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Tripping on Injury Prevention

In News by Ira Feinstein

by Paulette Dolin, GCFP One of my new students asked me how doing Feldenkrais® lessons would help in daily life. Among the benefits of doing Awareness Through Movement® lessons, injury prevention is high on my list. My first vivid experience of this was during my practitioner training. As I was going down some steps, I noticed rather calmly that I …

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Freeing the Jaw

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The upper jaw, part of the cranium, connects most intimately with the spine and back of the body. Every movement the upper jaw makes reverberates through the spine. But we will explore that a bit more in another lesson. The lower jaw (a.k.a. the mandible) connects most intimately with your body-core, rib basket, and sternum. Imagine this glorious network of …

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On the Practice of Being Well

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by Shannon Lynne Sullivan, GCFP Happiness and Well-Being are practically synonymous in my culture of middle-class Americana. In fact, the definition of well-being according to Merriam-Webster is “the state of being happy, healthy, or prosperous.” Thus, by definition, happiness is a subset of well-being—one of three potential avenues. (Interestingly, the Oxford English Dictionary has a slightly, yet profoundly, different definition: …

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We’re in the New York Times!

In News by Ira Feinstein

Jane E. Brody recently wrote about her experience with the Feldenkrais Method for the New York Times. We’re so excited that she’s experienced firsthand the amazing benefits of this Method. For those of you curious about others’ experiences, check out the chronic pain-focused articles in our monthly public newsletter, SENSEABILITY. Better yet, experience the Feldenkrais Method firsthand yourself. Find a practitioner near you now to …

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The Neck Bones are Connected to the Head Bones

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by Margot Schaal, GCFP Allison* had been living with neck pain for ten years by the time she arrived for her first Functional Integration® lesson with me. Bright-eyed and astute, Allison knew that there was a direct correlation between her daily stress level and the amount of neck pain she experienced. She also declared that she held herself rigidly, a common …

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Musician’s “Magic Zone”

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by Erin Finkelstein, GCFP I was diagnosed with Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder while studying the clarinet during my sophomore year at the University of the Pacific, Conservatory of Music. I felt radiating pain whenever I played my instrument and feared that my future as a musician would be compromised. Wind instrumentalists, violinists, violists, and singers produce sound or hold their …

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Moving Beyond Limits: Children with Autism

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by Karen Toth, GCFP I have been teaching the Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education since February 2007. Initially, I had no intention of working with children. My background was in Pilates, aerobics, and weight lifting; I was interested in working with anti–aging and elite athletes. Little did I know, I would fall in love with working with youngsters during my training. Since …

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Movement & Emotions

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written by Buffy Owens Recently, a student approached me at the end of class and asked if experiencing strong emotions while doing Awareness Through Movement®lessons was normal. My answer: “Yes.” Emotions don’t surface all of the time, but it does happen and the intensity of the experience can vary. When I first started reading Moshe Feldenkrais’ books nearly 20 years ago, I was completely …

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Are you taking care of yourself during these tumultuous times?

In News by Ira Feinstein

As we do what we can to help our local and global community recover from the recent string of hurricanes, floods, and fires, let us also remember to take care of ourselves. The Feldenkrais Method® offers a gentle form of movement education which can help you move through the trauma of recent events so that they don’t wreak long-term havoc on …

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Stream this ATM® Lesson taught by Moshe for Free

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The International Feldenkrais® Federation has made the recording of the Esalen #38 Lesson available on the IFF website so people can stream it for free any time they like during September. The Feldenkrais Guild® of North America is grateful to the IFF Distribution Centre for making it available as a consolation to those who missed the  zoom broadcast or who were unable …