Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday Book Report: Awareness Through Movement

Awareness Through Movement by Moshe Feldenkrais came out in 1972.  It turns out that many of the ideas and exercises in it have percolated into the culture in the intervening years, or at least they were familiar to me already.

That said, there is plenty to use in the book.  We all talk a lot about mindfulness in movement; this is a book about how.  The exercises provide guidance for proprioception in ways that are both simple and profound.  I will be spending more time with them.

One note:  those of us who have become used to gender-inclusive language may find the use of “man” for “human” and the use of he/him/his as the generic somewhat startling.  Maybe we have used all that increased awareness for something good!

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