FTA Talks: How is Feldenkrais Different Than Other Modalities?
Join an online discussion with FTA Trainer Roger Russell, Educational Director Jeff Haller and other FTA staff about the new Feldenkrais Training Academy, beginning in Seattle in October 2018.
This month's topic: How is Feldenkrais different than other modalities?
The Feldenkrais Method has a unique set of tools for exploring the foundations of how we create the core of our identity; who we are and who we can become. We do this through moving; through exploring our bodies and how we get around in our world. Beginning as infants, we discovered that we could sense ourselves moving. We looked and reached, grasped and balanced ourselves, we discovered how to roll, crawl and walk. All of this is non-verbal experience, the subject of intense curiosity in our early years. Then we forget how we did it, how we created our habits, how we became ourselves. This experience of ourselves is aptly named the "core sense of self" in developmental psychology, affective neuroscience and even philosophy.
The fundamental difference to other practices is how Feldenkrais lessons take us back to this primary experience. The Feldenkrais Method goes deeper, with more specific and precise explorations of each dimension of this primary experience. Our means is a concrete practice of patient, open curiosity, exploratory moving and sensitivity to movement patterns that are good for our self at many levels of experience. We recognize that we can learn to act with consummate skill, robust self-confidence, and a deeper connection with our fellow human beings
Applicable across multiple disciplines which explore specific dimensions of this experience of self, Feldenkrais put all of these dimensions of self into a coherent whole, in all of our complexity as a person. The lessons let us explore common themes as well as many different solutions that each individual finds in their unique biographies. We have a wide range of practical tools in the ATM and FI lessons at our disposal combined with a multi-faceted understanding of why and how movement can be effective, efficient and eminently practical.
As a professional you will profit from this multiplicity of applications of the Feldenkrais Method. You learn to think clearly when practice and understanding cross paths. Evolution, biomechanics and functional anatomy, neuroscience, infant sensory motor development, life span developmental psychology and how all of this comes into focus during the actual teaching processes are all on your horizon. In particular, you can capture an understanding that modern neuroscience brings to your understanding of how the Feldenkrais Method is so effective where learning, moving and personal development meets.
These are some of the themes we can address when we discuss how Feldenkrais is different than other modalities.
We look forward to you joining us for some or all of these conversations.
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