Awareness Heals: The Feldenkrais Method for Dynamic Health

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Da Capo Press, 1997 - Health & Fitness - 216 pages
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The Feldendrais Method is a revolutionary approach to health and fitness. Using what Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais called ”Awareness Through Movement,” people of any age or condition can learn to move more comfortably and effectively. In pleasant yet powerful ways, his method reawakens the natural process by which we as babies learned to crawl, walk, and talk. In the U.S. and Canada more than one thousand guild-certified practitioners teach the Feldenkrais Method.Awareness Heals is the first book to present the full benefits of the Feldenkrais Method in clear language. It details six basic lessons which help you to become more aware of how you breathe, sit, walk, and otherwise move. By sensing these natural actions, you grow more skillful and supple in all your movements. Through the Feldenkrais Method, you can learn to relieve pain, enhance flexibility, and recover from physical or emotional stress.The gentle movements in Awareness Heals are designed for practice at home and work, and even in your car. They fit into any program of fitness, exercise, or therapy. Most important, Feldenkrais lessons demonstrate that such problems as stiffness and stress do not require outside intervention?the remedy lies within each of us.
 

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Contents

The Method Moshe and Me
1
The Feldenkrais Method
9
Learning to Learn
26
Bending and Breathing
30
Turning and Twisting
57
Leaning and Lifting
80
Uninhibited Breathing
102
Effortless Sitting
116
Learning and Life
168
Toward a Science of Health
173
Awareness Heals
188
A World of Awareness
206
For More Information
208
Acknowledgments
212
Index
214
Copyright

Elegant Walking
141

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About the author (1997)

Steven Shafarman studied with Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais between 1976 and 1984, becoming a certified Feldenkrais practitioner and assistant trainer. In 1981, when Dr. Feldenkrais last taught in the U.S., he asked Shafarman to travel with him as assistant and appointments secretary. A former research associate of Dr. Jean Houston, Shafarman has studied a variety of ways to enhance health and human capabilities. He lives in Washington, DC, and teaches and lectures internationally.

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