Life as Adventure

Moshe Feldenkrais


When Ilona Freid immersed herself in the method, she  "began to understand that the way my entire self moved, from how I breathed to how I used my toes when walking, had contributed to my injury. The pain had been the result of what Dr. Feldenkrais called the poor “organization” of my system" Click to read more.

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The Feldenkrais Journal 2016

 Many students look forward to finding the yearly Feldenkrais Journal in my waiting area. This year, there is a treat for you: It is available online  -- in two formats!

You have two options for reading the Journal online! Check it out using the online publisher ISSUU or download
the pdf
. Either option includes the entire print version of our 29th issue, "Aesthetic Experience," as well as bonus features! 

This issue contains articles by Sheryl Field, Franz Wurm, Ilona Fried, and more! Prepare to have your understanding of the Feldenkrais Method expanded.

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Without your balance, life feels downside-up

balanceA recent article in the Washington Post intrigued me. The byline was, "Ever wondered about how we stay on our feet?" 

they write, '"Most people would say you have five senses: touch, sight, hearing, smell and taste. Recently, scientists have expanded their view of what makes up a sense. For example, some would argue that hunger is a sense and that the abilities to feel pain and pressure are senses.

Without your sense of balance, you couldn’t stand or walk without falling on your face. Balance is the result of the brain processing information that comes from three systems: your eyes, your inner ear and something called proprioception."

Click to read further

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Stress & Learning

“Previous research has already shown that stress can prevent the retrieval of memories. But now we have discovered that it also has a major effect on our perception and perceptual learning,” explains Dr Hubert Dinse. A recent study demonstrates how stress disrupts memory and interrupts learning. Medications used in the treatment of immunological and neurological diseases may counteract rehabilitation efforts, which rely on just these mechanisms of memory and learning.


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Benefits Of The Feldenkrais® Method For Flautists

learningCaryn Truppman was attracted to this system of exercise and guided movement by her own personal history of injury and recovery. She writes, "Flautists tend to concentrate attention on specific parts of their bodies, such as the hands or fingers and may be unaware of the rest of themselves. A Feldenkrais lesson is designed to shift attention between the body as a whole, and specific parts. For example, if a musician has pain in the back or shoulders when he/she raises the flute, we might extend awareness into the feet and explore balance. This lengthens the back, engages the abdominals, brings the weight forward and changes the habitual way of lifting the flute. Instead of continuing to recreate a pain pattern, one can create a new habit instead." Click to read her article ... and her example lesson.

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Sample Teaching in a Rolling Lesson

Rolling from back to side with arms in hoops -- with background thinking about how the movement can be facilitated.  - Click to view this video:

Teaching ATM

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When Evidence Says No, But Doctors Say Yes

graphic"Years after research contradicts common practices, patients continue to demand them and doctors continue to deliver. The result is an epidemic of unnecessary and unhelpful treatment." writes David Epstein in ProPublica, February 22, 2017. This extensive article identifies a number of common treatments that have questionable evidence. The dilemma further outlined in the article for the average person is, when these treatments are proposed, if we question them, some medical practitioners react strongly. This article opens the debate and confirms any scepticism you may have (click to read)

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Do It Hard or Do It Easy: Removing Your Shirt

How to take your shirt off when you have a limited range of motion
Sandra Bradshaw writes, "When we’ve always done something in a certain way, it never occurs to us there may be other options that are easier and perhaps even more efficient. Last week one of my clients complained she was having difficulty taking off her sweater..." (click to read her blog)

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Tiny Eye Movements Restored His Vision

David Webber

In this video on CBC, Dr. Doidge interviews David Webber, a man who lost his sight and then got it back with the Feldenkrais method, which uses the principles of brain plasticity. He now teaches others through his Seeing Clearly workshops. Click to watch this amazing video.


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What to Do When Opening the Mouth Is Difficult

Sandra Bradshaw brings us a new, simple approach to easing the discomfort with the jaw entitled, Enjaw” Yourself with an Out-of-the-Box Strategy

Release Jaw Tension

She writes, "You open and close your mouth multiple times every day. It’s a simple action until you have restrictions in the jaw. Eating, talking, breathing, moving in general are all affected by the ability to open and close the mouth." 

