Apr

09

The Feldenkrais Introvert

In high school, I took the Meyers-Briggs test and landed exactly in the middle on the introversion/extroversion scale. I was an XNFP. When I took it again later in life, I landed firmly on the Introvert side – not even close. This was due, I think, to just knowing myself and my needs better than […]

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Mar

16

Feldenkrais could really help with this Feldenkrais stuff.

I was working with a client who had pretty limited movement. Her movement had been increasing through our work together but we could still only work in one position in a small range of motion. I thought, “What would help with this? How could we make some progress here?” And I thought, “You know, Feldenkrais, […]

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Dec

15

Swim Like No One’s Watching

When I was ten, a boy at a party asked me to dance and I turned him down because I didn’t know how to dance. I told my friend about it and she told me not to be silly, that dancing was easy, “You just listen to the music and move around however you feel […]

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Aug

28

Feedback, Feldenkrais and “I don’t know.”

On the Freakonomics podcast episode “The Three Hardest Words in the English Language,” the hosts talked about the value of saying, “I don’t know.” They claim these are the hardest three words to say, particularly in our culture. They may also be the most valuable as they allow people to learn. Saying “I don’t know” […]

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Jun

16

Managing Pain with Feldenkrais

When I first began training in the Feldenkrais Method, I was so bowled over by it that I was sure that once I’d really become aware of my body, I’d never be in pain again. (Ah, the sweet hubris of the newly minted Feldenkrais devotee!) Previously I’d been very prone to ankle sprain, to tweaks in […]

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Jun

01

TV Presenters and their Chairs. As well as some social justice.

At a pizza joint, the TV was playing a sports talk show. I watched it while I ate my slice and I was struck by how uncomfortable the hosts looked sitting in their chairs.  They’d all clearly been told to sit up straight and were all managing to do their best but only one guy […]

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May

17

Marketing the Feldenkrais Method

While I was in graduate school, I tweaked my shoulder. It wasn’t serious but the pain was distracting and intractable. I tried acupuncture, cupping, massage and Thai massage to get it to go away. Most things felt good for a little while but the pain always remained or returned quickly. Then, after living with this […]

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Nov

25

Feldenkrais has made me Intolerant

It was not an outcome I was expecting when I started learning The Method but practicing Feldenkrais has made me a great deal more intolerant than I’ve ever been. This is somewhat troubling in the sense that I’ve always been a fan of Tolerance. I have been complimented on my great tolerance. I’ve been a […]

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Nov

04

Hip Sway

In the process of my Feldenkrais training, I have re-learned how to walk. Or rather, I am continually re-examining how to walk. I notice that my first impulse when it comes to walking involves as little movement as possible. I’ve been inclined to step from my ankles and keep my pelvis as still as possible. […]

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Jul

24

Learning Until the End: Feldenkrais for the Dying

They’d unplugged his machines days ago. They’d brought him from the hospital to the hospice house. Now they were just doing everything to make him comfortable as he went. I arrived two days later and he was still hanging on. We all cried. We said goodbyes. He was so clearly at death’s door. And there […]

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