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Yoga and The Feldenkrais Method®

Born with three fused vertebrae in my neck, by my early twenties I was beginning to experience pain down…   Continued...

Author: Diane Valentine, GCFP    |    Filed under: Chronic Pain  Recovery  Yoga  

Workshops and Events Around the Country: Winter/Spring 2007

SE Region

A Flexible Spine - Forward Bending: A Workshop in the Feldenkrais Method®
Relax and lengthen your…   Continued...

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Unwired & Soft-Wired


In the last issue, I wrote about the advantages of sleep, including its role in…   Continued...

Author: Pat Buchanan, PhD, ATC, PT, GCFT, Chair, Esther Thelen Research Committee    |    Filed under: Introduction  ATM Lessons  Creativity  Enriching Daily Life  General Applications  Recovery  Stress  

Why Strain to See?

I had been seeing Elizabeth for about a year. She had had a history of eye maladies—iritis (inflammation), cataract,…   Continued...

Author: Kathy Yates    |    Filed under: Vision  

Why Limit Yourself?

As a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitionercm for almost 20 years, I’ve worked with many people in my practice who…   Continued...

Author: Katrin Smithback    |    Filed under: Enriching Daily Life  General Applications  

Which Side are You On?

In recent studies regarding the unfortunate condition called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), persons with abnormal temperature changes in…   Continued...

Author: Christine Graves, GCFP    |    Filed under: Introduction  ATM Lessons  Balance and Falling  Chronic Pain  Enriching Daily Life  Flexibility  Functional Integration  General Applications  Posture  Recovery  Stress  

When Working Out

If you train for competition or for your own general fitness, the Feldenkrais Method® includes some familiar principles. Bruce…   Continued...

Filed under: Sports  

When to Consider Feldenkrais Lessons

Martial artists tend to reflect the general population in terms of when they seek out someone like a Feldenkrais®…   Continued...

Filed under: Martial Arts  

What Would Moshe Do?

“What would Moshe do?” In this month’s spotlight of those who trained directly with Moshe Feldenkrais, I spoke with…   Continued...

Author: Gabrielle Pullen, GCFP    |    Filed under: Introduction  Creativity  Enriching Daily Life  General Applications  Martial Arts  

If Structural Limitations aren't as they Seem,

What Else is Possible?


The Information Age seems to have devolved into the Miss-information Age as we are inundated with…   Continued...

Author: Gabrielle Pullen, GCFP    |    Filed under: Introduction  ATM Lessons  Creativity  Enriching Daily Life  Functional Integration  General Applications  

Welcome to the World of Conscious Living

When I think of functioning fully, I think: “How can this person experience becoming more alive?” I find this…   Continued...

Author: Annie R. Thoe    |    Filed under: Enriching Daily Life  General Applications  

What does an Awareness through Movement® Lesson look like?

Watch an ATM Class at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oo4wr-Yn-2w

Experience the Method this summer in Amherst!

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Filed under: Introduction  ATM Lessons  

Walking the Earth

Have you ever walked outdoors at dawn and sensed the earth turn on its axis towards the sun? Try…   Continued...

Author: Deedee Eisenberg    |    Filed under: Walking  

Walking is with the Whole Body

From the first time Robert walked into my office, his walking was quite distinctive. His mother had made the…   Continued...

Author: Andrew Wright    |    Filed under: Walking  

Waking Up James

When I first met seven-year-old James, he showed definite signs of autistic behavior: no eye contact, random speech, inability…   Continued...

Author: Charlotte Palumbo    |    Filed under: Balance and Falling  Special Needs  

Vital Use of Your Arms

Do you notice that you are lifting your arms overhead less and less as the years progress? Recent scientific…   Continued...

Author: Pati Holman, GCFP    |    Filed under: The Shoulders  

Using the Feldenkrais Method to Heighten Musical Awareness and Skill

Like many musicians, I came to the Feldenkrais Method in the course of dealing with a repetitive stress injury.…   Continued...

