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Natural Awakenings Sarasota / Manatee / Charlotte

May 11 – 17 is International Feldenkrais Week

Apr 25, 2015 11:18PM

Norman Doidge, M.D., author of The Brain that Changes Itself has recently published his second book, The Brain’s Way of Healing, Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity. He talks about people who have had remarkable recoveries, using different processes that have helped the brain change behaviors and works to explain the science behind the process.

Chapter 5 of the book is about Moshe Feldenkrais, D.Sc., a man who was demonstrating Neuroplasticity back in the ‘60s. Feldenkrais believed the brain can change through sensing subtle differences. Doidge writes about Feldenkrais’ work with a patient, Elizabeth, who was born in 1980 with one-third of a cerebellum and whose parents were given no hope for her to live a normal life. When Feldenkrais met her, he was able to see subtle changes in this little child from suggested movements he asked her to sense. Feldenkrais observed her brain developing and told her father that he would dance with her at her wedding. She is now 35 years old and married with two Master’s degrees.

Doidge says of Feldenkrais, “One of his chief contributions was to understand that, in injury or illness, the brain areas that process movement and sensation in the body become underutilized and waste away in the ‘use it or lose it brain.’ The brain processing areas lose the ability to encode fine detail and, hence, become ‘undifferentiated’ with disuse. By doing slow movements, with great awareness, he found he was able to ‘re-differentiate’ brain processing areas and radically improve function.”

On May 14, from 7 to 9 p.m., Bonnie Kisssam, M.A., will celebrate International Feldenkrais Week with a lecture entitled “Feldenkrais, the Man and his Method.” Videos, a small demonstration and comments of her personal experience studying with Feldenkrais will be shared. Kissam holds an M.A. in Dance and Children with Exceptional Abilities. She was introduced to the experience of several of Feldenkrais’s “Awareness Through Movement®” Lessons in 1976 and studied directly with him from 1980-1981. She became an official Feldenkrais Practitioner in 1983 and an Assistant Trainer in 1996. She has been in Sarasota since 2002, practicing and teaching seminars to the public and professionals. In 2011, Kissam continued her studies with Anat Baniel, Ph.D., who assisted Feldenkrais’s work with Elizabeth and other children with special needs, and who created the Anat Baniel Method® of neuro-movement.

Ionie’s special raw food cupcakes will be served. Fee is $10. Space is limited; RSVPs required.

Location: Ionie’s, 1241 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota. RSVP to 941- 58-4535. To learn more please visit our website at 

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