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Foundation for Movement Intelligence

Best Practices in Posture & Movement

aka FMI   |   Portland, ME   |  www.MovementIntelligence.org

Mission

The mission of FMI is to address widespread concern regarding loss of mobility, balance, coordination and bone strength by providing practical self-care strategies for optimal movement as embodied in Ruthy Alon’s Movement Intelligence programs We envision a world of quality aging, where, through intelligent movement and ergonomic posture — mastered autonomously — people value, cultivate, and achieve strong, healthy, resilient Bones for Life.

Ruling year info

2008

President Emeritus

Ruthy Alon

Treasurer

Doug Boltson

Main address

c/o L. Tiemann 37 Spruce St. #3

Portland, ME 04102 USA

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EIN

14-1996888

NTEE code info

Rehabilitative Medical Services (E50)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (W12)

Nerve, Muscle and Bone Diseases (G50)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

As a consequence of our culture's many labor saving devices, from shoes to chairs to cars, we tend to use our bodies in limited, mechanical ways; we stiffen ourselves, and move only one body part at a time, resulting in a range of dysfunctional physical ailments, from chronic to acute, that manifest as idiopathic pain in all areas of the body: from feet, ankles, knees, and hips to spine, chest, upper and lower back, shoulders, neck and jaw. With targeted self-care protocols Movement Intelligence employs sensory guided movement to improve the interdependent relationship among the many moving parts of the body, ensuring a healthy division of labor. In classroom and private instructional settings we not only help rapidly resolve many distressed areas throughout the human frame that have become painful due to misuse and overuse, but we also address longer term issues of balance, coordination, and bone health.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Bones for Life Day

During May, National Osteoporosis Awareness month, we present free public instruction in outdoor parks

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Foundation for Movement Intelligence offers annual “Spread the Work” grants whose purpose is to provide startup assistance to Teachers and Trainers of Movement Intelligence programs who wish to pursue innovative strategies and creative opportunities for outreach, and bring to our work greater public recognition.

Through these grants FMI hopes to encourage MI Teachers and Trainers to offer classes, workshops or clinics in venues such as libraries or other locations where remuneration may not be possible, or in facilities where initial rental fees may be prohibitive. We welcome application for these awards by any and all FMI Teachers and Trainers seeking to stimulate greater interest in Movement Intelligence as they bring our work out into their local communities.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Address postural misuse which, through common cultural misperceptions, has resulted in a wide range of inadvertently self-inflicted pain and suffering that is not only avoidable, but reversible. We believe aging need not be accompanied by physical deterioration.

Classes, personal instruction, online webinars, videos, DVDs and books are all educational means we use to help spread the word about practical ways to restore our innate mobility, and upgrade the quality of our everyday lives through optimal posture and movement Nature meant.

We continually train and authorize a growing number of certified Movement Intelligence instructors throughout North America in our suite of educational programs, which include Bones for Life, Chairs, Walk for life, Mindful Eating, and Solutions for Optimal Mobility

We have had independent research published on the effectiveness of our approach, and have attended and presented our work at numerous international conferences. A member of ISMETA (International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association), we seek wider recognition and acceptance in the domains of prevention and rehabilitation, namely educational and therapy settings such as schools (from primary & secondary to adult education and lifelong learning) sports and performing arts organizations, and among paramedical practitioners and facilities engaged in rehab and "pre-hab."

Financials

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Foundation for Movement Intelligence

Board of directors
as of 01/19/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ruthy Alon

Ruthy Alon

Senior Feldenkrais Trainer

Doug Boltson

No Affiliation

Anna Haltrecht

GCFP

Catherine Thomas

GCFP

Janeen Pirosko

Mary Jo Healy

GCFP

Elizabeth Keith

GCFP

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
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  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
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Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/28/2022

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