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Body and Mature Behavior: A Study of Anxiety, Sex, Gravitation, and Learning Paperback – Sep 8 2005

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"Of all his books, it [Body and Mature Behavior] remains the most succinct statement of his fundamental theory: A 'whole situation,' systems view of physical movement, thought, emotion, sensation, and environment."- Mark Reese, author of a soon-to-be-published biography of Feldenkrais and co-author of Relaxercise"Body & Mature Behavior powerfully presents Moshe Feldenkrais’s masterful genius in integrating body and mind, theory and practice, nature and culture, freedom and constraint."- Richard Shusterman, professor of philosophy at Florida Atlantic University and author of Performing Live"Body & Mature Behavior is a seminal work of creative thinking in which Feldenkrais articulates the philosophical underpinnings for the development of his extraordinary approach to human growth and learning, now known as the Feldenkrais Method."- Jim Stephens PhD, PT, CFP, member of physical therapy faculty at Temple University

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Moshe Feldenkrais, D.Sc., is the founder of what is today called the Feldenkrais Method. As a result of suffering debilitating injuries, Feldenkrais began an intense exploration into the relationship between bodily movement and healing, feeling, thinking, and learning. In the process of healing himself, Feldenkrais made revolutionary discoveries, culminating in the development of the method that now bears his name. There are two aspects to his method: an individual manipulatory technique of neuromotor education called Functional Integration and a group technique called Awareness Through Movement. His unique and subtle approach to facilitating human change and to improving functioning is spelled out in a number of influential books, including Awareness Through Movement, The Elusive Obvious, and The Potent Self. Dr. Feldenkrais was also the author of a number of books about Judo and one of the first Europeans to hold a black belt in the art. Today there are nearly four thousand Feldenkrais Method practitioners around the world. Moshe Feldenkrais died in 1980 and his insights continue to contribute to the development of the new field of somatic education and continue to influence disciplines such as the arts, education, psychology, child development, physical and occupational therapy, sports enhancement, and gerontology.Carl Ginsburg, Ph.D. is one of Dr. Feldenkrais’s original students and holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry. He has been involved with the Feldenkrais Method for thirty years.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Love it July 12 2010
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Every personal trainer should have to study Moshe. There should not be a choice. There is too much information that trainers do not understand and they can learn so much by studying these principles. If you want to seperate yourself from all other trainers read Moshe.
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Integrity of bodymind Aug. 30 2012
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Feldenkrais saw the 'bodymind' before the term 'holistic' was coined. Written before most of the world's population was born, this book provides perspective and information which still has much to teach to the segmented medical/rehabilitation/healthcare providers of today. Reading it has added depth to my 20+ years experience working with muscle pain. Wish I had read it when I started or very shortly after.
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Moshe Feldenkrais Was Ahead of His Time June 4 2014
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I'm rereading the book (published in 1949) and, second time around, this gem stood out: "Our knowledge of what is biologically important is so scanty that we worship ideas which merely sound good. For instance, we now worship an idea of extraversion with the result that even intelligent people come to think that a normal man is the one who is active, driving, enterprising all his waking life. The result is a cult of exteriorization producing a new type of neurotics, ruining their children's lives and wasting away their own." His is a critical look at our culture, written decades before the pace of life has accelerated to an unhealthy degree.
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Succint and made sense to me now 2013 after being written decades ago June 3 2014
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Worth reading and reflecting on. Reality of the body and mind being two inseparable aspects of the same human experience of life.
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INTERESTING Read. June 16 2014
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Recommended by massage therapist. Definitely a good read. Haven't completely read through, just parts that apply or interest me. But an excellent book to read for understanding behavior from at a deeper level. Highly recommend.