Can Feldenkrais® help you? Yes, in many ways. For instance if:
- the stresses of your life have taken their toll, then Feldenkrais Method® helps you rediscover your inherent ability to move with ease and comfort.
- you’re an athlete or dancer, it can dramatically improve your performance.
- you have whiplash or back pain, it restores movement and reduce pain.
- you’re physically or neurologically challenged, it returns muscle and skeleton to normal function.
Life slows us down. Remember when you were a kid, and you could rough and tumble all day without ill effects, except maybe a scrape or a bruise. Try it now and you’re stiff and sore for days.
The Feldenkrais Method® can help you recapture some of that free movement of youth. It re-educates you and your body to move in freer, more natural ways. Old, restrictive movement patterns will be replaced by new ones that bring immediate improvement.
- Renewed ease and comfort in movement
- Less pain and restriction
- Sharper mental clarity
- Increased self awareness
THE ORIGIN OF THE FELDENKRAIS METHOD®
This method was developed by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984), who combined his expansive knowledge in such fields as neurology, psychology, sports, biomechanics, rehabilitation, and motor development.
- He studied at the Sorbonne and worked in the Joliot Curie laboratory in Paris in the 1930s.
- He was one of the first Europeans to earn a black belt in Judo and founded the Ju Jitsu Club of Paris.
A knee injury and concerns about surgery prompted Feldenkrais to explore the relationship between body and brain. He wrote his first book on his new method in the 1940s.
Dr. Feldenkrais worked with people with an enormous range of learning needs, from infants with Cerebral Palsy to leading performers such as violinist Yehudi Menuhin. He collaborated with thinkers such as dramatist Peter Brook, anthropologist Margaret Mead, neuroscientist Karl Pribram and explorers of the psychophysical Jean Houston and Robert Masters.