Author: Elisabeth Reed, GCFT    |    Filed under: The Performing Arts  

Using Awareness Through Movement® Lessons to Change Your Life

I developed and taught several sessions of a graduate workshop on “The Art of Change: Somatic Awareness and Systems…   Continued...

Author: Kathryn Goldman Schuyler    |    Filed under: Enriching Daily Life  General Applications  

Upcoming Workshops and Events Around North America

All Workshops Are Taught By Authorized Teachers

CFT = Certified Feldenkrais® Trainer
GCFP=Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner(CM)
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Upcoming Events

Cultivating Awareness…. Realizing its value

Taught by Diana Razumny
March 1-2, Boulder, CO
Call Efrem at 877/533-6933…   Continued...

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Unmasking


I recently heard the great stage and film actor Ben Vereen speak with the…   Continued...

Author: Gwendolyn Schwinke, GCFP    |    Filed under: Introduction  ATM Lessons  The Classroom  Creativity  Enriching Daily Life  Functional Integration  General Applications  The Performing Arts  

Making Space for the Unfamiliar


Margie has been coming to private sessions in my office for several weeks to get…   Continued...

Author: Maureen McHugh, GCFP    |    Filed under: Introduction  Enriching Daily Life  General Applications  

Uncoiling: A Case Study of Myself

Four years ago, after thirty years as a student of the Feldenkrais Method® and other somatic disciplines, I became…   Continued...

Author: Judith Marcus    |    Filed under: Introduction  ATM Lessons  Balance and Falling  Chronic Pain  Creativity  Enriching Daily Life  Functional Integration  General Applications  Recovery  Stress  

Transformations: The Story of Peggy D.

Sometimes patients come in for physical therapy, fix the problem, and leave. Case closed.

Other times, their lives are…   Continued...

Author: Greg Hullstrung, P.T. Co-Founder, H&D Physical Therapy    |    Filed under: Introduction  ATM Lessons  Balance and Falling  Chronic Pain  Enriching Daily Life  General Applications  

Training the Actor's Instrument

What do Peter Brook, Whoopi Goldberg and Mike Nichols have in common? They use Awareness Through Movement® for actor…   Continued...

Filed under: The Performing Arts  

The Toddler in the Shower

Next to me at the swimming pool shower is a little girl, about 18 months old. She’s a tiny…   Continued...

Author: Judy Windt, GCFP    |    Filed under: ATM Lessons  Children  

Three Easy “Peaces” for Deep Relaxation and Stress Relief

Take All the Time You Need for Each Breath
The whole world may be hurried, worried and harried,…   Continued...

Author: Michael Krugman    |    Filed under: Stress  

The Professor

In March 1999, this 72-year-old Brandeis University educator and Vipassana meditator limped into Wellspace, the integrative center where I…   Continued...

Author: Deborah Lotus    |    Filed under: The Elder Citizen  

The Outstanding Student

Alice looked like the proverbial little old lady with her white hair, twinkling blue eyes, and cane. She sought…   Continued...

Author: Felicia Noelle Trujillo    |    Filed under: The Elder Citizen  

The Magic Piccolo

Linda, a piccolo player came to see me because her fingers were stiffening up when she came to a…   Continued...

Author: John Tarr    |    Filed under: The Performing Arts  

The Lesson

Henry, a 75-year-old, prize-winning composer and pianist had his first experience with the Feldenkrais Method® when he was brought…   Continued...

Author: Mary Spire    |    Filed under: The Performing Arts  

The Language of Permission

How do I not use the Feldenkrais Method® in my work with dance? Some basic principles from the Feldenkrais…   Continued...

Author: Sondra Fraleigh    |    Filed under: The Performing Arts  

The Joy of Discovery

Yoga poses and movements are meant to unfold from the core of an individual’s spine, breath, and awareness, rather…   Continued...

Author: Deedee Eisenberg, Ph.D.    |    Filed under: Yoga  

The Impossible Became Easy

Oh, I can do this!” professional artist Theresa Ganley remembers an inner voice exclaiming as she experienced her first…   Continued...

