Amherst Immersion Term 1.1 Week 1

Term 1.1 (Year 1 Week 1 9-13 June 1980)

Week 1 – Week beginning 4 May 2015

‘All of you have human brains, we will try to get out of those brains what they are capable of doing – it means make a happy, comfortable life’

Moshe Feldenkrais

9 June 1980 Amherst Feldenkrais Professional Training Program Year 1 Week 1 Day 1 Morning Session Tape 1A/Transcript Page 1

This first week the most important quality of all – curiosity – and other ideas like

  • timing, orientation & manipulation,
  • remembering while forgetting &
  • making distinctions

all feature as we explore life’s first movements.

Refer to Tape 1A and 1B on DVD 1 from 9 June 1980 (Year 1 Week 1 Day 1).

‘I am here only to produce conditions in which your brains, our brains can learn the best way.’

Moshe Feldenkrais

9 June 1980 Amherst Feldenkrais Professional Training Program Year 1 Week 1 Day 1 Morning Session Tape 1A/Transcript Page 1

Morning session Tape 1A corresponds with pages 1-11 of Transcript:

  • Introduction
  • Talk: Manipulation, orientation and timing
  • ATM: Sucking: Life’s first movement

‘Don’t think you can only improve the eyes without improving your feet and your ass and your everything. has to improve, not just the eyes. … You cannot improve one little bit. … We have to learn to listen and think and feel the length of the body and the width of the body and feel the movement and the voice and the thinking that we do and yet move your eyes.’

Moshe Feldenkrais

9 June 1980 Amherst Feldenkrais Professional Training Program Year 1 Week 1 Day 1 Morning Session Tape 1B/Transcript Page 16

Morning session Tape 1B corresponds with pages 11-32 of Transcript:

  • Remembering while forgetting
  • The next movement a baby would do
  • ATM: Movement of the eyes right and left
  • If you know what you’re doing
  • ATM: Movement of the eyes right and left (Continued)
  • The most important quality of all
  • ATM: Movement of the eyes right and left (Continued)
  • Why we do the movements in the order in which they evolved?
  • Again, remembering by forgetting
  • Silly questions

There is ‘no other criterion of correctness … except that you really know that you want to do that movement and you’re doing it.’

Moshe Feldenkrais

9 June 1980 Amherst Feldenkrais Professional Training Program Year 1 Week 1 Day 1 Morning Session Tape 1B/Transcript Page 18

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