The Feldenkrais Method: A Gentle Path to Neck Pain Relief

by | May 2, 2024 | Blog, Feldenkrais method

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Understanding the Feldenkrais Method

What is Feldenkrais?

The Feldenkrais Method is an approach to physical therapy, focusing on improving your awareness of movement and posture through gentle exercises. Developed by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, this method enhances your natural ability to discover, learn, change, and adapt moving patterns. It’s particularly beneficial for people over 40 who often face neck pain due to lifestyle choices or natural ageing processes.

How the Feldenkrais Method Works for Neck Pain

The Role of Awareness in Healing

The core principle of the Feldenkrais Method is to teach you to move more efficiently, reducing undue stress and strain on your body. For neck pain, this means exploring new ways to use your neck and shoulders, promoting comfort and ease in movements that previously caused discomfort.

Everyday Practice: Self-Awareness Through Movement

One simple technique you can try involves lying down on a flat surface and slowly turning your head from side to side. Notice any tension and adjust your movements to make them smoother and less strained.

Benefits of Feldenkrais

Beyond Pain Relief: Improved Mobility and Posture

Apart from alleviating neck pain, the Feldenkrais Method offers broader benefits such as improved posture and increased mobility. These improvements are particularly important as they can significantly impact daily activities and overall quality of life.

Everyday Practice: Checking In With Your Posture

Throughout the day, take moments to check in with your posture. Adjusting your alignment gently can help maintain the benefits of your Feldenkrais exercises.

Integrating Feldenkrais into Your Daily Routine

Making Time for Movement

Incorporating the Feldenkrais Method into your daily routine doesn’t require a massive time commitment. Just a few minutes each day can lead to marked improvements in how you feel and move.

Everyday Practice: Gentle Stretching Before Bed

A short session of gentle stretching exercises before bed can help reduce neck stiffness and improve sleep quality.

If you’re interested in the Feldenkrais Method, consider booking your free consultation (below). I can tailor exercises and sessions expressly to your needs, maximising the benefits for your neck pain and overall well-being.

Embracing a Pain-Free Life

Small Steps to Big Changes

The Feldenkrais Method offers a promising, gentle approach to managing and reducing neck pain. By becoming more aware of how you move and making small adjustments, you can enjoy significant improvements in your physical health and comfort.

Remember, taking care of your body is an investment in your quality of life. Starting small with the Feldenkrais Method can lead to meaningful changes, helping you stay active and pain-free as you age.

 

  1. "Awareness Through Movement" by Moshe Feldenkrais, 1972.
  2. "The Feldenkrais Method: Teaching by Handling" by Yochanan Rywerant, 1983.

 

Craig Rebuck