As part of Scripps National Spelling Bee, one of the two finalist on the final round had to spell an obscure…
The international journal, Somatic Psychotherapy Today, just published a special issue entirely dedicated to Stanley Keleman entitled “Emotional Anatomy and Formative…
There are both strong similarities and significant differences between Keleman’s Formative Psychology® and the Feldenkrais Method of somatic education. This is what provides a rich opportunity for learning. Both are grounded in science with a commitment to an educational approach toward human growth and development. Feldenkrais was deeply informed by physics; Keleman asserts that “Psychology is Biology.”
I’ll be presenting a daylong workshop entitled “Deepening Our Somatic Dialogue: Shaping Actions into Behavior” at the Feldenkrais Conference EMBODYING NEUROSCIENCE in San Francisco this September.
I wrote this article to share my Feldenkrais journey with the public, and as a brief introduction to how my studies and work with Stanley Keleman and his formative principles and approach relate to and influence my Feldenkrais practice.
Sonja’s Feldenkrais work was featured in this blog post on brillianceinc.com
January 21, 2011 source: Brilliance Inc.
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To shed the waste more efficiently, get a partner. Great teachers come in many forms including coaches, trainers, bodyworkers, and cognitive therapists. A couple of years ago, I found the Feldenkrais method to help me relieve pain. Every week my practitioner Sonja Sutherland, also an Aikido black-belt, helps me re-educate my nervous system with what seem like simple, inconsequential, movement instructions. As I try to execute her instructions, the A-student inside me struggles to move as far as I can, putting lots of effort in. Her constant reminder is “do less.” The new movement only works if I do it without any struggle. When I insert struggle, I short-circuit the goal.