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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 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  

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  

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  

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  

The Process of Functional Integration®

“How can something so gentle work so powerfully?”

“You hardly did anything; how could that cause the changes that…   Continued...

Author: Ralph Strauch, Ph.D.    |    Filed under: Functional Integration  General Applications  

The Gift of Feldenkrais® Training*

Growing up, I never really enjoyed being physical. I was the kid who was always picked last for team…   Continued...

Author: Jodi Freedman, GCFP    |    Filed under: Introduction  Enriching Daily Life  General Applications  Sports  

The Feldenkrais Method for Actors

St. Cyr: I’ve always loved a particular quote of Dr. Feldenkrais, “If you know what you are doing, you…   Continued...

Author: Tommie St. Cyr    |    Filed under: Introduction  General Applications  The Performing Arts  Voice Training  

The Feldenkrais Method and Music

The Feldenkrais Method has been very helpful to me as a teacher and as a performer. My first exposure…   Continued...

Author: Linda Case    |    Filed under: Introduction  General Applications  The Performing Arts  

The Feldenkrais Method - An Overview

The Feldenkrais Method, developed through 40 years of research by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, is a revolutionary approach to understanding…   Continued...

Author: Alan Questel    |    Filed under: Introduction  General Applications  

Stress, Learning and the Feldenkrais Method®

Life is a bowl of cherries, if you are a bowl filled with cherries. Otherwise there are elements of…   Continued...

Author: Chris Elms, GCFP    |    Filed under: Introduction  Chronic Pain  Enriching Daily Life  General Applications  Recovery  Stress  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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The Art of Slowing Down: A Sense-able Approach to Running Faster


So many people run because…   Continued...

Filed under: Introduction  Balance and Falling  Enriching Daily Life  General Applications  

Neuroplasticity and the Feldenkrais Method®

Your brain loves to learn. In fact it thrives on acquiring new skills such as playing a musical instrument,…   Continued...

Author: Eileen Bach-y-Rita, GCFP    |    Filed under: Creativity  The Elder Citizen  Enriching Daily Life  General Applications  The Performing Arts  Recovery  Stress  

Maintaining Mobility: The Feldenkrais Method® and Multiple Sclerosis

Maintaining mobility is a concern for everyone, especially as we age, but for people with MS…   Continued...

Author: Susan Dillon, GCFP    |    Filed under: Introduction  ATM Lessons  Flexibility  General Applications  Recovery  

What would Moshe Do? The Limitations of Certainty

In this month’s Spotlight on those who trained directly with Moshe Feldenkrais, I spoke with Russell Delman, whose interest…   Continued...

Author: Gabrielle Pullen, GCFP    |    Filed under: Introduction  General Applications  

Feldenkrais is Like a Bicycle

Feldenkrais is more than just movement.”
-Carol Kress during the second year of the…   Continued...

Author: Tom Rankin, GCFP    |    Filed under: Introduction  ATM Lessons  Balance and Falling  Creativity  Enriching Daily Life  Flexibility  Functional Integration  General Applications  Posture  

Learning Moments

Among the most powerful, transformative experiences are developmental ones. We see the pride, excitement, and sheer exhilaration of babies…   Continued...

Author: Joel Roth, GCFP    |    Filed under: Introduction  ATM Lessons  Balance and Falling  Creativity  The Elder Citizen  Enriching Daily Life  Flexibility  Functional Integration  General Applications  Recovery  

Movement First

“Find a comfortable position to rest in.” A dance teacher quietly goes from leaning on knees and elbows to…   Continued...

Author: Prisca Winslow Bradley, GCFP    |    Filed under: Balance and Falling  Creativity  Flexibility  General Applications  The Performing Arts  Recovery  

Self-Image -- Knowing or Doing?

Neuroscientists using fMRI have been finding that the same areas of the brain are active when stimuli are organized…   Continued...

Author: Russ Hall, GCFP    |    Filed under: Introduction  Balance and Falling  Enriching Daily Life  Flexibility  Functional Integration  General Applications  Sports  

Compassion & Balance Inside & Out

There’s a paradigm shift happening today. More and more people are realizing we “think” with our bodies. This shift…   Continued...

