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

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.

CreativeMornings: Mini (Feldenkrais) Moves with Gika Rector

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You’re already spending even more screen time than usual. What’s happening with your neck and shoulders? Your low back? Building up any tension there? Holding your breath?

Join Gika Rector for a CreativeMornings Virtual FieldTrip and learn some simple, gentle movements that can help you sit more comfortably—and chances are it will help you with lots of other movements, too. All you need is a chair to sit on. Ideally, your chair would have a firm seat, and you should be able to place your feet flat on the floor while sitting.

Date: June 8, 2020
Time: 9:30–10:30 a.m. EDT (8:30–9:30 Central)
Location: Online at FieldTrips on Zoom
Price: Free!

Register now!

About Your Host

As a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, I’m delighted to serve as a field guide, helping people to explore how they might improve how they move. It opens up so many possibilities on so many levels.

About CreativeMornings

CreativeMornings is the world’s largest face-to-face creative community — a global breakfast lecture series serving local creative communities in over 200 cities. Started in 2008 by Tina Roth Eisenberg, she wanted an easy way for her New York creative community to come together, on a regular basis. CreativeMornings events are free of charge and always will be. Powered by the generosity of over 200 hosts and 1,500 volunteers, events happen on a monthly basis typically featuring an inspiring talk and breakfast. The CreativeMornings team is headquartered in Brooklyn, NY.

About Virtual FieldTrips

FieldTrips are meetups to interact, learn and collaborate in an effort to level-up your creative life. Built on top of our 20,000 monthly attendees at CreativeMornings talks, FieldTrips are community-organized events built on the spirit of generosity that has powered CreativeMornings events for the past 10 years.

Class Series: Zoom-ing Toward Resilience

Feeling stuck? Cranky joints, chronic pain, weary of being stuck inside for too long?

No matter what our circumstances, it’s easy to feel constricted and constrained by what’s going on in the world around us. So how do we adapt? How do we move forward in a way that both honors what is real and explores new possibilities?

We’ll begin from the ground up, using a series of five Awareness Through Movement® group Feldenkrais lessons, plus one private Functional Integration® lesson*. Generally slow and gentle, these guided movements bring attention and awareness to how we move, stimulating the nervous system to rediscover or invent movement options that you might have thought weren’t even possible.

Led by Gika Rector, these lessons are designed to improve balance, agility and resilience. On the surface, they’re about improving physical mobility, but they’re also about learning how to learn. As the lessons progress, participants find that they discover new insights and possibilities in other areas of their lives.

Dates: June 1 through June 5, 2020
Time: 1 p.m. Central Time (U.S. and Canada)
Tuition: $145 (includes five online group Awareness Through Movement lessons and a one-on-one Functional Integration lesson)

Enroll now!

*After enrollment, you’ll receive an e-mail confirmation with a link for the online Zoom ATM lessons plus a scheduling link and coupon code you can use to schedule a Functional Integration at a time that’s convenient for you. We ask that you book your appointment by July 31, 2020.

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.

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.

Journal Making

Date and time

Saturday, January 11, 2020
10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Description

Felt journal making is a great way to tap into our creativity. Come learn to combine richly colored wool fibers into a journal cover, select journal papers, bind your journal, and, of course, use your new journal to explore fresh ideas and pathways. All materials will be provided, and all experience levels are welcome. Just bring your curiosity and willingness to play—and perhaps your favorite pen.

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

$110 (includes materials)

How to register

You may register online through the Glade Arts Foundation web site for this course.

Registration deadline is January 6, 2020.

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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Journal Making
August 10, 2019

Date and time

Saturday, August 10, 2019
10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Description

Felt journal making is a great way to tap into our creativity. Come learn to combine richly colored wool fibers into a journal cover, select journal papers, bind your journal, and, of course, use your new journal to explore fresh ideas and pathways. All materials will be provided, and all experience levels are welcome. Just bring your curiosity and willingness to play—and perhaps your favorite pen.

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

$105 ($115 Jung Center members)

How to register

Registration is closed for this event.

You may register online for this course.

Location

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

Instructor

A fiber artist for more than 20 years, Gika Rector combines creativity, an education in psychology, and her role as a personal coach to facilitate transformation in individuals and organizations more

The Magic of Wet Felting
March 23, 2019

Date and time

Saturday, March 23, 2019
10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Description


Join Lisa Rose and Gika Rector in an exploration of the magic that happens with richly dyed merino wool, soapy water and hands-on manipulation. Loose wool fibers will be transformed into spheres, cording and a small bag. Get loans from unsecuredloans4u.uk for financial needs. Techniques include two and three dimensional felt making, using a resist, creating a “seamless seam”, and shaping the felt.

Fee

$80 per student, which includes teaching fee and all materials

How to register

Visit WC Mercantile online to register. REGISTER HERE!
Questions? Contact info@wcmercantile.com or call 936-825-3378.

Registration is closed for this event.

Location

WC Mercantile
201 E. Washington Ave.
Navasota, TX  77868

Holiday Felting Class
November 4, 2018

Date and time

Sunday, November 4, 2018
Noon–5 p.m.

Description

Presented by Gika Rector & Lisa Rose

Just in time for the holidays, learn new techniques with wool, stitching and transfer pens. Lisa Rose and Gika Rector will guide you in combining traditional wet felting with pre-felted wool to create a winter wall hanging. Choose either a tree or a snowman and have a blast felting and embroidering your piece. All techniques will be done during the class and most participants should be able to complete their piece, or come darn close. Embroidery craft ideas can also be shared!

Price includes class and all materials (we will be using transfer pens, and you can get loans from masslending.co.uk to take it yours home with you!

Fee

One Class $87.50, includes all supplies.

How to register

Visit WC Mercantile online to register. REGISTER HERE!
Questions? Contact info@wcmercantile.com or call 936-825-3378. You can get loan from moneyfall for your financial needs.

Registration is closed for this event.

Location

WC Mercantile
201 E. Washington Ave.
Navasota, TX  77868