Embodied Wisdom: The Collected Papers of Moshe Feldenkrais

Embodied Wisdom: The Collected Papers of Moshe Feldenkrais


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An educational system of neuromuscular re-education known for its gentle approach, the Feldenkrais Method has been shown to dramatically improve individual functioning by increasing self-awareness and facilitating new patterns of thinking, moving, and feeling. Intended for those who need to improve their movement repertoire for professional reasons–-dancers, musicians, martial artists, gymnasts, and athletes–-as well as those wishing to reduce pain or limitations in movement, Feldenkrais is based on the idea that learning to move better can improve anyone’s overall health on many levels.

Using Moshe Feldenkrais’s own words, Embodied Wisdom clearly explains the basic principles underpinning his techniques, Awareness Through Movement (ATM) and Functional Integration (FI). These thoughtful articles and lively, sometimes humorous interviews explore a diverse range of subjects: the importance of bodily expression, the primacy of hearing, the mind-body connection, martial arts, sleep and consciousness, movement and its effect on the mind. Embodied Wisdom gives readers the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the scientific and spiritual principles behind the Method and offers sound strategies for incorporating it into their lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781556439063
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 08/17/2010
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, D.Sc., (1904–1984) was a distinguished scientist, physicist, and engineer, and the founder of the method that now bears his name. His insights contributed to the development of the new field of somatic education and continue to influence disciplines ranging from the arts to physical and occupational therapy.

Elizabeth Beringer studied directly with Feldenkrais and is one of the foremost teachers and trainers of the Method today.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Editor's Introduction xxi

Part 1 Articles 1

1 Bodily Expressions, translated from the French Thomas Hanna 3

2 Mind and Body 27

3 On the Primacy of Hearing 45

4 On Health 53

5 Man and the World 59

6 Awareness Through Movement 69

7 Self-Fulfillment Through Organic Learning Mark Reese 77

Part 2 Interviews 91

8 Image, Movement, and Actor: Restoration of Potentiality Richard Schechner Helen Schechner Kelly Morris 93

9 Feldenkrais Revisited: Tension, Talent, and the Legacy of Childhood Joanna Rotté 113

10 The Extraordinary Story of How Moshe Feldenkrais Came to Study Judo Dennis Leri 127

11 Moshe Feldenkrais Discusses Awareness and Consciousness Aharon Katzir Carl Ginsburg 161

12 Movement and the Mind, interview Will Schutz 179

13 The Forebrain: Sleep, Consciousness, Awareness, and Learning Edward Rosenfeld 191

14 An Interview with Moshe Feldenkrais, The New Sun 203

Notes 215

Photograph Credits 221

A Biography of Moshe Feldenkrais 223

About Elizabeth Beringer 227

About David Zemach-Bersin 227

Resources 229

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