Richard Nixon and Moshe Feldenkrais: An Untold Story?

I am looking for the details behind this rare photo of Moshe Feldenkrais’s meeting with Richard Nixon. The back of the photo is watermarked with a the date of December 21st, 1970. That date was well before the Watergate scandal. Richard Nixon was still riding high and very popular as a President. And it was several years before Moshe Feldenkrais was to teach the famed Esalen workshop in 1972.

Does anyone know more of about this amazing photograph??

Moshe Feldenkrais and Richard Nixon

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What If Dr. Feldenkrais Were To Say To You. . .

What If Dr. Feldenkrais Were To Say To You. . .

“I have a new studio near your house and I want you to come by for a workshop. I want to share with you some of my most important and critical sessions. These are some of the sessions that I taught in Esalen when I first taught there in 1972.”

“The Esalen workshop was an important one for me, because it was one of my first workshops in America and it gave me a chance to show off some of my best ideas. In fact, I went out of my way to pick session that would really “wow” the group and take their development to the next level. The attendees were a group of people that I thought could be highly influential in the growth of the method.”

“But here’s the thing – there was only room for a few people at that workshop and my work has not been as widely adopted as I had hoped. So…for a limited-time I am back, teaching those lessons live for you. Would you like to come by an experience these sessions for yourself?”

What would you tell Moshe if he were alive and making you that offer?

Probably the same thing that I would: Not only yes, but hell yes! When does the workshop start, how soon can we begin??

Well, we all know that Moshe’s physical presence has left us. We all have to leave this planet at some time or another. But his work…and ours…lives on in many ways. For me personally, the Esalen workshop was one of the most powerful and game-changing workshops I ever experienced. No, I was not there “live”. But I got a hold of transcripts of the sessions while I was a PhD student nearly 15 years ago. And I have been working with the material ever since: Recording the sessions, re-recording them, playing with themes and ideas in them, teaching them and using them to transform my life and the lives of others.

But as we all know, there are only so many workshops that you can teach live and so many people that you can reach personally. That is why I began professionally recording sessions based on the Esalen Workshop and releasing them to the public, doing my best to stay true to Moshe’s presentation of the work but keeping the tone and phrasing modern and up-to-date and fitting with the last we know about learning and neuroscience…

If you have ever wanted to go “in depth” with the Feldenkrais Method and wanted to do so in the comfort of your on home, where you can easily stop and rest whenever you want, and review sessions in your own time and own way…below are some of the most powerful Feldenkrais sessions you can do. These are not only powerful “movement” lessons but powerful lessons for life transformation.

And best of all, you can get them now and start using them immediately, no need to travel across town, change clothes and lay down on the floor with a group of strangers, just grab a towel or blanket and lie down in the comfort of your own home, office or studio…

Feldenkrais Classics, Volumes 1 and 2, From The Esalen Workshop

Over 12 hours of cutting-edge Feldenkrais sessions record by myself, Ryan Nagy, including…

Feldenkrais Classics Volume 1

cdCover1.21. Classic Flexors and Extensors (A must for serious Feldenkrais students.)

2. Finding Your Hip Joints (One of my favorites, can be fantastically powerful on many levels)

3. Your Dominant Shoulder (Dramatically reduce shoulder strain)

4. Exploring Your Extensors, Part 1 (Proof that you CAN get taller as you age!)

5. Exploring Your Extensors, Part 2 (Deeper and deeper)

6. Your “Dominant” Hand (Not from Esalen, but an important lesson for modern time. It can reduce or completely eliminate some repetitive strain injuries)

Feldenkrais Classics Volume 2

1. A 5-minute introduction

2. Rhythmic Tapping (a mind-blowing session)

3. Lifting on The Stomach

4. Rotating Your Spine Through Your Legs (fantastic for dealing with back pain amongst other things…)

5. Differentiating Your Hip Joint (your hips are important for many reasons – wink, wink)

6. Four Points Classic or Four Points of Support on Your Hands and Feet (This is the Feldenkrais session that I have done the most times in my life. It always has a positive effect on me. – Which will be your favorite??)

