My Feldenkrais Book, A Companion for group classes

 

 

Beauty resides in simplicity: the workbook for aspiring Feldenkrais masters.
If you are serious about what you do, e.g. Feldenkrais, Dance, Yoga, Golf, good sleep or hard office work all day, the 15 skills in this book are essential.
Don't skim this book - give your complete attention to each chapter.

 

Moshe Feldenkrais said: "I am not interested in the movements themselves, but rather in how you do them." Find in this book what this means.

 

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See what people say about "My Feldenkrais Book":
"I've been using your wonderful book as a primary marketing tool for the Feldenkrais Method in my trade area -- it works well for people who have never heard of Feldenkrais because your explanations and 'study points' really focus on the important aspects that people need to know. The book really helps people grasp how and why the FM is different from other modalities, how intelligent, effective and unique it is. And the book works equally well for people who know and have experienced the Feldenkrais Method before.
 
People really like the book. I resell it to my local students and to people who live far away from me, whom I see periodically for Functional Integration. They use it as their 'at-home' private Awareness Through Movement classes because they aren't able to attend my classes regularly.
 
Everyone tells me that they find the book fun, interesting and easy to read and use. They love the pictures and the dialog bubbles. And the book makes it so easy for people to show to their friends and relatives, to explain what it is that they are doing, rather than having to describe, explain or illustrate what the Feldenkrais Method is. They can just hand them the book and say 'Here. This is what i am doing!'
 
The other thing that i really like about your book is that it appeals to all types of people, all age groups and backgrounds. Even though the pictures show young, healthy looking people doing lessons, my older students and people with physical limitations like it as much as the younger ones. The book is contemporary, user-friendly, has a high quality feel and look; and although it is small, it is packed with info. Your book has made a huge difference in my ability to promote and support Feldenkrais in my trade area (or anywhere for that matter), and I am so really glad to have found it as a resource. I hope you will not let it go out of print!" — Carole Bucher, BA, GCFP/T
"Thanks for your book..I like it very much...and brought it to the North American Guild conference last week ..it was well received.. I especially like the nice feel of the book when I hold it in my hands" — Edward Dwelle, Feldenkrais Trainer and Educational Director
"Excellent book on the Feldenkrais method, which gives students a very creative perspective." — Gail T.
"Novel pictorial approach and cool design. Complex information is presented in a clear, simple format that is enjoyable to read. It is aimed at people who are new to the Feldenkrais Method, but I think its refreshing simplicity and clarity also make it a valuable tool for those experienced in the Method. The first part of the book explores some of the concepts or "study points' underpinning the Feldenkrais Method, and the second part contains several "photo stories" - presented in a cartoon style, which illustrate some movement explorations. These photo stories are probably the highlight of the book, and I've noticed that when I've shown people the book, it is this section which they are drawn to and become absorbed in." — Karol
"Thx Alfons. Like the comic balloons - cute." — Paul Newton, Feldenkrais Trainer and Educational Director
"It's one of the best things I've seen in ages. For everyone who has ever said to me: »When my friends ask me what we do in class, and I just can't describe it« this book says it all, plus gives you lessons to play with at home. And I love the Kindle edition which let's you zoom in on the pics!" — Lavinia Plonka, Author and Guild Certified Feldenkrais TeacherSM
"This is a book to read, study, and go back to again and again. Hope he writes more!" — Marcia H. Schoppik
"Easy and immediate" — Shira S.
"This is a very readable guide to the Feldenkrais Method, with clear explanations, directions, and movement exploration sequences. It answers many questions that people have about what to expect in a Feldenkrais class and provides opportunities to experience the benefits of the work in the privacy of their homes if they're not yet able to locate a classnear them and to re-enforce the learning from their group lessons if they are Feldenkrais students taking public classes. Plus, the photo sequences are a big help in clarifying the instructions for movement explorations for those whose primary learning modality isn't the written word." — Sanfeld
"I have the kindle edition of My Feldenkrais Book on my cell phone, and helps me to tell people our story at parties" — Tyler Bishton, MD, Feldenkrais Practitioner
"Very clear, concrete, useful manual. Should be put out as a little red book, like Mao's - except about the freedoms the Feldenkrais Method gives us." Renee Dunham - Feldenkrais Practitioner
"Just wanted to say congratulations on the book - looked through it and it looks great !! - Well done!" — Richard Brown, Owner of an upscale Pilates Studio
"I think this book is very beautiful and the words are so brilliant that I can read and understand them, and it lifts my feeling of self-esteem. What I like about the pictures, they are so gentle, so sensitive, so calmly quiet, so personal, as if they were made just for me." — Helene Scheck, Montessori Teacher
"This is a very good book. Very well written and researched. I use the Feldenkrais Method and have found it to be wonderful and very helpful." — Eric Lang
"Being new to Feldenkrais I appreciated this book for its easy-going clarity. Feldenkrais being, as I understand it, a rather complex methodology, the author has still managed to break it down and present it in a tempting way. All information is useful and to the point, nothing feels long and condensed. This method is unlike any other I have ever tried, and it's been good to gain insight into its philosophy without getting bogged down by pages and pages of dry facts. For someone used to goal oriented physical training, Feldenkrais presents a whole new way of thinking. To try and see the body as one entity instead of various loose limbs, and to experience it all moving as a unit, is a challenge that demands a powerful base to draw from. The reminders to note what is and to simply allow it, makes a wonderful tool for increased awareness. Generous picture sequences help to clarify further. This book is interesting, insightful and inspiring. If you're thinking of getting into Feldenkrais, this book is definitely worth the money." — T.L. Mikael
"I LOVE this book! It's the best book about enlightenment I've ever read! Everyone thinks the world is so technical and complicated, and it's just so simple! Be yourself!" — Hey Heidi, Actress and Freelance Designer
There's lots of buzz

