Perfecting the Self-Image (Patrons)
Seated, back-lying, and eventually transitioning between, all while holding one foot in two hands. This lesson clarifies how our attention and sensory motor imagination can be consciously harnessed to improve our self-image, options, and behavior, since – as Moshe writes – "We act in accordance with our self-image."
Before you begin read this for practical tips and your responsibilities, and check out Comfort & Configuration below.
Recorded live in a Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement (ATM) class, this lesson is copyright Nick Strauss-Klein, for personal use only.
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The audio player above is how I recommend you explore this lesson. It’s been edited for flow and clarity, and the lesson notes may be helpful.
Patrons can also view a longer introduction to this lesson and some fascinating after-lesson discussion here in the unedited Zoom recording, including more quotes straight from Moshe, and some amazing responses from surprised students.
One public comment was already left on that page. I want to highlight an excerpt here because it’s so valuable for learning:
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Wow, this was quite a transformative lesson! I’ll revisit this and see what’ll happen. Thank you!
It’s transformative for me, too! This one always surprises me. I don’t think of myself as particularly flexible and I used to be intimidated by this genre of lesson, but it never fails to surprise me how much I improve, and how wide-ranging the noticeable improvements are throughout me – no matter how limited I feel at the beginning!
Often I find the more physical of Moshe’s lessons very challenging.I’ve always been able to roll to sit in this configuration but felt ill at ease with the constraints. Today I see how much the constraints contribute to my understanding of myself. Next time I’ll see how much I can do without effort. I might be on my way to getting this very strange roll to sit in a Feldenkrais way.