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Feldenkrais Around The Web

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Last night I received my once-a-week google alert for the term “Feldenkrais.” Google sends me an email with every mention of the the word “Feldenkrais” that it picks up around the web. The list includes blogs, websites, forums, and all points in between.

I took the list, inserted links, cut out the spam and pasted it below. I thought you might like to take a look at what your colleagues, friends and the general public are saying about the method.

Google News Alert for: Feldenkrais

Google Blogs Alert for: Feldenkrais

Personal Euphoria: Feldenkrais
By Maggie Downie
Feldenkrais, from my understanding, is about body awareness and learning how it feels to move your body in different ways. We spent the majority of the workshop moving our pelvis in different directions (up and down, left and right, …
Personal Euphoria – http://personaleuphoria.blogspot.com/

feldypt: This feels like Feldenkrais®!
By feldypt
The best part was when the exhibitors told me that when the pariticpants tried out the SR, they either said, “oh this will be much better for my older clients, or they said “this is truly Feldenkrais.” This was the biggest show room …
feldypt – http://feldypt.blogspot.com/

Feldenkrais® Centre Vancouver
Tags: Feldenkrais Method, olympic experience, Olympic volunteer, Vita Kolodny. This entry was posted on Thursday, February 18th, 2010 at 12:59 pm and is filed under Olympic Experiences. You can follow any responses to this entry through …
Feldenkrais® Centre Vancouver – http://www.feldenkraisvancouver.com/blog/

Simple Horse: I Dream of Judo

The day before I had begun reading Higher Judo by Moshe Feldenkrais. Feldenkrais is best known as the originator of the school of movement education that bears his name. He was also a physicist and engineer as well as an early student …
Simple Horse – http://simplehorse.blogspot.com/

Wish you were more flexible? | evolutionvt.com

You do not need prior Feldenkrais experience to enjoy this workshop. If you have never taken a Feldenkrais class before, please show up 10 minutes early, so Uwe can explain the main principles of the Feldenkrais-Method. Saturday, Feb. …
evolutionvt.com – http://evolutionvt.com/evoblog/

Wake UP Feldenkrais: sitting and side bending
Passions: Permaculture, yoga, gardening, walking, being in nature, the work of Byron Katie, the Feldenkrais Method, the Anat Baniel Method, raw and whole foods, wild foods, ongoing love/ happiness/ ecological usefulness, …
Wake UP Feldenkrais – http://wakeup-feldenkrais.blogspot.com/

Franklin Humanities Institute » Blog Archive » Singin’ on Broadway …

… by Leda Scearce on healthy vocal production, a talk by Cathy McNeela on auditioning for college and for professional work, master classes by Wayne Wyman, Sandra Cotton, and Leda Scearce, and a Feldenkrais workshop with Maxine Davis. …
Franklin Humanities Institute – http://www.fhi.duke.edu/

day 25 Moshe Feldenkrais, San Fran « blogosfeld

I’m sure there are many Feldenkrais Practitioners out there thinking that I am making a big deal out of something they do every day. For example if you have a private practice you probably practice Feldenkrais everyday for more than an …
blogosfeld – http://blogosfeld.wordpress.com/

NorthEast MD Feldenkrais: practice, practice, practice

NorthEast MD Feldenkrais. A student’s view of the process of learning to be Feldenkrais Practioner. Feldenkrais links. Feldenkrais Guild of North America. Blog Archive. ? 2010 (1). ? February (1). practice, practice, practice …
NorthEast MD Feldenkrais – http://northeastmdfeldenkrais.blogspot.com/

How do you exercise the neck muscles that controls moving the head …

I was having chronic headaches and neck pain and I went to my son’s Feldenkrais PT (he has CP) and after 4 months, I no longer have neck pain or headaches. Feldenkrais is different than traditional PT and it works really well for people …
No Exercise Klub – http://www.noexerciseklub.com/

Primal Wisdom: Primal Feet Update: Biomechanics of Barefooting and …

Some years ago, when I got some Feldenkrais Method “Awareness Through Movement” education sessions with Jeff Haller, he noticed that I spent more time on one foot than the other when walking, but I could not detect it myself — at least …
Primal Wisdom – http://donmatesz.blogspot.com/

USAF Mom’s Tour at Home: Exercising the SMART way

Moshe Feldenkrais originated one method of neuromuscular re-education. A Russian-born physicist who grew up in Palestine and was educated at the Sorbonne, Parishe conducted some of first experiments in atomic research and is …
USAF Mom’s Tour at Home – http://www.usafmomstour.com/

