What Is The Feldenkrais® Method?
The Feldenkrais Method® is an educational system which uses movement to bring about more effective ways to function. It is an application of principles and exercises that help the body program the brain to benefit the entire body-mind system. A student is taught to become aware of their existing patterns of action and then guided in the discovery of additional possibilities to enhance deeper coherency. This bodywork incorporates an engineering knowledge of physical movement principles, a martial arts understanding of force and energy, and a great sensitivity to the functional interrelationship of movement and feeling states.
Feldenkrais creates a more natural and efficient movement pattern in the body to enhance health and well-being. It can be used to reveal and change habitual body behaviors that are responsible for chronic tension and pain, to recover movement after injury or trauma. Athletes, dancers, musicians, and others may improve their skills by using the principles of this method. This bodywork can also help accident victims, people with polio, cerebral palsy, and multiple sclerosis. In addition to the physiological changes, improvements are made in digestion, sleep, alertness, flexibility, stress reduction, and relieved hypertension. With this heightened awareness, bodies can move with lightness and freedom of function at a level much closer to true potential, thus helping clients live fuller and more effective lifestyles.
At Massage Therapy Center Palo Alto, we provide bodywork infused with Feldenkrais® principles. Learn more here.