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Gait for Wild Human Potential

Gait (gāt) n. manner of moving on foot; way of walking or running

Potential (pō-ten’-shŭl) n. that can, but has not yet, come into being; possible; latent; unrealized; undeveloped.

Saturday - Sunday, April 6 - 7, 2019
9:00 am - 5:30 pm both days
Rudolf Steiner High School, 2230 Pontiac Trail
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105 

At the heart of the human experience, the “how” of walking shapes physical comfort, security, emotional well-being and happiness, regardless of medical diagnosis. This course advances beyond the traditional study of characteristics found in the stance and swing phases of gait.

Using Integral Human Gait™ theory, we explore a comprehensive map that far exceeds the current understanding in physical medicine, rehabilitation and sport training. Through the sensory learning platforms of the Feldenkrais Method® and Bones for Life®, we discover the functional relationship between peripheral and spinal joints, and their unique movement patterns.

We will study the interplay of pressure and alignment through ground reaction forces to answer these questions:

  • What impact does gait have on neck, shoulder and upper/lower back health?
  • Why is gait so important in human health and relieving chronic pain patterns?
  • Why is walking is beneficial only if it is balanced?
  • In what ways does gait resonate with the rhythms of the body?

You will leave with increased ease, power and confidence, and an appreciation of how a vibrant, rhythmic walk contributes to well-being.


This workshop is appropriate for:

  • Professionals who work with gait
  • People who want to improve their gait, including runners
  • Those with a hitch in their get-up, who want to walk without pain, or who are recovering from stroke or TBA
  • Individuals with neck, shoulder, back, knee, hip or foot pain.

Learning Themes and Professional Learning Objectives

Ground Reaction Forces: The Relationship of Pressure and Alignment

Saturday, April 6, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

  • Describe the development, phases and sequence of movements in the gait cycle.
  • Articulate how horizontal rotation of the pelvis frees the foot in the rear and organizes the forward leg in the single leg stance phase of gait.
  • Demonstrate how the Swing Leg can power the “Spring” of the Stance Leg.
  • Differentiate how the lumbar spine accepts a position of neutrality during both the swing and stance phase of gait.
  • Experience a personal appreciation of how a vibrant gait contributes to well-being.

The Re-organizing Power of Counter-Rotation

Sunday, April 7, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

  • Organize the head, shoulder girdle and pelvic girdle in a rotation/counter rotation movement pattern.
  • Distinguish how rib mobility plays a key role during both the swing and stance phase of gait. Perform one movement process to align either the hip, knee or ankle.
  • Discover the value and role that rhythm plays in contributing to a smooth and efficient gait pattern.

Read more about Integral Human Gait™ Theory



$285 early-bird registration if paid in full by February 22, 2019

$325 regular registration



(registration is via Michigan Feldenkrais Square Store)

or call 734-994-2300 to pay by check.


Cynthia Allen Feldenkrais and holistic health solution practitionerCynthia Allen is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and a Senior Trainer in Movement Intelligence. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she sees clients privately and teaches several classes per week in Awareness Through Movement and Bones for Life. Through her twenty-five plus years in health care management, wellness programming, organizational consulting and private practice, Allen has led individuals and groups in personal development, movement, and spiritual and integrative practices. Allen is co-creator of Integral Human Gait theory.


Carol Montgomery physical therapistCarol A. Montgomery is co-creator of Integral Human Gait theory. Founder and owner of Integrative Therapy Services, Inc., a private physical therapy and somatic education center, she is dedicated to initiating paradigm shifts in the fields of healthcare, wellness and movement. In addition to a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy, she is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and Movement Intelligence Senior Trainer. She also has extensive training and education in Gestalt and Integrative Psychotherapy. Her postgraduate training in orthopedic and manual medicine contribute to her rich understanding of the biomechanical underpinnings of human movement. Montgomery has over 20 years of teaching experience with the public, professional healthcare providers and physical therapy students.



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