Feldenkrais Is Not Owned: Copyright does not protect a concept or idea.

There is a topic that keeps coming up inside and outside of the Feldenkrais community. Simply stated: “Who owns Moshe’s ideas?”

The simple answer, as I have noted before (Free Feldenkrais) is: “No one”

When I say that no one owns Moshe work I’m being literal. I’m not staking out a metaphysical position. When people talk about owning the “copyright” to one of Moshe’s works, they own something which is actually quite limited. They own the particular expression of some ideas, not the ideas themselves. Copyright does not protect a concept or idea. As my lawyer wrote it to me:

As an initial matter it is important to recognize that copyright law does not protect a concept or idea, it rather protects the expression conveyed, which may be presented in the form of words, song, music, or dance. In your case, and as noted above, Moshe’s written description of his movements would certainly qualify for copyright protection…

 

“Copyright does not protect a concept or idea.”

“Copyright does not protect a concept or idea.”

Moshe’s work is not patented. No one owns any idea that he created, used or expressed. No guild, association, accreditation board or trainer owns the work of Moshe Feldenkrais. Not now – not ever.

Even the International Feldenkrais Federation has conceded this point. They write about transcripts of Moshe’s teaching:

“…any person who drafts a [Feldenkrais] lesson in their own words, with their own expression, and where the text is not derived substantially from the materials, then this is considered one’s own work, not subject to the copyrights owned by the estate of Moshe Feldenkrais.”
(http://iffmaterials.com/copyright_information)

The “form” of the work IS owned. That is, the particular words and phrases are owned. As long as you are not republishing Moshe’s copyrighted material you are fine. Put the ideas into your own words.

But are the movements themselves copyrighted?


I think the confusion about this issue has to do with the movements themselves. People are confused about whether the movements themselves are copyright protected.

I paid a law firm to give me a written opinion on this matter. And this is what they wrote:

III. A movement is not protected under copyright law, much as a dictionary word cannot be protected under copyright law. As an initial matter it is important to recognize that copyright law does not protect a concept or idea, it rather protects the expression conveyed, which may be presented in the form of words, song, music, or dance. In your case, and as noted above, Moshe’s written description of his movements would certainly qualify for copyright protection because it is an expression of his movements. Certainly copying (in a substantial manner) Moshe’s description of movements would infringe his copyrights to his expression of movements.”

And furthermore:


IV Functional Elements and Compilations. As a general matter copyright law does not protect functional elements of a work. For example, if one wished to copyright a bottle shape, which is functional by definition, the applicant would have to show that the shape in his or her case is non-functional; that is, the shape doesn’t make the bottle easier to hold, to fill and to utilize. A medical procedure, therefore, would likewise not be protected by copyright law because of the functional nature of the procedure or set of procedures. Movements that are purely functional, in that they comprise a set of movements utilized to accomplish a medical end, may not be protected by copyright at all because of the functionality of the movements.

To put that another way – the sequence of movements within one of Moshe’s sessions would be protected by copyright so long as it is non-functional. Think about that for a moment. Would it be possible to show that Moshe’s work was not related to a function?

What I have posted above is merely part of a much lengthier document. There is much more that I could post, but I would rather not do so right now. And of course, I am not giving you legal advice, as I am not qualified to do so. However, I do invite you to consider that if you want to use any of Moshe’s ideas or lessons you can do so without restriction as long as you convey the ideas and lessons in your own words.

I believe there is a deeper issue at play here, which has to do with maturity and independence. Put bluntly: Do you have the courage to do what you know is correct and what is legal? Or are you in a relationship of dependence to a particular person or ideology? No one is going to write you a permission slip. And yes, those who think they own Moshe’s work may try to attack you or intimidate you if you do the right thing and become your own person and vehicle for his ideas.

Do you have what it takes to stand up to them? Or better yet, ignore them?

21 thoughts on “Feldenkrais Is Not Owned: Copyright does not protect a concept or idea.

  1. Tom Tabaczynski

    Actually I’m confused about this, and your post doesn’t really clarify it for me.

    To put it specifically, I teach dance improvisation, and I want to teach specific classes that use Feldenkrais for improvisation.

