Moshe Feldenkrais Working with a Child with Cerebral Palsy

Moshe Feldenkrais Working with a Child with Cerebral Palsy

Today, something different from my usual blog and blog video.  I am sharing with you a remarkable TV interview done in 1981 with Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais (the originator of the Feldenkrais Method®).  The TV show was called “The Medicine Man”, with host Dr. Stephen Langer.

In this interview, Moshe talks about how, in situations where a person has neurological developmental gaps, it is possible to assist that person to fill in those gaps.  And specifically, this interview focuses on (and shows clips of) a session Moshe had with a young boy named Jonathan, who has cerebral palsy.

Moshe explains how he is assisting Jonathan to, in essence, “connect the dots” in his movement through Moshe creating some key movement patterns for Jonathan, because Jonathan’s body has not been able to create those movements on its own the way most kids naturally do.   Through creating and repeating a particular kind of movement stimulus, Jonathan starts to respond in the most intriguing ways.

The incredible intelligence and capacity to learn shown by Jonathan over the course of this one lesson with Moshe is truly astonishing.

When, in my Feldenkrais® practitioner training program, I first saw the video of Moshe’s whole lesson with Jonathan (this video below shows small snippets), I was riveted.  It captured my heart, and my full attention.  And – it still does.  Every time.

This “being human” business is a wild ride sometimes.  With some big twists and turns, surprises and challenges.  And also with some BIG doors opening up from time to time, as clearly happened for Jonathan in this session with Moshe.

Seeing this also opened wide some big doors for me, in my sense of what is possible and what we humans are capable of.

This video is about 20 minutes long, so it is longer than my usual blog videos (and the video quality is a bit fuzzy) – but it is TOTALLY WORTH IT 🙂

Enjoy.  And please get in touch if you have any questions, or would like to discuss this further.

Thanks –

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About the Author:

Violet van Hees is a movement freedom specialist who works with people (and with horses) to release tightness and pain, and to transform body "stuckness" into something that you can work with. We then use what emerges to create new freedom and ease in your movement and in what you do, in ways that feel safe and reasonable - and that work - for you. Violet is a Feldenkrais® Practitioner, a Tellington TTouch® Equine Practitioner, and a BCRPA Trainer of Fitness Leaders. She works with a deep interest in and understanding of biomechanics, neuroplasticity, body response to trauma, energy work, and how we learn.

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