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My view of the work of Moshe Feldenkrais is different than that of many other people, because when I discovered the work I was at an incredibly low-point in life. I was a recovering drug addict and drug dealer living in a soon-to-be condemned apartment building in Dallas, Texas. I was practically a shut-in. I only left the house a few hours a day to work a menial job. The rest of the time I stayed in binge-watching television, reading and masturbating. I was filled with anxiety and rage. My life was a mess.
And when I started doing Feldenkrais, I did not go to a workshop or training. Apart from the fact that I had no money, my fear and anxiety prevented me from attending group Feldenkrais classees. So what did I do? I read a book and did the exercises in it. It was the Awareness Through Movement book by Moshe Feldenkrais. My life started changing almost immediately. I started to get over my fears and anxiety (though I still had a LONG way to go). So - before I has so much as taken ONE class or done a Feldenkrais session with a practitioner, I had already experienced transformation. And this from just reading and doing "exercises" in a book! And you know what? Half exercises I did wrong. But it did not matter. I had began to change. Even though I was not consciously aware of how deep the changes were to become.
When I later began to take formal classes and workshops - I have to admit - I was confused by the teachers and the people that I met there. The training environment seemed very religious and cult-like. The trainers spent WAY too much time speaking about how wonderful the method was and WAY too much talking about Moshe and what it was like to train with him and know. Quite frankly, I did not care. And I still don't. The work is not about Moshe Feldenkrais. The work is about YOU and I. It is about we the people doing the work and using the work.
And it was expensive. I started the process in 1994 and it was $3400 per year. A "year" being about 30 days of training. Why so much? It seemed a ridiculously high price.
Given how much my life had changed before taking a Feldenkrais training and how skeptical I was of the training process itself, I decided to more formal education. My biggest desire was to keep developing as a person and to keep developing my independence. I felt quite strongly that I needed some type of credential that meant something in the real world (not the Feldenkrais world) so I went to college. It was an amazing experience, getting a broad-background in psychology and human development, eventually achieving both a Bachelor's and Master's degree and starting doctoral studies.
There is much more that I can and will write about that (XXX). But for now I want to tell you that my mission is to get the work of Moshe Feldenkrais into the hands of as many people as possible and with the fewest restrictions as possible. I want people - I want you - if you want - to use Feldenkrais strategies in the ways that is of most benefit. Most benefit to you and to those around you.
Feldenkrais is not mysterious. Though it can have wonderfully mysterious affects on your life. Feldenkrais is not religion. Though there are those who have a religious intensity t how they teach it. And this is fine. I suppose. But you have the right to use and benefit from Feldenkrais in anyway that is useful to you. Pleasing to you. Regardless of what anyone else may try to tell you, Feldenkrais is not owned. Movements cannot be owned. Yes, there are people who have legal-standing (at least for now) to use certain terms such as "Feldenkrais Method®" or "Neuromovement®." Good for them. But you can use and teach any - ANY - Feldenkrais-based movement sequence. And if you have taken some type of in-depth training with students of Moshe Feldenkrais, you have the right to start and conduct your own trainings and workshops.
Since 1996 I have been teaching and sharing the work of Moshe Feldenkrais in settings as diverse as drug rehabilitation centers, Universities, private classes and workshops and online with one of the best selling Feldenkrais series in the entire world, Feldenkrais Classics
My newest project, "Easy Feldenkrais" has launched and is growing in members every day. Check it out! Join and you will soon have access to high-quality, downloadable Feldenkrais sessions available at a reasonable price. With at least one new session released every week. Stay tuned here and on my Feldenkrais Facebook Page
When not recording and promoting Feldenkrais sessions, I am traveling throughtout the Yucatan peninsula with these two guys:
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. And I am pulling together my various writings on the history of Feldenkrais on this page: Feldenkrais History.
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.
If you want to keep up with what I do, and learn how to expand your practice and diversify your business, thoughts and income streams, consider joining my email list and viewing my blog: ryannagy.com/blog More to come.
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