Completing the Change Your Age Teacher Training would allow you to become a certified teacher of the Change Your Age Program.
The Change Your Age Program is about people learning to move more youthfully.
To identify strategies and apply movement lessons that can help to change the age a person’s movements by improving their functional capacities, their agility, their dexterity, and their coordination.
The program will require the student to sharpen their attention, expand their body awareness and deepen the sensory and motor control of their body.
The Change Your Age Program will show you how to look, feel, and move younger, offering invaluable tools such as:
CURRICULUM AND LEARNING STRATEGIES:
2-day Change Your Age Workshop
You will be doing Change Your Age lessons. The structure will follow the Change Your Age Program as defined by the Change Your Age book.
4-days Change Your Age Teacher Training
People will be trained to both observe the aging process and its reversal.
Students will be expected to see the major signs of aging in their clients and students, and recognize which of those signs of aging can be reversed and which cannot.
Besides learning all of the lessons in the Change Your Age Program as defined by the lessons in the Change Your Age book, students will have access to more lessons for a more expanded program and alternative lessons to be used for specialized situations, i.e. particular injuries or neurological difficulties.
Change Your Age teachers will learn how to design the Change Your Age Program in any time format required, meaning if it’s an hour class per week, 90-minute class per week, 2 classes a week, a day-long workshop, a half-day mini-workshop, or a full weekend workshop, the Change Your Age teachers will be taught how to use various optimal formats to teach within different time constraints.
People will be taught how to utilize the various routines (combinations of lessons) that are outlined in Chapter 4 of the Change Your Age book:
People will be taught how to develop programs with particular foci and orientation, as described in the Change Your Age Mobility Index. Special attention will be paid to the following categories of habits.
Change Your Age training will include a mini-course on gerontology, a field I began studying and working in 40 years ago.
Health Issues related to movement for people in different age groups — 20-80 — will be discussed, including the most important features that must be retained as we age to maintain our fullest functional capacities.
The goal of the Change Your Age Program is to help people to fulfill their full human potential regardless of what age they are starting this exploration.
The Feldenkrais Method will be the basis for the Change Your Age lessons, however there are significant differences. For example, a 45-minute to 1 hour-long Awareness Through Movement lesson might be taught in 10-15 minutes. Some lessons will be only several minutes long. The objectives of the lessons will be clearly stated and information about motor learning, body awareness, and principles of movement will be taught.
How to use hands-on to facilitate the students’ learning while the lesson is on-going will be for many Feldenkrais practitioners a new skill. So the Change Your Age training will require new ways of approaching, apprehending and guiding a student through a Change Your Age lesson while they may be making major changes of weight bearing or position or major center of mass shifts.
Topics of discussion and study will include the following. All of these will be approached from the point of view of an aging body and a body that improves with age.
Students will have an opportunity to learn the following aspects of Change Your Age:
1. To understand these elements of the Change Your Age theoretical framework:
2. To present a Change Your Age lesson appropriate to individuals in a group, specifically, to:
3. To understand:
STUDENT EVALUATION AND GRADUATION
Student evaluation will be performed by the instructor. Graduation will be determined by successful completion of the course after demonstrating the ability to teach and help teach others the Change Your Age Program.
Frank Wildman, PhD, GCFT
TUITION, FEES, HOUSING AND ENROLLMENT
POST GRADUATE TRAINING
Post Graduate Training will happen through the Change Your Age Network.
(Revision: 24 November 2010)