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Feldenkrais® group classes are known as Awareness Through Movement® ( ATM®) lessons. Similar to Tai Chi or gentle yoga, Awareness Through Movement . Awareness Through Movement by Moshe Feldenkrais, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Thousands have found renewed health and increased sensory awareness through the Feldenkrais method as explained in Awareness Through Movement.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want throuth read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Movfment for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Thousands have found renewed health and increased sensory awareness through the Feldenkrais method as explained in Awareness Through Movement. Here is a way for people of every age to integrate physical and mental development into a new, feldenrkais wholeness.

Feldenkrais provides a modern-day, practical program for the perennial ideal of a healthy mind in a healthy body. His down-to-earth method carefully avoids any mystical component and never obliges any pupil to master abstruse theories.

Exercises for posture, eyes, imagination, and more will simultaneously build better body habits and focus new dimensions of awareness, self-image, and human potential. Paperbackpages. Published July 28th by HarperOne first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Awareness Through Movementplease sign up. Be the first to awareess a question about Awareness Through Movement. Lists with This Book. Jul 22, Nick rated it it was amazing. Feldenkrais was one of those extraordinary individuals who can do anything.

Feldenkrais Method

Engineer, physicist, sonar expert, soccer player — he injured himself first playing the latter and then on a submarine in WWII.

So he developed a unique set of exercises designed to help people with injuries or handicaps. The result is a physical regimen that will increase your self-awareness and poise, not to mention your fitness and overall health.

Oct 15, Lauren rated it really liked it Shelves: It took a long while for this book to warm up – the first 70 pages were pretty esoteric and random. However, once Feldenkrais began to discuss awareness, and the methods he is now known for, this book turned fascinating. Awareness is the highest stage of development, and when it is complete, it maintains a harmonious rule over the body’s activities.

Awareness and authentic attention: The exercises and scripts here were fascinating to re It took a long while for this book to warm up – the first 70 pages were pretty esoteric and random.

The exercises and scripts here were fascinating to read. The methods are not wholly unfamiliar, especially to someone who practices yoga and meditation. Honing awareness, concentration without tension, moving effortlessly, and observation in the present tense – all topics that Feldenkrais succinctly covers here in this seminal text. It’s a great “jumping off point” to learn more about somatics and tbrough to bring them into your own practice.

Sep 06, Emily rated it really liked it. I’m rating the practice as much as the book. I have no idea what my experience of this would be if I had no experience of the practice – but I do, and so it’s a very useful support of my immersion in Feldenkrais’ work.


At first it seemed impossible to do the lessons from the book nothing can compare to having a live person giving a lesson – but eventually I found a way and there are, unsurprisingly, many insights to be gained.

Jul 20, Karen rated it it was amazing. Moshe teaches mosne how to be aware!

Feldenkrais, Moshe Feldenkrais – The Feldenkrais Institute, New York

Was not an easy read until after taking the Feldenkrais training. I would not have understood most of the book if not for the training! Jun 21, Olivier Goetgeluck rated it really liked it. In families where children are judged primarily by their achievements, all spontaneity will disappear at an early age. Individuals tend to identify their self-images with their value mofement society. He strains to fit himself into the round hole that he now actively desires to fill.

Two states of existence: The waking state seems to be a good condition in which to awqreness processes that involve repetition and explanation, but not suggestion.

The choice of movement as the main means of improving the self is based on the following reasoning: The mpvement system is occupied mainly with movement 2. It is easier to distinguish the quality of movement 3. We have a richer experience of movement 4.

The ability to move is important to self-value 5. All muscular activity is movement 6. Movements reflect the state of the nervous system 7.

Movement is the basis of awareness 8. Breathing is movement 9. Hinges of habit Our self-image consists of four components that are involved in every action: Felrenkrais ideal path of action for the skeleton as it moves from one position to another is the path through which it would move if it had no muscles at all, if the bones were linked only by ligaments. You are not used to moving your shoulders without moving your head at the same time. Uncoupling The true capacity of any nervous system can be estimated only by its individual characteristics – that is, man’s own personality.

We are unable to use our bodies in any but accustomed patterns of muscular action. When you rest after a movement carried out without much effort, it is not in order to regain strength, but to study the changes that have taken place during the action.

Our nervous system is so constructed that habits are preserved and seek to perpetuate themselves. It is easier to stop a habit by means of sudden traumatic shock than to change it gradually. Attentive systematic scanning of a part of the body can relax superfluous muscular tension there. If you try to reach the limits of your abilities every moment, you end up with little more than aching muscles and straining joints.

Awareness Through Movement : Moshe Feldenkrais :

Effort that does not turn into movement, but causes shortening and stiffening, leads not only to a loss of energy, but to a situation in which the loss of energy causes damage to the body structure. A self-image complete and uniform with respect to all parts of the body – all sensations, feelings and thoughts – is an ideal which has been difficult to achieve up to now in man’s state of ignorance.


The improvement of awareness is preferable to any attempt to overcome instinctive movemetn. For the more nearly complete a man’s awareness becomes, the more he will be able to satisfy his passions without infringement of the supremacy of awareness. And every action will have become more human.

It is great book! A bit rough at the beginning, but get more smooth with time. Lot of exercises are same as in yoga, but here focus is completely different. Main topic is our conscious of body, muscles and changing bad physical habits, where yoga is more about calming down, reduce stress and tension in body.

At the end both do the same, but I found that not everybody is benefiting from yoga. That’s probably because of just following instructions and not gaining conscious of body during practice. I think that practice of this exercises can change life quality! Mar 13, Bud rated it liked it. This was the initial book that awaerness the Feldenkreis movement – and has provided helpful techniques for my back.

Feldenkrais, being formerly plagued by an immobilzed knee, began to research the mechanisms of it as a feldenkraais adult. He throygh able to cure his immobility and to walk again by the time. Not only did he continue to walk again, but he continued his studies about the human body. Thus, stating the reprocity of human self-image and physical awarenes, he added several valuable recognitions that he gained over decades of practical use of his methods on thousands of people.

Here are some of the important topics he covers with the book: Feldenkrais realized that people move inefficiently. That means, much of the power our muscular system is generating to move the body, is headed in the wrong directions, towards our own body. The wrong use of muscles – that means the unaware use – causes wrong moving habits and tensions.

But this evoked energy that is mislead, burdens our bones and organs over their limits. So he created the concept of easy and aware movements that will cure many of our diseases of our body and our locomotor system. And then there is the psyche. It is interesting to see the connection between bodily and mental restrictions. Many people have them, they are stuck in relationships or personal conflicts, seemingly without any movement. So what would be best to actually get out of any stuck state?

This is were the reprocity kicks in. Be sure to get movement into your life “just” by moving your body with sport on a regular basis. The basics are easy to understand: Our brain contains our self-image. Also our brain is the headquarters of any nervous communication.