The Feldenkrais Method – Awareness Through Movement and Functional Integration

Mind Body Study (The Feldenkrais Method) is the exploration of the inter-connection between brain and behavior as the key to well-being and realizing our full human potential.

This is the third in a series of four workshops in Singapore by Feldenkrais trainers. Our trainer this time is Maja Van Niekerk.

Maja Van Niekerk
While studying education, Maja became interested in the movement behaviour of blind children. Because of their seriously restricted sense of orientation, such children have very little freedom of movement and anxiously maintain the security of contact with the floor. Maja nevertheless taught a number of these children to perform somersaults on a trampoline. The realisation that they could move more freely in space had a positive impact on the children’s movement and behaviourpatterns. She found the answers to many questions about movement education during her training to become a Feldenkrais practitioner. Maja was trained by Mia Segal, Moshe Feldenkrais’s first assistant. From 1993 till 2003 Maja has been assisting Mia Segal in her three-year international Feldenkrais training programmes. Since 2003 she is working as Senior-Assistant and since 2006 as Co-Trainer in the MBS Academy (Mind and Body Study) of Mia Segal and Leora Gaster.

Maja also works in close consultation with neurologist and acupuncturist Mr Wong-Chung, who is an enthusiastic advocate of the Feldenkrais Method.
She gives individual and group sessions and workshops over several days in her praxis Nijmegen, Holland and abroad. Maja coaches Dutch and International Feldenkrais colleagues in different formats.

Awareness Through Movement 2 day Workshop
Date: 15 – 16 January 2011 , 10am  – 4 pm
Venue: TBD
Cost: $300
Returning participants: TBD

Functional Integration – individual sessions
Date: 17 – 21 January 2010
Time: By appointment only
Venue: TBD
Cost: $200 per hour
Contact Jack Wei to book Functional Integration sessions

For more information please contact:

Jack Wei
Mind Body Study Asia Pacific
Block 5, Ang Mo Kio Industrial Park 2A #05-18, AMK Tech II Singapore 567760
+65 9616 6043

MBS Asia Pacific is the premier teaching center for Mind Body Studies / The Feldenkrais method. It strives to spread the teachings, philosophies and practice of the work of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais.

Surviving Mid Life Transition

The problem with cliches, is that they are horribly trite but generally true. Such is the dreaded mid life transition, usually labelled mid life crisis. I remember thinking, when I was 17, that life was generally over when one gets past 30. Then my 30s rolled around, and I liked that decade better than my 20s. Then came my 40s, and I liked that better than my 30s.

But then something morphed. A deep unseating, dislodging, unhinging. We journey into that long dark night of the soul. The ego is built up in the first parts of our lives. Then mid-life rolls around, and we begin that process of painful dismantling, uncomfortable realisations. We ditch things that no longer work for us: jobs, relationships, self-image.

Misery, confusion, frustration, struggle…. these are all going to be there. Like it or not, it will be more painful, or less painful, but pain is going to be there. On a scale of one to ten, it is generally at least a level six in terms of intensity.

The thing is to allow and embrace the changes (eventually) and be in touch with the unfolding of our own inner wisdom. Easier said than done. One needs direction. One needs context. One needs techniques.

Would anyone be interested to explore this issue? Drop me some comments please.

Oh, and here are some snippets from my journey.

There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after. – J.R.R Tolkien

The Five Levels of Healing

Dr. Klinghardt was on a spiritual trip to India in the 1980s and discovered from a yogi the 5 levels of healing in Ayurveda and Yoga. Over the years, it germinated and bloomed into the understanding of healing that he teaches today. This is a system which is generally familiar to most naturopathy and complementary and alternative practitioners. This is also an approach that I have been taking The other test we use is to see if the issue needs to be addressed from the physical/structural level, personal ecology level, emotional level or energetic level. Aren’t there some of you to whom I say “Sadhana” or the M-word, Meditation… O:-> ?

For the full article and video introduction, visit the Klinghardt Academy.

For more on the Ayurveda System check out the DeepDive? BookStore’s Ayurveda recommendations.