Can the Feldenkrais Method help Me?

Listed below are some of the conditions that Barbara helps people with on a regular basis but there are many, many more. Each  Functional Integration sessions is tailored to the needs and goals of the individual whilst Barbara’s Awareness Through Movement Workshops are intensive and  targeted around a theme or general area of discomfort or challenge which the  members of the group may have in varying degrees or you can simply enjoy the experience as preventative practice. All benefit!

Movement difficulties

The Feldenkrais Method provides a way to discover new movement pathways, literally re-training the nervous system so that improvement and healing can occur.Many movement problems are the result of misuse, overuse. poor posture, arthritis, tendonitis to name a few.. Bad habits can be unlearned and replaced by  new, more efficient habits.

Repetitive Strain Injuries

Usually repetitive strain injuries occur because the muscle group has become fatigued, creating strains, tears and syndromes like carpal tunnel. Feldenkrais lessons help you to use more of the bigger muscles in the body to do the job – every finger is connected ultimately to muscles in the back that can take the strain off the hand!

TMJ and Migraines

There are so many causes for TMJ and migraines – ranging from stress and injury  to improper neck alignment. You can  explore the movement patterns that have led to the TMJ problems and with your teacher devise a program that gently re-organizes the head/neck/jaw relationship.

Stress Management

It is  how you respond to stress that makes the difference between feeling good and panicing. Feldenkrais lessons relieve stress in a number of ways:

  • quiet, slow movements help quiet the nervous system,
  • focus on breathing helps relax the mind, as well as provide much needed oxygen,
  • directing your attention to areas that are in a “holding pattern”, where excess muscular tension is tiring the body.

ADD/ADHD

Many people with ADD/ADHD are clever and kinaesthetically talented. However, they cannot focus because the nervous system is so excited.

Feldenkrais lessons help quiet the mind. They are also interesting and challenging. Students say they feel the difference in their thinking process right away. Feldenkrais once said, “It’s not flexible bodies I’m after, it’s flexible minds.”

Fibromyalgia /Insomnia

Fibromyalgia. Sleep disorders, Chronic fatigue, etc. are often characterized by poor breathing, excess muscle torus and an overactive sympathetic nervous system.

Feldenkrais lessons teach simple techniques that allow the system to rest, recover and  recuperate.

Athletic and Artistic Performance

Peak performance requires awareness of every muscle and how it moves, naturally. Yehudi Menuhin, Julius Irving, the Olympic Kayak Team, and countless other athletes and performing artists around the world have improved their performance thanks to the Feldenkrais Method.