The greatest creative achievements in history are rarely done in isolation, the lost generation in the salons of Paris, the great philosophers in the coffee shops of Vienna, and many other focal points of genius.... Continue reading
We are looking to the future. We will begin training the next generation of MBS Assistants and Trainers.
In the spirit of MBS Academy’s multiple missions of passing on the work of Dr. Feldenkrais, empowering our students, and introducing this work to larger audiences around the globe, we have created the MBS Assistant Trainers Track.Continue reading
"In April 1957, I joined Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais in his explorations into mind/body and the powerful gift that we humans can use, which is awareness, the ability to monitor what we do. Since then I followed his teachings and spread it with him till the end of his life.... Continue reading
"An Advanced Seminar with Mind Body Studies is a challenging experience on all fronts: experientially, intellectually and professionally. Incomplete concepts, lack of physical mastery skills and inhibiting underlying assumptions about the Feldenkrais Method are revealed for personal evaluation.... Continue reading
Tom Rankin, an experienced Feldenkrais Practitioner from California, began his continuing education studies on MBS Online Academy six months ago. In that time, his classes have doubled in size and understanding of this work continues to grow.Continue reading
by Danielle Hill
Pilates is an application of the body, whereas MBS to me is how to be as a body in the broadest sense, in the way that we come into the world with all these capabilities.
Jane Meek is a graduate of the MBS Foundation training (2011) and a Body Control Pilates Instructor and Remedial Massage and Advanced Myofascial Therapist based in Glasgow, Scotland. In her work with clients and students in these two distinct contexts, Jane has described MBS as “running through everything and underpinning everything rather than the other way around.”
Prior to her entrance into the world of bodywork and movement education, Jane worked in translation and in the wine industry.Continue reading
Happy Anniversary, Foundation XII!
Onward, Foundation XIII!
Two years ago, the MBS Foundation XII ended and we fledgling practitioners dispersed, flying and driving and riding the rails back to all the countries we came from. Since then, I’ve been lucky to regularly see fellow graduates and current Foundation students. I moved continents to enjoy such a privileged position, but now I reap a real peach of a reward: Meeting up with colleagues for practice has been a very useful and fruitful follow-up to the Foundation training itself. Or rather, it’s let me continue with an ongoing training that is not yet complete. (And which, I guess, will never really be complete.)Continue reading
New Ways of Teaching Mind Body Studies; the work of Dr. Feldenkrais.
written by Mary Morrison, MBS Advanced Practitioner in 2011
Mary Morrison is an MBS Advanced Practitioner, Assistant and an imperative role in MBS Academy's Administration. If you have ever been to an MBS workshop, you most likely had the opportunity to experience her enthusiasm and passion for this work. Mary wrote the following blog in 2011, highlighting the beginning of her journey with MBS. "I took a big first step after hearing that Mia Segal was going to be giving a two day workshop as part of the 2009 Feldenkrais Method Annual Conference. I knew very little about her, only that she had worked with Moshe for many years. That was enough to peak my curiosity. I was inspired to find out who she was and how she taught. I signed up.
On the first day, during the first few minutes of the first ATM, a gem, of what was to be a long string of gems, shined out for me:"Continue reading
by Danielle Hill
I think it can shortcut a lot of the learning process that we are doing in the studio. Instead of repeating an exercise a hundred times, we just have to stop and do it slowly, with awareness – and very soon, it’s there. So, it needs to be complementary. Somatic work is entering the schools more and more, but there is still a way to go in order to understand how important it is.
During our conversation, held midway through the fifth segment of the MBS Foundation training, Bar laughs when asked what she does “between segments.” Traveling to Bad Toelz three times each year has a way of marking time, bringing into focus what has happened since the last seminar. As she answers, Bar speaks with a simplicity and a spaciousness that recalls the language of a group MBS class. Her words seem to be chosen deliberately, but with a lightness. “I live close to Brussels, in the countryside. And right now I teach contact improvisation regularly and I follow the dharma, the Buddhist teaching. This is it: very simple, quiet.”Continue reading
A report from Ingrid Kecerin Kasumagić, as told to Danielle Hill
For both of us, this work has allowed maturation and a change in the quality of life. It happens through a difference in awareness and through learning how to solve problems. In conventional therapy, there is no such model that also helps children to become aware, doing things for themselves. In that way, this work is really something on a higher level.
