Take a moment to think about how we first learned to move the way we do. As infants, we developed motor skills primarily through sensation and movement. No one taught us the best way to crawl or to walk in a step by step fashion the way we later learn facts in school. Instead, we learned by trial and error, using and constantly improving our awareness of our bodies in space (proprioception). As we get older, our experimentation with movement diminishes, and we develop habits of movement. While these ways of moving may work well enough in many situations, most of us don’t fully develop our ability to move with ease and coordination. Often our limited habits of movement lead to repetitive strain injuries, back pain and other difficulties.
The Feldenkrais Method uses touch and movement to reverse this trend toward limitation and strain. This leads students of the method to improve the way they walk, sit, stand, and move. It can be an exhilarating process as one finds new ease and coordination in everyday actions.
“Feldenkrais is not just pushing muscles around, but changing things in the brain itself.” – Karl Pribram, MD, Neuroscientist, Stanford University
Hands-on Feldenkrais sessions (called Functional Integration) are tailored to each student’s individual needs. The practitioner guides your movements through gentle touch. Students are fully clothed, lying on a table, or in a sitting or standing position. At times, various props (pillows, rollers, blankets) are used in an effort to give support and ease, or to facilitate certain movements. Students are often surprised to feel more grounded, flexible, balanced and taller after the very first lesson.
“Whether you want to address chronic pain or a neurological condition, improve your fitness routine, avoid injury in exercising, improve coordination and grace in working, dancing, interacting with your baby, or performing a favorite pastime, Feldenkrais lessons can improve your overall well being. I recommend the Feldenkrais Method to patients whose movement has been restricted by injury, cerebral palsy, stroke, fibromyalgia or chronic pain…I also believe that the Feldenkrais Method can help all of us feel more comfortable in our bodies.”
– Andrew Weil, MD, bestselling author of Spontaneous Healing
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