Raw audio from an important lesson

For several years now I’ve been trying to get a good audio recording of a really basic, important Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lesson. I always record my lessons live in class, so when I’m not satisfied enough with how it turned out to publish the recording, I can’t just repeat the lesson the next week because I like to offer my class a variety of ATMs.

So every now and then when the time is right I teach a lesson I’m calling (for the moment at least) “Simple Hips and Shoulders.” (more…)

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. (more…)

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. (more…)

New lesson based on Sheryl Field’s work added

Despite how busy we are with the new baby at home I got inspired by my excitement about the advanced training I did last week, so I found a little free time and added a new free streaming audio lesson, Gathering the Spine, Stepping Down. I’m indebted to Sheryl Field for this lesson, which she taught to a group of practitioners at the end of her recent advanced training in Minnesota. For other lessons that work with Sheryl’s idea of the Lamprey (which I call the primary spinal bias when I’m working with the public), try Spine Like a Chain, with a Bias, and Legs Crossed, Freeing the Spine and Chest Part 1 and Part 2.

New baby at home!

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We’ve got a wonderful healthy baby and mom at home, and three adoring older siblings! We’re so proud and so blessed, and wanted to share with you! I’m slowly returning to working more fully, though TCF’s new streaming audio lessons and updates will be a little slower through the summer….

Our fourth child, Eve Elizabeth, was born May 3rd (Jen’s birthday!), 8:54 PM, 7 lbs 8 oz, 19 inches, a vigorous baby and a great nurser. Jen was amazing and is feeling pretty good, all things considered. We are so blessed with a healthy mom and baby, and loving, curious siblings for this little girl.

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[edited] New lesson: Reaching, Rolling, and Ribs. Series 2 complete?

I’m ready to call Series 2: Freeing the Spine, Chest, Shoulders, and Ribs complete, though I may still tinker!

I’ve recently added The Ultimate* Self-Hug; Softening the Ribs; Reaching, Rolling, and Ribs [this lesson has since been moved from Series 2 to Other ATM Recordings]; and Coordination of the Flexor Muscles and of the Extensors (borrowed from Series 3; I added it because it puts a nice grounded cap on the first half of series 2 while also introducing ideas used in the last two lessons). (more…)

Added new lesson, Softening the Ribs, and updated Series 2

You can find Softening the Ribs right here.

Also I’m trying a new sequence of lessons—including Softening the Ribs—for Series 2: Freeing the Spine, Chest, Shoulders and Neck. Click over to that to see. I added several popular new lessons and removed Flexion, Foundation, and Length (now filed in Other ATM Recordings). I believe that Flexion, Foundation, and Feet is a more effective version of it anyway, and better studied in Series 1: Integrating the Legs for Standing, Walking, and Running.

New lesson added: Flexion, Foundation, and Feet

Just finished editing another free streaming audio Awareness Through Movement lesson! Click here for Flexion, Foundation, and Feet. Great for your whole body, and often especially relieving for back pain. I’m really pleased with how it came out, so much so that I’ve added it to Series 1: Integrating the Legs for Standing, Walking, and Running. This lesson starts with a three minute talk about what Feldenkrais is and isn’t, then has a nice integration of flexion movements of the ankles, hips, and pelvis/lower back, combined with a classic Feldenkrais flexion lesson. Enjoy, please share, and consider donating!

A “thank you” lesson: The Ultimate Self-hug

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It’s cold but beautiful here in Minnesota! A great time for a classic Feldenkrais lesson configuration, the self-hug.

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).