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MIMO - Why your arm doesn't fall off - feature Why your arm doesn’t fall off

Professional Pathways in Somatic Movement:Building Knowledge, Skills & Practices is the latest online conference created by ISMETA, the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association. Starting a week from today, exemplary proponents of a wide range of contemporary embodied practices will be presenting 70-minute sessions introducing their work and some aspects of how they train others.

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MIMO Blog -Teacher or practitioner Teacher or practitioner?

Yesterday, I received an email from someone who has enrolled in my courses for the past couple of years.

I should probably mention that my classes are not the first classes that this pupil has taken. After sharing one of Mary Newell’s recent verses in my Poetry Month post, I learned she had been one of my current student’s earliest Feldenkrais teachers many moons ago. I love how she told me that Mary “got us to instigate movement, see possibilities.”

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A leg of two to stand on - feature The standing leg

When it comes to the structure of the human body, symmetry is a myth.

The lungs have three lobes on the right side and two on the left. The liver sits on the right side. Even for folks with situs inversus, asymmetry is still the rule.

The same is true when it comes to function.

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As If the Earth Could Feel You

Mary Newell is one of the many-faceted colleagues I have enjoyed getting to know and working with over our long engagement as somatic explorers and educators. As well as being a teacher of the Feldenkrais Method of neurophysical education, Mary is also a published poet, an editor, and a teacher of creative writing at the University of Connecticut – Stamford.

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Pillow talk - Mind in Motion Pillow talk

In 1981, Moshe Feldenkrais’ introduced the “bell hand” lessons to those of us who enrolled in the Amherst teacher training program. Many consider this creation the culmination of decades of work. Combining a gentle, slow octopus-like motion of the fingers and hand with gradual transitions from one position to another, these Awareness Through Movement classes lead to a profound, global reorganization of the nervous system.

Due to a series of strokes, that was the last time Feldenkrais taught.

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Undercover - Mind in Motion Undercover

Waking up and getting up is not the same thing. That took me a while to figure that out because, for most of my life, I have been one of those people who get out of bed immediately after waking up.

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How boas breath

Boa constrictors are large, heavy-bodied snakes found in a wide variety of habitats from Northern Mexico to Argentina. Instead of poisoning their prey, these carnivores wrap themselves around lizards, birds, or small mammals, squeeze so forcefully that blood can longer make it to the brain, and then swallow the critter whole.

Constricting around their quarry and expanding to consume it creates strong mechanical constraints that interfere with normal respiration. You might well wonder how boas can keep breathing.

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An ecology of mind - Mind in Motion An ecology of mind

There was a little-known dirt path down to a small cove beyond the road to Long Marine Lab and beyond the lab itself.

The first time I rode my bike past what was then the western edge of town and found my way to the ocean’s edge, I had a paperback copy of Gregory Bateson’s Steps to an Ecology of Mind in my pocket. Though the beach was clothing optional, what I was most excited about was cracking open the book.

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Errata - Mind in Motion blog Errata

The other day, in The spirit of the method, I reported that the Feldenkrais Guild of North America’s upcoming online celebration of Moshe Feldenkrais’s birthday on the 6th of May is being offered free of charge.

I got that wrong.

There will be a registration fee to attend Robbie Ofir’s talk, Is the Feldenkrais Method a Spiritual Practice, and Was Moshe a Spiritual Man?, and do the ATM lesson I’ll be teaching afterward.

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The spirit of the method

The other day my friend and colleague, Robbie Ofir, asked me to be a part of this year’s celebration of Moshe Feldenkrais’ birthday, 6 May 2022. An eminent physical therapist and Feldenkrais trainer, Robbie is coming out of (semi-) retirement to give a talk entitled: Is the Feldenkrais Method a Spiritual Practice, and Was Moshe a Spiritual Man?

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