Olivia Cheever
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Bones for Life ® Professional Certification Training AND/or Wellness RETREAT

Center at WestwoodsCome for a professional training and/or wellness retreat in Bones for Life® in Westwood, Massachusetts, in beautiful surroundings at the Center at Westwoods. Enjoy the wonderful healing/learning environment of the Meditation Hall, walking the labyrinth during breaks or following the many paths on conservation land while immersing yourself in this ingenious Bones for Life Wellness Program and obtaining your professional certification at the same time. Or come enjoy learning Bones for Life (BFL) for your own bone health, well-being, and "biological optimism!"

Bones for Life is a revolutionary program of movement theory and practice created by Senior Feldenkrais® Trainer, Ruthy Alon. It is based on the work of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, and is designed to improve balance and posture, and stimulate bone strength and resilience, entirely through natural movement. This work is ideal for anyone wishing to prevent or reverse osteoporosis, and everyone is welcome to attend for personal health, growth, and rejuvenation. Great for musicians and equestrians too! This course also serves as the first step in becoming trained as a professional Bones For Life Teacher. For coaches, massage therapists, bodyworkers, somatic educators, yoga teachers, personal trainers and fitness instructors, this training offers you new avenues to enrich your professional practice while earning 22 NCBTMB CE hours per module. The Bones for Life curriculum will be supplemented by helpful centering and concentration practices drawn from "Leadership Embodiment" Aikido-based Mindfulness Program of Wendy Palmer.

Learning Objectives

  • Enhance your bone strength with safe, dynamic weight-bearing movement
  • Improve your posture by cultivating a reliable anti-gravity axis
  • Coordinate patterns of movement that minimize compressive forces on your spine
  • Create springy pulsations of pressure that promote your bone health
  • Adopt strategies to ensure the safety of your joints
  • Increase your ability to go up and down stairs with comfort and ease
  • Promote better balance and stability, as well as enhance your ability to fall safely
  • Reduce stiffness, aches and pains, and restore your pleasure and joy in moving
  • Maximize your well-being and vitality

Certification Requirements

Ruthy Alon and the Foundation for Movement Intelligence have expanded the Bones for Life (BFL) Program into a 3 level Certification Procedure:

  1. Basic Program (3 segments)
  2. Teacher
  3. Trainer

The Basic Program is comprised of 90 Bones for Life processes which can be taught in different formats. (This training is in the three segment format). While Basic Program segments can be repeated for personal benefit, you are in fact required to do so (called Advanced Study the second time you take it), if you wish to become a certified Bones for Life Teacher or Trainer. Click here for more certification information.

The Trainer

Olivia CheeverOlivia Cheever, M.A., Ed.D.
Olivia Cheever's 35 years of experience as a holistic practitioner bridges many realms. A certified Teacher/Trainer of Bones for Life® and certified Teacher of the Feldenkrais Method® of somatic/movement education, she trained with Ruthy Alon, originator of the BFL Program, and with Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais himself. Olivia organized and co-taught in the 2005 Bones for Life Certificate Program at Lesley University. She is currently on the faculty of the Longy School of Music and adjunct faculty at Lesley University, both in Cambridge, MA. Olivia is also currently a Certified Leadership Embodiment Somatic Coach. Click here for more information about Olivia.

For curriculum questions, contact Olivia directly at ocheever@comcast.net or call 781-449-1410 (voice mail).


The Center at Westwoods
590 Gay Street
Westwood, MA 02090
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Hilton Boston/Dedham
25 Allied Drive
Dedham, MA 02026

  • Click here for all the amenities, photos, and dining information.
  • Room rates range starting at $189.00. Rates are subject to change and based on availability. AAA members check for discount.
  • Approximately 1 mile for the Center at Westwood.
  • Travel time is about 6 minutes.

Holiday Inn Boston/Dedham Hotel and Conference Center
55 Ariadne Road
Dedham, MA 02026

  • Click here for all the amenities, photos, and dining information.
  • Room rates start at range from $239.00. Rates are subject to change and based on availability. AAA members check for discount.
  • Approximately 1 mile from the Center at Westwood.
  • Travel time is about 3 minutes.

Both hotels have restaurants, fitness area and pools. Both offer complimentary shuttle service to Legacy Place, a local shopping area with restaurants and many top name retail outlets. Check out their web site at www.legacyplace.com.

If you have any further questions contact Karen Kenney 781-275-8915 or karen@organizingworks.


Current Schedule:


A Day of Bones for Life Processes with my new graduated BFL Teachers

December 4, 2016

9:30 am - 4:o0 pm
at the Center at Westwoods in Westwood, MA.

More details to come soon!

Teaching Seminars
and/or Mentoring

Open to BFL and Feldenkrais Teachers or Trainees only

Contact Olivia for more information.

Feldenkrais and Feldenkrais Method are registered service marks of the Feldenkrais Guild® of North America.
Bones For Life is a registered service mark of Ruthy Alon, its originator.

Serving the Boston, MA area with classes in Westwood.
Private coaching also in Needham Heights, MA.
Call 617-413-5680, or email ocheever@comcast.net.

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