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Moshé’s Workshops and Talks

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The page in itself is an excellent resource ~ with appreciation to International Feldenkrais® Federation Distribution Centre!

Included are the following (quotes in a next tab):
from https://feldenkrais-method.org/materials/item/amherst-training-lessons-and-talks/
1/ Equalizing tonus | Equal tonus is ideal Talk: 13 July 1981, 21 minutes Amherst Training Year Two Week 6. 13 July 1981 Page 33 of 37 ©Copyright June 2004. All rights reserved by and to the International Feldenkrais Federation, Paris, France in cooperation with The Feldenkrais Institute, Tel Aviv, Israel

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In 1974 Moshe taught a four-week public workshop for the Quaesitor Centre, a British human potentials center in London.

Many of the lessons and lectures include discussions relating to human development, psychology, and spiritual pursuits.

The entire workshop was recorded and then transcribed. In total, there are 30 Awareness Through Movement® lessons

Moshé Feldenkrais 8 ATM taught for Peter Brook at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris in May 1973

Please see next tab for the transcripts and audio.

From the introductory notes:

“the enclosed lessons were taught by Moshe Feldenkrais in French, in May 1973 to the actors of the Bouffes du Nord theatre (Paris) at the behest of their director Peter Brook.

This material was edited and given to the French practitioners on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of the French Feldenkrais Association, in March 2017. We are now pleased to offer these eight hitherto unpublished Awareness Through Movement® lessons in an English and German translation. The present edition is accompanied by the original recordings of Moshe Feldenkrais’ teaching in French.

The title of the lessons has been given by the editors. The lesson order does not strictly match the chronological order in which Moshe Feldenkrais taught them.

This source material, in French, and the translations are being made available to all Feldenkrais practitioners, be they members of Feldenkrais Associations and Guilds or not and will be available worldwide.

The lessons were recorded by Myriam Pfeffer on a small hand-held machine. The tapes have been made available from the archives by Sabine Pfeffer and François Combeau.

Due to the conditions of the original recordings some sections were scrambled and occasionally inaudible. François Combeau, with the help of a sound engineer, has restored six of the tapes to make listening easier. These six lessons were transcribed in French by Mickäelle Acke and proofread and formatted by Vincent Vitte; the final two lessons’ audio is unmastered. In the French transcript Vincent Vitte attempted to render Moshe Feldenkrais’ words faithfully. Stéphanie Ménasé has reviewed the totality of the eight lessons.

The English translator, Ben Parsons, has based his translation on the original French audio and the French transcription.

The German translation was done by Monika Praxmarer; Anne Barthelmeß has edited the German edition professionally.

Patrick Gruner has coordinated the English and German translations, created the cover-design and has formatted and edited the booklets in their final appearance.

We hope that these materials will bring you much benefit and pleasure with their new and original content.

We wish you an enjoyable experience,

François Combeau and Sabine Pfeffer January 2019″

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From the introductory notes:

“the enclosed lessons were taught by Moshe Feldenkrais in French, in May 1973 to the actors of the Bouffes du Nord theatre (Paris) at the behest of their director Peter Brook.

This material was edited and given to the French practitioners on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of the French Feldenkrais Association, in March 2017. We are now pleased to offer these eight hitherto unpublished Awareness Through Movement® lessons in an English and German translation. The present edition is accompanied by the original recordings of Moshe Feldenkrais’ teaching in French.

The title of the lessons has been given by the editors. The lesson order does not strictly match the chronological order in which Moshe Feldenkrais taught them.

This source material, in French, and the translations are being made available to all Feldenkrais practitioners, be they members of Feldenkrais Associations and Guilds or not and will be available worldwide.

The lessons were recorded by Myriam Pfeffer on a small hand-held machine. The tapes have been made available from the archives by Sabine Pfeffer and François Combeau.

Due to the conditions of the original recordings some sections were scrambled and occasionally inaudible. François Combeau, with the help of a sound engineer, has restored six of the tapes to make listening easier. These six lessons were transcribed in French by Mickäelle Acke and proofread and formatted by Vincent Vitte; the final two lessons’ audio is unmastered. In the French transcript Vincent Vitte attempted to render Moshe Feldenkrais’ words faithfully. Stéphanie Ménasé has reviewed the totality of the eight lessons.

The English translator, Ben Parsons, has based his translation on the original French audio and the French transcription.

The German translation was done by Monika Praxmarer; Anne Barthelmeß has edited the German edition professionally.

Patrick Gruner has coordinated the English and German translations, created the cover-design and has formatted and edited the booklets in their final appearance.

We hope that these materials will bring you much benefit and pleasure with their new and original content.

We wish you an enjoyable experience,

François Combeau and Sabine Pfeffer January 2019″

MF Peter Brook 1973 List of Lesson Titles

Listing English Titles for the “Lesson Moshe Feldenkrais taught in French,
in May 1973 to the actors of the Bouffes du Nord theatre (Paris)
at the behest of their director Peter Brook.”


The list of English lesson titles and introductory notes are
with appreciation to Ben Parsons and Stéphanie Ménasé:

“The title of the lessons has been given by the editors. The lesson order does not strictly match the chronological order in which Moshe Feldenkrais taught them.” …  “the lessons were taught by Moshe Feldenkrais in French, in May 1973 to the actors of the Bouffes du Nord theatre (Paris) at the behest of their director Peter Brook.”