    Now, I do Feldenkrais, and I do dance. I’m not qualified to teach Feld. But I think my Feldenkrais is still better than some ‘qualified’ teachers that I’ve seen out there.

    Anyway, I don’t know what it is that I don’t know, but I basically am not going to spend the effort and money to find out what it is that I don’t know, esp. since these trainings seem so opaque in terms of their content and are so inflexible in terms of qualification (it’s a 1 or a 0 with not between stages).

    So my understanding is that I cannot use the name “Feldenkrais”.

    I mean, I can start tango classes and call them “Argentine tango”, or contact improv classes and call them “Contact Improvisation”, but apparently this is not so for Feldenkrais.

    And also, I cannot use that on any material that I might put out.

    I MUST be certified even if I’ve got years of dance teaching experience, ATM lessons, and read just about every book there is on the subject to call that lesson “Feldenkrais exercises for Contact Improvisation” and either teach it or sell it on the internet.

    Is that right?

    1. Joel Roth

      Hi Tom,

      Great that you’ve benefited from the Feldenkrais work. Without burdening myself with excessive research 🙂 I would expect it to be legal saying “…. workshop, inspired by the work of Moshe Feldenkrais.” Perhaps I am naive; lawyers might compare it to saying “facilitative setting of broken bones, inspired by modern medical practices.”

      (btw I actually studied with a healer in Japan who taught principles and techniques for setting commonly broken bones — collar-bone, finger, wrist.)

      Have fun,

  2. Ryan Nagy

    Tom – Great to see your comment. I was speaking indirectly to a Feldenkrais practitioner on another forum. I should write a simple and more direct post to others such as yourself.

    You can teach any lesson that you want and that you can get your hands on. Legally you can’t call it “Feldenkrais” nor “The Feldenkrais Method.” The easiest thing to say is that your session or work is “Based on the Work of Moshe Feldenkrais.” You are entitled to write and say that.

    – Ryan

  3. Tom Tabaczynski

    Thanks Ryan,

    Sounds as if you can sell Coke just so long as you don’t call it Coke but ‘Based on Coke”.

    The phrase you provided is good but can be cumbersome if you’re trying to put that into your title or there isn’t much space, eg., on a calendar.

    I can call it something like ‘Awareness for CI”, but I’m still curious whether “Feldenkrais for Contact Improvisation” or “Contact Improvisation with Feldenkrais” is the same as “Feldenkrais”.

    The dance teacher who introduced me to FM wrote something similar to your suggestion into her description, but I recall that she used his surname without his first name, so I just wonder what the exact rule is, or whether there is an exact rule.

    -t

  4. nagster Post author

    Tom – The weakest of the Feldenkrais service marks is this one: Feldenkrais®. I believe it would be possible to get that struck down as service marking someone’s last name is rather unusual.

    For now, the phrases that you wrote would be violating the service mark:

    Feldenkrais for Contact Improvisation” or “Contact Improvisation with Feldenkrais” is the same as “Feldenkrais”.

    Though practically speaking will the Feldenkrais Guild or anyone else come after you for using it on a brochure? I doubt it. But it’s always a possibility. It depends on what your tolerance for risk is….

    cheers! – Ryan

  5. Ryan Banks

    I love this post I really do, and there is so much to say and do to further motivate and inspire those that have knowledge that could greatly bless so many lives. We need to take the candle out from under the bush (any organization or system of information dissemination) that impedes sharing light and truth and shine the candle on the top of the hill for all to see. Viva La Revolution of evolution of self and others. Shall we hide this knowledge? Shall we limit those that are blessed by it? There are countless resources online to learn all movements in Capoira, breakdancing, etc. all FREE!!! and guess what? There are still more people than ever flocking to paid classes and experts! Pay it forward guys! Be a part of a movement to create a wellness revolution of Feldenkrais self care at home. Is it so radical to suggest that people deserve to know how to take care of themselves and their loved ones? I have saved my daughter from an ER visit through Feldenkrais Functional Integration practice. She fell 4 ft flat on her back on concrete and was screaming like she is dyeing for 20 minutes laying on the ground with an elbow locked up turning purple and swelling if I had gone to the ER (and if you saw and felt what I did you woulda probably gone to the ER) they woulda had us wait in the lobby for hours while compressed impacted tissue inflammed cutting of circulation and energy flow to stressed tissue causing necrosis in the injury.
    They would have done expensive tests gave her a sling and recomended a follow up with a specialist at an expense of a few thousand dollars and emotional agony on both our parts. Weeks woulda been taken of limited range of motion and pain. Now let me ask you is this a great route for a loving Father and a precious sweet crying 4yo Angel Daughter?

