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Nov
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The Beauty and Challenge of the Soft Approach; A Conversation with Dancer Bar Altshuler

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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.

b2ap3_thumbnail_10612733_10204869158754991_3761390984278847804_n.jpgDuring 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.”

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27
Aug
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Side-by-side Learning: A Mother and Daughter in MBS Foundation Training

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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.

 

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 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.

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07
Aug
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Revised: Interview with Mia Segal by Thomas Hanna for Somatics Magazine

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Mia Segal recently revised an interview she did with Thomas Hanna in 1985, to bring it up to date with her current thinking.

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This article is a revision of an interview originally published in Somatics Magazine (Autumn/Winter 1985-86); this updated version will be featured in the next 2014 issue of Somatics Magazine-Journal of the Mind/Body Arts and Sciences.

 

Mia Segal was Dr. Feldenkrais's first assistant, collaborator, and associate for sixteen years, after which they trained students worldwide. Of Mia, Feldenkrais said: "With you, I have reached summits that alone, I could not reach. The best lessons I ever gave, were inspired by your encouraging gaze.”

Mia is known for her unequalled mastery of the work and as a superb teacher. The unique design of her programs is testimony to her vast experience and leadership in teaching this method. She is committed to ensure that this work continues in the essential and powerful form it was given to her by Dr. Feldenkrais during their many years of collaboration and friendship. Mia has been acclaimed worldwide as the standard bearer for the applications and philosophy of the Feldenkrais Method™. Mia has a black belt in Judo, which she received in the Kodokan, Tokyo, in 1970.

 

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28
Jul
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Living on the edge or in freedom- Student Testimonial

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Below is a testimonial from MBS Practitioner Jorga Hanesova...

b2ap3_thumbnail_DSC04678.JPGI've been studying with MBS Academy for the last 4 years, and Feldenkrais the last 17. This approach to my own body, and nowadays also the classes with my clients, keeps bringing me back to the question "how small can you make that movement?" or less is more. Patiently, I will keep asking "Can you do less?" And eventually the meaning of this question will become clear to one person or another. The Feldenkrais approach means you take your own way at your own pace. This is what I love about Feldenkrais - it is your own journey that can't be forced from within or without.

When we first start doing a movement in a class we tend to go all the way to our limits, testing them - will they let us go further? Will the limit finally move on its own? Our limit is that point of struggle and stubbornness - where we just want to do it. With no softness, elegance or joy. You actually don't need to keep doing it, if it hasn't brought you anywhere else throughout your life, except to your old familiar limits. Many trainers would approach a movement like so: "Lift your head, lift your chest, now five more times, now 20 more",  ...and now you are huffing and puffing... "That's great!" And since many of those movements are so very simple, many times people ask - WHY can't I do such a simple movement?

And this is where that beautiful quest of discovery starts: what about asking the same question differently?

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15
Apr
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Judo and Mind Body Studies: The historical connection

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MBS Academy promotes continuing education in the form of workshops, DVDs, news articles and blog posts to keep our students and practitioners up to date with industry happenings. With the recent inquiries, and forum postings centering around Judo and its relation to Mind Body Studies, we have compiled information to help bridge the gap in understanding the connection and history between the two. 

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"Martial Arts practitioners find great insight in how Dr. Feldenkrais’ MBS work breaks up each movement into the elements of initiation and progression through the system. "

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The ground as feedback-

  • In judo the practice of falling and getting up gives you stability and teaches you not to fear falling, which translates psychologically into life lessons in all your endeavors.
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09
Apr
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A conversation with MBS Trainer, Patty Underwood

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MBS Trainer, Patty Underwood, will soon be bringing the MBS program to South Africa, where she will teach two introductory public workshops in September 2013. From her home in Fairfax, California, Patty answered questions on the upcoming workshops in South Africa and the influences Mia and Leora have had on her, both professionally and personally.

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MBS:      During a recent Foundation Training in Bad Toelz, Mia recounted her wonderful story about speaking with Moshe after she’d first watched him work. He asked if she had any questions; she assured him that she had many.  Mia can still hear his response today: “If you know the right question… it will only take a minute!" 

During the course of your own training, what are the really decisive moments or particular touchstones that you regularly recall?

 

Patty:     I still vividly remember the first FI that Mia gave me. I was attending a training that she gave in Berkeley, and I really don’t know what got into me, but somehow I got the idea that I wanted to feel “the Master’s hands”! I’m not normally the type of person who just goes up and asks to feel somebody’s hands. But, as it turned out, I was very fortunate, as at the end of the training, Mia demonstrated FI for the group – on me. I still remember it so clearly. It was completely different from anything I had ever experienced before – and I had already done a good deal of training by this time! Mia had such absolute clarity and curiosity in how she asked my body questions, or rather, how she asked me questions, using her hands. It was such a clear and direct conversation of discovery, which I could feel going all the way through my body.

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20
Mar
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Climbing through the Pain- Student Story

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By Nelleke Dean

b2ap3_thumbnail_Nelleke1.jpgThis winter, my husband Adriaan and I went on our skiing holiday in Austria. We love to ski but sometimes if the sight is poor or the ski slope is too crowded we prefer to go on a tour with our snowshoes. It is good exercise and usually a wonderful experience of “being with nature”.

This day it was snowing quite a bit and we decided to climb to a cabin we knew from a mountain tour we had been on years ago. We expected that the seven hundred meters altitude difference together with this deep snow could be beaten within three hours. It was beautiful to make a trail in the snow where nobody had been this day. There was so much snow that we couldn’t even see any trail-markers.

Adriaan has a lot of alpine-experience and we had a GPS with us that kept us on track with great accuracy. He went in front. It was a great experience of physical work to beat nature's beautiful challenges in the middle of nowhere -- just the two of us.

Halfway up I began finding that I could hardly bring my right leg forward. My old ischiadic nerve was tight and holding my leg. It was a bit frightening, there in the loneliness.

Then there was a little voice in my head, “Why don't you move around your pain? Can you improve the distribution of this movement?"

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