Workshops and Master Classes
Wildman (1977) GCFT, Ph.D. holds degrees in Physical Education, Biology
and Psychology. He directed the first accredited Feldenkrais training
in 1986, and had organized and has directed over a dozen Feldenkrais
Professional Training Programs. A past Guild president, he founded and
Wildman Associates and the Feldenkrais
Movement Institute and has authored many audio and video programs
and books on the Feldenkrais Method®.
Brain as the Core of Strength and Stability
recent years the notions of core
strength and core stability have
become increasingly fashionable
in a number of movement systems
ranging from Yoga to Pilates
to Qi Gong. The Feldenkrais
Method, on the other hand, is generally thought of in the public
mind as providing only easier movement and greater flexibility.
However, in order to use our deep intrinsic muscles, and organize
the power of the pelvis we must use the organs of the mind. The
most far-reaching motor organ in our body is our Nervous System. It
reaches into our deep interior organizing our pelvis, our intrinsic
muscles - our core.
In this workshop
we will use Awareness Through Movement lessons that develop core stability
and learn interesting ways to use the gentleness of Functional Integration
to provide the core organization required for stability and strength.
In this way, the vigor of the martial arts origins of our work can
be brought forth to the public.
Applications of the Feldenkrais Method:
Stabilization and Gait
In this workshop you will deepen your
understanding of bio-mechanics, balance and stability while exploring
pleasurable movement lessons that directly apply to problems presented
by clients with difficulties in these areas. Balance will be approached
as an activity in all basic positions and cardinal directions. A
dynamic sense of stabilization emphasizing proximal to distal control
of balance as well as the importance of diagonal movements and counter-rotation
involved in gait will be demonstrated, experienced and practiced.
In the understanding of the Feldenkrais
Method, movement can offer a way to alter inappropriate but deeply
conditioned ways we use our body. At the same time it can teach us
new and more effective ways to correct neuromuscular limitations
that contribute to distress, pain and dysfunction. Participants will explore movement lessons
and practice hands-on techniques emphasizing movement patterns and
all motor activities of the body. The skills presented are applicable
to the treatment of chronic pain, orthopedic and neurological disorders
in geriatric, adult and pediatric patients, athletes, musicians,
and other performing artists.
Zero in Working with Overuse and Pain
notion of human potential provides a key understanding to the radical
educational and social nature of the Feldenkrais Method. In the Potent
Self Moshe states, "The
power of a body is determined by the power of the abdomen and more
generally by the pelvic region." We will explore this idea through
practical elaborations for hands-on work taken directly from the
Potent Self. Although the book was published posthumously, the many
ideas described have been explicated in some rarely presented Alexander
Yanai lessons. Utilizing these rich source materials, we will work
deeply with the potential power available through a well-organized
abdomen, pelvis and head.
Zero in Working with Overuse and Pain
What does “good posture” mean
Most of us think of it as sitting and standing
straight, having “proper” alignment—a static concept.
The Feldenkrais Method views posture as dynamic. With reduced muscular
effort, internal resistance and altered breathing, this posture allows
free, light and comfortable movement from one body state to another—it
is efficient. Unnecessary effort often leads to reduced mobility, chronic
pain, or overuse/ repetitive stress symptoms.
Using Awareness Through Movement lessons,
discussion and demonstration, you will experience and evaluate
your unique posture, and explore movements and concepts rooted in the
Feldenkrais Method to improve the quality, ease and comfort of your
posture and subsequent actions.
how to relieve stress in the face, jaw, neck and shoulders and create
greater ease, strength and grace in everything you do. Explore how
the use of the head affects your spine from neck to pelvis and how
very subtle movements can affect your ability to use your spine
more efficiently. Dr. Wildman will demonstrate hands-on approaches
of lessons you will experience in sitting, standing and lying.
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Prevention to Performance
exercise culture often follows the following pattern: Work hard to
get in shape, get an injury, work in pain or don’t work, recover
and then start over. It doesn’t need to be that way.
This workshop will introduce you to a method of neuromuscular re-education
that will help you work smarter rather than harder. Developed by
Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, distinguished physicist, engineer and Judo
expert it has helped thousands of people reduce injuries while improving
performance. You will not only rediscover the joy and comfort of
easy, well-coordinated movement, but also learn to use your body’s
intelligence to walk, swim, dance and even think better.
the Floor to the Barre
to dancers of all levels and
Frank Wildman has had a lifelong interest in reconstructing dance
technique. He believes that dance technique should contour to the
individual rather than the individual trying to conform to an ideal.
In his view, human body becomes the model —not the technique.
