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Embodied Wisdom: The Collected Papers of Moshe Feldenkrais (NORTH ATLANTIC) Paperback – Illustrated, August 17, 2010
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"Feldenkrais's work is innovative, gentle, and often strikingly effective.… I recommend the Feldenkrais Method to patients whose movement has been restricted by injury, cerebral palsy, stroke, fibromyalgia, and chronic pain. I also believe that the Feldenkrais Method can help all of us feel more comfortable in our bodies."
—Andrew Weil, MD
"The Feldenkrais exercises are ingenious."
—Sir Yehudi Menuhin, KBE, renowned violinist and student of Moshe Feldenkrais
"Feldenkrais has studied the body in movement with a precision I have found nowhere else."
—Peter Brook, OBE, theater and film director
"This is the most sophisticated and effective method I have seen for the prevention and reversal of deterioration of function."
—Anthropologist Margaret Mead on the Feldenkrais Method
"Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais's method will be of great benefit to all of humanity. From my own experience, I know the remarkable results achieved."
—David Ben-Gurion, first prime minister of Israel
"Moshe Feldenkrais was one of the twentieth century's most original thinkers. This volume presents Feldenkrais's most concise and cohesive statements on the theory behind his work.… I hope the publicatio of this important and long-overdue book will help bring his ideas the recognition and the critical analysis they so deserve. I believe the Feldenkrais Method has the potential to help millions of people."
—David Zemach-Bersin, cofounder of the Feldenkrais Institute of New York
About the Author
Elizabeth Beringer studied directly with Feldenkrais and is one of the foremost teachers and trainers of the Method today.
- Publisher : North Atlantic Books; Illustrated edition (August 17, 2010)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1556439067
- ISBN-13 : 978-1556439063
- Item Weight : 14.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.62 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #699,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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His basic thinking is that moving, sensing, thinking and feeling are all interconnected. They all take place within the field of gravity. To change one is the change the other three. While we can't know exactly what is going inside the 'black box' of the human brain, we can see what is going on in human movement. Just because we move a certain way doesn't mean that it is the most efficient way to do so. The neural patterns that are automatically triggered when we initiate a movement can be relearned to become more efficient when we turn our awareness to the process. Improving the way we move through the kind of learning (he never considered it therapy) Feldenkrais promotes will thus improve our sensing, feeling and thinking. That is, no doubt, an over simplification but if it wets your appetite... Read the book!
I've encountered very few geniuses in my life...Moshe Feldenkrais was one. He was truly and independent thinker, looking at old problems in new ways. He looked at the human body and nervous system from the point of view of an engineer, a physicist and a Judo instructor. He spoke several languages and read an impressive amount of material in several of them. His synthesis of the thinking of others and his own expertise and experiences contributed an amazing body of wisdom to humanity. I have no doubt that his work will affect the thinking of others in many fields for decades to come.
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I have previously enjoyed his book-length writings but I'd now recommend this selection of separate articles as a way into his way of thinking for anyone doing ATM or undergoing one-to-one sessions with a practitioner. I believe that the thinking behind the practice enriches the practice.
Moshe Feldenkrais was special, give him a chance to speak to you!
Ce livre m'a réellement permis d'éclaircir des notions que j'avais lues dans les autre livres de l'auteur.
En effet, dans les articles, M. Feldenkrais expose sa vision à des moments différents de sa vie, et se focalisant sur des thématiques différentes, dans des textes courts et dans un langage plus accessible que (par exemple) dans le long exposé, difficile à lire quoi qu'intéressant et plus complet, de Body and Mature Behaviour (du même auteur). Ceci qui permet de cerner plus facilement la pensée du créateur de la méthode.
De même, il est agréable d'avoir réponses à des questions dans un langage moins formel (parfois courant et même vulgaire) dans les interviews, j'ai aussi trouvé fascinante l'histoire de la rencontre de Feldenkrais avec Kano, le créateur du Judo. Et surtout ce livre m'a permis de voir un côté plus humain, par exemple dans une des conférences il raconte qu'à 70 ans il s'est offert des cours de piano, et de chant, et il avoue de façon touchante qu'il a découvert à 75 ans quelque chose qu'il avait raté toute sa vie.
Je le conseille à tout praticien ou pratiquant de la MF et toute personne intéressée par les approches somatiques.