 Click on the image to learn more.

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Why Saying Is Believing — The Science Of Self-Talk

self TalkBody Image is a complex topic. Often we think it is limited to how we picture ourselves. Research with persons with eating disorders often have significantly inaccurate representations of the shape of their bodies. But what if we go a step further, to the statements we make about ourselves. For example, the bulimic person may say "I'm too fat".

Psychologist Ethan Kross of the University of Michigan studied the pronouns people use when they talk to themselves silently, inside their minds.

"What we find," Kross says, "is that a subtle linguistic shift — shifting from 'I' to your own name — can have really powerful self-regulatory effects." (click to read more)

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Argentina: Sea Kayak with Whales & Penguins

Kayak Argentina with Whales & Penguins! Oct. 25-31, 2017 Kayak the protective bays of Argentina's UNESCO World Natural Heritage site in the midst of the largest annual congregation of Southern Right Whales for breeding and calving on a professionally guided wilderness sea kayaking trip. Delight in the exhilaration of your close proximity to mothers nursing their calves or mating, right off the beach or at eye level from your sea kayak! For more information, Contact Shari Lee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or go to her website (click here).

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How the Feldenkrais Method Cultivates Resilience and Maturity


Sarah Kowalski reflects on embodying resilience.

To cultivate resilience, one must cultivate the visceral experience of resilience.  She asks, "Unless the body experiences stability and support, is it possible to experience resilience?" click to read more

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Balance-When we don't have it


Balance. What we know…what others don’t know…and what we can do about it.

Alan Questel, a highly respected trainer of the Feldenkrais Method, recently wrote about the intriguing idea of Balance. He introduced the idea as, "Balance is fascinating...its up there with gravity...self-image...creativity...self-organization.... One of Feldenkrais’ biggest claims to fame was how he could make the abstract, concrete. By helping someone improve his or her balance we are making the abstract concrete. Our work is based in action. "

Questel asks "Is it about balance, or about feeling unbalanced?" and "How do we know we have balance..?" Click to read more.

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Active Sitting

natural Sitting

When you’re busy at your computer, reading, or watching TV, you may forget that you’re also sitting - until you get up, and feel pain or stiffness. As with all our activities, how we sit makes a big difference in how we will feel. Feldenkrais® lessons help you become aware of how you habitually sit, and what changes would contribute to greater comfort.(click to read more)

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Improve Yourself, Improve Your Life

When you know you need a change, but you’re not sure where to get started...

The Houstonia had a recent article about the Feldenkrais Method. "“No stretching, no pushing, no trying.” That’s the refrain of instructor MaryBeth Smith as she leads a half dozen students through the Feldenkrais Method in a drafty room inside the Jung Center. Smith speaks in a soft, even tone, offering just enough instruction to keep me focused and mindful."

"it’s like anti-yoga. And yet at the end of each series, Smith directs us to return to lying flat and feel how the pattern of pressure of our bodies against the floor has changed." Click to read how.


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Do You Know Where Your Fingers Are?

LaviniaLavinia Plonka writes, "The other day, I was teaching a lesson that put the hand into what some people call "backbend" position, a term which is unfamiliar for many. So I suggested that people place the hand on the floor with the fingers pointing toward the shoulder.
One woman had her fingers placed exactly right. However, she said, "That's impossible! I can't point my fingers toward my shoulders! They're pointed towards the wall!" (click to read what happened next!)

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Connecting Phenomenology and Anatomy

PhenomanatomicalMatt Zepellin writes, "approaching stillness in meditation can be greatly helped through the kind of anatomical-phenomenological practice methods..." and so in connecting Phenomenology and Anatomy, he coined the word, "Phenomanatomical", which opens the discussion of "the role of scientifically derived information and imagery in phenomenological practice." Zeppelin identifies certain paradoxes in direct experience of anatomy, including how one can be mindful when direct experience is not possible. Click to read more.

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