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Move Into Life: Anat Baniel Speaks With Michael Merzenich

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In the interview below, Dr. Michael Merzenich speaks with Anat Baniel about her new book, Move into Life: The Nine Essentials for Lifelong Vitality Watching the clip, I am deeply impressed with Anat’s ability to speak about Feldenkrais principles in a manner that is clear and easy-to-understand. It is an important skill that more people might want to learn. I will let the interview speak for itself:

Feldenkrais: The Next 25 Years

The video below is from: Feldenkrais: The Next 25 Years, an emerging documentary from Irene Gutteridge, whose short-term goal:

…the creation of a series of short videos, each focused on specific aspects and applications of Feldenkrais, compiled into an educational DVD.

seems to be coming to fruition, step-by-step. Very nice! You can find out more about her project on her main website overview.

Personally, I am becoming even more of an anarchist these days and less inclined to support the work in it’s present hierarchically-based primate dominance structure (how is that for a mouthful?). But when all is said and done – who knows what will finally unleash the power and potency of individuals utilizing Moshe Feldenkrais’ ideas?

Sheryl Field from Jenn Strom on Vimeo.

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Steven Gilligan Podcast: Hypnosis, Milton and Moshe

Dr. Stephen Gilligan

Dr. Stephen Gilligan

In this 35-minute interview with Dr. Stephen Gilligan, we discuss a wide-variety of topics, including some of Steve’s early experiences with Milton Erickson, his development of Self-Relations Psychotherapy and the “third” generation of hypnosis, trance and change that he is developing now.

We also talk about some of the interrelations between between somatic practices such as Ericksonian Hypnosis, Feldenkrais-based methods and the martial arts and Steve shares some delightful stories about the meetings between Moshe Feldenkrais and Milton Erickson (Erickson and Feldenkrais) in 1976.

Steve conducts a yearly “Trance Camp” in Encinitas, California, which I have attended and thoroughly recommend. He also sells Hypnosis Training CD’s, DVD’s and books

Enjoy – Ryan Nagy

Stephen Gilligan Podcast (click to download)

If you know someone would would enjoy this, would you please use the link below to forward it or to post the interview to a social networking site? Even if only one new person finds this blog and podcast it is a big help.

Linda Tellington Jones: TTouch® and Feldenkrais® (Video)

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Linda Tellington Jones of “TTouch®” fame is going to be at the Feldenkrais conference coming up in August. Famous worldwide for her work with animals, she has also trained as a Feldenkrais Practitioner.

Her workshop, Integrating Tellington TTouch® into your Professional Practice and Everyday Life is open to the public, so register and show up even if you are not a Feldenkrais Practitioner.

My first experience with the Tellingtion Touch was during the first (or maybe second?) year of my Feldenkrais Training, after buying one of her books:

I was amazed by the work. I had access to a Siberian Husky, that had apparently been abused and hurt by its previous owner. The dog was not hostile, but rather, very shy and wary, even though he was a huge and muscular animal. I spent a few minutes on perhaps two occasions, doing some basic TTouch moves along his back and side. There were certain areas of his body that were essentially “armored” with habitual muscular tension.

The changes in his behavior were astounding. He became much more outgoing, and when taking him on walks he would explore and say “hello” to people, where before he would have just walked by my side with his tail and head down.

Below, is a short-video of Linda working with a cat. Two things strike me about this video. Number one it is way too short! I would have enjoyed seeing more of Linda working with the cat. And second, for Feldenkrais Practitioners who create and post YouTube videos, notice that Linda is (ahem) SHOWING the work, she’s not just talking about…it’s always a good idea to let people SEE what you do.


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What is the Feldenkrais Method?

I will have more to say about this wonderful video later. It was all that I could do to find the time to convert the DVD and then put it up over the weekend.

Download a copy of this video:

Feldenkrais Promotional Video, Quicktime format: (78 mb): Feldenkrais Video

Feldenkrais Promotional Video, Small, Quicktime format: (20 mb): Feldenkrais Video

If you don’t have quicktime on your computer you can download it from Apple. It is frre and will run on both Windows and Apple Computers. Members of the FGNA will get a copy of this video on DVD. It will be mailed out in May.

Feldenkrais® Podcast: A Primer.

If you have never listened to a podcast or audio on you computer may want to read the text below.

Otherwise, feel free to skip the text and go directly to the podcast links at the end of this post.

What is a Podcast?

A podcast is simply an audio-file in a format that most (if not all) computers can read. You can click on each link below and then click the podcast. If you listen to it on your computer, you will probably need headphones or external speakers.