Full Bridge! – Dragon Door Forums

I have been taking a Feldenkrais Movement course and I was able to apply one of the lessons to bridging. What I discovered is that you need to elongate the pelvis and create a slight arch in your upper back to place the hands firmly on …
Dragon Door Forums – http://kbforum.dragondoor.com/kettlebells-strength-conditioning-forum/141347-full-bridge.html

Conscious Musing: Video: To Correct is Incorrect

Video: To Correct is Incorrect. This video explains some of the qualities of the Feldenkrais Method that are nearest and dearest to my heart. I hope you enjoy this small window into one of my greatest passions. …
Conscious Musing – http://consciousmovements.blogspot.com/

Taking Steps « Somanaut’s Blog

IMG_0221. Dan Schmidt is a Feldenkrais practitioner and a bodyworker in Salt Lake City, UT. He has been working in private practice and clinical settings for 18 years. He teaches classes for the public and for massage therapists. …
Somanaut’s Blog – http://somanaut.wordpress.com/

Uncensored Magazine | Help Your Child To Learn (book review) and …

… could be identified – were also utilised as appropriate as well as referrals made to therapists offering sound therapies, Feldenkrais and other relevant therapies in the cases of children who would benefit from these treatments. …
Uncensored Magazine – http://uncensored.co.nz/2010/02/22/help-your-child-to-learn-book-review-and-move-to-learn-dvd-review/

Breathing Quotes « The Breathing Blog

Page 37 of Awareness Through Movement by Moshe Feldenkrais. “To have a minimum of stress, and therefore of strain, within the body, not only must the structure as a whole be in balanced relation with the outside forces, but each part …
The Breathing Blog – http://mountainpeakmusic.wordpress.com/2010/02/21/breathing-quotes/

Google Web Alert for: Feldenkrais

Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement (ongoing)
Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement with Iren Romoda These lessons use the innate capacity of the human nervous system to learn new patterns of moving, …
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/cls/1596979827.html

Inside Dance: Feldenkrais Awareness Through movement at Springstep …
Find info about Inside Dance: Feldenkrais Awareness Through movement, happening on March 11 at Springstep. This class uses verbally guided movement
http://calendar.boston.com/medford-ma/events/show/101818825-inside-dance-feldenkrais-awareness-through-movement

YouTube – Cerebral Palsy: Working with childhood motor disorders
Sheryl Field, Assistant Trainer of The Feldenkrais Method, has been practicing since her … Childhood Motor Disorders: Feldenkrais & The Field Center
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rKKyvUh8dA

Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Class – Feldenkrais in Somerville, MA with TiffanySankary in Somerville, MA, 02143 – Weekly from 02/12/2010 …
http://www.teachstreet.com/somerville-ma/alternative-health-education/feldenkrais-in-somerville-ma/cl-76fhbdukps

Feldenkrais® Hawaii : Awareness Through Movement® : Functional …
Moshe Feldenkrais was born in the Ukrainian town of Slavuta. In 1918, he left his family, then living in Baranovichi, Belarus, to emigrate to Israel. …
http://feldenkraishawaii.com/moshe.php?id=5

Reviews – Steve Duke : Saxophone – Feldenkrais Practitioner
Steve Duke, Saxophone. Recording Artist, Feldenkrais Practitioner
http://www.steveduke.net/feldenkrais/appl_feld.shtml

Feldenkrais Method classes Dublin
Weekly classes in the Feldenkrais Method, a gentle and effective way of learning … Feldenkrais Method ‘Awareness through Movement’ lessons help you learn …
http://www.learningpoint.ie/courses/feldenkrais-method-classes/

Feldenkrais Workshop Schedule
Feldenkrais Associates Workshop Schedule. … A full service Feldenkrais studio in downtown Manhattan 41 Union Square West Room 1009. New York, NY 10003 …
http://www.feldenkraisassociates.com/acting/index.html
Dynamic Sitting Feldenkrais Workshop – Fredericton Health & Beauty
certified feldenkrais practitioner carolyn townsend presents “dynamic sitting” feldenkrais workshop friday, march 5, 6-9pm & saturday, march 6, …
http://fredericton.kijiji.ca/c-services-health-beauty-Dynamic-Sitting-Feldenkrais-Workshop-W0QQAdIdZ186721357

Awareness Through Movement : Moshe Feldenkrais (Paperback, 1991 …
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Want to Feel Vibrant Again? Try Feldenkrais Method!
Things started changing when I decided to check out a Feldenkrais Method Class at a local fitness center. Today I can hardly believe I’m the same person.
http://www.squidoo.com/want-to-feel-vibrant-try-feldenkrais

Feldenkrais Method
Read more information and articles on the Feldenkrais Method and other wellness therapies from Dr. Weil, your trusted health advisor:
http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART00467/Feldenkrais-Method.html

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Think Your Pain Symptoms are Caused by a Structural Problem? Think Again.

