Feldenkrais distinguishes itself from other approaches by working with you as a dynamic, self-correcting individual. It’s not about fixing you, but rather, helping you perform your activities with pleasure and success, and regain control over your life.
When things stop working well, it’s usually because your movement habits conflict with the actions you’re trying to perform (sort of like trying to drive while stepping on the gas and brake simultaneously.)
Whether you’re suffering the effects of an injury or disease, or if pain and dysfunction mysteriously seem to come out of nowhere, chances are you’re unconsciously moving in ways that either prolong the problem or even make it worse.
Similarly, if you’ve plateaued in your favorite sport, or you’re suddenly finding previously easy actions difficult, on some level you’re probably doing certain movements unconsciously that interfere with your intended action. These “parasitic” movements waste energy while you unintentionally tighten muscles and stiffen joints. (Example: start walking, then clamp your teeth, and see what happens to your stride and arm swing.)
The key to improving is:
- Learning to experience what you actually do when performing an activity (e.g.habitually holding your breath without realizing it)
- Feeling what’s involved in producing problematic movements
- Finding easier alternatives.
That’s where Feldenkrais comes in. This three-step process uses gentle, tactile guidance and ingenious exercises, which lead you to consciously feel how you interfere with yourself and then get out of your own way. Sometimes you simply refine your current skills and feel better doing them. Often, you can suddenly do things that used to be impossible!
With every improvement, you’re bound to feel better, lighter, nimbler, and much more capable!