Author: Bob Hunter    |    Filed under: Chronic Pain  

The How, the When, and the Where

Creativity is not limited to artists and performers, it can be developed by all of us in our everyday…   Continued...

Author: Alan Questel    |    Filed under: Creativity  

The Functioning of the Eyes and the Rest of Yourself

Paul came to me for lessons complaining of pain in his lower back. What I noticed early on is…   Continued...

Author: Carl Ginsburg    |    Filed under: Vision  

The Feldenkrais Method® and Me

Six years ago I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis. At first I had severe pain in my right groin. Soon…   Continued...

Author: Jane Larus    |    Filed under: Chronic Pain  Walking  

The Feldenkrais Method: An Introduction

The Feldenkrais Method is an approach for improving both physical and mental functioning through the exploration of body movement…   Continued...

Author: The Feldenkrais Method®: An Introduction    |    Filed under: Introduction  

The Feldenkrais Method with Yoga and Tai Chi

Yoga, a practice that was developed well over three thousand years ago and formally organized into a methodological discipline…   Continued...

Author: Josef DellaGrotte, Ph.D.    |    Filed under: Martial Arts  Yoga  

The Feldenkrais Method with Atypical Children

For the past several years, Feldenkrais® Practitioner, Linda Flanders, has been working with atypical children; those who have complex…   Continued...

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The Feldenkrais Method in the Yoga Class

Yoga classes have always been a gathering point for people with widely diverging abilities, interests, and states of health.…   Continued...

Author: Ofer Erez    |    Filed under: Yoga  

The Feldenkrais Method in Music Training

The world’s largest school for contemporary music, with close to 3,000 students, Berklee College of Music offers Awareness Through…   Continued...

Filed under: Creativity  The Performing Arts  

The Feldenkrais Method in Adult Literacy

Rob Black, a Feldenkrais® practitioner in Canada teaches Awareness Through Movement® classes to students in a college offering adult…   Continued...

Filed under: The Classroom  

The Feldenkrais Method for Children with Cerebral Palsy

The first scholarly research paper on the use of the Feldenkrais Method® with children was written by Chava Selhav…   Continued...

Filed under: Children  Special Needs  

The Feldenkrais Method for "Silent Sports"

I doubt if I’m alone in my frustration as I read about involved, time consuming training programs on how…   Continued...

Author: Ruth Jaeger    |    Filed under: Sports  

The Feldenkrais Method Can Expand Musical Freedom, Experimentation and Imagination

The Feldenkrais Method has been used to improve body awareness and enhance the functioning of a wide variety of…   Continued...

Author: Uri Vardi, GCFT    |    Filed under: The Performing Arts  

The Feldenkrais Method and the Dancing Hip

I was a professional dancer, choreographer and teacher for over twenty years when I began to experience stabbing pains…   Continued...

Author: Cathy Paine    |    Filed under: The Performing Arts  

The Feldenkrais Method and Dance

The slow, gentle, and graceful movements that comprise the Feldenkrais Method® have much to offer the dance world. Moshe…   Continued...

Author: Nancy Galeota-Wozny    |    Filed under: The Performing Arts  

The Eyes Have It

Sabine Thompson does translation work on a freelance basis. She spends many hours in front of a word processor…   Continued...

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The Difference that Makes a Difference

Sixty-nine-year old Lisa Crandall had back problems for years. Since the late 60’s she did yoga off and on.…   Continued...

Filed under: The Elder Citizen  

The Art of Learning

The martial arts could be described, as Webster does, “as any of the several arts of combat and self-defense…   Continued...

Filed under: Martial Arts  

The Art of Falling

I’ve always been fascinated by falling. Long before discovering the Feldenkrais Method®, I had dreams that I was falling.…   Continued...

Author: Alan S. Questel    |    Filed under: Balance and Falling  

Tennis Everyone!

How would you like to become incredibly coordinated in all movement essential to playing winning tennis? What if you…   Continued...

Author: Gil Kelly    |    Filed under: Sports  

Taking Steps to Recovery

“I was leading a very active life style when I developed a neuroma (a mass growing from a nerve)…   Continued...