Author: Catherine Mitchell, GCFP    |    Filed under: Introduction  ATM Lessons  Children  The Classroom  Creativity  Enriching Daily Life  Flexibility  General Applications  

In The Middle of Things - Halfway through Training

When I was young, my Irish grandfather told me “Son, when you leave a place make sure to look…   Continued...

Author: Terence McPartland    |    Filed under: Introduction  ATM Lessons  Functional Integration  General Applications  Martial Arts  Posture  

Improving Dance by Slowing Down

When I first encountered the Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education, I was recovering from a serious…   Continued...

Author: Erica Trivett, GCFP    |    Filed under: Introduction  ATM Lessons  Balance and Falling  Creativity  General Applications  The Performing Arts  Recovery  

Improve to Move Yourself

For the past few years, it has been my great pleasure to teach weekly Awareness Through Movement® lessons at…   Continued...

Author: Michael Carmody    |    Filed under: Enriching Daily Life  General Applications  

It's a Funny Thing This Aging Thing

This article was inspired by a symposium held this past November 2009 in Paris, France. The symposium looked at…   Continued...

Author: Irene Gutteridge, GCFP    |    Filed under: The Elder Citizen  General Applications  

The Feldenkrais Method® & Parkinson’s Disease

For a person with Parkinson’s Disease (PD), the natural rhythm and flow of perception, feeling, and movement…   Continued...

Author: Ernie Adams, GCFP    |    Filed under: Introduction  Chronic Pain  The Elder Citizen  Enriching Daily Life  Flexibility  General Applications  Recovery  

A Flip of the Hip

When it comes to performance, what can you expect from a Feldenkrais® lesson? Each performer is likely to have…   Continued...

Author: Jean Elvin, GCFP    |    Filed under: Introduction  ATM Lessons  The Classroom  Creativity  Enriching Daily Life  Flexibility  General Applications  The Performing Arts  Voice Training  Yoga  

Flexible Brain

Flexibility in the brain can be described as the ability to find new pathways that interconnect,…   Continued...

Author: Fiona Morris Upward, GCFP    |    Filed under: Introduction  ATM Lessons  The Elder Citizen  Enriching Daily Life  Functional Integration  General Applications  Recovery  

Feldenkrais & the Brain

Our human brain is incredibly complex. Intricately networked, and intertwined with our dexterous bodies,…   Continued...

Author: Roger Russell, GCFP    |    Filed under: Introduction  ATM Lessons  Enriching Daily Life  Functional Integration  General Applications  Recovery  

Feeding, Fighting, Sex and the Feldenkrais Method

Movement is Life: this is a big picture.

A curse and blessing of being a $FELDREG$ practitioner is finding…   Continued...

Author: Chris Elms, GCFP    |    Filed under: Introduction  Enriching Daily Life  Flexibility  General Applications  Head, Neck and Jaw  

Featured Region: Northern California/ Northern Nevada Region

The Northern California/Northern Nevada Region of the Feldenkrais Guild® of North America [FGNA] stretches from the Oregon Border to…   Continued...

Author: Paulette Dolin, GCFP    |    Filed under: The Elder Citizen  Enriching Daily Life  General Applications  

Exploring Self Image: The Feldenkrais Method® and Ballet

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”Continued...

Author: Lodi McClellan, GCFP with Becci Parsons, GCFP    |    Filed under: Introduction  ATM Lessons  The Classroom  Creativity  Enriching Daily Life  Flexibility  Functional Integration  General Applications  The Performing Arts  

Experience Learning at the 2009 Conference

Experience the Feldenkrais Method® in Forest Grove, Oregon this summer!


Learning How to Learn:…   Continued...

Filed under: The Classroom  Creativity  Enriching Daily Life  General Applications  

Fitness, Exercise, and the Feldenkrais Method®

Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais had strong opinions about exercise, and would surely condemn current conventional practices.
Continued...

