Moshe Feldenkrais was clear: “Improve the person, not their problem.” It may sound like a Zen koan, but Moshe was serious and he meant it, literally. It is at the heart of why he was so successful at transforming human abilities and restoring lost function.
In this statement, Moshe is telling us that the vast majority of human problems are reflections of poor organization. He understood that there is a way of being ‘organized’ that is optimal for human beings; a particular coordination between our skeleton, nervous system, and musculature. This organization gives us the best possible options for movement or action, support, flexibility, balance, and nervous system health.
In this workshop, David Zemach-Bersin will present a foundational and strategic approach to Functional Integration that focuses on the fundamental hierarchy of priorities or conditions that are essential for good organization. As you learn how to implement this strategy in your work, you will discover that the source of the difficulty is often not where the problem or pain is experienced, nor is the solution to be found in treating the difficulty.
If we can effectively improve our student’s organization, the conditions that originally caused or compounded their difficulties will no longer exist. And without those conditions, their difficulties will be more amenable to change or disappear entirely. As Moshe succinctly advised, “Treat the person, not their difficulty.”
David is grateful to be assisted by Trainer, Raz Ori, and Trainer Candidate, Anastasi Siotas, for this special workshop. Their experience as Feldenkrais Teachers and their knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics will enrich our thesis and conversation, immeasurably.