The Missing Piece to Reaching One’s Potential

by Ryan on June 10, 2013

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RICHARD COHEN June 22, 2013 at 3:51 pm

We spent time many years ago; I went to your two clinics several times, and took a handful of lessons in Palm Beach). The first time we met, I gave you a tape of a :lesson: constructed by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, whom I later was to learn you referenced in one of Body, Mind Swing. I have since become a certified [ractitioner of the Feldenkrais Method. Science is just now catching up with Dr. Feldenkrais’ thoughts developed over 50 years about, among other things, what he termed was organic learning. he taught what are over a thousand Awareness Through Movement lessons,; one need do only a handful to begin to get how learning to develop choices beyond the habitual, beginning each lesson from the building blocks on up to the complex, all done easily with almost no effort, create somatic learning environments. During each lesson one experiences how it is possible to get out of one’s own way, add things to movement that will supplement what one is doing, self sabotage, or simply add unnecessary effort. He took what you have learned about learning movement to a whole other level. Two books that he wrote might be of value, Awareness Through Movement, that contains 7 ATMS, and that is a paradox on the meaning of the term “awareness on two levels.” The other is the Elusive Obvious. The The first will be extremely valuable, actually both. A website, Semiphysics.com, by Dennis Leri, contains articles that knowing more than something about you (I have read tons of your stuff, I can tell you that these articles will knock your socks off. There are countless sets of CDs and MP3 downloads which lead one through lessons. On feldenkraisinstitute.com, the institute is located on West 26h 0r 28th street, is a wonderful resource for them and classes, David Zemach-Berson, a founder and one of the best educators, would be tremendous resources both for which CD sets make the most sense; feldenkraisresources.com and feldenkrais.com have many, many available, all terrific. Dennis would be a great, great resource, wonderful to talk to about the work, a sportsman and black belt in a Marshall art, would be beyond great to chat with. Jeff Haller, a former All State Basketball player in Washington, a lifelong student of a marshall art, has worked with many world class athletes–a number of all pro hockey players, Duffy Waldorf, and many, many others, helping them improve their games. He has a longstanding relationshop with Adam Oates, the coach of the Capitols. The Method is also a terrific technology in helping people out of pain, and to understand, viscerally and consciously, that which they do to cause it. Dr. Feldenkrais believed, and it has proven so, that people can actually improve how they do what they want as they age, to learn HOW to do that (again somatically and cognitively)–Dr. Frank Wildman’s thoughts and approaches to the work speak to that. The people I mentioned spent a lot of time with Dr. Feldenkrais and have spent a lifetime studying the sciences of the body, scientific discoveries that have validated Dr. F’s thinking and have taken the work further.

To quote man who said this time and again, I used this to introduce arguments since I first heard them, when starting my “arguments” in the U.S. Courts of Appeals to great reception, “I hope you might find some of my perspectives of value” in developing the incredible body of work you have just begun those many years ago and I am certain will continue to take forward for the rest of this life. Should you wish to kick this stuff around with me, or see me as a teacher of Feldenkrais movement experiences, one I have created for learning how to play on the putting green to improve spinal twists that cause reverse pivoting, block getting back and through, improve balance, timing, and coordination, exploring alignments, etc., to discover choices that work for you as an individual, a work in progress to be sure, it wo8uld be the thrill, quite literally of a lifetime. On the other hand, you are a b8usy guy and have given me so much already (the last time I saw you in Palm Beach, for example, I had badly injured both knees, was certain I had lost the ability to swing, to create rhythm; playing Bagger Vance, you lead me to explore hitting my favorite club, a nine wood; I was kicking that club liker never before or since. More importantly, I found that I could find Rhythm. I can remember, as we walked off the course, you asked if I had any questions, I replied, “No.” Thanks again Michael. Let me know if I can be of help, Rich. In the meantime, God’s speed.

By the way, I have had the feeling that Rob Pennell, College LAX’s best player this year, a Smithtown product, had been influenced even indirectly by your work–how he carried his stick, never rushed, and had unbelievable and diverse tempos to and their have me come up to his game.

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Robin Wilson November 19, 2013 at 7:10 pm

On the matter of consistency, thank you Michael for your positive thoughts and for the enlightening view that in fact all of our inconsistencies are part of life and learning. I have just been reading (again) Pia Nillson’s Play golf with a purpose and she talks about golfers being far more consistent than they would like to think, problem is they don’t like the shots they are playing! The problem is not the consistency or lack of it is not being aware about what is happening in the moment as unless you can feel what you are doing with the clubhead and the shaft it will be impossible to consistently change your shots from slices to say draws or whatever the chosen shot you are attempting.

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