Feldenkrais, Possibility, Sensitivity, Slowing Down

In Pursuit of Dreams: How the Feldenkrais Method Cultivates Resilience and Maturity

I’ve written a great deal about my experiences with the Feldenkrais Method and why, after finding it, I stopped doing yoga. The writer of this article, Sarah Kowalski, does an excellent job explaining the method more generally. For those of you who’ve found my blog by searching for Feldenkrais, I hope you’ll enjoy this piece, inspired by a conversation the writer had:

“My friend was curious why I thought the Feldenkrais Method was specifically focused, more than other somatic modalities such as yoga, on building resilience. Moshe Feldenkrais, creator of the Feldenkrais Method, developed a rich method to give people an experience of abstract ideas so that they could move from a theoretical idea to an embodied experience. He looked at several different physical phenomenon and explained the emotional and cognitive effect of these physical experiences on the psyche.”

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I’ve been thinking a lot about resilience these days as I prepare to teach a class with my Feldenkrais and coaching colleague Cliff Smyth on Embodied Resilience. Last weekend, I accompanied a friend while she was at a conference for adolescent health.  She was totally inspired by the idea of how to develop resilience in her teenage clients, as well as in herself while she tries to stay afloat in an extremely stressful job.  Someone else to geek out with about resilience—perfect!! Because of my own bias, I was eager to talk about how to embody resilience. If you don’t feel resilient, will efforts to develop resilience be lost?

My friend was curious why I thought the Feldenkrais Method was specifically focused, more than other somatic modalities such as yoga, on building resilience.  Moshe Feldenkrais, creator of the Feldenkrais Method, developed a rich method to give people an experience of…

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About ilona fried

Writer, Feldenkrais champion, Aikidoka and explorer of internal and external landscapes.

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