Awareness Through Movement: Easy-to-Do Health Exercises to Improve Your Posture, Vision, Imagination, and Personal Awareness (英語) ペーパーバック – 1991/4/1
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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, invigorating 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.
"The exercises are so simple and so ingenious they lead on to others which one can invent in the same style. It is so clever to develop the body by making the mind and senses aware of each side of the body separately. It increases the subtlety of sensation and starts a competitive cycle as each side stimulates the other."-- Yehudi Menuhin"Feldenkrais's most popular and accessible book."-- "Smithsonian
Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984) is also the author of The Body and Mature Behavior and The Elusive Obvious, among other books, and originated the Awareness-Through-Movement method for increased health and heightened sensory awareness.
His techniques have played a massive role in my development outside the more boring, and creatively suffocating means of more mainstream self-development. If you're an artist of any kind, then his content will resonate with you deeply. If you're more logical, then it probably won't make sense to you. Ideally you want both, but people tend to be one or the other.
His approach is very much related to hypnosis, meditation, spirituality and body work. It's about exploring the relationship between movements in the body and thoughts in the mind as a means to creatively induce change. It's very much related to the idea of neuromuscular lock which says that thoughts in the mind are maintained by muscle locks/tension patterns throughout the body.
Great book, great techniques. I wish I could have met the man himself.