Ralph Hadden

Sitting Feldenkrais Session: A Prayer for Grace and Power

Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984) was an Israeli scientist and martial arts expert whose own crippling knee injury prompted him to develop his unique method of movement therapy. Those who knew them both have said that Feldenkrais was doing with movement what Milton Erickson was doing with words.

This half hour Feldenkrais lesson can be done sitting in a chair and will utilize movements of the hands and arms, along with the head, eyes and whole body, sometimes in unusual and unexpected combinations. The session utilizes awareness- paying attention to the experienced sensations of posture and action- and intriguing, sometimes paradoxical, movement tasks to change the way students manage their activities. There is a transcending of habitual, unconscious habits of movement and posture. The result is improved performance, injury recovery and greater ease, efficiency and enjoyment in all activity.

Ralph Hadden is a certified Feldenkrais practitioner and member of the Australian Feldenkrais Guild. He has over 35 years experience in movement and body therapies- as a practitioner, teacher and trainer of teachers. He was, for 20 years, the founder and director of the Melbourne School of Tactile Therapies, a school that pioneered massage practitioner education in Australia. He was among the first to undergo training in Australia as a Feldenkrais practitioner and has been teaching this method since 1988.

Ralph has taught and presented workshops for many organisations including the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Australian Physiotherapy Association, Gawler Foundation, Arthritis Foundation, CAE, RMIT, Breacan, radio 3AK, Boite Singers Festival, Suzuki Music and Hepburn Spa. He writes for journals such as Wellbeing and the Australian Association of Massage Therapists and currently edits the newsletter of AFG (Vic). A monthly mini Feldenkrais lesson by Ralph appears in the newsletter of Your Global Multiversity.

In his leisure hours he sings with the choir "Men In Suits", plays cricket in the summer and enjoys reading, music, films, cooking and family time.