Listing English Titles for the “Lesson Moshe Feldenkrais taught in French, in May 1973 to the actors of the Bouffes du Nord theatre (Paris) at the behest of their director Peter Brook.”
Lesson #1: Pendulum movements of the head
Lesson # 2: On all fours, side movements
Lesson # 3: Movements on four points
Lesson # 4: Holding the chin
Lesson # 5: The foot and the toes
Lesson # 6: Holding the foot with the hand
Lesson # 7: On the side, differentiation, twisting and zenith
Lesson # 8: Clock in three positions

The list of lesson titles above and introductory notes below are from a pdf with appreciation to Ben Parsons and Stéphanie Ménasé: [MF Peter Brook ALL English] https://thinkinginmovement.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/MF-Peter-Brook-ALL-English.pdf

Introductory notes and acknowledgements:

“Dear Colleagues,

the enclosed lessons were taught by Moshe Feldenkrais in French, in May 1973 to the actors of the Bouffes du Nord theatre (Paris) at the behest of their director Peter Brook.

This material was edited and given to the French practitioners on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of the French Feldenkrais Association, in March 2017. We are now pleased to offer these eight hitherto unpublished Awareness Through Movement® lessons in an English and German translation. The present edition is accompanied by the original recordings of Moshe Feldenkrais’ teaching in French.

The title of the lessons has been given by the editors. The lesson order does not strictly match the chronological order in which Moshe Feldenkrais taught them.

This source material, in French, and the translations are being made available to all Feldenkrais practitioners, be they members of Feldenkrais Associations and Guilds or not and will be available worldwide.

The lessons were recorded by Myriam Pfeffer on a small hand-held machine. The tapes have been made available from the archives by Sabine Pfeffer and François Combeau.

Due to the conditions of the original recordings some sections were scrambled and occasionally inaudible. François Combeau, with the help of a sound engineer, has restored six of the tapes to make listening easier. These six lessons were transcribed in French by Mickäelle Acke and proofread and formatted by Vincent Vitte; the final two lessons’ audio is unmastered. In the French transcript Vincent Vitte attempted to render Moshe Feldenkrais’ words faithfully. Stéphanie Ménasé has reviewed the totality of the eight lessons.

The English translator, Ben Parsons, has based his translation on the original French audio and the French transcription.

The German translation was done by Monika Praxmarer; Anne Barthelmeß has edited the German edition professionally.

Patrick Gruner has coordinated the English and German translations, created the cover-design and has formatted and edited the booklets in their final appearance.

We hope that these materials will bring you much benefit and pleasure with their new and original content.

We wish you an enjoyable experience,

François Combeau and Sabine Pfeffer January 2019”

Participants

Myriam Pfeffer0 was directly trained by Moshe Feldenkrais in the first group he created in Israel. She was his close collaborator and assisted him until the end of his active life. She introduced the Feldenkrais Method to the French speaking European countries. Myriam Pfeffer taught the Method in many training programs in Europe, Israel and the United States and from 1985 onwards organized and was the educational director of 15 training programs in France.

François Combeau has taught movement and voice for more than forty years. He participated in the first Feldenkrais training program in Paris thirty years ago. Since then he has been passionately teaching the Feldenkrais Method® to the public and to professional groups. As a Feldenkrais assistant trainer then trainer (since 2008), he has shared his wealth of experience through the organization of many advanced trainings in France and abroad. His accent has been on promoting, further developing, and clarifying the sensory-motor aspects of the work. In 1987 he and a number of colleagues created the French Feldenkrais Association, becoming its founding president. He was also involved in the creation of the International Feldenkrais® Federation (IFF). As president of the newly formed IFF he made it his priority to make Feldenkrais material available to the global community, and to encourage cooperation between the various practitioners’ associations around the world.

Sabine Pfeffer trained in the Feldenkrais Method directly with Moshe Feldenkrais in Israel and the United States. She has led 15 professional training programs in Paris, sharing the teaching with her mother, Myriam Pfeffer. She is a leading trainer of Feldenkrais teachers, and has taught in France and internationally for more than thirty years.

Mickaëlle Acke was a yoga teacher when she met Myriam Pfeffer at a seminar in Nantes in 1982. After attending numerous workshops in Paris and Normandy and following several invitations to visit the ‘Paris I’ training course, she enrolled in the ‘Paris II’ course, graduating in 1991. She has been very active in the French Feldenkrais Association and was its representative on the Eurotab Council for four years (1998-2002). She qualified as an Assistant Trainer in 2005. Nowadays she attends advanced trainings given by François Combeau and teaches Awareness Through Movement® (ATM) and Functional Integration® (FI) in three cities whilst running numerous workshops herself.

Vincent Vitte is a philosophy student and actor. His first experience of the Feldenkrais Method® was with individual lessons from Sabine Pfeffer. Interested in Moshe Feldenkrais’ humanistic approach to the individual, he continues to explore the theory and practice of the Method and relates it to his current studies. He has assisted Sabine Pfeffer’s own research by transcribing audio files recorded by her mother, Myriam Pfeffer. He has corrected and formatted material that Sabine Pfeffer has written for the Feldenkrais community.

Stéphanie Ménasé is a Feldenkrais practitioner and Doctor of Philosophy. Professionally her background is in editing and publishing in the human sciences. As the daughter of a Feldenkrais practitioner, from 1991 she would often attend practitioner trainings, invited by Myriam Pfeffer herself. She continued practicing the Method before doing her Feldenkrais Training at the Parisian Feldenkrais Centre “Accord Mobile” which she graduated in 2012.

.Ben Parsons . Born in England, he now lives in Potsdam near Berlin, where he works as a Feldenkrais teacher with an accent on special needs children.

Monika Praxmarer has been a Feldenkrais Practitioner since 2004 when she opened her private practice in Berlin. She has supported two Feldenkrais Professional Training Programs in Berlin as an experienced practitioner and has worked as Assistant Trainer of the method in Germany and Spain since 2014. Monika graduated from the first “JKA-Training” in 2013 and working with special needs children is an emphasis of her work. She is head of the Feldenkraiszentrum Schöneberg in Berlin.

