My time with Moshe was short. I studied directly with him for two years in Amherst, and for a short time in Israel. His perspective was (and still is) so compelling that there were certain sentences he uttered which have stayed with me:
"I can lift a person's head without changing the tone in my arms."
- "In walking we feel the head of the fourth metatarsal."
- "It doesn't matter what you think, it only matters what you do."
- Moshe, what makes a good lesson? "Friendly hands."
- Or my personal favorite, "Hey, stupid athlete, it's not human movement."
These statements lead me to an extraordinarily rich, at times torturous, personal and professional study to understand what Moshe was talking about, and how he acquired his understanding of awareness and human function.
In 1983, I founded Inside Moves and have had a successful and fulfilling private practice working with a wide variety of clients ranging from those with severe disabilities to PGA golfers and NHL hockey players.
From 1993 to today, my primary focus has been to train Feldenkrais Method teachers. I have participated in over 30 trainings and have been the Educational Director for training programs in Seattle, Chicago, Vancouver BC, New Zealand, and Victoria, BC. In addition, I have run numerous Advanced Trainings where I have refined my teaching and honed in on developing a curriculum that enables practitioners to be successful. I have presented at the annual FGNA conference many times.
My first Feldenkrais experience happened when I was a 16-year-old pianist at the Tanglewood summer music camp. A singer friend asked me, “Want to go to the posture workshop they’re having after lunch?” Little did I know I’d learn as much about artistry in that one afternoon as I had all summer. After the workshop I walked straight to the local bookstore and bought their only copy of Awareness Through Movement, and, over the next few months, I worked through all the lessons in the book, reading slowly and aloud to myself. “Men of great will power tend to apply too much force instead of using moderate forces more effectively.” “During the forward movement think about lifting the knees and feet from the floor, so that the swing forward will not make you contract the muscles on the thigh, whose function is to straighten the legs.” It was the first great work of philosophy I read.
Twenty-eight years later, I am delighted to teach and learn in this wonderful work we do. In 2001, I was fortunate to work with a committed group of colleagues at Physical Therapy & Feldenkrais NYC, then to work as a practitioner and director at the Feldenkrais Institute of NY for its first four years. Now I run my own private practice, Body of Knowledge, in Union Square in Manhattan. My focus these last seven years has been to hone my understanding of the principles I have learned from Jeff, to ask better questions, and to study them with clients, in public workshops and in mentoring programs for practitioners. When I’m not teaching or picking up my kids from school, you’ll find me planning sporadically, writing incessantly and reminding myself that there is only one ATM lesson.
I know IOPS is time well spent, and I look forward to spending it with you.
I graduated from Jeff Haller's Victoria 2 training and founded my Feldenkrais practice, Kinetic Inquriy, in 2012. During my training, I became frustrated by my inability to find and learn about ATM lessons. I created Feldy Notebook so that the community had an easy way to collect, organize, and share our vast knowledge of ATMs.
Before delving into the world of Feldenkrais, I spent 20 years in the computer industry, first as a programmer, then as a manager, and finally managing the Natural Language Group at Microsoft. I have a Master’s degree in computer science from M.I.T.
Anat Meiri (NYC Administrator)
I’ve been fascinated with movement from my early years and dedicated most of my time growing up to dance training and sports. I danced professionally for 12 years in Tel Aviv and San Francisco, and I was looking for ways to compliment my dance training when I came across the Feldenkrais Method. Within a few weeks of attending Awareness Through Movement classes, I realized that the work had the potential to not only improve my dancing, but to also enhance the quality of my life and my approach to life. I became a Feldenkrais practitioner in 2009 and have since dedicated myself to further my learning and growth with the Method.
I was a faculty member and Administrative Director at the Feldenkrais Institute of New York from 2007 to 2013 where I taught weekly classes, workshops and FIs. I also served as Executive Director of the Feldenkrais Research Foundation, and the Administrative Coordinator of three Feldenkrais Training Professional Training programs. In 2008 I attended my first Advanced Training with Jeff Haller. Jeff’s approach has been a great influence and transformed my practice of the work. In the years since, I’ve continued to investigate and deepen my understanding of Jeff’s material. It is the guiding light of my work with my clients and with myself. In the spring of 2013 I started my private practice in Union Square, New York where I currently work.
Lila Hurwitz (Seattle Administrator)
A professional dancer and movement educator, I completed my Feldenkrais training in Berkeley in 1997. I have taught Feldenkrais, dance improvisation, Authentic Movement, and related topics at the University of Washington Dance Program, Cornish College of the Arts, Hampshire College, Oberlin College Dance Department, Conduit Studio (Portland) and many other venues. A lifelong organizer and administrator, I was Associate Director of Artist Trust and Administrative Director/Co-Artistic Director of the Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation, which I co-founded and produced for 18 years. I am co-owner of Doolittle+Bird, a communications firm that loves working with artists, scientists, Feldenkrais practitioners, and non-profit organizations.