Tag: Feldenkrais®

When Exercise Doesn’t Work – Part 1

 

Banging-your-head-against-aHave you ever had an exercise program that just didn’t work because it didn’t feel good,  it didn’t accomplish what it was supposed to, or it was something inconvenient you’d have to do for the rest of your life in order to maintain the results? Frequently, the actions we’re told will help us improve turn out to be the very things we avoid because they’re unpleasant, and in some cases even injurious.

My first experience with learning to racewalk typified this. The drills and techniques I practiced led to a disabling hamstring pull.1  However, my second attempt two years later, using the very same exercises, resulted in great success.  How could this be?

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We Choose To Go To The Moon…

Moonshot for blog“… not because [it’s] easy, but because [it’s] hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills … (President John F. Kennedy, 1962, Rice University)

As a physical therapist and Feldenkrais® movement teacher, I am in the business of asking people to go through a process of significant and sometimes difficult change.  Even when people want badly to improve, because they have gotten used to feeling and moving in certain ways, they often unconsciously hold onto their habits and thus impede their own progress.  So as a matter of fairness, I supposed that engaging in my own journey through difficult change would make me more empathetic to what my clients were experiencing.

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A Journey of a Thousand Miles

Great_wall_of_china-mutianyu_3Chinese proverb: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Metaphorically, this can be said of any significant endeavor. The problem is, after the excitement of taking the first step wears off,  lots more steps remain to be taken.

How many times have you decided that this is the year you’ll lose weight, exercise more, learn a new language, etc. – only to see the new regimen slip away once you realize how much time and discipline it requires? In my case, training for the Marine Corps Marathon has been both a rote process and inner journey. Improving physical fitness and speed has been a straightforward process of following protocols with defined goals and measurable milestones. The inner journey has Continue reading “A Journey of a Thousand Miles”