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Product Details

  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: The Intelligent Body Press; 3rd edition (March 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1889618772
  • ISBN-13: 978-1889618777
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 6.3 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Frank Wildman's book has been a fantastic resource... When I find discomfort in specific movements, I can pick it up and use it to navigate to my problem... Great balance of text and images.
--DeAnna Tibbs, CMT, eastbayalternativemedicine.com/?p=240

“Frank Wildman knows how to help people learn and achieve a more responsive and intelligent body. --Laura Allard, Vice President, Iyengar Yoga Association

...a very ‘user friendly’ text presenting 50 simple and practical Awareness Through Movement® lessons to help the young, elderly, healthy... --Sandy L. Burkhardt, PH.D. Physical Therapist

Dr. Wildman is a master teacher of the Feldenkrais Method. Highly recommended! --Paul Davidson, M.D., Medical Director, Fibromyalgia Clinic, Kentfield, CA

About the Author

Among Feldenkrais practitioners Dr. Frank Wildman is regarded as a leading pioneer and presenter in the field. He has formulated the Standards of Practice, defining the professional guidelines for the Feldenkrais Method world-wide, and is noted for his visionary style of teaching and dynamic expression of practical and theoretical methodologies. Dr. Wildman consults and works privately with individuals in California, New York, and Australia.

More About the Author

Frank Wildman, Ph.D., the author of Change Your Age, is an educator to thousands both nationally and internationally, and the founder and director of the Feldenkrais Movement Institute. He maintains a private practice in Berkeley, California and teaches all over the World.

http://www.changeyouragenetwork.com


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The book is very easy to follow and illustrations are excellent.
Scott Williams
If, like them, you've been there and done that, yet still feel there must be something more, this could be it.
ZenGate
I borrowed this book from the library and liked it so much I decided to buy it.
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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful By ZenGate on January 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
The Feldenkrais Method is possibly the most innovative educational/therapeutic method in existence. It can help both body and mind to function more efficiently.

However, having been developed by a physicist with a profound knowledge of kinetics and neurophysiology, neither the practice nor theory is particularly accessible. This book remedies the situation, simplifying the entry point without losing the essential flavour. The author, Frank Wildman, is a genius practitioner. I have personally witnessed him achieve the seemingly miraculous with a number of people suffering severe difficulties.

If, like them, you've been there and done that, yet still feel there must be something more, this could be it. The trick with this method is learning to do less, not more. It took me years to learn and I'm a practitioner!

Do give this book a try. It will at least make you question some commonly held assumptions about health and well-being. It may even change your life!
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Christine on November 23, 2004
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I found this book after years of chronic pain and headaches. I had tried chiropractic, massage, and prescription medication, but these only took the edge off my pain. I got this book after a friend recomended the feldenkrais method, and have had wonderful improvement after a month. I saw improvement after the first two lessons. It is easy enough to understand without any help if you will take the time to do the lessons, and if you have the ability to visualize what is happening in your body as you move. I would recomend buying the DVD "The Alexander Technique" first as an introduction to the concepts in the book.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Edward Yu on June 6, 2008
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Finally, a book that is simple enough to follow, yet with generous room for variability. Unlike most books involving movement--such as books on say pain relief, running or athletics--the lessons contained in The Busy Person's Guide to Easier Movement continue to unfold in front of you so that you, the reader, have the option of going back time after time and actually getting more each time you try the same lesson. This is because no lesson is actually the same if you heed the instructions in the beginning, which include using your imagination, being comfortable and going slowly. Done this way, the lessons guide you not only toward more flexibility, strength and comfort, but greater creativity and independence! The book may claim to be about "easier movement," but be forewarned, it is much deeper than that. You could discover possibilities in living that you had never imagined.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Scott Williams on January 3, 2011
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I love this book. This is a better guide to Feldenkrais movements than Moshe's classic Awareness Through Movement. You don't have to read through 100 pages of wonderful background which flavors Moshe's book. The Busy Person's Guide is immediately valuable. The car and driver lessons were cool and worth the price of the book. I sit, stand and drive differently. The book is very easy to follow and illustrations are excellent. The short 5-15 minute format really worked.

I'm not saying you don't need to read Moshe. If fact, just the opposite, If you get the Feldenkrais bug get the Master's early books. Read them all. They complete the picture of a man wildly ahead of his time.

If you want to explore Feldenkrais Movements by actually doing the exercises help yourself to Frank Wildman's Busy Person's Guide. If you feel GREAT you will keep doing it. You can explore the transformational underpinnings... later.

I am showing these movements to my nearly 88 year old mother and she is loving the increased movement at a time in her life when movement defines her boundaries. I got her a copy.
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46 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Jenice C. Lange on October 2, 2005
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That's 33 cents per excersise, quite a value. Actually each lesson has more than one movement, 5 to 15 movements per lesson so it's like 10 times 50 which is 500 divided by the price, pennies per exercise. This is a no nonsense guide that promises and delivers, the title says it all. The lessons take 5 to 15 minutes. The directions are easy to follow, the drawings are good. It helps to vocally record some of lessons on tape of course. The only thing I personally can compare this book to is relaxercise and I like this better. I bought it I'm happy! I got all the excersises. I don't need no weights, I don't need to stretch, I don't need to sit cross legged with some freak telling me to breathe. I don't need no big beach balls, and rubber bands. I can get there faster. My ligaments feel great, my muscles are smarter. My mind is stronger. My bones are alive. I can walk forever. I can rest in peace. My connective tissue is new. It's ok I cheated, I did try some of Anat's tapes before.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Melina on December 20, 2010
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If you are looking for an answer to pain relief, here it is. It helps a lot and I am so glad I purchased this book. All the exercises are easy and require nothing more than things you already have a chair, the floor, and a mat in many cases.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By David M. Bell on June 13, 2009
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For my many interests (karate, Zen practice, weights, aerobics, clinical psychology) I have been searching for a method of bodywork that supports awareness in all I do. Most that I find seem to be very pseudoscience based junk, or deal with esoteric and ancient energy practices.
This book is about body re-education and awareness exercises to lessen the way we hold ourselves and choke off our spontaneity.
You can easily do an exercise in your spare time. You don't have to follow the book front to back. The premise is using yourself in ways that are ego-alien to discover better functioning and self-realization, and lessen unnecessary pain and fatigue.
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