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Feldenkrais Podcast #15: Dr. Stephen Gilligan

A Conversatation With Stephen Gilligan

Thanks to my good friend Michale Beale, a Business NLP Trainer from the U.K. I can offer you a conversation with Dr. Stephen Gilligan.

One of John Grinder and Richard Bandler’s original students, and also a student of Milton H. Erickson, Stephen is now an internationally respected trainer of hypnosis.

He is the author of numerous books in the area of hypnosis and psychotherapy including, “Therapeutic Trances: The Cooperation Principle in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy” He also wrote the “The Courage to Love: Principles and Practices of Self-Relations Psychotherapy” – to name just two of the many books, chapters and articles that he has written over the years.

Steve runs a yearly hypnosis training near San Diego, California called “Trance Camp.” Trance Camp is an experiential workshop for those interested in exploring hypnotic states and their relevance to creativity, change and personal evolution. (I spent 2 weeks in Steve’s trance camp back in 2001 and it was quite delightful. It’s kind of like the first year of a Feldenkrais training – I don’t remember much of but I know it was amazing.)

In years past, I know that Stephen has invited Feldenkrais Practitioners to teach daily Awareness Through Movement Lessons at his workshops. I am also under the impression that Stephen is the person who introduced Moshe Feldenkrais and Milton Erickson and was present at several of their meetings. I hope to talk to him personally about this in a future podcast.

For now, please enjoy Michael Beale and his conversation Dr. Stephen Gilligan:

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Feldenkrais Podcast #12: Dr. Frank Wildman

Dr. Wildman is perhaps one of the most prolific Feldenkrais Trainers having taught dozens of Feldenkrais Trainings in areas as such as the U.S., Japan, Australia and many countries in Europe. In this aproximately 35 minute conversation I talk with Frank about whether the Feldenkrais Method is more accepted in certain parts of the world and what might account for that.

We have a wide and varied conversation, discussing the marketing and the “perceived value”of the method, mentioning some recently succesfull examples of marketing acumen as found in Pilates and Yoga. Frank mentions the need for effective business models and business skills, to help spread the Feldenkrais Method.

I ask Frank about some of the historical details about the early Feldenkrais trainings and to speak to some of Moshe’s early thoughts about the Feldenkrias Method as a profession.

We end with a brief conversation about Dr. Wildman’s workshop, “Your Brain as the Core of Strength and Stability.” Short video’s of which you can see elsewhere on this blog.

Feldenkrais Podcast #12: Download Podcast With Dr. Frank Wildman

For more information about Frank and his trainings and products, please take a look at the Feldenkrais Movement Institute Website.

Feldenkrais Podcast #9: Alan Questel on Creativity

This is Part Two of my conversation with Alan Questel. In this 20 minute Feldenkrais Podcast we discuss creativity and embodying the creative process. Can creativity be taught with the Feldenkrais Method? Was Moshe actually using Awareness Through Movement to teach creativity? Listen to Alan’s thoughts on these and other topics.

Part Two: Download: A conversation with Alan Questel

The CD Set, “Creating Creativity: Embodying the Creative Process” can be purchased directly from Alan Questel – ASQUESTEL AT

You can also purchase if from Seth Paris at Easy Movement

Feldenkrais Podcast #8: Alan Questel

As promised, Part 1 of my long-awated podcast with Alan Questel, Feldenkrais Trainer. Sorry for the delay!

In my conversation with Alan he speaks about some of the new teaching and learning strategies that he is using in his latest Feldenkrais Training programs, as he explores several questions:

Are there more effective ways to teach Functional Integration and Awareness Through Movement? How is it possible to evolve the Feldenkrais Method?

An important distinction that Alan talks about in this podcast is the difference between “competence” and “confidence.” What happens when a Feldenkrais student has finished his or her training? They have been certified “competent” to begin practicing the work, but perhaps do not FEEL confident about their abilities? Can Feldenkrais training programs help to address this issue? Alan Questel thinks that they can.

Enjoy. And stay tuned for Part 2 of this conversation where we talk about creativity and embodying the creative process.

