“Gates” within Gait
Feldenkrais® practitioners often observe a client’s gait prior to and after a Feldenkrais session no matter what the presenting complaint or goal. But what exactly is the practitioner looking for in a client’s gait? How does a Feldenkrais Teacher interpret those visual images? Can the way a person walks really be that important to back pain, neck pain, tendonitis, arthritis or balance disorders?
In this summit presentation, we use the concept of “Gates” within Gait to answer these questions. You will be shown various entry points (gates), that profoundly impact how a person walks AND serve as the foundation of many functional movement patterns such as reaching, turning, forward bending, rolling and sitting. Upon selecting a “gate”, you will be invited to explore a mini-Awareness Through Movement® lesson that illuminates the process of how a Feldenkrais practitioner uses gait as a reference point for assessment and/or an improvement in other functional movement patterns.
About Carol A. Montgomery
Carol A. Montgomery is co-creator of Integral Human Gait™ theory and principle instructor in the Gait for Wild Human Potential workshop. Founder and owner of Montgomery Somatics, Inc., a private physical therapy and somatic education practice, she is dedicated to initiating paradigm shifts in the fields of healthcare, wellness and movement. In addition to a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy, she is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner® and Movement Intelligence Senior Trainer. She also has extensive training and certification in Gestalt and Integrative Psychotherapy. Her postgraduate training in orthopedic and manual medicine contributes to her rich understanding of the biomechanical underpinnings of human movement. Montgomery has over 30 years of practice and teaching experience with professional healthcare providers, physical therapy students and the public.
Her published work includes Refining the Self-Image: Feldenkrais and Integral Human Gait Theory. The Feldenkrais Journal 2015: No. 28, pp. 30-43. Soon to be published in 2018 Alternative Movement Program in Geriatric Rehabilitation. Functional Neurology, Rehabilitation and Ergonomics Vol 7. No. 2: InnovVision Publications. Montgomery can be reached at www.MontgomerySomatics.com or through email at [email protected]
Montgomery offers certification and continuing education programs through www.integrativelearningcenter.org