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Midline and Importance of Crossing It

An Advanced Training for Feldenkrais Practitioners Taught by  

Ellen Soloway 

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Thursday June 21 – Sunday July 24, 2018

Online Registration


“Without learning to know ourselves as intimately as we possibly can, we limit our choices.

Life is not very sweet without freedom of choice."

~Moshe Feldenkrais, source unknown

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Midline serves as a valuable baseline for early infant learning and developmental movement.  While interacting with gravity, an infant begins shifting away from the midline and later returns to it, returning “home."  Over time, movement along the midline helps differentiate the spinal column and helps the eyes develop the ability to focus and converge.  Infants learn to roll onto their side or back due to slight alterations in position or changes in weight placement.  A sense of midline is essential for understanding balance, for learning to be on the hands and knees, for crawling, and for maintaining an upright balanced posture on two feet.

Eventually, after its’ strength and coordination improve, a child crosses the midline.  Crossing midline literally means meeting the “other side of yourself.”  The act of crossing midline fleshes out the self-image and makes higher levels of coordination available.  It adds a sense of dimensionality to a person’s self-image.  It allows for the development of contralateral movement.  It enables a child to direct powerful movements from its’ central core, to perform a greater variety of actions than before. 

This advanced training will expand your ability to recognize your personal midline, as well as your ability to cross it.  You will leave with a greater sense of how upright balance is developed and maintained.  FI practice will teach you how changes in spinal mobility affects a client’s capacity to focus their eyes accurately.  Refine your understanding of midline and enhance your ability to teach others to access their internal strength, power and agility.

About Ellen

Ellen Soloway trained under Dr. Feldenkrais at Amherst and has a private practice in New Orleans.  Ellen is an Assistant Trainer and the editor of the Alexander Yanai Volumes.  She offers Functional Integration® lessons and mentoring in Atlanta, New Orleans, and San Antonio.  Ellen’s teaching style allows practitioners to increase their theoretical understanding as well as improve their technical skills. A person learns how neurological developmental processes provide a foundation for growth and change while observing Ellen practice the Feldenkrais Method®.

FI Lessons with Ellen

FI lessons with Ellen may be scheduled in advance for Wednesday, June 20, 2018. Contact Dale Jensen, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule.



June 21 - 24, 2018

Thursday - 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM, 1 hour dinner break

Friday and Saturday - 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM, 1.5 hour lunch break

Sunday - 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM, 1 hour lunch break


Rudolf Steiner High School

2230 Pontiac Trail Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Free parking


$500 by May 18, 2018 [if you found out about this workshop after the early-bird deadline, please contact me about extending the early-bird pricing to you]

$560 after May 18, 2018

If it helps you can pay a $200 deposit by May 18 and pay the remainder of the early-bird rate by the start of the training.

Payment by Credit Card, Check, Money Order. Everyone needs to register using the link below. If you pay by credit card, you will also pay the processing fees (~$15). If you pay by check you will select the option that you have paid offline. Please mail check promptly [Michigan Feldenkrais, 905 Fountain Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48103] if you choose to pay offline.

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Fly into Detroit Metro Airport (DTW). There is a public bus that is inexpensive and drops off at a number of locations around Ann Arbor. See Ride-sharing services such as Lyft and Uber are also good options. For more options google "dtw to ann arbor transportation".


There are a number of hotels in the Ann Arbor area. I'd suggest checking out for a good list. I cannot personally vouch for any of them. Here's a list of hotels based on a google search for dates of the workshop and proximity to the venue, Rudolf Steiner High School: Google Search for Hotels Close to Venue

My friend Pam rents a room at her house - she's super friendly, a yoga teacher, and a Feldenkrais student of mine. Here's her listing:

And Pam also suggests her friend Linda as another Airbnb option:
"Here’s my friend Linda’s listing:"

Check out for other places to stay as well.

IF you are looking for someone with whom to share a room - let me know. I might be able to connect you with someone.


No trip to Ann Arbor would be complete without a trip to Zingerman's deli. I can provide many other recommendations in person. Yelp also has a nice list...

Yelp Ann Arbor

Refund Policy:

Full refunds will be issued up to the early registration deadline. After the early registration deadline refunds are not guaranteed and will only be offered for extreme circumstances. In the event that an event cancellation is required, everyone will receive a full refund.

Other possible changes: The organizer reserves the right to cancel the workshop due to low enrollment up to the early-bird deadline. Organizer also may make changes to the venue depending on the number of registrants to allow the workshop to proceed despite low enrollment. The venue will be in the Ann Arbor area.


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