A year or so ago, a Feldenkreis instructor conducted a seminar for a handful of fitness journalists. The movements we tried were based on the way infants twist to roll themselves over and get around. Within a couple of hours, my flexibility and posture had improved dramatically. Feldenkreis, as Awareness Heals
shows, isn't about sets and reps. It's about relaxing muscles, rather than building them, and getting your body to use minimal effort to move. Learning these movements from a book isn't ideal, especially since this book is a bit skimpy on illustrations, but it's a good introduction to the method, and will probably suffice if you can't get to a class and learn the valuable back-saving lessons from an instructor.
About the Author
Steven Shafarman studied with Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais between 1976 and 1984, becoming a certified Feldenkrais practitioner and assistant trainer. In 1981, when Dr. Feldenkrais last taught in the U.S., he asked Shafarman to travel with him as assistant and appointments secretary. A former research associate of Dr. Jean Houston, Shafarman has studied a variety of ways to enhance health and human capabilities. He lives in Washington, DC, and teaches and lectures internationally.