In this fascinating and practical book, Garet Newell and Simon Paul Ogden show how the Feldenkrais Method can be used by coaches and managers as a resource to improve both the performance of individuals and the health and wellbeing of the people they work with.
The Feldenkrais Method is based on sound mechanical and neurological principles that are easily accessible through simple practical lessons. Through its emphasis on experiential learning, The Feldenkrais Method for Executive Coaches, Managers, and Business Leaders offers a means to improve many aspects of everyday working life: from sitting and walking more comfortably, improving interpersonal relations, developing personal impact and presence, to performing a highly developed skill more efficiently. By exploring patterns of everyday movement, the method encourages the discovery of new possibilities and choices providing a remarkable approach for expanding potential.
Although widely recognised within the performing arts and sports as a method for improving skills, performance and recovery from injury, the Feldenkrais Method is not as widely known outside these arenas, yet the principles and practice behind it are equally applicable to the workplace. Using case studies, the book highlights common issues that coaches and managers are frequently asked to deal with. Each case, and the impact it has in the workplace, is explored from the perspective of the Feldenkrais Method. Included at the end of each chapter there is a practical Awareness Through Movement lesson that addresses some of the themes raised.
The Feldenkrais Method for Executive Coaches, Managers, and Business Leaders provides, an invaluable resource for professionals interested in both learning and development, and health and wellbeing in the workplace. It will also appeal to counsellors and therapists interested in somatic approaches.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Sue Knight
1 Learning to learn (the need for awareness)
2 The Development of self image
3 The question of performance
4 Learning to breathe
5 Learning to see
6 Learning to crawl
7 Learning to walk
8 Learning to talk
Conclusion: moving in all directions
Garet Newell is the Educational Director of the Feldenkrais International Training Centre in the UK. She studied with Moshe Feldenkrais and became one of the first Europe based Trainers. She has been instrumental in introducing the Feldenkrais Method to a wide variety of people in both the UK and Europe. She played a crucial role in the formation of the International Feldenkrais community, having been a founding member of the International Feldenkrais Federation and of the European Training Accreditation Board.
Simon Paul Ogden is a learning and development practitioner with a background in strategic management consultancy. Specialising in interpersonal communication in business he is also a professional voice and performance coach working with senior executives from some of the UK’s leading businesses. He is also a qualified mediator, accredited by Regents College School of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
"This book opens up new avenues for business coaches and practitioners alike – it helps us to take practical steps in making the links between well-being and performance in the workplace. As an approach, its value lies in reminding us that ‘self-awareness’ tends to be our main barrier to unlocking our potential. With examples taken from real-life and incorporating practical lessons to help us develop our awareness, this book is likely to resonate well with those looking to unleash their own business potential as well as offer useful advice to those typically charged with helping others improve their performance. As an approach to self-development, it is also likely to receive a welcome reception on enlightened MBA programmes."— Dr Anjali Bakhru, BSc(Econ), MBA, PhD; Director of MBA Programmes, Middlesex University, UK
"This slim, attractive volume, designed for executive coaches, managers and leaders, draws on the work of Dr Moshe Feldenkrais... I am excited to see the strengthening connection between this work and coaching, of which this book is a part."— Carolyn Mumby, Coaching Today