7. Crawling on Your Hands and Knees (This session can have intense changes in your self image).

Special Free Bonus: Feldenkrais “Basics” Volume 1

This album is not available anywhere else. I developed the sessions when I was dealing with some back-pain issues. I wanted to have some “moves” that I could do quickly and easily while sitting. There are five sessions, all under 30 minutes and they are fantastic. Eliminate back pain, relax easier while working and have better focus and concentration (transcripts included)

  • Integrated Turning, Right and Left (If you teach this a great demo session)
  • Opening and Folding (Wonderful if you tend to “slouch” or lean forward at your desk)
  • Bending to the Side (Yummy! Will make you relax….)
  • Full Body Integration (Combines all 3 session above with some unique variations)
  • Shoulder Rotation in Sitting (The “Erroll Flynn” from Esalen and elsewhere. Awesome lesson)

Testimonials About These Feldenkrais Sessions

“I am very excited to have these lessons at hand now. I really look forward to doing them, I have already done three today. You are very clear and easy to listen to. No mucking about. Thank you.” Rebecca Crawford, Australia

I actually bought the Feldenkrais Classics 2 first, and bought this FC 1 last week. It really isn’t important which you start with. The movements are gentle but effective. Many of them may only have to be done once to get you balanced and feeling good. Now, that’s effective! There is so much information in this MP3 set. His voice, timing and pace is just right. Buy it, you will feel better and change your life. Feldenkrais classes are pricey, this is a incredible value to see what Feldenkrais can do for you. Books and DVDs IMHO are not near effective as this MP3 set. – Cynthia R. Peterson

“I am the one who has been emailing and who hurt her back falling at Kaiser emergency room. I want to tell you that your downloads have made me very aware of the tension that has been held in my body, I must say that I have not had a headache – at all – for about three days!! What happened was, I went into your sessions and into myself and I realized WHERE the problem was coming from. I finally found the source…Thank you! You are one of three “heroes” in my life right now – there is you, my “coach” who does accupressure and massage, and my Feldenkrais practitioner, who personally trained with Moshe Feldenkrais….thank you, Ryan. ” – Melinda Frances, California

Just did your lesson on tapping and am so grateful, especially your final comments about your own journey as I have similar disassociative feelings and getting up is especially difficult in the morn. After many, many years of effort, this is the first technique which has offered me hope and freedom from pain. Bless you. I plan to continue with lessons and private sessions in my area. – Linda

Thanks so much for offering this work at an affordable price. It is a real gift. – Adrienne

Dear Ryan, After having purchased your audio collection I’m happy to say that as a busy mom I’ve even found the time to experience the lessons. What I’ve found is that your style is encouraging, concise and playful, a wonderful combination of traits that go in to create a open learning environment for the ‘experiencer’. One thing I’ve already noticed as a result of doing the lessons is an improvement in the quality of my sleep. I can’t recommend these lessons highly enough!
Mastaneh Nazarian
Austat Certified Alexander Technique teacher
Musician, Writer, Performance and Movement Coach

What Is The Cost?

I am offering everything for $27.00. That is TOTAL, including ALL the sessions listed above. Most Feldenkrais practitioners would charge $99.00 or more for these sessions. And taking them in a class or workshop would cost $200.00 or more.

Why do I offer them so cheaply? It is simple: I have some of the highest ranked Feldenkrais websites in the world and I sell a TON of Feldenkrais downloads. I can give you my “volume” discount. And…as many of you know…I am a bit of a geek. I do all the recording and editing and selling of my products on my own. There is no “middle man” and I do not spend 1000’s of dollars renting sound studios and editors and such.

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A soon as you purchase a link to download the sessions is sent directly to your email address…you can download to your computer and start using instantly!

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My Personal Guarantee To You

ryan_headshotAs you likely know already, I stand 100% behind what I sell. I want you to be delighted with these sessions. If you are not satisfied with the material, ask me and you will get your money back – no questions asked.

I will be raising prices across the board on ALL my products very soon. Act now if you want these sessions at the lowest price. I can only guarantee the price until September 27th, when I have to pay to upgrade my website and hosting account. (Plus, I have recently started school to get a second Master’s degree and I will not be able to work as much. But more on that in a future blog post).

