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Su5: Updating the Self-Image


Cliff Smyth, MS (1991)


Sep 01, 2012

Conference 2012

2012 Conference Workshop

Open To: Public / Practitioners / Trainees


Cost: $135 for this workshop only or $475 for 5-Day Package rate


Neuroscientists and philosophers debate the relationship between our body and our sense of self: using distinctions such as ‘bodily feelings’, ‘body schema’ and ‘body image’ and ‘pre-reflective bodily experience’. The ‘enactionist’ approach emphasizes the role of action in cognition while the phenomenological approach used by Symposium presenter Dr. Wolf Mehling in his research points to the importance, for our well-being, of the relationship between body awareness, self and environment. In this workshop we will touch on this recent discussion to revisit Moshe Feldenkrais’ ideas about self-image. We will experience how Awareness Through Movement® lessons, along with explorations through touch, can expand our self-image in action. In many ways Feldenkrais Method® uses a phenomenological approach: suspending our habitual concepts of our bodies and focusing our attention in exploration, through movement and sensation, of the experiential basis of self.

This workshop is intended for a professional audience. Professionals are individuals trained in disciplines relating to human development (such as teachers or other educators, psychologists and psychotherapists), in performance (including sports and the arts), and health care. Professionals include practitioners, researchers and administrators in these fields.

Presenter Bio(s)

Cliff Smyth, MS, (1991) completed his Feldenkrais® training in Melbourne, Australia. An Assistant Trainer, he has worked in programs in Australia, Switzerland the United States. In his private practice in San Francisco he specializes in working with people dealing with stress, back pain, repetitive strain injuries and chronic pain. He also works as a life coach and is currently completing his MS in Mind-Body Medicine at Saybrook University.

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