The desire to study and practice the art of healing is deep and strongly rooted in my heritage, and in my heart. I was raised in a family where many chose to serve in the field of medicine, and from the time I was a young girl, I was fascinated by the world of healing, as it was practiced by different peoples and in many different ways. My grandfathers and my great grandfathers were all medical doctors, and my grandfather, Augustus Thorndike, was, like me, particularly interested in the pain free use and optimal functioning of the physical body. He researched and authored one of the first texts in Sports Medicine: Athletic Injuries: Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment (Philadelphia, Lea & Febiger,3rd ed. 1950) during his tenure as Harvard University's team doctor.
With this legacy, I seriously considered medical school, but soon realized that I could contribute more through a less conventional, but still rigorous approach. And so I chose the Feldenkrais Method. I have blended this methodology with my training and experience in psychotherapy and massage therapy to create the skills and expertise I most use today in my work as a holistic body centered practitioner.
“Self-knowledge through awareness is the goal of re-education. As we become aware of what we are doing, the way to improvement is wide open to us.”—Moshe Feldenkrais
“Feldenkrais represents a revolution in human health.” —Smithsonian Magazine
“After just a few moments of the Feldenkrais exercises, people often find themselves, as if by magic, easily doing things with their bodies that they never thought possible.” —New Age Magazine
“I have long been intrigued by this subtle form of retraining the nervous system, which I recommend to patients whose movement has been restricted by injury, cerebral palsy, stroke, fibromyalgia, or chronic pain. I find it [The Feldenkrais Method] to be much more useful than standard physical therapy. I also believe that the Feldenkrais Method can help older people achieve greater range of motion and flexibility, and help all of us feel more comfortable in our bodies.” —Andrew Weil, MD, Author of Spontaneous Healing and Natural Health, Natural Medicine
“This is the most sophisticated and effective method I have seen for the prevention and reversal of deterioration of function. We're condemning millions of people to a deteriorated old age that's not necessary.” —Margaret Mead, PhD, Anthropologist
Befriend your body the Feldenkrais®, Bones for Life®, Awareness Through Movement® and Leadership Embodiment Way!
8 Thursday Mornings
October 5–December 14, 2017
(No classes Oct 26, Nov 23 & 30)
Now offered as a blended class—
students can attend in person, online in real time,
or asynchronously doing lessons later!
9:00-10:30 am ET (in class & online in real
10:45 am-12:15 pm (in class only)
Download FREE Zoom App (required)
Please wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothes
suitable to move around in.
Contact Olivia to register and to be oriented to Zoom!
at 617-413-5680, or email email@example.com
Befriend your body the Feldenkrais®,
Bones for Life®, Awareness Through Movement® and Leadership Embodiment Way!
This class promises you a way to learn how to:
- Eliminate your pain in moving and strengthen your bones
- Improve flexibility, coordination, and balance
- Discover ways to move gracefully without effort
- Shift from reactive to centered states when under pressure
Dr. Olivia Cheever, GCFP, CLC, Instructor
Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner
Bones for Life® Trainer
Certified Leadership Coach
Adjunct Faculty, Expressive Therapies Division, Lesley University
Faculty, Mind/Body Program, Longy School of Music of Bard College
For more information visit my
or call or email me at:
cell: 617-413-5680, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Feldenkrais® and Leadership Embodiment can lead us
to life style change to enhance our exercise and living!
Leadership Embodiment OCTOBER 14 2017
Leadership Embodiment - Introduction for Feldenkrais® Practitioners and Trainees
Dates: Saturday, October 14, 2017
Time: 9:30 am-5:00 pm
Instructors: Olivia Cheever, EdD, GCFP, CLC, and Elizabeth Valentine, LMT, CST, CLC
*For Feldenkarais Student Trainees!
Research shows that 70% of communication is nonverbal. Learning to align what is being communicated verbally, physically and energetically creates a unified and magnetic message that is clear and powerful especially when introducing prospective students to the benefits of our wonderful Feldenkrais Method®!
Introductory courses are an opportunity to get to know our "signature" stress patterns without story or content. In the LE model we study how our physical and energetic systems organize under pressure and we offer simple practices founded on Aikido, Mindfulness, and Neuroscience that shift our systems to a more skillful state so that we can choose how we want to respond and act in a situation. Come and immerse yourself in this beautiful setting!
This LEADERSHIP EMBODIMENT Workshop will introduce you to:
•The "signature" stress pattern of how your system reacts under pressure.
•The "How" to shift from a reactive state to a responsive, skillful state.
•Exercises to increase your access to Presence, Confidence and Compassion.
•A way to re-engage clarity and compassion when faced with conflict or opposition or "Difficult Conversations."
•Practices to synchronize the physical and energetic system with what is being said verbally.
To Register go to Elizabeth’s website http://www.elizabethvalentine.com/classes.html
Moshé in the morning! Ruthy in the afternoon! October 15th
Come experience lessons created by Dr. Feldenkrais and Dr. Ruthy Alon
with Dr. Olivia Cheever, GCFP, Bones for Life® Trainer
Sunday, October 15, 2017 9:30 am-4:00 pm $95.00
Register with Olivia at 617-413-5680 or email@example.com
For more information please visit www.oliviacheever.com/classes In the morning:
Come build, refine, and fine tune your sensory-motor learning with Awareness through Movement®!
Experience lessons which Dr. Feldenkrais chose to teach out of his vast body of work when first invited by founders of the Human Potential Movement to teach at Esalen, in CA.
In the afternoon: Continue with the unique Bones for Life® Processes created by Dr. Alon to address alignment, improve coordination, balance and bone health.
Sense how these Feldenkrais-based approaches complement each other and can be immediately applied in all aspects of life!
“Self-knowledge through awareness is the goal of reeducation. As we become aware of what we are doing, the way to improvement is wide open to us.” —Moshe Feldenkrais, DSc Founder of the Feldenkrais Method®
“Your individual unique way of moving reflects not only the level of wellness but your entire personality.” —Ruthy Alon, PhD, Certified Feldenkrais Trainer, Founder of Bones for Life®, and Solutions for Optimal Mobility
LEADERSHIP EMBODIMENT NOVEMBER 11 & 12 2017
CULTIVATING PRESENCE, CONFIDENCE & COMPASSION
Olivia Cheever, EdD, GCFPcm, CLC www.oliviacheever.com/leadership-embodiment
Elizabeth Valentine, LMT, CST, CLC www.elizabethvalentine.com 339-221-0523
Learn to Lead with Embodied Presence, Confidence, and Compassion Research shows that 70% of communication is nonverbal. Learning to align what is being communicated verbally, physically and energetically creates a unified and magnetic message that is clear and powerful.
Fundamentals courses are an opportunity to get to know our “signature” stress patterns without story or content. In the LE model we study how our physical and energetic systems organize under pressure and we offer simple practices that shift our systems to a more skillful state so that we can choose how we want to respond to a situation.
Through simple physical exercises that apply light pressure, we are able to recognize the patterns that arise when we are under pressure. Once we are familiar with our pattern, we apply centering practices to help us shift to a more creative, compassionate and skillful state.
Working in pairs, we chunk down learning exercises to create a lasting somatic imprint in the body. Individual debrief and group discussions create a dynamic learning container.
Saturday & Sunday, November 11-12, 2017 9:30 am-5:00 pm on Saturday
9:30 am-4:00 pm on Sunday
Center at Westwoods 590 Gay Street Westwood, MA 02090
Register online at www.elizabethvalentine. com/classes.html
Returning students can repeat for half price!
Come practice your LE skills with us! For more information: Contact Olivia and/or Elizabeth