The Feldenkrais Method

Much has been written about Moshe Feldenkrais and the principles that he integrated into the Feldenkrais method. As a scientist, a martial artist, and a dedicated healer, he was almost uniquely suited to both identify a problem and discover its solution.

His training and work as a scientist helped him to see and develop keen insights into how our minds and bodies work together and can cause healing or harm. As an expert martial artist having written books and opened the first dojo in France, he understood human movement to a high degree and was able to determine ways to help the mind and body cooperate to relieve pain and injury. Today we call this Neuroplasticity a term not known is Moshes Day.

One of the most striking breakthroughs he made was identifying that a harmless movement repeated many thousands of times, can cause painful and even debilitating injury. This can be something as simple as the way one walks or sits, or carries everyday items. This was more than just a diagnostic discovery though; he also developed the means of identifying and understanding the problem. 

This process of identification and healing is called The Feldenkrais Method.

How does it work?

Feldenkrais discovered that doing things in a simple and easy manner is often much more beneficial than doing them with great effort and exertion. The healing potential of working with the body’s signals is key. Slow, deliberate movements are repeated in different ways the movements themselves are less important than the way one listens to the body’s signals and reacts to them. The point is not to hold a new pose, or to reach a certain endurance level, nor is it to train the body in balance and self-defense. The point is much more immediate, with results that reach well into the future.

One’s own development is core to his method, but this is done without a focus on reaching end results. The aim is letting go of our goal focused expectations, and instead listen to the feedback of the body in any given moment. Let the body dictate what it is ready to do, and not ready to do, and this stressful habit is reduced, allowing the body’s natural healing system to reach its full potential.

Quotes by Moshé Feldenkrais

 

“Nothing is permanent about our behavior patterns except our belief that they are so.”


“In order to change our mode of action, we must change the image of ourselves that we carry within us.”

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