Ingrid Kecerin Kasumagić is a Movement Intelligence/Bones For Life teacher and coordinator and a professor of kinesiology based in Zagreb, Croatia. Together with her daughter, Ema, Ingrid is attending the MBS Foundation course in Bad Toelz, Germany. Here, she describes the experiences that lead her to MBS, how she and Ema were able to learn side-by-side during the latest training segment and the new possibilities Ema is experiencing.
An interview by Cydria Schaefer, June 27, 2015
The moment I tune into my body, I’m here. I’m not in the future, and I'm not in the past. So I think that is one of the key contributions to living more alive.
Sa Chien Khaw and Simon Wong graduated from the Mind Body Studies Academy Foundation Training in 2014. Both residents of Singapore, they work together offering ATM (Group Classes) at Gallery Helios, where Simon also gives NLP trainings, and teach FI (Individual Lessons) in people’s homes. They have given a workshop in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and plan to do more in Asia. Together they have found ways to develop their skills while assisting members of their community to improve their health and foster their personal development.Continue reading
"This unique and empowering method gave me the tools and knowledge to help me find my way. And above that, I can help others to find theirs."
Meet MBS Trainer Chris van der Hoff and learn about his journey to seek a way to help others through movements, emotional support and connections with the mind. Upon finding Mind Body Studies, Chris thrives to continue studying with MBS Academy, practicing this work and teaching as an MBS Trainer in the current Foundation Training.Continue reading
I feel we are learning what is most essential in life: to listen. To be aware. To maintain our availability, humility and curiosity when facing the world. It brings such freshness to life – I mean, it brings life itself.
When I first started practicing the Feldenkrais Method six years ago, I had no idea how much this practice would completely change my life. Until then, I thought I was sensitive and functional and that it was okay and enough as it was.
With the practice of Feldenkrais and eventually Mind Body Studies, I quickly started discovering a whole new range of capacities. In the beginning, I sensed more possibilities of movements, such as new ways of walking, sitting, crawling and looking. Then I sensed all the different sensations that came together with those new ways of being in life: groundedness, stability, smoothness, fluidity, curiosity, playfulness, sensitivity and infinite new sensations!Continue reading
Learn how Irmgard Bergmann, one of MBS Academy's Trainers, came to study Mind Body Studies, how she has incorporated this work into her profession as a midwife in Germany, and her experience in learning and teaching MBS.
What first drew you to Mind Body Studies?
I had a horse who was very nervous, so I took a seminar with Linda Telington-Jones. In the seminar, we also felt how the Feldenkrais Method works, doing a lesson with "the four points". I remember standing on my hands and knees and lying down and standing back up, and thinking that it was boring. (Of course, now I understand why we were doing what we did!) But, I tried a class once more. This time, it was very interesting for me. I remember that someone said, “After this half hour, I can move without a pain that I had had for fifteen years.” That impressed me.Continue reading
Attila Romandy, graduate of the 2011-2014 MBS Foundation Training, discusses how his education in MBS and the Feldenkrais Method influences his work within a hospital setting, as a massage therapist. He describes how he sees the traditional roles of ‘patient’ and ‘therapist’ shift into an often far more useful relationship, of dialogue and engagement.
In short, I have tried for about a year now to let my experiences with MBS come into my work in the hospital, especially since the February segment, in which we did unusually much work on the back. It’s also very exciting for me because I learn so much from my patients, and I receive a positive ‘echo’, as well. My work, which had started to become tiresome, is now completely different. It’s more of a dialogue with the patients, because the spirit and mindset have changed. Before, I always tried to “correct”, in the sense of repairing. Now, in contrast, I go openly to my patients or clients and I work by asking questions with my hands. It is more of a process in which we are involved, together.