Author: Bruce Richmond    |    Filed under: Recovery  

T'ai Chi and the Feldenkrais Method

T’ai Chi and the Feldenkrais Method® both see natural human movement as involving the entire person in a smooth…   Continued...

Author: Ralph Strauch, Ph.D., G.C.F.P.    |    Filed under: Martial Arts  

Surviving Pumps

Whether you’re buying cross trainers or stilettos, there is a lot more to choosing shoes than color, style, and…   Continued...

Author: Candace Conino    |    Filed under: Walking  

Supporting Methods

With 14 years of experience as a Certified Kripalu Yoga teacher and 7 years as a Feldenkrais® practitioner, I…   Continued...

Author: Marcia Giudice    |    Filed under: Yoga  

Support for Creative Expression: The Feldenkrais Method with Actors

When working with actors, I have combined elements of the Feldenkrais Method with text and movement work. Various concepts…   Continued...

Author: Bob Feldman    |    Filed under: Creativity  The Performing Arts  

Stress at an Early Age

We have created and now live in a fast paced technological world. Our children are taught about computers as…   Continued...

Author: Linda Flanders    |    Filed under: Children  Stress  

Staying Flexible on the Road: An Awareness Through Movement® Lesson

Traveling can cause stiffness and discomfort for many of us. The following small Awareness Through Movement sequence can help…   Continued...

Author: Lavinia Plonka    |    Filed under: ATM Lessons  Flexibility  

Southeast Region: Bringing Practitioners and Students Together Across 12 States

Welcome to our first Regional Feature. Each new issue of SenseAbility will look at a region and spotlight events…   Continued...

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Sleep Well

Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.

Golden slumbers kiss your eyes,
…   Continued...

Author: Pat Buchanan, PhD, ATC, PT, GCFT, Chair, Esther Thelen Research Committee    |    Filed under: Introduction  ATM Lessons  The Elder Citizen  Enriching Daily Life  General Applications  Stress  

Inside the Skin of the Actor


The performing artist needs to develop a very high level of physical awareness in…   Continued...

Author: Andrew Dawson, Theatre Artist & Feldenkrais® Practitioner    |    Filed under: Introduction  ATM Lessons  The Classroom  Creativity  The Performing Arts  

Skeletal Awareness Can Help You Be More Comfortable Throughout the Day

The following experiment will help you experience how the position of your feet can affect the comfort of your…   Continued...

Author: Pamela Kihm, GCFT    |    Filed under: The Workplace  

Sitting Comfortably

Many people have the idea that the pelvis should be “vertical” to have proper posture for sitting. This means…   Continued...

Author: Jean Elvin    |    Filed under: Posture  

Side Effects You Want

The Student Says:
As I wound my way up the highway from Los Angeles,I felt myself relaxing as…   Continued...

Author: Carolyn Garfinkel and Kate Jurgens    |    Filed under: Yoga  

Shoulder Clock ATM Lesson

  1. Lie on your right side and support your head with a pillow or your right arm. Rest your…   Continued...

    Author: Stacey Barrows, GCFP    |    Filed under: ATM Lessons  The Shoulders  

    Seriously, for a Moment
    A New Research and Scholarship Feature

    Seriously? A new SenseAbility feature about research and scholarship regarding the Feldenkrais Method®? Yes, it’s true. As Chair of…   Continued...

    Author: Pat Buchanan, PhD, ATC, PT, GCFT, Chair, Esther Thelen Research Committee    |    Filed under: Introduction  General Applications  

    Seniors in the Sunshine State

    It’s been said that it’s not important how old you are, but how you are old. Of the more…   Continued...

    Author: Barbara Leverone    |    Filed under: The Elder Citizen  

    Sean, Who Learned to be Tall

    A charming six year-old, Sean had bright red hair, twinkling green eyes and a spray of freckles. This solid…   Continued...

    Author: Felicia Noelle Trujillo    |    Filed under: The Back  

    The Science Behind the Feldenkrais Method®

    The many people who have benefited from lessons with a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitionercm need no scientific evidence to…   Continued...