Anne Barthelmeß has been a Feldenkrais Practitioner since 2012, graduated from a “JKA- Training” in 2014 and has supported one Feldenkrais Professional Training Program in Berlin as an experienced practitioner. Besides her work in a therapeutic context and with children she also offers Feldenkrais for people in life-threatening situations and palliative care.

Patrick Gruner has been head of a Feldenkrais Training Institute in Germany since 1993. He is a trainer of the Method and is teaching Feldenkrais in professional training programs all over Europe. Patrick is a member of several boards of the German Feldenkrais Association (FVD) regarding the professional development of the method and was decisively involved in the formation of the German TAB.

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Navigating the International Feldenkrais® Federation (IFF) Distribution Center

for Alexander Yanai (AY) lessons, Amherst, Esalen, SF, Master Moves, additional trainings, Moshé’s FI videos, books, and more:
a tutorial/guide/compilation for Feldenkrais® or Anat Baniel Method® (ABM) Practitioners and Trainees, intended to be used in learning how to follow the IFF pages for viewing and purchasing the IFF study materials. The compilation grew out of tutorials for practitioners from the An-AY-a-Day meetings. Having the IFF and dropbox picture links ready for the Zoom chat has been useful. We trust the guide may be enjoyed by colleagues in the wider Feldenkrais® and (ABM) community © document prepared by Katarina Halm November 2019, excluding images and content which are © International Feldenkrais® Federation.

Navigating The International Feldenkrais® Federation (IFF) Distribution Center
DROPBOX https://www.dropbox.com/s/pd5xnt0ewb91znm/
PDF https://thinkinginmovement.ca/wp-content/uploads/2…

The Amherst Training materials are already available to all Trainees, and may be purchased online at the IFF website here: https://feldenkrais-method.org/…/amherst-training…… A free member account is required to gain access to the full catalog of materials, which includes many free materials courtesy of the IFF Archive. To create a Free IFF account use the REGISTRATION link: https://feldenkrais-method.org/registration/

ABOUT MOSHE FELDENKRAIS ISRAELI DEFENCE FORCE RADIO SERIES: “In November 1974 the Israeli Defense Force began to broadcast a weekly Awareness Through Movement ® (ATM) lesson on their radio station, Galei Zahar[1]. Galei Zahar was popular with the general population, run by young soldiers, and known for being quite progressive. The weekly broadcast was the inspiration of Yuval Meskin, the son of Moshe Feldenkrais’ close friend, Aharon Meskin. Yuval would record Moshe presenting the lesson at his home on Frug Street in Tel Aviv, and then deliver the recording to the radio station to be aired on a program called Fitness Hour with Dr. Feldenkrais . Each lesson was 30 minutes long. The directors of Galei Zahar found it difficult to understand why people would be interested in ATM lessons and discussed canceling the program.”

According to an account by Christian Buckhardt, their lack of commitment irritated Moshe, so one day he asked his radio audience whether they wanted to continue the weekly lessons or not. The radio station got “basketfuls of letters” asking him to continue, and if possible, to do even more. Despite the public’s overwhelming support for the program, it was stopped after one year. In the early 1990s, Michél Silice-Feldenkrais (Feldenkrais’ nephew) issued 20 of the IDF lessons on cassette tapes through the Feldenkrais Institute.”

…“[1] The literal meaning of Galei is wavelength and Tzahal (or Zahal) is an acronym for Tzvah Hagana L’Yisrael (Israeli Defense Force).”
— the quotes above are from https://feldenkrais-method.org/materials/item/israeli-defense-force-radio-series/

ONE LESSON IS AVAILABLE FOR FREE on the IFF web site as a free download — pdf format

FREE LESSON for logged in practitioners or trainees: Israeli Defense Force Radio Series – Free – 01: A pendulum movement with knee bent

Lessons in Improving Ability, Volume 1

1. A pendulum movement with knee bent.
2. Knee straight; knee bent.
3. Interlacing the toes.
4. Prone lifting the head and seeing the heels.
5. Standing tilting the head right and left.
6. Sliding along both legs.
7. Movements of the hip joint.
8. Alternating movements of the thigh.
9. Movements of the right foot.
10. Turning the head and seeing the heels.

Lessons in Improving Ability, Volume 2

11. Tilting the legs.
12. Pelvic clock.
13. Knees crossed.
14. The left shoulder in thought and in retrospect.
15. Foot on head.
16. Hands in a bridge.
17. Breathing and movements of the feet.
18. Lifting the heel.
19. Tilting legs left and right.
20. Movements of the right foot.

If you are already logged in, the links go through DIRECTLY to the page with Details. OR to create an account use the REGISTRATION link: https://feldenkrais-method.org/registration/

Locating lesson transcripts, videos, books and free resources Navigating the International Feldenkrais® Federation (IFF) Distribution Center

Article pending: The Master Moves by Moshe Feldenkrais ~ a developing discussion.

The Master Moves – Mann Ranch Workshop (1979) Collection (with appreciation for a page at feldynotebook).

