Moshe Feldenkrais

Body Awareness As Healing Therapy: The Case of Nora

By Moshe Feldenkrais
This is a brilliant case study of a woman who had suffered a severe and debilitating stroke. Nora lost her neuromuscular coordination, including the ability to read and write. Feldenkrais uses rational and intuitive approaches to help his student relearn basic motor skills. One can observe here the groundwork of Feldenkrais's extraordinary insights which became known as the Feldenkrais Method. We follow his detailed descriptions of the trial-and-error process which led him to see the ingredients that were needed to help Nora reshape her attention, perception, imagination and cognition.It is the most extensive account available of Dr. Feldenkrais's individual work of Functional Integration. The reader is taken on safari through the "jungle of the brain" as Feldenkrais explains how he teaches Nora to regain her ability to walk, to read, and to more fully function in the world once again.

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By Moshe Feldenkrais
This is a brilliant case study of a woman who had suffered a severe and debilitating stroke. Nora lost her neuromuscular coordination, including the ability to read and write. Feldenkrais uses rational and intuitive approaches to help his student relearn basic motor skills. One can observe here the groundwork of Feldenkrais's extraordinary insights which became known as the Feldenkrais Method. We follow his detailed descriptions of the trial-and-error process which led him to see the ingredients that were needed to help Nora reshape her attention, perception, imagination and cognition.It is the most extensive account available of Dr. Feldenkrais's individual work of Functional Integration. The reader is taken on safari through the "jungle of the brain" as Feldenkrais explains how he teaches Nora to regain her ability to walk, to read, and to more fully function in the world once again.

"The ability to learn a skill such as right-left orientation needs the childish state of mind, that ability to play while learning, the ability to pay attention, without intending to learn. —Moshe Feldenkrais, The Case of Nora
What People Are Saying
"...a rare gem. This book has inspired my students and me for over a decade with its intimate revelations detailing how Feldenkrais went about solving the problems of his case. It is of interest to medical practitioners who work directly with the body, as well as educators and psychotherapists."
—Don Hanlon Johnson, author of Body, Spirit and Democracy
"...an important literary and scientific achievement that reveals Feldenkrais's bold and original insights about learning and the brain. Nora's story is an inspiring account of the nervous system's ability to heal from trauma and the remarkable human capacity to learn."—Mark Reese, co-author of Relaxercise
Chapters
  1. Who Is Nora?
  2. A Way Out of the Maze
  3. Mistakes: Part of Learning
  4. Improving vs. Curing
  5. Talking Without Words
  6. Sensing to Understand

Moshe Feldenkrais, D. Sc. (1904 - 1984) began developing what has become known as the Feldenkrais Method after he sustained a crippling knee injury while working in England during World War II. His own recovery process and subsequent wide-ranging research resulted in the creation of a unique educational system that incorporated his background in physics, Judo, and a lifelong interest in human development. By the end of Dr. Feldenkrais's life, the Feldenkrais Method had an international reputation, and he had trained a significant group of people who still carry on his work today as Feldenkrais teachers and trainers.

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