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The Feldenkrais Method is a unique blend of science and aesthetics. Pioneered over fifty years ago by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, it is based on our innate human capacity for lifelong development and growth. It is the means to moving beyond our self-imposed limitations and uncovering our untapped potentials. While our ability to move more efficiently is definitely enhanced, movement is simply the medium for cultivating more effective ways of sensing, thinking, feeling, and knowing. Through movement and the use of attention, self-image is refined, sensory acuity is heightened, and natural curiosity is evoked. As you will discover, it is a process that brings the conceptual into the realm of experience. It is based in learning and gaining insight into how we have “learned how to learn.” Through the recognition of how our whole self is involved in everything we do, we can learn to more easily bring our intention into action. The method continues to find growing recognition and wider applications throughout the arts and the sciences.

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MIND-BODY UNITY

My fundamental contention is that the unity of mind and body is an objective reality, that these entities are not related to each other in one fashion or another, but are an inseparable whole. To put this more clearly: I contend that a brain could not think without motorfunctions. It is probably language’s serial formation in time which determines the serial genesis of our thought. Let me substantiate this:

1)  It takes longer to think the numbers from twenty to thirty than from one to ten, although the numerical intervals are the same for each series. The difference lies in the fact that the time intervals are proportional to the time needed to utter the corresponding numbers aloud. This suggests that we actually mobilize the vocal apparatus. Thus, one of the purest abstractions is inextricably linked with muscular activity. Most people cannot think clearly without mobilizing the motor function of the brain enough to become aware of the word patterns representing the thought.

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In October, 1971, Moshe Feldenkrais came to the United States to give seminars in body training at the Esalen Institute, at Carnegie Mellon, and at the School of the Arts at New York University. The interest shown in his work by these institutions reflects an important change of emphasis in the area of movement training for actors.

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First thing in the morning Brook put the actors back to work – six hours of exercises immediately after breakfast … In some ways Brook is a disciple of the great Russian director and theorist Stanislavsky. And perhaps in one way in particular. ‘Inspiration is born of hard work’, wrote Stanislavsky. ‘It is not the other way around.’

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Introductory Talks

Excerpts from Balance by Alan Questel

Alan talks about Balance as a dynamic act and the challenge in attending to it and improving it. Click the Box to Listen

Excerpt from Falling... by Alan Questel

Listen to a short biography of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, gain an understanding of how thinking, feeling, sensing and moving all relate together and find out how Alan "fell" into the Feldenkrais Method®. Click the Box to Listen

Excerpts from May the Force Go Through You and Uncommon Sensing™ by Alan Questel

Learn how generating choices is preferable than knowing the "right way" of doing things, the importance clear skeletal support and understanding of the self image. Click the Box to Listen.

Excerpts from The Moment Where we Begin and Pleasure of the Challenge by Alan Questel

Alan talks about the reasons people come to the Feldenkrais Method®, why movement is the medium of choice, when we decide to be comfortable and some guidelines for doing lessons. Click the Box to Listen.

Awareness Through Movement® Lessons

"Pressing and Lifting/Lengthening and Shortening" from The Moment Where We Begin by Alan Questel

Gain an understanding of how a change in initiation and attention can provide you with a totally different experience of the that same action. Click the Box to Listen.

"Attention on the Return" from Reversibility by Alan Questel

In most movements we attend primarily to the action as its performed, in one direction. But we rarely look at how we bring ourselves back to a resting state and what we do before we begin to move again. Click the Box to Listen

"Threads and Gentle Fingers" from Uncommon Sensing™ by Alan Questel

In this lesson you will explore moving gently from your front and your back while developing a fuller engagement and distribution of action throughout the rest of your self. Click the Box to Listen