Feldenkrais and Somatic Psychologies: Answer A Quick Question?

I have very much enjoyed and benefited recently from some of the "Body Psychotherapies" and I want to do a webinar series on it. But I need to know first what kind of interest there is in it, and what type of questions people have.

I know that many Feldenkrais practitioners have taken or are taking training with Peter Levine, the creator of "Somatic Experiencing." I was personally blown out of the water and deeply impacted by Pat Ogden's book "Trauma and The Body." For me, much of the power of these approaches rests in their ability to help someone stay away from creating some long elaborate narratives and just stay with body experience, stay with body sensations. I have found it absolutely amazing.

So, my question to you:

Are you interested in a paid webinar or interview series on this topic? It would be about integrating Somatic Experiencing, Body Pyschotherapy and/or the Polyvagal theory into your work. A webinar series specifically designed for Feldenkrais Practitioners. If you could have a private conversation with an expert on the topic, what two questions would you like to ask?

And are any of you already using this stuff and if so, how? And what questions do you have?

I am not speaking theoretically, I would really like to hear from you. Please put your comments below or send me an email via the contact form.

cheers!! - Ryan Nagy

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  1. ….what I’m curious about is
    precisely non-specific trauma: the elusive everydayness of it,
    particularly as a side effect (or main effect!) of educational
    practices. I pulled this from the course description:
    “As Žižek points out, the decidedly modern trauma blindsides us:
    even experiencing it, it appears to be meaningless, to come from
    nowhere. We might even say that the most properly modern trauma is the
    inability to be traumatized at all, to experience our trauma–which is
    to say, to somehow move beyond its immediate event so that we can feel
    So if Arendt points to the “banality of evil” it seems important to
    examine banal, yet pervasive, forms of trauma. Anyway, all that to
    say, this is one of the ongoing questions I have: how can we think
    about and work with trauma, not just in its extreme and localizable
    cases, but also at the subtle threshold with everyday life?


    I just finished my SE training. We (SE/FM) are a very unusual animal
    and am still figuring out how I language what I do…happy to talk as
    that always deepens my understanding.


  2. From an email sent to Ryan:

    my question to you is how can you be an expert answering these
    questions if you have not had the experience using somatic
    experiencing and feldenkrais. I can share that yes I have studied
    polyvagal theory and trained with Chava shelhav in child’space and to get
    to thenpoint of your inquiry I have studied se trauma resolution and
    what Peter levines work presents is the answer/skill set with how to
    create an opportunity to resolve the elephant in the living room that
    no one is talking about during the 4 year feldenkrais programs. It has
    been a potent learning process.

    From Ryan: I am not claiming to be the expert, though I have benefited from these methods. I am bringing experts onboard to talk about these ideas. So, the questions are for them not me.


  3. A comment from YouTube:

    Hey Ryan,this sounds like a great webinar idea. I would add the Hakomi Method to the list of modalities. Pat Ogden was a long time Hakomi teacher who was one of the original students with Ron Kurts. She has a strong? back ground in working with attachment which is a key factor in working with trauma symptoms. I use both Hakomi, SE and my Feldenkrais influence in working with the majority of my clients.

  4. Another email sent to Ryan:

    The only question I have is how does F-Krais and Somatic Psychologies link, relate to one another. Without fairly extensive training, study and experience, how can one presume to practise any kind of psychological methodology?

    My (Ryan) quick response is that these systems are about sensory motor and physiological processes, not psychological processes. I was in error called them “Somatic Psychologies.” However, I will ask our presenter to clarify if we do a webinar.

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