And a recent release from The International Feldenkrais® Federation (IFF) Distribution Center: The Master Moves, the “third ATM-only teacher training” is now available as an ebook: https://feldenkrais-method.org/materials/item/mann-ranch-workshop-collection/
“The Mann Ranch Workshop was open to the public and its graduates were allowed to teach Awareness Through Movement® lessons to the public. It was the third ATM-only teacher training Moshe Feldenkrais ever taught. The Workshop was recorded and later transcribed and published under the title The Master Moves. The IFF is delighted to have received the rights to re-publish this out-of-print classic and to support its translation into Spanish. “

CONTENTS
Tribute
Acknowledgments
The Meta Introduction
Introduction
Introductory Lecture: Detecting Small Differences
Lesson One: Twisting to Floor
Lesson Two: Thinking and Doing
Lesson Three: Exploring the Floor: The Movements of the Shoulder
Lesson Four: Crawling and Walking
Lesson Five: The Ribs and Rolling
Lesson Six: Part One: Arm Circles
Lesson Six: Part Two: Making a Circle with Your Hip
Lesson Seven: The Movement of the Eyes Organizes the Movement of the Body
Lesson Eight: The Seventh Cervical
Lesson Nine: Head Through the Gate Lesson Ten: Jaw, Tongue and Aggression
Lesson Eleven: Rocking the Pelvis
Lesson Twelve: Learning to Sit from Lying
Books by Moshe Feldenkrais
Resources

Moshe’s trainings and classes with apppreciation from FeldyNotebook:

https://feldynotebook.com/sources-of-feldenkraisa-atm-lessons/

AS LISTED IN FELDYNOTEBOOK

LISTED CHRONOLOGICALLY

Moshe Feldenkrais 8 ATM taught for Peter Brook at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris in May 1973

8 ATM taught at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris in May 1973

Lesson #1: Pendulum movements of the head ……………………………………………………………… 1

Lesson # 2: On all fours, side movements …………………………………………………………………….. 9

Lesson # 3: Movements on four points ………………………………………………………………………. 15

Lesson # 4: Holding the chin …………………………………………………………………………………….. 23

Lesson # 5: The foot and the toes ………………………………………………………………………………. 29

Lesson # 6: Holding the foot with the hand ………………………………………………………………… 35

Lesson # 7: On the side, differentiation, twisting and zenith …………………………………………. 43

Lesson # 8: Clock in three positions …………………………………………………………………………… 59

First published in English 1972 by Harper & Row as Awareness Through Movement: Health Exercises for Personal Growth.

Feldenkrais, Moshé – Awareness Through Movement Basic Series

Please see next tab for the transcripts and audio.

From the introductory notes:

the enclosed lessons were taught by Moshe Feldenkrais in French, in May 1973 to the actors of the Bouffes du Nord theatre (Paris) at the behest of their director Peter Brook.

This material was edited and given to the French practitioners on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of the French Feldenkrais Association, in March 2017. We are now pleased to offer these eight hitherto unpublished Awareness Through Movement® lessons in an English and German translation. The present edition is accompanied by the original recordings of Moshe Feldenkrais’ teaching in French.

The title of the lessons has been given by the editors. The lesson order does not strictly match the chronological order in which Moshe Feldenkrais taught them.

This source material, in French, and the translations are being made available to all Feldenkrais practitioners, be they members of Feldenkrais Associations and Guilds or not and will be available worldwide.

The lessons were recorded by Myriam Pfeffer on a small hand-held machine. The tapes have been made available from the archives by Sabine Pfeffer and François Combeau.

Due to the conditions of the original recordings some sections were scrambled and occasionally inaudible. François Combeau, with the help of a sound engineer, has restored six of the tapes to make listening easier. These six lessons were transcribed in French by Mickäelle Acke and proofread and formatted by Vincent Vitte; the final two lessons’ audio is unmastered. In the French transcript Vincent Vitte attempted to render Moshe Feldenkrais’ words faithfully. Stéphanie Ménasé has reviewed the totality of the eight lessons.

The English translator, Ben Parsons, has based his translation on the original French audio and the French transcription.

The German translation was done by Monika Praxmarer; Anne Barthelmeß has edited the German edition professionally.

Patrick Gruner has coordinated the English and German translations, created the cover-design and has formatted and edited the booklets in their final appearance.

We hope that these materials will bring you much benefit and pleasure with their new and original content.

We wish you an enjoyable experience,

François Combeau and Sabine Pfeffer January 2019″

Transcripts and audio.

From the introductory notes:

the enclosed lessons were taught by Moshe Feldenkrais in French, in May 1973 to the actors of the Bouffes du Nord theatre (Paris) at the behest of their director Peter Brook.

This material was edited and given to the French practitioners on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of the French Feldenkrais Association, in March 2017. We are now pleased to offer these eight hitherto unpublished Awareness Through Movement® lessons in an English and German translation. The present edition is accompanied by the original recordings of Moshe Feldenkrais’ teaching in French.

The title of the lessons has been given by the editors. The lesson order does not strictly match the chronological order in which Moshe Feldenkrais taught them.

This source material, in French, and the translations are being made available to all Feldenkrais practitioners, be they members of Feldenkrais Associations and Guilds or not and will be available worldwide.

The lessons were recorded by Myriam Pfeffer on a small hand-held machine. The tapes have been made available from the archives by Sabine Pfeffer and François Combeau.

Due to the conditions of the original recordings some sections were scrambled and occasionally inaudible. François Combeau, with the help of a sound engineer, has restored six of the tapes to make listening easier. These six lessons were transcribed in French by Mickäelle Acke and proofread and formatted by Vincent Vitte; the final two lessons’ audio is unmastered. In the French transcript Vincent Vitte attempted to render Moshe Feldenkrais’ words faithfully. Stéphanie Ménasé has reviewed the totality of the eight lessons.

The English translator, Ben Parsons, has based his translation on the original French audio and the French transcription.

The German translation was done by Monika Praxmarer; Anne Barthelmeß has edited the German edition professionally.

Patrick Gruner has coordinated the English and German translations, created the cover-design and has formatted and edited the booklets in their final appearance.

We hope that these materials will bring you much benefit and pleasure with their new and original content.

