School of Theatre, Film & Television

To launch its new Health and Humanities programming for the campus and community, the University of Arizona Health Sciences is offering a free education and exercise series to promote better health and wellness for an aging population.

Co-hosted by the university’s Arizona Arts division, “Aging and the Arts” was held on on eight successive Tuesdays, Jan. 12 – March 3, streaming live from the Forum at the Health Sciences Innovation Building in Tucson. This is the first series to be featured as part of Health Sciences’ focus on health and the humanities that will explore the connections between health care, science, art, literature, music, philosophy and other cultural aspects of human society.

“Aging and the Arts” will demonstrate awareness through movement with mental and physical exercises from the Feldenkrais Method, led by Andrew Belsercertified Feldenkrais instructor and director of the School of Theatre, Film and Television at the College of Fine Arts.

Wellness through movement

The Feldenkrais Method uses small and methodical body movements to promote flexibility, coordination and overall wellness, Belser said. He will demonstrate all of the movements, which can easily be done at home.

Belser is a former high school and college distance runner who has been using the method for pain management since the 1980s. He completed a four-year certification to be an instructor in 2018.

“After looking for relief in many other practices and physical therapies, Feldenkrais was the only thing that alleviated my pain,” said Belser.

He’s since witnessed the many physical and mental benefits of paying closer attention to posture and movement, and the profound impact this self-awareness has had for clients and himself. “I sleep better, I think differently, I am sitting and typing this from a different position.”

Originally published on the Health Sciences website.
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