    Rather than go to the ER using FI techniques I Instead played advanced little piggies rolling and connecting her fingers to her wrist spreading awareness through the wrist to the elbow. After 30 minutes the swelling was gone coloration normal, pain gone and she declared “I’m healed” and ran off and played! All parents love their children some more than others and would love to prepare themselves to be able to heal them in the home. Most of these people would never attend a full training, though they might in their searching for truth online of how to heal their loved one come across a Feldenkrais website that gives them some relief and then they come see an “expert Feldenkrais therapist” and pay you and get turned onto it and study more at home. They send the facebook group to friends and they start practicing at home and seeking out mentorship from you. The work will spread and change lives.

    I have found that Feldenkrais FI techniques to a fresh injury in many cases rewinds the injury making it almost as if it didn’t happen. I think that most people get injuries and would like to know how to do that. Shall we persist in perpetuating a training system that has produced 3000 something people worldwide currently in how many years when there are over 170,000 physical therapists in the USA alone that can’t do what we do? I say empower the people! Let there be a learning resource online for all aspects of Feldenkrais work not just open source atm, but also FI techniques to unite families, heal in the home, take care of your aging loved one, unite teams in revolutionary evolutionary new partner training. If we collectively decide we love people it is time to stop limiting our practice to “come to me and for your money I will help heal you” is that the legacy you want to be remembered for? With the availibility of the internet we have the oppurtunity to help fascilitate a change in the way people connect to themselves, their families and the world. Think of this a website that has you teaching others how to connect to each other to create positive benefits think of you being remembered forever for your contribution to mankind.

    What if you were not rich? You are rich to have been able to pay for Feldenkrais lessons or a full blown training and now teach. Well at least compared to the rest of the world you are rich. What if that ache or pain that drove you to learn of Feldenkrais was still there because you could not afford a feldenkrais lesson?
    Imagine over the years the toll it has taken on your body the degeneration, the compensating patterns, the pain, can you feel it? Go deeper and really feel how that has limited your life.

    Now I speak to you who are hurting I’m sorry you are in pain that sucks! Hey there is a way that you can get rid of probably alot of that pain your experiancing through studying the works of Moshe Feldenkrais.

    Your response “oh that would be nice I heard about that 10 years ago from a friend that got better through it he is flourishing! Unfortunatly I can’t afford lessons. I go to physical therapy because insurance pays for it but I just feel worse afterwards!

    There is hope my friend! There is a website to learn Feldenkrais at home and you and a loved one can learn to take care of each other.

    Oh well me and my wife live alone and we don’t get along well enough to cooperate on something like that her gently touch me hah!

    Thats the beauty of it it’s life changing on every level and it will probably breathe new life into your marriage.

    Well I’ll give it a try.

    Now imagine on this website you learn to not force, to be inquisitive and explorative celebrating enjoying learning and reducing alot of your pain your marriage learns cooperation and connection in a way never before known. Now you are doing things with your Grandkids you haven’t done in 30 years and guess what one fell on the playground and you healed him! You are so excited about your progress that you befriend a Feldenkrais practitioner through the community awareness link on the site and begin to go visit for advanced relief of your aches and pains. You found a way to afford lessons because you saw the value. You tell all your friends how wonderful Feldenkrais is and they study too.

    This is the story of an alternate reality that you could have faced and many in the future will face. my question remains what will you be remembered for?

    PAY IT FORWARD!!! Get in touch with me and lets do this!

  6. Ryan Banks

    There is a Revolution of a wellness Evolution coming whether you will it or not the flow of information will not be impeded. Just look at how we share music has changed! The knowledge of healing is and will be shared worldwide without charge. Many will learn good things that help them out, and many more will learn to help others.

