Feldenkrais Products

By David Zemach-Bersin

By Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais

Books by Dr. Feldenkrais


 

Embodied Wisdom

(Somatic Resources, 2010)

Embodied Wisdom collects all of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais’ English language articles and interviews , many of which have not been available since they were originally published. This unique book contains some of Feldenkrais’ most concise and accessible writings, and will be of interest to both the general reader and students and teachers of the Feldenkrais Method. Embodied Wisdom includes an insightful forward by David Zemach-Bersin (free download) and many photographs provided by the Feldenkrais Estate. The book was edited and beautifully annotated by Elizabeth Beringer, with fascinating background information on each piece.

In Embodied Wisdom, Moshe Feldenkrais clearly explains the basic principles and theory behind his techniques of Awareness Through Movement and Functional Integration. These thoughtful articles and lively, sometimes humorous interviews explore a diverse range of subjects with something of interest for everyone; human development, psychology, theater, martial arts, learning, awareness, health, consciousness, the importance of bodily expression, the primacy of hearing, the mind-body connection, and movement and its effect on the mind. Embodied Wisdom gives readers an opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the principles behind the Feldenkrais Method, and will help everyone to better understand how such extraordinary results are achieved in the application of those principles.
From the Editor’s intro: “Taken together, the articles and interviews become greater than the sum of their parts, forming a diverse and textured whole. The text offers many different points of entry for those unfamiliar with Feldenkrais’s ideas and at the same time provides plenty of territory for in-depth study for the serious student of Feldenkrais’s work. ”
From the Foreword: “I hope that the publication of this important and long overdue book will help bring Feldenkrais’ uniquely original and innovative ideas the recognition and the critical analysis they so deserve, and that readers will appreciate this small volume, which is so large in outlook and vision.”

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Body and Mature Behavior: A Study of Anxiety, Sex, Gravitation and Learning

(Somatic Resources, 1950, 1980)

First published in 1949 this clear systematic treatment of the psycho-physiological foundations of Dr. Feldenkrais‘ theories is a widely accepted classic. He describes in neuro-physiological and psychological terms how patterns of movement and posture are acquired and relates movement habits to social and sexual development. This is a rich and somewhat technical book. Softbound.

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Awareness Through Movement: Health Exercises for Personal Growth

(New York: HarperCollins, 1972,1993)

This best selling book contains 12 easy-to-follow Awareness Through Movement exercises for improving posture flexibility breathing coordination etc. After an introduction emphasizing the importance of self-education and the primary relationship of movement to sensory thinking and emotional life Feldenkrais demonstrates his ideas through the ATM lessons. Softbound

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The Potent Self

(New York: Somatic Resources, 1985, 2004)

The Potent Self Moshe’s second book on the theory and practice of the Feldenkrais Method is available again and includes a new 26 page foreword by Mark Reese In this book Dr. Feldenkrais explores such areas as the relationships between habit emotion motivation and posture and the creation of a new technique for addressing human difficulties. The foundations of both Awareness Through Movement and Functional Integration are articulated here in more depth than in any of Dr. Feldenkrais’ other writings.

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The Elusive Obvious

(Cupertino, CA : Meta Publications, 1981)

This warm conversational book represents a summation of the theory and practice of both Functional Integration and Awareness Through Movement. Illuminated by anecdotes with the simple fundamental notions of our daily life that through habit become elusive and impossible to see. Hardbound.

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Body Awareness as Healing Therapy (The Case of Nora)

(Somatic Resources, 1977, 1994)

This is Dr. Feldenkrais’ brilliant case study of a woman who had suffered a severe and debilitating stroke. It is the most extensive account available of Dr. Feldenkrais’ individual work of Functional Integration.The reader is taken on safari through the ‘jungle of the brain’ as Feldenkrais explains how he teaches Nora to see read walk and function in the world once again. Softbound.

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The Master Moves

(Cupertino, CA : Meta Publications, 1984)

This book is an edited transcription of a workshop taught by Dr. Feldenkrais. The theoretical discussions and the movement experiences are interwoven throughout the book making the relationship between theory and practice in the Feldenkrais Method more and more evident. The book is designed so that the reader does the movement lessons as he or she progresses through the book. The movement’s directions are clear and the themes engaging making this book a popular selection from our catalog. Softbound

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Books by David Zemach-Bersin


 

Relaxercise Book by David Zemach-Bersin and Mark Reese

Relaxercise is a best-selling collection of 12 highly effective Feldenkrais exercises, developed by Feldenkrais Institute co-founder, David Zemach-Bersin and Mark Reese, Ph.D. Relaxercise is an appealing and accessible introduction to a remarkably effective form of therapeutic exercise. It is safe, non-strenuous, and has a broad range of benefits for people of all ages and abilities.

Each exercise is easy-to-use, enjoyable, and will quickly improve your posture, flexibility and freedom of movement, while alleviating muscular tension and discomfort.

Relaxercise gives your brain an opportunity to improve your body, helping you to refresh and renovate your underlying neuromuscular and skeletal organization. Improvement is painless, and immediate. The unique exercises in the Relaxercise collection are done either while sitting, or lying down. They each focus on a specific area of the body, but also benefit ‘the whole’ self.

“If you don’t have time for exercise, learn the basics from Relaxercise. Make it a part of your daily regimen and you’ll find an easy way to get through these stressful days.”

