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Flexible Chest and Spine

A Flexible Chest and Spine – The Hidden Key to Freeing the Neck and Back The Hidden Key to Freeing the Neck, Back and Shoulders Most people don’t consider their chest and spine as playing a large role in feeling comfortable and at ease through the neck, shoulders and back. The first instinct when dealing with neck and shoulder pain

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My Feldenkrais Story: Helen Pendlebury

For ten years Helen didn’t have a fixed address. She house-sat, stayed with family and friends, and lived in group homes. She also struggled on and off with chronic pain and mobility issues. She had tried Feldenkrais in the past and had left it behind due to shoulder pain.  More than two decades later, she found her way back to Feldenkrais and the effect on her physical and mental well-being has been transformational.

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5 Ways to Counteract Sitting at Work

Five Ways to Counteract Sitting at Work 1. Micro-breaks Eye breaks – every 20 minutes spend 20 seconds focusing your eyes on something 20 feet away from you (the 20 – 20 – 20 exercise). You should also blink the eyes a few times to lubricate them. Deep breathing with an overhead stretch (sitting or standing). Interlace the fingers. Take

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Beyond Chronic Pain: a Personal Journey to Create Healthier Habits

Beyond Chronic Pain: a Personal Journey to Create Healthier Habits Finding Vitality and Joy in your life Physiotherapist Jodie Krantz shares her healing journey towards a more satisfying and comfortable way of living within with her own body. Retracing her steps, Jodie invites you to join her on a challenge to improve your own quality of life and perhaps that of your nearest

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Habits and Choice

Habits and Choice In our classes we explore the way in which our habits influence our freedom of choice. We all have habits, some of them that are very useful. Consider the way we can drive a car or clean our teeth without making much conscious effort. Other habits are not very useful or even harmful such as constantly hunching

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Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Lessons

Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Lessons – Tips and Pointers By Jodie Krantz Before beginning Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement for the first time, it can really help to have  few tips. This will help you get the maximum benefit from the lessons. Feldenkrais lessons are not intended as a work out. You are neither trying to stretch nor to strengthen your

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Improving Posture

Find out how the Feldenkrais Method can improves posture and why simply trying to sit or stand straight doesn’t work. Try a simple 3 minute posture exercise.

Theme for Feldenkrais Classes Second Term 2017

Theme for Feldenkrais Classes Second Term 2017 Alison’s Class Theme Saturdays at 10:00 am Moving on from last series freeing the neck and the jaw to twisting and turning without effort. Jodie’s Classes Theme Mondays at 6 pm and 7pm, Tuesdays at 9.30am, Thursdays at 10.30am This term the focus is on power without effort. We will be exploring the

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Feldenkrais and Insomnia

Feldenkrais and Insomnia The Problem of Insomnia Insomnia (difficulty sleeping) is incredibly frustrating experience. Discomfort while lying down can not only hinder your ability to fall asleep but also rob you of genuinely deep sleep. Sleeping in an awkward positions can lead to waking up sore and uncomfortable in the morning. The tiredness and discomfort can haunt you throughout your

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5 Ways Feldenkrais Supports Mental Health

5 Ways Feldenkrais Supports Mental Health The Feldenkrais Method is not just helpful for improving your physical health and well-being, it also supports your mental health. Your brain is essential in thinking, feeling (emotional health) and sensing via the 5 senses. All movement is initiated via the brain and nervous system. When you improve the way you move you simultaneously

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Feldenkrais for Stress and Anxiety

Feldenkrais for Stress and Anxiety By Jodie Krantz To improve our mental health we need to become more mindful of what is going on inside our bodies, not just in the world around us. Feldenkrais can help with this. This week I started teaching a series of awareness through movement lessons for psychiatric inpatients at the Marion Centre, Perth Western

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Fitness after Total Hip Replacement

Joint Replacement Surgical procedure for chronic severe joint pain Replacement with prosthetic Loss of muscle strength and mass has usually occurred Most frequent procedures are THR and TKR Total Hip Replacement (THR) Frequent procedure in elderly population May be done for OA or RA or hip fracture Aim is to decrease pain and improve mobility and function Partial – (hemi-arthroplasty)

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Do you experience numbness of your thumb, index finger and part of your middle finger? Then you may have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Symptoms are often worse at night The Carpal Tunnel is found on the palm side of the wrist. Several wrist tendons, blood vessels and the median nerve pass between the wrist bones and an overlying band of connective