    Imagine the ghetto in some 3rd world country that sent a few select people to a neighboring village that has the internet and they studied online how to help the people. Imagine the benefits they can go back and share?

    Where are you building your treasure? Is it just within a stones throw? Are you willing to reach out and bless humanity?

    For those of you that have not experienced or read about Cranio-Sacral therapy know that a confident CST like a Feldenkrais practitioner can do things that conventional modalities could never come close too. Because of how wonderful it is there is a compassionate individual that has created http://www.open-source-cranio.com/ to teach people at home or in 3rd world countries how to use a healing art that can be done without technology and is Evolutionary in it’s science and benefits. This is a work in progress and I believe soon there will be a wonderful compassionate GCFP or another that will teach our way online.

    There is a Capoiera app for I-phone http://www.beautifulcapoeira.com/
    what about a Feldenkrais app that you can search for excercises for relief of common ailments? Then the people will know who to turn to for advanced relief.

    As long as the GCFP seeks to hide under a rock Moshe’s FI teachings from Fathers that want to know ow to help their hurt child we will need to call the work something else because of their service trademarks. That is a pity because it won’t bring buisness their way as effectively as would be nice to help them to help people.

    My question to the people is: What shall we call this work of bringing the knowledge of how to heal to the people?

    1. Falk

      hi ryan, in case you were not aware, there are a ton of freely available ATM classes as mp3 available from http://openatm.org
      there are other projects ongoing as well to make ATM lessons more available.
      the capoeira and opensource cranio sites are very cool. thanks for sharing them
      falk

  7. Tom Tabaczynski

    RB, that Capoeira site looks really neat and I like the idea of a Feldenkrais App. Love your acrobalancing stuff, need to do some of that in my CI classes. Wonder if there’s instructional materials for that. You should to an acrobalance app!
    Thanks Ryan, that does clarify the issue for me.

    I think that dancers are in a specific situation with respect to the idea of ‘monolithic profession’.

    – It is standard to have some sort of ‘technique’ that influences the teacher or that the particular class/course is built around, whether it’s Body-Mind Centering, Laban, or Feldenkrais.

    – Dancers tend to have a very eclectic approach to their training because, well, they’re creatives, they need to learn a variety of things, and are typically freelancers which means that they don’t have a business with an established clientele.

    – More and more people with no dance background are attracted to things like Contact Improv (and of course tango is big business now), which officially anyone can do, but in reality you’re dealing with large numbers of people with no other prior practice, and low body awareness. My options are either have a flyer on hand for the nearest Feldenkrais teacher on hand, or get certified and run Feldenkrais Tango. What if there is no teacher, or as is the case for me either I can’t endorse them or they don’t run classes in English?

    This brings up the issue of the ‘established monolithic profession’ that seems to be the agenda behind certification and copywriting.

    I came across an interesting document (I copied it but can’t locate it on the net now), which is the “Vocational Profile” by Barbara Pieper and Sylvia Weise written in Germany in 1996:

    “Publication of a vocational profile in the officially required form constitutes a step towards institutionalization of the Feldenkrais Method in Germany. Nevertheless continuing freedom from all regulations would be closer to Moshe Feldenkrais’s way of thinking. We therefore understand and share some of the misgivings of our colleagues who were against a vocational profile.”

    “While writing this text we experienced ambivalence over a number of issues:

    – How can we present a vocation that both requires freedom for independent creative activity and at the same time seeks institutional integration wihtin society?

    – A professional profile defines the respective activity more or less statically. Feldenkrais work, however, by its very nature aims at ongoing development. How can these requirements be combined?

    – How can learning a method be vocationally defined if its essential aspects cannot be confined to current professional categories? For example, there is a clear-cut distinction in Germany between professions concerned with teaching (Education) and those concerned with healing (Health).