We wish you an enjoyable experience,

François Combeau and Sabine Pfeffer January 2019″

MF Peter Brook 1973 List of Lesson Titles

Listing English Titles for the “Lesson Moshe Feldenkrais taught in French,
in May 1973 to the actors of the Bouffes du Nord theatre (Paris)
at the behest of their director Peter Brook.”


The list of English lesson titles and introductory notes are
with appreciation to Ben Parsons and Stéphanie Ménasé:

“The title of the lessons has been given by the editors. The lesson order does not strictly match the chronological order in which Moshe Feldenkrais taught them.” …  “the lessons were taught by Moshe Feldenkrais in French, in May 1973 to the actors of the Bouffes du Nord theatre (Paris) at the behest of their director Peter Brook.”

Listing English Titles for the “Lesson Moshe Feldenkrais taught in French, in May 1973 to the actors of the Bouffes du Nord theatre (Paris) at the behest of their director Peter Brook.”
Lesson #1: Pendulum movements of the head
Lesson # 2: On all fours, side movements
Lesson # 3: Movements on four points
Lesson # 4: Holding the chin
Lesson # 5: The foot and the toes
Lesson # 6: Holding the foot with the hand
Lesson # 7: On the side, differentiation, twisting and zenith
Lesson # 8: Clock in three positions

The list of lesson titles above and introductory notes below are from a pdf with appreciation to Ben Parsons and Stéphanie Ménasé: [MF Peter Brook ALL English] https://thinkinginmovement.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/MF-Peter-Brook-ALL-English.pdf

Introductory notes and acknowledgements:

“Dear Colleagues,

the enclosed lessons were taught by Moshe Feldenkrais in French, in May 1973 to the actors of the Bouffes du Nord theatre (Paris) at the behest of their director Peter Brook.

This material was edited and given to the French practitioners on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of the French Feldenkrais Association, in March 2017. We are now pleased to offer these eight hitherto unpublished Awareness Through Movement® lessons in an English and German translation. The present edition is accompanied by the original recordings of Moshe Feldenkrais’ teaching in French.

The title of the lessons has been given by the editors. The lesson order does not strictly match the chronological order in which Moshe Feldenkrais taught them.

This source material, in French, and the translations are being made available to all Feldenkrais practitioners, be they members of Feldenkrais Associations and Guilds or not and will be available worldwide.

The lessons were recorded by Myriam Pfeffer on a small hand-held machine. The tapes have been made available from the archives by Sabine Pfeffer and François Combeau.

Due to the conditions of the original recordings some sections were scrambled and occasionally inaudible. François Combeau, with the help of a sound engineer, has restored six of the tapes to make listening easier. These six lessons were transcribed in French by Mickäelle Acke and proofread and formatted by Vincent Vitte; the final two lessons’ audio is unmastered. In the French transcript Vincent Vitte attempted to render Moshe Feldenkrais’ words faithfully. Stéphanie Ménasé has reviewed the totality of the eight lessons.

The English translator, Ben Parsons, has based his translation on the original French audio and the French transcription.

The German translation was done by Monika Praxmarer; Anne Barthelmeß has edited the German edition professionally.

Patrick Gruner has coordinated the English and German translations, created the cover-design and has formatted and edited the booklets in their final appearance.

We hope that these materials will bring you much benefit and pleasure with their new and original content.

We wish you an enjoyable experience,

François Combeau and Sabine Pfeffer January 2019”

Participants

Myriam Pfeffer0 was directly trained by Moshe Feldenkrais in the first group he created in Israel. She was his close collaborator and assisted him until the end of his active life. She introduced the Feldenkrais Method to the French speaking European countries. Myriam Pfeffer taught the Method in many training programs in Europe, Israel and the United States and from 1985 onwards organized and was the educational director of 15 training programs in France.

François Combeau has taught movement and voice for more than forty years. He participated in the first Feldenkrais training program in Paris thirty years ago. Since then he has been passionately teaching the Feldenkrais Method® to the public and to professional groups. As a Feldenkrais assistant trainer then trainer (since 2008), he has shared his wealth of experience through the organization of many advanced trainings in France and abroad. His accent has been on promoting, further developing, and clarifying the sensory-motor aspects of the work. In 1987 he and a number of colleagues created the French Feldenkrais Association, becoming its founding president. He was also involved in the creation of the International Feldenkrais® Federation (IFF). As president of the newly formed IFF he made it his priority to make Feldenkrais material available to the global community, and to encourage cooperation between the various practitioners’ associations around the world.

Sabine Pfeffer trained in the Feldenkrais Method directly with Moshe Feldenkrais in Israel and the United States. She has led 15 professional training programs in Paris, sharing the teaching with her mother, Myriam Pfeffer. She is a leading trainer of Feldenkrais teachers, and has taught in France and internationally for more than thirty years.

Mickaëlle Acke was a yoga teacher when she met Myriam Pfeffer at a seminar in Nantes in 1982. After attending numerous workshops in Paris and Normandy and following several invitations to visit the ‘Paris I’ training course, she enrolled in the ‘Paris II’ course, graduating in 1991. She has been very active in the French Feldenkrais Association and was its representative on the Eurotab Council for four years (1998-2002). She qualified as an Assistant Trainer in 2005. Nowadays she attends advanced trainings given by François Combeau and teaches Awareness Through Movement® (ATM) and Functional Integration® (FI) in three cities whilst running numerous workshops herself.

Vincent Vitte is a philosophy student and actor. His first experience of the Feldenkrais Method® was with individual lessons from Sabine Pfeffer. Interested in Moshe Feldenkrais’ humanistic approach to the individual, he continues to explore the theory and practice of the Method and relates it to his current studies. He has assisted Sabine Pfeffer’s own research by transcribing audio files recorded by her mother, Myriam Pfeffer. He has corrected and formatted material that Sabine Pfeffer has written for the Feldenkrais community.

