- Paperback: 194 pages
- Publisher: Meta Publications; 1st THUS edition (June 1, 1985)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 091699015X
- ISBN-13: 978-0916990152
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,004,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Master Moves 1st THUS Edition
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About the Author
Moshe Feldenkraqis is, unquestionably, one of the great figures of our time. He has introduced some of the ideas that are now having profound effect on our society andon each of personally. He has a very special personal style of sharing his learning which covers over 80 years of full, vigorous, and vital living. His anecdotes, coming one upon the other, about his relationships with some of the great persons of the century and how they contributed towards his personal development and the development of his work are rich beyond compare. He will beguile you, taunt you, humor you, lovingly scold you, and excite you with his personal commitment to his work and his great desire to share it with you.
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I particularly enjoyed his description (thrown in randomly in one lesson) of how a musician used his method (specifically, gentle movement with minimal possible effort) to teach him how to play the piano.
I wish somebody would prepare a book-on-CD version, allowing the listener to try the movement lessons more easily. (Movement doesnt mix well together with reading!)
Foremost, this book is unque among Dr. Feldenkrais’s, because it was not “written” by him. Rather, it is the edited transcript of a weeklong class he offered. As I see it, this offers two distinct advantages: one, you see Moshe at his most spontaneous, since he is speaking to an audience, not writing. Two, for those unable to see a Feldenkrais Practitioner, this book offers the next best thing. While other books, most notably Awareness Through Movement and The Elusive Obvious also contain descriptions of movements or exercises, this book walks the student through dozens of those movements, within the context of a whole class.
Additionally, this book demonstrates just how well Dr. Feldenkrais is able to describe a movement with clarity and precision. He truly was a master observer, and by reading his instructions, I found I not only gained insights into my own patterns of movement, but into human biomechanics as a whole.
In sum, for anyone interested in the Feldenkrais Method, this book can give you something akin to hands-on experience. While his other books demonstrate his masterful thinking, this book -- as the title says -- show that the master moves. Many thanks to the publisher, Meta Publications, for offering me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
This book is very well written. It has its own style which lends to its form. The words "bring home" many of the teachings within.