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Remember that perfect run you once had, when everything felt smooth and free and like you could run forever?
You can feel that way again.
In fact, you can make it your usual way of running.
You may be currently struggling with an injury, or just a “niggle” or regular ache.
Or you may feel fine when running but have a stiff knee or achilles afterwards.
Or you may be frustrated that no matter how hard you train, you still feel like you’re struggling along while other runners sail past you. And you wonder how come training doesn’t make you the kind of runner who seems to sail.
Imagine instead that when you run your body feels smooth, flowing, and free of unwanted tension.
Imagine you feel equally comfortable post-run, easily able to break into a jog to catch a bus or play with your children, comfortable moving and at rest, and also comfortable when you get out of bed the next morning.
And imagine a way of running faster that doesn’t take much extra work — in fact it feels nearly effortless, as if you always have a tailwind.
This may seem like a fantasy, but those runners who seem to sail, those “gazelles” who make it look graceful and effortless, do know something special, and you can learn it too.
For more than fifteen years I’ve been helping runners from beginner to Olympian learn to work with their bodies so that running feels the way it was meant to.
I’ve distilled that experience into The Balanced Runner System™ Online Camp, which uses the Feldenkrais Method of Movement Education to help you not only understand what you need to do to run well, but actually feel how to do it.
I had the good fortune of meeting Jae while I was giving a lecture at a race in NYC. She impressed me with her incredible knowledge of how people run and the ease with which she could determine a fault in someone’s running form. I had her work with my wife, 3x Olympian Jen Rhines, and it was incredible to see how much more efficient Jae could make Jen’s stride be with just a few sessions. Jen worked with Jae consistently over the next two months and went on to win 2 national championships.”
Terrence Mahon, Head Coach, The Mission Athletics Club; formerly High Performance Program Coach, Boston Athletic Association; Distance Coach, UK Athletics; and Coach, Mammoth Track Club
Many of the features of modern life — particularly how much we sit in chairs and work on computers — directly interfere with the movement capacities needed to run. Growing up wearing shoes that interfere with natural foot function for running and daily life, recovering incompletely from accidents and injuries, and perhaps not having had as much physical play and exploration as we needed through our childhoods all make it very common to have difficulty running well, comfortably, and fast.
You’re not alone!
The problem is, even if you read every issue of Runners’ World, you won’t find what I’m teaching there. The most important things about running technique are rarely mentioned in the mainstream running press.
And when they are, they’re either explained incoherently or dimissed as wrong.
And even if you’re a big running biomechanics junkie who reads all the books and research studies and has had video analysis from multiple experts, having an intellectual knowledge of how to run and being able to actually feel how to do it are two entirely different things… as you’ve probably already discovered.
As a Feldenkrais practitioner, I’m trained in how to create learning experiences that activate our natural ability to learn. Have you ever envied how quickly a child picks up a new skill? The Feldenkrais Method allows you to access that ability.
Years ago, when I tried to learn how to run and found little help in the mainstream running press or from the sports science community, I was inspired to create The Balanced Runner™ to share correct information via an effective teaching methodology. And that, refined by 15 years of professional practice, is what you’ll find in this camp.
A runner could closely observe their own running, read a lot about running technique and biomechanics, and do a lot of general-purpose Feldenkrais lessons, and their running would get better and better over the course of years.
In a way, that’s what I did. It took quite awhile, however, which is why I’ve created this very targeted camp — to give you exactly what you need, in a tested sequence, with my expert support.
It will take 9 weeks from beginning to end, and that may seem like a long time. But most runners are injured at some point in every year and lose running/training time to the injury and recovery — often much more than nine weeks! And at the end of that process they find themselves still just struggling to get back to where they were before they got injured.
Whereas the time you invest in this camp will start paying off in the very first week and continue moving you forward for the forseeable future.
I could’ve cried on my run today. I knew I was strong, but running has felt so hard anyway. Today it felt like I could run forever. I could really feel the power in my body helping me to run. So thank you, Jae! You have changed my life. I look forward to keeping up with the lessons and getting better and better and running with more ease, and less pain! I can’t say thank you enough.
Lisa K., camp participant
The Balanced Runner System™ Online Camp is built around recorded audio Feldenkrais lessons released weekly so you can have an immersive learning experience that fits your schedule. The lessons move you in a structured way through all the key elements of running technique so by the end you have mastered them. I’ve tested these lessons and sequences for more than a decade and made sure they work for every runner.
