Kick the Habit of Back Pain: Reprogram Your Movement Habits

Kick the Habit of Back Pain: Reprogram Your Movement Habits with Richard Sabel and Bill Gallagher

Sunday, March 10 • 1:30–5:30 p.m.

There is no shortage of approaches to back pain that emphasize gaining strength and flexibility. A factor often missed is the improvement in awareness of how movement habits overstress muscles, ligaments, discs, and joints, making them susceptible to a cycle of recurring strains. If the focus is on only strength and flexibility, habitual patterns can remain, and old aches and pains often return. In this workshop we will explore how Feldenkrais, Tai Chi, and Qigong, combined with Yoga practice, can help sustain an easeful, peaceful, useful, and engaged self. Includes Yoga: All Levels



Richard Sabel, M.A., M.P.H., O.T.R., G.C.F.P., is the educational director of East–West Rehabilitation Institute, a certified Feldenkrais practitioner, and an assistant professor in occupational therapy at SUNY Downstate. Richard has successfully integrated Western therapeutic practices with Eastern philosophy into a distinctive therapeutic approach to help clients re-engage in meaningful activities that have been limited by pain and disability. He recently received a grant to coordinate the Easy Does It = SAFE program at two senior centers. This program is designed to promote strength, awareness, flexibility, and energy, with a focus on health concerns such as balance, pelvic health, breath, and well-being.
Bill Gallagher, P.T., C.M.T., C.Y.T., is director of the East–West Rehabilitation Institute, a master clinician in Integrative Rehabilitation at Mount Sinai Medical Center, and an instructor in clinical physical therapy at Columbia University. By weaving the physical therapy traditions of the East (Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong) together with therapies of the West (Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique, physical therapy), Bill helps maximize function, minimize pain, and prevent falls. He sees a broad spectrum of patients in his practice, including people with incontinence, pelvic and back pain, coccydynia, and prolapse and elders at risk of falling. Group programs for consumers and health professionals. One-on-one work with patients.