Sparked by Norman Doidge's new book which speaks about the work of Moshe Feldenkrais and by the 2015 Brain Science Series created by my friend, colleague and mentor Dr. Ruth Buczynski, I have been doing a bit of online research into recent media mentions of Moshe Feldenkras and his work. I found a very insightful interview with Dr. Norman Doidge by Virginia Campbell, MD on of "The Brain Science Podcast" fame and posted it below.
Dr. Doidge and Dr. Campbell, MD speak directly about Feldenkrais and applications of his work. I took the liberty of extracting the 9-minute piece of the podcast where they were talking specifically about Moshe and his work and posted it below.
Dr. Doidge does a fantastic job talking about the method and how it works as well as embedding it within the larger history of the brain sciences. Lots of great, quotable pieces here.
Dr. Norman Doidge on Feldenkrais
The full podcast as well as a transcript of the interview that you can buy for only $1.00 can be found here on The Brain Science Podcast interview page of Dr. Doidge.
Again, for those of you who want to hear more from Norman Doidge and related thinkers I highly recommend you enroll to get notifications about the upcoming Brain Science Series.
Dr. Doidge will be talking about Feldenkrais as well as the application of neuroscience to clinical work. Many other top thinkers and researchers will be presenting, including, Dan Siegel, Pat Ogden, Stephen Porges, Rick Hanson, and Kelly McGonigal. The series is free if you attend at the scheduled time and watch or listen "live" online. You can also purchase a copy of all the materials and have a permanent record of the event including transcripts, audio and video downloads and bonus calls. Hardly a month goes by when I do not refer to the brain science series materials. They are very, very useful and practical. Here is the link again, if you want to check it out.
If you are willing to watch the video below and imagine that you are the rider - sensing, feeling, seeing and acting from his position on the bike - you will likely be able to extract some interesting and non-habitual relationships to mind, body, space and the bike itself. Give the video a minute or two because you will see that it goes far beyond "trick" riding and typical situations that you have seen before.
The Non-Habitual, Non-Habitual
"Organisms that don't move, don't have brains. Trees don't have brains, bushes don't have brains, flowers don't have brains. In fact, there are some animals that don't move during certain stages of their lives. And during those stages, they don't have brains."
"The sea squirt is an aquatic animal that inhabits oceans. During the early stage of its life cycle, the sea squirt swims around looking for a good place to attach itself permanently. Once it finds the right rock, and attaches itself to it, it doesn't need its brain anymore because it will never need to move again. So it eats (resorbs) most of its brain. After all, why waste energy on a now useless organ? Better to get a good meal out of it."
I thought you might enjoy those quotes above. They are not from Moshe Feldenkrais, though I bet that was the first person that popped into your mind. The quotes are from a webpage that I am reading and enjoying the heck out of: A primer on evolutionary psychology from Leda Cosmides & John Tooby at the University of Calfornia at Santa Barbara.
Would you be willing to listen and give me some quick feedback? It will take less than 6 minutes of your time.
I referred the Gaby and Mia's San Francisco Evening class as being in the early 70's but it was actually the late 70's...1977, I believe. cheers!
I get occasional emails and Facebook comments about why I blog about the Feldenkrais Guild history and other topics about the politics and infighting in the Feldenkrais community. Well, I can tell you in one word: Independence. The various political ideals and mythology about Moshe Feldenkrais and his work conspire to limit the emotional, intellectual and financial independence of practititioners. And ultimately limit the speed of the growth and adoption of the method itself. Here is a short video on the topic.
I decided to do one of my own Feldenkrais sessions to see if it would help. Something I could do right away, while I was siting and without the need for any special preparations. I feel 1000% better and more relaxed after doing this - the first session of my "Feldenkrais Basics" series. I have put the session below if you want to give it a try.
You can do all or part of the session. It is less than 28-minutes. No need to prepare: Just do.
Or download: Feldenkrais Sitting Session #1
If you enjoyed that, it is part of a 5-session series, that includes transcripts. (see below)
"Ryan, I just finished listening to the 4th session from your sitting series. I've had some lower back pain and discomfort for more than a month. It has been bad enough to disturb my sleep. After this 4th session, I can already feel more comfort and less discomfort. Incredible. And the best part is that the process is enjoyable, not requiring any painful exercises or stretching. It feels like a natural process of healing. Thanks Ryan." - Rob McNeilly, MD, Hobart, Australia
Feldenkrais In Sitting: Take Some Time To RELAX
There are 5 sessions in total. They are all done while sitting and they will help you sit more comfortably and increase your concentration while working...these session are especially wonderful if you spend any length of time working at a desk...
(FYI: They are also fantastic for getting rid of back pain and strain).
This downloadable Feldenkrais mp3 series includes:
- 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 "Eroll Flynn" from Esalen and elsewhere. Awesome lesson)
Download all sessions right now, including FREE transcripts of the sessions (great if you are practitioner, saves you a ton of time preparing to teach). All the sessions are under 30 minutes and can be done during lunch or a break, while at work, or in your home office...or wherever you can sit and move comfortably for a bit...