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Group and private Feldenkrais study with Nick Strauss-Klein

“What I’m after isn’t flexible bodies but flexible brains.
What I’m after is to restore each person to their human dignity.”

– Moshe Feldenkrais, D. Sci., 1904-1984

1/17/17 Important note from Nick: My web developer has just finished clearing out a substantial amount of hacked files, and we are taking significant steps to increase site security. Sorry if you’ve ever had trouble on this site or found something unpleasant! It is safe now, and PayPal donations always were and always will be safe because they take place through PayPal.com, not this website. Enjoy your studies, and thanks for your patience. -Nick

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Notes, Announcements, & Updates from Nick and TCF

Back to recording! New hips lesson added.

After a busy and challenging period of life (and too long a hiatus from recording and publishing new free streaming audio lessons) I am thrilled to be studying and recording Awareness Through Movement again!

The new lesson is called Agile Hips, Knees, and Feet and I hope you’ll try it. I’m very pleased with how it came out, and how effective and unusual a lesson it is, at least to my personal ATM practice. I’m getting a lot out of it, which seems to happen every time I study my hip joints in depth, and I bet you’ll like it too.

I was just speaking today with a student who was there in the class for this recording. She mentioned that she experienced some very new and very pleasant sensations with this work, and I was able to honestly say I had the same reaction — it felt like truly uncharted territory for me, which is getting a little more unusual after 16 years of Feldenkrais study. I’ve been sitting and walking with a new freedom since I’ve been studying this lesson the last few weeks.

For Feldenkrais Practitioners or anyone curious, a while back I bought Moshe Feldenkrais’s 1972 recording and notes from his amazing Esalen workshop and I’m so excited to be studying with him “directly” again. He is himself extremely direct, challenging, and uncompromising about his expectations of our capacity to learn and improve.

This is the first recording I’ve produced using Esalen as source material. My plan right now is to continue digesting these wonderful lessons and arranging them for the public, recording and publishing as often as I can!

Website security restored

My web developer has just finished clearing out a substantial amount of hacked files, and we are taking significant steps to increase site security. Sorry if you’ve ever had trouble on this site or found something unpleasant! It is safe now, and PayPal donations always were and always will be safe because they take place through PayPal.com, not this website. Enjoy your studies, and thanks for your patience. -Nick

Year-end update and spring workshop preview

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I’ve been pretty quiet on the blog and audio project for a while, and as I look back at 2016 I realize I haven’t shared with you why, so it’s time for a quick update. One reason I haven’t been doing a lot of web work recently is that my family and I are enjoying a new baby, our fourth child, Eve! Another was a tragic illness and death in my family of origin, which has taken a toll on all of us as well as added the blessing of lots of extra family visits.

A third reason is that Twin Cities Feldenkrais has been really, really busy! I’ve been blessed with many curious, inspiring students in my private practice, weekly classes, and monthly workshops all fall. I’m also receiving comments, emails, and donations from all over the world as more and more remote students explore my free streaming audio lessons.

I’d like to just say thank you to all of you who make my work possible. Feldenkrais is a gift in my life and I’m thankful every day that I get to do what I do for a living!

To my students: as the years go by it feels more and more apt to simply say that what we actually do together is explore being human, and it’s such an enjoyable, nourishing process. I am always deeply grateful for the opportunity to teach and study with you.

In related news, because of ongoing donation support for my free streaming audio project, I’m planning to get back to producing new recorded classes in early 2017. Stay tuned, please keep spreading the word, and thank you for your donations, which really do make this project possible.

Finally, this fall workshops at The Marsh (my newer Twin Cities venue) have really hit their stride, with lots of interest and excitement about Feldenkrais. Because of this we’ve scheduled four more for the spring. Links are on the home page (and I’ll add descriptions soon), but here are the dates and topics to jot down, for you Twin Cities local folks:

  • February 13: Free Your Hips
  • March 13: Fundamentals of a Healthy Back
  • April 17: Reduce Stress and Get Grounded
  • May 15: Dynamic Posture

But that’s spring…far off and nice to think about because it’s bitter cold in Minnesota now. This is the period of the year where Minnesotans cuddle up close and find cozy indoor activities. In a month or so we’ll have found our thick winter skins and we’ll venture outside more! My family and I have been playing board games in front of the fireplace and passing the baby from lap to lap. I can also say that doing a Feldenkrais ATM lesson on the floor in front of a fire is an exquisite experience that I highly recommend!

I hope the upcoming holidays are warm, cozy and restful for you, and include quiet restorative times, as well as much love and fun shared with family and friends.

Happy Holidays, and see you in 2017!

Nick

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