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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,

  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”

Here’s a nice post from Seth Dellinger on habit. I particularly like this quote: And it has to do with this distinction between what feels better and what feels familiar.  The failure to make this distinction – the same thing that may make it difficult for someone to quit smoking or end an abusive relationship – can be

Falling, to help others fall

Wednesday, 02 December 2015 by

One of the biggest fears that many people develop as they age is the fear of falling. And there’s much to be feared, broken bones, visits to the hospital and loss of independence by ending up in a nursing home. Unfortunately, the fear of falling can make it more likely that you’ll fall. Fear makes us

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