about the brain and new scientific insights recently: "The brain that changes itself", "The mind and the brain", "My stroke of insight", "The body has a mind of its own", "Rewire your brain", "The cure within" etc etc. The new insights and findings are so exciting, that the titles just keep coming.

Unnoticed, but steadily growing, is a method that helps you realise what these highly respectable people talk about. A method that demonstrates how this all works, how the brain and it's self-image governs your every act. This method is called the Feldenkrais Method. It teaches all this complicated matters in a strikingly simple way. So simple, that it's actually very difficult to understand.

This book explains the very, most difficult to understand basics of Feldenkrais group classes, and what you have to know to benefit from them.

This book is for anyone who wants to learn more about oneself and others (and not just talk about it).

Full list of essays included in the book

» First: Do I think the Feldenkrais Method is important?
» About this book and why I wrote it

Some facts about the Feldenkrais Method

» Common applications
» Reported benefits
» Spread

Differences to other methods

» No workout
» No stretching
» No drills, no blind repetitions
» No correcting
» No intimidation, Respecting individual choices

Study points

» Ability to look beyond habits
» Ability to feel before/after differences
» Ability to improve
» Ability to find what is interesting
» Ability to establish, maintain, and drop relationships — within yourself
» Ability to release muscles, not just flex them
» Ability to reduce effort, instead of increasing it
» Ability to employ muscles for their best purpose
» Ability to learn instead of focusing on goals
» Ability to appreciate ordinary movement
» Ability to explore instead of reproducing actions
» Trust in your body’s ability to organize itself
» Ability to find where movement is easily possible
» Ability to play with movement initiation
» Ability to follow true movements

Knowledge and Knowing

Photo stories

» About the pictures in this book
» Lesson 1: 12 people, 12 different ways
» Lesson 2: Following legs
» Lesson 3: Elongating one arm
» Lesson 4: Rolling the head
» Lesson 5: Cleaning up crunches
» Lesson 6: Lifting the head
» Lesson 7: Featuring a shoulderstand
» Lesson 8: Touching the floor on four points

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