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MAKING THE CONNECTION

Understanding the Board from Both Sides

In October 2019, Larry Goldfarb introduced the Baltimore Feldenkrais® Teacher Training to the iconic Functional Integration® lesson known as THE ARTIFICIAL FLOOR. 

Over five days of ATM®, talks, demonstrations, practice sessions, debriefs, and discussions, the trainees explored the lesson’s score, getting to know its inner workings, learning logic, and compositional design. As I guided them step-by-careful step through the score, they developed the requisite sensitivity and hands-on techniques in conjunction with refining their self-use. The aim was to learn the FI® by cultivating the ability to feeland move — the student through the board.

The curriculum investigated the following fundamental questions to develop an appreciation of the lesson from inside out:

  • What did Feldenkrais mean when he referred to a standing leg?
    What are the whole body implications of this idea?

  • What, specifically, does the teacher look at and feel for?
    How do you make sense of what you notice?
    How do you develop that hidden sense of reaching further than you touch?
    What did Feldenkrais mean when he referred to a standing leg?
    What are the whole body implications of this idea?
    How is it related to working with and through the board?  

  • What, specifically, does the teacher look at and feel for?
    How do you make sense of what you notice?
    How do you develop that hidden sense of reaching further than you touch?
    How do you learn to feel through the board? 
  • And then, of course, there’s knowing how to respond:
    How do you determine the options and understand their implications, where they most likely lead?? 
  • How does the teacher move so that actions like lifting the student’s leg become easy and educational? 

  • What’s the difference between using the board as a learning aide and making it the lesson’s throughline, between it being a teaching tactic and serving as the unifying theme?

  • How do you come to understand THE ARTIFICIAL FLOOR from both sides of the board?

The recordings of this course consist of more than nine hours of instruction, including: 

23 talks, demonstrations, debriefs, and discussions
[21 Video files, 2 Audio files]

7 Awareness Through Movement® lessons
[Audio files]

To see the complete content of this program, please click on the plus sign below:

DAY 1

Larry introduces himself 
— Talk [12 min: 07 sec] 

Burning Questions
— Q&A [26:08]

OBSERVING STANDING AND WALKING
ATM+Lab [19:23]

Creating moments of co-discovery
— Talk and Lab [07:24]

Creating an environment for learning
— Talk [03:44]

PILLOWS AND SWINGS – FOOTPRINT
ATM [47:59]

WITNESSING WALKING
ATM+Lab [48:27]

DAY 2

Table intelligence
— Talk  [12:07]

PERSPECTIVES ON STANDING
ATM+Talk [07:22]

Initiating contact
— Demo+lab [09:32]

Sensations of support
— Talk+discussion [25:38]
Audio only

Preparing the student for the return of the habit
— Talk [14:52]

 How feedback systems work
— Talk [38:36] 

 The big picture and the details
— Demo [17:48]

A section of this video is not quite in focus.

DAY 3

Learning together 
— Talk+demo [43:42]
Audio only

PILLOWS AND SWINGS – Straightening and bending 
ATM [50:02]

 Understanding standing
— Talk [6:06]

DAY 4

One of Moshe’s joke – plus a bit 
—  Talk [04:22]

Reaching toward the thoracic spine
— Demo + Lab [06:59]

Explore the AF score
— Demo [09:34]

The long and winding road
— Talk [05:45]

Finding the standing leg
— Demo+talk [14:52]

DAY 5

The ring of the first rib
— Demo [14:54]

A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO TAI CHI
ATM+talk [09:34]

Standing and pushing.
— Lab+Discussion [13:13]

When to give an artificial floor lesson
— Talk [07:36] 

Giving Dot the FI
— Demo [49:28]

Brief comments on Dot’s FI 
— Talk [02:09]

PILLOWS AND SWINGS 
ATM [46:33] 

Closing comments 
— Talk [09:07]

These are recordings of a live event, meaning that there were a few tech trip-ups. For two of the talks, we have only audio available. Also, a video close-up is out of focus, and the mic was far away from me once or twice. 

To make sure that the files were ready-for-primetime — that, at the very least, that the sound quality is up to snuff — they have been professionally edited. Though the production values may be more homemade than Hollywood, the content is eminently understandable, lucid, and illuminating.

