Moshe Feldenkrais

The Elusive Obvious

Scientist, martial artist, and founder of the method that bears his name, Moshe Feldenkrais wrote several influential books on the relationship between movement, learning, and health. In The Elusive Obvious Feldenkrais presents ideas that are more relevant today than when the book was first published, as current research strongly supports many of the insights on which the Feldenkrais Method is based.

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By Moshe Feldenkrais

Scientist, martial artist, and founder of the method that bears his name, Moshe Feldenkrais wrote several influential books on the relationship between movement, learning, and health. In The Elusive Obvious Feldenkrais presents ideas that are more relevant today than when the book was first published, as current research strongly supports many of the insights on which the Feldenkrais Method is based.


This warm conversational book is deemed by many as one of Moshe Feldenkrais's most readable and interesting. It represents a graceful summation of both the theory and practice of the Feldenkrais Method.The Elusive Obvious was the last book Feldenkrais wrote and in it he distills his vision of his Method, and, as its title indicates, throws light on the solutions to many of our difficulties that are hidden in plain sight.


Preface by Moshe Feldenkrais
The Elusive Obvious deals with simple, fundamental notions of our daily life that through habit become elusive. Time is money is obviously a good attitude to have in business or work. It is not at all obvious that in love the same attitude is the cause of so much unhappiness. We often make mistakes. We carry over from one activity to another attitudes of mind that do not make life what it could be. romance is obviously a fine thing. Romantic love is enchanting, but not so good if one partner is money-minded and the other is romantic. In time, they will finish at the psychiatrist's or in court. Many troubled relationships come from inadvertently carrying over seemingly good habits of thought to where they do not apply. Somehow we behave as if good habits are always good. We think or rather feel that we need not bother about behaving otherwise. It is not so obvious that good habits can make us unhappy. It is an elusive truth. Yet habitual lack of free choice is often, nay, usually, disastrous. If you come across something obviously new to you, in its form at least, please stop for a moment and look inward. Working out new alternatives assists us to grow stronger and wiser. My editor tells me that I should free readers from having to think and look inward. I believe she knows what the average reader likes. I myself do not like predigested food. For you, the reader, I have added to the beginning and end of each chapter a short introduction and summary to facilitate your digestion so that you will find it easier to make what is elusive more obvious.

Chapters
  1. Foreword
  2. Introduction
  3. The Organism
  4. On Learning
  5. Biological Aspects of Posture
  6. The Body Pattern of Anxiety
  7. A Second Look
  8. Subjective and Objective Reality
  9. Awareness Through Movement
  10. Functional Integration
  11. The Obvious is Elusive
  12. In a Nutshell
  13. Bibliography

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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