When you click each podcast-link a separate window will open. Depending on how fast your internet connection is, the audio will begin playing in 1 – 30 seconds.

Can I save the podcast and listen to it later?

Yes. Once the file has completely loaded into your computer, you can click “FILE” and then “SAVE AS” on your Internet browser to store it on your computer. You can then play it anytime that you want.

What about subscribing on iTunes?

Good idea. An easier way to use this podcast is to get iTunes. It is free and works on most PC’s and Macs: iTune Download. Once you have iTunes, search for Feldenkrais and you will see the podcast, as well as a button to subscribe. Each episode will download automatically and will be ready for your listening pleasure.

If you already have iTunes, or another podcast service, you can also click this button to subscribe right now:

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Or test the waters and just click on a few of the podcast links. The links below all go to previous podcasts. Click one. It’s ok. It won’t hurt:

Feldenkrais Podcast #1: Marty Wiener #1
Feldenkrais Podcast #2: Marty Wiener #2
Feldenkrais Podcast #3: Dr. Larry Goldfarb #1
Feldenkrais Podcast #4: Dr. Larry Goldfarb #2
Feldenkrais Podcast #5: Dr. Alan Fogel
Feldenkrais Podcast #6: Jerry Karzen

cheers – Ryan

Martin Weiner, the Feldy Forum, Feldenkrais podcasts and….

The quote below deserves so much more attention than I am going to give it right now (hey, damn it. It’s Saturday night and got things to do), but I do want to get it online.

It is from Martin (Marty) Weiner, a Feldenkrais Practitioner that I have wanted to know more about for several years. Marty practices the Feldenkrais Method in Southern California and teaches workshops to other practitioners to help them hone their craft (details about Marty’s workshops coming soon)

I expect to have an interview with Marty in the next week or so – posted here and on iTunes as podcast.

In the meantime, read below. It’s Marty’s reply to a Feldenkrais Practitioner asking for suggestions on how to work with a person who has “achilles tendonitis.”

My suggestion is that you don’t let her description and categorization of her experience as “achilles tendonitis” structure your process. When someone comes in with a diagnosis it is easy to get seduced into thinking that that [the diagnosis] is what we are treating and to go looking into our historical repetoire or someone else’s for suggestions.

We don’t treat “things”, labels, diseases etc. What makes what we do different and unique is that it is a process of discovery not treatment, a way of bringing awareness to someone and trusting that awareness (or learning) can produce desirable results in an intelligent system (and it is “intelligent” by virtue of its being a human brain–not because she is a “smart” person.) Why not simply go in and “discover” her and how she is creating the experience that she or a doctor is calling “achilles tendonitis”? Anything other than going in without a plan of action for a totally brand new situation (and all situations are brand new in each instant) misses the opportunity to explore and create with her what she needs. If there is a Feldenkrais method, that is what it is.

Good luck!

Do you have to be a Feldenkrais practitioner to view that as brilliant? I know a couple of NLP-type people and Ericksonian Hypnotherapists who might see it as well.

Feldenkrais and “Energy”

Just read a post on a blog called Research and Remedies in Human Behavior. The blogger does not allow comments, so there is no way to directly communicate with him. Here’s what he wrote:

…in my somatic education classes I have begun truly exploring my body in movement, especially what concerns the hips. I find the hip the most important part of the body. All the energy stems from there, I believe, the vital inner-core energies, pulled directly from the earth.

I find these metaphorical uses of the word “energy” interesting as they represent a false idea concerning the human body. While, I have no doubt that the quote above is real to the person writing it, there is simply no “core-energy” emerging from the hips. The person might be noticing a difference in his own experience of that area of his body. He can certainly label it energy if he so chooses. But it might be more accurate to say that the area around the hips and pelvis is where many of the largest muscles in the body connect. This area could be considered our “power center” in way, but from a physiological standpoint. Much of our ability to navigate through space comes from the very large and very strong muscles in this area, working in conjuction with the rest of ourselves. But energy? Perhaps only in the words of a poet.

A beginner’s guide to Feldenkrais lessons? Where?!

There are number of good, free resources online that can give you descriptions of the Feldenkrais Method of Learning. Larry Goldfarb, a Feldenkrais Trainer, gives away several on one of his webpages. I especially like “Felden-what?!!” and “The Three C’s.”

Heres a link to an article that I like from the Feldenkrais Guild, called, “A Beginner’s Guide to Feldenkrais Lessons.” (download will begin immediately).

You may also want to check out free Feldenkrais publications from the Feldenkrais Guild called, “SenseAbility.” There are many free downloads (pdf) about the Method on the SenseAbility page.