Ryan writing from Merida, Mexico.
It is not yet the largest, but it is the most diverse and worldwide listing of practitioners who have trained directly with Moshe Feldenkrais or one of his students. Yes, I am talking about “Feldenkrais Finder” where you can go to find practitioners worldwide: http://feldenkraisfinder.com
Listings are free for practitioners (very small charge for trainings) and will be free until the site is large enough to be a comprehensive resource for the public.
Mia Segal from MBS Academy has a training listed: MBS Academy Foundation Training as does Frank Wildman: Feldenkrais Professional Training Program Eugene, Oregon.
If you would like to list a training, just click here to register and then create one.
Many Anat Baniel Method and Feldenkrais Guild practitioners have listed their weekly ATM classes and workshops on the site: Feldenkrais Classes. Once you have created your own account, you can do the same. The IFF Distribution Center has a listing as does Feldenkrais Trainer Jeff Haller
Several practitioners have paid a few dollars to have their free listing featured. However, they did not know that I was going to feature them here and Facebook putting them in front of several thousand more people. A shout out to:
Hans Holter Solhjell Feldenkrais in Oslo, Marlene Kennedy in Canada: Your Body Tells The Truth
By the way, some of you who view me as a foaming-at-the-mouth-lunatic (hi mom!) out to destroy the Feldenkrais Guild or whatever. Take heart: Feldenkrais Finder is an ideology-free website. It’s purpose is to raise the profile of the method and practitioners worldwide in all of our diversity. Any political muckraking that I do (or do not) will be on ryannagy.com/feldenkrais
Why Get A Feldenkrais Finder Listing?
– Get a higher google ranking
– Get more students and clients
– Feel the pride of joining a diverse group of such amazing people
– See for yourself – and let the public see – how large and international this community is.
Check it out: Find A Feldenkrais Practitioner.
Alright, enough of the political commentary! At least for now. Would you be willing to engage with me a little bit here and tell me:
“Have you thought about where you want to go with the work of Moshe Feldenkrais?
That is, what you want to create for yourself, for your friends or *insert your words here.* I would really like to know and so would your friends and colleagues. Take a moment and leave a response below or send me an email via the contact form at the bottom of the page?
A YouTube video response to the blog posts about DZB and the FGNA as well my response to my posts being censored on Facebook:
Those of you who are connected to me on Facebook or who get email notifications may be one of over 1100 people who have already read these…for the rest of you, here they are..
Some of the most detailed writing that I have done on the service marks and on some of the system-effects of the Guild system.
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“Liberate your mind and your practice will follow.” – Ryan C. Nagy
From somewhere in Mexico.
This blog post went out a little late and many of you missed the free webinar. I am really sorry about that. The fault was mine. Next time, I will do a better job. And by the way – do not forget that there is still great new content on RyanNagy.com. Forgive me for doing so, but I have started a new series called, “Things Feldenkrais was Wrong About. I started rather tamely with something that matters to me as a student of Milton Erickson’s work: http://www.ryannagy.com/2014/things-feldenkrais-was-wrong-about-part-1/
As a Feldenkrais practitioner, student or fan you have heard – I hope – about Moshe’s desire to have his students learn to live in the unknown. As he wrote quite simply in The Elusive Obvious,
“…learning to us is learning to grasp the unknown”
Living in the unknown is very often about learning to take intelligent risks on our own behalf, and managing the anxiety of risk taking and it’s consequences. As those of you with children already know, their is a group of people KNOWN for their risk taking: Teenagers. Tonight, one of my friends and colleagues, Dr. Ruth Buczynski will be interviewing Dan Siegel, MD about risk-taking in general and teenagers in specific. I think you will find this to be quite an illuminating discussion for your life and practice.
The webinar is free if you enroll now. Or if you would like to have a 6-webinars from this series on “Brain Science” you can get all of the webinars in the series, including video downloads, audio downloads, and transcripts by signing up for a Gold Membership.
writing from The Italian Coffee Company
Mérida, Yucatan, Mexico.
I have been in the process of reviewing some of the written transcripts from Dr. Feldenkrais’s various trainings and articles for a new project that I am pulling together. I have to admit, there are so many gems in Feldenkrais’ talks that it gets a little overwhelming at times.
One idea that he tries to convey in so many ways is the importance of variability of experience in learning new responses. For example,
“..another important feature of the group work is the continued novelty of situation that is maintained throughout the course. Once the novelty wears off, awareness is dulled and no learning takes place.” Mind and Body (1964) Moshe Feldenkrais.
As I wrote over on RyanNagy.com what Feldenkrais wrote is “obvious” to us now. But when he wrote it in 1964, is sure as hell was not.
“…when Moshe died in 1984, there was little, perhaps no, published research that showed that the brain of an adult could change. In fact, when I first returned to college in the mid 1990’s most scientists STILL believed the mature brain could not grow new brain cells nor regenerate connections and damaged functions. Incredible, isn’t it? They believed that the brain had to remain relatively fixed or stable in order to maintain long-term memories and skills. It is an vastly different world that we live in today. We can now have conversations about neurogenesis and brain change without seeming like lunatics.”
We, as practitioners already knew that the brain and nervous system can and do change through specific novel experiences. We knew as Feldenkrais practitioners and as people and now society and the scientific community is learning.
The larger question for me is how to keep up on what is known and has been published and how to use it to promote Feldenkrais for the betterment of society and ourselves. Tonight and perhaps tommorrow morning as well, I will be watching a free 60-minute webinar by Dr. Rick Hanson. Two parts of his talk have caught my eye:
The Importance of Novelty for Neuroplasticity: Why New Experiences Have Such a Transformative Effect on the Brain
The 5 Factors that Help Learning Take Hold and How They Promote Neuroplasticity
I think there will be some nuggets in this talk that will make me a better person and practitioner. If you are interested you can sign-up to get the webinar for free or pay to get downloadable copies as video, audio and written transcripts. Find and click the grey box that reads “Free Of Charge.” :Dr. Steve Hanson with NICABM.
I thought this was kind of cool. A scan of one of the original flyers from the Feldenkrais training at Amherst. Originally posted by Elinor Silverstein on Facebook. You can click the image above to open in another window and then download. Full text of the flyer and a little commentary is available on my main website: The Amherst Training Flyer.
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What did you miss?
Feldenkrais Trainers Pick A New Guild Director. Recently updated.
Getting The Method (Your Method) Into The World. Some free and paid training for helping you to write a book about the Feldenkrais Method and related topics.
Constructivism and The Certainty of Uncertainty. Much as one must be aware of one’s unique movement habits to be an effective Feldenkrais practitioner, one must be aware of own’s idiosyncratic beliefs and values to be an effective agent of change.
Feldenkrais and The Female Brain. I was thinking about some of the amazing women pioneers we have in the Feldenkrais community.
Feldenkrais and Somatic Psychologies: Answer A Quick Question? I do not think this project will get off the ground, though it is, I believe, an important topic. The Feldenkrais community is so small, that doing a “sub topic” of something only interested in by a few can make it financially unviable.