Rather than cancel the five-day ARTIFICIAL FLOOR advanced training Larry had scheduled to teach at the Feldenkrais Institute of Vienna in November 2020 because of the international coronavirus lockdown, the program moved online. Taking advantage of the situation, we also added a bonus two-day review session in January. 

These seven days of invaluable instruction provide another perspective on this classic lesson. Larry goes into even greater detail and depth that gives you an even more comprehensive understanding of the incredibly potent FI. Plus, you’ll get to see him give this FI three more times. All told, you’ll receive 20+ hours of additional materials, including:

42 talks, demonstrations, debriefs, and discussions
[Video files]

6 Awareness Through Movement® lessons
[Audio files]

Plus 1 overview document
[PDF files]

To review the complete content,  please click on the plus sign below:

THE ARTIFICIAL FLOOR REVISITED Summary Index
— Document

Day 1

What you can learn about the ARTIFICIAL FLOOR
— Talk [22:00]

AS ABOVE, SO BELOW
ATM [20:09]

Observing while changing the position of the head in standing
— Lab [5:55]

Guided FI, Rolling head and bringing footboard to foot
— Demo [32:25]

Rolling head and bringing the footboard to the foot
— Lab [36:55]

About not being perfect and what it means to make contact
— Discussion [52:25]

Day 2

About self-organization and the footboard
— Talk [12:52]

DIFFERENTIATING THE FEET
ATM [1:00:55]

About the joints of the feet
— Discussion [5:06]

About the standing leg
— Demo [5:16]

Guided FI, organizing yourself to give FI and articulating the ankle joint
— Lab [48:22]

Making the self-use suggestions helpful
— Discussion [9:18]

About organization of the teacher
— Demo [20:34]

What are you looking for in this lesson
— Discussion [14:00]

Rounding and arching your back while using the footboard
— Discussion [14:46]

Day 3

The anatomy of the shoulder girdle
— Talk [13:32]

WALKING THE WALL
ATM [34:57]

WALKING THE WALL cont.
ATM [9:45]

About how your nervous system recovers from injury
— Discussion [6:04]

Guided FI, Using the edges of the footboard and your visual imagination
— Lab [46:44]

Using the edge of the footboard and lifting the whole leg with the board
— Demo [50:43]

Clarifying the rays of toes and lifting the leg
FI Demo [26:20]

Day 4

About having x-ray vision
— Discussion [8:21]

ON THE BACK – TWISTING THE SPINE WITH THE HEAD FIXED
ATM [30:54]

What you’ve learned so far about the footboard
— Demo [16:02]

Playing Tic Tac Toe with the footboard
— Demo [37:45]

Debriefing the Tic Tac Toe demo
— Discussion [8:04]

About the subtalar joint and going with the person
— Discussion [24:32]

Day 5

About the development of the ns, muscles and skeleton
— Talk [14:13]

About C1 and C2
— Talk [16:41]

About the spinal engine and more
— Talk [23:51]

THE AIRPORT LESSON
ATM [27:50]

Guided FI, Reviewing and refining, including video of Larry guiding Lindy
— Lab [19:56]

Specific guided FI suggestions
— Lab [21:12]

Looking ahead and closing comments
— Talk [14:53]

Larry gives the ARTIFICIAL FLOOR FI
— Demo [1:18:17]

Day 6

About your questions
— Discussion [3:41]

What did your partner learn?
— Discussion [25:56]

Your laundry list of questions
— Discussion [52:12]

About practicing being a practitioner and a client
— Talk [3:10]

Choose your own adventure FI with Seth
— Demo [1:04:36]

Questions for the next step
— Demo [43:43]

Day 7

Video of Mary
— Demo [13:56]

Reflecting on the video demo with Mary
— Discussion [21:19]

About the ATM‘s taught in the workshop
— Talk [22:07]

DANCING WITH THE BOARD – Guided FI
ATM + Lab [42:07]

About taking learning with you
— Talk [13:55]

About continuing your learning
— Discussion [9:28]

Your homework and the next steps
— Talk [16:11]

Whether you’re new to this lesson or an experienced teacher, you’ll find the insights and understanding needed to deliver this lesson most effectively and beneficially. 

