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"Feldenkrais's most popular and accessible book." -- -- Smithsonian

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Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984) is also the author of The Body and Mature Behavior and The Elusive Obvious, among other books, and originated the Awareness-Through-Movement method for increased health and heightened sensory awareness.
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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; Reprint edition (July 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062503227
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062503220
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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116 of 119 people found the following review helpful By Subarachi on February 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
Feldenkrais was one of the century's great geniuses. Originally recognized for his nuclear physics research and for his introduction of Judo to Europe in the 30s, he developed the gentle Feldenkrais Method during the second World War in respose to his own knee problems. In Awareness Through Movement, Feldenkrais gives you a wonderful introduction to the group part of his method--Awareness Through Movement. The processes are gentle, painless and easy. The best way to use the exercises in this book is to get yourself a cassette player and to then read the instructions aloud into the cassette. Then rewind the cassette, lie down on your back, hit play and be amazed as that magnificent voice on the cassette recording shows your body how to improve more quickly than you've ever believed possible.
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133 of 138 people found the following review helpful By rita harmon on April 7, 2003
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The first time I read this book, it was such a daunting task I put down and saved it for a time when my intelligence was ready to 'understand' the instructions. If you're the equivilent of a college freshman in the science of movement this book will probably be something you want to save for a more advanced place in your progression. Or read it and get what you can...planning to come back to it over and over. If I hadn't seen and tried the method via videotapes and then in an actual seminar I probably wouldn't have given the book a chance at all.
That choice, however, would have been a huge mistake.
This book offers a series of "lessons" that take the human body through movements most children could do easily but had been pushed out of my movement repertoire. These are also movements most people, including my extremely strong and lean 30 year old daughter(who's a personal trainer I might add), cannot do with ease. The movement patterns provided in the book help me rollerblade without fear (well, a reasonable level of fear!) and increase the likelihood that I'll still be able to chase men when I'm old enough to know better but still too young--what's 95 anyway?-- to care. On a more serious side these strengths will be absolutely crucial if we want to be able to get into a shower or go to the restroom alone when we get older.
I've been a runner and fitness specialist for a LONG time and have worked from just about every angle in the fitness field that exists, from aerobic instruction to power lifting to yoga and the Awareness Through Movement theory was alien to anything I'd learned in the traditional "western" pursuit of fitness.

Instruction like this was not in any of my personal training courses.
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68 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Gabor Renner on April 5, 2001
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Moshe Feldenkrais, renaissance man, scientist, educator, wrote this book regretably in a manner more suitable for his science students. However, to be able to profit the most from these 10 fundamental Awareness Through Movement lessons is to read them out loud and transfer them to an audio-tape while your favourite relaxing music is playing in the background. Then follow these instructions - in your own voice - while being gentle with your body. Be ready to switch off your recorder after each part of an exercise and relax for 18 breaths (= 1 minute)-- or better take consideration of this fact when originally dictating the lessons to your recorder. Permit yourself to fall asleep if you feel you need to do so. Remember that your neurological system needs to be trained to accept these deeply regenerative movements and it may take some time until you feel comfortable moving in a slow and fluid manner. Gábor, Feldenkrais Movement Educator.
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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By R. Ehrman on April 27, 2000
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Contrary to the review by Mr. Deveno, this book was published during Moshe Feldenkrais' lifetime (he died in 1984) and contains the 10 lessons he felt most important to put in a book for the public. The book is the most succinct and useful of all his books in describing the background, context and application of his remarkable method for improving human functioning through exploring our use of attention to how we move. Doing the Awareness Through Movement® lessons in the book will provide a fist hand experience of the work and may lead readers to seek a teacher of the method in their area. If you can't find a practitioner, this book might be the next best thing.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By S. Arora on June 28, 2009
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I would like to explain both the good reviews and the bad here. I have been interested in Feldenkrais for a few years but have no commercial interest in it. I am not a teacher or a practitioner. (But you can do internet search for a list of answers to FAQs that I have written on my webpage.)

I think the Feldenkrais method is a really interesting way to improve oneself. It challenges our assumptions about self-improvement, physical conditioning etc. and can cure many physical problems. This book is written by Moshe Feldenkrais, and is the most accessible of his books. Even so it is wordy in many places and mysteriously terse in others.

But even if it were perfectly written, I could not recommend this book as an introduction to the method. The only suitable introduction is a few one-on-one lessons from a good practitioner (see Feldenkrais dot com for a list of such people in your area ---unfortunately there arent enough practitioners around). The method is too counterintuitive to learn from a book. The bad news: one on one lessons costs serious money. Even a few lessons will set you back several hundred dollars, and if you have any kind of serious "trouble" you may need 5-10 lessons. Also most insurances wont cover it. I happen to think that the cost is well worth it.

Once you have had a few lessons there are many ways to continue your learning. (The method is all about self-awareness and hence lends itself well to self-study, provided you have occasional access to a good teacher.) Then books like this, and recorded lessons (called ATMs) are useful.

I hope this review was useful. If you start reading this book I suggest skipping the introductory 30-40 pages and start reading onwards from where Moshe starts describing the exercises.
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