The Feldenkrais Method
Often compared to yoga (although essentially very different) the Feldenkrais method is a treatment modality that involves moving with a deeper awareness of your body. The practice was founded by the late Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais (1904 – 1984).
More and more people are being told to seek out Feldenkrais if they suffer from conditions that don’t get better with classical physical therapy and rehabilitation treatments. I help people from all backgrounds and situations, from those suffering from injuries or debilitating conditions, to those who simply want to practice a new way of moving that can change your life.
What It Can Help With
Physical pain, such as back pain or tendinitis.
Movement restrictions caused by disability, such as a stroke.
Movement and/or neurological disorders, such as cerebral palsy or Parkinson’s.
Injuries that include post-car accident issues, recovering from surgery, sprained ankles, or herniated spinal disc.
Poor movement habits from a sedentary lifestyle, or from repetitive use of body parts due to manual labour.
The Brain, Body, & Environment
The brain, body, and environment need to all connect together for improvement and rehabilitation. The human body is not a machine and when treated as such only partial restoration and improvement happens.
The best (and simplest) way to understand this is to think about the way a child begins to move a the beginning of their life. In infancy, a child takes full advantage of his/her built-in drive to move and learn via self-exploration, trial and error, and curiosity to the newness of life. What is especially important is that in this process they are guided by their interaction with the world around them. They aren’t thinking about what muscles to activate and when, or what needs to stay tucked in and pulled back.
Watch this video to witness Baby Liv’s built-in drive. We could all learn from her: