Conscious Quote 6 | Magda Gerber

Conscious Quote 6 Magda Gerber


Feldenkrais TweetWhat infants need is the opportunity and time to take in and figure out the world around them. -Magda Gerber

Magda Gerber was the founder of the Resources for Infant Educarers (a.k.a The RIE Method). We studied a bit about her approach in my Feldenkrais Training Program and her approach to working with infants has had a huge impact on my practice as a Feldenkrais Practitioner. I love how the method promotes observing and respecting the infant and her developmental process. Below you will find a few of the key elements of the RIE Method:

The RIE®  Method encourages:
  • Basic trust in the child to be an initiator, an explorer and a self-learner
  • An environment for the child that is physically safe, cognitively challenging and emotionally nurturing
  • Time for uninterrupted play
  • Freedom to explore and interact with other infants
  • Involvement of the child in all care activities to allow the child to become an active participant rather than a passive recipient
  • Sensitive observation of the child in order to understand his or her needs
  • Consistency, clearly defined limits and expectations to develop discipline

This list was provided by the RIE Organization. To learn more about Magda Gerber and the RIE Method, visit:

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If you would like to read more about how to apply the RIE Method in your own child rearing. Visit Janet Lansbury’s blog, Elevating Child Care, and Lisa Sunbury blog Regarding Baby

Buffy Owens, GCFP
Feldenkrais Practitioner® & Blogger at Conscious Movements
I am a woman. I am a creative spirit of human flesh. I am a somatic fanatic and a Feldenkrais freak. Intrigued by LIFE and I write about anything from birth to earth. Inspired by PASSION, I share the Feldenkrais Method® in any way that I can.

I believe that if we are to transform our families, our communities, and our world – we must begin with ourselves.
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