Body Awareness as Healing Therapy: The Case of Nora

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Body Awareness as Healing Therapy: The Case of Nora is Moshe Feldenkrais' classic study of his work with Nora, a woman who has suffered a severe stroke and lost her neuromuscular coordination, including the ability to read and write. Feldenkrais uses rational and intuitive approaches to help his student relearn basic motor skills. One can observe here the groundwork of Feldenkrais' extraordinary insights which became known as the Feldenkrais Method. We follow his detailed descriptions of the trial and error ...

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Overview

Body Awareness as Healing Therapy: The Case of Nora is Moshe Feldenkrais' classic study of his work with Nora, a woman who has suffered a severe stroke and lost her neuromuscular coordination, including the ability to read and write. Feldenkrais uses rational and intuitive approaches to help his student relearn basic motor skills. One can observe here the groundwork of Feldenkrais' extraordinary insights which became known as the Feldenkrais Method. We follow his detailed descriptions of the trial and error process which led him to see the ingredients that were needed to help Nora reshape her attention, perception, imagination and cognition.

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"...a rare gem. This book has inspired my students and me for over a decade with its intimate revelations detailing how Feldenkrais went about solving the problems of his case. It is of interest to medical practitioners who work directly with the body, as well as educators and psychotherapists."
-Don Hanlon Johnson, author of Body, Spirit and Democracy

"...an important literary and scientific achievement that reveals Feldenkrais' bold and original insights about learning and the brain. Nora's story is an inspiring account of the nervous system's ability to heal from trauma and the remarkable human capacity to learn."
-Mark Reese, so-author of Relaxercise

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781883319083
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
  • Publication date: 12/28/1993
  • Edition description: 2nd Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 789,678
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.24 (d)

Meet the Author

Moshe Feldenkrais, D.Sc., is the founder of what is today called the Feldenkrais Method. As a result of suffering debilitating injuries Feldenkrais began an intense exploration into the relationship between bodily movement and healing, feeling, thinking, and learning. In the process of healing himself, Feldenkrais made revolutionary discoveries, culminating in the development of the method that now bears his name. There are two aspects to his method: an individual manipulatory technique of neuromotor education called Functional Integration and a group technique called Awareness Through Movement. His unique and subtle approach to facilitating human change and to improving functioning is spelled out in a number of influential books, including: Awareness Through Movement, Body and Mature Behavior, and The Elusive Obvious. Dr. Feldenkrais was also the author of a number of books about Judo and one of the first Europeans to hold a black belt in the art. Today there are nearly four thousand Feldenkrais Method Practitioners around the globe. His insights contributed to the development of the new field of somatic education and continue to influence disciplines such as the arts, education, psychology, child development, physical and occupational therapy, sports enhancement, and gerontology.

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    "Entering the world, Nora could not speak any language, walk, read, write, sing, whistle, or yodel"

    Three years before 60-something Swiss citizen Nora met and was evaluated by renowned healer Moshe Feldenkrais, she had suffered a mild stroke. Her body had stiffened a bit. She could no longer read and write. After many months of one-on-one "Functional Integration" (FI) treatment at Feldenkrais's office in Israel, Nora was a new woman. How the two together accomplished this is told in Moshe's 1977 case study BODY AWARENESS AS HEALING THERAPY: THE CASE OF NORA. *** Nora's goal was "cure": return to just the way things were before her stroke: which may or may not have been objectively good. Moshe Feldenkrais's goal was to take Nora's remaining vestigial abilities to read and write and "improve" them, make them gradually better along an open-ended scale with no limitations (Ch. 4). *** Feldenkrais's wife was a pediatrician. She kept him in touch with infants as they learned, progressively, to suck milk, to hear, to see, to crawl, to walk, to point with fingers, to distinguish left from right. All those things and more Nora had done as an infant and a child before learning to read and right. Feldenkrais decided that he must bring Nora back to her infancy and slightly later if she was to recover her lost skills of reading and writing. "Entering the world, Nora could not speak any language, walk, read, write, sing, whistle, or yodel" (Appendix: The Essence). As an infant Nora had been relaxed, learning from the sheer joy of curiosity. How recapture that amazing age? *** Seeing reading as impossible until one first learns by listening to the spoken word, Feldenkrais placed a straw between Nora's lips. He made her do eye exercises looking down the straw, creating double images and eventually training the straw, later a pencil, later a pen on written words. When pure texts proved too hard, Feldenkrais introduced picture books, as would have been the case when Nora was learning to read 55 or more years earlier. *** It's all there in THE CASE OF NORA. This is a book very accessible to non-specialists in trauma treatment but also instructive to specialists. A major weakness is absence of a topical index. But the author's constant moving between hands-on treatment of Nora, trying this and trying that, speculating and learning is a pleasure to read. -OOO-

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