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
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:
In 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…
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 to:firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also take a look at some of Larry’s products and workshops that are available at EasyMovement.
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
Hello everyone – Welcome to the first of what is – I hope – many conversations with Martin Wiener and other individuals of interest to the Feldenkrais community and our friends. Martin (Marty) has a workshop coming up in Ventura, California and in this podcast we will talk about the workshop and Marty’s approach to Feldenkrais.
In his own words:
When I did my training with Moshe in the mid-70s, it was clear to me that he was not teaching a method or system of techniques to be applied to a client. Instead, he was trying to open a new way of seeing and being to us as practitioners so we could truly experience and bring a different mode of consciousness to the world and our work. I have been passionately exploring and developing this approach for over 30 years. At the recent annual guild conference, I was moved by our colleagues’ interest in and receptivity to my work and decided to offer a mentor training once again.
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.
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.