When you experience trouble performing normal activities, when your back hurts or when you find it difficult to concentrate, it’s time for you to practice Feldenkrais Method. Feldenkrais method is a somatic education system, which helps you to reconnect with your natural abilities to think, feel and move. It involves gentle movements of various body parts. However, stretching is avoided. This gentle method helps you to improve your posture and your physical movements, thereby improving your overall health and well-being.
A key principle of Feldenkrais is that the way a person speaks, moves, and thinks is based on the self-image that person has developed over the years. It trains the nervous system to find new pathways around the damages due to injury or improper posture.
The Feldenkrais Method is named after its founder, Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, a Russian-born physicist.
Types of Feldenkrais Method:
A typical Feldenkrais method works of two different approaches:
- Functional Integration (individual sessions): These sessions are conducted on one-to-one basis. It involves touch and tissue manipulation, wherein the practitioner directs the client’s body through various movements according to individual needs and requirements.
- Awareness through movement (group sessions): In a group class, the instructor guides you in a way to increase your mobility and help replace old patterns of movements with new. This in turn, helps in better circulation of blood and improves your breathing.
Which conditions does Feldenkrais Method treat?
Feldenkrais discovered that breathing and posture both have an impact on mind and body. And that your body language and thoughts highly depend upon your posture and movements. Feldenkrais method can treat various conditions like:
- Back pain
- Muscle pain
- Sports injury
- Performance enhancement for actors, dancers and athletes
- Neuromuscular conditions like fibromyalgia and cerebral palsy
- Multiple sclerosis
Benefits of Feldenkrais method:
Practising Feldenkrais method on regular basis has following benefits:
- Improves breathing
- Improves posture
- Reduces stress
- Reduces pain
- Reduces tense muscles
- Increases mobility
- Releases restrictive and blocked patterns
- Improves flexibility and coordination
Feldenkrais method is considered to be gentle, non-invasive and does not have any side-effects. However, the practitioner may ask you to observe caution if you are suffering from intense pain, infection, skin irritation or recent burns. In such conditions, you should postpone your sessions until your recover from it.