Mastering the Method 17 Boston



Listen, are you breathing just a little and calling it a life?
— Mary Oliver

While many Awareness Through Movement® classes put respiration front and center, usually the breath is secondary to the theme of a Functional Integration® lesson. When giving a hands-on Feldenkrais® lesson, you monitor your student’s breath — and your own — by tuning into the subtle shifts of disturbance or unease, and registering the respiratory responses that indicate improvement and integration.

But what about giving lessons that deal directly making BREATHING BETTER?

Do you know how to work with the ribs, spine, muscles of the trunk, etc. to influence the breath? To unravel the restrictions that limit respiration?

Do you understand breathing well enough to know what to observe, how to interpret it, and what to do about it?

The next trio MASTERING THE METHOD (MTM) modules is designed to help you answer these questions. You’ll delve deep into the domain of ventilation, clearing up common confusions and stubborn superstitions by applying the Feldenkraisian framework to how understanding what makes for optimal breathing. You’ll experience ATM® lessons that illuminate the FI® structures you’re learning and help you understand them from the inside out. You will also practice precise techniques, explore teaching tactics and learning logic, master fundamental FIs, and uncover the keys to helping your students speak, sing, and breathe easier.

In each BREATHING BETTER module, you’ll get to:

  • Learn the ins and outs of how breathing works.

  • Enhance your ability to observe breathing and know what it means.

  • Develop specific hands-on skills along the self-use they require.

  • Receive personal coaching and individual support.

  • Expand your repertoire of lessons you can count on.

There are no prerequisites for Feldenkrais teachers or trainees in the final two years of their program to enroll. You sign up for one module, any two, or all three. After you participate in at least one module, you receive access to the video demonstrations and discussions along with the audio files of the ATMfor all three BB modulesat no extra cost whatsoever.

Are you wondering whether this postgraduate program is what you need now? If you’ll let me know your questions and concerns along with your phone number and some good times to reach you, I’ll give you a ring or send you a text.

Module 16
September 2019

Returning to your body its ability to breathe
the way it is designed.

— Moshe Feldenkrais

In this module, you’ll learn about the structure and function of breathing in detail and from the pattern perspective. You’ll develop a sense of the significant specifics and how they fit together systemically. We’ll define what good breathing is, identify what interferes with it, and explore exactly how to elicit your student’s innate ability to breathe easily.

Module 17
November 2020

Life is always at some turning point.
— Irwin Edman

This module will deepen your appreciation of how posture and action influence breathing — and vice versa — and how habit hinders adapting respiration to activity and ambience. By learning a classic FI composition, you’ll improve your understanding of Moshe’s method and your ability to use it restore robust respiration.

Module 18
April 2021

Fear is excitement without the breath.
— Fritz Perls

Breathing is integral to how we move, think, and feel. This module reveals how to work the ways we unconsciously carry the consequences accidents, illness, and trauma with us. You’ll find out how to help your students uncover these deep and often troubling connections in a manner that makes it possible to disengage from the restrictions and reconnect with their potential to be present and respond in the moment.

Enrollment for MTM Module 17 — THE TURNING TIDE — is now open!


At no extra charge

Your tuition in any BREATHING BETTER module (MTM 16, 17, and/or 18) grants you access to the video and audio recordings of all three modules.

Prerequisite for participation

You must be a Feldenkrais® teacher or a trainee in a recognized Feldenkrais® teacher training program to participate in this program. You’ll also need to use your Become a Better Teacher account to sign up. (If you don’t have your free account yet, you can get one here.)

[If you don’t see the Sign me up button, please log in to your Mind in Motion Online account now.]

Please note:

THE TURNING TIDE will be meeting ONLINE with an updated, contemporary three-part curriculum as follows:

Phase 1 — Learning the Score

Learn the structure of this FI — its strategy, tactics, and techniques — in the depth of detail and breadth of the pattern.

  • Friday to Monday, 6 to 9 November
    10 AM to 1:00 PM Eastern

  • Tuesday, 10 November
    10:00 AM to noon-ish Eastern

Phase 2 — Reviewing & Refining

Consolidate and integrate what you’ve been practicing to make the lesson yours. (You can attend either or both of the following sessions.)

  • Saturday, 5 December
    10:00 AM to 1:00 PM Eastern

  • Sunday, 6 December
    1:30 to 4:30 PM Eastern
(Since we’ll be meeting online, the recordings will be available soon after to make it easy to continue your learning.)

Phase 3 — Personal Coaching

  • To take your learning to the next level, you’ll schedule an online session to receive individual support and personal feedback at your convenience. You will have the option of either:

    Practicing with someone — giving them the entire lesson or working on specific aspects — online and receiving in-the-moment suggestions and feedback while you’re working

  • — OR—

  • Sharing a video of you giving the lesson, which we’ll go review together online.

*Tuition and Participation Policy

  • No-Risk Guarantee: If after attending and participating in two days of this course, you let us know that you are not satisfied and do not want to continue, we will refund 100% of your tuition.
  • Tuition is for the module, whether you attend every day or not. There are no credits or refunds for any missed classes.
  • By registering for this class, you acknowledge that 20% (twenty percent) of your tuition is a non-refundable down payment.
  • Cancel between the day of enrollment and up to 31 (thirty-one) calendar days before the first class and you’ll be refunded your tuition minus the down payment.
  • Cancel from 30 (thirty) to 7 (seven) calendar days prior to the first day of a module, and we will refund 50% of the tuition you paid minus the down payment.
  • No refunds, credits, or exchanges will be given for any cancellation received after 7 (seven) calendar days before the course begins.

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