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Awareness Heals: The Feldenkrais Method For Dynamic Health Paperback – May 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (May 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201694697
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201694697
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Elinor E. Horvath on January 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
If you are interested in the Feldenkrais method - this book is a
must read. It's much easier to understand and the exercises are
well illustrated and not as complicated as other books I've read
on this subject. The reason I purchased this book is because I
believe the Feldenkrais exercises are the best exercises for back
problems.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Christy J. Santo on June 25, 2006
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I got Shafarman's book in the hopes that the exercises in it would relieve pain I experience at night and it does. I exercises are very gentle and effective.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Susan Lowell on June 9, 2011
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I got this book as part of my study to become a certified FlexAware teacher, as this book represents much of the foundational work Shafarman did when developing FlexAware fitness.
Three years later, I still read and re-read the book, as Shafarman's take on Feldenkrais' Organic Learning philosophy, which makes these exercises so effective, is so well articulated, particularly in the last couple of chapters. Also, as a teacher with an MA in Kinesthetic Learning, I recommend these chapters to anyone interested in education in general and/or the teaching/learning process.
As a side note, I find that this movement/exercise philosophy and practice is a natural fit with the theory of biotensegrity which I've been studying. Apparently Dr. Stephen Levin (the "father" of biotensegrity) agrees, as he told those of us in the FlexAware teacher education program when he came to present that "it looks to me like you're re-establishing your natural biotensegrity." It certainly feels that way.
I've used these exercises (and the FlexAware exercises that these are the precursors of) in my work with students from 19-94, and it's always amazing to watch people wake up to a new awareness of their own bodies over the course of only a few minutes. It's also a delight to hear them tell me that their back pain or arthritis is no longer bothering them.
I first met Shafarman when a took a FlexAware class three years ago.As our class neared its end we were invited to stand up and walk around. I still remember the surprising and odd feeling when I stood--Whoa! It was like I'd been realigned. Everything seemed easier, more open, more in balance. I was completely mystified. How could doing something so simple and easy for just a little over an hour produce such dramatic results?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sheila Sirey on February 9, 2008
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Very good for someone who has taken a workshop or class. Movements are described clearly and can be done alone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By krasi on May 9, 2013
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Applying the principles, I have been able to reduce and sometimes eliminate my chronic back pain. Turns out it is not structural or muscular - simply movement related after several injuries. Mixed the movement - pain gone. Read it. Apply it, you might get relief.
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38 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Senjem on April 14, 2000
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Feldenkrais was the only thing that brought me back to living pain free after a very bad back injury. I had tried every single thing without lasting results! But this works!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Rizner on July 19, 2009
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it is easy to read and learn, clearly, simply written whit long term effect on everyday life
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