Summit Feldenkrais 2019

Paul Rubin

Maturation: Biological and Emotional in the Feldenkrais Method®

Track: Deeper Feldenkrais Teachings

Sunday May 5th, 2019, at 7 pm EDT (New York)

From its earliest days, Dr. Feldenkrais couched his work in terms of maturation, of developing spontaneity, of emotional development. Many of the elements and processes involved in our Method are subtle and difficult to capture in language. Even the most basic changes in our habits that manifest in movement and “posture” that might be easily observed are much harder to explain. The effects on our emotional maturation are generally even more subtle and cumulative.

“So long as what we do here is only about the movement, it is not important. We use the movements only to learn the process of self-organisation. You will find that self-organisation in social life, in marital life, and in yourself is what is important…not what is done on the floor….Here, we learn to have the means to improve our life.”

“Both Sides of Habit” 
lecture by Dr. M. Feldenkrais
Amherst Teacher Training Program –  July 15, 1980

Paul’s presentation will include:

  • Definition of terms
  • History of the development of the Method
  • Stories of his practice and his time under Dr. Feldenkrais’ supervision as a teacher in training and as a graduate student in psychology
  • Stories of what he has learned about this part of the Method from his years of practice and training teachers in the Method

About Paul Rubin

I studied directly with Dr. Feldenkrais and am fortunate to have been one of the fewer than 80 people to complete training under his tutelage and to receive diploma directly from him. Prior to studying with him, I trained for two years at a hospital for “emotionally disturbed children”. After that, I developed and ran programs for re-entry into educational systems for teenaged school drop-outs and those involved with the courts and penal system. 

I met Dr. Feldenkrais when he came to observe a Gestalt Therapy training seminar at the Esalen Institute in his search for ways to speak about and work in an even more focused manner with “feeling”–the emotional part of life. Two years later, in 1975, I began my training with him and also worked toward my PhD in psychology under his supervision for three years. I have been a teacher of the Method continuously since 1977 and a Trainer of Teachers since 1991. Together with Julie Casson Rubin, we are currently directing our 18th Feldenkrais Teacher/Practitioner Training programs in 8 cities on 4 continents. In short, I have been fortunate to be able to observe the effects of the Method over time with people of different cultural backgrounds with different sorts of education in the family from earliest years and socialization into different social and emotional mores. 

Learn more about Paul’s work at http://feldnet.com 

Current trainings include:
   San Francisco which is open for enrollment into January 2020 
   Taipei which will begin in September 2020 and is now open for enrollment.