Feldenkrais Method

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Feldenkrais Method®

One of the many forms of ‘movement’ therapies which I’ve tried, although I only participated once, was the Feldenkrais Method®. I attended a ‘sample’ session with a trained practitioner of Feldenkrais. I never pursued it further; it just wasn’t the right time for me back then.

According to the official Feldenkrais website, “The Feldenkrais Method® is a powerful and revolutionary approach to improving your life that uses gentle, mindful movement to bring new awareness and possibility into every aspect of your life. Developed by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, the Feldenkrais Method® has helped millions of people worldwide.

The Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education uses gentle movement and directed attention to help people learn new and more effective ways of living the life they want. You can increase your ease and range of motion, improve your flexibility and coordination, and rediscover your innate capacity for graceful, efficient movement. Since how you move, is how you move through life, these improvements will often enhance your thinking, emotional regulation, and problem-solving capabilities.

The Feldenkrais Method is based on principles of physics, biomechanics, and an empirical understanding of learning and hum

Ian development. Moshe Feldenkrais said, “We move according to our perceived self-image.” By expanding your perception and increasing awareness, you will become more aware of your habits and tensions and develop new ways of moving. By increasing sensitivity, the Feldenkrais Method assists you to live your life more fully, efficiently, and comfortably.”

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The Feldenkrais Method® is about exploring learning strategies. If you have difficulty with one side, you can work with the other side. If you can’t lie down, you can sit. And even if nothing moves, you can work with your imagination, creating new neural links that can improve your quality of life.”

Feldenkrais sessions are slow, gentle explorations of movement that can be done by anyone, at any level. Feldenkrais doesn’t rely on holding poses or repetitions like other forms of movement therapy.

I only had one short introductory session of this method, so I can’t really say too much about it.

I have noticed that as I have made a commitment to be proactive in looking after my health and attempting to get in some form of movement several times a week that my health is slowly but steadily improving. And I’m beginning to actually like and crave movement – who knew?

No matter what form of movement therapy you choose, make it fun, and only do as much as your body, fitness level, and pocketbook dictate.

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