These are recordings of a live event; a  few tech trip-ups happened during the training segment. We have only audio files of the two talks, there’s a video close-up that’s out of focus, and the mic was far away from me once or twice. 

To make sure that the files are as ready-for-primetime — at the very least, that the sound quality is up to snuff — they have been professionally edited. Though the production values may be more homemade than Hollywood, the content is eminently understandable, lucid, and illuminating.

With all that’s been happening in the world and how it’s impacting us in such diverse and complicated ways, we are making the entire package accessible. The challenge is how to make all these learning resources — the Awareness Through Movement® lessons, in-depth talks, detailed demos, sample FIs, and revealing dialogues — available to the worldwide Feldenkrais community in an equitable and uncomplicated fashion. 

We couldn’t quite figure out how to do that; we are asking you to determine what to pay. We certainly appreciate your support of the time and effort we invest in making this program and others available and all we do to foster communities of learners. Please pay according to what you can afford.

This offer is available until 11:59 PM Pacific time on 17 March 2022.

MAKING THE CONNECTION is available exclusively to Feldenkrais® teachers or trainees who have a professional Become a Better Teacher (BABT) account on the Mind in Motion Online website. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Most of the ATM lessons in Baltimore training segment are based on the PILLOWS AND SWINGS series, which is found in the Alexander Yanai collection, which starts with AY 360. Larry also draws on the STANDING OSCILLATIONS lesson, an example of which is found in the first lesson in the Awareness Through Movement book.

In the Vienna program, Larry combines classic ATMs with his own compositions, including the infamous AIRPORT lesson.

Yes, Larry gives Dot, one of the trainees, the entire lesson from start to finish at the end of the Baltimore training segment. The Vienna program includes Larry giving the footboard FI three times.

  1. These are recordings of a live event. 

The Baltimore training recordings include a few imperfections: two of the presentations are available only as audio recordings, there’s a video close-up of a demonstration that’s out of focus, and, because Larry’s microphone wasn’t working, his voice is far away once or twice. That being said, the recordings have been edited to optimize the sound quality. 

The Vienna course happened on Zoom. The recording quality is very good, and these files have also been edited. Please note that the videos are in “presenter” mode, which means you will only see Larry on screen.

After you purchase MAKING THE CONNECTION, the files will be available in the Library section of the Mind in Motion Online (MIMO) website. You will also be able to access them through My Files

You can stream the audio and video files directly from MIMO; you may also download audio files and documents. To protect the privacy of the participants in the course and prevent piracy, the video files are not downloadable.

All together you receive more than 29 hours of training, including. 

65 talks, demonstrations, debriefs, and discussions
13 Awareness Through Movement® lessons

For the complete list of the contents of each course see the next two FAQ items.

DAY 1

Larry introduces himself 
— Talk [12 min: 07 sec] 

Burning Questions
— Q&A [26:08]

OBSERVING STANDING AND WALKING
ATM+Lab [19:23]

Creating moments of co-discovery
— Talk and Lab [07:24]

Creating an environment for learning
— Talk [03:44]

PILLOWS AND SWINGS – FOOTPRINT
ATM [47:59]

WITNESSING WALKING
ATM+Lab [48:27]

DAY 2

Table intelligence
— Talk  [12:07]

PERSPECTIVES ON STANDING
ATM+Talk [07:22]

Initiating contact
— Demo+lab [09:32]

Sensations of support
— Talk+discussion [25:38]
Audio only

Preparing the student for the return of the habit
— Talk [14:52]

 How feedback systems work
— Talk [38:36] 

 The big picture and the details
— Demo [17:48]

A section of this video is not quite in focus.

DAY 3

Learning together 
— Talk+demo [43:42]
Audio only

PILLOWS AND SWINGS – Straightening and bending 
ATM [50:02]

 Understanding standing
— Talk [6:06]

DAY 4

One of Moshe’s joke – plus a bit 
—  Talk [04:22]

Reaching toward the thoracic spine
— Demo + Lab [06:59]

Explore the AF score
— Demo [09:34]

The long and winding road
— Talk [05:45]

Finding the standing leg
— Demo+talk [14:52]

DAY 5

The ring of the first rib
— Demo [14:54]

A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO TAI CHI
ATM+talk [09:34]

Standing and pushing.
— Lab+Discussion [13:13]