Feldenkrais Podcast with Download Alan Questel Podcast

Feldenkrais Podcast #6 : Jerry Karzen

Jerry Karzen in Hawaii

Jerry Karzen in Hawaii

Jerry Karzen – One of Moshe Feldenkrais’ original American students. Find out how Jerry found himself in the San Francisco International Feldenkrais Training in 1977. And how he ultimately came to become a close friend of Dr. Feldenkrais and organize the Amherst Training in 1980.

Learn the story behind Jerry’s filming of Moshe Feldenkrais that has left us with an enduring video legacy of Dr. Feldenkrais teaching Awareness Through Movement and giving Functional Integration lessons. Jerry shares some wonderful, and sometimes personal, anecdotes of his relationship with Moshe and about the Amherst Training.

Jerry – Thanks for taking the time to do this. I hope we do it again – Ryan

Feldenkrais Podcast #6: A conversation with Jerry Karzen

Feldenkrais Podcast #5: Dr. Alan Fogel

I first came across Dr. Fogel’s work through a presentation arranged by Mark Reese back in 1998..or so. Mark brought Alan to one of his San Diego Feldenkrais Trainings to give a 1-day workshop on…well, I don’t remember what it was on, but it was really, really, cool and it made perfect sense at the time. The main benefit of going to Alan’s workshop was that I become aware of his book:

Which is a GREAT read, especially when you are working a dead-end temp-job with nothing much to do. Anyway, I read all of Alan’s research – even the stuff that didn’t make a damn bit of sense to me and I – sigh – applied and got into graduate school at the University of Utah.

At least in Utah when you say that you are a “graduate student” people know what you mean. I used to tell people that I was a “Feldenkrais Practitioner” but they would usually just grab their children and quickly walk away. That’s really a pisser for your self-esteem. There must have been some famous utah polygamist named “Ryan Feldenkrais” or something. So anyhow, here’s a most-excellent podcast with Dr. Alan Fogel, Professor of Psychology at the University, Rosen Method Bodywork Practitioner and a really nice guy. Find out how Dr. Fogel’s somatic journeys have influenced his personal life and scientific research:

Feldenkrais Podcast with Dr. Alan Fogel
If you want to know more about Dr. Fogel’s research, please visit the Fogel Infant Lab Website.

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Feldenkrais Podcast #4 : Dr. Larry Goldfarb discusses Feldenkrais Research

imgresIn this podcast with Larry Goldfarb, and the next with Alan Fogel (coming soon), we discuss some issues related to Feldenkrais research.

What are the roles of research in a “systemic” methodology such as the Feldenkrais Method? Can research inform Feldenkrais practice? Is it possible that researchers are actually looking for Feldenkrais principles but do not know it? We will also discuss some major “categories” and intentions of scientific research.

Most importantly, when you listen to this podcast, you will be able to find out what makes Larry Goldfarb cry…

cheers! – Ryan

Another conversation with Dr. Larry Goldfarb

Near the end of this podcast, Larry and I discuss his “more or less” monthly newsletter. If you would like to sign up for it, please send an email You can also take a look at some of Larry’s products and workshops that are available at EasyMovement.

Feldenkrais Podcast #3 : A conversation with Dr. Larry Goldfarb

This is the first of two conversations that I have had with Dr. Goldfarb. In this conversation we focus on Larry’s use of technology to train Feldenkrais Practitioners. I contacted him to be on the Feldenkrais Podcast because Larry really seems to “get” technology and I wanted to know how he employs it in his Feldenkrais Training Programs. Enjoy! – Ryan

A conversation with Larry Goldfarb
If you are interested in purchasing any of Dr. Goldfarb’s products, please take a look at the EasyMovement website.

Larry’s main website is at

Feldenkrais Podcast #2 : Further down the Rabbit Hole with Marty Weiner

Feldenkrais Podcast #2 : Further down the Rabbit Hole with Marty Weiner

Or click the link to download the podcast:
Another conversation with Martin Weiner (not Wiener)

The article that Marty and I touch on during our conversation can be downloaded by clicking: Awareness in Functional Integration.

My first podcast with Marty can be found here: Feldenkrais Podcast #1: A Conversation with Martin Weiner.

Martin Weiner’s Death

Marty died several years after this podcast aired. I had it in mind to do another session with him. We talked briefly about the idea, but it never came to pass. On the page that you can reach by clicking below are my thoughts on his death. His voice is sorely missed within the Feldenkrais community. We needed him and we need more like him: Martin Weiner, 1943-2011