PODCAST: Reflections on the Feldenkrais Method ft. Nicolette De Saint Amour
In this episode of the Red Beard Embodiment Podcast, host Alex Greene engages in a fascinating conversation with Nicolette De Saint-Amour, a somatic movement practitioner with a decade of experience. Nicolette's unique background, encompassing bioenergetics, jiu-jitsu and her training in the Feldenkrais Method, brings a rich tapestry of knowledge to the exploration of movement and awareness.
Nicolette's nomadic upbringing in Maputo, Mozambique, has deeply influenced her fascination with life transitions, the body's adaptability to a constantly changing environment, and the creation of personal mythologies.
By harnessing her skill of body reading, she sheds light on the interplay between physical and emotional experiences, guiding others to explore their movement potential by perceiving the body as a continuum of pulsatory and streaming currents - an excitatory ocean.
The conversation takes a playful and deep dive into the world of the Feldenkrais Method. Nicolette and Alex share their own experiences with the method, highlighting its transformative power to cultivate awareness through movement with ease and grace.
They explore the method's history, discussing the influence of visionaries such as Norman Doidge, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Bioenergetics, and the work of Alexander Lowen. These influences have shaped the Feldenkrais Method into a holistic approach that embraces the refinement of movement and kinesthetic awareness.
As the discussion unfolds, the parallels and differences between the Feldenkrais Method and Somatic Experiencing - an approach focused on trauma resolution and releasing held tension in the body - are explored. Both practices offer valuable tools for embodying resilience, yet they diverge in their primary focal points.
Throughout the episode, the underlying theme of living gracefully emerges. Nicolette and Alex explore how cultivating awareness and deepening our connection to the body can facilitate a more graceful way of being in the world.
By embracing the teachings of the Feldenkrais Method and drawing on other influential practices, listeners are encouraged to embark on their own journeys of self-discovery and embodied living.
Listen to the episode now and dive deeper into the Feldenkrais method with guest Nicolette De Saint Amour!
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