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How to Begin: The Fundamentals of Functional Integration

Here are two inspiring presentations for Feldenkrais Practitioners by David Zemach-Bersin. They are both relevant to the beginning of a successful Functional Integration lesson, and will nurture those who would like to develop their Functional Integration understanding and skills.


The Functional Integration Interview 

This presentation explores the unique characteristics and potency of the Functional Integration Interview, and reveals its important role as part of the first Functional Integration lesson. David Zemach-Bersin shares his approach to the interview with clarity and specificity. You’ll be able to use these inspiring perspectives in your work, right away.

The presentation includes:

  • How to be a Feldenkrais detective, gathering clues.
  • How to obtain a complete natural history.
  • How to avoid viewing your student as a person with a pathology, or problem.
  • How to create an environment in which your student can have positive thoughts and sense their innate capacity for improvement.
  • How to make categorical and linguistic choices to support healing and improvement.
  • How to use the quality of your attention, interest, and orientation, and the specificity of your questions, doubt, openness, curiosity and optimism, to educate. 


Applying the Scientific Method in Functional Integration

In this presentation, David Zemach-Bersin brings clarity to the inside-game of Functional Integration as he presents an approach formulated by Dr. Feldenkrais, to help you gather -and use- information in Functional Integration.

This presentation includes:

  • How to develop yourself as a neutral measuring instrument.
  • How to alternate between inductive and deductive reasoning in order to develop an understanding of your student’s fundamental action patterns.
  • How to utilize your student's patterns and recognize opportunities for functional connection and new options for action.
  • How to produce a difference which your student can sense clearly. 
  • How to discern the relationship between a person’s bias and their symptoms.
  • How to feel the student's biases in multiple planes of action.
  • How -and why-to test your inferences and invalidate your assumptions.
  • How to not contradict your student's nervous system.
  • How to create a lesson in which the student will not feel their disorganization.

Total viewing time: 3 hrs and 40 mins


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About David Zemach-Bersin

David Zemach-Bersin studied with Dr. Feldenkrais and graduated from Feldenkrais’s first North American Feldenkrais Training Program. He also studied with other important Feldenkrais Trainers, including Gaby Yaron and Yochanon Rywerant. Today, David is one the world’s experts on Functional Integration. During his many years in private practice, he has developed a Functional Integration style that is extremely clear and effective.

What People Are Saying:

No one understands Functional Integration better than David Zemach-Bersin. David has incredible mastery of both the creative spirit and technique of Functional Integration.

Mark Reese, Ph.D.