Mind In Motion

A revolutionary approach to optimizing human ability when faced with pain, neurological disability, or the challenges of every day life.


PPP2: The question I keep getting asked

There’s one question I keep getting asked about the Peculiar Power of Prayer (PPP). PPP is a set of Feldenkrais® lessons that delves deeply into the nature of noticing, explores the relationship of action and attitude, and gives us new means for embodying mindfulness. The question first comes up when people first find out these lessons use the modern flat hand, palm-to-palm praying position. I’m also asked it after someone first experiences these leading-edge lessons first-hand, finding out for themselves ...

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My Interview with Marina Gilman

The newsletters and journals of our official organizations are vital for the development of our profession. This isn't simply an idea I talk about. Over the past thirty plus years, I've devoted many hours and days to writing for, editing, and publishing all sorts of regional, national, and international Feldenkrais® groups, guilds, and gatherings.   As a way of spreading information and promoting commerce, we continue to use publicity and outreach in these publications even as they move more and ...

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What did you do on your summer vacation?

It’s the time of year that those of us who find ourselves in the Northern Hemisphere start to ask each other, “What did you do on your summer vacation.” According to the calendar, autumn doesn’t begin until the third week of next month. In the US of A, Labor Day, the de facto end of summer, is next Monday. If you’re a Starbucks denizen, Pumpkin Spice lattes are already back as of a couple of days ago. This summer my ...

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Judith Stransky

Recently I had the great pleasure to talk with the delightful Judith Stransky about her experience studying with Moshe Feldenkrais when he first came to the United States. Judith, who is both an Alexander teacher and a certified Awareness Through MovementⓇ teacher, is one of the unsung heroes in the history of Moshe’s method. The transcripts of the ATMⓇ lessons that Dr. Feldenkrais taught at the Esalen Institute in 1972 are among the fundamental texts of the method, used by teachers and ...

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Felden-WHAT?

Back when I taught my very first day-long public workshop, summer of 1982, almost no one knew who Moshe Feldenkrais was nor had they heard of his method. When told people about what I teaching, the most common response was, “Felden-WHAT?” (To this day, I’m pretty sure the main reason anyone showed up in a church basement in Syracuse, New York was thanks to the TV interview I’d done on the local news talking about Moshe Feldenkrais, the method he ...

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It doesn’t matter what the question is

When it comes to Moshe's method, no matter what the question is, the answer is "The pelvis." Over the past three-plus decades, this claim — that the pelvis is the answer to any question about the method — has become part of my teaching repertoire. It's been a wonderful way to connect Feldenkrais methodology to its roots in the martial arts. What’s best is that no matter whether they're participants in public workshops, teacher training, or postgraduate courses, people almost ...

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Why teach NLP in a Feldenkrais training?

One of the questions I’ve been asked a lot lately is, "Why are you teaching NLP in a Feldenkrais training?" Because the new international teacher training in Amsterdam incorporates NLP into the curriculum, this is certainly a timely and relevant query. Given the intensity with which it’s often asked, I can tell that the folks who ask the question are seriously interested. The answer is simple: NLP training can play a crucial part in preparing trainees to successfully and competently ...

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What it means to have faith

Some people would say I was a fool, taking such a big risk. Truth be told, I hadn't even considered that something could go wrong. Last month it was time for the trainees of the current Amsterdam Int'l Feldenkrais® Teacher Training to give hands-on–or Functional Integration® (FI®)–lessons to members of the general public. Each of the public volunteers would receive one lesson a week, three weeks in a row. A trio of trainees would work with one volunteer, each giving ...

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What you practice is what you learn

Trainees put what they’ve learned to the test—and, in doing so, become more competent teachers—during the hands-on practicums that training programs conduct in the last segments of a program. During a practicum, members of the general public receive a lesson in a teaching clinic. Each volunteer’s lesson is supervised by a faculty member who, after trainees have given their lessons, offers personal coaching on technique, strategy, communication, and approach. This faculty member underlines what the trainee has already learned and ...

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Learning to facilitate learning

This is a shout-out to the group starting to learn how to facilitate learning in the Feldenkraisian fashion in Massachusetts!   Today marks the 1st day of the 3rd Boston Feldenkrais Teacher Training. The training is being held at the historic Andover Theological School in Newton Centre, Massachusetts, which was also home to the first two Boston trainings. Once again, an accredited, quality training is available in the Northeast region of the US of A. Thanks to the local community ...

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