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Dynamic Stability and the Art of Falling

Stability and falling are seemingly opposite situations in our life – actually, they are complementary actions that sometime overlapping and becoming one in the aspect of self-preservation.

Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths. They are also the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma.

A study about this issue, done in the Tel Aviv health center, resulted with the conclusion that falls are the main reason to traumatize amongst adults over age 65, and the incidence of the cases raise with the age, and also the average death rate raises respectively with the age. According to Dr. Dror Sofer, head of the trauma center and editor of this study, "rate of the sick that are wounded in this way is increasing with the years, in tandem to the rise in the life expectancy”. He adds that even though the growing needs to find a medical suitable solution, nowadays there is not a solution that can give a worthy response to reduce the percent of those who fall.

Studies proved recently direct contact between calisthenics to improvement in the stability and reduction in the chances of the fall.

I claim that stability is a core “prevention medicine’ before the occurrence of the fall.

Dr. Feldenkrais wrote about Falls already in his book Jujutsu and Self-Defense (1931):

“Special care should be taken to master the forward and backward falls which are the most frequent. They occur in everyday life as well (I myself was saved from death twice thanks to knowing how to fall).” Moshe states that by acquiring this skill one acquires immunity against falls - this is Dynamic Stability.

In Higher Judo (written 1948 published in 1952), Dr’ Moshe Feldenkrais presented Judo concepts and highly praised the Art of Falling and Dynamic Stability among the most important features of Judo training.

Dynamic stability is the ability to react effectively to a disturbance that takes us away from equilibrium and balance, mentally and physically.

Dynamic stability is stability acquired through efficient movement.

During the workshop, Utilizing ATM lessons, we’ll experience Stability and Falling, as complementary actions, in the aspects of self-preservation and efficiency of action.

We’ll go through a delicate and safe learning process.

This workshop is suitable to everyone – no need for previous experience in martial arts.

We’ll meet Moshe at young age, as a martial artist, and through his knowledge we’ll learn some of the Martial Arts principles as they are foundations of Feldenkrais Method.

I believe that everyone will broaden her/his knowledge about the FM and will hold to new ideas and tools that will be useable for future teaching.

Moti Nativ
Tel Aviv




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