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L.E.A.P. Podcast #1

Saturday, 12 November 2016 by

Learn, Explore, Awaken, & Play Podcast Welcome to the very first L.E.A.P. podcast where I talk with teachers, coaches, artists and authors about Leaning, Exploring, Awakening and Playing, and how we can improve our health and well-being as well as advance the evolution of humanity for ourselves and our children. In this interview, I talk

Moving into Deep Practice

Sunday, 02 October 2016 by

Autumn Greetings, As of late, I’ve been wondering how we, as Feldenkrais Practitioners or anyone else who is interested in learning and growth, gets better at what we choose to do? I stumbled onto a podcast called “Finding Mastery,” which had an interview with Dr. Anders Ericsson. Dr. Andersson has been studying how masters achieve mastery.

Method or Message?

Sunday, 11 September 2016 by

Should we call it the “Feldenkrais Method” or the “Feldenkrais Message?” Lately, I’ve been going through recordings and transcripts of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais teaching workshops to the public. I had listened to some before but was often dissuaded from continuing because of poor recording quality, long talks, and thinking that to fully appreciate the lessons,

What is Natural Movement?

In my last post (click here to read), I talked about how seemingly natural movements are not necessarily so natural. I also said that I would write about how to make your movement practice more natural, or effective. However it’s taken me quite some time to get this post ready because defining what is natural movement for humans is not so easy as we are capable of learning and developing a vast array of movements. If you compare the movements of a ballet dancer, to a strong woman competitor, to a surgeon to a musician, you will find high levels of vastly different skill sets and abilities.

What I can glean from researching articles and advertisements from natural movement proponents is that natural movement is the ideal movement from our evolution as a species. The reasoning goes like this: Our species reached its highest level of movement development as hunter/gatherers and since that time, with the advent of agriculture and later, the industrial revolution and now smart phones, we’ve been declining in strength and ability ever since. Therefore, in order to regain our optimal health, we need to return to doing things like our ancestors did. So that means, the dancer, the strong woman athlete, the surgeon and the violinist should all possess some common movement abilities, as should the rest of us.

What are those basic movement abilities?

  Some years ago, I felt that Father Time was prematurely catching up to me in the inevitable race. I know, at least intellectually, that I’ll lose this race, but I was falling behind too soon for my taste. Adult life, with its responsibilities and spoils had turned me into sluggish blob. The worst part

It’s pretty clear that the general population isn’t in a very healthy state. Of course there are exceptions and some are very healthy, while others are barely alive. In the past several years, there have been a number of interesting discoveries of correlations between how we move, how we think, and how healthier we are.

Never before have we (those of us who are lucky enough to be so privileged) had so much access to such a rich variety of movement opportunities. We can go dancing, do yoga, crossfit, primal moves, and it seems like every week a new and better movement system is born. Plus, we’re continually reminded of

Restoring Balance, Restoring Dignity

Monday, 01 February 2016 by

On Saturday, January Lena Petersson Tarr (my wife) and I taught a Feldenkrais workshop entitled, “Balance Beyond the Middle.” One of the participant’s stories was particularly moving and reminded us of how important balance can be, beyond just being able to stand on one leg (a common test of balance). Balance: We all know what it

Meaningful Movement and the Mind

Saturday, 12 December 2015 by

Does exercise support cognition, in other words better thinking? And if so, how much and what kind is most effective? These questions are being asked over an over, and the conclusion seems to be: that exercise has positive effects on how we think. Dr. John Ratey’s (author of Spark and Go Wild) website “Sparking Life”

I’m often asked why the Feldenkrais Method doesn’t offer any kind of testing, standards for moving or ways of knowing that you’re moving correctly? The main reason for this is that if students are focused on getting something right, or whether or not they can do something, they could miss the process of sensing themselves and

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