I have spent more than 27 years of my life working intensively with the work of Moshe Feldenkrais, Milton H. Erickson and with many well known people in the field of somatics and psychology. Along the way I got a Bachelor's and Master's in Developmental Psychology, taught at several Universities, became "certified" in the work of Moshe Feldenkrais and lived and traveled in many countries. Ultimately, I ended up in Mexico where I run my online businesses and continue to deepen my knowledge of change. I teaching and write about some of what I know on this website. Not all experiences can be put into words, though we can make the attempt when useful.
For many years on this blog, I have been focusing primarily on the work of Moshe Feldenkrais. However, the work of Feldenkrais is only one of the major influences of my life. Others include Milton H. Erickson and his many students and intellectual heirs. Others include my graduate studies psychology and a life-long interest in travel which has sent me all over the globe. Feldenkrais is a major driver of what I do and where I go, but it is certainly not the only one.
Feldenkrais, though very powerful, can not do everything. There are limitations with the work itself and what it can do. For example, people who have been traumatized (as I was) very often need to supplement Feldenkrais with other modalities such as psychotherapy, Somatic Experiencing and other methods of releasing and healing trauma.
There are also some major limitations with the social and legal implementations of the work. That is, how the work has been transformed and limited by people who want to control and profit from it. I have spent many years lobbying for more open access to Feldenkrais materials. But when all was said and done, I found it more efficient and effective to release materials here on ryannagy.com and do my best to share the work.
The hands on work (sometimes called Functional Integration), and verbal sessions (sometimes called Awareness Through Movement) are often massively transformational. As I wrote about in the blog post Sex, Drugs and Feldenkrais I was able to create deep and lasting change in my life by the self-application of Feldenkrais sessions. In the beginning of my journey I had little money, so I would just buy used copies of Feldenkrais books and read the sessions out loud and do them. Later I would read Feldenkrais transcripts into my computer's recording program and listen and do those sessions.
But be careful - sometimes you need more than what Feldenkrais can offer. Get whatever help that you need to create the change and life that you want
The work is powerful, yes, But it is simply not true that Feldenkrais always leads directly to emotional independence. Other related tools are needed
There are unconscious processes and habits that are not always touched by Feldenkrais. Habits of emotional dependency, economic dependency, metaphorical confusions, confusion about life and society - and many other "confusions" - that again, cannot be reached simply by working with sensory-motor processes. These ideas are the subject - both directly and indirectly of many posts on this website
I am former drug dealer and drug addict. I have been homeless and spent many months living in my car and sleeping on the beach and in national forests throughout the United States. Abuse, pain, depression? Yes, I have been there. And sometimes I slide back into feeling bad. But it happens less and less these days.
Now, I am an American Expat currently living in Mérida, Mexico which is in the state of Yucatan.
I left the United States on September 1st, 2010, having spent several years after a Feldenkrais training getting a Bachelors and Masters in Developmental Psychology, doing some work towards a PhD, creating a Feldenkrais practice and learning and traveling all over the world.
I was able to leave the U.S. because I developed online passive income streams and created the ability to support myself by working online through the internet. I make passive income selling Feldenkrais mp3 downloads (on another of my websites) and from my online psychotherapy conferences, a venture that I run with Rob McNeilly one of Milton Erickson's students.
Living abroad has been amazing...most of the time. I speak Spanish, have crazy Mexican adventures and manage my various online business interests.
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