Feldenkrais Introduction

 

Through deep application of learning theory and principles of Neuroplasticity, as well as recognizing many basic functions of general system theory, we help the student and their nervous system to find improved ways to function.

What is unique about the Feldenkrais Method?

Two ways that I find that a practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method is different from other approaches are the practitioner's thinking, and their touch:

What is your personal experience with the Feldenkrais Method?

 I had my first experiences in 1981, and was so intrigued, I kept contact, finally starting a 4-year training from 1987-1991. I do Feldenkrais-related activities every day. The perspective infuses my daily activities.

Why do you practice it?

I find it to be the most meaningful activity that I can engage in. It helps me resolve any number of musculo-skeletal challenges; the associated metaphors are meaningful in my personal psychology and also with groups. It is an excellent precursor to all physical activities, as well as helping in spiritual practices, whatever it may be.

What can patients expect in their treatment?

"Treatment" can be either group classes, or one-on-one sessions. The one-on-one sessions use more the special Feldenkrais touch and thus have more direct results. However, the group sessions called "Awareness Through Movement" allow the student to experience themselves in a different way, and as many are recorded, the student cn go back to the lesson to deepen their learning.


Can Feldenkrais address specific ailments?

I have a list of some of the essential aspects of living that are addressed by the Feldenkrais Method. Click here to read them.

Many articles have been written about the Method with specific ailments. Some are referenced on the Feldenkrais.com site (click here). I also compiled a list of some on my website (click here)

Are there any misconceptions about Feldenkrais Method? 

 Most people try to categorize the Feldenkrais Method in categories related to Physiotherapy or Massage, or within conceptual frameworks that are used by these disciplines. Others try to categorize the Method within a reductionistic Medical model (such as, "Use treatment protocol 'x' for diagnosis 'y'"). Still others try to define the Method within a Physical Education/Kinesiology model. There are certain aspects of the Method that informs these area, but it is a much larger framework.

The Feldenkrais Method is a new paradigm, with which many helping services/treatments find resonance. It is a bit like the story of the four blind academics positioned at each leg of an elephant trying to describe what they have encountered. Each description is perhaps accurate to that leg, but no overall "elephantness" is achieved. Thus the Feldenkrais Method is still unique, after 50 years of practice.

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