How Much Human Misery Does This Cause?

Ronald Siegel, PsyD

Ronald Siegel, PsyD

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of listening to a phenomenal presentation by Ron Siegel on specific mindfulness strategies and meditations for healing from trauma. It was from the Solutions For Trauma conference that I organized with Rob McNeilly. I have been a big fan of Ron’s ever since. He has a wealth of practical knowledge and ability to share that knowledge in concrete and usable form.

How To Stop The Number One Cause of Human Misery

Ron has some new resources coming on how to help ourselves and our clients. In particular a survival mechanism that we have all developed (as human primates!) that can be harmful. Whether you are a psychotherapist, Feldenkrais practitioner, Ericksonian hypnotherapist or other “people helper” I think you will find it useful: How To Stop The Number One Cause of Human Misery.

By the way – That link above is an “affiliate” link. If you click and enter your email you can get some cool, free resources. (Mindfulness is still free, last time I checked!). But if you do buy something later, I get a small commission. As many of you know I am passionate about certain topics: Feldenkrais, Mindfulness, Brief Psychotherapy and Ericksonian hypnosis….just to name a few. And when I find something that I would personally buy (or have bought) or that I think would benefit my readers, I often promote them here. Alright?

Here is the link again to Ron’s info and presentation: click here to enjoy it.

Taking In (And Remembering) The GOOD.

Dr. Rick Hansen

Dr. Rick Hansen

I am in the process of watching this short video by neuropsychologist Rick Hansen on a specific process on how to take in – and remember – the good in our lives. I thought you might enjoy it.

From the Buddha to Milton Erickson, Moshe Feldenkrais and beyond, this is a topic that is coming up over and over again – how our intentional actions can “rewire” our thoughts, minds and brains.


Taking in the Good – Rick Hanson

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Feldenkrais Finder Is Now Live: Come and Grab Your Free Listing

find-mosh-feldenkrais Do you want a way to promote your Feldenkrais practice, classes and workshops? is now live and worldwide and ready for you.

I have decided to give away one year free listings for those of you early adopters who want to join us now…just register and create your listing…including photos, a link to your website, list of your specialties…the location of you practice on Google Maps…whatever you need…

And no waiting for me or the Guild or a volunteer or anyone else to change or update your listing…you can easily and simply do it yourself whenever you want to or need to….

Feldenkrais Finder is an awesesome way to find a Feldenkrais practitioner on your computer, iphone or other smarthphone, iPad…you name it. It works on pretty much any device. Here is a short video on the project that explains how AWESOME it is:

Find A Feldenkrais Practitioner/ Feldenkrais Insider (SHORT Form)

Hi all – I got feedback yesterday from several people that my video was WAY too long and rambling. I agree. My apologies.

The quick question that I have is: Where is your main interest and need?

1) The “Find A Practitioner” website would include practitioners worldwide and would start out having a basic listing (likely for free) for everyone with options to simply add a google map and link to your website (for some type of additional payment). It would simultaneously build your brand and visibility and that of the Method, while making it easier for the public to find Feldenkrais practitioners worldwide. It is one heck of a complicated project and have spend quite a bit of time on it. I would to get a sense of how important it is to practitioners to have this new resource.

2) The second project, “The Feldenkrais Insider” would give you access to short form (5 to 15 minute) podcasts and videos as well as long form (an hour or longer) videos and podcasts and would be pulling from the international Feldenkrais community, including “famous” and “soon-to-be famous” practitioners and thought leaders. It would also have detailed historical and philosophical blog posts about the method. The goal would be to give folks access to materials and ideas and insights that had been previously hard to find.

Unlike my previous podcast and blogging, this would be more of a membership website, with a small charge to access the materials.

Again, the question that I have, if you want to answer: Where is your main interest and need?

In the last four years, I have launched about a dozen projects in the psychotherapy field and have had several thousand people in my online events and conferences. I would like to duplicate those results in the Feldenkrais world and need some feedback, if you have the time or interest.

Just leave a comment below.