Moshe Feldenkrais

New York Quest Workshop, 1981: With Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais

The Quest series were Moshe Feldenkrais's last public workshops, and are an important part of his legacy, representing the apex of his creative output, and the height of his public teaching. This extensive recording of the five-day New York workshop contains seven lectures and 19 Awareness Through Movement lessons on two MP3 CDs.

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by Moshe Feldenkrais

The Quest series were Moshe Feldenkrais's last public workshops, and are an important part of his legacy, representing the apex of his creative output, and the height of his public teaching. This extensive recording of the five-day New York workshop contains seven lectures and 19 Awareness Through Movement lessons on two MP3 CDs.

In 1981 Moshe Feldenkrais taught a series of four outstanding public workshops, sponsored by the Quest organization, which represented the apex of his creative output and the height of his public teaching. Each workshop contains original ATM lessons which do not exist anywhere else and demonstrate how Feldenkrais's thinking and teaching evolved. He is at the very top of his game, full of excitement and inspiration. The depth and originality of his ATM teaching and the lucidity of his explanations are remarkable, and a significant departure from how he has taught before. This high-quality audio recording provides an especially pleasurable ATM immersion experience unlike any other. The workshop starts on a Friday evening and goes through Wednesday morning.

"The brilliant lessons of the Quest workshops mark the transition to Feldenkrais's most mature teaching and are arguably some of his very best.    --Dennis Leri, GCPF"

"The Quest workshops represent the apex of Moshe Feldenkrais's creativity and originality. The Awareness Through Movement lessons he developed for these workshops are essential for understanding the arc of Moshe's thinking and practice." -David Zemach-Bersin, Feldenkrais Access

"Twenty years ago I first went through the Quest recordings. Some of the ATM experiences I had are seared into my being from that time, as vividly as if I did them yesterday. Moshe is on, and working with incredible depth." -Elizabeth Beringer, Feldenkrais Resources


Friday Evening
  1. a) Introduction b) Instruction
  2. Finding lightness and ease in teh arms and in yourself: Rolling with interlaced hands on the back
  3. Rolling interlaced hands continued: coming to stand
Saturday
  1. Lifting the head on the back: simple flexion, one side in imagination
  2. Rolling from sitting to lying and back again
  3. The bell hand: soft opening and closing movements of the hands
Sunday
  1. Perfecting the self image: tilting the legs and lengthening the spine on the belly
  2. Rolling from sitting to lying on the back continued, including taking the legs over the shoulders
  3. Discussion: Habits. Fear. We are not interested in moving but in how the movement is performed
  4. Lengthening through the arms to roll from the back to the side
  5. Rolling from sitting to side-lying
Monday
  1. Lecture: Learning, Free Choice, Individuality
  2. Increasing ease in teh head, neck and shoulders. a) Sitting; rolling the head b) Bell hand, rotating arms on back c)Sitting, rolling the head continued
  3. From straight leg sitting to rolling on the back, opening and closing hand
Tuesday
  1. Discussion: imagination, the unconscious and memory
  2. a) Pressing and lifting on the side, opening and closing hand to stand b) Variations in standing c) Pressing again on side, making a wave
  3. Discussion: Relationships, Change and the Self
  4. Softening the neck affects the whole self: Lifting the head with lapping movements of the mouth and tongue in many different positions
  5. Lecture: Learning is doing things in a different way. Even in simple things we have lost contact with ourselves
Wednesday
  1. Lecture: Change, Habits and Good posture. Includes demonstration of helping a man touch his toes more easily
  2. Hands-On Functional Integration Session with a woman with cerebral palsy. Feldenkrais talks very little during the lesson but does describe it at the end
  3. Rolling from the belly to sit, bringing in many themes from the five days
  4. Tilting legs on the belly to sit. Whole group moves together at the end

Program Note: During the lessons participants should continue to move and rest in their own rhythm, while Feldenkrais speaks.

Moshe Feldenkrais, D. Sc. (1904 - 1984) began developing what has become known as the Feldenkrais Method after he sustained a crippling knee injury while working in England during World War II. His own recovery process and subsequent wide-ranging research resulted in the creation of a unique educational system that incorporated his background in physics, Judo, and a lifelong interest in human development. By the end of Dr. Feldenkrais’s life, the Feldenkrais Method had gained an International reputation and he had trained a significant number of teachers. The Method that bears his name continues to evolve and spread across the globe.

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