What it is
The Feldenkrais Method was developed by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, he was trained in engineering and applied physics and he took a practical scientist's approach to make the "machinery" of the body work properly. He created this method to increase flexibility and health, using maximum efficiency and minimal effort. It was influenced by yoga, martial arts and the Alexander Technique.
How does it work?
There are two forms, individual one-on-one sessions, where the practitioner's touch and passive movement are used to improve awareness of movement patterns and to recognize tensions and correct them by the way that you move. The other form is in a series of classes where exercise lessons that consist of sequences of slow body movement. It is believed to help people suffering from paralysis, back pain and the after affects of stroke.
When beginning a session the students will lie down, so that they can free themselves of the usual efforts that are involved in sitting and standing. They then do a series of gentle movements over and over, until they become easy and smooth. They then concentrate solely on developing awareness of what they are doing. They quickly become sensitive to tiny adjustments made to the way that they organize themselves for movement.
What is learnt can effect the way the student feels and thinks. At a functional integration lesson the therapist will only see one person and she will use touch and manipulation to suggest new ways of organizing movement. The teacher will lead the students through sequences of movement, which are not strenuous.
Who can Benefit?
People who suffer from recurring pain in their muscles and joints find this method very beneficial. Lessons are normally designed to improve your posture and therefore your breathing, circulation and over-all well-being. Other people who benefit are athletes, dancers and others who are involved in very physical activities as it is believed that this method lessens the risk of injury by having the patient learn efficient muscle use. A functional integration lesson will help restore or control movement in stroke victims and people suffering from cerebral palsy, spinal disorders, arthritis, muscle injuries and chronic back pain.
Researched By Body and Mind.