Crooked-Outwitting the Back Pain Industry

"A must read for everyone who works with people with back pain, or has back pain" writes Dr. Deborah Bowes. She continues, "It's well researched and emphasizes that each person needs to take responsibility for their improvement, and the necessary role of awareness with movement. She has an interesting and alarming history of the back pain industry worldwide."

In a radio interview recently in San Francisco, she endorsed the Feldenkrais Method as a fantastic way for learning how to change your movement habits.

Available at Chapters/Indigo for $23.42 (online) and a Kobo edition is $18.(click to go there)

The author, Cathryn Jakobson Ramin, was interviewed on CBC's The Current recently. Click for the transcript.


Dizziness and Vestibular Disorders

S. called me today saying she had to cancel our appointment. "I was so looking forward to our appointment, but now I am so dizzy I cannot even get up." S has a vestibular disorder which has emerged from a "mild" brain injury that occurred in a very minor car accident. The Feldenkrais Method helps, and she has days when there are no problems, but there are other days when she can only lie in a darkened room...

If dizziness is so severe the world swims around you, visit the website of the Vestibular Disorders Association-click here


7 Balance Exercises: Feldenkrais style

Using the Feldenkrais Method, Bones for Life and Integral Human Gait theory, Cynthia Allen provides seven easy tips for improving balance that you can do at home. Click to watch this intriguing Video.


Wake Up Your Body and Your Brain - Workshop

Three experienced **Feldenkrais** instructors teaching -- for a week!
Your body talks to you every day, all day. If you listen and support its needs, it will reward you with a vital, pain-free body. If you ignore it, it will send messages of discomfort and pain until you respond. Knowing how to communicate with your body is essential for a vibrant, youthful life. Using the tools provided by the Feldenkrais Method, you will learn how to make lasting changes. You will:
* Boost your body’s level of health and wellbeing
* Reduce tension and discomfort
* Improve your posture
* Enhance the quality and range of your turning and bending
Don't miss out -- Click for more information.



Take the Intentional Stance

Dan Dennett's "Three Levels of Analysis" helps us understand different approaches to help people resolving pain. The Feldenkrais Method focuses very much on the "systems" approach described in the third approach, whereas most others are in the first or second. What can make the article even more valuable is to reflect on how you use these three levels in your daily life. It is quite empowering to select a different level...
Click to read Todd Hargrove's summary.



Practice Effectively

Practice Effectively

This short (4-minute) video identifies how to become 

more proficient at what we want to do. It also answers the age-old question, "How does practice or repetition affect the inner working of our brains?" (click to view)


How the Feldenkrais Method Cultivates Resilience and Maturity


Sarah Kowalski reflects on embodying resilience.

To cultivate resilience, one must cultivate the visceral experience of resilience.  She asks, "Unless the body experiences stability and support, is it possible to experience resilience?" click to read more


Parkinsons: How a Watch Helped Emma Write Again

At 33, Emma Lawton is one of the 2% of people with Parkinson’s before they are 40. Emma had been an illustrator, but her tremors made it impossible to draw, even write her name.

After she put on the device called "Emmas Watch" she gained control again in writing and drawing. Microsoft's Emma Watch, still in prototype form, uses vibrating motors – similar to those found in mobile phones – "to distract the brain into focusing on something other than trying to control the patient’s limbs". Click here to read more. 


Avoid Crippling Falls After Age 50

Although falls increase with age, they are not an inevitable part of aging. A variety of steps can be taken to avoid falls, beginning with balance exercises. “I feel more balanced, confident and strong,” says Nicholson, who takes classes at Future Life Now, a health and learning center in Cincinnati that focuses on holistic health practices.

Read the full article here


Perspectives on Anxiety

Feldenkrais Trainer, Donna Ray, writes, "Anxiety shows itself in many ways. Not only does The Feldenkrais Method, help us overcome fear and anxiety it teaches us to focus on life's pleasures.

"Pleasant movement and intensification of the present time often go unappreciated. After participating in Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lessons people report feeling comfortable, alert, elegant and youthful during simple daily activities, like conversing with a friend, driving, walking, playing tennis or golf." Donna Ray is also a Licensed Individual Marriage & Family Therapist in Souther California with 30 years of experience.