Stéphanie Ménasé is a Feldenkrais practitioner and Doctor of Philosophy. Professionally her background is in editing and publishing in the human sciences. As the daughter of a Feldenkrais practitioner, from 1991 she would often attend practitioner trainings, invited by Myriam Pfeffer herself. She continued practicing the Method before doing her Feldenkrais Training at the Parisian Feldenkrais Centre “Accord Mobile” which she graduated in 2012.

.Ben Parsons . Born in England, he now lives in Potsdam near Berlin, where he works as a Feldenkrais teacher with an accent on special needs children.

Monika Praxmarer has been a Feldenkrais Practitioner since 2004 when she opened her private practice in Berlin. She has supported two Feldenkrais Professional Training Programs in Berlin as an experienced practitioner and has worked as Assistant Trainer of the method in Germany and Spain since 2014. Monika graduated from the first “JKA-Training” in 2013 and working with special needs children is an emphasis of her work. She is head of the Feldenkraiszentrum Schöneberg in Berlin.

Anne Barthelmeß has been a Feldenkrais Practitioner since 2012, graduated from a “JKA- Training” in 2014 and has supported one Feldenkrais Professional Training Program in Berlin as an experienced practitioner. Besides her work in a therapeutic context and with children she also offers Feldenkrais for people in life-threatening situations and palliative care.

Patrick Gruner has been head of a Feldenkrais Training Institute in Germany since 1993. He is a trainer of the Method and is teaching Feldenkrais in professional training programs all over Europe. Patrick is a member of several boards of the German Feldenkrais Association (FVD) regarding the professional development of the method and was decisively involved in the formation of the German TAB.

Workshops and Talks
The page in itself is an excellent resource ~ with appreciation to International Feldenkrais® Federation Distribution Centre!

Included are the following (quotes in a next tab):
from https://feldenkrais-method.org/materials/item/amherst-training-lessons-and-talks/
1/ Equalizing tonus | Equal tonus is ideal Talk: 13 July 1981, 21 minutes Amherst Training Year Two Week 6. 13 July 1981 Page 33 of 37 ©Copyright June 2004. All rights reserved by and to the International Feldenkrais Federation, Paris, France in cooperation with The Feldenkrais Institute, Tel Aviv, Israel

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“Nijinski had the same idea” … he would  ” sit behind the stage, behind the curtain, and sit there and sit there. Sit for two hours. And he would do thus kind of thing—lift his leg, tiny like that, and put it back. Lift it and put it back. And he would do that for two hours sitting and doing nothing. ” …  And his idea was …. He sat there until he felt that he [his leg] doesn’t stand on the floor, but the floor lifts his legs.”

~ with appreciation to International Feldenkrais® Federation Distribution Centre, from https://feldenkrais-method.org/materials/item/amherst-training-lessons-and-talks/

Equalizing tonus | Equal tonus is ideal Talk: 13 July 1981, 21 minutes

Amherst Training Year Two Week 6. 13 July 1981 Page 33 of 37 ©Copyright June 2004. All rights reserved by and to the International Feldenkrais Federation, Paris, France in cooperation with The Feldenkrais Institute, Tel Aviv, Israel

“sit behind the stage, behind the curtain, and sit there and sit there. Sit for two hours. And he would do thus kind of thing—lift his leg, tiny like that, and put it back. Lift it and put it back. And he would do that for two hours sitting and doing nothing.”

With appreciation for Robert Black who added these notes to the FeldyNotebook summary: Notes on Saika
“In Japanese this point is called ‘tanden’ and the way to use it is called ‘saika–tanden.’ What this is called unimportant.” AY 359, step 3.
“The higher exponents of Judo show such great skill and perfection in the control of the head and especially the hips and lower abdomen (Saika-Tanden) that their performances seem to defy all laws of gravity.” Body & Mature Behaviour, p 50.
“In the mid fifties, Koizumi, a sixth Dan Judo man trained directly by Kano, and Chairman of the European Judo Union, got 500 black belts together for an international congress of Judo. And when it came time to teach about saika-tanden (or chi) he had Feldenkrais teach the day’s material.” Comment in Extracts from USENET posts selected using “Feldenkrais+Judo”1999-Mar-31 –rob
https://feldynotebook.com/separation-in-lying-with-saika…/

And from May Nasserr, “I googled “saika” and this interview of Moshe Feldenkrais showed up, by Dennis Leary, re: judo, efficient organization and meaning of saika-tanden and chi – so interesting! ”
http://semiophysics.com/SemioPhysics_interview_with_Moshe…

Study of Moshe’s Amherst Evening FI 1980-1981 * LINK to the Amherst FI videos and notes https://feldenkrais-method.org/archive/collection/amherst-evening-lessons/ * If you are already logged in, the Amherst FI links go through DIRECTLY to the page with Video and Notes. OR to create an account use the REGISTRATION link: https://feldenkrais-method.org/registration/

Click a name to see a list of FI lessons for that person.

Moshe Feldenkrais in Vancouver 1973

9 Tracks, 8.3 hours

1. Sit, Turn in Chair

2. Talk, lesson begins at 9:00….Flexion with foot differentiation, rolling back

3. Extension:

4. Supine, arms crossed over chest rock

5. Short instruction in rolling to sit

6. Sitting and Twisting

7. Prone to sit

8. Sit tilt knees side to side….Elbows/knees

9. Sit, head around shoulder girdle….jelly pudding pelvis…roll onto back

University of British Columbia (6-15 August 1973)

23 Tracks, 21 Hours

6 Aug 73 pt.1

1. Pelvic clock in sitting

Talk on Dreaming and awareness

Lesson continues tilting legs to right and left

Ends around 53:00

6 Aug 73 pt.2.1

starts in progress, lifting leg with hand, position uncertain

[I think this is: supine, right leg standing, left arm overhead on floor, left leg long. Send

arm and leg away from each other.

