Breath and Diaphragms; A Feldenkrais Approach (BADFA)

Prerequisite: Attending Upledger CranioSacral Therapy 1 is helpful, but not required.
Breath and Diaphragms; A Feldenkrais Approach (BADFA):

Through the fascinating movement explorations of the Feldenkrais Method© and related hands-on techniques, we will explore the breath, as well as soft tissue structures such as the diaphragms and sphincters. Many of our life processes, in one way or other, are dependent upon these structures for optimal function.

By releasing restrictions in the breathing mechanism, numerous muscular tensions in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar areas are relieved, and unbalanced tensions are removed from the craniosacral system. The respiratory diaphragm is believed by some to be an accessory pump to the heart, due to its pumping action on the vena cava. By relieving imbalances in the diaphragms and sphincters, visceral function is enhanced. These activities will be useful for self-care. We will also practice hands-on applications to complement craniosacral and visceral manipulation.

Class goals include:

  • Learn techniques to complement and enhance craniosacral work.
  • Learn techniques to complement and enhance visceral work.
  • Assist with breathing issues such as asthma and emphysema.
  • Learn an efficient alternative to Kegels for urinary incontinence.
  • Practice techniques applicable to pelvic floor issues, such as pudendal nerve entrapment.
  • Learn to work more effectively with thoracic outlet syndrome.
  • Learn sleep and relaxation exercises for yourself and your clients.


"I really enjoyed the class and felt a SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT myself by the end of the four days. I have used some of the techniques on my clients and they are all noticing big improvements. Your class also helped us realized many types of problems that Feldenkrais can help! Thank you again for the wonderful class!

Connie Wehmeyer; March, 2016