    Author: Pat Buchanan, PhD, ATC, PT, GCFT    |    Filed under:

    Putting the Potency of our Physical “Roots” into Practice

    While I’ve been blessed with many inspiring teachers in my life, nature has been my consistent mentor throughout my…   Continued...

    Author: Annie Thoe, GCFP    |    Filed under: Introduction  Creativity  Enriching Daily Life  Functional Integration  General Applications  

    Rolling With It

    When Steven first came to see me, it was about his yoga practice. He explained to me that he…   Continued...

    Author: Lavinia Plonka    |    Filed under: Martial Arts  

    Rising Again: Gérard Rubaud bakes his famous bread with the help of the Feldenkrais Method®

    In the past week, during his twelve to fourteen hour days of making bread, Gérard Rubaud has noticed himself…   Continued...

    Author: Alice Levitt    |    Filed under: Introduction  Chronic Pain  Creativity  The Elder Citizen  Enriching Daily Life  Flexibility  Functional Integration  General Applications  Walking  The Workplace  

    Rib “Cage” or Rib “Basket?”

    Most of us grew up calling the bony structure that surrounds and protects the heart and lungs a “rib…   Continued...

    Author: Pamela Kihm, GCFP    |    Filed under: The Shoulders  

    Learning about Mind & Body:

    Research is One Way


    A 1964 article by Moshe Feldenkrais entitled “Mind and Body” is now available in…   Continued...

    Author: Pat Buchanan, PhD, ATC, PT, GCFT    |    Filed under: Introduction  General Applications  

    A First Approximation:
    Effects of Feldenkrais® lessons on Women with Breast Cancer

    It was a calm spring afternoon when Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitionercm (GCFP) Paulette Dolin, called me to share an…   Continued...

    Author: Lori Thompson Sweet, PT, GCFT    |    Filed under: Introduction  Chronic Pain  Enriching Daily Life  Flexibility  General Applications  Recovery  

    Repetitive Strain Tips

    One of the focuses of the Feldenkrais Method® is on how we move and what that can that can…   Continued...

    Author: Cliff Smyth    |    Filed under: Chronic Pain  The Workplace  

    Regaining Balance

    She couldn’t run. She couldn’t keep her balance. Even walking became difficult. For the last 33 years, Holly S.…   Continued...

    Filed under: Balance and Falling  Special Needs  

    Refining the Instrument That Plays the Instrument

    Billie read about the Feldenkrais Method® in Candace Pert’s book Molecules of Emotion. She had been having difficulty sitting…   Continued...

    Author: Barbara Goldberg    |    Filed under: The Performing Arts  

    A Remarkable Recovery from Torn Knee Ligaments


    It’s horrifying to think of someone being dragged by a frightened horse, tearing four knee…   Continued...

    Author: Mary Debono, GCFP    |    Filed under: Introduction  Balance and Falling  Enriching Daily Life  General Applications  Recovery  Walking  

    Imaging Oneself into Existence: Recovering from the Trauma of War

    Everybody’s aging; Moshe Feldenkrais said that we get to choose how we age. The mind can become clearer, daily…   Continued...

    Author: Margot Schaal, GCFP    |    Filed under: Introduction  ATM Lessons  Chronic Pain  Creativity  The Elder Citizen  Enriching Daily Life  Flexibility  Functional Integration  General Applications  The Workplace  

    Recognize, Relax and Recover

    Stress is a fact of everyday living – it’s here to stay, and we need to learn to recognize…   Continued...

    Author: Barbara Leverone    |    Filed under: Stress  

    Reclaiming Mobility

    Three and a half years ago, Rona Stanton had the shock of her life. What doctors diagnosed as brain…   Continued...

    Author: Lavinia Plonka    |    Filed under: Recovery  

    Reclaim Easier Movement

    Kathy Whipps, a 70 year-old, down-to-earth, spirited British grandmother, came to the US two years ago to live with…   Continued...

    Author: Meryl Nadell    |    Filed under: The Elder Citizen  

    First, Tune the Musician -

    Radical Listening in Musical Improvisation

    David Kaetz, GCFP, will be teaching his workshop Continued...

