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.

Free ATM project flyer for practitioners

ATM project flyer for Feldenkrais practitionersDear colleagues,

I created an informational flyer for Feldenkrais Practitioners attending the Feldenkrais Guild of North America conference, August 23-27, 2017 in Seattle.

This is a great way to tell professional Feldies about my extensive free resource, including suggestions about lesson planning for class, studying ATM pedagogy, “homework” for FI students, and a few testimonials.

Click here to check it out. Visiting a study or mentoring group soon? Kindly print a few copies to share with our colleagues!

I am able to continue this free lesson project because of the growing user base and the generous individuals who donate. Thanks for helping me spread the word!

Nick

An overseas student comes back to Feldenkrais basics

Ever wrestle with an ATM lesson that seemed impossible, only to later discover something new and wonderful? I enjoyed an email exchange with Maria Noel from Uruguay, who was struggling with one of my more challenging audio lessons, Legs Crossed, Freeing the Spine and Chest Part 1. She gave me permission to share our thread.

Notice I initially gave her a firm nudge toward simply not doing the lesson (safety first!) but she persisted in a beautiful, sensitive-to-herself way, and reaped the benefits. Too long, can’t read? Just skip to the bolded sentences below.

For all of us doing ATM lessons I find these kinds of study stories to be a helpful reminder of the value of going back to the Feldenkrais basics. Look what can happen when we explore from a place of kindness and curiosity towards ourselves!

Maria: Very difficult for me to tilt the legs while they are crossed and I do not improve although I have been doing it for a very long time. And impossible to leave them tilted to one side. Continue reading