Developing Finesse & Potency in Functional Integration©: Working with the Head and Neck

As Feldenkrais practitioners we know that many physical and functional problems are linked to poor organization of the head and neck, and that maintaining the freedom of the head and neck is essential for good acture, symmetrical tonus, physical comfort, ease of action, and, flexibility.  This is a central thesis for which Dr. Feldenkrais argues very strongly in his books ‘Body & Mature Behaviour’ and ‘Awareness Through Movement’.

However, working skillfully with the head and neck in Functional Integration©  can be challenging and requires manual dexterity and sensitivity.  In order to give high quality lessons, and in order to integrate the benefits of those lessons, both on the table and in action, competency and confidence in this aspect of  Functional Integration© is required.  “While watching Dr Feldenkrais over a period of 10 years in Tel-Aviv, I saw him using and incredible variety of exquisite strategies involving the vertebrae of the neck.  Unfortunately, and probably due to their subtle nature, Moshe taught only a few of these strategies during the San Francisco and Amherst trainings.  Understanding and mastering these skills has been one of my special interests over the course of my 40-plus years in private practiceToday, sharing these skills is one of the most rewarding areas of my work.

“My intention in this advanced training is to help you develop the sensitivity, perspective and skills necessary to work confidently and effectively with the head and neck in FI.  I hope you can join me for four days to explore a wide range of specific and subtle yet powerful techniques.  You will  learn how to make precise sensory distinctions while moving individual vertebra and how to move the entire spine through the movement of a single vertebra.  Unique Awareness Through Movement© lessons will be used to support and enhance your understanding.”

This training offers you the opportunity to:

  • increase your Functional Integration© repertoire and learn new strategies
  • improve your observational skills and confidence while working
  • increase your specificity and precision in working with the head and neck
  • learn how working with the head and neck can compliment and integrate all your FI lessons

Enrollment will be limited to allow David to work one-on-one with each participant.

David Zemach-Bersin  graduated from the first Feldenkrais training held in the United States and is one of 80 people who were fortunate to be able to complete their entire training with Dr Feldenkrais.  David met him in 1973 and studied with him for over 10 years, in the U.S. Europe and Israel.  David directs Feldenkrais® Professional Training Programmes in New York City and teaches in others around the world.  He has maintained a private practice since 1977, working with both adults and children.  David is recognized for his contribution to preserving Dr. Feldenkrais’ legacy.  In David also studied extensively with Gaby Yaron and Yochanon Rywerant, who were both members of  Feldenkrais’ first group of students, in Israel.  A graduate of the University of California with post-graduate work in physiological psychology, David is the co-author (with Mark Reese) of Relaxercise (HarperCollins), and has created many audio and video programmes for Feldenkrais Practitioners.  He is a past President of The Feldenkrais Guild (FGNA) and co-founder of Feldenkrais Resources, the Feldenkrais Institute of New York, and the Feldenkrais Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to bringing The Feldenkrais Method to underserved populations.  David and his wife Kaethe live in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA.

“No one understands Functional Integration better than David Zemach-Bersin.  David has incredible mastery of both the creative spirit and technique of Functional Integration.”  – Mark Reese, Feldenkrais Trainer, Author of ‘Moshe Feldenkrais: A Life in Movement’ 

“One of the best ways to improve your skills is to observe a master at work, listen to their explanations and ask them questions.   David Zemach-Bersin is a master artist in the field of Functional Integration. If you come prepared with your curiosity and questions, your understanding will improve dramatically. My work changed again and again after spending time with David.” – Aliza Stewart, GCFT and Educational Director

Timings:  Starting 2pm Friday til 5pm, 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday, possible Sunday evening session, Monday 9.30am- finish at 12.30pm.                                                          Public Workshop Thursday 5th, 7-10pm.

REGISTRATION—Apply now – Please Complete our Booking Form

Open to all practitioners who have completed a Feldenkrais Professional Training Programme, 4th year students may also apply.

Tables/Equipment:  this training does not provide equipment.  There is an extra discount for those that can supply a table and/or rollers and pads.  It is anticipated that there will be enough to go round, but it must be understood that those who cannot provide a table may be working on the floor.  Everyone needs to bring their own floor mat.    Any queries contact us

PRICE (all prices are in Gbp) – £430

Early Earlybird discounted price for bookings prior to 31 March 2019:  £340

Earlybird price for bookings received between 21 May and 21 July 2019:  £380

Additional Travel discount for those coming from outside UK/Ireland:  £20

Additional discount for those who can bring a table/equipment £20

Public workshop on Thurs 5th Sept 7-10 pm – £25 extra  – to training attendees (price for members of the public price is higher, in case you have students wishing to attend.  See lifeworks4.me

PAYMENTS  £200 deposit  is due immediately on booking and secures your place.  You will then be contacted about the balance due in early August – this will be calculated according to your booking form information ie whether you are attending the Public Workshop, or are eligible for either a table & equipment discount, or travel discount, or one of the earlybird discounts.

How to Pay:  All prices are in Gbp, click here

– you will be redirected to Nikhila Ludlow’s website.  The Balance is due on or by the first day of the training in cash or by bacs transfer as above.

Any queries please contact us

The Venue:  Studio 6 at Space, Dartington Hall Estate, is a lovely spacious dance studio.  You can read about the estate here – there is a pub, 2 cafes, a cinema, countryside walks and more.  It is about 20-30 mins on foot or a 5 min taxi ride from Totnes Station .  There is also an occasional bus – see http://countrybusdevon.co.uk/2017/10/03/549/

Accommodation:  There are a number of basic but pleasant ex-student rooms available on site at Dartington Hall available between 5th-10th September, in the Hening Block, at a cost of £35/night bed and breakfast. To book: Contact Guest Services  on 01803 847150 email: reservations@dartingtonhall.com quoting ‘Feldenkrais Advanced Training’.  These rooms can be cancelled up until 2pm the day before arrival, you will pay directly to them as per their terms.    Otherwise AirBnB or Booking.com.

For any queries on the above, or about the area or about getting to the venue              – feel free to contact Nikhila    info@lifeworks4.me.uk  –  07989 394904  –  http://www.lifeworks4.me.uk

All personal information supplied on enquiring or booking with Lifeworks Somatics is held securely and is never shared with any third party without explicit consent. All personal records are held in a secure format.

Bookings Terms:  £200 deposit secures your place, 50% refundable less £5 admin fee plus any additional bank charges up to 31 July,  non refundable after that.  Balance due in cash on first day. 

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