Your study guide for ATM lessons


Description of this theme:

  • Moshe didn’t teach many lessons directly involving speech or the voice, but the consensus on FF is that voice can be added in to many lessons to good effect.

Related ATMs

  • AY #5 Equalizing the Nostrils
  • AY #23 Palate, Mouth and Teeth
  • Ann Harmon’s “Say Hi To The Hyoid”, 2003 Conference
  • Marina Gilman’s “On the Feet” at the 2003 Conference uses voice as a reference 
movement. The basic ATM involves crossing the feet and shifting weight in the 4 cardinal directions and then circles in order to free the hips, ribs and head. She inserted use of the voice, which was not part of the original lesson.
  • Marina’s suggestions for how to incorporate use of the voice/sound in ATM: Some lessons draw the student inward in a way that adding voice is intrusive and can bring them back to their habit. 
Having said that, when MG teaches lessons incorporating voice (sound) the lessons usually deal with balance, breathing or breath+pelvis or feet and skeletal connection, such as Jelly Pudding pelvis, shifting balance on the feet, spine chain or other lessons along that line. She suggests that if the constraint of adding sound is brought in as an extension of the exhalation, many other lessons could be used. 
 (FeldyForum, 2005)
  • Kevin Creedon’s “Connecting Jaw and Ribs”, 2002 Conference
  • Chava Shelhav “A guide to ATM” Lesson 16: Voice production and speech


ATMs on FeldyNotebook:


“Singing with Your Whole Self – The Feldenkrais 
Method and Voice.” by Nelson and Blades-Zeller.

“Body and Voice: Somatic Re-education” by Marina Gilman.
Richard Corbeil’s “Vocal Integration” CD Set.
“Embodying Your Voice” by Bill Burnett, FGNA 2000 Conference recordings.
“The Effective Voice” by Marina Gilman, FGNA 2009 Conference recordings.
“Potent Voice, Potent Self” by Bridget Palmer, FGNA 2013 Conference recordings.

Non-Feldies seem to like Jonathan Altfeld’s CDs “Finding Your Irresistible Voice” and Roger Love’s book “Set Your Voice Free”.

Share Your Insights (ideas, principles, strategies, experiences, …)

  • Voice can be brought into many lessons as a reference movement.
  • Using the tongue to trace around the teeth and the inside of the mouth is an effective way to
    create an awareness of the mouth cavity and the sinuses as a sound resonator. Then the
    lesson can be broadened to an awareness of the throat, lungs, ribcage, etc. in relation to
    production of sound, and directing the sound through different resonators.

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