Feldenkrais and Somatic “Psychologies” (Quick Question!)

As you may already know, I am doing most of my Feldenkrais blogging on RyanNagy.com. The main reason is that I have been living in Mexico for three years and “Utah Feldenkrais” is no longer a label that fits me.

I though you might like to know that I may have a webinar series coming up regarding integrating the various “Body Psychotherapies” into a Feldenkrais practice. Many practitioners are already doing so and many are training with Peter Levine of “Somatic Experiencing” fame. For more information, see the blog post: Feldenkrais And Somatic Psychologies, or simply watch the YouTube video. Would like to have your questions on the topic.

6 thoughts on “Feldenkrais and Somatic “Psychologies” (Quick Question!)

  1. nagster Post author

    Again, if you could have a private conversation with an expert on the topic, what two questions would you like to ask? I would like to know! – Ryan

  2. nagster Post author

    A comment from YouTube:

    Hey Ryan,this sounds like a great webinar idea. I would add the Hakomi Method to the list of modalities. Pat Ogden was a long time Hakomi teacher who was one of the original students with Ron Kurts. She has a strong? back ground in working with attachment which is a key factor in working with trauma symptoms. I use both Hakomi, SE and my Feldenkrais influence in working with the majority of my clients.

  3. nagster Post author

    From an email sent to Ryan:

    my question to you is how can you be an expert answering these
    questions if you have not had the experience using somatic
    experiencing and feldenkrais. I can share that yes I have studied
    polyvagal theory and trained with Chava shelhav in child’space and to get
    to thenpoint of your inquiry I have studied se trauma resolution and
    what Peter levines work presents is the answer/skill set with how to
    create an opportunity to resolve the elephant in the living room that
    no one is talking about during the 4 year feldenkrais programs. It has
    been a potent learning process.

    From Ryan: I am not claiming to be the expert, though I have benefited from these methods. I am bringing experts onboard to talk about these ideas. So, the questions are for them not me.


  4. nagster Post author

    Another email sent to Ryan:

    The only question I have is how does F-Krais and Somatic Psychologies link, relate to one another. Without fairly extensive training, study and experience, how can one presume to practise any kind of psychological methodology?

    My (Ryan) quick response is that these systems are about sensory motor and physiological processes, not psychological processes. I was in error called them “Somatic Psychologies.” However, I will ask our presenter to clarify if we do a webinar.

  5. nagster Post author

    I just finished my SE training. We (SE/FM) are a very unusual animal
    and am still figuring out how I language what I do…happy to talk as
    that always deepens my understanding.

  6. nagster Post author

    ….what I’m curious about is
    precisely non-specific trauma: the elusive everydayness of it,
    particularly as a side effect (or main effect!) of educational
    practices. I pulled this from the course description:
    “As Žižek points out, the decidedly modern trauma blindsides us:
    even experiencing it, it appears to be meaningless, to come from
    nowhere. We might even say that the most properly modern trauma is the
    inability to be traumatized at all, to experience our trauma–which is
    to say, to somehow move beyond its immediate event so that we can feel
    So if Arendt points to the “banality of evil” it seems important to
    examine banal, yet pervasive, forms of trauma. Anyway, all that to
    say, this is one of the ongoing questions I have: how can we think
    about and work with trauma, not just in its extreme and localizable
    cases, but also at the subtle threshold with everyday life?

    Looking forward to seeing what you pull together.

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