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Feldenkrais Video: Reclaiming Rollers

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


Feldenkrais Video: More of Moshe Feldenkrais At CERN

More than a year ago, I had the pleasure of posting a link of a video of Moshe Feldenkrais giving a Functional Integration session at CERN in Geneva: Feldenkrais at Cern. Now, thanks to the efforts of a reader of this blog, I can post links to portions of Moshe’s lecture at CERN.

I have not listened to this lecture in quite some time, so I cannot comment other than too say that the first time I heard it in a Feldenkrais workshop, I really enjoyed. It seems to me that I learned something from it to. Though I don’t remember what. Not in words anyways.

Here’s the first video, with links to the other below it.

Feldenkrais at CERN, Part 1 (Lecture)




Feldenkrais at CERN, Part Two: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSuff5FwAbk

Feldenkrais at CERN, Part Three: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLj9tsoxRkM

Moshe Feldenkrais on his touch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W15fQ0FswaY

Moshe Feldenkrais Video: Biology and Posture

Moshe Feldenkrais: Judo master, physicist, and electrical engineer speaks about posture and thinking. “Good posture” from a Feldenkrais perspective is neutral. That is, a person with good posture has organized himself or herself in a way that allows him or her to move in any direction without preparation or hesitation.

Moshe Feldenkrais on Biology and Posture

Frank Wildman On The Today Show

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Frank Wildman Video

This is how its done! Frank Wildman in a 9-minute interview on the The Today Show in Australia.

Note: It’s Frank Wildman. Not Frank Wildman channeling a dead guy and talking about Moshe. Not Frank Wildman talking about “restoring each person to their human dignity” or some other Feldenkrias blah blah quote*. Frank is using contemporary, easy-to-understand language and anecdotes. Very engaging and inspiring.

And I must say, Frank looks about 10 years younger than last time I saw him. Hmm. Could it be he is Changing His Age?

Enjoy:

*Please note: I have nothing against Feldenkrais “blah blah” quotes nor quoting dead guys. I do it all the time. Especially, Moshe “What’s His Face.” He’s very quotable. Kind of fat. Not very cute. But very quotable. But there is a time and a place for it. And speaking to the public is not it. If you want people to think you are part of a religious cult, or are just a general whacko, don’t look directly at them. Stare off into space, look very intense and say, “What I’m after is to restore each person to their human dignity.”

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International Feldenkrais Federation Files YouTube Complaint

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I suppose it had to happen eventually – The International Feldenkrais Federation Distribution Center (IFF-DC) filed a claim with YouTube and asked them to take down clips that were posted by Paul Doron and a few others. The clips were of Moshe Feldenkrais at the Amherst Training in the early 1980’s.

I guess its all part of a secret plan to help make Moshe’s work popular, by keeping it a secret? (Apparently, parasitic action takes legal forms as well.)

No One Benefits From Hiding Moshe

Though I understand the desire to protect the copyrights, there does not seem to be a plan by the IFF about how to use the materials for the betterment of the community and to grow the work.

Moshe’s work – all of our work – becomes more powerful and more valuable the more it is known. Is that not obvious in the internet age? Who is a better spokesmen for the method than the man, himself? His ideas – and your ideas – and your student’s ideas – can be broadcast worldwide at the click of a button. And this a bad thing?! Something that we need to protect ourselves from?

According to the IFF website (http://feldenkrais-method.org/en/node/1943) one of the purposes of the IFF is:

To collect and archive the legacy of educational materials developed by Moshe Feldenkrais and make this heritage available to all teachers of the Method.(3,4)

Nope. Wrong phrasing. Here’s a more useful one:

To collect and archive and share the legacy of educational materials developed by Moshe Feldenkrais and his students and make this heritage available to all teachers of the Method for the betterment of their practices and the growth of the method.

For any system to develop there needs to be a balance between stability and change. New forms cannot develop from rigid control. Exploring the environment and the options that it holds for action is part and parcel of development. There is no substitute for this type of experience.

Not devising a way for the materials to be shared on the web protects no one – not the original copyright holder, nor the IFF, nor the Guilds and certainly not you or I. The more people see the videos the more they want to try the work. The more they understand the ideas, the more they will want to learn them. Stopping them from being seen stops them from being a catalyst for change.

And again, this does not benefit the original copyright holder, nor the IFF, nor the Guilds and certainly not you or I.

Who then does it benefit?

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Moshe Feldenkrais Amherst Clip: July 13, 1981

I found this clip on YouTube a few minutes ago. It is from the Amherst training, July 13, 1981. I love seeing the playful part of Moshe that can be seen in the beginning of the video. From what I can tell, the class was watching a video of Moshe working and then he began talking about the video that they had just watched.

There is a portion from the video in which a line from Moshe is repeated many times, like a record that has been scratched. I don’t know if that was in the original Amherst release or if it was added later. I find it incredibly offensive when someone takes a sound bit or thought from Moshe and repeats it over and over again. Force feeding ideas on a person by mindless repetition rarely leads to creative thinking and creative behavior. Rather than “learning how to learn” it turns the work into “learning how to quote Moshe.” Something that not a few people in the community have mastered.

People have the right to hear what they hear and to learn what they learn – regardless of what we think they should be hearing or think they should be learning. As Feldenkrais practioners we don’t impose movements on people. We don’t try to force them to move a certain way. We don’t want them to imitate how we move. I don’t see how language and thinking is any different. Thinking and speaking have their own developmental progression, they have their own scaffolding.

Moshe Feldenkrais Video Amherst

Feldenkrais Video: Impressions of Moshe at “CERN”

The video below, “Moshe Feldenkrais at CERN” shows a small part of Moshe’s presentation at CERN circa 1981.***

Unfortunately, what you see below is only the demonstration portion and does not include Moshe’s prior lecture. The lecture was quite fascinating not only from a theoretical perspective, but also from a group dynamics and teaching perspective. Why? On several occasions, people in the audience asked Moshe to show his method rather than just talking about it.

Each time he said “no”, and intimated that the audience would not be able to follow what he was doing and that the work was both too complex and too subtle to be seen in such a short period of time. Moshe kept building the tension about doing a demonstration. By the time Moshe finally agreed to work with someone, the group was ready and “primed” to pay attention and watch Moshe deeply.

Several people in the Feldenkrais community have commented that watching the demonstration makes them very uncomfortable. Why? To them, is seems as if the demonstration objectifies the demonstration person and puts the focus on Moshe and his work and not fully on the other person where it belongs.

I think that anyone who is sensitive to the Feldenkrais learning principles can see the basis for this criticism in the video. Of course, that does not mean you have to agree with it.

Moshe Feldenkrais Video At “CERN”


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***CERN is the acronym for “The European Organization for Nuclear Research.” In French, it’s called “Organisation Européenne pour la Recherche Nucléaire. According to Wikipedia, It is one of the world’s largest particle physics laboratory and is located at Geneva Switzerland. However, the original posting of the video mentions “Moshe Feldenkrais at CERN, Munich, 1981.” Munich or Geneva? I do not know.