Bones for Life Certification/Immersion

Lightness of spirit is hard to achieve when dealing with one of these problems

  • Poor posture
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteopenia/Osteoporosis
  • Decreasing Balance
  • Musculoskeletal pain: back, neck, knee, hip
  • Fall Risk
  • Difficulty walking 
  • Can’t get up and down
  • Injury in traditional exercise programs

Life gets increasingly hard…

Life gets increasingly challenging when such issues go unaddressed.

Research shows that lack of movement contributes to disease including pain, osteoarthritis, dementia, depression and many other things. When it is easier to move, we move more. Quality movement matters.


…when the connection is poor.

The potential is there but it is as if no one is answering the phone. The question is: How to get a quality conversation going between the body and mind?

Instead of doing the standard exercises which require very little engagement of the brain and most people won’t continue doing anyway, the call to better posture, balance, and walking is answered by reawakening the senses. 

Can you imagine truly feeling the power of standing against gravity?

Instead of gravity using you, learn to use gravity. Through the stimulating, weight bearing movements in Bones for Life, rapidly reorganize into increasingly higher potential. Based foremost in awareness of pressure and how it travels through the body, movements are taught in a variety of positions. We start in the safety of lying down, returning to sensation and finding our alignment in relationship to the floor. Then we move to supported standing, then unsupported upright and finally more dynamic balance challenges.

Bones for Life: a movement intelligence program

We invite you to join us in a teacher or immersion training.

Join us in this transformative training. Instructors, Cynthia Allen and Brian Shircliff have each been dramatically changed through this work and have witnessed incredible unfolding and growth for so many others.

Deepen your inner knowing, become an expert on your own body, move with elegance, respect yourself, and navigate with power. Move the way nature intended.

This program consists of 90 fast-acting exercise processes. The safe, weight-bearing movements challenge bones to be strong and sturdy while improving balance and coordination. Created by Ruthy Alon, a somatic pioneer and student of Moshe Feldenkrais, the work masterfully blends function, learning and skeletal alignment.

Inspired by load bearing, African women who do an incredibly difficult job with grace and efficiency, you will learn to stand and walk by using gravity the way it was meant to be used. This approach promotes neuroplasticity and posture and balance from the inside out.

Location: 
Future Life Now, 791 E McMillan, Cincinnati, OH 45206.

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Phase I – Basic Certification 

In this phase, you will learn the first 60 processes well. You will also learn about bone health and common problems and how Bones for Life may benefit those challenges. 

Covid 19 – Date Update: Like you, we are learning to be flexible. We will rework these dates and even put some aspects online once we have all the registrations in hand. We feel confident that we can work out dates to meet everyone’s needs. Please register and hold the below very lightly. We are 99% sure the first workshop will be rescheduled based on current knowledge.

2020 Phase I Workshop Dates:  July 31 – August 3; September 25-27; November 13-15
Hours: Friday-Sunday 9-5:30 p.m.

Upon completion of all three segments, taught in these three weekends, you will have reached Basic Certification. Each weekend builds on the prior one, to cultivate a deeper and more thorough knowledge of the learning objectives below and more. Many people take Basic Certification to perform, move and age with grace. This is an experiential program. You will move and learn specific exercises or processes to use at home. To become a teacher, you need to complete Phase II.

Phase II – Teacher Certification 

You will learn the remaining 30 processes as well as dive into the required advanced study of processes, didactic, mentoring and student teaching. This will also include instruction on marketing, class formation, and confidence building.

2020/2021 Phase II Workshops Dates: December 11-14; February 26-March 1; April 30 – May 3 
(2021 dates are tentative and can be decided among actual participants once the program starts)
Hours: Friday-Monday 9-5:30 p.m.

Homework, student teaching and team work between segments will be required. 

Phase II is rich with growth experiences beyond the learning of the Bones for Life exercises and plenty of fun too.

Absolute registration deadline is 5/31.

Dual registration with our NLP certification which begins in March will receive an additional discount. Inquire if this interests you.