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Physiotherapy for Tendinitis

Aims of Physiotherapy Treatment In Tendinitis the aim is to reduce inflammation (for example using RICE) and you can expect to get better in approximately 6 weeks, although every case is different. In Tendinosis it’s important to improve circulation and promote tissue healing. You should expect healing to take 3 to 6 months. Treatment may include cross friction massage, taping

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De Quervain’s Syndrome

De Quervain’s Syndrome De Quervain’s syndrome refers to pain in two of the tendons which move the thumb – the abductor pollicis longus and the extensor pollicis brevis. Inflammation may occur where the tendons glide inside a fluid-filled ‘synovial’ sheath near the thumb-side of the wrist. Inflammation of this sheath is known as tenosynovitis. Symptoms Symptoms include pain on the

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Exercise, Imaging and Laser Therapy for Shoulder Pain

Exercise, Imaging and Laser Therapy for Shoulder Pain A recent review of research on Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), also known as Cold Laser shows that it may be helpful in conjunction with exercise therapy for the treatment of shoulder pain. But should you see your doctor first? And do you need imaging, such as an Xray, Ultrasound or MRI?

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Patellofemoral Pain

Patellofemoral Pain By Alison McIntosh Patellofemoral pain (and patellofemoral dysfunction) are a common causes of pain felt at the front of the knee. This pain originates from the joint between the patella (the kneecap) and the femur (thigh bone). The patella usually glides/ tracks through the patella groove on the femur during flexion and extension of the knee. Compression is

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Low Level Laser Therapy (Cold Laser)

Low Level Laser Therapy (Cold Laser) What is Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) LLLT or Cold Laser is a painless, non-invasive form of light therapy which is thought to stimulate a healing response in tissues such as muscles, blood vessels, bone, nerve, skin, ligaments, tendons and other connective tissue. The laser beam we use is in the infra-red range of

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7 Steps to Reducing Tension Headaches

7 Steps to Reducing Tension Headaches By Principal Physiotherapist Jodie Krantz To get relief from tension headaches, follow this process to ensure effective diagnosis and treatment.   Step 1: Get a check up from your GP Although most headaches are harmless, it’s a good idea to see your GP to ensure it is not being caused by something more serious. You should

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My Experience of Varicose Veins Surgery

My Experience of Varicose Veins Surgery – by Jodie Krantz Deciding on a procedure It was with some hesitation that I finally decided to undergo surgical stripping of the short saphenous vein in my right calf. Although my varicose veins were not severe or painful the faulty and unsightly valves had been growing in size and number over the previous

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Exercise Programme following Varicose Veins Surgery

Exercise Programme following Varicose Veins Surgery Exercise program for rehabilitation following varicose veins surgery. Please note: the following is a guide only and may not apply to everybody. Always take the advice of your surgeon and other medical personnel. Read our disclaimer   Day 1 As soon as you wake up after the surgery begin the following bed exercises at

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Joint Hypermobility Frequently Asked Questions

Joint Hypermobility Frequently Asked Questions What is Joint Hypermobility? Joint Hypermobility is a condition in which joints can be moved beyond the normal or expected range of movement – sometimes referred to as being double jointed. When Joint Hypermobility affects multiple joints in the body, it may be due to a systemic condition causing excessive mobility of the connective tissues which

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Free2Move Exercise Rehab and Pilates Classes – Frequently Asked Questions

Pilates is a system of body conditioning, which helps improve posture, strength, flexibility and core stability. The carefully controlled stretching and strengthening exercises in Clinical Pilates often involve stabilising one part of the body, while moving another part. This helps you to build up the awareness, strength and endurance in your deep or ‘core’ muscles so important to good posture and comfortable efficient movement.

