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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
 

Notes, Announcements, & Updates from Nick and TCF

Free ATM Audio Project Launch Day!

I’m so pleased to announce that my free ATM audio project is finally fully launched! This is the public launch of a project begun years ago, to meet requests from my ATM class students for recordings of classes. Some of the recordings date back to 2012, and the web design work began about a year ago. About a hundred hours of work in the last four months have led to fresh recordings of lessons I felt should be improved on (I’m really pleased with them now!), and discovering and surmounting a surprising number of technical hurdles, to get to the point where we’ve got the web design and audio tech working as well as it is today.

I’ve organized many of the recorded ATM lessons into a web course called Integrating the Legs for Standing, Walking, and Running. There are also other ATMs available.

You can find them all at my main audio portal: click here!

All the lessons are free! Please try them out, and if you find them valuable, consider a donation to support the project.

Here’s a little more info from my press release to the Feldenkrais Practitioner community regarding the Integrating the Legs set, if you’re curious about the details:

​The seven lessons have been carefully ​prepared and ​​edited to create a valuable home study resource for students and practitioners. The course ​includes written introductory and follow-up material​. Each lesson has a brief description, notes ​including adaptations and sources, and moderated comments ​to promote​ discussion​​.

​During the lessons I provide ​some commentary, both to orient newcomers ​and to guide experienced students​ and practitioners toward deeper insight​ into the self. I’ve been getting great feedback from colleagues and from my FI and ATM students who are ​already ​using the set as “homework​.” ​Even strangers​ who found the lessons on the web–some brand new to Feldenkrais!–have responded enthusiastically.

Each lesson is a unique page on my website so the ATM is easy to study​,​ share, and discuss.​ Putting a smartphone, tablet, or laptop on the floor next to you works really well for doing the lessons.​

Instead​ of​ ​selling my ATMs, I’m using free digital distribution, and requesting donations. It’s a fascinating model​ ​that is popular in other fields now​. ​My goal is to share accessible, high quality ATM lessons ​as widely as possible with no paywall barrier to entry, especially in the wake of the wonderful ​recent ​exposure we’ve had through the new Doidge book.

I’ve enjoyed almost every step of bringing this project to fruition, but wow was it a lot of work! It’s made me a better teacher, and taught me a lot more about ATM (it’s humbling but useful to listen to yourself teach!), plus I’ve got some new amatuer audio engineering and website design skills. It should be easy now for me to continue adding recordings of classes.

I’m grateful to all the inspiration, nudges, and feedback I’ve gotten from students, friends, and colleagues, and especially to the donors who have supported my work on this project. Thank you all!

I hope you enjoy the lessons, and​ please help me spread the word about the free ATM project with friends, family, ​and Feldenkrais students and practitioner​s at this webpage!

Thanks,

— Nick

Salon.com publishes chapter on Moshe Feldenkrais and his method from new book by Norman Doidge, M.D., The Brain's Way of Healing

doidge healing cover[Update: added a link to an excellent Brain Science Podcast interview with the book’s author, talking about this new book.]

Lots of excitement these days among Feldenkrais students and practitioners: a new mainstream neuroscience book by a respected physician and professor devotes two of its eight chapters to Moshe Feldenkrais and the Feldenkrais Method. I’d like to introduce it to you as “required reading” for Feldenkrais students and anyone curious about the method. Here’s a collection of ways to learn all about the book.

Salon.com has excerpted a portion of one of the chapters and you can read it right here!: “She will dance at her wedding”: Healing the girl born without part of her brain. The origin of Moshe Feldenkrais’ therapeutic method reads more like a spy thriller than a neuroscience textbook. 

This book, Dr. Norman Doidge’s The Brain’s Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity, is a brand new New York Times bestseller and the #1 book on the Amazon.com neuroscience list, following up on his excellent book The Brain that Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science.

Here’s a description and some book review excepts put together by The Feldenkrais Guild of North America. And Ilona Fried, a colleague of mine, has written up an excellent book review of sorts with some responses and descriptions.

And here’s an interview with Doidge on the Brain Science Podcast, in which he summarizes research and thinking behind the book and speaks quite a bit about Moshe Feldenkrais. The whole interview is worth it. The section about Moshe starts at around 35 minutes.

The excerpted chapter contains the best description of The Feldenkrais Method that I’ve found available in one place. In the Salon.com excerpt you can read all about the man, the history of the method, and a wonderful story of its application. Unfortunately Doidge’s list and discussion of the principles of The Feldenkrais Method didn’t make it into the Salon.com excerpt.

I had a chance to present the Feldenkrais Method to a class at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing last week. In an effort to learn, teach, and promote this excellent new book, I created this list of Doidge’s eleven core principles as a study guide for understanding the Feldenkrais Method. After exploring a brief Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lesson together, I handed it out to the class as a basis of discussion about our learning through movement moments before. This experiential then intellectual study proved to be a very effective way to introduce and contextualize the Feldenkrais (meaning neuroplastic) learning process.

The discussion that follows each of Doidge’s core principle headings in The Brain’s Way of Healing includes accessible explanations, quotations from Moshe Feldenkrais’ books and resonances with his biography and extensive study in many fields, and context from contemporary neuroscience.

These chapters and the whole book are an excellent resource for anyone interested in Feldenkrais or mind-body based wellness. If you’re not familiar with Feldenkrais it’s a great place to start, and if you are, please help our growing community spread the word by recommending this book to your friends and family!

First series of audio lessons now available!

I’m thrilled to have my first series of related ATM lessons online and ready for listening. It’s called Integrating the Legs for Standing, Walking, and Running.

Today I also added the Paypal Donate button. The time and money costs for the project are significant but I believe it’s important to make Feldenkrais study easily accessible to all, with no barrier to entry. Your donations are much appreciated! Thank you for your support, and please spread the word!

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