The FELDENKRAIS Method: Healing

Many people find the following video compelling and reflecting their experience with the Feldenkrais Method.

The video was produced by Brush Fire Films and was broadcast as part of a series on healing in 2007 called "The Genesis of Healing". This video does not appear as part of their collection.

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A More Physical Form of Mindfulness

Interview with  Guy Claxton, cognitive scientist and professor emeritus at the University of Winchester, where he founded the Centre for Real-World Learning. Author of the new book, “Intelligence in the Flesh: Why Your Mind Needs Your Body Much More Than It Thinks.” Also author of “The Wayward Mind” and “Hare Brain, Tortoise Mind.” (@GuyClaxton)

Claxton describes himself: I'm a sort-of-retired academic - a cognitive scientist - specialising in  well-founded ways of enhancing human intelligence.  I'm interested in and contribute to the research, but I am even more interested in its practical applications - in schools, in businesses, and in therapeutic and spiritual contexts.

 In a recent book, "A More Physical Form of Mindfulness", Claxton argues that we suffer, personally and as a society, by identifying intelligence exclusively with abstract and rational thinking, and that the science of 'embodied cognition' tells us that we have to count the body as intelligent too. Thinking is essentially visceral as well as cerebral.

 If you would like to get more of a flavour of the book, you can download the introductory chapter here

Or, listen to the interview: 

 

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Running Hints - that really work

Jae Gruenke aims to make you feel like you’re flying next time you lace up those training shoes.

Grunke has a delightful website, and shares her observations often weekly. Recent topics have been on popular topics such as, shoulder tension, lower back pain, runners Knee and IT Bands. In a recent blog she summarized some special ideas:

"I firmly believe there is no such thing as a new way of running. No one is going to invent a method that works better than the way our species overall spontaneously runs.

So a running technique teacher such as myself has the job, not of inventing new things, but..." (click to read further)

 Click to view other topics in her blog area.

 

 

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Kinesthetic or Movement Intelligence

Movement Intelligence has been defined recently by Ruthy Alon as, "an intrinsic sense of effortlessness that comes from having and heeding well-calibrated sensory-motor feedback."

This expands and elaborates one of the more difficult of the multiple intelligences proposed by Martin Gardiner. Gardiner had proposed "Kinasthetic Intelligence" and used examples of high-performing people. He was unable to define it very clearly.

Dr. Feldenkrais proposed a method whereby everyone can develop their kinasthetic intelligence, but the process has not been well articulated in verbal form until Ruthy Alon coined the phrase, "Movement Intelligence". She added, it is " our innate capacity to recognize and utilize the sweet spots of optimal coordination, fine tuning the process that transforms intention into action. MI incorporates conventional kinesthetic concepts of flexibility, balance, alignment and strength, as well as integration and endurance, but it is something more: it recognizes the human organism’s ability to organize itself “organically” — elegantly and in its entirety, with spontaneously coordinated harmony — for optimal efficiency, maximal efficacy, and pleasurable, sustainable living. "

This is the basis for her earlier series, "Bones for Life" and now, is fully articulated in a well-defined field and classes, "Movement Intelligence", as well as the website, "movementintelligence.org" for more in this definition, click here.

 

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