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Posture or Acture?

In News by Ira Feinstein

by Scott Forrester, GCFP The idea of posture as good vertical standing is familiar to most everyone. The word “posture” originates from words that mean position or station and may be used to imply a static position. Although vertical posture is an important concept, Moshe Feldenkrais did not feel that the word was the best description of human function. He coined …

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Stand like Never Before: Interview with Stacy Barrows, PT, GCFP

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Ira Feinstein: There has been a movement over the last decade to encourage people to stop sitting at work and start standing. From a Feldenkrais® perspective, is standing really the silver bullet we’ve been told it is? Stacy Barrows: We have a tendency in our culture to fear monger. A researcher will discover the horrible effects of “X,” and then we’re told …

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Sharing Worlds: The Feldenkrais Method® and Music

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by Elizabeth Blades In the late 1980’s, a stressed-out wife, mother, and full-time doctoral student at the Eastman School of Music crossed paths with a newly minted Feldenkrais® practitioner in Rochester, NY. What seemed a serendipitous, but temporary, encounter transformed both lives. This is our story. Sam Nelson: I had been working as an economist for Argonne National Laboratory, utilizing my MA …

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Making Every Moment Count when working with children with special needs

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by: Carla Oswald Reed, PT, GCFP What do the children with special needs who receive Feldenkrais® lessons do for the rest of their day, week, month, and year? How much of a difference does it make when their parents are helped to be their children’s primary agents of change? How can children with special needs experience what their peers experience so that they …

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Empowered through TransformAction

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by Barbara Jones, GCFP Pain can become a familiar friend, creating focus and meaning in lives. I have deep respect for pain as not so long ago it was my best buddy. It had taken months for Carol Ann Clouston to tempt me to attend her Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement®class. I lived in Cairo, Egypt at the time and was in so …

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New Country for Old Men: Effortless Golf, Tennis, & other Sports

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written by John E. Franklin, DVM, GCFP “Look, if we don’t know it already, chances are we aren’t interested in learning it.” The Milagro Bean Field War (movie) An octogenarian with thirty-nine years of military service, Max maintained his own home and lawn. He walked daily for one to two hours with Gael, his standard poodle. Post-retirement, he’d taken up golf, playing at …

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The Ball, the Bowl, and the Slinky How the head, pelvis, and spine work together to move us powerfully through life

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by Barbara Young, GCFP My journey exploring the connection between my head, pelvis, and spine—or the ball, the bowl, and the slinky as I like to imagine them–began with my own personal journey in the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador, spending time with an indigenous tribe. As our bus rumbled down the Avenue of the Volcanoes toward the edge of the …

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Tango: The Art of Listening, Feeling, and Relationship

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by Donna Gianell “Dance is the one expression involving the faculties on all levels: spiritual, intellectual and physical.” – Plato “When you take a step, rise, and fall like in breathing. “Lengthen when you step out, and soften the knees and lower the body when the feet come together. You do the same thing when stepping to the side, and then …

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Body Awareness, Musical Performance, & Artistic Rejuvenation

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by Alan Fraser, GCFP Physical gesture sculpts sound The body is the actor’s or dancer’s instrument. A dancer’s art lies in the gestures; an actor’s body language is as important to his art as is his speech. The Feldenkrais Method® refines their art by refining the gesture. Musicians, by contrast, use physical gesture to bring sound out of their instrument: the “shape” of …