The Anatomy of Action: 

A Course for Feldenkrais Practitioners

with Anastasi Siotas

Course Dates:
May 27th, July 7th, September 16th, October 28th, November 25th.  (All Sundays)
10:00 am-6:00 pm
$525 if paid by April 27th
Payment Plan Available
SPACE IS LIMITED TO 18 PARTICIPANTS.  Priority will be given to those who can attend all five sessions.
To Register:
 Call the
Feldenkrais Institute at 212-727-1014

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The Feldenkrais Institute of New York is pleased to announce this very special five-session workshop geared specifically toward Feldenkrais Practitioners to be taught Anastasi Siotas. The course will run on five Sundays beginning in May and ending in November. To further enhance your experience, class size will be limited to eighteen students. This course will sell out quickly. Don't miss this exciting opportunity. To register, call the Feldenkrais Institute today at 212-727-1014.

 Course Description 

Knowledge of human structure and function was an essential starting place for Moshe Feldenkrais in his work with himself to recover from

his knee injuries. Expanding on this knowledge, through hands on practice with many individuals, led to the development of Functional IntegrationSM. Moshe's genius reached a pinnacle of expression when he began to apply his accumulated understanding from theory and practice to create his unique group movement classes. In over a thousand Awareness Through Movement lessons he has left us an accurate blueprint for optimizing human function and a methodology for re-awakening our capacity to learn to help ourselves.


As Feldenkrais Practitioners we work with the whole person, not just body parts or areas of diagnosed dysfunction. It is therefore useful to have some understanding and image of what an ideal body organization has the potential to do. Dr. Feldenkrais used this imagined ideal as a 'mental auxiliary' to initiate the direction of his investigation with each new individual. In his book The Elusive Obvious, Moshe states (pg. 101) "Without my ideal image I am at a loss to know what to look for; each function grades itself when compared with an idealized function ...... Man's ideal posture is one feature that I have considered most over the years so that I have arrived at a precise idea--or ideal--reinforced by scientific findings and by long practice." Clear anatomical knowledge is essential to formulating such ideal images of function and can better inform the way we help our students improve control and efficiency of their movement.


The Anatomy of Action is designed to provide participants with a basic functional and kinesthetic understanding of our musculoskeletal system in action. We will examine how the shape and location of our bones affects the transmission of forces generated by our effort through muscle synergies, how joint kinematics and patterns of muscle coordination, move us through different orientations, and how positions and constraints in ATM lessons highlight and refine particular relationships. Each meeting will focus on particular ATMs that address the topic at hand. We will deconstruct the steps of lessons in terms of arthrokinematics, muscle synergies and constraints, and examine their implications on real actions.


Course Outline

May 27th 

1. Lower Extremity - Foot, Ankle, Knees

  • structure, motion, muscles of the foot, ankle and knee joint
  • muscles and tissues crossing knee joint and protective muscle synergies
  • structure, motion and muscles of the leg as a whole
  • exploration of ATM series "Pillows and Swings" and "AY246 General Coordination"

July 7th 

2.  Lower Trunk - Hip, Pelvis, Lower Back

  • structure and range of motion of hip joint 
  • muscles of anterior, posterior, medial and lateral hip joint and what they do 
  • muscular patterns involved in stabilizing and mobilizing joints within pelvis & lower trunk 
  • mechanics of joint motion of lower spine 
  • muscles of the lower back 
  • muscles of the abdominal wall androle of trunk muscles in sustaining various lower spine orientations & movements
  • exploration of the ATMs "Hip Joints by Way of Lengthening" and "Pelvic Clock"

September 16th 

3.  Spine and Ribs 

  • postural and movement functions of the spine and trunk as a whole 
  • bony landmarks of thoracic spine & thorax, e.g. locating each vertebra and identifying its orientation
  • movements and muscles of the middle trunk 
  • moving the volume within thorax: muscles of respiration and general muscular synergies involved in breathing
  • exploration of the ATMs "AY1 Bending Head to the Side in Sitting", "Dead Bird" and "Paradoxical Breathing"


October 28th 

4.  Upper Extremity - Shoulder, Arm, Hand

  • structure, motion, muscles of the shoulder girdle
  • structure, motion, muscles of shoulder joint
  • elbow and radio-ulnar joints, muscles and actions
  • wrist joint and muscles; bones, structure and motion of hand
  • muscles, movements and activities of the hand
  • exploration of ATM series "Advanced use of the Arms"

November 25th 

5.  Neck and Head

  • mechanics of joint motion of the upper spine & trunk
  • muscles of the neck & upper thorax, neck as "head stalk"
  • bony landmarks and joints of the skull & cervical spine, movements of head, jaw and neck
  • exploration of the ATMs "Periscope", created by Anastasi, and "AY6 Circling the head around its circumference and in the center"


About Anastasi

Anastasi Siotas was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. His academic training at the University of Melbourne earned him a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Biology, a Masters in Education and a Masters in Movement and Dance. He has worked as a scientific researcher in cell biology and as a modern dancer before undertaking training in the Feldenkrais Method in 1992. He moved to New York in 1997, where he completed a Master Certification in Neuro Linguistic Programming. In 1999 he began to study Neuromuscular Re-education and Kinesthetic Anatomy with choreographer and author, Irene Dowd with whom he continues to study. He is also trained as a Certified Movement Analyst and teaches the anatomy and kinesiology courses for the Laban/Bartenieff Institute for Movement Studies in New York.


Anastasi works for Mind in Motion and has been a tutor Practitioner in three Feldenkrais Training programs in NYC. He is also a teacher of Bones for Life, Walk for Life and Change Your Age. He has presented the Feldenkrais Method in gyms like Equinox and NY Sports Clubs, and at the 3rd Street Music School Settlement, The JCC Manhattan and Gotham Physical Therapy, where he also sees people for Functional Integration lessons. Anastasi is a regular presenter at Feldenkrais conferences, as well as providing ongoing mentoring for Feldenkrais Practitioners.