Advanced-training for Feldenkrais practitioners



Advanced-training for Feldenkrais practitioners
“The Head, a periscope to sense the outside world”
Keeping head and neck free and mobile

Stockholm : 2 – 6 avril 2016

When true verticality returns, the head, the bearer of the sensory functions, recovers total freedom of movement.

When man discovered true verticality, he considerably expanded his field of observation and action. This new orientation relative to gravity led to the development of the front of the brain and gave access to the higher functions of the central nervous system.

The head, which bears the sensory organs, has acquired total freedom of movement, broader visual and auditory fields and the perception of contrasts. It swivels on the seventh cervical vertebra, which provides the "unstable stability" for it to remain upright without having to be held up by the neck muscles.

When the larynx dropped under the effect of gravity, its suspenders developed while the voice widened its range, became more mobile, and the pharyngeal crossroads opened. The tongue moved back, making room for increasingly differentiated language in terms of phonetics as well as colors (movements of the soft palate, pharynx …) and intonations etc.
In other words all these functions depend on the balance of the head and the freedom of each cervical vertebra.

With constantly renewed curiosity and creative attention to his own way of proceeding, each student will feel movement become easier, greater freedom in day-to-day activities and a true and open relationship with the outside world.

During this advance training, François Combeau will offer a number of structured and progressive practical situations. He will guide the practitioners into FI practices with always more clarity, detail, and precision. His very interactive way of teaching will give an opportunity to each participant to develop, in a personalized and intimate environment, necessary capacities for practicing the method efficiently, creatively and adapted to the student’s needs.

The main purpose will be to explore and work on « how we sense, feel, imagine, propose, invite and act » rather than on « what we do ». François is convinced that the professional training has given to practitioners a wide range of « know how » and ideas, and what everyone needs now is to develop more personal abilities and confidence in what one senses, sees and imagines.

Concretely, each participant will have a chance to develop the ability:

  • To sense the person through their touch, to imagine him or her in movement, to observe him within the actions and to be able to feel the potential of movement in each joint, tri-dimensionally.
  • To engage in a real sensory-motor dialog with the student and create dynamic conditions for him to learn, to develop dynamic observation and structure Fi’s organized as an interactive « back and forth » of questions: those we do ask to the students through our touch and movements invitations, those asked to us by the student responses and those we ask ourselves about what the person need and should learn.
  • To become confident that our touch and our propositions or invitations for movement are more questions than statements and can stimulate the curiosity and interest of the students for the sake of their own evolution.
  • To sense and follow the passing through of forces and the possible deviations linked to an habitual pattern and often compulsive movement.
  • To clarify the directions of movements that are proposed during the lesson according to what we want to address, stimulate or awake. To be able to explore tri-dimensionally different orientations for a similar movement proposed, so to discover which one will « make more sense » to the nervous system of the student and will enable him to feel his full potential of movement.

Practitioners who have already experienced François’ advanced-training in Europe and in the US have found this style of training to be very efficient in helping them to develop their practice and move to a new level of understanding the work; underlying thinking, ways of acting and the working relationships with their students.

More information about where this seminar takes place, its cost and inscription process, please contact : Kristina Strohmayer, organizer – e-mail :