33:00

ATM lesson:Tilting Pelvis Sitting

6 Aug 73 pt.3

51:00 get up and walk around ends….with 36 minutes left in file

7 Aug 73 pt. 1

ATM: Arm/Leg Hoops

57:40 : Get up walk around lesson ends.

Post lesson, 8 minutes of talking, continued

7 Aug 73 pt. 2.

Talk continued. Might be FI demo

Lecture until 52:00

7 August pt. 3

ATM Lesson: Side lying, Shoulder, Arm Circles

Ends at 49:00. seems to be some switching tracks.

8 August pt. 1

ATM: Crossed Legs, Tilt, Turn, Roll Side to Side

Ends 1:01

8 Aug pt. 2

Lesson continues, rotation from legs

Talk on body image and coordination.

22:25 get up and walk around

Resume at 28:00

FI Demo being filmed. (Lesson to Stanley?)

Quiet until sporadic comments around 50:00

8 Aug73 pt. 3

FI demo continues. Lesson ends about 11:00. Moshe discusses the purpose of his

Method.

Begins with story about optimism. Lecture ends at 30:00

“I am an exhaustible sort of power.”

9 Aug73 pt. 1

[sound is inconsistent]

ATM: Side lying Shoulder/Hip movements

End by having people doing the movements in the imagination on other side.

Get up with 4 minutes left

9 Aug 73 pt. 2

Announcements until 5:30

ATM: Twisting: Sidelying, Shoulder movements, rotation

Lie on right side, bend knees. Lift left hand to ceiling, look with hand, lower to left to

floor while

10 Aug 73 pt. 1

ATM: Head Through Gate

13 Aug 73 part 1

ATM: Supine, tilt legs, roll side to side, then to sit then to stand

13 Aug 73 part 2

ATM continued into standing

Ends at 11:40.

14:00 Moshe shows someone how to do a movement with his hands.

ATM: Prone, Extension, looking forward/up and right/left

13 August pt.3

Continues from pt. 2.

Hands to push up, bend knees, Check mouse, look forward and up.

30:00 Discussion of difference between men and women.

40:00 Supine, flexion movements knees to elbows

Ends at 43:00

14 Aug pt. 1

Lecture: Jonas Salk

17:00 “I think we’ll do something in standing. ….. Question is what?”

ATM: Standing, reach down legs

14 Aug pt. 2

Lecture

ATM continued

15 Aug 73 pt. 1

ATM – Hands on Feet, Rolling

15 Aug 73 pt. 2

All Fours, Sit Back, Roll

27:52 – Walk around, lesson ends

29:42 ATM – Preparation for headstand/Carp Movements

15 Aug 73 pt. 3

ATM continues, ends at 11:00 of pt 3

Lecture

12 tracks, 11.6 hours

1. Scan (cardinal lines, lengthening in the imagination) 0:17:00

2. Pelvic clock –interesting tangent on counting /pressing the toes

3. Clarifying the movement of the hips by rocking the pelvis

4. Perfecting the Pelvic Clock/ Breathing Out and Swallowing/ Return to Scan

5. Flexion

6. On stomach rolling head between hands, rolling the pelvis, lifting the head tilting the

legs joined

7. Perfecting the Self Image, brief lecture on willpower, Introduction of Eshkol notation

8. Talk: Learning by experience;

9. A plane through the body- constructing and moving on the sagital plane

10. Four points to lying supine

Art Gallery (16 August 1973)

4 Tracks, 3.8 hours

1. Pelvic Tilt

2. Scan of head, face, mouth. Measurements.

3. Interlace fingers behind and lift and lower head. Continues lifting head, discussion on

‘body image.’

4. Side-sit, Twisting (Dead bird lesson)

5. Supine, cross legs, tilt, bring shoulders forward.

The original tapes from which these recordings were made, were labeled with different kinds and amounts of information on their contents. For the most part, the order of the workshops is as they were taught, but there appear to be a few strange edits.

These recordings are in MP3 format to keep costs low-the entire 44 hours fits on one disc. They are intended to be played via a computer or digital audio player but will also play on recent model CD and DVD players.

The material is presented as it appears on the source tapes, some editing of non-teaching audio has been done. This also helped keep the costs low and preserves a primary source document in its complete form.

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Production Credits:
Produced by Richard Ehrman for the IFF Distribution Center
Cover Design Tim Paul Weiner
With permission of the IFF Archive of the Feldenkrais Method
Special thanks: Dr. Stanley Brown, Becci Parsons, George Krutz, Michel Silice Feldenkrais, The IFF Archive Working Group
Copyright International Feldenkrais Federation, Paris France 2008. All Rights Reserved

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  1. Katarina Halm
    Katarina Halm says:

    The Elusive Obvious
    ~ notes from: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/599276/the-elusive-obvious-by-moshe-feldenkrais/
    “ABOUT THE ELUSIVE OBVIOUS
    Scientist, martial artist, and founder of the method that bears his name, Moshe Feldenkrais wrote several influential books on the relationship between movement, learning, and health. In The Elusive Obvious he presents ideas that are more relevant today than when the book was first published, as current research strongly supports many of the insights on which the Feldenkrais Method is based. This beautiful new edition is ready to be treasured by an emerging generation of somatic practitioners, movement teachers, performing artists, and anyone interested in self-improvement and healing. The two main strands of the Feldenkrais Method—Awareness Through Movement and Functional Integration—are now known by many around the world for reducing pain and anxiety, cultivating vitality, and improving performance. The Elusive Obvious presents a thorough and accessible explanation of the Feldenkrais Method, and, as its title indicates, throws light on the solutions to many of our difficulties that are hidden in plain sight.”