Author: Steven Shafarman, GCFP    |    Filed under: Introduction  Enriching Daily Life  Flexibility  General Applications  Martial Arts  Sports  Walking  Yoga  

The Empty Cup Calls the Teapot


“All descriptions of reality are limited expressions of the world of emptiness.
Yet…   Continued...

Author: Tom Rankin, GCFP    |    Filed under: Introduction  Enriching Daily Life  General Applications  

Embodying Life: An Interview with Russell Delman

Russell Delman provides fresh insight into how the Feldenkrais Method® can meet the needs of a changing world. In…   Continued...

Author: Cynthia Allen, GCFP    |    Filed under: Chronic Pain  Creativity  Enriching Daily Life  General Applications  

The Feldenkrais Method® for Effortless Riding


How many times have you gotten on your horse and thought, “I am so stiff!”…   Continued...

Author: Wendy Murdoch, GCFP    |    Filed under: Introduction  ATM Lessons  General Applications  Sports  

The Feldenkrais Method® in Eating Disorder Recovery

“The domain of core self seems to be where psychology crosses paths with brains and bodies.” 
-Roger…   Continued...

Author: Abigail Natenshon, MA, LCSW, GCFP    |    Filed under: Introduction  Children  General Applications  Recovery  

The Dotted Note

Twenty-some years ago, at the very beginning of my career as a somatic educator, I was invited to give…   Continued...

Author: Michael Krugman, GCFP    |    Filed under: Introduction  Creativity  Flexibility  General Applications  

A Dance of Awareness

(Practitioners Mary Lou Tromanhauser and Julie Francis explore the dance that is the Feldenkrais Method®)


…   Continued...

Author: Julie Francis, GCFP & Mary Lou Tromanhauser, GCFP    |    Filed under: Introduction  Chronic Pain  The Elder Citizen  Enriching Daily Life  Functional Integration  General Applications  Recovery  

Save the Date!

Join us at the 2010 Feldenkrais Method® Annual Conference

“Less is More”


Loyola University Lake Shore…   Continued...

Filed under: Introduction  Creativity  General Applications  Recovery  

Coming to Our Senses in Portland

…   Continued...

Author: Suzane Van Amburgh, FGNA Conference Coordinator    |    Filed under: Introduction  ATM Lessons  Enriching Daily Life  General Applications  

How the Feldenkrais Method® Changed my Organization

The Feldenkrais Method first began to move me in a workshop for my art. I was studying maskwork and…   Continued...

Author: Emily Davis    |    Filed under: Introduction  ATM Lessons  Creativity  Enriching Daily Life  General Applications  The Performing Arts  

Balance: An Everyday Miracle

When we think of balancing, we often think of extreme acts and acrobatics—a gymnast’s…   Continued...

Author: Sheri Cohen, GCFP    |    Filed under: Introduction  ATM Lessons  Balance and Falling  Enriching Daily Life  Flexibility  Functional Integration  General Applications  Posture  

Becoming an Athlete


Eileen was struggling with her training for a 10K race she’d run annually…   Continued...

Author: Jae Gruenke, GCFP    |    Filed under: Introduction  ATM Lessons  Balance and Falling  Chronic Pain  The Elder Citizen  Enriching Daily Life  Functional Integration  General Applications  Sports  

Ankle Flexibility Trumps Working Harder

“My friends have noticed I’m walking better.” Miriam mentioned this to me one week after her introduction to the…   Continued...

Author: Pamela Kihm, GCFP    |    Filed under: Introduction  ATM Lessons  Balance and Falling  Chronic Pain  The Elder Citizen  Enriching Daily Life  Flexibility  Functional Integration  General Applications  Recovery  Stress  Walking  

Age, Aging, & Agency

In January while practicing Aikido, I suffered a lateral meniscus tear in the right knee. A few days later,…   Continued...

Author: Joshua Wyatt, GCFP    |    Filed under: Introduction  Chronic Pain  Enriching Daily Life  Flexibility  General Applications  Martial Arts  Recovery  

Actions & Emotions: Deepening Our Somatic Dialogue