Feldenkrais Method 1

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
202FME1 Z 2 2 hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 32 to 42 hours of self-study English, Czech winter

Subject guarantor

Name of lecturer(s)

Jan SKOVAJSA

Learning outcomes of the course unit

FELDENKRAIS® METHOD 1 - INTRODUCTION TO SOMATIC LEARNING

The outcome of the course is to learn the basic principles of Feldenkrais® Method through active movement in experiential group sessions, followed by guided reflections.

The students will gain the embodied knowledge for their self development as well as for their creative and artistic practice.  

Mode of study

Active movement in group lessons / explorations, discussions, verbal and written reviews.

The course is held in English.

The course primarily reserved for KATaP DAMU students.

Students from other departments and faculties of AMU are welcome too by prior email agreement with the teacher up to the capacity of the room.

SCHEDULE FOR THE WINTER SEMESTER 2022/23:

(!! NEW DATE AND TIME !!)

Thursday 6. 10. 2022 12:00 - 13:30

Thursday 13. 10. 2022 12:00 - 13:30

Thursday 20. 10. 2022 12:00 - 13:30

Thursday 27. 10. 2022 12:00 - 13:30

Thursday 3. 11. 2022 12:00 - 13:30

Thursday 10. 11. 2022 12:00 - 13:30

Thursday 17. 11. 2022 - the course doesn’t take place due to the public holiday

Thursday 24. 11. 2022 12:00 - 13:30

Thursday 1. 12. 2022 12:00 - 13:30

Thursday 8. 12. 2022 12:00 - 13:30

Thursday 15. 12. 2022 12:00 - 13:30

Thursday 22. 12. 2022 12:00 - 13:30

The course takes place in at room R312 at DAMU (Karlova 26).

Prerequisites and co-requisites

1) Intermediate English

  1. willingness to try something new in movement and curious mind

No previous experience with Feldenkrais Method is needed.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

  1. warm comfortable clothing for movement, socks (!)
  2. a mat
  3. a thicker blanket
  4. a bottle of water

Course contents

Feldenkrais® Method (FM) is a process of learning that uses conscious movement with guided attention for refining abilities and hence improving of the quality of life.

FM actively works with the principle of neuroplasticity - the ability of human brain to change itself in response to both internal and external needs in any age.  

Feldenkrais® lessons help to develop better awareness of the self, so as to gain better self-regulation and self-organisation.  

Feldenkrais® Method offers psycho-physical preparation for the improvement of any artistic performance.

Therefore it is widely sought-after by performers (actors, singers, musicians and dancers) as well as by those who work in the creative domains (directors, screenwriters, visual artists, composers and others).

The course is taught by internationally certified Feldenkrais® teacher & practitioner.

Recommended or required reading

REQUIRED READING:

Moshe Feldenkrais - Awareness Through Movement

RECOMMENDED READING:

(for the curious students who want to understand the wider context)

-Ken Robinson - The Element

-James Nestor - Breath - New Science of a Lost Art

-Moshe Feldenkrais - The Potent Self: A Guide to Spontaneity

-Daniel Siegel - Mindsight

-Pavel Kolar - Life in Motion

-Ruthy Alon - Mindful Spontaneity

-Robert Masters, Jean Houston - Listening to the Body: The Psychophysical Way to Health and Awareness

-Norman Doidge - The Brain That Changes Itself

-Norman Doidge - The Brain's Way of Healing

-Amir Levine - Attached

-Emile Coue - Self Mastery Through Conscious Autosuggestion

-The Practice of Autosuggestion by the Method of Emile Coué, Cyrus Harry Brooks

-Denis Lewis - The Tao of Natural Breathing

-Peter Levine - Healing Trauma

-Gabor Mate - When the Body Says No

-Moshe Feldenkrais - The Case of Nora

Assessment methods and criteria

CONDITIONS FOR THE SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE COURSE:

  1. attendance (80 %)
  2. active participation in group exercises (ATM) a well as in the reflections / discussions
  3. reading of the required materials
  4. written reflection at the end of each semester

Course web page

http://www.feldenkrais.cz

Note

The course primarily reserved for KATaP DAMU students.

Students from other departments and faculties of AMU are welcome too by prior email agreement with the teacher up to the capacity of the room.

Further information

Course may be repeated

This course is an elective for all AMU students

Schedule for winter semester 2022/2023:

06:00–08:0008:00–10:0010:00–12:0012:00–14:0014:00–16:0016:00–18:0018:00–20:0020:00–22:0022:00–24:00
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
room R312
Učebna

(Karlova 26, Praha 1)
SKOVAJSA J.
12:00–13:30
(parallel1)
Fri
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Thu 12:00–13:30 Jan SKOVAJSA Učebna
Karlova 26, Praha 1
parallel1

Schedule for summer semester 2022/2023:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans