Since 2008 Jill has been uploading short podcasts which integrate Feldenkrais Method principles. The podcasts are to to assist people to improve their health. They are all FREE on the Feldenkrais Method website which you can link through to. They can all be downloaded and shared as much as you like, please do leave a comment.
In addition there is a Feldenkrais Method Facebook Group you can join, its just for people interested in the work
These short Feldenkrais processes are available to anyone from anywhere in the world so share them freely.
Here are some samples so you can get a flavour :
All of the lessons are designed to be a self help process, none are specifically to manage a particular health problem.
History of Feldenkrais Method
Not surprisingly, Moshe Feldenkrais named his work, the Feldenkrais Method, after himself.
Moshe died in 1984, during his life he experienced health problems, most well publicised were his knee troubles. As an engineer and a judoki he was very interested in mechanics and movement. He realized that when he went about doing what he normally did during a day, walking, standing getting out of a chair and suddenly hds pains and problems, he wasn’t aware of the cause of his symptoms. He didn’t know what was causing his symptoms and he realized that if he wanted to manage his problems he needed to know more.
Moshe spent a lot of time studying with many different people from wide and varied backgrounds. From each person he took strands of knowledge and gradually he began to weave the strands together to form his own approach to working with people and their poor performance. It would be fair to say that he was his own first student and was motivated to resolve the trouble he had with his own joints.
Between 1965 and 1977 Moshe Feldenkrais was in the company of many practitioners of what was then an early form of humanistic psychology. Indeed he was invited to run a Feldenkrais Method course in London in 1974. Although this is referred to as being run as a course for members of the public, it actuality it was mainly attended by people who attended the Quaesitor Centre. Many of the participants were interested in body centered psychotherapy processes and its almost certain that Moshe would have learned as much from their teachings as they learned from him.
Over the years, Moshe also spent time studying the work of Alexander, Milton Erikson and at one trning I attended, Richard Bandler told me how and where he met Moshe. Richard Bandler is one of the two core originators of Neuro-Linguistic-Programming.
In 1974, when Moshe came to London to present for four weeks at the Quaesitor Centre. He had already run a Feldenkrais Method workshop at the Esalen Institute in 1972. Its highly likely that he was asked to come to the UK by attendees at the course in Esalen.
The Quaesitor Centre is closed now, but it was based in North West London. Historically a large number of Jewish people have chosen to settle in this area. Moshe, who was Jewish, would almost certainly have made links into this community and it seems a natural and logical progression for him to present in this geographic.
Interestingly 1974 was the year Jill Wigmore-Welsh was starting her training in London, but over in the East end, at The Royal London Hospital.
Feldenkrais Priciples & Feldenkrais Method
Moshe ran several training courses during his lifetime and wrote several books. However he didn’t write a book to accompany training courses and there are no publications written by current Feldenkrais Method trainers that provide a clear account of Moshe’s core method principles. Moshe designed an experiential training and he left a legacy of a group of people he trained in his wor and many hundreds of written lessons. Most of his lessons are carefully structured like small pieces of music & dance. In addition he recorded videos, but we are left with no clear written guide to the principles which constitute his approach.
Jill Wigmore-Welsh & Feldenkrais & NLP & Hypnosis & Coaching & Psychology
Most Feldenkrais Method practitioners simply take the lessons that Moshe designed and use these as a template to teach. There is plenty of material for them to draw on and like a musician playing a piece of music there are plenty of lesson ‘scores’ in the Moshe archives. Its as if they are producing cover versions of his work, sometimes with a little remix.
Few practitioners innovate and write their own material. But, Jill has a background training to degree level, in anatomy, physiology, pathology and human movement development. This includes training in primitive movement reflexes, movement milestones, natural development sequences, movement learning and movement control theory.
Before Jill started the Feldenkrais Method training she had already worked as a Neurological Physiotherapist trained in Bobath, Strength Training, Orthopaedic Rehabilitation and had a high degree of experience developing innovative post surgical rehabilitation. This was pioneering work in the day when Anterior Cruciate ligaments were reconstructed using carbon fibre or pig gut grafts. It was early days of shoulder joint replacement and reconstruction & stabilisation surgery. Jill worked with elite athletes and needed to innovate and devise new ways to work.
Jill is an ideator, who loves to learn about every different aspect of human experience. She can understand the structure that underpins the classic traditional movement lessons Moshe designed. During the basic four year training between 1994 & 1999 Jill was already taking these core principles and was designing her own lessons to help athletes and those with injuries to reach their goals. Through developing her own principles, integrating and developing the psychological aspect of her work and weaving in Moshe Feldenkrais’ work, a whole new method has emerged
Since 1994, Jill has studied with many highly specialist trainers in the world of Feldenkrais. Including Carl Ginsburg, Garet Newell, Larry Goldfarb, Angel DeBenedetto, Osa Jackson-Wyatt, Ruthy Alon and Chava Shelhav.
In addition to the somatic approach Jill has trained in psychology & linguistics with Richard Bandler, Paul McKenna, Ian McDermott, Robert Dilts, Tim Halborn, Cricket Kemp, Richard Evans.
Jill is a certified Trainer in Neuro-Linguistics, a certified Hypnotherapist, a certified level 7 Coach and a Laughter Yoga Leader & Facilitator.
The Feldenkrais Download page lessons are all unique processes designed by Jill that integrate the core principles of her approach to this work.