(This post is from the blog of the Mother of Invention Acting School in San Francisco (www.utteracting.com): an acting class in San Francisco for serious, motivated students.)
I found these flyers for free or pay-what-you-can Feldenkrais training off of a bulletin board a few months ago, and have been meaning to post the information ever since. I don’t know if the schedule information is current, but there is contact information for the teacher so you can find out what’s what. Feldenkrais is a FANTASTIC thing for actors to do. Yo-Yo Ma did it, which gives you a sense of how high-end it is. So the chance to get it for free is something really special.
A little info from feldenkrais.com:
“The Feldenkrais Method, developed through 40 years of research by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, is a revolutionary approach to understanding human functioning. It utilizes movement and attention as the vehicles for enhancing our natural abilities to learn, to change and to continue to grow throughout our lives.
Born in Russia, Dr. Feldenkrais emigrated to Israel at the age of 13. After receiving degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering in, he earned his D. Sc. in Physics at the Sorbonne in Paris, subsequently working a number of years with Joliet-Curie in early nuclear research.
His interest in movement had deep roots in the martial arts. He studied with Professor Kano, the originator of Judo, and was one of the first Europeans to earn a Black Belt in the martial art (1936).
His own physical problems led him to a lifelong exploration of ways to improve our movement and functioning in general. His investigations reflected his various fields of expertise (physics, neurology, martial arts, cybernetics, body mechanics, and psychology) and resulted in a method that is a unique synthesis of science and aesthetics. It addresses universal human needs as well as a broad spectrum of individual problems, making FeldenkraisÂ® work useful to a wide and varied population. Utilizing our brains innate capacity to learn, each of us can become more of who we imagine ourselves to be.”
The teacher’s name Sonja Riket and here phone number is (415)661 1852. Check it out!