The Feldenkrais Project: We’re Growing and Hiring!

Thanks for your interest in helping us realize our vision for The Feldenkrais Project:

  • Spreading the life-changing benefits of Feldenkrais study as widely as possible
  • Elevating awareness of the Feldenkrais Method
  • Expanding our listener community and building on the success of our grass-roots funding model

We make great Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lessons available to all with the lowest possible barrier to study. Why? We believe that more people doing more Feldenkrais makes the world a better place for all of us!

It’s time for the next phase of this project. We’re reinvesting your donations to create a better user experience and pave the way for more content in the future.

We’re looking for help from people with the following skills:

Introducing The Feldenkrais Project

Our donor-supported online audio lesson project is growing and hiring! Thanks to your interest and support, it’s time for the next phase. We are proud to launch The Feldenkrais Project!

It’s starting today with a new name and link (www.feldenkraisproject.com) for the same wonderful service. We share high quality Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lessons with thousands of people across the globe.

By only seeking donations to support this work, we’re creating the lowest possible barrier to study, so anyone can learn and improve themselves through Feldenkrais lessons anytime, anywhere!

Want to join us in our mission to improve the world through Feldenkrais? There are two ways you can help:

  1. Contribute your web, writing, audio, or marketing skills to help us spread the benefits of Feldenkrais study, elevate awareness of the Feldenkrais Method, and build on the success of our grass-roots funding model.
  2. Become a founding donor to support the next phase of The Feldenkrais Project.

Please click here to learn more about joining the Project!

THANK YOU for supporting this work any way you can: whether it’s donating, contributing your web skills, spreading the word, “liking” and following, commenting on the lesson pages, or simply using and talking about the lesson. However you do it, I am so grateful for your help in making the world a better place through Feldenkrais!

– Nick

PS – These recent user testimonials have inspired me to expand the project! Continue reading

First full workshop recording added: Driving and Dynamic Sitting Workshop

I am so pleased to publish the complete audio from my 2018 Driving and Dynamic Sitting Workshop. Full workshop recordings are the number one request I get from online listeners, and something I’ve wanted to do for a while.

Follow the link and you’ll find not only the workshop’s two ATM lessons, but also two brief talks, and some accompanying handouts from the workshop and written material that participants received by email after the workshop, for further study at home.

Enjoy, spread the word, and please consider donating to help cover production costs if you have the means and you share my goal of spreading the life-changing benefits of Feldenkrais study as widely as possible!

A note for donors to my online lessons project

Thank you so much for your financial support for my work! Thanks to you we’ve got an incredible amount of monthly listeners. I love hearing from people all over the world who are benefitting my lessons, and I love making them for you.

Your donations make it possible to get this project out into the world, and that helps so many more people enjoy Feldenkrais study!

I recently discovered that PayPal is no longer automatically emailing me about each donation I receive. I am sorry to say this has been going on for a few months and I am perhaps very late in acknowledging your support individually. I’ll be looking through the records and reaching out ASAP to say THANK YOU and give you access to the MP3s. Please let me know if you’re looking for that access right now!

If you haven’t donated but you value the lessons, please consider supporting the project. There is no other funding source for this work besides every individual who values it and decides to give something back!

Enjoy the lessons and please spread the word. More people doing more Feldenkrais equals a better world for all of us. Thanks again, and happy studies!

-Nick

Added Breath, Belly, Back, and Hips: Connecting to the Earth (workshop lesson)

One of the most common requests I get from online listeners is to publish more workshop audio. Here’s another new workshop lesson! I’m very pleased with how effective it is on its own, but you can also pair it with my Activating the Arches lesson, which follows this new one in my workshop “Organizing the Feet for Balance, Posture, and Power.” This allows you to “do the workshop” at home!

Driving and Dynamic Sitting: two new free lessons added!

Nick discusses some learning context for these new lessons

[When you’re ready to explore the lessons click here to go to my new Driving and Dynamic Sitting miniseries.]

I’ve been meaning to teach more explicitly about sitting and driving for a long time, since for so many people these everyday activities are frequently challenging and even painful. Over my years as a Feldenkrais teacher I’ve noticed that most people who come to me with concerns about discomfort in sitting have the idea — consciously or unconsciously — that if they could just find the “right” chair and the “right” way to sit in that chair they would be able to engage in sedentary activities for hours without moving much.

I used to believe this too. I discovered Feldenkrais as an injured concert pianist. My study and intended livelihood required me to sit on a piano bench for 3-5 hours a day. I was rarely comfortable for much of that time, but I did what we so often think we have to do: I hunkered down into the position I thought was best, accepted the pain, and got my practice hours in. Over the years the unnecessary efforts, pain, and inefficiency of my static sitting began to interfere with the freedom of my arms and fingers for playing the piano, and I developed repetitive strain injuries that traditional medical approaches couldn’t relieve. Luckily I discovered Feldenkrais, which helped almost instantly when I began to think about and support myself better as a whole, and far more dynamically. Continue reading

Recording update: JCC is under construction

I haven’t been recording for the last few months because my class venue building is under construction and there’s been a lot of background noise. As soon as I get the chance, I’ll be hoping to dive back into my takes on Moshe Feldenkrais’s Esalen lessons, and hopefully continue work on Series 3 (lessons from the Feldenkrais’s classic Awareness Through Movement book).

Thanks for your patience everyone, and your ongoing support in the form of spreading the word about my free online ATM resource and donations (Why donate?).

Mean while I have over 30 hours of free lessons to explore!

Added Spine Like a Chain, Freeing the Shoulder Girdle

I’ve been deep-diving into classic Spine Like a Chain lessons this summer because I’m finding them very helpful for my own personal learning and for my students. I love the way this one in particular relates to posture and the anxiety pattern. Enjoy Spine Like a Chain, Freeing the Shoulder Girdle.

For now I’m trying it out as part of Series 2: Freeing the Spine, Chest, Shoulders, and Neck.