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Golfer’s Elbow

Golfer’s Elbow Golfer’s Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis) is far less common that Tennis Elbow and affects the muscles which attach to the inner aspect of your elbow. These muscles that move the wrist and fingers and are involved in gripping and lifting. Repetitive over-use of these muscles or incorrect technique when playing racket sports, weight lifting or rock climbing can cause

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Joint Hypermobility Syndrome

Joint Hypermobility Syndrome Have you ever suspected that you are ‘double jointed’? Do you have a history or frequent sprains and strains, or clicky joints, going back to when you were a child? Then read on, as you may have Joint Hypermobility or Joint Hypermobility Syndrome. Joint Hypermobility is a condition in which joints can be moved beyond the normal

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Lumbar Disc Injury Overview

Lumbar Disc Injury Overview What is a Lumbar Disc Injury What is a lumbar disc injury? What’s the difference between a disc bulge a disc herniation and a disc prolapse? Disc injuries are one of the most common causes of lower back pain. Recovery often takes longer than with other types of back pain. With professional help from your Free2Move

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Improving Posture

Find out how the Feldenkrais Method can improves posture and why simply trying to sit or stand straight doesn’t work. Try a simple 3 minute posture exercise.

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Ergonomic Computer Work Stations

Ergonomic Computer Work Stations Ergonomic computer work station set up is relatively simple. Doing things in the correct sequence is the key to getting it right. This helps minimise strain on your joints, muscles and soft tissues while working at your computer and reduces the risk of occupation overuse syndromes. Adjust your chair first Adjust seat height Adjust the height

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Private Health Insurance Claims FAQs

Private Health Insurance Claims FAQs Australian private health insurance companies are bound by new legislation introduced by the Federal Government and taking effect from 1st April 2019. This has left many people asking whether our Physiotherapy, Feldenkrais and Clinical Pilates services are still covered. DISCLAIMER: There are hundreds of different health funds in Australia. Each fund offers different levels of

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First Term 2018 – Feldenkrais Theme

First Term 2018 – Feldenkrais Theme Each term in our Feldenkrais Classes Jodie and Ali each have a particular focus or theme. The theme carries through a whole term so that participants can explore movement in a more structured and informative way. Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lessons involve sensing and moving the whole body. Every part of the body is

Theme for Feldenkrais Classes Second Term 2017

Theme for Feldenkrais Classes Second Term 2017 Alison’s Class Theme Saturdays at 10:00 am Moving on from last series freeing the neck and the jaw to twisting and turning without effort. Jodie’s Classes Theme Mondays at 6 pm and 7pm, Tuesdays at 9.30am, Thursdays at 10.30am This term the focus is on power without effort. We will be exploring the

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Free2Move on the Move – Our New Location

Free2Move on the Move – Our New Location Free2Move is on the move… we have a new location. It’s been just over 6 months since Free2Move made the big move. We left our old premises in Mt Hawthorn for our new home at 150 Vincent Street, North Perth. Jodie Krantz, Principal Physiotherapist and proprietor of Free2Move spent a long time

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Feldenkrais for Stress and Anxiety

Feldenkrais for Stress and Anxiety By Jodie Krantz To improve our mental health we need to become more mindful of what is going on inside our bodies, not just in the world around us. Feldenkrais can help with this. This week I started teaching a series of awareness through movement lessons for psychiatric inpatients at the Marion Centre, Perth Western

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Low Level Laser Therapy (Cold Laser)

Low Level Laser Therapy (Cold Laser) What is Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) LLLT or Cold Laser is a painless, non-invasive form of light therapy which is thought to stimulate a healing response in tissues such as muscles, blood vessels, bone, nerve, skin, ligaments, tendons and other connective tissue. The laser beam we use is in the infra-red range of

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Introduction to the Feldenkrais Method: ‘New Light on Old Patterns’

Introduction to the Feldenkrais Method: ‘New Light on Old Patterns’ On Tuesday 11th November,  Perth Physiotherapist Jodie Krantz from Free2Move in Mt Hawthorn presented a 2 hour workshop to recently graduated Physios at the Australian Physiotherapy Association branch office. Fourteen Perth Physiotherapists, who have graduated within the last 5 years, had the opportunity to experience the Feldenkrais Method first hand from a presenter

Jodie Krantz in 2011

My Experience of Varicose Veins Surgery

My Experience of Varicose Veins Surgery – by Jodie Krantz Deciding on a procedure It was with some hesitation that I finally decided to undergo surgical stripping of the short saphenous vein in my right calf. Although my varicose veins were not severe or painful the faulty and unsightly valves had been growing in size and number over the previous

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Jodie in Borneo February 2014

Feldenkrais in the heart of Borneo. I recently had the privilege of travelling with Malaysian friends into the heart of the Borneo jungle to the land of the headhunters.