Nineteen Feldenkrais® Lessons to Help Restore Your Postural Health
with David Zemach-Bersin and Marek Wyszynski
Easy-to-use and designed to improve postural organization
Your posture matters. It is the way you carry yourself through life and encounter the world. Largely self-created, your postural habits reflect aspects of your early development, your physical history, your habits of self-use, and your relationship to your environment.
Healthy posture is: when your skeleton is organized to carry your weight in a comfortable, balanced way without straining your musculature. It’s a feeling of being fundamentally supported while upright, uplifted, and able to move around with ease. Healthy posture is stable yet flexible and helps to promote a general sense of well-being.
Unhealthy posture is: being upright without sufficient skeletal support. This typically causes excessive muscular contraction which compresses the body and pulls it forward. With ineffective skeletal organization it is harder to hold yourself upright against gravity, and your muscles have to do the work that your skeleton should be doing. People with poor posture are more likely to feel tense, achy, tired, and less energetic.
The nineteen Feldenkrais exercises or 'lessons' in this program are effective tools for your self-care. Interacting with your nervous system on behalf of your body, they are designed to reduce back pain and facilitate the development of new postural habits which are protective, shock-absorbing, and improve your balance and ease of movement.
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David Zemach-Bersin, GCFP, is a Feldenkrais® Practitioner and Trainer. He met Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais in 1973 and studied with him in the U.S., Europe, and Israel. David has maintained a private Functional Integration practice since 1977. He is recognized for his skill as a teacher, and his contribution to the preservation of Dr. Feldenkrais’ legacy, and the development of the Feldenkrais professional community.
A graduate of UC Berkeley, David directs professional training programs in New York City and teaches advanced training programs worldwide. He has created Feldenkrais audio and video programs for practitioners and the public and is the co-author of Relaxercise (HarperCollins). David is a co-founder of Feldenkrais Resources, the Feldenkrais Institute of New York, the Feldenkrais Foundation, and founder of Feldenkrais Access.
Marek Wyszynski, PT, GCFP, is a Physical Therapist, Feldenkrais Practitioner, and President and Clinical Director of Physical Therapy and Feldenkrais® NYC. Marek is a member of the Hospital for Special Surgery Rehabilitation Network and has worked extensively with people suffering from pain, orthopedic and neurological problems, and also with athletes and performing artists since 1991.
Marek teaches Feldenkrais workshops for the public and conducts continuing education programs for physical therapists and health professionals. He is an Olympic-level fencer and an HSS Advanced Hip Clinician. He has published a number of articles in medical journals. Marek is a co-founder of the Feldenkrais Institute of New York and the Feldenkrais Foundation.