The Feldenkrais Method: Teaching by Handling

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The Feldenkrais Method: Teaching by Handling is a presentation of the system of Functional Integration devised by the Israeli scientist Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais. The Feldenkrais system is a way of handling the body by communicating specific sensations to the central nervous system in order to improve the functions of the motor system. Functional Integration is unique in that it evokes changes in the human brain at a level heretofore thought unachievable by any known educational technique: muscular tonicity -- even ...
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Overview

The Feldenkrais Method: Teaching by Handling is a presentation of the system of Functional Integration devised by the Israeli scientist Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais. The Feldenkrais system is a way of handling the body by communicating specific sensations to the central nervous system in order to improve the functions of the motor system. Functional Integration is unique in that it evokes changes in the human brain at a level heretofore thought unachievable by any known educational technique: muscular tonicity -- even spasticity -- is actually modified, the range of movement is enhanced, movement becomes more coordinated, and the overall efficiency and comfort of muscular functioning is increased. In The Feldenkrais Method, Yochanan Rywerant has devised a framework for understanding an immensely subtle and elusive technique for human change. From detailed discussions on manipulation and teaching to basic techniques and other considerations, the author makes this complex system more accessible to both novice and experienced practitioners.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591200222
  • Publisher: Basic Health Publications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Pages: 221
  • Sales rank: 821,380
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Preface ix
Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction 1
Part I Manipulation and Teaching
1. Manipulation as Nonverbal Communication between Teacher and Pupil 9
2. The Approach to Communicative Manipulation 19
Part II The Basic Technique
3. The Unit of Communicative Manipulation (The Manipulon) 29
4. A Classification of Manipulons 45
5. The Various Modes of the Pupil's Response: The Limbic and Cortical Levels of Control 57
Part III Further Technical Considerations
6. Some Physical Principles Involved in Functional Integration 89
7. Increasing Efficiency: Directions of Movement, Timing, and the Teacher's Own Body Awareness 99
Part IV Working Through Sessions
8. The Form of the Manipulatory Session 109
9. Schematic Outlines of a Few Model Sessions 115
10. A Few Typical and Often-Encountered Manifestations of Inefficient Neuromotor Organization 145
11. Additional Do's and Don'ts for a Future Practitioner 175
Part V Illustrative Case Histories
12. The Story of Hanoch's Return to the Flute 181
13. Improving the Ability to Perform 191
14. Remarks on Pain, Function, and Structure 199
15. Reflections on the Creative Process 205
Notes 211
Bibliography 213
Index 215
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