Creating a Safe Space
1/25/2019
Ira Feinstein, MFA
Ira Feinstein: Tell us a little bit about your background and how you got to the Feldenkrais Method.

Johanna Rayman: I’d always had an interest in movement, but it was something I kept separate from my professional life as a social worker. Around 2003, I felt pulled to find a way to integrate my interest of movement into what I loved about being a social worker.

I didn’t discover the method until I became unable to manage my chronic back and neck pain and someone recommended it.

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In Touch is the newsletter of the Feldenkrais Guild® of North America and serves the Guild’s membership. In Touch's mission is to foster the competency of our members through communications that educate, guide, and inspire members on topics related to the IFF Competency Profile. All articles reflect the individual views of the authors if signed, and the view of the editorial staff, if unsigned. Unless an article explicitly states that it is reporting a Guild policy, it does not reflect any official point of view adopted by Feldenkrais Guild® of North America.
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Vignettes of Moshe
by: Jerry Karzen, GCFP

11/7/2016

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Q&A
Jerry Karzen: If you were able to live your life over what if anything would you have liked to do or become, instead of what you are now known for?

Moshe Feldenkrais: I would have liked to be an actor.

JK: How would you like to be appreciated for yourself, or how the world regards your work after you pass away?

MF: Why would I care, I will be dead.

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A Multifaceted Approach to Working with Foot Pain
by: Mary Klueber, GCFP

1/24/2019

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As a Feldenkrais® practitioner, I have found that educating clients about the importance of properly fitting shoes is as critical as the Feldenkrais work I do to address issues with the feet and the whole neuromuscular system.

Shoes affect the function of the feet and thereby movement and balance. The feet inform the nervous system profoundly: when we limit the foot’s ability to connect to the ground in its entirety, how can we not be compromising the input to the nervous system as to where we are in space and how to navigate that space? As we work to enhance our clients’ capacity to function, would we not want to give them the best advantage in their connection with the ground?

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Volunteering at the Richmond VA: Mary Hobbs Helps Vets Explore Movement
by: Ira Feinstein, MFA

11/20/2018

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Ira Feinstein: Can you tell us about what you led you to become a Feldenkrais® practitioner?

Mary Hobbs: I had hip replacement surgery at age 48. Afterward, I was not walking as well as I wanted to, so I started going to see Nancy Dawe. We ended up working together years. When I got into retirement, she suggested I take a training with the words, "It will change your life." How could I say no to that? I started training at age 62. I completed my training in 2016.

IF: What does your practice look like?

MH: I’ve been a teacher my whole professional life—it’s in my blood, so I especially love teaching ATM® classes. I’m part of a group of volunteer practitioners who’ve been teaching a Feldenkrais class at the Shepard's Center, which is a center for senior citizens and that's been going on for over 20 years.

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