The Feldenkrais Method
A drug free therapy without pain, sweat or needles
The Feldenkrais Method® is a somatic movement technique based on the science of neuroplasticity – the brain’s ability to change throughout life, reorganising itself by forming new connections between brain cells. The Feldenkrais Method teaches the body and brain a smarter way of moving through conscious awareness, producing solid lasting changes for life. No pain, no sweat, no drugs and no needles involved.
By exploring how you move, how you perform an activity, how you use your body, you will learn how your movement habits are contributing to your problems and learn new ways to move that feel free, easy and comfortable. By developing your kinaesthetic sense you will learn to recognise old habits that cause aches, pain and limited movement, and develop the insight to make new and different movements that are easier and smarter.
Being able to do the activities in your life with comfort and ease allows you to enjoy them. It is not necessary to have to give up doing the things that give meaning and value to your life. Instead, it is possible to regain and improve what you already do, and also discover that you have the capability do new things. This is a source of pleasure and vitality.
Other somatic techniques include the Alexander Technique and Pilates.
Regain and retain
By uncovering patterns of movement that result in pain or discomfort, and replacing them with patterns than will result in significantly improved comfort and range of movement, the Feldenkrais Method can optimise how you move so your coordination, flexibility and ease of movement can be improved. Common applications are:
Recover loss of movement and function – due to surgery, injury, strokes, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, aging process (poor balance, coordination, flexibility)
Remove muscle tension and pain – headaches, neck and shoulder, knees, hips, lower back
Relieve tension – related to stress, burnout, tension, anxiety
Improve movement and function – with learning disabilities, developmental delays; playing sport; day to day and workplace activities; dance, acting, performing arts; playing a musical instrument; poor posture.
What to expect
I offer classes, workshops and private lessons. Some people prefer one approach, some do all three. Here’s a sample of what my clients say. As well as improved coordination, balance, flexibility and ease of movement, people experience other benefits. Some common findings are:
Less tension in my body
My posture has improved
Improvement in overall health
Improved balance and motor skills
Handling changes in my
More comfortable sitting
Decrease in pain
Shorter time to get to sleep
More confidence in my body and what I can do
Feeling more energetic
More restful sleep
Can do more
More aware of myself
Not as grumpy
The phenomenom of neuroplasticity
Revolutionary pioneers like Moshe Feldenkrais have led the way for us to understand how to awaken the brain’s own capacity for healing. In Norman Doidge MD’s latest book The Brain’s Way of Healing, the New York Times best seller presents Stories of Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity. In his first book The Brain That Changes Itself, Doidge explained how the brain can change its own structure and function in response to mental experience—the phenomenon of neuroplasticity. Using case studies from trail blazers in this amazing field, his latest book shows how the process of neuroplastic healing works.