Why Do Feldenkrais?
Many people do Feldenkrais, at least initially, to improve the ways they move. Some come experiencing persistent pain, neurological problems, or other difficulties in functioning. Others are pursuing excellence in athletics or the arts. Regardless, the Feldenkrais Method delivers. Improvements in coordination, adaptability, and ease in movement are common.
It’s also common, eventually, for the reasons people give for attending Feldenkrais classes to shift. We’ve heard reports of inexplicable joy, of no longer being bullied, of a better sex life, and of finally—finally!—feeling deserving and competent.
The Feldenkrais Method can help you develop your own senses and judgment, rather than having to rely on an outside authority to tell you how to feel or what to do. It’s powerful!
Learn to Learn
Fundamentally, the Feldenkrais Method is about our ability to learn. It offers a unique and effective way to examine and change habitual patterns.
The ways in which we usually think, sense, feel, and move are often effective to a degree—but they are also, in some ways, self-limiting and damaging. They no longer meet our current needs. You may have noticed this yourself.
For example, have you:
- Injured yourself in the same areas over and over?
- Gotten a stiff neck or shoulder on the same side?
- Experienced soreness from sitting or getting up from sitting?
- Had your tennis or golf ball go awry in the same direction every time?
- Endured a pattern or familiar tension or repetitive stress injury?
In each of these, your movements—however well they have served you in some areas—have also not served you well in other areas, and this has mattered.
Based on the work of Israeli physicist, engineer, and martial arts master Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984), the Feldenkrais Method is grounded in anatomy, physiology and physics. It is also informed by the latest research into movement and human development.
Feldenkrais brings these disciplines together to help us learn how to learn. Ordinarily, we learn just enough to get by. In the Feldenkrais Method, you learn from your own unique ways of moving. As you become more aware of how you actually do all that you do—how you sense, act, think, and feel—you gain a greater range of ease and skill. With Feldenkrais you empower yourself by asking and learning how to answer a simple question: Are there other ways to do this, which may (at times) serve me better?
As you learn to expand and refine your range of movement, you move through your daily life with greater safety, security, dignity, and ease. You also remove major sources of chronic tension and pain.
While many clients report that the Feldenkrais Method has alleviated their pain in a way no other modality has, the Feldenkrais Method is not a “treatment” for pain.
The Feldenkrais Method is a systems approach to learning. As we explore your movement together, you will very likely learn more about your pain on an intellectual and intuitive level. Thankfully, such learning is powerful. Amazing things can happen as you become quiet and gently listen to what’s happening inside.