November 12, 2016

Repertoire of Themes


Repertoire of Themes as explored in the Advanced Trainings taught by me. Both in ATM & FI, based on Moshe Feldenkrais’s recordings and texts and Yochanan Rywerant’s writings and teaching.

  • The Shoulder Blades


You lift a piece of cake with… (or the dust from the floor)… You lift the shoulder blade with… In Russian/Polish it is the same word: Lopatka (Tortenheber). Moshe Feldenkrais mentions it in one of the Alexander Yanai’s ATMs. This title is just an image or a door to go into the subject: The shoulder blade supine & on the side.

  • Being Upright & Artificial Floor


Investigating the connection of being upright to our work in FI with “kuenstlichem Boden” (“artificial floor”), based on texts by Moshe Feldenkrais and Yochanan Rywerant. The Alexander Yanai recorded lessons in Hebrew as the source for the ATM lessons. We will pay attention to discrepancies and mistakes which were made in the Hebrew/English translation.

  • The Head & Neck


Exploring the theme of the Head & Neck (and vice versa) in both ATM & FI, based on Moshe Feldenkrais’s Alexander Yanai lessons and Yochanan’s teaching in F.I. This, combined with an unusual work: “SELF FI”! Based on the Feldenkrais principles described in Yochanan Rywerant’s books. Focusing on availability and acceptance.

  • The Jaw


How to apply both in ATM & FI, based on Moshe Feldenkrais’s Alexander Yanai lessons and Yochanan’s teaching in F.I.

  • Kneeling Position


The “kneeling position” based on the Feldenkrais principles described in Yochanan Rywerant’s books.

  • The Foot, Pelvis & Chest


How does it connect? If the pelvis holds the legs up, who holds the pelvis?!

  • The Navicular


Finding it, working with it & feel the effect of it… from the feet up.

  • Juxtaposition


“Any sensory learning depends on perceiving differences in stimuli. A smaller difference might be more easily acceptable as it is felt as being non-intrusive and does not elicit defensive action.” Looking for the “Weber-Fechner” principle, in both A.T.M & F.I. Following the “Scarlet Thread” which connects the books of Yochanan Rywerant with Moshe Feldenkrais’s Alexander Yanai; The Two Hemispheres and the corpus callosum; Awareness & Movement. “In the FI, we also learn by comparing insights from left and right (juxtaposition) and that special way of actually working on one side…”

  • Rolling as Babies


Rollen wie es Babies tun mit ATM und FI. Moshe Feldenkrais in “The Elusive Obvious”: “please look at your family album, there you will probably find your own picture with the head lifted up in a better way than you hold it today”…

  • Idiopathic Scoliosis- what and where is it?


People are tagged with “scoliosis” and carry it throughout their lives sometimes with a sense of shame or guilt sometimes without understanding the phenomena completely. Most people suffer from it, few require medical intervention.
When and how can the FM help those who suffer from the aesthetic side, pain& uncomfortable sensation? With the help of Moshe Feldenkrais & Yochanan Rywerant this Advanced training will try to deal with these questions. Both in ATM and FI.
In his book “Teaching by Handling” Yochanan writes:” The term applies to a permanent deviation, and one which is not under conscious control.”
Yet he adds:” Here we will deal with the neuro-motor aspect of scoliosis only, and with the way to achieve improvement by increased self-awareness.”
Clara Haskil, the famous pianist was Yochanan’s favorite example of a person with Scoliosis.

  • Diagonals


Exploring both in FI & ATM why diagonals are so important to our self-image and movement.