Seems like people are always seeking the advice of “life hackers.” You know, the ones who always have great tips, techniques, or “work arounds” — “Hacks” — for doing life better. That got me thinking about Moshe Feldenkrais, and the Feldenkrais Method, and that if he were alive today, perhaps we’d have a more direct and contemporary way to talk about him and his work. My idea: that the Feldenkrais Method is the ultimate “life hack,” providing a means of discovering how, in any aspect of one’s life, to create an experience of the highest possible quality.
So I wrote this little promotion as part of a party invitation. You’re invited, too — since May 6 is the 106th anniversary of Moshe’s birth. I was inspired by the venue: my regular Thursday evening class meets at the much-loved Caroline Collective in the Museum District of Houston, Texas. It is simultaneously a co-working space, art gallery, office building, party venue, community center, and the coolest gathering space for geeks, hipsters, music lovers, technology buffs, entrepreneurs, and young mover/shakers in town. Seemed like a good fit for a Feldenkrais class, since the target audience of the Caroline Collective is anyone on the leading edge of culture, business, or innovation. If you’re looking for a “life hack,” it’s a pretty good place to find one.
Here’s the invitation:
Join us at 6:30 p.m. SHARP on Thursday, May 6 to celebrate the birth of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais.
“Do I know him?”
“Was he at that SxSW thing?”
“Is he that celebrity chef with the new place in the warehouse district?”
Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984) was arguably the most brilliant thinker of the 20th century that you’ve never heard of.
If he were alive today, he would totally be speaking at the TED Conference. He would be on the cover of Wired Magazine. He would be interviewed by Stephen Colbert, definitely. Why? Because he was our kind of guy. An uber-geek, polyglot, engineer, physicist, athlete, music-lover, judo black belt, and advisor to celebrities of his day. Oh yeah — he worked in the famous Curie lab that won the 1935 Nobel Prize in Chemistry! He was interested in freakin’ EVERYTHING: anatomy, physiology, psychology, technology, neuroscience, yoga, martial arts, esoteric practices, altered states, literature, science, performance — and that’s just the beginning. What made him such a badass?
He devised the best, coolest, most amazing “life hack,” EVER.
It’s called the Feldenkrais Method(R), appropriately enough.
It uses gentle, small body movements to improve awareness and every aspect of your being — thinking, sensing, moving, and feeling.
You gotta try it. I’m just sayin’.
At the birthday party, you’ll experience one of his “signature works:” an Awareness Through Movement(R) lesson that will leave you amazed — as well as feeling strong, vital, graceful, flexible, coordinated, balanced, oxygenated, pain-free, relaxed, and REFRESHED. Ready to go.
SO come and try it. Wear comfortable street clothes or workout gear. There will be NO PERSPIRING, we promise (unless the A/C isn’t working), so you’ll be able to go to your next “thing” fresh as a daisy. But you’ll feel DIFFERENT.
Have a little cake. Drink a little punch (or brew). Get down tonight.
Events are planned in various locations around the US and Canada for that week, in observance of the occasion. Throughout the month of May, international organizations also launch “Feldenrkais Awareness” day, week, and month. The Feldenkrais Center of Houston will be involved in ALL of it, in person, through social media, and wherever we can be, do, and have some fun with movement and people.
To attend our party (or have a look at the invitation), click here.