Feldenkrais Korea (MBS Korea) held an open seminar from 10am-4pm on 2-3 November 2013. In this seminar, Mia Segal, who cofounded MBS Academy, Feldenkrais Heritage and the world’s foremost authority on the program, visited Korea.
Mind Body Studies is the exploration of the connection between brain and behavior as the key to realizing our full human potential. In Mind Body Studies, movement, thought and observation are used to explore ways to improve one’s skills. This should be of interest to health practitioners, artists and all those who wish to improve and grow.
Soeun Doh, representative of Feldenkrais Korea (MBS Korea) is firm in her belief that Mind Body Studies and Feldenkrais can benefit everyone in their goals of improving their life, and strives to make this method more popular in Korea.
Q. What is your background? Did you major in dance or something like that? How did you find Feldenkrais or anything related any kind of bodily skills?
In 1952, I went to England, where I met Mr. Charles Neal, who studied with M. Alexander. I was impressed with his method, and asked him if I could come and study with him. When I came back to Israel, where I lived at the time, I applied what I learned. Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais was a friend of Charles, was looking for somebody to work with him. Charles introduced us, and very shortly, I started to work with Moshe as his assistant.
Q. What’s the difference between the Alexander Technic and Feldenkrais?
The philosophy, the background and the practice are different. Feldenkrais was a scientist; he got his doctorate at the Sorbonne in Paris.
Alexander had been an actor/orator. One day, he realized he was losing his voice every time he went on stage. He started asking himself “What am I doing on the stage that makes me lose my voice?” He tried to find the cause of his problem. Eventually by looking in the mirror, he discovered that at certain times, the way he changed his posture affected his voice. Through investigating this and looking for solutions he developed his method, which emphasizes the importance of keeping head, the neck, and the back in the same relationship.
Moshe was very interested in studying behavior. He studied movements and improvement of performance. He studied sports and excellence, and looked at people in a holistic approach, which at the time was very progressive. So the practice of Feldenkrais is all about learning, exploring, and improving oneself in observation, thinking and moving.
Q. Do both methods allow to know the body better so that people can move better?
Not just move, but live. The methods make us live better. Both methods are guiding you towards better use of yourself.
Q. Then is there a difference between Feldenkrais and MBS Academy?
MBS teachings are based on the teaching of Dr. Feldenkrais, as I was his assistant before and during any US or European trainings. Dr. Feldenkrais is the name of the person who developed this method. With new developments, we find that we can be even more precise and effective in this teachings. Today, there are a number of people who have studied and study his work. MBS Academy sees itself as a continuing school of the Feldenkrais teaching. Today, I am the educational director of MBS Academy carrying on Feldenkrais Heritage in the way and essence he taught it to me.
Q. Where is the field the method, MBS, can be applicable?
I see this method as a part of life. In any area of your life, where there is wish to improve performance, you can apply the principles of this work.
Q. So then, is there any important body part to drag the movement out?
We don’t look at a singe body part; we are all one unit and every part is important. To change one part has an effect on all the others.
Q. How do you expect the MBS Academy to grow?
Today’s world is very open to the concept that body and mind are one unit. By improving any part of this unit, all of it improves. There is a great desire to raise the level of wellbeing. I can see it in the way people are seeking to come and learn with us. I can see it in the way they appreciate and rejoice to discover how they are the masters of themselves, body and soul, and I believe that this is only the beginning of a wave of seeking learning. I also believe that many of those who seek it will come to us to reap the benefit of the wisdom, knowledge and practice of MBS.