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Have you or a loved one ever been in that uncomfortable position of asking a health provider:

“What is the cause of my back pain?

“…shoulder pain?”

“…neck pain?”

or some other painful condition? And your well-meaning nurse, doctor, or physical therapist was kind enough to do a “diagnosis” with an MRI or X-Ray, solemnly telling you afterward that the cause was:

a torn rotator cuff

degenerative disc disease

disc protrusion

or some other scary and official sounding “cause”? And those explanations sound convincing, do they not? If a person has intense and recurring back pain and someone shows them an x-ray with a “herniated disk” that disk must be the cause, right? After all, SOMETHING must be causing the pain. It is difficult to not associate pain that with some type of structural abnormality…especially when someone who is supposed to be an authority on pain tells you so.

But do structural anomalies cause pain?

Is it true that disk protrusions, torn rotator cuffs, herniated disks and the like actually cause pain? It’s not a trivial question. If a surgeon believes a spinal problem is causing a pain symptom, he or she may want to conduct an expensive and invasive surgery to “fix” the structural “problem.” The “cure” could cost tens of thousands of dollars and require months of recuperation. It might be nice to know if structural abnormalities are a necessary and sufficient cause of pain.

I’m not going to directly answer the question of whether so-called structural problems cause pain symptoms. You will have to be the judge. I will give you some information from several studies that demonstrate how many people with structural issues are, in fact, pain-free. In other words, the research shows that some people have pain “causes” and yet do not report pain symptoms. Let’s begin.

Pain and the Lower (Lumbar) Spine

The first research I will cite was conducted in 1991 and reported in the Journal of Neuroimaging (cited in PubMed). The researchers used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to examine the lumbar spine (the lower part of the spine) of 66 asymptomatic people. Asymptomatic means they had no back pain.

Given that they had no back pain, they had structurally perfect lower backs, right?

Not so fast.

Twelve of the people in the study (18%) had either a disc protrusion or a herniated disk of some kind. Twenty-six of the people in the study (39%) had a bulge that could associated with degenerative disc disease. In addition, there were many other structural issues found, including spinal stenosis, and narrowed nerve root canals. The researcher’s conclusion? “Degenerative disc disease is a common finding in asymptomatic [pain-free] adults…”

Pain and the Cervical Spine (Neck Region)

Next up, a more recent study, reported in 2005 in the European Journal of Radiology (PubMed). This study examined the cervical spine of 30 pain-free individuals. The cervical spine is the seven vertabrae at the top of your spine, beginning at the base of the skull and ending near the top of your shoulders. Again, 30 people who have no reports or history of pain near the cervical spine likely have no structural problems in that area, right?

Au contraire.

An astounding 73% of the sample (22 of 30) had a “bulging disk”! Fifty percent of the sample had a “disk protrusion”. The thought occurs to me that if the majority of the sample had a bulging disk perhaps having a bulging disk is normal? In that particular sample it certainly was not out of the ordinary. Let’s do one more.

Shoulder Pain and the Rotator Cuff

This one is from the Annals of The Royal College of Surgeons of England and was published in 2006 (Full-text online: Dead Men, and Radiologists Don’t Lie). This study is a review study, meaning they did a review of many different studies that had already been conducted. They reviewed the prevalence of rotator cuff tears in people who had reported pain and people who had not. Interestingly, they reported on studies of living people as well as cadaver studies of people who had died. In the cadaver studies, on average, people who had pain symptoms in the shoulder area had rotator cuff tears at a rate of 42%. Meaning that only 42% of those who were in pain had a rotator cuff injury. And for those without any pain? About the same: 39% of them had injuries.

The study of living people was a bit different. According the the studies 26% of pain-free people had rotator cuff injuries and 49% of those in pain had injuries. The researchers concluded that “rotator cuff tears demonstrated radiologically during investigation of the shoulder may well not be responsible for the presenting symptoms.” In plain english, rotator cuff injuries might not be the cause of pain symptoms.

You’ve got the take home message by now? According to the research, pain and structural problems are not necessarily related. Be wary when someone tells you that they are, even if they have an X-Ray or MRI scan to “prove” it. Get a second opinion. Look for other factors.

I am not a medical doctor, nor am I giving medical device. I am merely reporting on the literature that has been produced. Do not make any medical decisions based on my opinions.

Of Feldenkrais, Chickens and Movement Possibility

The YouTube video below had been viewed nearly 500,000 times at the time I posted it below. It shows the “strange to us” ability of a chicken to keep its head completely still, even as the rest of its body moves in different directions.

