which are formed through life experiences, can either help us or hinder
us. Unless we understand what our habits are, we are unable to change
them. The Feldenkrais Method® of Somatic Education teaches students to
become more self-aware, notice unhealthy and unnecessary movement
patterns (habits) and learn more comfortable and efficient ways to
move. With more evenly distributed movements of the skeleton, the
individual learns to transmit force and generate powerful movements with
less muscular effort and less wear and tear on all connective tissues.
Balance is a unique combination of the assessment and teaching
principles of Occupational Therapy, theFeldenkrais Method®, and
Vestibular Integration. The goal is to improve the client’s functional
abilities by modifying and refining existing movement patterns. This is
accomplished by increasing self-awareness and mobility, improving
balance, rhythm and timing, strengthening multi-tasking skills, and
enhancing visual-motor and sensory-motor integration skills. It is helpful for all ages including children with developmental delays, individuals with neurological difficulties, those recovering from injuries, those individuals who
have been suffering from chronic pain and would like to get back into a
healthy lifestyle, as well as those who want
to refine their skills in the arts.
Do you feel muscle and joint pain that keep you from doing the things you like to do? Are you hesitant to join movement classes for fear of hurting yourself? Have you found traditional therapies to be too painful or unproductive, leaving you feeling frustrated and defeated? (Read More.)
Awareness through Movement® is not stretching or vigorous exercise and is taught in a "less is more" attitude.
Playing a musical instrument: requires many repetitive movement patterns, which often can leave the musician in chronic pain or discomfort, often to a point when it is difficult to play the instrument.(Read More.)
Children and learning:
The Feldenkrais Method® and Vestibular Integration programs can help children move with more ease. When childrens' movement patterns are more fluid they can pay more attention to cognitive challenges. (Read more.)
Many individuals hold their breathe when they
move. Shallow breathing or poorly distributed breathing is often not recognized as a contributing source for various difficulties, including muscle tightness, pain, inflexibility and poor coordination.
Even some children may not breathe as fully as they can. Not fully utilizing the true capacity of their lungs can impair balance, movement, and may cause speech impairments or delays.
Aging and Balance:
Walking and the risk of falling is just one of the many concerns for aging individuals and their family members. The Feldenkrais Method® is so gentle that even individuals who do not move very well, or are afraid to move can benefit and enjoy it. (Read more.)
Individuals with Dementia can benefit from the Feldenkrais Method® through their still intact ability to learn through their Procedural Memory. The Feldenkrais Method® can help individuals improve balance, coordination, alertness and awareness of his or her surroundings. (Read More.)
Israeli scientist Moshe Feldenkrais DSc (1904-1984)
was a nuclear physicist and engineer, and the first European to earn a
black belt in judo. He received his doctorate in physics at the Sorbonne
in Paris, and worked closely with Nobel Chemistry Laureate
Joliot-Curie. During the 1940s, Dr. Feldenkrais was barely able to walk
due to a serious knee injury and was given only a 50% chance of
improving his condition with surgery, which he could not accept. He
began exploring movement patterns, and observed how people form movement
habits. He mastered the sciences of anatomy, kinesiology, and
physiology, and combined these with his knowledge of physics,
engineering, and judo. Eventually, he restored his ability to walk and
began his life’s work of helping others improve their functional
abilities and to move through life with grace and dignity.
The Feldenkrais Method can be learned in two modes. Awareness Through Movement® classes are taught to more than one individual at a time and the Functional Integration® (FI) lessons involve individual hands on interventions. The Feldenkrais Practitioner® or teacher helps the individuals learn. Therefore they are my "students" and the sessions are referred to as "lessons".
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