The camp has two phases. Phase One begins with a video running form analysis–you’ll video your running, send it to me, and discuss it with her in a video call. At the end of the call, you’ll have clarity on the links between your running form and the things you’ve been struggling with, as well as guidance to carry you through your first four weeks of lessons.
After the video analysis you’ll progress through four weeks of foundational lessons every runner (no matter what level!) needs. Here’s what you’ll learn week-by-week:
Week 1: Learn how to use healthy core action–the specific actions of your pelvis, abdominals, back, and upper body essential for running–and how it helps your legs work better and reduces stress. This lesson usually is enough all by itself to relieve runners’ knee, or patellofemoral syndrome.
Week 2: Learn how to use your obliques and gluteus medius together with your shoulders and head to relieve IT band stress and resolve any difficulties with your footstrike. This lesson usually puts an end to the stresses that cause IT band syndrome.
Week 3: Learn how to use gravity to make your running easier rather than uncomfortable and damaging by harnessing the energy of ground reaction force. You’ll discover how to take the stress off your feet, calves, and knees by using the little-known relationship between your head and your glutes so the right muscles work when you run. This helps people with plantar fasciitis, achilles tendon problems, hamstring problems, and back problems.
Week 4: Learn to use the connection between your arms and your hips to more easily control your speed, reduce your impact, get rid of shoulder tension, and further improve your legs and back.
At the end of Phase One you’ll have a rest week during which you’ll take a second set of running videos and have a second consultation with me. We’ll look at what’s changed about your running during Phase One and exactly what you, personally, need to learn to be able to meet your goals.
With the information from the second video analysis, I’ll create Phase Two, a custom four-week program of lessons chosen from my library of over 300 audio lessons and arranged in precise sequence to meet you where you are, match your learning style, and complete the transformation of your running form.
In addition to the Feldenkrais lessons in Phases One and Two, the camp includes webinars covering:
There are weekly live Q&A calls and unlimited email support throughout the program.
When I joined the camp I was looking for a different, holistic way to make some small improvements to my running form. I had been running, a lot, for 22 years and although I had been almost injury free, I noticed that I was getting some small niggles and imbalances developing – hardly surprising really… The benefits I got, and am still getting, from the camp were profound, significant and ongoing. Jae’s kind teaching and gentle methods help to raise your self-awareness to such an extent that you can sort issues out yourself and you learn in such a way that you should be able to continue doing this for the rest of your running life… If you are even half considering one of Jae’s camps – go for it!
William Sichel, Multiple Scottish-, British-, and World-Record-Setting Ultramarathoner
If you yearn for running that feels smooth, comfortable, and healthy, The Balanced Runner System™ Online Camp is perfect for you. Here’s what you’ll get:
This camp will work for you if you can currently walk fairly comfortably, even if you can’t currently run. (I used to say it was only for runners who feel they’re constantly dealing with one niggle or another but don’t have an outright injury that currently prevents them from running. However I’ve had so many runners complete the camp who couldn’t run at the beginning and were back to running comfortably at the end that I’ve changed my recommendation.)
The camp is set up so you don’t have to worry about being available at specific times for lessons. All the materials are pre-recorded except for the live Q&A calls so you can do them at whatever time is most convenient. The Q&A calls are Thursdays at 6:30 pm Pacific time; if you can’t attend live you can email your question in ahead of time and listen to the recording the following day.
For further information on injuries, schedule, time commitment, and more, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
GUARANTEE: I realize you have probably already spent a lot of money trying to solve your running problems, so I won’t ask you to risk losing any more. If you complete The Balanced Runner System™ Online Camp and are not happy with how your running feels, contact me within 90 days of your purchase and I’ll give you a full refund. (If only your doctor offered that, right?)
What I’m offering in this camp is outside the box for runners. Way outside the box. Even though it’s well within our current state of scientific knowledge. While it’s more comfortable, in a way, to stay in the mainstream, the fact you’ve made it to the bottom of this page suggests you really want something new, something that can help your running feel the way you know in your heart it should.
I’m currently accepting runners on a rolling basis, so you can start the camp at any time. If you’re ready to go for it, or even if you’re interested but would like to discuss it further with me, schedule a call so I can learn about your running history, goals, and struggles and make sure the camp is the right choice for you. I’ll also answer your questions and go over camp logistics and pricing.
The call is free and there’s no commitment involved, so go ahead and schedule a call to get the ball rolling!