– Whoopi Goldberg

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CDs by David Zemach-Bersin


 

Introduction to the Feldenkrais Method, by David Zemach-Bersin and Elizabeth Beringer

This popular two-volume set, Introduction to the Feldenkrais Method, consists of 12 Awareness Through Movement lessons on eight CDs. Specifically designed as an introduction to the basics of the Feldenkrais Method by Elizabeth Beringer and David Zemach-Bersin—two of the foremost Feldenkrais teachers—these intriguing lessons will be enjoyed by both beginners and those with experience, regardless of age or ability. Each 30- to 45- minute lesson covers a different theme and will pleasurably take you toward greater ease of movement and well-being. Explanations of the theory and practice of the Feldenkrais Method are interwoven throughout the series, making it the most accessible introduction available. Each volume contains six Awareness Through Movement lessons and a user’s guide. If you wish, you may purchase both sets at a reduced cost.

Lessons include:
1 – Flexible Bending
2 – Freeing the Mouth and Jaw
3 – Balancing the Tonus of the Back
4 – Lengthening the Spine
5 – Mobilizing the Trunk
6 – Easier Reaching

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TMJ Health by David Zemach-Bersin and Mark Reese

Nearly 50 million people in the U.S. suffer from jaw tension or dysfunction (TMJ syndrome). Millions more experience headaches, eyestrain, neck, shoulder and back problems which are directly related to mouth and jaw extension. TMJ Health offers 10 proven 25-minute Awareness Through Movement exercises which effectively address every important aspect of mouth and jaw functioning. The complete 4-CD set is enclosed in an album and includes an instruction booklet. The TMJ Health exercises are:

1. Introduction
2. Primary Movements of the Jaw
3. Clarifying Movements of the Tongue
4. Exploring Movements of the Lips
5. The Neck-Jaw Connection
6. The Head-Jaw Connection
7. The Spine-Jaw Connection
8. The Eye-Jaw Connection
9. TMJ Health Through Visualization
10. Your Body’s Power Center
11. Putting It All Together

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Relaxercise CD

Relaxercise is a best-selling collection of 12 highly effective Feldenkrais exercises, developed by Feldenkrais Institute co-founder, David Zemach-Bersin and Mark Reese, Ph.D. Relaxercise is an appealing and accessible introduction to a remarkably effective form of therapeutic exercise. It is safe, non-strenuous, and has a broad range of benefits for people of all ages and abilities.

Each exercise is easy-to-use, enjoyable, and will quickly improve your posture, flexibility and freedom of movement, while alleviating muscular tension and discomfort.

Relaxercise gives your brain an opportunity to improve your body, helping you to refresh and renovate your underlying neuromuscular and skeletal organization. Improvement is painless, and immediate. The unique exercises in the Relaxercise collection are done either while sitting, or lying down. They each focus on a specific area of the body, but also benefit ‘the whole’ self.

“If you don’t have time for exercise, learn the basics from Relaxercise. Make it a part of your daily regimen and you’ll find an easy way to get through these stressful days.”

– Whoopi Goldberg

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Advanced Products


 

Finding Your Skeleton by David Zemach-Bersin

These extended Awareness Through Movement exercises are based on more advanced lessons taught by Dr. Feldenkrais. The exercises included are complex and physically challenging and thus provide a unique learning opportunity for the experienced student. This series is unlike any others available on CD or in book form. Four CDs are enclosed in an album with a booklet. The Advanced ATM exercise titles are:

1. Integrated Advanced Turning
2. Advanced Arching
3. Improved Posture
4. Elongating the Spine
5. Weightless Standing

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Weightless Movement by David Zemach-Bersin

Also for the experienced student, this set is a follow-up volume to David Zemach-Bersin’s Advanced Training Workshop I “Finding the Skeletal Path”. These five extended lessons explore the pathway to “weightless” movement in any plane of action. The lesson titles are:

1. The Head is Light
2. Finding Your Horizon
3. Finding Your Trajectory
4. Running on the Side
5. Rotation of the Entire Self

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Audio and Video Products by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais


 

The Work of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais

The Work of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais was recorded in a Canadian television studio. This 2 DVD set contains eight informative, self contained, 30-minute segments which are easy to follow with noticeable results. They include both lectures and demonstrations of Functional Integration and Awareness Through Movement. White the quality of the recordings is not up to today’s standards, they represent one of the few recorded examples of Dr. Feldenkrais presenting both ATM and FI in practice to the general public.

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Awareness Through Movement Basic Series

This popular audio program features many of the exercises included in Dr. Feldenkrais’ acclaimed book Awareness Through Movement. Many people find this audio program easier and more enjoyable to use than the book. Dr. Feldenkrais chose these particular exercises due to their essential and fundamental nature. This set provides an excellent introduction to his work; however, we do not recommend it for people with no prior experience with the Method as Dr. Feldenkrais is not always easy to understand.

This set includes ten 45-minute ATM lessons on 10 CDs, enclosed in an album with a user’s guide. The Awareness Through Movement Basic Series titles are:
1. The Fundamental Properties of Movement I
2. The Fundamental Properties of Movement II
3. Adapt Your Breathing to Your Needs
4. Coordinate Flexors and Extensors
5. Free Your Hip Joints for Agility
6. The Head Fixes the Muscle Tone
7. Perfecting Your Self-Image
8. Nimble Head for Nimble Action
9. Swift Eyes Make a Smart Body
10. Generalize Your Skills

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San Francisco Evening Class, 3 Volume Set

When Moshe Feldenkrais visited San Francisco to conduct his first United States training program he held a popular Awareness Through Movement class for the general public. Twice weekly people from many different walks of life came to learn a variety of his remarkable exercises. This superb audio program offers you a selection of the exercises taught in the San Francisco evening class. They are excellent for both beginners and those already familiar at ATM.

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