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Moving from the Inside Out

7 Principles for Ease and Mastery in Movement--A Feldenkrais Approach

Lesley McLennan, Julie Peck


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Seven powerful principles for better, more easeful movement--a Feldenkrais approach.

More often than not, we move through life focused on results or where we're going, rarely paying attention to how we move until we experience pain or need to learn a new skill or perform at an elite level. But movement isn't just about getting things done or getting from here to there: at its essence, it's an integration of thinking, sensing, and feeling with action such that to change one part changes the whole.

This book is written for those times when we don't need quick fixes, bandaids, or shortcuts to solve an immediate problem, but can instead dedicate time and attention to explore, laying the foundation to become experts in our own body and movement patterns for long-lasting positive growth. Moving from the Inside Out shows us how to resolve complex movement issues, balance stability and instability, increase power and precision, and explore our own movement using innate learning strategies.

Written for practitioners, movement therapists, and somatic teachers and students, the curious athlete or casual learner will also find much to gain in learning the practical and accessible fundamentals of movement. Authors Lesley McLennan and Julie Peck introduce seven core principles that address:
    The dynamic balance between instability and stability
    How to move with ease and grace
    The secrets of flexibility and support embedded in every musculo-skeletal system
    How anxiety and curiosity shape our individual developmental sequence
    How qualities of movement are clues for your investigation
    The special role of intra-abdominal pressure in our physical and emotional worlds
    How moving and learning are entwined<

Praise For Moving from the Inside Out: 7 Principles for Ease and Mastery in Movement--A Feldenkrais Approach

“This is a delightful book, full of practical exercises and convincing stories about how to get to know yourself better from the inside—and the inestimable benefits that result if you do. I found it fascinating and enlightening, and you will too.”
—Guy Claxton, author of Intelligence in the Flesh

Moving from the Inside Out is an exciting and lucid presentation of the potent ideas behind the practice of the Feldenkrais Method. A central theme of the text is the pivotal role that how we move plays in our overall health. The authors create an inviting, multifaceted narrative, using stories, theory, and movement experiments that quickly engage the reader. Moving From the Inside Out provides a wonderful new introduction to the Feldenkrais Method, and at the same time its themes will be relevant to a wide variety of health professionals.”
—Elizabeth Beringer, Feldenkrais Trainer and editor of Embodied Wisdom

North Atlantic Books, 9781623175085, 208pp.

Publication Date: July 28, 2020

About the Author

LESLEY MCLENNAN has had a diverse background through teaching, performance, arts administration, and philanthropy. The unifying themes of movement and accessibility have linked each stage in her professional career. McLennan initiated the webinars on Organising Principles that have been the foundation of this book. JULIE PECK is an internationally respected educational director of Feldenkrais professional training programs (FPTPs). Her annual schedule has her crossing the world to teach, present workshops, and mentor, between weeks at home working in her practice. Her passion is creating learning environments through which students can discover their full potential.