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books & links

This page has a booklist and also a collection of links. Click below to go to the requisite part of the page; external links will open in a new window.


  

books by & about
Feldenkrais

While these books are usually available from Amazon, the most comprehensive source of books, CDs and videos is the California-based Feldenkrais Resources.
 

Introductions to the Feldenkrais Method®:
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Awareness Through Movement by Moshe Feldenkrais
This is the book in which Feldenkrais first set out his work in developed form. He discusses the reasoning behind the Method, then illustrates it with a series of detailed exercises — several classical Awareness Through Movement lessons. Though many might find this book pretty heavy going, it was Scott's introduction to the Feldenkrais Method.
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Awareness Heals by Steven Shafarman
This book, written for the general public, makes a very accessible first book about the Method. The author discusses Feldenkrais and his work in a straight-forward, conversational way, and includes a series of simple lessons.
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Mindful Spontaneity by Ruthy Alon
Ruthy was one of Moshe's first students, and she developed the work with great inventiveness and poetry. The text is very rich — perhaps best read in shorter bursts.

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Somatics by Thomas Hanna
Hanna's work owes a great deal to Feldenkrais, and he presents his own rationale for ‘somatic education’. It seems a simpler version of Feldenkrais's thinking, though we have certainly found it valuable. Some classic lessons are included at the end.
Applications of the Method:
Running with the Whole Body by Jack Heggie
Skiing with the Whole Body by Jack Heggie
Comfort at Your Computer by Paul Linden
 
Going deeper:
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Embodied Wisdom by Moshe Feldenkrais, edited by Elizabeth Beringer
The collected articles & papers of Moshe Feldenkrais. Many of of the dimensions of Moshe's thinking are set out here more clearly and concisely than elsewhere. This is a must-have anthology for anyone wanting to look more deeply into Feldenkrais.
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Body Awareness as Healing Therapy: The Case of Nora by Moshe Feldenkrais
A fascinating case-history. Moshe works with a woman who has had a stroke, which has left her with a puzzling set of difficulties.
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The Potent Self: A Guide to Spontaneity by Moshe Feldenkrais
This book was only published posthumously; it shows Moshe at his best as well as his quirkiest. The ideas represent the beginning of his thinking more than the mature phase, but many of the most important elements of his work are here.
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The Master Moves by Moshe Feldenkrais
A transcript of Moshe teaching a workshop — his explanations, jokes and anecdotes are mingled seamlessly with some very clearly-presented lessons.
Further Afield:
A Life of One's Own
A Life of One's Own by Joanna Field (Marion Milner)
Originally published in 1934 under the pseudonym of Joanna Field, this extraordinary book recounts Milner's seven-year journey in search of an answer to the fundamental question: "How should I live in order to be happy?" She follows the thread of self-observation with honesty and sincerity, discovering for herself an approach that has great similarity to Buddhism and indeed, Feldenkrais.
Teach Us to Sit Still
Teach Us to Sit Still by Tim Parks
Tim Parks starts this book as a complete sceptic, in difficulty with his bladder: getting up many times each night needing to pee, but not being able to. He stops just short of surgery, shocked by the low success rate and correspondingly high rate of complications — not the best part of one's anatomy for "complications"! He is gradually won over to meditation; the story of his journey offers an alternative for our medicalised times.
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Why Can't We Be Good? by Jacob Needleman
This book is certainly on Scott's ‘must read’ list; it argues that embodiment is necessary for any ethical sense to have power or weight.

  

national & international
Feldenkrais organisations

The Feldenkrais Guild UK
The Guild is the professional organisation of practitioners here in the UK. This site provides listings of all member practitioners, with contact details, and many of the classes and workshops being offered across the country. There is a collection of articles by practitioners, and also by ordinary people about their experience of Feldenkrais. The Guild makes available some sets of lessons on audiotape and some books.
 
International Feldenkrais Federation
The IFF is an international umbrella organisation for different national guilds, for which this site provides contact details. There is also a comprehensive bibliography of books, articles and research relating to the Method.
 
EuroTAB
EuroTAB stands for European Training Accreditation Board — it is one of the international bodies that oversees accreditation of Feldenkrais professional training programmes. This site has a comprehensive list of European trainings.
 
Feldenkrais Resources
This organisation, located in the United States, offers the most comprehensive collection of books, audiotapes and videos related to the Feldenkrais Method.
 


  

Feldenkrais practitioners

Catherine McCrum
The website of our friend Catherine McCrum, who has a thriving practice in the Holland Park area of London.
 

Sophie Arditti
The website of our friend Sophie Arditti, who has an energetic practice in Notting Hill, London.
 
Feldenkrais-Somatic Options
Ralph Strauch's website offers information, books, and tapes related to the Feldenkrais Method, The Reality Illusion, Low-Stress Computing (using awareness to avoid RSI), and other aspects of awareness and movement. It includes a movement lesson you can do at your computer. Ralph has a Feldenkrais practice in Los Angeles.
 
Pei-Jen Tsai
Pei-Jen is one of the few Feldenkrais Practitioners working in Taiwan, and is also a very talented dancer.


  

groups & individuals
(with whom we work)

Penny O'Connor
Penny is a friend and an Alexander Teacher, with whom we've had some very informative exchanges of work and ideas.
 
The Neo-Naturists
At the cutting edge of the vanguard of the avant-garde of contemporary art — with a little naturism thrown in for good measure!
 
Will Dickie
Will is a dancer/actor, who also makes work and teaches, especially from his experience with martial arts and butoh. With a bit of DJ-ing thrown in for good measure.
 
The Church of the Epiphany, Oxley, Wolverhampton
Scott's partner Jonathan's boyhood parish church; we built this website for them.
 

 

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