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Mind in Motion - Honoring a somatic pioneer Honoring a somatic pioneer

Little known outside the domains of dance and theater, Mabel Todd is one of the pioneers of somatic movement education. A voice teacher in early 20th century Massachusetts, Todd became dissatisfied and frustrated by the conflicting ideas about the anatomy and posture of singing she encountered.

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Pencil down - Featured image Pencil down

I dreamt of being back in grade school the other night. I remember flashes of long ago classrooms and running around the playground. I woke up at the end of a math exam right after the teacher announced, “Time’s up. Please put your pencil down.”

Though it’s been a long time since I took a test in school, those words kept reverberating in my thoughts.

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Summer Camp 2022 poster How to adjust your attitude

International RSI expert Deborah Quilter interviewed me the other day for her YouTube channel. We discussed this summer’s upcoming Feldenkrais Summer Camp, The Power Within.

Deborah asked about what I will teach and why I chose this topic. Our conversation covers the relationship between posture and emotion, changing how you move to change how you feel, and developing the ability to respond in the moment, independently of your habit and history.

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In appreciation of limits featured image In appreciation of limits

In a Feldenkrais class, the teacher creates the conditions for students to figure things out for themselves. Instead of showing or telling you how to move, you are asked to follow directions designed to reveal long-lost abilities and new skills.

How does this work?

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Degrees of freedom

On the Fourth of July, we celebrate the passage of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

Ahead of my almost annual Feldenkrais Summer Camp, I taught an Awareness Through Movement class on July 4th, 2019. I composed the lesson in keeping with the theme of this holiday called, appropriately enough, DEGREES OF FREEDOM.

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This time Its personal - featured image This time, it’s personal

Since its inception 22 years ago, Feldenkrais Summer Camps have explored all sorts of topics, from classic themes, such as breathing better, to innovative subjects, such as using a doorway to improve your balance and coordination.

This summer’s curriculum takes a different approach. This time, it’s personal.

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Pent up- featured image Pent up

Moshe Feldenkrais repeatedly challenged the commonly held hydraulic model of emotions by asking us why there was no such a thing as pent-up joy. He asked us to consider how anger could create pressure building up to an eventual explosion if this was not the case with other feelings.

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Who said that - post image Who said that?

In the description for this year’s Feldenkrais Summer Camp, The Power Within, I quoted: “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

It’s been one of my favorite quotations for a long time. I have included it in every training program prospectus I created, starting with the first Strasbourg International Feldenkrais Training back in the early 1990s. Back then, I attributed it to Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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Searching for research - cover Searching for research

When was the last time someone asked you what research there is on the Feldenkrais Method . . . and where to find it?

Thanks to the literature reviews I did in my Master’s and Ph.D. programs, once upon a time, I had a decent sense of what kind of studies were available. I have been — and, thankfully, still am — actively involved in conversations with colleagues about what they are investigating and how they’re conceptualizing and doing research. Over the years, I also had the privilege and pleasure of actively participating in a few people’s projects.

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Possibility and positivity thumbnail image Possibility and positivity

A funny thing that happens when you do a Feldenkrais lesson.

When persistent problems fade, new options appear, and you undergo a fundamental somatic shift in how you move, something else occurs. It’s not just that you breathe easier and feel relieved, taller, more grounded, more present.

When you harness your innate ability to improve, you realize you can help yourself. You discover you can change yourself. This embodied knowledge changes your outlook. You feel capable. You are more hopeful.

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