    We see a way out of this dilemma in current social developments. In Germany education, occupation, and labour market trends are increasingly drifting apart. Jobs are less and less what they used to be. They no longer constitute fixed reference points securing work, income, and social status. Nowadays people’s lives tend to be characterized by a series of jobs, short-term participation in different projects, partial exploitation of qualifications, phases of unemployment, etc. Education and training, however, continue to be oriented towards vocational profiles, regardless of whether such jobs are still in demand on the labour market. Occupations continue to serve as ‘entrance tickets’ to gainful employment, but they are less important for individual biographies. At the same time changes are also occurring both within various occupations and in their relations with each other (Beckenbach and Treeck, 1994)

    In this situation we are employing the form of the professional profile in order to enable the Feldenkrais Method to gain social acceptance. We are aware of using a structural pattern that is on its way out yet continues to be socially valid. In other words: We are using a ‘currency’ which is still in circulation while at the same time preparing for a possible change (Note: it is also conceivable that the FM will gain social and governmental recognition wihtin a more widely defined, broader vocational field as out colleague Micheal Schrunder advocates). We therefore consider the present version of this vocational profile to be the starting point, a contribution intended to encourage people to participate in discussion and further development of Feldenkrais work in Germany”

    Two points of interest in this:

    – Both, the realities of the labour market and change in work preferences, the need and desire for flexibility, put into question the idea that the concept of a monolithic profession with a burdensome and fixed training, criteria, objectives, etc.

    – The problem is one of legitimacy and acceptance of the practice by rendering it a ‘profession’ in the above sense, and of gaining ‘entrance tickets’.

    But, notice some of the following that I have observed:

    – faculty trained dancers earn money teaching yoga: the structure they learn at school is no good on the current ‘eclectic’ dance market but great for yoga

    – faculty trained tango dancers (there is a Tango University!) directing movies: their high level dance ability makes them impatient with the typical dance neophyte with two left feet

    – IT people teaching tango: I’m sure there’s an explanation, something to do with ‘dance neophyte’

    Here’s my proposal for certification: if you can get students, you can teach.

    Tom

  8. Ryan Banks

    Tom, thanks for your comments here is a link to the document you referanced. It’s funny I did a search for a random practitioner and ended up on the document you referenced! http://feldenkrais-method.org/files/Vocational_Profile_A4.pdf

    If you enjoyed that I’m sure you’ll enjoy this: http://feldenkrais-method.org/files/IFFCompetencyProfile.pdf

    To hopefully help you here is an idea or two to answer your question.

    “My options are either have a flyer on hand for the nearest Feldenkrais teacher on hand, or get certified and run Feldenkrais Tango. What if there is no teacher, or as is the case for me either I can’t endorse them or they don’t run classes in English?”

    For your students create a flier for your own awareness class if you feel comfortable teaching.

    Call it “Connecting Skeletons” the art of joy in your comfortable connecting to another.

    Or collaberate with a Feldenkrais Practitioner on your clients needs and create a workshop together, split the profits. Ask for him to devise ideas to help your clients.
    When I worked at a dance studio we had visiting private lesson teachers that we the primary private teachers upsold our clientelle to. You could build up how amazing this guy is and refer clients to him and ask that the practitioner mentor you on the benefits he is giving your clients so that you can better help your own clients. I would try to keep this on a strictly in house basis. You run a professional somatic school and are hiring an outside expert to service your clients in house and mentor you on how to better teach the benefits he feels his expertise lends to your training of your art.

    If you teach yourself I would teach them a few excercises in each common position of contact improv using hip, ankle steering, head steering learned in the lowest possible stress environment. Gradually turn up the stress environment till they are comfortable in a normal ci session.

    You have a fabulous market people that are out of their element, know it and want to improve it! I sold $140 an hour all day long for 40 minute private ballroom dance lessons at Arthur Murray Dance Academy. I know that people when they come to dance want to have someone take them by the hand review why their here, what they want to get out of it, and create a plan to get them to their goal.

    Hope this helps.

  9. Tom Tabaczynski

    Ryan, thanks!

    Not sure what you mean by “you’ll enjoy this” unless you were being ironic … grist to my mill … “failure to learn … to learn?” here comes the topheavy institutional apparatus of the Feldenkrais industry to your aid after you’ve thrown 20 grand and four years into this.

    I welcome your encouragement and agree that I probably need to get creative with some names.

    But, in response to your other suggestion, my impression is that Feldenkrais practice is self-consciously moving into the existing rigid vocational structures and categories, and shows little interest in being a progressive and critical practice.

