Welcome to TCF, Twin Cities Feldenkrais
Group and private Feldenkrais study with Nick Strauss-Klein
Notes, Announcements, & Updates from Nick and TCF
I want virtual reality to be healthy to use and useful for the world, but I’m skeptical.
Today is launch day for the first premium consumer electronic virtual reality device, the Facebook-owned Oculus Rift. The New York Times and Los Angeles Times have already weighed in this morning. In this “year of virtual reality” I’ve got plans to follow this new consumer tech industry closely, explore virtual reality myself, and report back to you. As a Feldenkrais practitioner and paleo/primal movement enthusiast, I think I’ll make a pretty unique guinea pig for virtual reality. If I lost you with any (or perhaps most) of the nouns in that sentence, let me explain.
There’s a unique cultural tension brewing right now, and I’m not talking about politics. On one side we have a rapidly growing movement in the alternative health and wellness community toward a paleo/primal view of human improvement. Wellness professionals, backed up by more and more scientific studies, are claiming that living our lives more in accordance with how we evolved serves our health in a myriad of ways. Here’s the short version as I see it: we’re finally noticing that while modern history has created the reality we live in (let’s be broad and say the last 10,000 years), our evolution over millions of years created a species that is, through our very DNA, best adapted to prehistoric reality. Increasingly dieticians and movement professionals (myself included) would like to see us behave a bit more like…well, cavemen.
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A "thank you" lesson: The Ultimate Self-hug — February 7
I’m bowled over by the kind words and support I’ve received from all over the world in the nine months since I launched my free streaming audio lesson project. I look forward to sharing some of your comments and emails in my next post, but today I just want to say THANK YOU and send you a hug, (almost) literally! I love what I get to do for a living teaching and studying the Feldenkrais Method, and thanks to your support I can continue sharing free Feldenkrais lessons through today’s excellent web tech.
I’ve added a dozen lessons since launch last May, ahead of my initial goal of posting one high quality, edited, annotated, live-recorded Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lesson per month. Click here to stream The Ultimate Self-hug right now. Just like all my streaming audio lessons, there’s no cost, no downloading, no trouble with technology. There’s even notes to help you personalize your home study experience. You can simply lie down on the floor and put your smartphone, tablet, or laptop next to you and press play for an instant Feldenkrais lesson.
Enjoy your hug, and thank you! Please spread the word about my free lessons, and please consider supporting this ongoing project with a donation (here’s why).
I’m pleased to share with you that I’ve made significant progress in my free audio project. This fall I set out to capture good recordings of my live classes with lessons I’ve sourced directly from Moshe’s 1972 classic Feldenkrais text Awareness Through Movement. As of now we’ve got five already available online, with a sixth currently in editing, coming early next week. Read more »