Improving your body movements to include enhanced flexibility and range of motion provides many benefits to your daily life. Not only does it help prevent falls and broken bones, but it can also reduce pain and discomfort in everyday activities, help heal injuries and more.
The Feldenkrais Method was designed to bring a more conscious effort to the way you move and help you develop grace and efficiency in every aspect of your life.
Most of us don’t pay attention to the way we move our bodies unless we’re dancing or performing an activity (such as yoga) which brings a conscious awareness to what we are doing physically.
However, when we are acutely conscious of our movements, a new and powerful sensitivity occurs and we can adjust how we move to become more efficient and graceful, and how to stop pain resulting from our movement too.
This Technique Focuses on Your Movements
Based on the main principles of human development, this method focuses on changing your patterns of movement, and shows how the rigidity of your movements can and no doubt are, preventing you from living life more efficiently.
If you are experiencing back pain, you naturally move in a way to stop the pain, however, more than likely you are not ‘moving’ your body correctly. You may have developed bad habits in terms of healthy movement.
The Feldenkrais Method uses gentle motion and directs your attention to these movements so you can increase your capacity to function better in all aspects of your life.
The Feldenkrais Method was developed by Moshe Feldenkrais, after a knee injury he suffered from. He was a student of physics, martial arts and engineering and applied his knowledge to changing his own habits of movement, to relieve pain and heal himself.
Improves Many Areas of Your Health and Life
Feldenkrais taught the method to others and it soon became popular as practitioners discovered that the technique worked well in improving several conditions such as autism and multiple sclerosis.
It is also a popular method with athletes as they learn how to better move their body to increase their own personal bests and performance.
The Feldenkrais Method is usually learned in a classroom, but you can practice movements at home or elsewhere. You’ll develop a new sensitivity to the way you move by thinking and using imagery to change and create new patterns of movement.
These lessons teach you how to release muscle tension when you need to, which reduces muscular pain.
The practiced movements begin slowly and then expand as you become more aware of your patterns and how they’re inhibiting you. The lessons become more involved with each class and you’ll soon increase your ability to move with fluidity and grace.
You’ll also learn how some movement patterns are unnecessary and can actually expend more energy than you think. When your entire body is moving effortlessly and consciously you’ll be amazed at the difference it makes to your entire lifestyle.
Recognizing the value in changing your movement patterns to become one with brain and body is a major step forward in realizing your full capacity as a human being.
The movements of the Feldenkrais Method can be performed by a practitioner or alone.