I’m Ready for Phase I

Fee: $1350. This includes your manuals and your Bones for Life wrap.  You only need to make a deposit at this time.


I want Phase I and II

Fee: $3,300. This includes your manuals, Bones for Life wrap, four hours of private mentoring and national certification fees. You only need to make a deposit at this time.

While Bones for Life has applications for all aspects of the population, seniors can benefit immensely from this work.

Learning Objectives

  • Perform movement processes that alter and enhance the organization of the rib cage and thoracic spine.
  • Discover how creeping and crawling improve core strength for standing.
  • Articulate the dynamic relationship between the 3 spinal curves and the extremities.
  • Gain a felt sense of optimal relationships not only between body parts, but also between self and environment.
  • Teach others to get up and down from the floor, chair and bed efficiently and with ease.
  • Gain expertise in providing appropriate and progressive levels of challenge in a functional situation without overwhelming the system.
  • Effectively coach the release of unnecessary neuromuscular holding patterns.
  • Use vibratory “press and release” motions against everyday surfaces in multiple planes to enhance proprioception and joint alignment.
  • Understand tenets of the Bones for Life® and Walk for Life programs and discuss how they directly relate to the services of those individuals working in helping fields, specifically in the areas of education, professional competence, and self-care.
  • Comprehend the value of using Bones for Life® processes to optimize and fine tune the capacity for weight bearing with ideal alignment of trunk and upper and lower extremities when exercising and completing activities of daily living.
  • Realize the value of “trial and error” learning in expanding strength and function while decreasing pain and injury.
  • Optimize balanced neuromuscular action throughout the whole body by activating underused areas and allowing dominant groups to find a place of rest and ease.
  • Access the human evolutionary potential in all aspects of body, mind, and spirit through Bones for Life® processes which promote core reorganization.

Jeanne Hill, Physical Therapist discusses the impact of Bones for Life on her practice.

Your Instructors:

Cynthia Allen is one of the most experienced Bones for Life trainers in the United States. She has been working in holistic practices, health care management and organizational consulting for over 35 years. She is a Certified Feldenkrais® practitioner, Senior Trainer in Movement Intelligence and Certified Bones for Life® Teacher/Trainer. Cynthia is also co-creator of Integral Human Gait theory.

In addition to teaching weekly classes and seeing clients individually, Cynthia trains and certifies Movement Intelligence teachers around the country and teaches Gait for Wild Human Potential workshops as well as other continuing education opportunities. She has a keen interest in reducing chronic pain and increasing pleasure through awareness and movement.

Brian Shircliff pioneered teaching a meditation elective and bringing meditation to the two sports he coached while a teacher at St. Xavier High School (1997-2003). With many friends, Brian founded VITALITY Cincinnati in 2010 to share holistic self-care education.

In addition to being a Bones for Life® Teacher, he has been a tai chi practitioner/teacher since 1997, yoga teacher (registered through Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT500), Healing Touch Certified Practitioner, and more recently he completed a Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner.

He is a life long learner.

“I greatly appreciate the opportunity to learn with Cynthia. Her clarity and comfort in teaching is amazing. The work and passion she has put into this process shines through. Ruthy Alon’s work is truly remarkable.”
Suzanne Mowry, PT, GCFP
Suzanne Mowry, PT, GCFP
“Cynthia is a consummate professional with a sense of humor.
She has a thought-provoking answer to every question, and brings a real diversity of elements to the learning
process. Her students are free to contribute ideas, questions and perspectives, creating a lively and
rich environment where laughter, play, discussion and movement coexist.”
Meriah Kruse, GCFP,, BFLT
Meriah Kruse, GCFP,, BFLT
I honestly can’t believe that those things Brian has us do from Movement Intelligence bring major relief to my neck…though they do every time!
Bones for Life student
Bones for Life student
“Bones for Life® provides a sound theoretical framework and a
progressive set of activities that enhances patients’ functional performance. On a personal level, BFL has allowed me to undo my pain patterns and improve my posture.”
Shereen Farber, Phd, OTR, BFLT, WLFT
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Absolute registration deadline is 5/31.