ADVANCED STUDIES FOR FELDENKRAIS TEACHERS
Dear teachers, please join us for discussion and investigation sessions in organic teaching and studying.
In these sessions we engage in anatomical-physiological investigation and explore the various learning possibilities through movement.
In the teachers' sessions, we create a learning space in which we examine and discover our abilities to improve and teach our students to be their own teachers and therapists.
We watch videos documenting Dr. Feldenkrais' work: We try to understand and analyze Functional Integration lessons given to different students.
We follow each student's evolvement in each lesson, try to understand the principles that lie behind each lesson, practice elements from the Functional Integration class, and try to produce an Awareness Through Movement class out of Dr. Feldenkrais' video.
We discuss actual "cases" from students' practices and examine different ways for learning.
As a basis for all sessions, we focus on understanding the processes that occur in the brain (as far as we can understand them) and how this understanding can be used in our learning process.
In the sessions, Michal presents ideas, dilemmas and thoughts she faces during her work. Everyone is invited to share their own thoughts and dilemmas. This form of sharing and discussion is the best possible way to learn and evolve.
If we allow ourselves to ask questions, the answers become less important.
The following are examples of topics discussed in recent years:
- Flexors versus extensors in the transition from lying to sitting. In this session, we experienced the effect of directing our attention to the distal areas as stimulation to activate the proximal areas.
- Different ways of directing attention to the thoracic spine.
- Working with small and special balls in ATM and FI. The movement of the teacher's wrist under the influence of the ball and its effect on the teacher's organization in an FI class.
- An analysis of Dr. Feldenkrais' classes, which are considered "hard," and different ways to cope with such classes.
- The effect of crawling on walking
- Pelvic movement in walking
- The intriguing relationship between head, shoulders and thorax.
- Scoliosis: Anatomical analysis of various scoliosis types, review of conventional treatments, and application of the principles of the Feldenkrais Method in dealing with the structural problem. (ATM, FI)
- An anatomical analysis of a specific function (one or several according to the students' request) and the preparation of a lesson or series of lessons to improve the ability of this function according to the principles of the method (ATM, FI).
- Jaw joint: TMJ
- Neck vertebrae: structure and role, how to "ease" their load.
- Herniated disc: Anatomical explanation, application of method principles in dealing with the problem.
- Thoracic vertebrae: improvement of movement in between them to relieve the load on the neck and lower back vertebrae.
- Shoulders: Shoulder as part of the shoulder girdle that includes the collarbones and the shoulder blades. "Frozen Shoulder": An anatomical explanation and implementation of the method's principles.
- Hip joints: Structure and function (similarities and differences between hip and shoulder joints) hip joint replacement, hip fracture, anatomy and application of the Feldenkrais principles.
- Knees: structure and function, common problems.
- Sitting on a chair: problems as a result of prolonged sitting, anatomical analysis, and discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of having classes sitting on a chair.
- Feet and ankles: structure and function, our connection to the ground and the floor.
- Standing: Coping with equilibrium, advantages and disadvantages of classes standing up.
- Hands: Anatomy, common problems among musicians and people who work with their hands, the "dialogue" between the finger tips and the shoulder blades.
- Use of various accessories in Feldenkrais method classes.
- Feldenkrais class in water.