The Feldenkrais Method provides new and effective solutions for
Movement with Awareness increases mobility, breathing, improves posture and restores health and natural wellbeing, brings higher energy levels, physical and emotional stability. Feldenkrais teaches you how to soften and reverse the neuromuscular response to stress which often results in tense and shortened musculature that may cause pain.
Flexibility and Vitality of Mind and Body
Feldenkrais uses gentle, directed movements that initiate an inner neurological learning process, so that the brain and the body re-organise movement. The change happens when we discover new movement possibilities and explore them with new enthusiasm.
Our brain can learn and change throughout our life, we can improve and widen our abilities regardless of age or physical condition.
Movements in the Feldenkrais Method reduce and eliminate pain by re-organising habitual patterns of movement and posture. The Feldenkrais Method looks at how each part of the body supports and facilitates optimum function in movement, thus effort is more evenly distributed throughout the body.
When our musculature is better balanced, more neutral, our skeleton can be in optimal alignment and we move easily and efficiently.
The Feldenkrais Method helps with:
- Back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, knee pain
- Sciatic nerve pain
- Posture related headaches
- Post surgery
- Chronic pain
Improving with Age
Feldenkrais improves the ease and range of movement as we move into later life. Learning how to move the optimal way and with small, slow and efficient movements builds natural flexibility and confidence and can be learnt at any stage in life.
Mobility and Rehabilitation
When injuries happen, or following surgical procedures or illness, the body may adopt compensating movement patterns to control and minimize pain.
Feldenkrais movements work to undo the compensating patterns and restore and improve whole body functioning.
Feldenkrais is based on movement and directed attention as this is when the brain is creating new connections. This type of learning relies on Neuroplasticity, meaning that when new neural pathways are formed in the brain this improves the range, precision and the quality of movement.
Feldenkrais practitioners begin by supporting what the client is doing well and then offer more choices of mobility and function.
The range of neurological conditions that Feldenkrais Practitioners work with include Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Scoliosis, Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinsons.
Children with Special Needs.
The Feldenkrais Method is a gentle, non-medical, learning-based approach to working with children with special needs. It communicates directly with the nervous system of the child in very gentle yet powerful ways, primarily through movement, enhanced awareness, and non-verbal kinaesthetic experiences. In this way, the child develops new neural connections, learns to integrate more of self into movement and interaction, expand mobility, and develop a more positive body image.
Regardless of the specific diagnosis, the child’s brain is available for potent learning and many beneficial outcomes are achieved with this approach, very often well beyond the typical prognosis for many conditions.
The Feldenkrais Method is helpful with:
- Neurological conditions such as Cerebral Palsy, brain damaged infants and brain injured children (including stroke)
- Premature and Developmentally Delayed infants and children
- ADD, learning difficulties
- Genetic disorders
For more help with babies and children also read section CHILD SPACE
Feldenkrais helps to improve performance and refine skills in any sport or leisure activity, including golf, tennis, running, swimming, climbing etc.
Feldenkrais lessons enhance kinaesthetic awareness and co-ordination and help to develop a more skilful use of your whole body in action, and to limit habitual patterns of movement that contribute to repetitive strain.
- Increase power, ease and agility
- Develop clearer proprioception (awareness of body in space)
- Improve balance, timing, coordination
- Develop clearer connections throughout the skeleton
- eliminate unnecessary effort and increase efficiency
Arts & Performance
Feldenkrais is highly appreciated by actors, dancers, musicians and singers to refine their skills in all aspects of performance, to look after their bodies more effectively, to expand the range and quality of expression and presence in performance.
Feldenkrais also offers a specific benefit for performers with its focus on refining sensitivity and attention. This aspect of learning enhances the performer’s ability to listen and respond more effectively – to trust his/her own internal feedback, and become more confident in in the interaction with other performers or in the use of an instrument.
Improved physical comfort and ease of movement
Injury prevention and rehabilitation
Reduced physical and mental tension
Improved posture & flexibility
Improved co-ordination and balance
Fuller, easier breathing
Practical self-care resources
Restoring nervous system balance
Improved body confidence
Personal growth & self-development
“I believe that the unity of mind and body is an objective reality. They are not just parts somehow related to each other, but an inseparable whole while functioning. A brain without a body could not think.”