Hi there, this is a free Feldenkrais session (often called a “lesson”) titled, “Rhythmic Tapping” from Volume Two of my “Feldenkrais Classics” series. By far, one of the best selling series on the work of Moshe Feldenkrais.
This podcast was recorded on April 15th, 2010 in Austin, Texas. It was the third recorded conversation that I had with Mia and Leora. (The second has not been broadcast).
This last conversation almost didn’t happen. Both Mia and Leora felt we had covered a lot of ground during our previous conversations and weren’t quite sure what else needed to be said. But in the back of my mind I felt like something was still missing. So Leora graciously extended another invitation to talk before I left.
The conversation that you are about to hear is only about 20 minutes. But we cover a great deal of ground. Mia shares stories about Moshe, how fun he was and how full of laughter and jokes. We talk briefly about Moshe’s x-wife Yona Rubenstein. We also speak of Noah Eshkol who, according to Mia, was very close to Moshe in terms of personality. We end with a story of Moshe’s fears about the work getting diluted based on what was happening at Amherst after he left.
This conversation with Mia Segal and Leora Gaster was recorded on April 14th, 2010, in Austin, Texas at Leora’s home. Mia Segal began working with Moshe Feldenkrais in 1957 and she has a rich history and understanding of him and his work that few can match.
For me, this conversation has many “firsts” embedded within it. It was the first time that I had recorded a podcast live, the first time I had met Mia, and the first time I had been back to Austin, Texas after spending quite bit of time there in my youth. Likewise, there are many stories and anecdotes that I heard for the first time. Perhaps you as well?
I recently caught up with Ruthy Alon while she was in preparation for an upcoming 4-month international trip to teach Bones For Life and Feldenkrais. One of Moshe’s original “gang of 13” students, Ruthy speaks not only about the development and origination of her own work – Bones For Life – but also her beginnings with Moshe Feldenkrais.
In this podcast, you can find out how Ruthy got the idea for Bones For Life, how she integrates Feldenkrais principles into her work, and how she originally “found” Moshe. Ruthy also shares a wonderful story about how she approached Moshe with the idea of teaching his work at an Israeli University. This was at at time before he had conducted a formal training or was even calling what he did “ATM” or “FI”….
Much more that I could say, but let’s have the conversation speak for itself:
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Welcome to a 33-minute podcast with Feldenkrais Trainer Bonnie Humiston from Humiston Wellness.. Bonnie began her studies with Moshe Feldenkrais in 1971 and graduated from the first North American Feldenkrais training in 1977. She has been a two-time President of the Feldenkrais Guild of North America, charter member of the International Feldenkrais Federation Board of Directors, and primary editor of the Amherst Training materials.
This podcast contains a great deal on historical information regarding the Feldenkrais Method and the various “guiding” organizations that have developed around the work such as the country and region-specific Feldenkrais Guilds and the International Feldenkrais Federation.
I am pleased to present an interview with Dennis Leri. Dennis is not only a Feldenkrais Trainer, but a Martial Artist and Buddhist who has a great deal of experience with thinkers and doers such as Miltion Erickson, Charles S. Peirce, Francisco Varela, Heinz von Foerster and many, many others.
He has published dozens of articles, many of which can be found on his Semiophysics website.
In this conversation, I ask a Dennis a cluster of related questions. For example, what areas in which he thinks Moshe Feldenkrais might have “missed the boat” or was unclear in his ideas, and if there were “new ideas” that Moshe was formulating but never had the opportunity to develop.
Conversely, I asked Dennis where he thinks we, as a community, missed certain ideas or threads in Moshe’s thinking. We also touch on the training and accreditation process. I asked Dennis if the needs of creating a profession have shaped the work in ways that might not be entirely clear or conscious. His answers may surprise you.
Along the way, Dennis tells some illuminating stories about self and identity, Moshe’s history, and aspects of Dr. Feldenkrais and his personality that many people have not had a chance to see and fully appreciate.
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Steve runs a yearly hypnosis training near San Diego, California called “Trance Camp.” Trance Camp is an experiential workshop for those interested in exploring hypnotic states and their relevance to creativity, change and personal evolution. (I spent 2 weeks in Steve’s trance camp back in 2001 and it was quite delightful. It’s kind of like the first year of a Feldenkrais training – I don’t remember much of but I know it was amazing.)
In years past, I know that Stephen has invited Feldenkrais Practitioners to teach daily Awareness Through Movement Lessons at his workshops. I am also under the impression that Stephen is the person who introduced Moshe Feldenkrais and Milton Erickson and was present at several of their meetings. I hope to talk to him personally about this in a future podcast.
Dr. Wildman is perhaps one of the most prolific Feldenkrais Trainers having taught dozens of Feldenkrais Trainings in areas as such as the U.S., Japan, Australia and many countries in Europe. In this aproximately 35 minute conversation I talk with Frank about whether the Feldenkrais Method is more accepted in certain parts of the world and what might account for that.
We have a wide and varied conversation, discussing the marketing and the “perceived value”of the method, mentioning some recently succesfull examples of marketing acumen as found in Pilates and Yoga. Frank mentions the need for effective business models and business skills, to help spread the Feldenkrais Method.
I ask Frank about some of the historical details about the early Feldenkrais trainings and to speak to some of Moshe’s early thoughts about the Feldenkrias Method as a profession.
We end with a brief conversation about Dr. Wildman’s workshop, “Your Brain as the Core of Strength and Stability.” Short video’s of which you can see elsewhere on this blog.
This is Part Two of my conversation with Alan Questel. In this 20 minute Feldenkrais Podcast we discuss creativity and embodying the creative process. Can creativity be taught with the Feldenkrais Method? Was Moshe actually using Awareness Through Movement to teach creativity? Listen to Alan’s thoughts on these and other topics.