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Old 10-19-2007, 07:33 AM   #24
Aran Bright
Dojo: Griffith Aikido Yuishinkai
Location: Brisbane
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 120
Re: Feldenkrais, Nature and Martial Response

Bob Strahinjevich wrote: View Post
BTW, I'd like to add one final thing (because someone PM'ed me)

A lot of people assume Feldenkrais is a method of relaxation or injury rehabilitation or something like that. It is not or if it is, it is so indirectly. As one of my teachers put it "I'm empathetic to people in pain but it's not my business. I'm much more interested in helping them function than trying to cure them".

Instead, for me, Feldenkrais it's much closer to physical Rubik's cube solving. You are given a problem (ATM) and given clues as to how to solve it (ATM directions). Each persons solution will in some way be specific to them, however certain parameters (reduction in effort, proportionally distributed movement etc) are universal. More to the point, all of this is secondary - what Feldenkrais is about is working with and noticing our habitual movement patterns and then finding new ways, or not, as the case may be. Concretely. Physically. Here and now. Eventually, you read enough of the textbook (you) to 'know what you're doing, so you can do what you want'. Sometimes

So in a way, it's about options. Thus the famous refrain "The movements are idiotic. They're an idiotic thing. What I'm after isn't flexible bodies, but flexible brains. What I'm after is to restore each person to his human dignity."

Ditto in FI.

Here's someone who's better at explaining, actually going ahead and explaining it

Also - I think, in my zeal, I misunderstood what was meant by Yi / intent? Maybe not - I don't know?

Ok, shillings over, folks. Move along, nothing to see here...
Wow, you've certainly instilled in me a new respect for Felden-what ever it is. Those links are quite a read, thanks.

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