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On Being Human

In News by Ira Feinstein

by Margot Schaal, GCFP Lately, I have taken to reading young adult novels while commuting– books about being human, and about be-coming. These books ask questions, as practitioners often do during a Feldenkrais® lesson. They speak to problems; some are proverbs, or humorous. They describe characters with myriad behaviors, many with complex personalities, neither entirely kind nor all cruel. How youth are …

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Mindfulness in Movement: Move Yourself to Know Yourself

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by Marsha Novak, GCFP The word “mindfulness” is everywhere these days and often associated with a sitting meditation practice. As we sit and follow our breath, we become more “mindful,” a term Jon Kabat-Zinn defines as “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” Although sitting meditation is perhaps one of the well-known avenues …

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Which Side are You On?

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by Christine Graves, GCFP Complex Regional Pain Syndrome In recent studies regarding the unfortunate condition called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), persons with abnormal temperature changes in the affected limb (the side with the problems) can create the same changes in the unaffected limb when it is placed on the affected side. That’s right, a healthy limb placed on the side …

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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 weightlifting; 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 then, …

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Got Pain, but no Time? Try a short Feldenkrais® Lesson!

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Can you remember being Pain-Free When was the last time you got through a day without experiencing any pain? If you’re one of the 100 million Americans who, according to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, deals with pain on a daily basis, it’s possible that you don’t even remember what living pain-free felt like. And then there …

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Embodying Life: An Interview with Russell Delman

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by Cynthia Allen, GCFP Feldenkrais Method® for a Changing World Russell Delman provides fresh insight into how the Feldenkrais Method® can meet the needs of a changing world. In the 30 plus years since he began his study with Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, he has trained over 2500 Feldenkrais® Practitioners around the world and maintained a private practice in California. Along with his …

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Posture or Acture?

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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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Standing vs Sitting 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 …

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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 …