Here are some books and recordings I frequently recommend to ATM and FI students for home study. I also loan these out of my own library to current FI students. Note that products are not required for home study; students also do “homework” that we’ve developed together in our ATM or FI study without books or recordings. Also my collection of streaming audio ATM lessons is freely available to all, right here.
- Relaxercise is my favorite introductory book resource to Feldenkrais Method. Clear and simple explanations of the work, and accessible lessons, instructions, and illustrations. It’s also available as a recording (if you don’t mind the background music–you can play samples and check). Notice that the excellent introduction is FREE to listen to.
- Mark Reese’s Moving Out of Pain set of audio lessons for home study is a great set of ATM lessons I recommend frequently to students, and use as source material for lesson structures I frequently teach in class. You can even download the lessons piecemeal, though it’s a much better deal to get all sixteen 30-minute lessons.
- I find many people coming to me with chronic pain or headaches also suffer from TMJ tension or bruxism (teeth grinding). The Intelligent Body: TMJ Program is a single CD with short, very effective lessons. There is a wonderful longer program available too, if you’d like to dig in deeper to freeing your mouth and jaw.
- This audio lesson set is great for people who struggle with insomnia or quality of sleep. High quality of rest is vital for healing, reducing pain, learning, and satisfaction in life.
- I have found Feldenkrais Trainer and Zen master Russell Delman’s language and teaching very helpful for me and many students, especially around the ideas of being present for unpleasant experiences in order to find change, improvement, and an increased sense of agency under adversity. The Embodied Life II, second product on this page (it’s a refinement, not a sequel–you don’t need Embodied Life I first) may be a wonderful way forward for you with our processes. It also includes a few direct and informative talks about the nature of self, breath, and the thinking mind, and some guided meditations (meditation is not normally a part of the Feldenkrais Method). The seven excellent movement lessons are 20-40 minutes each and are of primary importance.
- The Busy Person’s Guide to Easier Movement is another good book resource for continued study.
- The Brain That Changes Itself, by Norman Doidge, M.D., is an accessible and useful read for understanding the history and basics of neuroplasticity, the science on which the Feldenkrais Method is built.
- The Brain’s Healing Way, also by Norman Doidge, published in January, 2015, has a major section devoted to the Feldenkrais Method! Click here for links to a Salon.com excerpt, book reviews, a study guide, and Amazon.com.
- Amazon.com’s Author Page for Moshe Feldenkrais shows most of his published works. His writing style is clear but dense; he’s a consummate scientist. This book is the best place to start if you want to read Feldenkrais himself to study the Feldenkrais Method. Strangely missing from Amazon’s list of Moshe’s books (but available on Amazon) is The Elusive Obvious.
- The Yogaback is an excellent product for making car seats more functional for actual human sitting. In recent years they have become dangerously more bucket-shaped, to the point of even pushing our heads and necks into flexion. This simple, flexible product provides the sacral and thoracic support we need. The product’s creator answers his own phone and will happily explain his product to you. He’s a PT who’s done some excellent work. Tell him I said hello! We got to chatting when I ordered our second for my wife’s car (she had been stealing mine).
Lesson Sources from Class
- The Spring 2015 session of classes at both locations are exploring ideas presented in Arlyn Zones’ excellent audio recording of live workshops, A Flexible Chest, Vol. 1. Includes useful 5-minute lectures and four fantastic ATM lessons. And, A Flexible Chest, Vol. 2.
- The 2015 Winter 2 Session is beginning with work from the Delman Embodied Life II resource, above, and will go on use some lessons already recorded and available in my free audio ATM website section.
- The 2014 Fall 1 Session is studying balance. Here’s a blog post with some resources, including a free article and mp3 short talk.
- For the Summer 1 Session (Freeing the Pelvis, Abdomen, and Back), I’m drawing particularly on two sources: Deborah Bowes’ Pelvic Health and Awareness (see also the article linked at the bottom about pelvic floor health), and Judy Pippen and Barbara Bell’s From Prolapse to Pelvic Power.
- While presenting things in my own way and tailoring lessons to the group, for the Spring Session of Tuesday classes Elizabeth Beringer’s Embodied Learning: Focus on the Knees and Ankles, vol. 1 was my primary source. In Beth’s Thursday class she presented some material from Elizabeth Beringer’s Embodied Learning: Focus on the Hips and Low Back, and also Mark Reese’s excellent Moving Out of Pain (linked above).
- I referred to Esther Gokhale’s 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back frequently in the Winter 1 Session of group classes. It’s not a Feldenkrais Method book, and I personally find the exercises a little ham-fisted (I’d like to see the whole thing rewritten with ATM lessons instead!), BUT the pictures, illustrations, anatomy explanations, and history are spectacular. She studied and photographed cultures around the world with little incidence of back pain and derived beautiful, efficient, and clear ideas about proper human function. Really worth a look, if only to have lots of clear imagery in mind as you play with your own posture and function in and out of class.