FELDENKRAIS

From 2002-2005, Christine completed a training in The Feldenkrais ® Method of Somatic Education and became the sole charge therapist at the Ottawa Hospital Feldenkrais Clinic from 2009 to 2015. In the five years at TOH Christine, in conjunction with Dr Patricia Poulin, completed both a pilot research effort and a randomized control group study with people experiencing chronic pain. Positive results with group sessions were demonstrated in each project. Both individual and a group approach were used in Christine’s clinical practice, helping clients to develop awareness using small movement and sensing to manage and live with pain. Ultimately, functional activity and occupations of daily life can be improved with this approach.

Growing from her interest in rehabilitation and career as an occupational therapist, the approach of The Feldenkrais Method to retrain the brain was appealing and intuitive for Christine. Since then, neurorehabilitation is gaining interest as science begins to observe the brain as it is learning. Use of mindfulness for people facing chronic health issues has grown and is now an evidence-based approach. How pain manifests is better understood now, and so, better approaches to treatment such as use of Feldenkrais to improve awareness, play a larger role in improving people’s lives.

In Feldenkrais, Christine had discovered a profound means of focusing her mind and creativity while addressing poor posture and guitar playing injury. Many changes came spontaneously from the process of learning in her 4 year training, as if the “pump was primed” to promote learning of better habits and movement patterns. Her music fans would note her improving vocal and guitar technique at a time she wasn’t practicing much at all. Her walking comfort and arm and neck issues resolved through awareness of her movement habits. Christine soon began to teach Feldenkrais as a means of helping others.

Graves worked as an occupational therapist for over 20 years. She graduated from UBC originally with a BSc (OT). Her certification in The Feldenkrais Method required her to study a total of 1000 hours in a professional training in Michigan and now, she maintains competency with ongoing continuing education hours and practise. Working privately as a Feldenkrais teacher in Ottawa and in Eastern Ontario, Christine holds workshops and group classes in the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education. She continues to study yoga, Somatics, hoop dance and Tai Chi as well as other forms of hands-on helping approaches to healing and for artists.

In Ottawa, she has taught at The School of Dance in the modern dance program,at Dovercourt, the Ottawa Circus school and Surround Circle Yoga Centre in Old Ottawa South. She is on the faculty of the Embodied School of Yoga Therapy. Her office and studio are now located at 35 Beechwood Ave. and Christine will travel to visit groups requesting workshop visits.

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