You can learn a lot from a baby.


One of Moshe Feldenkrais' inspirations for the development of his method was the observation the human beings are born relatively helpless, and have to learn to move and engage their environment. 

The most important ramification of this observation was in Feldenkrais' grasp of the way in which the infant human learns: not by being instructed in the right way of doing things, but rather organically -- through trial and error motivated by both necessity and, most crucially, curiosity.  Feldenkrais noticed that, though most humans neglect this capacity to learn once they achieve a basic level of function, the capacity itself never goes away.  The human nervous system, it turns out, is structured to make connections and meaning out of experience.  Give a person novel experiences and have them pay close attention to that experience, and the nervous system will take care of the rest.  This is one way of looking at the Feldenkrais Method® of Somatic Education.

The fact that each of us had to figure out how to move and interact with the world as infants also means that we can also re-learn some of those lessons as adults, and so many Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® lessons are, in fact, drawn from patterns of infant movement.  Irene Gutteridge, a Feldenkrais practitioner and film-maker in Washington made this fabulous little clip which I think illustrates both these points perfectly:


Having recently become a father, I've decided that this would be an excellent time to explore these lessons. I'm sharing some of the lessons on
my blog, and as well as some of my observations as the series progresses.

It's turning out to be a great ride -- I hope you'll join me!

~Josh.

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