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Awareness Through Movement: Easy-to-Do Health Exercises to Improve Your Posture, Vision, Imagination, and Personal Awareness Paperback – July 28, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; Reprint edition (July 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062503227
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062503220
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I won't spoil the entire book, so you'll have to read more on your own.
SoundzofSilence
In Awareness Through Movement, Feldenkrais gives you a wonderful introduction to the group part of his method--Awareness Through Movement.
Subarachi
I just like to open it once in a while, read a paragraph or two, and then observe the aftereffects of my reading and thinking.
Alfons Grabher

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107 of 110 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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114 of 118 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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58 of 58 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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42 of 42 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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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By jumpy1 on February 19, 2002
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This plain little book is full of a beautiful philosophy, whereby to know ourselves, our philosophy and approach to life, all we need to do is look at our body and how it moves. The exercises are extremely gentle but when you look in the mirror afterwards, you look calmer, softer, eyes open wider. Reading this book helped expand my understanding of the concept of our actions (down to how we pick up the paper) being WHAT we are, showing WHO we are, without needing further interpretation. I purchased the book because I was impressed with the results I'd seen in others, and I haven't been disappointed.
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177 of 198 people found the following review helpful By Anthony on July 12, 2001
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i have been interested in learning about the feldenkrais method for some time. after seeing all the five star reviews for this book i thought that it would be a great introduction to the method. boy was i wrong. this is NOT a book for people who have very little or no knowledge of the feldenkrais method. i found it to be complex, technical, wordy, and in many cases more complicated than it needed to be. there are almost no pictures accompaning the text, and the few pictures that exist are of wooden manequins. don't be fooled by the glowing reviews written by people are who are practicioners of the method. if you are like me and just want a book to introduce you to the concepts then this is not the book.
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