Biggest news to hit the Feldyverse today is the birth of a new training program in Houston. The first-ever Texas-based program for the training and certification of future Feldenkrais teachers will begin May 3, 2010.
My dream for hosting a Feldenkrais training in Houston began around 2004, shortly before I graduated from my own training in Chicago. The Feldenkrais Method is much better known in Europe, Australia, and on the US coasts (east, west, and Great Lakes) than in the vast middle and southern states. We’ve been in a chicken-an-egg situation: are there so few teachers because nobody has heard of the Feldenkrais Method, or has nobody heard of the Feldenkrais Method because there are so few teachers?
Well, in Houston, anyway, it’s NOT true that “nobody has heard of it.” Nancy Wozny, my wonderful colleague turned freelance writer, labored here virtually alone for many years and made huge strides in advancing public awareness of the method. However, with the advent of social media and because of a few key enthusiastic students, people are finally beginning to talk about how much they love the work, how they have benefited — and they have recommended it to others.
Musicians report improved technique and expressivity, a new creative spark and embodiment of their musicality. Dancers begin to move without pain. People in the healing and helping professions find new resources and depth in their ability to bring about positive changes in the lives of their clients. If someone is motivated to follow their curiosity and experiment a bit with a few Feldenkrais classes, they quickly find much of vallue.
Some people begin a Feldenkrais training with the clear intention of becoming a teacher, and/or incorporating it into their current profession or setting. Others begin for personal reasons — a special-needs child, elderly parent, desire for personal growth , or to explore solutions to their own movement difficulties. The learning is profound. The results are surprising, even unpredictable. New capabilities, new possibilities, new aptitudes, new ideas emerge from the fluid space of discovery and experimentation. People are surprised at how much fun learning can be.
One of my clients recently said, “I’ve been looking for Feldenkrais my whole life, without knowing what it was.” Have you, too?