Section: Introduction
Welcome to the World of Conscious Living
When I think of functioning fully, I think: "How can this person experience becoming more alive?" I find this question leads me and my clients into uncharted territory and great creativity.

Somewhere from their talking and gesturing, I must find a way to identify their desire to be more alive and functioning at a higher level. I look at the space they occupy and wonder where they are comfortable living and what directions to explore to deepen their vitality.

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Beginner's Guide to Feldenkrais Method Lessons
The Feldenkrais Method is an innovative method of movement education that teaches you to move with greater ease and efficiency so you can enjoy life more. It's also one of the most effective stress reduction techniques around. Regular students of the Method enjoy better posture, breathing and coordination as well as greater mental and physical flexibility. They typically report enhanced performance, creativity, and pleasure in activities as diverse as walking, skiing, dancing, running, climbing, golfing, gardening, philosophy, driving, and housekeeping. Feldenkrais lessons are fascinating and fun!

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Using Awareness Through Movement Lessons to Change Your Life
I developed and taught several sessions of a graduate workshop on "The Art of Change: Somatic Awareness and Systems Thinking," using Awareness Through Movement lessons as a means to help people make changes in their lives and work. In the day and a half workshop, we did ATMs, talked about the nature of change, and talked in pairs about the areas where people wanted to make changes. Then students departed with the assignment of reading parts of at least one book on the Feldenkrais Method and developing a personal project to change some part of their lives. Several weeks later, they wrote papers about this experiment.

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Felden-WHAT?
It was about to happen, that moment, that dreaded moment. I was at my friend Marcello's birthday party; I had been enjoying the Brazilian music when one of the other guests engaged me in a friendly conversation. We discussed the usual things, such as the weather and how we each knew the guest of honor. Peter had just finished telling me about his research in engineering when it happened:

"What do you for a living?"

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Awareness and Control
Two years ago, my student Claire felt in control of her life. A professional flutist, she had a full-time teaching schedule and played in two orchestras. She had just lost 40 pounds, worked out rigorously, and thought of herself as a tough, strong woman. Then suddenly everything changed: she began experiencing debilitating chronic pain. Doctors told her to stop most of her exercise regimen and prescribed anti-depressants for the pain which had side effects like shaky hands and dry mouth--­not helpful for a flutist.
Learning to Learn
I understand the absence of visual input in teaching Awareness Through Movement lessons as being on the same level with doing movements crucial for efficient walking while lying on the floor. That is: To make the learning experience as far removed from habitual behavior as possible. Having to interpret instructions that come exclusively through the auditory system opens learning channels different from those coming through the visual system and again different from those coming through touch or the kinesthetic sense. Our learning years are so dominated by external visual images that other sensing systems go into hibernation and cause us to suffer from habitual sensorimotor amnesia.

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The Gift of Feldenkrais Training
Growing up, I never really enjoyed being physical. I was the kid who was always picked last for team sports and faked having my period as much as possible so I didn't have to participate in P.E. People seemed to have so much fun running and jumping and dancing. I just didn't get it. When I had to engage in physical activities, not only did it not feel good, it felt bad. By about ten years old, I figured out that sports were not my thing. Don't get me wrong, there were many things that I enjoyed, but physical activity was not on the list.

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Flexible Brain
Flexibility in the brain can be described as the ability to find new pathways that interconnect, so that a change can be observed. How can we view this change in the brain function? Neuroscientists have been able to apply modern technology to discover which parts of the brain are 'lighting up' with information: either efferent nerve function (messages going outwards), or afferent nerve function (messages coming into the brain) with new signals registering on the cerebral cortex.

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What Would Moshe Do? Practitioner Spotlight: Allison Rapp
"What would Moshe do?" is a new series that gives voice to those who trained directly with Moshe Feldenkrais, sometimes referred to as "first generation" practitioners. Before the opportunity is lost forever, I wanted to speak with those who knew him, to find out what they think he was really about.

Allison Rapp is not only a practitioner, but also a trainer in the Feldenkrais Method. She graduated from the San Francisco Training in 1977.
Why a Kung Fu Master is Like an Infant Learning to Walk
I ventured to Portland, Oregon this June to attend the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA) Annual Conference. Despite the tongue-twisting name, it is one of my favorite meetings because it brings together an interdisciplinary array of scholars and researchers in movement sciences for collegial exchanges. I also get to reunite with my motor development colleagues, including many who knew developmental psychologist and Feldenkrais teacher Esther Thelen and are part of her academic family.