Kurz, ich versuche seit ungefähr einem Jahr meine MBS- Erfahrungen in meine Arbeit im Krankenhaus einfließen zu lassen, und jetzt besonders nach dem Februarsegment, wo wir besonders viel am Rücken gearbeitet haben, und es ist sehr spannend für mich, auch weil ich soviel dabei von meinen Patienten lerne, und ich auch positives Echo bekomme. Meine Arbeit, die mich schon etwas zu langweilen begann ist jetzt vollkommen anders, es ist mehr ein Dialog mit dem Patienten, weil die geistige Einstellung sich verändert hat, früher war ich immer bemüht etwas zu "richten", im Sinne von reparieren, jetzt hingegen gehe ich offen auf meine Patienten oder Klienten zu, und arbeite indem ich mit meinen Händen frage, es ist mehr wie ein Prozeß in dem man gemeinsam involviert ist.Continue reading
MBS Program Director Leora Gaster discusses how Mind Body Studies and the work of Moshe Feldenkrais can offer a resource to overcoming emotional or physical trauma and recovering personal freedom and ease.
“Every emotional state corresponds to a person’s conditioned pattern of muscular contractions.” – Moshe Feldenkrais
We call our work “Mind Body Studies,” which doesn’t just mean that mind and body are somehow related, but that together they form an inseparable whole. Every emotional state we experience is also related to a physiological pattern, and these two aspects are completely interconnected. In other words, we can introduce change and growth to our lives from either direction. For that reason, MBS classes are not specialized to target individuals who have experienced specific emotional or physical forms of trauma. Rather, each lesson is designed to potentially help anyone, using simple movement sequences to reset the nervous system, restore inner balance and reduce stress, which in turn increases vitality, equanimity and the capacity to engage your life, from your center.Continue reading
MBS Program Director Leora Gaster explains how the same principles behind Mind Body Studies are reflected in the natural processes of child development. Whether we are adults, children or babies, the movements that we explore in group or individual MBS lessons are opportunities to recognize ourselves through our own movement patterns.
Since the learning process used in MBS is direct and experiential, there’s no need to rely on language, to convey a philosophy, or to adopt special beliefs. On the contrary, we’re already hard-wired to learn rapidly and deeply through our own bodies and movements.
Throughout Mind Body Studies lessons, and all the work of Moshe Feldenkrais, movement provides the basis for us to reconnect with learning abilities that are actually “hardwired” in the human organism. As Leora describes working with babies and indeed the entire MBS approach, she emphasizes our genetic predisposition for learning. From conception, our DNA is pre-programmed to enable certain basic patterns of movement.Continue reading
A conversation with Rosa Julie Schmitthenner
By Danielle Hill
In June of 2014, Rosa Julie Schmitthenner began her study with MBS Academy as part of the Professional Foundation Training XIII. In fact, though, it wasn’t Rosa’s first training, at all. Some twenty years prior, she had first taken part in a training with Mia Segal in the Netherlands. At the time, Rosa was three years old and her mother, a Feldenkrais Practitioner, was assisting on a training course. Rosa can still remember lying on the floor with the class, as a toddler, and listening to Mia’s voice. Now, as a young gallery manager, actress and filmmaker based in Potsdam, Germany, Rosa has decided to attend the Professional Foundation program, for herself. She describes the fertile connections and useful relationships between the lessons, her work in the arts.
“Mind Body Studies is a form of understanding movements and also understanding the process of how you learn, as a little child, to move and to walk and to communicate.”
“It was always natural to me. My mother didn’t say, ‘Okay, now it’s Feldenkrais time.’ It was always a large part of her life, and she gave it to me. I cannot remember when we did Feldenkrais for the first time.” Recalling particular childhood memories, Rosa points out the impossibility of extracting precisely which aspects of her childhood were informed by the Feldenkrais Method, and what was simply her own upbringing and her family.
“How a person develops depends on how parents understand their children,” as Rosa puts it. “Mind Body Studies is a form of understanding movements and also understanding the process of how you learn, as a little child, to move and to walk and to communicate.” (We would circle back to this theme of learning to understand other people and other perspectives throughout our conversation, as the subject shifted to Rosa’s work at her gallery and in filmmaking.)Continue reading
Margit Hrasdil is an MBS Trainer and Practitioner based in Bolzano, Italy, where she teaches locally as well as in MBS Academy’s international Trainings. Prior to her training in the Feldenkrais Method (1995) and her advanced study with MBS Academy, Margit worked for many years as a physical education teacher and as a track and field coach in elementary and secondary schools. Here, Margit speaks with Danielle Hill about her background in athletics and education, and her continuing experiences with Mind Body Studies.... Continue reading