To improve the way you move, improve your mind-body connection.
Would you like to move with more elegance and efficiency? Improve your performance as an athlete or dancer? Find relief from chronic pain? The Feldenkrais Method® is a gentle and enjoyable technique for improving your balance, flexibility and coordination – even your ability to manage pain.
It’s a form of somatic education, or mind-body training, that can be used as a treatment, or learned in a group class led by a trained practitioner – and it can be learned by anyone, at any age.
Feldenkrais can improve your athletic and artistic performance, flexibility and posture.
The Feldenkrais Method has long been a professional secret among dancers, actors and musicians. It uses a combination of gentle exercise, manual techniques and focused attention to:
- Deepen your awareness of how you move
- Release tension and pain
- Retrain your body to move more efficiently
Feldenkrais is based on the idea that as we go through life, we develop unhealthy movement habits without noticing: overusing the body in repetitive ways, compensating for old injuries, sitting in front of computer screens for long hours. It teaches you to notice your habitual neuromuscular patterns and rigidities, and to replace them with more comfortable and efficient ones.
The Feldenkrais Method can help you:
- Improve your flexibility and posture
- Release excess tension and reduce stress
- Rediscover the optimal use of your body after an injury
- Improve coordination and balance for better performance
- Relieve aches and pains
- Reverse symptoms of aging
- Increase your freedom and ease of movement
- Improve your breathing
How does it work?
The Feldenkrais Method was developed by Israeli physicist Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais to cope with his own crippling knee injuries and is based on principles of physics, biomechanics and an understanding of human learning and development. Instead of focusing on symptoms, Feldenkrais works by improving your body’s underlying neuromuscular and skeletal organization.
During a treatment, the therapist uses gentle touch and movement to support and guide you into new movement patterns (not associated with any existing pain). In the process, you release chronic muscle tension, relax, and become more aware of your body.
During a class, you perform a series of slow, controlled movements on your own, verbally guided by a Feldenkrais teacher, and focusing on your own experience and the sensations in your body. As in a treatment, the movements are simple but functionally based, to facilitate sensory-motor learning in your brain.
When I was told that I had better get used to the pain in my neck, shoulder and arm, I felt it was time to try something else. I chose to have some private Feldenkrais sessions with Mary Lou Stanley, with whom I had taken classes. I had always found this very gentle method of small, precise exercises very beneficial. After every class I felt refreshed, balanced, relaxed and high-spirited.
After about five private sessions, my pain was gone, and is so to this day. In these sessions I experienced the remarkable power of gentle adjustments. It seems amazing how this effortless (for me) work on my body was so tremendously effective. Every time, on my way home – and for several hours – I felt exhilarated, amazed, graceful, and better in every way.
Small movements made with awareness, can rewire your brain.
In simple terms, the small movements you make during a treatment or class feed information to your nervous system, instructing your brain to “rethink” how it controls that set of muscles. That neuromuscular message, combined with your increased awareness and sensitivity, helps your brain to create new patterns of movement that are more efficient and better organized – so that you begin to move as effortlessly and efficiently as possible.
Interested in booking an appointment or finding out more?
For more information about the Feldenkrais Method, visit www.mlstanley.com/about-feldenkrais/
Learn more about our Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner™, Mary Lou Stanley, here.
Find out about Feldenkrais Method classes here.
To arrange an appointment, please call our office at 604-228-1474 or use our online request form.