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To contact Gika Rector, call 713.213.7643 or send e-mail.

Awareness Through Movement – Tuesday morning’s class moved to Zoom

I’ve been teaching a weekly Awareness Through Movement lesson at The Woodlands United Methodist Church on Tuesday mornings at 11:30. Not surprisingly, we’re not meeting in person for a while. So, please join us online, using Zoom. If you’re interested, you can click on the Book An Appointment page and register there. You can also contact me by phone/text or email and I’ll send you a link. Please contact me no later than 11:00 on Tuesday mornings. The lesson starts at 11:30.

This class is offered free of charge, but you’re welcome to make a voluntary payment if you wish by visiting my payment page.

Improving Posture from the Ground Up

Woman on floor doing Feldenkrais lesson

Ankles, knees, hips and shoulders are the four major pairs of joints we use in all of our movements. Improve the movement in any one of these pairs, and everything gets better.

Week 1 will address the ankles. Strong and agile ankles not only help us walk better, but they also make a difference in how we sit. And lately we’ve all been sitting way too much.

Week 2 focuses on the knees. This movement lesson will bring attention to easier ways to move the knees—easier to bend and unbend, easier to stand and walk, maybe even run.

Week 3 arrives at the hips. The hips are the locus of some of the biggest and strongest muscles in our bodies. Learning to move with ease in these joints creates an incredible sense of power and strength.

Week 4 brings us to the shoulders. Guess what! You don’t have to pull your shoulders back to improve your posture. This week’s lesson will help you discover new freedom in the shoulders, and that creates so much more ease in the neck, arms and hands. You’ll find yourself feeling taller, lighter and more relaxed.

This four-week series of lessons allows for a deeper dive in an online, small-group setting. Each session will include an Awareness Through Movement® lesson as well as a more detailed look at the key ingredients of the lesson, how to apply them to your daily activities, and tips for continuing to improve your moves.

Schedule:

Date: Four Thursdays, August 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2020
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Central Time, U.S. and Canada)
Location: Online via Zoom

Tuition:

$100 for the four-class series
$30 per single session on a space-available basis. Contact me for information about participating in individual classes.

Bonus: Participants who enroll in the full class series will receive a coupon to save 20 percent on their next individual Functional Integration® session.

Disclaimer: We assume no responsibility for personal injury or property damage sustained by or through the use of our services or participation in our lessons and workshops.

All lessons and information provided are intended for your general knowledge only and are not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. We cannot and do not give medical advice. You should seek prompt medical care for any specific health issues and consult your physician before taking part in our activities.

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Mini (Feldenkrais) movement lesson for Zoom fatigue

A brief movement lesson designed to alleviate the stress and fatigue of too much time sitting and staring at screens. Presented by Gika Rector, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, for the June 2020 meeting of Social Media Breakfast Houston.

Magical Felt Bowls

Date and time

Saturday, July 25, 2020 – Postponed
10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Description

Join Gika Rector and Lisa Rose to spend a day making two magical felt bowls. Wrapping luscious wool fibers around different size rubber balls, participants will create two felt vessels, perfect for storing small treasures. The process involves soap, water, and fun. No talent required. Bring your curiosity and perhaps an apron.

Instructors

Lisa Rose is an accomplished fiber artist based in Spring. She began crocheting at her grandmother’s knee at the age of six. With a love for all natural fibers, she spins, weaves, knits, and felts and creates one-of-a-kind pieces for the body and the home.

Gika Rector has been a fiber artist for more than 20 years. She combines creativity, her education in psychology, and her role as a personal coach and Feldenkrais practitioner to facilitate transformation in individuals and organizations.

Fee

$45 (includes materials)

Location

The Jung Center of Houston
5200 Montrose Boulevard [MAP]
Houston, Texas
713-524-8253

How to register

SAVE THE DATE AND PLEASE CHECK BACK HERE FOR REGISTRATION INFO!

