I had long refrained from writing about this method of countering pain because I thought it was some sort of New Age gobbledygook with no scientific basis. Boy, was I wrong!
– Jane Brody, New York Times personal health columnist
This week the New York Times published an article in print and online called Trying the Feldenkrais Method for Chronic Pain, by Jane Brody. Brody has been writing about personal health for the Times for over 40 years, and it’s fantastic news for our community that she’s taken an interest in Feldenkrais and benefitted so much. She acknowledges her misconceptions (above) as she begins; let’s hope her article will help other people understand it better!
The article is a quick read and does a nice job summarizing the method and her experience as a new student.
Want to help get the word out about Feldenkrais? Leave a comment at the bottom of the Times article. It really makes a difference for exposure for the article and the method!
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!
The Marsh put together some beautiful publicity for my fall workshop series, including some excerpts from the Experience Life magazine articles.
Click here to have a peek at the flyer and please spread the word!
Click the titles for full info on each 6:45-9:15 PM Tuesday evening event:
Sept. 12: Walking with Your Whole Self
Oct. 17: Walking with Grace and Ease
Nov. 14: Organizing Your Feet for Balance, Posture, and Power
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
Two years, 30 free ATM lessons
Thank you listeners and donors from around the world!
Back on May 11, 2015 I launched my free streaming audio ATM project as a personal passion project. Sharing the life-changing benefits of the Feldenkrais Method as widely as possible — without paywall or password — is my goal. I love the feeling I get from freely sharing something incredibly valuable to me, as well as the learning opportunities I’ve found while creating and uploading these edited, live-recorded classes.
Just this week I finally presented a satisfying new teaching of an important Feldenkrais “basic training” lesson. I studied, recorded, edited, and uploaded this month’s featured new lesson… Read more in the May edition of the Twin Cities Feldenkrais Newsletter.
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I’m excited to share with you that my work is featured in the April 2017 issue of Experience Life magazine, the national publication of Life Time Fitness Health Clubs! Last fall Maggie Fazeli Fard, Senior Fitness Editor for Experience Life, attended one of my walking workshops and interviewed me for her feature on rediscovering the joys of walking well. The article strikes a really healthy tone about self improvement. I’m quoted several times at the beginning and end, along with various walking experts.
The piece ends with a complete text Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lesson I wrote. It’s based on a lesson I taught in the workshop, and there’s a link to a version of it I recorded as one of my free online audio lessons.
Click here to read the main article, “Relearn to Walk.”
The last section is “3 Steps to Better Walking,” the magazine’s title for my Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement (ATM) lesson. It’s a chair-seated text adaptation I made of my free streaming audio lesson called Your Navigational Pelvis. Unfortunately in the magazine version there’s a misleading illustration and a text error. Click here for a correction, or to stream Your Navigational Pelvis right now.
Fundamentals of a Healthy Back workshop, 3/13/17
Goals, principles, and free streaming audio lessons used in my recent Fundamentals of a Healthy Back workshop.
I get lots of requests to upload and share recordings of my workshops, and because of the way I like to organize and teach them this hasn’t been easy to do so far. When I get the chance to teach long form Feldenkrais I like to be able to segue in and out of lessons and discussions pretty freely, and to layer or nest lessons within one another as the cumulative learning of the workshop develops and we refer back to things already discovered. Because of that free structure, plus discussions peppered in, and sometimes handouts and demonstrations, I haven’t been able to share the workshop experience in the same focused structure that I use to deliver my regular audio lesson recordings.
But let’s try something new! I’d like to use another format to share some material from Monday’s workshop with you, and also point you to specific lessons from my free streaming audio collection that I drew on in the workshop. These are useful if you’d like to play with some of the goals and principles on your own. All of this comes out of the home-study resources email I’m writing for workshop participants today (I send “homework” emails to participants after every workshop I teach). Continue reading
I recently taught a workshop I called Free Your Hips. As I prepared, I studied several rather sophisticated hips-related Awareness Through Movement lessons taught by Moshe Feldenkrais (recorded at Esalen in the USA and Alexander Yanai in Israel). I found it really inspiring to again spend time studying directly “with” Moshe, and I’ve been working hard to find ways to make his valuable, challenging lessons accessible to the public. Continue reading
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.” Continue reading
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. Continue reading