This course will provide dancers with tools to designed to enable
anyone to prevent injury and to achieve their goals in dance. This
workshop is for any dancer or student of dance wanting to learn
technique in a safe, non-competitive manner. You will learn to
sense yourself more from the inside. You will unlearn old injurious
and stressful habits and re-learn the movement ideals of dance
from Ballet to Modern in a way that will be both challenging and
Wildman will use the unique and sophisticated movement repertoire
of the Feldenkrais® Method to affect
the spatial awareness, self-image, and postural control required
to move more vividly and easily. In reconstructing dance technique,
Dr. Wildman assists his students to develop a deeper understanding
of their bodies rather than simply imitating. This course has been
taught regularly to dancers at the Trisha Brown Dance Studio in
New York City, The Dancers Workshop of San Francisco, and in Sydney,
Australia. Reconstructing Dance Technique has served as an introduction
to the Feldenkrais Method to dancers throughout the world.
Timeless Body – Improving
The older we get the smarter we must become.
As we age, it becomes increasingly important to use our bodies more
efficiently, because we can no longer afford to slam our bones, strain
our muscles and do things with will willpower and brute strength.
We must learn to improve our quality and ease of motion, our coordination,
our sense of balance, control and ease. This
workshop, originally developed for the University of California’s
gerontology program, will show you how to reduce stress while increasing
muscular efficiency in a pleasurable and comfortable manner using Feldenkrais
Awareness Through Movement lessons.
Weekend on the Pelvis
Days on the Pelvis” if during
Experience pleasurable movement lessons
selected for back and hip problems associated with pelvic instability
or loss of mobility, as taught to therapists and physicians at the
American Back Society, yoga teachers and dancers. Students will explore
different ways of handling the pelvis and learn interesting and effective
lessons that use the pelvis as the central reference. Perineal function
will be included. Dr. Wildman will address hands-on approaches to
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Day on the Pelvis
Taught for many years to physicians at
the American Back Society, physical therapists working in gerontology,
and Yoga practitioners, this workshop focuses on the practical benefits
of understanding the evolutionary structure and functions of the
pelvis. This is particularly useful in assisting people, who suffer
from the back and hip problems frequently associated with pelvic
instability, hypermobility, as well as loss of perineal control. The
distortion of weight transference with pelvic instability contributes
to both lower back, sacroiliac and hip pain. Students will learn to identify
when there is too much relative movement, which can be aggravated by
certain ATM or FI lessons. Bone, muscle, perineum, and other pelvic soft
tissues and their innervation will be addressed with short ATM's and
FI practice interspersed throughout the day.
Repetitive Stress Injuries
In the Feldenkrais Method improving posture
is the considered the most reliable and effective approach to address
local misuse and repetitive stress injuries. In this workshop you
will learn how to approach stress and pain from repetitive motions
through a whole body approach to movement. You will discover connections
between hands and feet, the spine and arms, that will prove immensely
helpful to those suffering from Repetitive Stress Injuries. This
workshop is suitable for those who suffer from RSI as well as for
health professionals who encounter it in their practices.
Biomechanics to Emotions
Our experience is shaped
by complex combinations of beliefs, perceptions, hormones, social values,
and desires. Every thought, action, and feeling finds its expression
in movement. Even our posture can be understood as a thought phrase,
a preparation for new possible movements and new possible feelings. In
order to understand how to create change, we must become aware of how
our whole self is embodied in our movements. To work with a person's
emotions becomes a technical question, which falls within the realm
of Moshe's notion of function, no different than addressing a back
arthritis. In this workshop, we will technically
explore the inseparability of body mechanics from our embodied emotions
and investigate function, learning, and emotions by integrating information
from psychology and anthropology to better inform us.
efficient movement? What constitutes "normal" movement?
Is this movement an example for mobility or for a lack of stability?
Is this person's movement style ingenious and unique or merely inefficient? This workshop was developed watching hundreds
of students in training programs struggle with these and similar
questions. It has been designed to provide the skills to know what
to look and feel for in a movement and examine how a person's available
physical resources, e.g. the condition of the skeletal and neuromuscular
system and the changes in the environment can be used to develop
a variety of effective strategies for action. You will learn to:
- see how specific movements are
indicators of a movement strategy that will reappear in many
- understand how the strategies
underlying any one movement are expressed in many seemingly unrelated
- think beyond
the "right", "best", "most
efficient" way of performing an action and have a new way
of perceiving awareness and movement
- overcome confusing
categories such as: "tighter - looser", "involved-uninvolved", "organized-disorganized" and
evaluate what people are really learning from movement