    Compare: Steve Paxton made the conscious decision to not copyright contact improvisation and leave it open-ended, which he reiterates enough times just so people don’t forget.

    Thus, there are constant moves by faculty trained career dancers/artists to turn it into an elite quasi-professional discipline, as I discuss in my blog post:

    http://criticalsomaesthetics.com/2010/11/30/further-thoughts-alternative-qualities-and-dimensions-in-contact-improvisation/

    But the fact that he made that decision in an explicit way has, arguably, contributed to its survival and development

    Although there has been a down period and some angst, it seems that it’s experiencing a revival and is now in the process of positive growth and transformation through inter-penetration with a variety of modalities.

    By moving into the monolithic profession system Feldenkrais is going along with career artists and moving into a sort of ‘workplace therapy’ business.

    It’s interesting that artists are having a lot of trouble rationalising their work, that is, specifying what exactly is the social value of their work in the era of postmodernism.

    See eg. the following therapeutic approach to art:

    https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http://culturalcreativeindustries.ie/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/jeffrey-gormly-editor%40choreograph.net-response-to-green-paper.pdf

    It seems that therapy, psychological trauma, RSI, etc. can be utilised to rationalise and gain social acceptance for a practice, whereas ‘pure pleasure’ instantly relegates something either to the consumer market or elite art.

    That’s why I propose the discipline of somaesthetics, or body aesthetics, as the unrationalised pursuit of sensual pleasure.

    I mean, I don’t mind if you need to get people into it by way of RSI but in the end it’s about body aesthetics. I’m a somaestheticist!

  10. nagster Post author

    Hi guys – Sorry for the delay in responding. I am in the midst of getting an online conference launched and it has been taking a great deal of my time. It’s still just a rought draft: http://anxietyconference.co

    Thanks for the comments and ideas. It is so NICE to hear some new opinions that are not-informed by a Feldenkrais training and guild membership. I wonder what would happen if some practitioners realized how predictable their response are and how much they are learned within training programs. Monkey see, monkey do.

    I’m of the opinion that in the internet age the main variable is attention and with that attention having a compelling narrative to share with people and also having the required permission to contact them. This little blog has about 400 people subscribed and they get regular updates. If you can create a group like that (blog, email etc) around a specific topic (tango, contact improv, free feldenkrais etc) and give people useful information, your own method and business or movement can come out of that.

    The stronger the bond and the more useful your information and approach, the less you need a certification or professional backing.

    Just my quick 2 cents. – Ryan Nagy

  11. nagster Post author

    As you both allude to, in the Feldenkrais world there are issues with a lack of readily available material and high-costs of training. If the rumors that I keep hearing are true, some of that issue is soon going to be resolved in a big way. I don’t want to say much more, but I have been getting anonymous emails from several people. If I can confirm what they are saying, I will publish more.

    – Ryan Nagy

  12. Ryan Banks

    I have created a facebook group advocating spreading the work of Moshe Feldenkrais. it is called “Moshe’s Revolution of an Evolution” We will see how long the Feldenkrais trainers I added that I’m sure advocate the spreading of the work remain on the group list. I hope they choose to do so and contribute.

    Moshe Feldenkrais grasped the hand of many of the current trainers on his deathbed and said “It is my dream that ATM lessons will be broadcast via satellite twice daily around the world. Promise me you will do all you can to make this happen.”

    If Moshe lived in todays world what would he advocate? I believe that he would want a website like youtube where people could see any lesson they want and comment how it helped them like people do in a training. I believe he would want for people to be able to search for relief of common ailments in localized areas of the bodyby the amount of thumbs up “heythis helped me.”

    People there are so many ways this work can spread awareness and help people. The more people that understand the work and are benefited by it the more will be lining up at your professional practice, or your training.