Magical Felt Mini Bowls – POSTPONED

Date and time

Saturday, March 28, 2020 – POSTPONED, new date TBD
9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Description

Join Lisa Rose and Gika Rector to spend a morning making magical felt mini bowls. They’re just the right size to hold stitch markers, tapestry needles, rings, earrings—small treasures. Embellished with a row of beads, and to top it all off, make a coordinating beaded row counter for your knitting.

Fee: $45 including supplies

Instructors

Lisa Rose is an accomplished fiber artist based in Spring. She began crocheting at her grandmother’s knee at the age of six. With a love for all natural fibers, she spins, weaves, knits, and felts and creates one-of-a-kind pieces for the body and the home.

Gika Rector has been a fiber artist for more than 20 years. She combines creativity, her education in psychology, and her role as a personal coach and Feldenkrais practitioner to facilitate transformation in individuals and organizations.

Fee

$45 (includes materials)

Location

Purly Girls Yarn Shop

702 Spring Cypress Road,
Suite A, Spring, Texas
77373

How to register

You may HERE for this course.

Awareness Through Movement® Lessons

Date and time

Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (U.S. Central Time)

Location

Online via Zoom

Description

Your body is an amazing, complex system that carries you through your entire life. Whether you move easily or have too many aches and pains, now is the perfect time to restore your sense of wonder at living in a human body.

Join Gika Rector for this ongoing series of lessons from the Feldenkrais Method®. Bringing attention to your movements, you will build strength, greater range of motion and better balance. As Feldenkrais said, “Make the impossible possible, the possible easy, and the easy graceful.”

Classes are suitable for almost all fitness levels. Willingness to lie on the floor and in interest in moving more easily are really all you need.

Tuition:

Tuition for this class is usually $20/session, but it’s currently offered for free. We request that you register, however, so that we can send you a password-protected link to the Zoom meeting. Participants are welcome to make a voluntary payment by visiting my payment page.

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Practice Towards Mastery

I’ve been running a little experiment lately. After reading about mastery and taking a couple of drawing classes, I still don’t like the way I draw. Reading about mastery did nothing for my drawing, but it did encourage practicing. So, I’ve been practicing. Almost every morning, I start my day with a practice that Julia Cameron calls “morning pages”. Before you read or check your email or listen to the news, you sit down and write three pages. Three pages about whatever comes to mind, no matter how serious, silly, redundant or irrelevant. When I start my day with morning pages, somehow the day goes better.coffee

Several weeks ago I added a practice because I saw that it was important in the video about drawing on Youtube which has a lot of views provided by Marketing Heaven. At the end of the writing, I draw my coffee cup. It’s always there. It has a simple shape and so it shouldn’t be that difficult to draw. I usually spend only about 5 minutes on the drawing, because I’m not yet patient enough to take more time with it. I’ve learned enough to know that I have a lot to learn—and not just about drawing. But here’s the good news: this morning’s rendering looks a little better than yesterday’s. It’s not quite as lopsided as previous versions, and something about the handle is beginning to look more like a handle. …more

Seeking Clarity in the Tangled Threads

threads

This year hasn’t worked out the way I planned. My family lost two little lives before they even had a chance to truly begin. A business venture fizzled into frustration and disappointment. An intimate relationship broke into a distant friendship. A dear friend moved across the country—still a cherished friend, but distant geographically. An elder in our family moved geographically nearby, but dementia seems to widen the gap between us—or between us and who she used to be. …more

Never and Always

Smoky sunset

Never.
Ya never
hafta
shoulda
woulda
coulda
on yourself
or others.

Ever.

Always.
This is always true.

Except when it’s not.

Breathing Room

Breathing roomFinding yourself with no room to breathe? It’s especially challenging during this time of year, when we’re rushing around, fighting the traffic, ticking off our list of things to get—hurrying up so we can sit around the hearth, expressing our gratitude, with people we love, but don’t always enjoy.

Here are a couple of simple suggestions.

Breathe.

Take a moment to breathe. Sit or stand still. Exhale deeply. Exhale a little more. And a little more. Hold the breath out. Pause. Wait until it’s time to inhale. Let the air in and notice where the air goes. Pause. Repeat. And repeat again, as often as you like. …more