When to give an artificial floor lesson
— Talk [07:36] 

Giving Dot the FI
— Demo [49:28]

Brief comments on Dot’s FI 
— Talk [02:09]

PILLOWS AND SWINGS 
ATM [46:33] 

Closing comments 
— Talk [09:07]

THE ARTIFICIAL FLOOR REVISITED Summary Index
— Document

Day 1

What you can learn about the ARTIFICIAL FLOOR
— Talk [22:00]

AS ABOVE, SO BELOW
ATM [20:09]

Observing while changing the position of the head in standing
— Lab [5:55]

Guided FI, Rolling head and bringing footboard to foot
— Demo [32:25]

Rolling head and bringing the footboard to the foot
— Lab [36:55]

About not being perfect and what it means to make contact
— Discussion [52:25]

Day 2

About self-organization and the footboard
— Talk [12:52]

DIFFERENTIATING THE FEET
ATM [1:00:55]

About the joints of the feet
— Discussion [5:06]

About the standing leg
— Demo [5:16]

Guided FI, organizing yourself to give FI and articulating the ankle joint
— Lab [48:22]

Making the self-use suggestions helpful
— Discussion [9:18]

About organization of the teacher
— Demo [20:34]

What are you looking for in this lesson
— Discussion [14:00]

Rounding and arching your back while using the footboard
— Discussion [14:46]

Day 3

The anatomy of the shoulder girdle
— Talk [13:32]

WALKING THE WALL
ATM [34:57]

WALKING THE WALL cont.
ATM [9:45]

About how your nervous system recovers from injury
— Discussion [6:04]

Guided FI, Using the edges of the footboard and your visual imagination
— Lab [46:44]

Using the edge of the footboard and lifting the whole leg with the board
— Demo [50:43]

Clarifying the rays of toes and lifting the leg
FI Demo [26:20]

Day 4

About having x-ray vision
— Discussion [8:21]

ON THE BACK – TWISTING THE SPINE WITH THE HEAD FIXED
ATM [30:54]

What you’ve learned so far about the footboard
— Demo [16:02]

Playing Tic Tac Toe with the footboard
— Demo [37:45]

Debriefing the Tic Tac Toe demo
— Discussion [8:04]

About the subtalar joint and going with the person
— Discussion [24:32]

Day 5

About the development of the ns, muscles and skeleton
— Talk [14:13]

About C1 and C2
— Talk [16:41]

About the spinal engine and more
— Talk [23:51]

THE AIRPORT LESSON
ATM [27:50]

Guided FI, Reviewing and refining, including video of Larry guiding Lindy
— Lab [19:56]

Specific guided FI suggestions
— Lab [21:12]

Looking ahead and closing comments
— Talk [14:53]

Larry gives the ARTIFICIAL FLOOR FI
— Demo [1:18:17]

Day 6

About your questions
— Discussion [3:41]

What did your partner learn?
— Discussion [25:56]

Your laundry list of questions
— Discussion [52:12]

About practicing being a practitioner and a client
— Talk [3:10]

Choose your own adventure FI with Seth
— Demo [1:04:36]

Questions for the next step
— Demo [43:43]

Day 7

Video of Mary
— Demo [13:56]

Reflecting on the video demo with Mary
— Discussion [21:19]

About the ATM‘s taught in the workshop
— Talk [22:07]

DANCING WITH THE BOARD – Guided FI
ATM + Lab [42:07]

About taking learning with you
— Talk [13:55]

About continuing your learning
— Discussion [9:28]

Your homework and the next steps
— Talk [16:11]

The ATMs range from a short exploration to the expected, more or less standard, length; the talks and discussions run from a few minutes and some seconds to 50-some minutes; and the FIs are an hour or so long.

Please check drop-down menus in the description text above to find the lengths —  in minutes and seconds — of every file.

NB: During the live Baltimore training segment, the cameraperson didn’t follow Larry (or the other faculty member) around during the ample learning labs and practice sessions, which when the trainees worked with each other. Not surprisingly, much of the most important learning happens during these experiential processes.

Consider MAKING THE CONNECTION as a kind of manual, one that reveals what’s behind and inside this remarkable FI. Whether you engage with the material on your own, with a study buddy, or in a practice group, please use MTC as a roadmap for learning. 

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