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My First Experience as a Feldenkrais Student
A little over twenty years ago, I joined a new mom and pop (actual it was five siblings) fitness start-up called Equinox Fitness Club. At the time, my personal training business was thriving and I was managing a residential club nearby, but I felt this new fitness company was somehow different from the rest.

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Take a Step
Take a step towards establishing an endowment that expands the possibilities for the Feldenkrais Educational Foundation of North America (FEFNA) and the Esther Thelen Research and Education Fund to support research, events, and projects that enhance the legacy of Moshe Feldenkrais and his method.

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Feldenkrais and the Brain
Our human brain is incredibly complex. Intricately networked, and intertwined with our dexterous bodies, our brains coordinate our moving, sensing, feeling and learning. Out of a lifetime of experience laid down in the dynamic networks of our nervous system our sense of who we are and who we can become emerges.
Learning Moments
Among the most powerful, transformative experiences are developmental ones. We see the pride, excitement, and sheer exhilaration of babies appreciating their first steps. One of the reasons it's so interesting to be around babies is that there are so many of these moments.
The Empty Cup Calls the Teapot
"All descriptions of reality are limited expressions of the world of emptiness.
Yet we attach to the descriptions and think they are reality.
That is a mistake."
Shunryu Suzuki
Why you can't show up late to a Feldenkrais Class: the power of a simple scan
A really good Feldenkrais lesson is an entire paradigm unto itself and explaining what it is in 1000 words or less would be par with describing the immune system or Greek mythology in 1000 words or less--you just can't. The Feldenkrais Method is not black and white. It certainly isn't linear and it's even more than three-dimensional because it brings into play:
Feldenkrais is Like a Bicycle
"Feldenkrais is more than just movement."
-Carol Kress during the second year of the Berkeley V Training Program

I did not know it at the time, but those words would invite and inspire me to explore deeper into the Feldenkrais Method of somatic education. For most of my life, I thought of movement as specific muscle actions. Tight muscles were to be stretched and weak ones need strengthening. Now the process of creating movement was intriguing me. But this was just the tip of the Feldenkrais iceberg.
A personal tale: changing focus and learing more
Seven years ago, I was recovering from a serious injury and struggling to get back to 100% function. I stretched functionally, but it didn't increase my mobility; I did the best corrective exercises given to me by the best there was, but I was still weak and lopsided; I sought out hands-on therapies by quality therapists, but kept going back for more. Something was drastically missing in my regime--but what was it? My incredibly sound training in kinesiology and fitness training was not cutting it. In 2002, I serendipitously came across the work of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984), the founder of the Feldenkrais Method, and it not only facilitated my recovery and truly transformed my entire well-being, but now six years later, I am trained as a Feldenkrais practitioner and am able to work with people in capacities I would never have dreamt of.
Adapted from Feldenkrais: The Busy Person's Guide to Easier Movement
Thousands of us undergo unnecessary surgeries in an attempt to restore pain free function to our backs. We suffer needlessly from pains in the neck and back, with irritated joints, sore muscles, and a feeling of stiffness. We spend thousands of dollars on pain medication, tranquilizers, or muscle relaxants, and countless hours on boring and ultimately ineffective back exercise routines that may leave us feeling as if we were robots or machines. Even worse, countless back pain sufferers live a shadowy existence in which quiet suffering seems like all that can be done about it.
The Feldenkrais Method: An Introduction
The Feldenkrais Method is an approach for improving both physical and mental functioning through the exploration of body movement patterns and the use of attention. It is based on the brain's innate capacity for learning and the potential for lifelong development and growth. Movement is used as the medium toward understanding our habits and identifying, learning and acquiring alternatives that promote ease and well- being. The applications of the Feldenkrais Method range from reducing pain, improving neurologically-based difficulties and learning disabilities, and increasing mobility - to enhancing performance of professional athletes, dancers, musicians, and actors. People who come to do Feldenkrais are referred to as students, rather than patients, because learning underlines the basis of the Method.