Body Awareness as Healing Therapy: The Case of Nora (英語) ペーパーバック – 1993/12/20
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Body Awareness as Healing Therapy: The Case of Nora is Moshe Feldenkrais' classic study of his work with Nora, a woman who has suffered a severe stroke and lost her neuromuscular coordination, including the ability to read and write. Feldenkrais uses rational and intuitive approaches to help his student relearn basic motor skills. One can observe here the groundwork of Feldenkrais' extraordinary insights which became known as the Feldenkrais Method. We follow his detailed descriptions of the trial and error process which led him to see the ingredients that were needed to help Nora reshape her attention, perception, imagination and cognition.
"...a rare gem. This book has inspired my students and me for over a decade with its intimate revelations detailing how Feldenkrais went about solving the problems of his case. It is of interest to medical practitioners who work directly with the body, as well as educators and psychotherapists."
-Don Hanlon Johnson, author of Body, Spirit and Democracy
"...an important literary and scientific achievement that reveals Feldenkrais' bold and original insights about learning and the brain. Nora's story is an inspiring account of the nervous system's ability to heal from trauma and the remarkable human capacity to learn."
-Mark Reese, so-author of Relaxercise
Moshe Feldenkrais, D.Sc., is the founder of what is today called the Feldenkrais Method. As a result of suffering debilitating injuries Feldenkrais began an intense exploration into the relationship between bodily movement and healing, feeling, thinking, and learning. In the process of healing himself, Feldenkrais made revolutionary discoveries, culminating in the development of the method that now bears his name. There are two aspects to his method: an individual manipulatory technique of neuromotor education called Functional Integration and a group technique called Awareness Through Movement. His unique and subtle approach to facilitating human change and to improving functioning is spelled out in a number of influential books, including: Awareness Through Movement, Body and Mature Behavior, and The Elusive Obvious. Dr. Feldenkrais was also the author of a number of books about Judo and one of the first Europeans to hold a black belt in the art. Today there are nearly four thousand Feldenkrais Method Practitioners around the globe. His insights contributed to the development of the new field of somatic education and continue to influence disciplines such as the arts, education, psychology, child development, physical and occupational therapy, sports enhancement, and gerontology.
His technique is different. He can feel the person's mood, correct and incorrect movements, tension, relaxation... with his hands. He knows how to position the body certain ways and move it certain ways to correct malfunctions. Brings correct sense of body, space... awareness. I like the way he set Nora in a position that made her have a weightless effect. Very relaxed. He moved his hand on her head certain ways, lightly and made the spine feel all tension, pressure release, a weightlessness. I tried it, it works!
I like how he teaches to learn left and right; he does not use the word left, right at first when teaching a specific left, right movement or awareness.
Uses knowledge of the brain's function with the body. The left, right... brain hemispheres, their functions. Describes how babies, children learn to walk.., learn left, right.., speak, read, write. He uses special ways to produce these lost, impaired functions.
I especially like the way he improved Nora's eyesight and produced ability to read words, sentences, then onto producing the ability to write.
He used a straw held in the mouth/lips (where speech is used first as we grow, and then learn to read words, then write).
Her hand was placed on the straw. The end of the straw under a word. The straw got the left and right eyes to focus together on the word.
Nora would see 2 images of the straw when looking at a certain place along the straw. (the images produced by the left, right eyes. (A similar effect, practice is; the bead or brock string.)
Moshe states many people have one eye that has clearer vision. He asked Nora if one of the eyes' images appear less solid..? She said yes. He said; that image is from the eye that has less clear vision. He then used the straw, techniques to improve the vision in that eye; got both eyes' vision improved and equal. She then after more treatments... was able to read! Seeing clear and also improved ability to understand the words, sentences.
Moshe states; when the close vision (reading...) left-right eye convergence is improved; this also automatically improves the left-right divergence for the far vision.
He respects his patients, treating them as equals, one human to another growing, improving each other. He learned a lot from Nora and other patients and thus improved, created his wonderful technique over many years practice. His past professions are also interesting, useful.
Definitely recommend his books.
A fan of everything Feldenkrais,
This genius of a man discovered "Neural Plasticity" decades before it became the 'buzz' word of today - the exciting new way of rewiring, changing, growing ones brain, until one passes on!
As ingenious as Michael Mezernicht, (the inventor of the first cochlea implant) insightful as Norman Doidge (in his hugely enlightening books on our brain's neural plasticity) Dr Feldenkrais has evolved a system of rehabilitation that works from new-born to geriatric.
He taught a large number of disciples and there are centers in his name all over the world.His method must be sound. true and trustworthy, as his methods have not changed very much since he died in 1984.
The most brilliant talent was 1. his belief in the people, who were crippled by many medical diseases (strokes, Cerebral Palsy, accidents, etcetera) whose readiness and ability to heal,
was inspired , as was Nora, and 2. his belief that if one proceeded along the route ordained to us - the natural hierarchy of child development rewiring was instinctual and familiar.
His descriptions accompanied by surprise and wonder are a breath of fresh air.