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Congrats to the New York Times trendspotting team, which has recently learned that young people occasionally go on dates to hip, trendy gastropubs as opposed to pricey, fussy French restaurants. Reporting!

Update: That said, I would like to know what a professional "Feldenkrais practitioner" does. That seems like a trend worth learning about!

By Ezra Klein  |  October 30, 2009; 10:33 AM ET
 
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Feldenkrais is a bodywork modality that uses gentle movements and feedback from a practitioner so you learn how to move better and your body functions better. Practitioners say it improves range of motion, flexibility and coordination.

Posted by: idahoblackberry | October 30, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

OK, this is just sad. I used to go on first dates to places like this. But I haven't recently because I got married. In 2005.

Way to spot a trend, NYT!

Posted by: theorajones1 | October 30, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

My son's physical therapist is a Feldenkrais guy -- method pithily explained by idahoblackberry above.

Still so blase about Joe Lieberman, Ezra? Methinks he's preparing to join the GOP formally, and is daring the Dems to strip him of seniority so that he can announce in a typically sanctimonious presser. I doubt the Dems will do anything until after the healthcare vote.

Posted by: scarlota | October 30, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

I haven't taken a date to a pricey, fussy French restaurant since I was in my early 20s-- more than 10 years ago. Now it's all about the trendy bistro or chic modern/fusion upscale dining.

Coming up in the New York Times: Williamsburg populated by young transplants known as "hipsters." Classic rock-and-roll and stadium rock bands facing competition from "alternative" and "idie" acts. In addition, the workplace no longer requires a suit and tie, and in many cases "casual clothing" is allowed!

Oh, kids today!

Posted by: constans | October 30, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

The Feldenkrais Method® is a unique approach to movement and functioning, which uses two approaches when working with people: Awareness Through Movement (ATM) classes and hands-on Functional Integration (FI) lessons.
In ATM lessons, the participants engage in precisely structured movement explorations that involve sensing, thinking, moving and imagining. They learn to reduce useless effort, to become aware of limiting habits and to move with more ease. Classes are noncompetitive and everyone learns at their own pace, making classes accessible to people of all ages and abilities.
FI lessons are tailored to the unique needs of one person, who usually lies, fully clothed, on a low table. The practitioner communicates through gentle touch to help the person learn how to reorganize their body and behavior in new and more effective ways.
People who participate in ATM classes and/or get FI lessons often experience improved posture, increased flexibility, improved breathing, reduction or elimination of pain and improved overall functioning.
Feldenkrais practitioners work with a wide variety of people, including:
people who are experiencing pain, are dealing with injuries or neuromuscular difficulties, or have other issues that limit their mobility;
people who need to use themselves with a high degree of skill: actors, musicians, dancers.
The Feldenkrais Method is often thought of as just a type of bodywork, but the real aim of the method is to enable you to mobilize your intentions into actions in every area of your life- to increase not only your physical, but also your mental flexibility and, as Moshe Feldenkrais put it, to be able to “ live your unavowed dreams.”

KKS
Guild certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and Trainer

Posted by: katrinkks | October 30, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Feldenkrais is good stuff ... good for musicians, and people who depend upon freedom of motion in their bodies. I don't know about "living your unavowed dreams", but it's nice, and real, and effective.

Posted by: CharleyontheMTA | October 30, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

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