GIFTED AND ATHLETIC CHILDREN
Sometimes children need help by being challenged in ways that school or homeschool or their coaches, no matter how excellent, might not come up with.
ENHANCING EXCELLENCE IN SPORTS, MUSIC, PERFORMANCE, DANCE, YOGA, MARTIAL ARTS, CREATIVITY
Photo: R. Dale
This work is superb for this, since the Feldenkrais work is based on a sublime principle...THAT THE CORE OF BEING HUMAN IS OUR ABILITY TO LEARN... and since this work likes to shake up the ongoing habit/ balance/ equilibrium to create a temporary discomfort and feeling of "I don't know," that leads to real breakthrough and understanding.
THIS WORK DOESN'T CARE IF YOU HAVE CEREBRAL PALSY OR ARE THE BEST IN THE WORLD AT SOMETHING. WE ALL HAVE HUGE AREAS OF POTENTIAL LEARNING AND IMPROVEMENT.
And in the Feldenkrais work and the WakeUp Feldenkrais work, that improvement is about honing our awareness and increasing our delight in discovering what is just beyond what we already know. ( This isn't about "pushing the edge," though, except with the courage to experiment and play with and enjoy the new. The struggle and effort to "improve," often makes hell for anyone and everyone).
If we aren't thrown into "I don't know," we never learn, and in the Feldenkrais work, especially WakeUp Feldenkrais with it's emphasis on being present, this state of converting the unknown to a sense of adventure and learning is paramount.
For amusement and learning, if you haven't read it, my explanations (true to the Feldenkrais Method, in about 12 different ways) of the method is quite good, and has a list of about 12 more essays on this subject. Peruse, if you wish What is..The Feldenkrais Method®?
Because core to this work is following the strategies of learning we used when we were a young genius and learned language from nothing, and crawling with no one to imitate, this work can stimulate anyone in the world to increase their abilities in either something they are already good in, or expand out and begin to establish proficiency in some totally new field.
THE CORE OF THE WORK IS LEARNING HOW TO LEARN. So for gifted children, this work can indeed be a gift.
To be certified in Feldenkrais requires 160 days of training. I have taken 111 days beyond this, including 27 in Anat Baniel's advanced Mastery Training for working with Children with Special Needs.Please read further, if you wish: Children with special needs by Anat Baniel.
If you want to bring me to a group, or your family, or your team, I can arrange amazing lessons that increase thinking, moving, understanding, co-ordination, the whole Glories of Feldenkrais thing. The lessons are $100 per hour for however many people you bring together. And you'll need to commit to at least 6 lessons.