Click to read more about the Feldenkrais Method approach to easing Anxiety.


3-minute Online lessons

These new online lessons emerged as I thought about how my students in the evening classes might continue their learning throughout the week after the class. Follow this link to increase your comfort!

Ease your Neck, Increase Your Balance & Back Comfort when lying down


for Triathletes: Swim, Bike & Run More Efficiently

Feldenkrais Method for Triathletes: Swim, Bike & Run More Efficiently
A course at University of Texas, Austin, sounds very intriguing. They write, "Striving for improvement by working faster and harder can often result in injuries or other setbacks in athletes. The Feldenkrais Method®  can help enhance your ability to act with precision, power and spontaneity by training your brain to be the driver behind each movement resulting in more awareness and reducing overall effort. (click to see course info)


Life as Adventure

Moshe Feldenkrais


When Ilona Freid immersed herself in the method, she  "began to understand that the way my entire self moved, from how I breathed to how I used my toes when walking, had contributed to my injury. The pain had been the result of what Dr. Feldenkrais called the poor “organization” of my system" Click to read more.


Improve Yourself, Improve Your Life

When you know you need a change, but you’re not sure where to get started...

The Houstonia had a recent article about the Feldenkrais Method. "“No stretching, no pushing, no trying.” That’s the refrain of instructor MaryBeth Smith as she leads a half dozen students through the Feldenkrais Method in a drafty room inside the Jung Center. Smith speaks in a soft, even tone, offering just enough instruction to keep me focused and mindful."

"it’s like anti-yoga. And yet at the end of each series, Smith directs us to return to lying flat and feel how the pattern of pressure of our bodies against the floor has changed." Click to read how.



Why a M.D. Became a Feldenkrais Practitioner

Lori Malkoff was a successful doctor in Encinitas, near San Diego. Yet she decided to take the Feldenkrais training. Why? She outlined her reasons in a recent article on her website. Dr. Malkoff is a physically active woman, surfing, golfing, running and even playing basketball. She writes, "It all started in 1993 on a surfboard. I was doing a drop knee cut back on a longer board, and I felt a pop in my left knee." The pain kept appearing; she went to many specialists and finally accepted surgery. "This was useless. Nothing helped, even one year after surgery."

Then she met a Feldenkrais practitioner, Mark Reese. Little did she know that he was one of the top practitioners and trainers world-wide. After a few individual sessions and some group classes, not only was there no more pain, she felt younger and more vibrant.

She thought about the training for some time, then decided, "I'm going to be 4 years older in 4 years, whether I take the training or not. I might as well be 4 years smarter with a certification and new level of expertise!!"

 Since then, she has continued with her athletic pursuits, even to the point of tearing ligaments in her knee. With her Feldenkrais approach she is able to continue all her activities. Click to read her article.


Why Crawling Is So Important

Eliza Parker writes so clearly about this topic. She covers important topics such as brain development: the magic of crisscrossing; the spine learns about rotating (twisting); preparing the hip joints for standing and walking; and several other important aspects, including preparation for reading!

Makes you want to get down and crawl right now! Read the full article here


Visual Persistence

Visual persistence leads to a class of illusions that allow the many marvels of video. This informs us a bit about one characteristic of the nervous system which can be observed in each of pour perceptual systems. Fortunately, these effects persist for only a number of seconds.

Watch the video in a larger window here


Emotional Pain Affects the Body

Julia Breckenreid writes, "Back when I was 30, my life fell apart. My marriage collapsed, I sank into a depression, and I lost my home, money, and self-respect. I also blew out my knee. ... Long after I had put my life back together, my knee still hurt. I tried everything to fix it..."
"And then one day, about five years ago, I did a curious thing. I decided to try to really listen to my bad knee."
Click to discover what she heard that changed her.



Do It Hard or Do It Easy: Removing Your Shirt

How to take your shirt off when you have a limited range of motion
Sandra Bradshaw writes, "When we’ve always done something in a certain way, it never occurs to us there may be other options that are easier and perhaps even more efficient. Last week one of my clients complained she was having difficulty taking off her sweater..." (click to read her blog)