As a student of Moshe Feldenkrais and other movement scientists, I am fascinated by the untapped possibility that chickens oops! …that human beings have for movement.

The brilliance of Dr. Feldenkrais was he found that it is possible to teach a person new movement possibilities – not by stretching nor exercise, but by giving a person new sensory-motor experience from which to learn.

Enjoy! – Ryan

Thanks to Dan Schmidt, Feldenkrais Practitioner for bringing this video to my attention.

Is Feldenkrais a Cult?!

There is a conversation on a private Feldenkrais forum related to some people’s perception of the Feldenkrais Method as a cult. The forum conversation is mainly regarding marketing. That is, finding better ways to explain Feldenkrais principles and introduce people to the work.

However, I know from my website database that many people search for the term, “Feldenchrist” on google. I have assumed that is some type of misunderstanding that comes about when some hears a foreign-sounding word and has to make some sense out of it.

I was curious if there was any information on the internet about Feldenkrais as a “cult.” I conducted a brief search on Google and previewed the first 100 or so websites that came up under the keyword phrase “Feldenkrais Cult.” The search led me to two listings (bold emphasis mine).

From QuakWatch.com

Feldenkrais Method® (Feldenkrais technique): Mode of bodywork originated in Israel by physicist and engineer Moshe Feldenkrais, D.Sc. (1904-1984). It is a form of “movement reeducation” whose alleged results include “increased levels of vital energy” (“renewed inner vitality”). The method has two “aspects”: (1) private, one-on-one instruction (Functional Integration), and (2) group instruction (Awareness Through Movement).

And from New Zealand Cults:

“Feldenkrais Method, The. Not Yet Rated. In effect a subset of Somatic Education, it is marketed in New Zealand under such names as Move To Improve. Basic idea seems to be that much body pain and physical restrictions (lack of movement) aren’t caused by old age but by learned habits and repetitive poor use of the body. OK so far. However the Feldenkrais Method, like many other alternative physical therapies, claims that by its application all sorts of things can be fixed, stress reduced, etc. There is no credible research evidence to substantiate such claims, and so is considered an alternative treatment. Although it is included in a prominant NZ online New Age resource listing, it may not be particularly New Age itself, but it and its practitioners often do have strong links to the New Age.”

The entries above, mild as they may be, are making insinuations without a shred of data and no attempts to define terms. Quakwatch mentions the “alleged results” of “increased vital energy.” What in the hell is increased vital energy? I have certainly never heard someone make that claim about the Feldenkrais Method and have no idea what it is or for what it stands. Could Quakwatch be kind enough to cite a reference for the quote above? Is that not standard scientific procedure? They are saying, in essence, “It’s not scientific, take our word for it.”

There is a growing pool of research regarding the Feldenkrais Method. Although it is certainly not overwhelming there are many attempts and many peer-reviewed articles concerning the Feldenkrais Method. (For a sadly outdated list that I have not updated recently, see: http://www.psych.utah.edu/feldenkrais/index.php (Sorry, the U of Utah deleted my website after I left grad school.

And the New Zealand cult network wants to associate the Feldenkrais Method with the “New Age.” Although, admittedly, it’s a meaningless term undefined by most who use it – including the people who write for the New Zealand cult network. I would think that a group attempting to steer people away from cults (a worthy undertaking) would do more to define what the heck they are talking about.

So called “scientific methods” when applied to human affairs are a notoriously slippery slope. I have been, and remain, completely shocked at the utter garbage that I was exposed to when undergoing a PhD program in Psychology at the University of Utah. The terms that were bandied about – latent variables, manifest variables, internal working models, cognitive structures, etc. etc. ad naseum. Sometimes the concepts are useful and can lead us into empirically testable hypothesis. Sometimes there is nothing behind them except an untested, naive belief that human behavior has “causes” that need scientific sounding names and numbers to describe them. Maybe they do – but if you can’t find one in the physical world, simply making a cause up and giving it a name is hardly science.

It’s not clear to me that “Feldenkrais Research” as it stands is going to do much better. I hope that in the zeal to gain the external stamp of approval from “science” that Feldenkrais Practitioners do not end up losing what makes the method so unique – helping living, breathing, human beings created actionable and meaningful differences in their lives.

So, is the Feldenkrais Method a “cult”? I think the answer is “no.” Though people can use the work in cult-like ways. Is there a “scientific basis” for it? Well, go to PubMed or another research website and you will find some evidence in support of the work.

