Sale Price: $101.40 (Reg $169)

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The Principle of Oppositional Movement

Olena Nitefor and David Zemach-Bersin

An Advanced Workshop for Feldenkrais Practitioners

Sale Ends May 20!

Oppositional movement is essential to healthy organization and played a significant role in Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais’ compositional strategies in Functional Integration and Awareness Through Movement lessons. As human beings in motion, we rely on our internal counterbalancing mechanisms to help us maintain our equilibrium in space, from one moment to the next. With good organization, as some parts of our self move forward, other parts move backward, enabling our center of mass to stay over our base of support. When our capacity for oppositional movement is inhibited, significant stress is placed on our musculature, and our comfort and ease of movement is severely compromised.

In this beautifully filmed workshop, Olena Nitefor and David Zemach-Bersin present original Awareness Through Movement and Functional Integration to demonstrate and evoke the reorganizing effect of oppositional movement in a variety of orientations including working with rollers, sitting and prone. This program will help you to restore your own capacity for counterbalance within action, and will increase the potency of your Functional Integration lessons.

This eleven-plus hour program includes sixteen Functional Integration demonstrations, seven Awareness Through Movement lessons, and six lectures and discussions.

Functional Integration Demonstrations & Commentary

  1. Joining with Precision
  2. Functional Integration Practice and Commentary 
  3. Finding Balanced Action
  4. Functional Integration Practice and Commentary 
  5. Detecting Differences with Symmetrical Self-Use
  6. OppositionalMovement in Bending
  7. Functional Integration Practice and Commentary 
  8. OppositionalMovement on the Stomach, Part I
  9. Functional Integration Practice and Commentary
  10. OppositionalMovement on the Stomach Part II
  11. A Three-Dimensional Approach in FI
  12. Functional Integration Practice and Commentary
  13. Full Mobility of the Spine
  14. Functional Integration Practice and Commentary
  15. Finding the Support
  16. Functional Integration Practice and Commentary

Awareness Through Movement Lessons

  1. Basic Oppositional Movement Sitting on a Roller
  2. Touching the Floor in Standing
  3. Bending Movements of the Head
  4. Bending Right and Left
  5. Fundamental Properties ofMovement
  6. Continuation on the Knees
  7. Mobilizing the Spine with Your Head Like a Pendulum 

Lectures & Discussions

  1. Introduction to the Principle
  2. The Supporter and the Supported
  3. Discussion re Joining
  4. The Importance of Oppositional Movement in Action
  5. Discussion re Self-Use
  6. Sustaining Your Polygon

Upon purchase, this product can be streamed online and/or downloaded to your personal computer.

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About Olena Nitefor

Feldenkrais Teacher, Olena Nitefor, has a rich background in movement as a teacher of anatomy and as a dancer with a M.Ed. in Dance from Temple University. She graduated from the Toronto Feldenkrais Professional Training Program in 1987. Olena has taught anatomy in Feldenkrais training programs since 1988. She is a popular Feldenkrais Teacher and Assistant Trainer, and presents workshops in North America and Europe. Olena also maintains a private practice in which she works with people with a wide variety of interests and challenges. Olena brings an acute appreciation of Dr. Feldenkrais’ thinking to her work.  She lives and works in Toronto. 

About David Zemach-Bersin

Feldenkrais Trainer, David Zemach-Bersin graduated from the first professional Feldenkrais Training Program held in the U.S. David directs Feldenkrais Professional Training Programs in New York City, and teaches in programs around the world. He has maintained a private practice since 1977, working with both adults and children. Recognized for forty-five years of dedication to the Feldenkrais Method and his contribution to preserving Dr. Feldenkrais’ legacy, David served as President of the Feldenkrais Guild® of North America and is Co-Founder of Feldenkrais Resources, the Feldenkrais Institute of New York, and the Feldenkrais Foundation. David is known as a warm, wise, and enthusiastic teacher. He directs Feldenkrais Access, and lives and works in Bucks County, PA.

What People Are Saying:

“We did lovely ATMS that exemplified the principle that is so often used in Moshe Feldenkrais's lessons. And we also explored many, many orientations in Functional Integration. I highly recommend this material.”

Anastasi Siotas

“I loved the subject, I loved the way it was taught, and I thought it was a great balance of teachers.”

Sita Mani

“You could spend years looking through the lens of oppositional movement...I highly recommend the workshop; it was really wonderful.”

Richard Newton