The Feldenkrais Method

Rarely, if ever, do we hear a child complain of muscular discomfort like an aching back, or sore shoulder. What happens between childhood and the time, as adults that we realize that we tolerate physical discomfort on a daily basis or find that we can no longer participate in the things we’ve always enjoyed doing?

Whether you want to recover from an injury you’ve sustained, been told that you cannot improve from a condition that you’ve developed, or want to continue to participate fully in your life for a long time – The Feldenkrais Method can offer you the tools to participate in your own improvement.

Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais (a Ph.D. in physics) used the principles of neurological learning, martial arts and physics to develop his comprehensive approach to human improvement.  During the 1950s, he began working with people who wanted to recover from injuries or who found that participating in classes or individual sessions kept them injury and pain free. In the 1980s, he came to the United States to train the first group of Feldenkrais teachers outside of Israel.

In many approaches to helping people recover from injury, the human body is treated as a series of levers, pulleys and hinges, without much attention to how the brain regulates and coordinates the complex movement between the parts.

The Feldenkrais Method uses the extraordinary capacity of our brain to use sensory feedback to coordinate and regulate complex movement of the human body.  As our bodies begin to move as a whole again (as we did as children), stress is removed from our  joints and muscles, we have greater capacity to move easily, our breathing improves – and even our stress levels decline.

 

Most importantly, your ability to improve is very much within your reach. No matter what condition you’ve been told you have, you have more options for improvement than you probably realize.