How can the Feldenkrais Method help Me:
Movement difficulties Many movement problems are the result of how we organize ourselves in daily life such as poor posture, arthritis, tendonitis to name a few. Sitting and even getting up from a chair the same way for years can eventually cause problems. Bad habits which over stress the body readily make way more effective, efficient habits. For people who have movement problems due to injury, stroke or illness, the Feldenkrais Method provides a route to discover new movement pathways, literally re-training the nervous system so that improvement and healing can occur. Their are limitless health benefits.
Repetitive Strain Injuries Usually repetitive strain injuries occur because the smaller muscles become fatigued, creating strains, tears and syndromes such as carpal tunnel. Feldenkrais lessons help people learn to use more of the bigger muscles in the body to do the job – remember, 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 to improper neck alignment and whiplash injuries. The student and teacher explore where the TMJ problems originate and devise a program that gently re-organizes the relationship between the head, neck and jaw.
Stress Relief We all experience stress, it’s how you respond to stress that makes the difference. Feldenkrais lessons relieve stress in a number of ways :
1) the quiet, slow movements help quiet the nervous system,
2) the focus on breathing helps relax the mind and provide much needed oxygen,
3) The lessons direct your attention to areas that are “stuck”, where excess muscular tension is tiring the body.
ADD/ADHD Many people with ADD/ADHD are kinaesthetically talented. However, they cannot focus because the nervous system is so excited. Feldenkrais lessons help quiet the mind. The student becomes engaged in the journey of self awareness and feel the difference in their thinking process. Feldenkrais once said, “It’s not flexible bodies I’m after, it’s flexible minds.”
Dyspraxia and Dyslexia Young people with these problems begin their schooling feeling self conscious, they often appear clumsy and uncoordinated. The Feldenkrais Method enables such students to reconnect to themselves enabling them to develop their fine motor skills. As their balance and coordination improves so does their sense of themselves bringing self confidence and self esteem.
Insomnia Sleep disorders, chronic fatigue, etc. are often characterized by poor breathing, excess muscle tonus and an overactive sympathetic nervous system. Feldenkrais lessons teach simple techniques that allow the system to rest, and therefore recuperate and achieve maximum health benefits.
Athletic and Artistic Performance To perform at your peak you want to be able to instinctively tune into every muscle, how it moves and how it is connected to the whole. Countless athletes and performing artists around the world have improved their performance thanks to the Feldenkrais Method
“I recommend The Feldenkrais Method to patients whose movement has been restricted by injury, cerebral palsy, stroke, fibromyalgia, or chronic pain. I find it to be much more useful than standard physical therapy. I also believe that the Feldenkrais Method can help all of us feel more comfortable in our bodies.” — Andrew Weil, M.D., author of ‘Spontaneous Healing’