Have you heard me talk about Kim Cotrell’s weekly Feldenkrais classes? I have known Kim for years and popped in to her classes when my schedule allowed. For the past few months I have been regularly attending Kim’s Tuesday morning lessons and I can really feel a difference in my back. Since my back surgery in 2014 my view of “movement vs. exercise” has shifted dramatically. In my twenties if I had a break I was going for a run. Now if I have a break I do release work, somatics, undulation exercises, or myofascial release on the foam roller.
Feldenkrias is subtle, relaxing, frustrating, difficult to explain, and really good for my back. One of the goals of this work is to increase our movement options. I describe this as taking a machete and clearing a new path through the jungle (my brain being the jungle).
The official description is a little more eloquent – a form of somatic education that uses gentle movement to enhance function, increase ease and range of motion, improve your flexibility and coordination, and rediscover your innate capacity for graceful, efficient movement.
In August Kim is offering a pelvic floor focus. If you are available Tuesdays morning at 11 I highly recommend these classes.
Anne McCranie is a Portland (Sellwood), Oregon based personal trainer and licensed massage therapist. She offers weekly classes and one on one sessions that incorporate her signature movement + massage concepts to aid in pain relief, stress reduction and improve strength.
Contact her today for your complimentary consultation. (503) 705-4762
A client recently sent me this testimonial…
I have been going to Anne for massage, particularly craniosacral therapy massage, and I must say that she is the best of all who have worked on me. I leave our sessions completely relaxed and refreshed. Anne is not only a highly skilled practitioner, but what makes her special is that she truly cares about her clients, focusing her efforts completely on each session…… DF, Portland
Reading this warmed my heart. I truly love working with my clients to facilitate pain relief, reduced stress and improved quality of life.
This client first came to see me after shoulder surgery (well, actually after his wife told him for months “you should go see Anne” 🙂 ). He was suffering from pain and limited mobility in his shoulder. He did his physical therapy exercises religiously and when he was released from P.T. started seeing me for personal training, massage, and craniosacral therapy. Over the past year he has greatly improved his range of motion. His goal was to be able to lift a suitcase into the overhead bin, or take a bike or kayak off the roof rack without pain and he is now able to do so.
Now that his shoulder pain has subsided we have been focusing on relaxing soft tissue work and CST, or what I call the “massage cranio sandwich”. I work his back, legs, neck and arms using a combination of Swedish and neuromuscular massage, then we do a solid hour of CST. This modality is so relaxing he often falls asleep.
Better sleep, less musculoskeletal pain, improved joint function, better quality of life… Sound good? Call or email Anne to find out how her Movement + massage program can help you!
Anne McCranie is a Portland (Sellwood), Oregon based personal trainer and licensed massage therapist. She offers customized programs to build strength, reduce pain and lower stress. Contact her today for a complimentary consultation. (503) 705-4762
Fluid has recently moved to 1644 S.E. Clatsop Street Portland, Oregon 97202.
I must admit initially I thought Clatsop was a strange sounding word (and still am not sure if I am pronouncing it correctly) then I discovered the history. Fort Clatsop is named for a local Indian tribe who were friendly to Lewis and Clark.
If you have not visited the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park I highly recommend it!
The park is just past Astoria. This area is loaded with attractions including the Peter Iredale Shipwreck (see photo below of yours truly striking a pose).
And here are a few more shots from the Astoria area, the south jetties at Ft. Stevens:
The Astoria bridge:
And The Columbia, docked outside of the Maritime Museum:
Now I bet you will never forget the name of my street! I can’t wait to show you my new place. Appointments still available for this Friday July 18th and Sunday July 20th.
Call me to schedule your next massage today.
Anne McCranie is a Portland, Oregon based Personal Trainer and Licensed Massage Therapist. She offers pain relief solutions for her clients via Pilates and Yoga classes, and private movement + massage sessions from her Sellwood studio.
Looking for a stocking stuffer? How bout a massage gift certificate? Anne offers thirty, sixty and ninety minute massage gift certificates. Check out Fluid’s December newsletter for a free gift certificate offer.
“What newsletter” you say? Type your email address into this side bar over here to the right -> and you will receive a newsletter from me once a month with massage offers, recipes, and the “Monthly Five” strength moves.
Never tried Pilates before? Don’t know your roll up from your roll over? Join Anne tonight June 15th at 6:30 pm and see what Pilates is all about. Learn how to strengthen your core, improve your posture, and keep your back pain free.
This is a mat class based on Joe’s basic 25 exercises, performed either lying on the floor, sitting or standing. In this work you use your own body weight so no equipment necessary – however we often incorporate foam rollers, small balls and Swiss balls. Your first class is complimentary. Space is limited to five people.
Call Anne to reserve your spot 503-705-4762.