    Author: -Aarti Rana    |    Filed under: Introduction  Creativity  The Performing Arts  Voice Training  

    Poster Child for the Feldenkrais Method®

    I’ve been a Feldenkrais® practitioner since 1996 and have worked with all kinds of injuries, neurological damage, head injuries,…   Continued...

    Author: Jane McClenney, GCFP    |    Filed under:

    Positive Changes for Horse and Rider

    I am a fifty-five year old equestrian. When I decided to get back into riding several years ago, I…   Continued...

    Author: Marsha Ivany    |    Filed under: Pilates  

    Playing Music "The Feldenkrais® Way": An Interview with Aliza Stewart, GCFP

    A professional pianist, Aliza Stewart began to study the Feldenkrais Method® 23 years ago.  Since then she has been…   Continued...

    Author: Lavinia Plonka, GCFP    |    Filed under: Creativity  The Performing Arts  

    Find the Feldenkrais Method® & Play Forever


    After forty years of surfing, it now feels like a dance with the ocean…   Continued...

    Author: Lori L. Malkoff, MD, MPH, GCFP    |    Filed under: Introduction  Balance and Falling  Chronic Pain  Enriching Daily Life  General Applications  Recovery  Sports  

    The Beginning Is a Very Good Place to Start:

    A Conversation about the Feldenkrais Method® with Master Teacher Maxine Davis

    I climbed the brownstone’s steps and rang the buzzer for apartment 4. Feldenkrais® teacher Maxine Davis welcomed me into…   Continued...

    Author: Jill Anna Ponasik    |    Filed under: Introduction  The Performing Arts  Voice Training  

    Pins and Needles

    What do heads and bowling balls have in common? They’re both round and heavy and can offer a wonderful…   Continued...

    Author: Elise Cheval    |    Filed under: Sports  

    Personal and Professional Experience with Chronic Pain

    Practitioner Meena Narula has been working with persons experiencing chronic pain for over a decade. As a physical therapist…   Continued...

    Filed under: Chronic Pain  

    Paradigm for a New Millennium

    In the dawning of this new era of instant communication, we move from one frenetic alert to another as…   Continued...

    Author: Gabrielle Pullen, GCFP    |    Filed under: Introduction  ATM Lessons  Creativity  Enriching Daily Life  Functional Integration  General Applications  Recovery  

    Our Bodily Stress Response and the Feldenkrais Method

    Stress impacts the health of our body and mind—often in negative ways. The Feldenkrais Method offers a fun and…   Continued...

    Author: Andrew Wright    |    Filed under: Stress  

    On the Other Hand

    I used to work in a pain clinic with many people recovering or living with the results of horrendous…   Continued...

    Author: Arnold Askew, GCFP    |    Filed under: Introduction  Chronic Pain  The Elder Citizen  Enriching Daily Life  Flexibility  Functional Integration  General Applications  Recovery  

    On Being

    As often as I can, I reserve Sundays as days of mindfulness. Part of my ritual includes listening to…   Continued...

    Author: Pat Buchanan, PhD, ATC, PT, GCFT, Chair, Esther Thelen Research Committee    |    Filed under: Introduction  ATM Lessons  Enriching Daily Life  Functional Integration  General Applications  

    NYPD Blue – Through with Stress

    As a community service, I have been teaching Awareness Through Movement® lessons at several New York City precinct houses.…   Continued...

    Author: Michael Krugman    |    Filed under: Stress  

    You are Not a Post

    For many of us adults, standing and sitting upright are such routine functions that we don’t put much thought…   Continued...

    Author: Pat Buchanan, PhD, ATC, PT, GCFT Chair, Esther Thelen Research Committee    |    Filed under: Introduction  ATM Lessons  Balance and Falling  Enriching Daily Life  Functional Integration  General Applications  Walking  

    NORTHWEST REGION – The Larger View and Local Perspective

    The Northwest Region of FGNA consists of the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. The region has…   Continued...

    Author: Susan Wildwood, GCFP, Northwest Regional Representative    |    Filed under:

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