The Invisible and Impotent FeldyForum

The FeldyForum is an online Yahoo Group moderated by Ralph Strauch. In the words of the moderator it is:

…an independent online forum to facilitate communication within the Feldenkrais community worldwide…Memberships are limited to Feldenkrais Practitioners and students in Feldenkrais Professional Training Programs.

I would like to add one more fact about the FeldyForum. From the standpoint of internet search engines such as Google,

the FeldyForum is I-N-V-I-S-I-B-L-E.

The posts are not indexed and can rarely, if ever, be found on the search engine results pages. Although this may be fine for the purposes of Feldenkrais practitioners speaking to each other online, it does nothing for the growth of the method and does not allow members of the public to learn, read, nor find out about the method.

Considering that there are 1000’s of posts written every year on hundreds of topics, the invisible posts seem like a great waste. Why not give members of the public a chance to read the ideas? Why not give them an opportunity to read the words of so many talented Feldenkrais practitioners? Give them a chance to see how the method could benefit them?

How many millions of people do searches on Google every day? And on Yahoo and MSN? An open and indexed feldenkrais forum could bring in tens of thousands of readers every year, any one of whom might decide to learn more about the Feldenkrais Method, contact a practitioner or take a class or workshop. It’s the kind of publicity that would be hard to buy.

Thinking that doesn’t change your action isn’t thinking…?

Is that the quote from Moshe? How about, “forum posts that can’t be read can’t change the world?” (nor build your practice). A community that wants more visibility, is not served by private communications read by only a select few. A method that is not increasing it’s exposure and ability to be found on the internet is cutting itself off from the greatest communication tool and idea-spreader that has ever existed in the human world. Ignore it at your own peril.

You can’t wave a magic wand and get the Yahoo posts indexed. Neither can you force other practitioners to start their own blog. You can’t force them to be found online. But you can begin to engage the world through the internet. Take a class. Start a blog. Comment on other people’s blog posts. Post on forums read by people “outside” the community. i.e Do something, anything, that you think might make a difference, while you learn along the way.

Or not.

It’s your choice.

But doing nothing is the royal road to irrelevance.

Core Integration Video by Dr. Josef DellaGrotte

Josef Dellagrotte in Stow and Watertown, MA (Massachusetts), sent me a brief video about his Core Integration system and I uploaded it to YouTube. See below. I will have more to say about Josef’s work later and I may be selling some of his products here as mp3 downloads. Check back soon?

By the way, there are many other Feldenkrais and related videos on this blog for your viewing pleasure: Feldenkrais Video

The Vagus, Feldenkrais, and Anna Nicole Smith (??)

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Last week I had a meeting with my dissertation advisor, Alan Fogel, and he had some anatomy pictures on his computer screen related the “Vagus.” I have to admit, I do not know much about the Vagus and I never found out why Alan was looking at the pictures – perhaps in relation to a new book he is writing. Alan and I will be having podcast-conversation in a few days, I will be sure to ask him what he is up to – other than nagging me to get my dissertation done.

Coincidentally, I bumped into a website this morning that mentions Moshe Feldenkrais, the Vagus (Vagal Stimulation) and Depression…as well as a reference to Anna Nicole Smith. I’ll let you make the connections yourself at this man’s website. I will simply post his quotation by Dr. Feldenkrais:

“Find your true weakness and surrender to it. Therein lies the path to genius. Most people spend their lives using their strengths to overcome or cover up their weaknesses. Those few who use their strengths to incorporate their weaknesses, who don’t divide themselves, those people are very rare.”

Taken from Charles Donovan at http://www.mydepressionspace.com/

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“My Feldenkrais Lessons”

The next podcast will be up in about 48 hours. In the meantime take a look at this blog post, by a Feldenkrais Student. His blog is called “pictures from my cell phone:”

Once a week, on Wednesdays, after swimming forty lengths in the pool, I get on my motorcycle and go to the place where there are lessons given according to the Feldenkrais method. This weekly hour is very important to me because even swimming cannot correct the damage that bicycle riding does to my back.

Pictures from my Cell Phone

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Feldenkrais: A reason to be cheerful.

I thought this was cute – a short list by a blogger on reasons to be cheerful. She mentions winter sunlight, bubble baths and Feldenkrais: Reasons to be cheerful.

Also, the following online article is short on detail, but it does mention the Feldenkrais Method:

With God’s help, Batya lived through the night. After a few days, she was off the respirator and breathing on her own.

The infant underwent Feldenkrais, a method that accesses the nervous system’s own innate processes to change and refine functioning. Baby Batya progressed to being a paraplegic, gaining the use of her upper body when she was about six months old.

Lani appreciated the smallest increments of progress — even the duration that an object would stay in her daughter’s tiny hand without falling out.

Full article at One Village.