"It is possible to sense the action before you actually do it. There is a tiny gap of time there where you can intervene and change the action. For Feldenkrais, that was called awareness. That's what happens in the tiny gap between intention and execution, or intention and action, where you can sense and do or not do, and do it differently." - Aliza Stewart
Feldenkrais Podcast #3 with Aliza Stewart
We talk about:
How the movement of self is similar to the movement of sound
How the nervous system makes order out of chaos
How the Feldenkrais Method® influences the experience of anxiety
What it means to have a good life
Orientation, creativity, improvement, independence
There is always a choice
This short video is about the process of making one image. Collage, drawing, photo, papercut, color, stars, play---all led up to the final version. This image was commissioned by the Feldenkrais Guild of North America for the 2018 Feldenkrais Method® Conference.
Feldenkrais Podcast #2 with Madelyn Kent
We talk about talked about:
quieting noise/ anxiety
moving through creative blocks
In the Feldenkrais Method, paradox is a generative tool for learning, the proverbial door that opens when another shuts. Perhaps inspired by his Hasidic childhood, with its culture of questioning rather than answering, Feldenkrais saw paradox as a way to give the nervous system the opportunity to improvise new habits by noticing and questioning old ones.
"There is no waste in creative process." -Amy Walsh
The little things, big things, stolen moments, mess, serendipity, inspiration, education, devotion, mistakes, misspellings, struggle, dust, dream---all of it.
When you stay in the process, with the practice, in whatever imaginable and unimaginable ways, all the little drops add up.
If you are a human being, you have a deep natural wellspring of creativity that is your greatest resource for vitality.
The Feldenkrais Method is most fundamentally about rediscovering your inherent creativity and learning to apply and embody it in each moment. Your creativity is your most potent tool for diminishing your aches and pains!
"We are beginning to place enormous emphasis on creativity, but there is a tendency to think that being creative is limited to “producing” something. I would suggest to you that the basic creativity of the human being consists in his working toward his own fullest development, the realizing of his own potentials, the allowing himself to grow. What we create first is ourselves and it is out of ourselves that the producing comes.” - Mary Whitehouse
I move with my 36 week-old baby in my belly– a delicate dance of reversibility, balance, ground and breath... There is a story that pregnant women can’t move freely or comfortably. I want to transform that. I want to help people know what is possible...
"...willpower and intelligence are merely superficial expressions of the mind whereas their deeper manifestations are imagination and instinct...Educating the imagination is more important than educating the will. Man fulfills in his life what his imagination directs him to do. Each of us contains his life's image within himself. The course of our lives expresses and fulfills this image…
I found the Feldenkrais Method during a confusing search for how to have a more loving relationship with my body after growing up in a family and society that taught me to hate it. The invitations the Method offered were liberating: feel without judgement, move without comparing myself to others, and sense internally instead of looking to others to validate if what I was doing was correct. Through permission and encouragement to imperfectly cultivate my own inner sense of knowing, I found grace in a clunky un-embodied body. I found presence where I had been absent for so long. This coming home to myself was a creative, dynamic process...
I play with this experiment before and after Feldenkrais and Authentic movement lessons. It is a way for me to track my experience of the transformations that occur through entering embodied experiences/explorations.