by Ross Oakes
Getting healthy involves more than good nutrition. It involves more than listening to your body and mind/body harmony. Antonio Machado, a great Spanish poet once put it this way: “Find the you that’s not you and can never be.” He also summarized all of Jesus’ teachings into the short phrase, “Wake up!”
Spiritual masters from every age have always argued that too many of us over-identify with our physical, financial, and social needs so much that our spirits (the spiritual component to who we are as people), gets bogged down in survival matters. They argue that to over-identify with this side of ourselves is to do a great injustice to the higher side of our nature as human beings; our spiritual component. At a simple level, it means that there is more to life than being employed in a meaningful job. There is more to life than a successful marriage and having all your basic needs satisfied. Read the rest of this entry »
By Kathy Vance,
I was asked to return and to teach a Spring time 2011 series of Feldenkrais workshops for the Shiatsu School of Tokyo. This prompted me to think of beginnings and where they may lead.
I warm to the body work developed by Tokujiro Namikoshi known as Shiatsu because it grew out of the love a boy held for his distressed mother and from there into a teachable technique, theory and licenced practice. This starting point, love and compassion for self and others is a wonderful motivational foundation.
Moshe Feldenkrais was a pioneer in neurogenesis. His method grew out of his personal fear that he would never walk again after suffering debilitating sports injuries. He was frustrated by an unsatisfactory medical response and frustrated by the scientific thoughts on recovery that were the accepted rule of his day. As he pursued his own treatment he developed a touch communication that helped his body regain its elegance and movement and he began to formulate a teachable method and registered as a trade mark the terms: Awareness Through Movement and Functional Integration. Read the rest of this entry »