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  2. happybones
    happybones says:

    REFERENCE from a PREVIOUS READING
    MARCIA O. quoting from the ATM Book: “Lesson 9 Spatial Relationship as a Means to Coordinated Action.” “We may act without knowing what we are doing” “The preceding action is not simple. You will NOT SUCCEED IMMEDIATELY, and there is NO REASON WHY YOU SHOULD. Such a solution would be a purely intellectual one, built on geometrical formulas you have learned; this will add nothing to your awareness. But is it not surprising that something so unclear can be going on in one part of your head while what you are doing with another part is perfectly clear? Apparently we may DO things WITHOUT KNOWING that we are doing them. It is a fact that we do not sense all the movements made by the head while we are thinking about one particular aspect of the movement.” [emphasis added]​​

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  3. happybones
    happybones says:

    REFERENCE
    with appreciation to Sean Mckay
    Mobilisation of the Nervous System
1st Edition
Author: David Butler
    Sean notes the importance of PART I
    Table of Contents
 Introduction. Towards a Multifactorial Approach
    PART I the BASIS for ADVERSE NEURAL TENSION: Functional Anatomy and Physiology of the Nervous System. Clinical Neurobiomechanics. Pathological Processes. The Clinical Consequences of Injury to the Nervous System
    PART II EXAMINATION: Clinical Reasoning. Examination of Nerve Conduction. Tension Testing. The Lower Limbs and Trunk. Tension Testing. The Upper Limbs. Application, Analysis and Further Testing
    PART III TREATMENT and TREATMENT POTENTIAL: Treatment. Self Treatment
    PART IV SELECTED DISORDERS and CASE STUDIES: Adverse Neural Tension Disorders Centred in the Limbs. Adverse Neural Tension Disorders Based on the Spinal Canal.
    Selected Case Studies Courses. Index

    https://www.elsevier.com/books/mobilisation-of-the

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  4. happybones
    happybones says:

    ________________________________________
    Transcripts of 550 Feldenkrais lessons from the Alexander Yanai (AY) classes
    are available to Feldenkrais® and Anat Baneil Method® Practitioners
    and Trainees through the International Feldenkrais® Federation website.
    AY lessons may be purchased
    1/ Individually, https://feldenkrais-method.org/materials/item/alexander-yanai-lessons/
    2/ in 50-lesson volumes, https://feldenkrais-method.org/materials/item/alexander-yanai-volumes/
    3/ or as a collection of 11 volumes. A 10% discount, and free searchable PDF of the AY Lesson Index, when you purchase the full set of Volumes 1-11 (Lessons 001-550)
    https://feldenkrais-method.org/materials/item/alexander-yanai-volumes/
    ________________________________________

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  5. katarina halm
    katarina halm says:

    Jerzy Marian Grotowski (Polish pronunciation: [ˈjɛʐɨ ˈmarjan grɔˈtɔfskʲi]; 11 August 1933 – 14 January 1999) was an innovative Polish theatre director and theorist whose approaches to acting, training and theatrical production have significantly influenced theatre today. He was born in Rzeszów, in South-eastern Poland in 1933 and studied acting and directing at the Ludwik Solski Academy of Dramatic Arts in Kraków and Russian Academy of Theatre Arts in Moscow. He debuted as a director in 1957 in Kraków with Eugène Ionesco’s play Chairs and shortly afterwards founded a small Laboratory Theatre in 1959 in the town of Opole in Poland. During the 1960s, the company began to tour internationally and his work attracted increasing interest. As his work gained wider acclaim and recognition, Grotowski was invited to work in the United States and he left Poland in 1982

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  6. katarina halm
    katarina halm says:

    Mark Rylance on Spontaneity
    The New Yorkerwww.newyorker.com › 2008/05/05 › after-hamlet
    May 5, 2008 – Rylance’s relationship with audiences is intimate, cajoling, direct, and spontaneous. His stepdaughter Juliet says that she has never seen …

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  7. katarina halm
    katarina halm says:

    “We act in accordance with our self-image. This self-image—which, in turn, governs our every act—is conditioned in varying degree by three factors: heritage, education, and self-education.
    ” Preface Awareness through Movement Moshé Feldenkrais. 1972, 1977

    “In those moments when awareness succeeds in being at one with feeling, senses, movement, and thought, the carriage will speed along on the right road. Then man can make discoveries, invent, create, innovate, and know He grasps that his small world and the great world around are but one and that in this unity he is no longer alone.” page 54 Awareness through Movement Moshé Feldenkrais. 1972, 1977

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  8. happybones
    happybones says:

    Moshé Feldenkrais clips from Paul DOron’s youtube channel
    Next posts here to add titles and notes
    1/ Cern … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_znSh_h2v8”

    Moshe Feldenkrais maître de “l’acture”
    expose notamment sa vision du monde, de l’être humain, de nos capacités d’apprentissage

    2 sortes d’apprentissage : académique et devenir une personne
    La plupart des gens n’utilisent que 10 pour 100 de leur Habilité/potentiel
    Faire sourire les enfants
    Squelette/muscles/système nerveux/environnement
    Exemple la main du violoniste
    Il faut trouver comment nous apprenons
    Système nerveux central
    Le mouvement est la vie ….Reproduction/préservation
    Tous pratiquement identique mais l’expérience personnelle diffère
    L’apprentissage est l’expérience personnelle la plus importante pour n’importe qui
    Oui ou non n’est pas un choix
    Minimum 3 façons/ 3 choix
    Si nous n’avons pas le choix nous ne sommes plus humains

    sansformenichemin.com

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