    Historically mentorship has always produced the highest degree of competency. So empowering people to learn at home how to take care of their loved ones via web trainings and coming to a expert practitioner for mentored FI’s will empower more people to help themselves and help others and build professional practices (both yours and the people you help). If you want to turn the current medical model upside down (come to me (AMA) I am the expert and for your insurance you will be treated. No you can’t see a Feldenkrais Practitioner they are not covered under your plan because the Physical therapy association has too much power we are what you need anyway)

    You will need to create a massive awareness campaign so that the people know where to turn to experience benefits and therefor request that their insurance plan cover a true benefit of seeing a Practitioner that is proven competent. IE some GCFP

    If a website was created that showed the real video profiles of clients with certain conditions and some of their FI that created a certain benefit and that was combined with the open source ATM project that could be user commented and this website had a way to learn to connect to others via FI online training We could truly empower people to turn the whole physical therapy system right side up.

    I GET SICK TO MY STOMACH when I see people that have had every AMA recommendation and physical therapy practice fail them and have lived in pain for years! Do you? Are you tired of seeing these people get better so fast with you and saying “I wish I woulda known about this 10 years ago I might have had a life!” Would you rather a future where they come to you first and get better and live a full rewarding life?

    Then lets work together to educate the public.
    In todays everything is free on the internet pay it forward world we can spread our work like wildfire. Don’t be afraid that you can’t make a living doing that. You will be in the spotlight and have more referrals than you can handle!

    I’m sure some at the top of the information totem pole and are making 20,000 for four years of education would be concerned that all this would threaten their buisness model.

    Well I say if there are chiropractic colleges springing up everywhere with thousands of students, and the medical schools are full and turning away people, why can’t you attract a huge following of people that would love to learn to help people the way Moshe Feldenkrais taught us to? Why? Because your system of information dissemination is holding you back. Educate the public, begin real school recruitment tactics and see our method flourish!

    How many out there are leading a training that has no more than 60 people? How many complete their training? How many go on to practice professionally? How many succeed and are practicing professionally 5 years later?

    So far it would seem “The recruitment efforts have centered around middle aged people who have had an injury and benefited from Feldenkrais lessons”
    Many of those people are on “their” journey for self healing.

    We need recruitment efforts for School age individuals that have
    A: the desire to help people
    B: the desire to develop a vocation
    C: the time to study full time
    D: the money to attend a training or show an aptitude for mentorship that can have them as an employee in your practice. What your practice isn’t that full? Make it! Pay it forward and you will be blessed in ways too numerable to mention!

    This is a formula to fill trainings. I share because I care this work needs to go forward!

  13. Ryan Banks

    Where are your thoughts on this matter? Are they localized to you, your practice, your training, your professional association, or the greatest benefit to mankind?

    Let our method become transparent and the world will gather to the brightness of the knowledge of a wellness revolution.

    1. nagster Post author

      Those were my thoughts. You put up a lot of great ideas. Where would someone start and why would they? How can you get their attention and show them – demonstrate for them- that more is possible?

      People aren’t going to listen to you simply because you create a Facebook page or post a comment on a blog. Anyone can do that. It’s not noteworthy. On the other hand if you went to Haiti and began giving FI and filmed your lessons and put them online you would be – by definition – someone that people would take note of and listen to. You would earn the right to be heard and the suggestions that you have would carry more weight….

  14. Tom Tabaczynski

    Ryan and Ryan,

    My perspective is somewhat different from both of you.

    My understanding of ‘learning to learn’ is that the learning process is not linear.

    It also means that we must learn to learn outside of rigid institutional contexts.

    And it also means that we build social capital by participating in the wider community, build social capital …

    … take workshops, give workshops, don’t charge hundreds of dollars and bully people with trademarks.

    This is facilitated by an eclectic approach … inter-penetration and inter-pollination

    Learn some modern dance, some CI, some capoeira, some tango, some language, … something … establish yourself as the local FM person.

    Topheavy institutional structures and trademarks constitute psychological blockages, promote in-talk, and don’t help creativity or connectedness.

    Need small movements in a variety of directions.

    Tom

    1. nagster Post author

      Hey Tom – In general, I agree with everything that you wrote. I certainly don’t care about the service marks. The guild idea that anyone’s unique learning style and process can be encapsulated within the marks or the training is ludicrous. cheers – Ryan Nagy

  15. nagster Post author

    “facilitative setting of broken bones, inspired by modern medical practices.”

    That’s pretty funny! Thanks – Ryan

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