Understanding Human Movement Dec. 7-9, 2012

Understanding Human Movement

Understanding Human Movement (UHM) is a three part, 45 hour course that presents a
comprehensive and functional view of human movement drawn from Darrell Bluhm’s 40 years
of martial arts training, bodywork experience and anatomy study. Each segment of the course
will include:
– Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lessons from the “Evolution of Movement” series,
developed by Frank Wildman.
– Presentation and discussion of Functional Anatomy (via video, use of skeleton and
– Movement activities drawn from Aikido, Tai Chi Chuan, Mime and other disciplines.

The course will approach movement as one component of Human Action along with sensing,
feeling and thinking. Movement will be studied in the context of the evolutionary history of our
species with the recognition that all human action arises from a dynamic integration of brain,
body and environment. Well-organized movement will be understood as having certain qualities:
reversibility, even distribution of effort, freedom of breath, gravitational force transmitted
through the skeleton. The focus will be on how bones and joints shape movement, seeking
global patterns involving the coordination of the whole muscular skeletal system rather than a
muscle by muscle breakdown of action.

The course is structured around a theory of “Action Systems” developed by Edward Reed
(Encountering the World : Toward an Ecological Psychology). Each segment will consist of 15
hours of class time devoted to the exploration of two action systems.

First Segment (15 hours)
Focus: Orienting System and Perceptual Systems
Actions: bending and turning
Anatomy: spine, head and sensory organs

Second Segment (15 hours)
Focus: Appetitive System and Locomotion System
Actions: breathing, eating, walking and running
Anatomy: diaphragm, ribs, abdomen, pelvis, legs and feet

Third Segment (15 hours)
Focus: Manipulative System and Expressive Systems
Actions: throwing, tool use, non-verbal expression and speaking
Anatomy: shoulder girdle, arms, hands, face and vocal apparatus

Texts utilized in developing the course:
The Thinking Body, Mabel Elsworth Todd
Awareness Through Movement, Moshe Feldenkrais
Encountering the World: Toward an Ecological Psychology, Edward Reed
A Dynamic Relationship to Gravity, Vol. 1 and 2, Edward Maupin
The Body3, Tom Myers

Becoming Animal, David Abram
Anatomy of Movement, Blandine Calais-Germain
Anatomy of the Moving Body, Theodore Dimon Jr.

Visual Material:
Acland’s DVD Atlas of Human Anatomy
Youtube sites

The time has come for the second Understanding Human Movement session, Dec 7-9, 2012.  It is not required to attend the first segment in order to attend this second segment. Hopefully we can make this an annual gathering. Darrell Bluhm is prepared to come and continue sharing his years of experience and knowledge with us. 

Second Segment (15 hours), Dec 7-9, Sequim WA

 [It is not required to attend the first segment in order to attend this second segment.]

Focus: Appetitive System and Locomotion System

Actions: breathing, eating, walking and running

Anatomy: diaphragm, ribs, abdomen, pelvis, legs and feet

Fees: $220
Dates: Dec. 7-9th
Location: 281 Toad Road, Sequim WA 98382
Friday 6-9pm
Saturday Feel free to come watch Aikido classes from 9-11:45am
Saturday 2-7:30pm, includes a 30 min break
Sunday 9-12pm
Sunday 2-6:30pm, includes a 30 min break

Space is limited. Please contact Neilu via email or phone if you are thinking about attending.

Neilu Naini, pa.aikido@gmail.com  360-477-5301


Learning How To Learn: Education for the Future

Feldenkrais Method® Conference, August 2-6, 2009  in Forest Grove, OR

Learning How To Learn: Education for the Future. Click here to view PDF

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This conference brings some of the best teachers in the field from all over North America. They will teach free Awareness Through Movement® Classes and low cost workshops through the week. There are options for participation. Read on !

-Space To Move

Experience the Feldenkrais Method® in Forest Grove, OR this summer!

Learning How To Learn: Education for the Future
Feldenkrais Method Annual Conference
Sunday, August 2- Thursday August 6, 2009
Pacific University
Forest Grove, Oregon

Reconnect with your natural ability to move, think and feel at the Conference! Participate in a workshop or, better yet, give yourself a five-day immersion experience. Housing is available on the beautiful Pacific University campus in the foothills of the Oregon Coast mountain range, 30 minutes west of Portland and one hour from the ocean.

To register for workshops or learn how to plan your conference experience visit:

Friends of Feldenkrais® receive 10% off registration- Join now and save!

Public workshops include:
S2: The Effective Voice: Teaching from a Feldenkrais Method® Perspective
Marina Gilman

SM1: Learning How Babies and Children Learn
Donna Ray, MA, MFT

SM2: Esther Thelen’s Legacy: Applying the Relationships and Processes of Research to the Feldenkrais Method®
Pat Buchanan, PhD, ATC, PT, James Stephens, PhD, PT, GCFP

M2: The Ability To Reason: Learning For the 21st Century
Linda Flanders

W1: Awareness Through Movement® and Awareness Through Stillness
Russell Delman

W2: Power Learning: The Feldenkrais Method® in the Classroom
Beth Sidlow Mann

W3: Integrating Tellington TTouch® into your Professional Practice and Everyday Life
Linda Tellington-Jones

H1: Neural Moonlighting: Snooze your way to better memory, learning, and motor skills
Michael Krugman

H2: 1 mm: The Difference Between the Impossible and the Possible
Judy Remedios

H3: Creative Learning through Movement with Children
Sonja Sutherland

FREE  Awareness Through Movement® Classes

Sunday Aug. 2 – Thursday Aug 6, 8:30 am – 9:45 am


To register and for more information, please visit:

Questions? Contact:
Lynn Ford
Membership and Conference Assistant Phone: 800-775-2118 ext 125
Fax: 503-221-6616
Email: conferencereg@feldenkraisguild.com