The holidays are upon us! We hope that you have a wonderful time bringing in the New Year with your loved ones. We'll be celebrating with ours.
by Paulette Dolin, GCFP One of my new students asked me how doing Feldenkrais® lessons would help in daily life. Among the benefits of doing Awareness Through Movement® lessons, injury prevention is high on my list. My first vivid experience of this was during my practitioner training. As I was going down some steps, I noticed rather calmly that I had missed one. Instead of falling, my foot gently landed, and I kept going. That sense of ease and coordination was new to me. Growing up, I had been the kid in school who always had skinned and scabbed knees. People described me as athletic, but never graceful.
Ira Feinstein: When you first heard about “Feldenkrais,” was it the man or the Method? Paul Rubin: I met the man. I had no idea who he was. IF: How did you meet Moshe? PR: In 1973, I was at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. I was 24 years old and was running a school for troubled adolescents on a grant from the government of Canada's Department of Health and Welfare. Summers were free. My funders offered to pay my way to a four-week residential seminar in Gestalt Therapy. One night, Moshe Feldenkrais and Ida Rolf came to dinner. Feldenkrais was interested in Gestalt Therapy as something perhaps compatible with the principles of his own thinking as a form of exploration of what he called the “feeling” element of life. We had a conversation in the kitchen and spoke again later when I was asked to drive him to where he was staying.