blog: vital clarity
People usually come to me with a chronic movement limitation, physical complaint, or a seemingly immutable experience of stress and tension after they have tried everything else and feel desperate and in need of hope.
Many people think the Feldenkrais Method is about movement.
Feldenkrais is not about limits.
I do not intend to "teach" you, but to enable you to learn. -- Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais
From words to movement and back again.
This blog is not for you, maybe.
Back and muskuloskeletal pain is a growing issue. One in ten visits to primary care physicians are for low back pain
People shouldn’t be blamed for being in pain. If we have pain, it’s because our system is trying to tell us something.
People often ask me if my pain has gone away. It has and it hasn't.
I don’t know why we live—the gift of life comes to us from I don’t know what source or for what purpose...
The key to feeling better is not in finding answers but in asking questions
Instead of less injured or less traumatized we are simply more functional, more whole, and more healed.
Side-bend, extension, and flexion are fundamental to all human movement. Follow these instructions to prevent stiffness and tension.
One of my clients asked the other day, "Isn't there a ctrl-alt-delete function for the nervous system?"
If you don't stay mobile, you will narrow your range of options. Aging will become a path of limitations instead of a path of freedom. This is true even for people who put effort into athletic movement or working out.
Here are some tips for changing your world with five simple gifts.
If we were to breathe in the same way all the time, it would be like we had a repetitive script for every conversation.
Use these six reminders to reduce stress and improve your overall health.
Free recordings from Erin's classes to do at home.
Ten minutes or less. Who can resist that?
What is health? Read one of Dr. Feldenkrais's most provocative articles.
A short excerpt from The Potent Self by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais: "The present is only a fleeting moment, an instant that passes at once into the past..."
Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, 1904-1984, physicist, engineer, Judo master, teacher
An excerpt from Dr. Feldenkrais's book focusing on bare feet, falling, and the novel use of self.
Much of Dr. Feldenkrais's work on sensorimotor development focused on "completing the self image." Read more about his thoughts.
If you think of how big data operates, it's all about the tracking. We, too, can track information and make tweaks in our nervous systems that make a difference
For me, one of the most valuable aspects of the Feldenkrais Method is this possibility of reducing compulsive action
We all inhabit our body, and we all look for the meaning of that residence.
How to avoid skimming the surface: the sea slug helps us understand brain plasticity.
We are limited by the very thing that holds us together!
Independence to think for yourself is a vital requirement for directing your own learning.
"The truly important learning is to be able to do the thing you already know in another way."
If there were a right way to move, why didn't the teacher just say so?
Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin.
I like big questions.
We all have internal resistance to something. Resistance can be frozen in a muscle-clenching throw-down with gravity.
We don't meet someone we are interested in romantically and say, gee, I feel a lot of resistance and effort relating to you, let's get married!
If you've come to some Feldenkrais classes with me this summer, you probably know that I have been doing agility training with my dog. This is mostly to train me, not the dog.
Even the most developed muscles are of no use if they cannot coordinate with our intention to act in the world.
“Spoon feeding, in the long run, teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.” --E.M. Forster
People often ask me, “How should I move?” which is like asking, “What should I say?”
To create real change means to create a wholly responsive use of the self.
We need to restore this ability to learn in a fundamental way, to recover what we have excluded and restricted in ourselves.
What does it mean to know what we don't know?
"The aim is not complete relaxation but healthy, powerful, easy and pleasurable exertion." --Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais
"You can learn more about a person in an hour of play than a year of conversation." --Plato
The Law of Reversed Effort: "The harder we try with the conscious will to do something, the less we shall succeed."
"Our bodies are membranes in the world, with sensation and meaning passing seamlessly through them."
It's the little things that keep us going. The shimmer of rose on a cloud at sunset, the retreival of a dropped wallet, the smile of a stranger in shared appreciation of a doggie moment.
The ability to "make new patterns" in the brain can fundamentally change your life.