,  lots more steps remain to be taken.

How many times have you decided that this is the year you’ll lose weight, exercise more, learn a new language, etc. – only to see the new regimen slip away once you realize how much time and discipline it requires? In my case, training for the Marine Corps Marathon has been both a rote process and inner journey. Improving physical fitness and speed has been a straightforward process of following protocols with defined goals and measurable milestones. The inner journey has Continue reading “A Journey of a Thousand Miles”