Is “Bones For Life” Feldenkrais?

I’ve heard some conversations recently in which people ask, “Is Bones For Life® Feldenkrais®?” or simply state, “Bones for Life IS NOT Feldenkrais!!” Neither statement makes any sense.

Here’s an idea. How about asking questions about the “new” methodologies in a way that is consistent with Feldenkrais learning principles? How about asking what will help people to develop organically in the way that is most satisfying for them. So that they can develop in accordance with their own needs, their own desires, their own abilities and at their own speed.

Sound familiar?

The labels are irrelevant, the persons needs and desires are not. Better questions to ask:

Would it be useful for me to learn Bones For Life?
Would Bones For Life add to what I know about myself?
What would BFL add to what I know about the Feldenkrais Method?
Would it be useful for my students or for my practice?

It seems to me that those are worthy questions to consider.

As for FGNA not accepting Bones For Life as “continuing education”? No offense to the Guild, but who cares? Personally, I’m not organizing my learning activities in accordance to the external requirements of the FGNA. No guild is going to set my learning agenda. Those of you who are worried about meeting continuing education requirements might take a moment to consider your own self-directed learning activities:

Do you regularly do self-application of ATM?
Do you work with the Alexander Yanai lessons?
Do you engage in study groups?

All of those activities count as continuing ed, keep track of them, count them as your continuing hours and go take any damn training that you want to.

cheers – Ryan

By the way – I have not taken a Bones For Life training. I am not endorsing Bones For Life. I AM endorsing organic development and the desire for intelligent life on planet earth. If not you, then who? Who?!

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9 thoughts on “Is “Bones For Life” Feldenkrais?

  1. rn

    also – I looked online for FGNA’s continuing ed policy. Couldn’t find it. I refuse to look in my file cabinet. That would be too 1980’s. Anyone have a link?

  2. John Quinn

    It doesn’t have a policy yet. They are studying the problem.

    There was an online discussion grouo re this problem, but they are not meetingf right now.I wrote to someone and had gotten the URL for the discusion gropup but7 it is not meetimg now, but will , later.

    Jaclyn Boone would have the URL

  3. stacy barrows

    Thank you Ryan,
    So succinctly put. After attending the last Feldenkrais Conference I watched how Mia, Russell and Linda Tellington Jones have moved on but how they “bow” and give gratitude to their inspiration,Moshe.
    As always, love your posts, Ryan.

  4. rn

    Hi Stacy – Thanks!

    I’ve heard about that conversation with Mia, Russell and Linda, sorry that I missed it.

    – Ryan

    BTW – I like your Century City PT website. It has a nice clean look.

  5. Pamela Lewis

    Ryan, Well said! I could not agree with you more. What I have taken of The Bones for Life training from Ruthy, entails a lot of ATM, but in any case, the Method urges us to live from our own personal authority, so why bow to external authority to validate our learning process? Some quality control should take place for certification purposes, but practitioners learning from other practitioners should be a given.

    1. rn

      Pamela – You wrote:

      “practitioners learning from other practitioners should be a given.”

      I think that is a key idea. We create a densely connected network of individuals, learning and growing as we choose and need (sort of like Facebook and the internet itself) and the “training hierarchy” – ie. trainer, asst trainer, ed director prac take on less and less importance. And isn’t that what the method is about? Don’t we help people to organize themselves? We certainly don’t force it on them. Why should our own learning be any different?

      cheers! – Ryan

  6. Bob S


    I may be misremembering, but I think Bones for Life *does* count to advance training hours here in Oz. Maybe someone can confirm / deny? I’ve been thinking about doing their training. All up, it’s about as much as a training segment – ie: a lot after four years! I suppose knowing that it satisfied continuing ed requirements may help assuage that

  7. nagster

    To a certain extent, it’s a bogus issue as self-study does count towards re-certification. I would imagine that most people read enough books related to the method and do enough ATM that they do not need to worry. Though here in the U.S. I am fairly certain that Bones no longer “counts.”

    Personally, I try to do enough Alexander Yanai, Esalen and other workshop ATM’s so that I can be certain to have a nervous breakdown on a yearly basis.

  8. Bob S

    True enough. I overheard that there was an issue of folks claiming some truly outlandish things as ‘self study’ (astral projection day courses), so…it’s a puzzle.

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