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- SOMAMOVES, LIVIA CALICE,, - Feldenkrais - Coach - Senior - Somatic - Movement


- SOMAMOVES, LIVIA CALICE,, - Feldenkrais - Coach - Senior - Somatic - Movement

SOMAMOVES, LIVIA CALICE,, - Feldenkrais - Coach - Senior - Somatic - Movement

Livia Calice

Feldenkrais Practitioner

Senior Feldenkrais Trainer

During the pandemic, like so many practitioners, I stopped giving face-to-face lessons. After three years, I am happy to announce that I will be giving a series of classes and workshops this summer in Vienna.



Why would a seasoned Feldenkrais professional think of renaming her Feldenkrais practice. It is a legitimate question.


Today Feldenkrais is called “The Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education.”  Only those working in the field are familiar with this. I am a fan of the somatic idea, and I rename my practice to make it accessible to everyone. I am a practitioner; I am pragmatic. I have seen a lot and learned a lot.  I attune myself to the needs of those who come to see me.


During the first year of our training in 1984, my perceptive Brazilian friend remarked, “Feldenkrais was only himself.” It was clear to her from the outset that we who come after him are interpreters of his work, each of us in her/his own way.  My bias aligns with my temperament.  I can modulate my bias according to what circumstances call for; yet it remains the very life of my interactions, even if unwittingly. Bias is unavoidable, so why not welcome it and use it.  We, of course, are also only “ourselves.”



Over the last 100 years, the term SOMA has come to mean the living body; the body of our lived experience. It is everything we call “I, me, myself.” It is not a thing, but individual, unique mind-body processes constantly adapting, rebalancing, and renewing. Its most obvious characteristic is constant movement of the body.


In a baby, a toddler, a small child, you can see most clearly the power of this animation. They learn how to move their bodies and follow their interests. They do just what they want and resist what they don’t. They grow and develop as one somatic process.  SOMA is the only reality at the beginning of life in the gravitational field.  As all things in nature, it is non-linear. Thus, SOMA, as I understand it, works not only as a concept of the “living body,” but also as a representation of the pre-verbal, multi-dimensional self.


Fortunately, we can regain access to this most basic level of our being throughout our entire lives. In this regard, the work of Moshé Feldenkrais is extremely important. He undertook a precise study of body movement with the scientific understanding of an accomplished mechanical and electrical engineer. These are important underpinnings of the practical method of movement training he created. His method was ground-breaking, and it has proven to be very effective. He uses language rather than demonstration to direct the attention of the participants in his courses; he guides them to translate his directives into physical action in their own ways. Thus, each person can discover independently what feels right, comfortable, easy to do, pleasant and possibly elegant. Quite naturally you learn to follow your own judgement. Your movement and your frame of mind change together as one.    

SOMAMOVES, LIVIA CALICE,, - Feldenkrais - Coach - Senior - Somatic - Movement

Ausbildungen /Education, Trainings:


Academic: Lycée Français, Wien, Baccalauréat; Romanistik und Kunstgeschichte, Universität Wien; Master of Arts in Modern Foreign Languages, French, Boston University.

Richtungswechsel/Change of Direction: Musik, Bewegung und Tanz - ORFF Institut, Mozarteum, Salzburg; Laban Center, Summer School, London; Lenk, Schweiz; Bharata Natyam, Südindischer, klassischer Tanz, Wien und Madras (Chennai), Indien; Body – Mind Centering, Basic Principles and Techniques, Amherst, Mass.; Sezierkurs MedUniversität, Wien Feldenkrais Professional Training Program, Toronto, Ca – Diplome: „Feldenkrais Practitioner“, „Assistant Trainer Certification”, „Trainer Certification“;


Feldenkrais/ Work Experience and Administration: 


Lehrtätigkeit/ Teaching: TheaterAngelusNovus, Wien; Musikkonservatorium Wien; Shambhala, Tai Chi Zentrum, Wien; Internationale Tanzwochen, Wien; Max Reinhardt Seminar, Wien; Neue Universität Sofia „Theater Department“, Bulgarien; „DAMS“, Universität Bologna. Member of training teams  in Professional  Feldenkrais Training Programs in Rome, Milan, Munich, Palermo, Berlin, Sussex UK, Paris, Lyon, Vienna, and Tokyo. Administration: Initiatorin und Trainingskordinatorin der Feldenkrais – Studiengesellschaft, Wien; Gründungsmitglied des Österreichischen Feldenkrais Verband, Wien; jahrelanges Mitglied des EUROTAB – European Training Accreditation Board Feldenkrais.


Meine Quellen/ Impacts :


Nisargadatta Maharaj (Advaita Lehrer), Kama Dev (Tänzer), Shyamala (Tänzerin), Padmashri Adyar K. Lakshman (Tanz Guru), Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen (Body Mind Centering), Emily Conrad Daoud (Micromovement) 

Feldenkrais Trainers: Myriam Pfeffer, Gaby Yaron, Franz Wurm, Carl Ginsburg, Mia Segal, Mark Reese,  and Jeremy Krauss with Jeremy Krauss Approach (JKA)




Monkeys Pilgerfahrt

Redaktion Arthur Waley

Gurdjieff Reconsidered

Roger Lipsey, Shambhala, Boulder 2019


Kinaesthetic Knowing

Zeynep Çelik Alexander, The University of Chicago, 2017


The Spinal Engine

Serge Gracovetsky, Springer Verlag/Wien, 1988


ganz ohr / all ears

Ricarda Denzer, Edition Angewandte, Wien, 2024


The Eyes of the Skin

Juhani Pallasmaa, Ed. 2012


The Thinking Hand

Juhani Pallasmaa, Ed. 2009


Der unwissende Lehrmeister

Jacques Rancière, dt. Ausgabe 2007, Passagen Verlag, Wien


The Intelligence of Moving Bodies

Carl Ginsburg, 2010, Aware Press, USA


A General Theory of Love

Th. Lewis / F. Amini / R. Lannon; Vintage Edition, 2001, New York


A Dynamic Systems Approach to the Development of Cognition and Action

E. Thelen; / L. B. Smith; MIT Press, Mass., USA, 1994


Potenzialentfaltung bei Kindern mit besonderen Förderbedarf

Jeremy Krauss, 2023 Hogrefe Verlag, Bern


Nourrir sa vie: A l`écart du bonheur

François Jullien ; Points, Fr, 2015


Moshe Feldenkrais : A Life in Movement

Mark Reese, Vol. 1; Reese Kress Somatics Press, USA, 2015 

​“Perfection is not necessary.
Perfection you cannot have.
If you do what you want to do, and what you can do,
and if you can then recognize it, you will be contented.
You cannot possibly know what it will be, but looking back 
you will not be surprised at what you have done.”

 Agnes Martin, Artist, New Mexico, USA

Hier noch mein Dank an alle helfenden Geister, die zur Entstehung dieser Website beigetragen haben, ihr wisst, ihr seid immer willkommen in meinen Kursen.

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