A few days ago, Karen Toth, an Anat Baniel Method Practitioner from Healthy Body Moves shared the video below via Facebook. It is another lovely example of someone explaining “the work” in a creative way using his or her own words. Note the lack of Feldenkrais jargon. And the professional editing. Que chido! I am not a big fan of WATCHING people do Feldenkrais, but perhaps it can be useful in certain contexts. The person in the video is Angie Buekert, 3rd yr. student in the Eugene Feldenkrais Professional Training Program which is (I believe) sponsored by Options Through Movement.
It is so nice to be able to post a video of someone speaking about the work of Moshe Feldenkrais and doing so in her own words and utilizing her own experiential base and quirkiness…and, well, not repeating all the Feldenkrais slogan BS that seems to have gained so much traction in the community (to return each person to their human dignity blah blah blah).
Though the video in total, was not entirely convincing to me, and I didn’t quite follow the mathematical example, I very much enjoyed the piece about Dorit’s “Four Feldenkrais Principles.”
The four “Feldenkrais Principles” that Dr. Aharonov mentions are:
1. Start within your comfort zone and make it even more comfortable.
2. Not to easy, not too hard: Pick and interesting challenge within your reach.
3. Move away from your desired place, and come back to it from different angles.
4. Play with it, connect it to what you know, make it your own.
I think, like many things in life, the key is knowing not only how to use those principles but when to not use them.
Special thanks to Tiffany Sankary, A Feldenkrais Practitioner in Boston for bringing this video to my attention on Facebook.
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I just got a mass email from Larry Goldfarb of Mind In Motion. In the email was a link to the video below showing brief video clips from Larry’s workshop entitled “Reclaiming Rollers.” Though I am not particularly inclined to promote the work of feldenkrais trainer’s, Larry’s video (and his work in general) stands out as being very clear, concise and focused on building skills. Rather than relying on a bunch of hooky testimonials from students or a bunch of over used “make the impossible possible” (gag) Feldenkrais quotes, the video below actually takes you INTO the workshop and into the experience of working with Larry Goldfarb.
The video will not appeal to everyone. And it would be easy to criticize the production values. But even though it is only 3-minutes long, if you are a practitioner of the work of Moshe Feldenkrais or have ever taken a training or workshop, you will likely get some value from the video. Why? Because Larry is demonstrating the work, not just talking about.
Feldenkrais Video: Reclaiming Rollers
I hesitated in posting the video below as the topic is not one that particularly resonates with me at this very moment. But I really like the idea of more and more people creating their own compilations and “mash ups” related to Moshe and his ideas.
Below we have a video and thoughts compiled by Helen Workman. I hope she creates some more to share. The voice you hear near the end is John Chester, MD. John took some time during and after his training to triangulate the ideas he learned in his Feldenkrais training with what he called, “the functional neurology of the skeleton.”
For me, written, audio and video representations of what Moshe said or did are nothing more than a potential source of ideas. And Moshe himself could do no more than attempt point to an idea through his words and movement. But they can, at times, be a useful place to begin:
Download the video to your computer: Feldenkrais Video Skeleten And Consciousness.
Special thanks to Lea Kauffman who made me aware of the above video through an email promoting a workshop: Alan Questel, Skeletal Power (In Mexico).
A video (1 of 3) of Feldenkrais Practitioner Karen Sellman giving an introduction to “the work” at the Forth Annual Soft Tissue Therapy* conference in Manly, Australia.
Karen is teaching one of the “Book on the Foot” lessons. A pretty gutsy choice for teaching people new to the work, but she pulls it off. Well done. This is a experience the participants will not soon forget…
Notice how people start sinking into their own experience and getting progressively quieter and stiller during the rest breaks. You can also notice Karen’s speech and walking slow down as the session continues:
STT 2010 Feldenkrais – Karen Sellman (Part 1 of 3) por Radical_Posture
By the way – Did you notice how the video creator kept their URL on screen on the lower right hand corner the entire time. A good marketing technique. Did you go to their site? It certainly made it easier for me to find the site and link to it.
* Soft tissue if very important if you cry a lot during therapy.
I loved it. And I’m not going to mess that up by analyzing it or verbalizing. I’ll stick with the feeling of what happens. Thanks Brad. More please.
More information about Brad Beldner: Integratred Bodywork (San Francisco Bay Area).
It’s only a twelve-minute clip, but it’s worth watching. Do so now before it gets taken down for copyright violation.
Also, there are MUCH better ways to share Dr. Feldenkrais videos than simply using YouTube. If you really want to get him more airtime and to promote the work, I suggest you sign-up for a TubeMogul account. TubeMogul will help you to share Feldenkrais videos on many, many video sharing websites at once. You can upload a video of Dr. Feldenkrais ONCE and send it to multiple sites instantly. TubeMogul will do the work for you….and it’s free. If enough people are willing to do this, it will be virtually impossible for any organization to stop the spread of the work.
And if you get banned for sharing copyrighted material? Don’t worry about it. Just create another account from another email address.
Oops! I nearly forgot. I found out about this video from Barret Dorko’s twitter feed at: http://twitter.com/#!/wrtrohio Barret is a very intelligent man with some great ideas and links to many online resources. He, of course, has nothing to do with the content of this post. If you are a practitioner or fan of Moshe Feldenkrais and his work, I suggest that you follow Barrett.
My apologies. I just noticed another video, post session:
“Dancers have created a whole global laboratory online. Kids in Japan are taking moves from a YouTube video created in Detroit, building on it within days and releasing a new video, while teenagers in California are taking the Japanese video and remixing it to create a whole new dance style.” – Jonathan Chu, Filmaker.
In less than two years, the video below showing a small portion of a Feldenkrais Functional Integration session has been viewed on YouTube over 269,000 times. It has twice the number of views of the professionally produced Feldenkrais promo that was posted nearly 4 years ago and more views – by far – than any other Feldenkrais video posted to date. Would you have been able to predict that by viewing the video? I certainly would not have.
The video was probably not professionally produced. It looks like it was shot with a simple flip video camera or something similar. And yet it has the largest number of views of any Feldenkrais video on YouTube. Maybe you like the video maybe you don’t. But someone certainly does. And it’s clearly being shared and watched. And I’m guessing that it has helped the practitioner build his practice
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Eli Wadler, one of Moshe Feldenkrais’s original students, has several videos online of him giving a Functional Integration session. Well worth viewing. It’s not only smart marketing, it’s good for the method, good for learning, and good for the diffusion of innovation. If you would like a brief overview of the importance of online video for sharing innovation, I highly recommend Chris Anderson’s TED Talk: How Web Video Powers Global Innovation.
Eli Wadler, Feldenkrais, Functional Integration Session, Part 1
Eli teaches in Germany and Switzerland and you can learn more about him on his web: Eli Wadler Feldenkrais.